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#103 Judy Lundgren

(First airdate: January 16, 2018) TOASTING THE TOWN: JUDY LUNDGREN, HILLTOP TAVERN. Our town host Maryanne McNellis talks with Judy Lundgren, co-owner of the Hilltop Tavern, one of the few authentic taverns left around the region. As drinking habits have changed, so has the tavern. Judy’s been doing charity bingo nights for about 20 years now – raising tens of thousands of dollars for community causes. Music events range from honky tonk to punk or metal. And now she’s added a ‘painting night’ where a local artist coaches people to create their own masterpiece.

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In Conversation – Alison Townsend

(first aired January 9, 2018). Host Sheila Bender interviews Wisconsin poet and essayist Alison Townsend to talk about her poems and award-winning prose essay on the meaning of rivers in her life.

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Compass for the Week of January 15, 2018

This week on the Compass, KPTZ reporter Chris Bricker takes us to a vigil outside the gates of Indian Island Naval Weapons Magazine in recognition of Holy Innocents Day, and then we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. by revisiting some of his most powerful speeches.

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Nature Now #344 Coastal Geology and Climate Change

(first aired January 10, 2018). Host Nan Evans talks via phone with Eric Grossman, Research Geologist with the USGS, and discusses the impact of sea level rise in the Salish Sea. Closing music is “Long River,” sung by Gordon Lightfoot.

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Dorothy Rice Bennett

(First airdate: January 11, 2018) Marcia Perlstein, your friendly Under the Rainbow interviewer, has a conversation with Dorothy Rice Bennett, of Sequin, author of three lesbian romance novels. They discuss her most recent book, The Artemis Adventure.

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Compass for the Week of January 8, 2017

This week on the Compass we talk with a Mennonite minister and her husband about the dangers to humanity they believe to be posed by the development of artificial intelligence and the rapidly accelerating technological revolution that presents the very real possibility of replacing people in pretty much every field, from child care to making life and death decisions on the battlefield.

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OlyCap Point in Time Homeless Count

(First airdate: January 9, 2018) Everybody Can host Sheila Ramsey speaks with two ‘Housing Ladies’ in Jefferson County. Kathy Morgan, Director of Housing Projects at OlyCap, and long-time housing advocate and volunteer, Barbara Morey talk about the national PIT (Point in Time) Homeless Count on January 25. An accurate count of those needing standard housing ensures federal funding for housing services in our area. Here’s an opportunity to impact the lives of homeless children, elderly, veterans and other community members experiencing homelessness. Training is provided.

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Nature Now #343 Pigeon Guillemot Research (Part 2)

(first aired January 3, 2018). Debaran Kelso hosts Frances Wood and Govinda Rosling of the Pigeon Guillemot research group on Whidbey Island to continue a discussion of the group’s work studying the island’s guillemot population for the past decade. Closing music is “Whidbey Island Blues,” performed by Seattle group The Maldives.

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Anna Quinn

(First airdate: January 3, 2018) Anna Quinn talks to Cris Wilson about her riveting first book The Night Child and how a memoir undergoes a metamorphosis into a must read novel in the era of #METOO.

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#102 Peter Hanke

(First airdate: January 2, 2018) CAPTAIN PETE TALKS WHALES & THE VIBRANT PORT BUSINESS. Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Pete Hanke, owner of Puget Sound Express and a Commissioner for the Port of Port Townsend. PSE will add another high-speed boat to its fleet this spring as the public’s appetite for whale watching continues to grow. Meanwhile, the Port is grappling with multiple issues including a failing breakwater at Port Hudson. Marine trades are an economic underpinning for the region, with jobs at the Boat Haven rivaling the number of jobs at the Mill. Port Commissioners want to make sure there will be a steady flow of educated young tradesmen for this seafaring town.

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In Conversation – Dahr Jamail

(first aired December 26, 2017). Host Sheila Bender talks with Port Townsend resident Dahr Jamail about how and why he became a journalist for progressive publications such as Truthout.

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Nature Now #342 Hiking the Olympics

(first aired December 27, 2017). Host Paul Ruben brings veteran hikers Lee Jacobson and Doug Scott to the KPTZ studio to share their knowledge and expertise on hiking the Olympics. Closing music is “Hiking,” performed by Paddy Mills.

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Nature Now #341 Bringing Birds Closer

(first aired December 20, 2017). Host Mary Robson talks in studio with experienced birder Gary Bullock to examine how to explore for birds and how to get started in birding. Closing music is “Bluebird,” performed by Doug Paisley.

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Compass for the Week of January 1, 2018

It’s a brand new year, and with the new year some big changes are coming to Port Townsend’s main commercial artery.  This week on the Compass we talk about the newly launched Water Street Enhancement Project.

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Compass for the Week of December 25, 2017

While for most people the holidays are a season of love, joy, and celebration of friends and family, for others it can be a time of crippling depression and even thoughts of suicide. It is for this reason that this week on the Compass we are bringing you the story of a woman who actually committed suicide, but miraculously survived not only to tell the tale, but to bring hope and help to others considering doing the same.

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Robert Ambrose: Prelude to PT

Pleasures and Treasurers host Marcia Perlstein interviews Robert Ambrose, KPTZ’s Board President, and host of Rhythm Connection. (First airdate: December 21, 2017)

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#101 Daniel Knudson

(First airdate: December 19, 2017) DANIEL KNUDSON AND THE AUTHENTIC VICTORIAN FEAST. Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Daniel Knudson, an extraordinary foodie from Key City Meat and Fish. Want a Victorian menu for your Victorian Christmas holiday? Daniel happily provides tips for rendering down pigs feet and heads; baking meat pies into inedible brick crust and why the 4th stomach of the young bull is so important.

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In Conversation – Sharon Cumberland

(first aired December 12, 2017). Host Sheila Bender speaks with Seattle poet and Seattle University Professor Sharon Cumberland about her new collection of poems and her writing and teaching career.

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Compass for the Week of December 18, 2017

This week on the Compass we go to the First Annual Olympic Peninsula Farmer’s Convergence and Mixer, where we hear first-hand from farmers about obstacles to their success and the solutions they seek.

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Nature Now #340 Pigeon Guillemot Research

(first aired December 13, 2017). Debaran Kelso hosts Frances Wood and Govinda Rosling of the Pigeon Guillemot Research Group on Whidbey Island to discuss the group’s work studying the island’s guillemot population for the past decade. Closing music is “Fleet,” by Guillemot.

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Skillmation

(First airdate: December 12, 2017) Join Martha Trolin and Ben Bauermeister as they discuss with Everybody Can’s Missy Nielsen the newly launched projects of “Skillmation”. This organization is invested in connecting volunteers to educational and mentoring opportunities within the Jefferson County region. Skillmation mentors serve a surprising range of demographics. Several of their programs offer those who enjoy a startup vibe an opportunity to program develop and steer the direction of this entity. Take a listen!

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Compass for the Week of December 11, 2017

This week on the Compass we take part in a bittersweet reunion of workers for what was once known as the Greatest Show on Earth, and then Seattle radio journalist Martha Baskin reports on the kiddie version of the farm to table movement.

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Nature Now #339 The Impact of Climate Change on Oxygen and Marine Habitats

(first aired December 6, 2017). Host Nan Evans talks on the phone with Curtis Deutsch, Professor of Chemical Oceanography at the University of Washington, to examine what is happening to oxygen levels in the ocean and why it is important. Closing music is “If I Were the Ocean,” performed by Mark Mancina.

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Heart of Learning: Home Schooling

Heather McRae-Woolf hosts discussions about education in our region. On this episode she talks with two veteran home-school parents/teachers: Amber Jones of Discovery House School and Port Townsend Cottage School Co-op, and Maeyoka Brightheart who founded Wild Rose Forest School.

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Julia Cochrane

(First airdate: December 7, 2017) KPTZ host Marcia Perlstein interviews our very own Julia Cochrane, who shares her personal journey as well as her wide ranging work as a social justice activist.

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Louise Marley

(First airdate: December 6, 2017) Author Louise Marley talks with Cris Wilson about her newest book A Secret History of Witches published under the pseudonym Louisa Morgan. Louise also discusses her Benedict Hall series set in Seattle after WWI published under the name Cate Campbell. Her 20 novels, ranging from historical fiction to science fiction, all feature strong women who push against societal norms and expectations.

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