This week on the Compass we talk with a Port Ludlow couple who have decided that retirement age is the perfect time to embark on the most arduous adventure in their lives — to hike the 2,650-mile-length of the mountainous Pacific crest trail.
For many years Port Townsend has been the working port of choice for commercial fisher-folk from far and wide to spend their winters preparing their boats for the next summer’s fishing season. But this winter there has been a notable lack of commercial fishing vessels — or other kinds of boats, for that matter — hauled out to make repairs and improvements. This week, in a Compass episode we are titling Empty Boat Haven Blues, we talk with a couple of local commercial fisherwomen and others to find out why. (Interviews with Dave Thompson, JennTakaki, Becca Argo, and Pam Petranek.)
This week on the Compass we meet Tessa Hulls, a recent Port Townsend transplant who writes biographies for the Atlas Obscura Kick-Ass Women Series and who is, in fact, herself a fairly kick-ass woman. And then we take a look at the roll-out of a world-class bicycle repair teaching institution right here in Port Townsend.
Honoring Marcia Perlstein: A rerun of our coverage of Donald Trump’s Inaugural Women’s Protest in Port Townsend. On the evening of Sunday, February 25, much to the surprise of those who knew her tremendous life energy, KPTZ radio personality Marcia Perlstein passed from this plane to somewhere just beyond our reach. In her honor, KPTZ Compass is this week re-running the program she and Steve Evans co-produced at the Port Townsend Women’s March upon the inauguration of President Donald Trump, first aired on January 23, 2017.
This week on the Compass we pay a return visit to the Ecumenical Christian Helping Hands Organization (ECHHO) to learn about both the services they offer and their current volunteer needs. And then we are treated to the ponderings of some of the town’s youngest philosophers at the Swan School.
Each year in early February hundreds of school kids and their adult mentors descend upon a former farm in the Tarboo Valley armed with digging implements and rubber boots to take part in one of the most ambitious stream restoration and reforestation projects in the state. KPTZ Compass covered the Tarboo Plant-a-thon back in 2015, and because this year’s plant-a-thon is scheduled for this Saturday, the 3rd of February, we thought this would be a good time to reprise that show.
This week the Compass takes to the streets, along with a sizable portion of the local population, as we cover a rally of support for immigrants that took place on Martin Luther King Day, and then attend the PT Womxn’s March, which may well have been the largest demonstration in the town’s history.
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.
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.
This week on the Compass we take a tour of KPTZ’s future home in the basement of what is thought to be Fort Worden’s first building. This program features Fort Worden PDA Executive Director Dave Robison, KPTZ General Manager Robert Ambrose, and Fort Worden Facilities Manager Larry Sammons.
‘Tis the season for overeating and not getting enough exercise…but lest we fall prey to the illusion that we can pop a pill to make up for our bad behavior, this week on the Compass we reprise a story we did several years ago on the pills that more and more Americans hope will fend off the ill effects of an unhealthy lifestyle. Then correspondent Martha Baskin looks at the question of what place natural gas has in plans for a clean energy future.
This week on the Compass we bring you two more presentations from the Economics of Happiness Conference held at Fort Worden Oct. 27-29, a weekend-long event that brought together some of the world’s most prominent thinkers, writers, and activists in the sustainability and localization movements to “discuss, discover, and devise better systems for now and the future,” as the event’s website puts it. We will hear from Community Sourced Capital co-founder Rachel Maxwell, and organic farming and urban agriculture pioneer Michael Ableman, who were both on hand to lead workshops at the conference.
You can view other talks from the conference HERE.
(October 27-29, 2017) Some of the most prominent thinkers, writers, and activists in the sustainability and localization movements came together at Fort Worden’s Lifelong Learning Center on the weekend of October 27-29, 2017 to “discuss, discover, and devise better systems for now and the future”, as the conference’s website puts it.
When Yes! Magazine co-founder Sarah Van Gelder polled the 250 attendees at the Economics of Happiness Conference held recently at Fort Worden on the question of whether they thought the transition to a sustainable economy would be rough or smooth, only one hand went up for “smooth”. Everyone else expected a pretty rough road ahead. Which is probably the reason they were all there for the weekend-long event that brought together some of the world’s most prominent thinkers, writers, and activists in the sustainability and localization movements to “discuss, discover, and devise better systems for now and the future”, as the event’s website put it.
The conference was organized by local activists including Karen Wyeth and Local 20/20 co-founder Judith Alexander, with major support from Swedish visionary Helena Norberg Hodge’s organization Local Futures, which has hosted a number of other Economics of Happiness conferences around the world, including in the U.S., India, Australia, Italy, and South Korea.
Along with Van Gelder, Yes! Magazine co-founder David Korten, and Post-Carbon Institute Senior Fellow Richard Heinberg, Norberg Hodge anchored the keynote panel on the first evening of the conference. This week on the Compass we bring you highlights of that keynote panel.
This Thursday, October 19, at precisely 10/19 in the morning it’s going to happen: The Great Shake-out Drill. Yes, it will be 10:19 on 10/19 when KPTZ will ask listeners to duck, cover, and hold, and in general to participate in a practice session to prepare for a major earthquake disaster. In this week’s Compass, we talk with KPTZ Emergency Preparedness Advisor Rita Kepner about what is entailed in preparing for the worst.
This week on the Compass we talk with the executive director of Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics about a lawsuit they have lodged against the U.S. Forest Service for improperly permitting the Olympic National Forest to be used by the Navy as a training ground for electronic warfare. And then we talk with a direct descendant of the legendary S’Klallam chief Chetzemoka about his legacy.