KPTZ Specials

She Tells Sea Tales Making Waves – Radio Waves!

She Tells Sea Tales is the annual event hosted by the Northwest Maritime Center to raise up the voices of women working on the waterfront. This year KPTZ  attended She Tells Sea Tales and came home with the scintillating tales of six accomplished women mariners, from commercial fishers to a sailor capsized on Port Townsend Bay, featuring stories from Kathy Pool, Amanda Thieroff, Ashlyn Brown, Sarah Kolbeck, Inger Rankins, and Erica Lichty. Though this show was first broadcast on May 15, you can hear She Tells Sea Tales, hosted by Diana Talley, at your convenience here.

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Brazilian artist Daniela Speilmann World Premiere on KPTZ!

Brazilian multi-instrumentalist Daniela Speilmann, in Port Townsend to teach and perform at Centrum’s annual Choro Workshop, stopped by KPTZ. As part of the April 12 interview (listen below) with Al Bergstein for his Wednesday morning Brazilian music show Music2DrinkCoffee2, Daniela decided to launch her new album, Obrigado, Zé da Velha, named in honor of the trombone player Zé da Velha, who helped found and recently retired from their collective, Choro na Rua (Choro in the Streets). Choro na Rua is a group of Rio musicians who formed to bring Choro music out of the nightclubs and bars and into the streets for anyone to enjoy. They often play weekly in outside cafés and parks around Rio de Janeiro. Daniela, a PhD music professor in Brazil, has many albums to her credit, and played with legendary Brazilian jazz clarinet player Paulo Moura. 

2023 Home and Kitchen Tour

(Airdate: April 18, 2023) Presenting the 2023 AAUW Home and Kitchen Tour are AAUW members Jean Stasney, Leslie Roubal, and Teri Nomura, all interviewed by Phil Andrus.

Heads Up on Local Housing

On Monday evening, March 13, KPTZ presented two recorded half-hour programs addressing the current challenges and lack of housing in our community, hosted by KPTZ News Producer Jim Burke.
Housing Connections, part 1 covered “What Is a Comprehensive Housing Plan and Why Does Port Townsend Need One?” and features Kim Herman, Peggy Webster and Naushard Cader

Housing Connections part 2 discussed “Inclusionary Zoning Myths” will feature Judy AlexanderFred Kimball, and Kim Herman.

On Tuesday, March 14, as part of KPTZ’s Pi Day event, Housing Connections, part 3 was a special live forum to address the challenging housing situation in our area, in an employer-focused panel discussion, moderated and hosted by Phil Andrus. The forum comprised Jake Beattie, Northwest Maritime Center, Linda Rosenbury, PT Schools Superintendent, Buster Ferris, Edensaw Woods, and Chief Bret Black of East Jefferson Fire Rescue.

Here’s the THING!

Do you love community radio? Do you love music? Do you love the sprawling beautiful lawns of Fort Worden? If you answered yes to any of the above then we have an opportunity for you! From now till Monday March 20 at 5 pm, if you become a sustaining donor to KPTZ at any price, you will be entered to win a pair of 3-day Festival Passes to THING this August at Fort Worden. You can donate online at, call us at 360-379-6886 or stop by the Mountain View Station to make your donation. The drawing winner will be announced by Chris Bricker on his show Tuesday, March 21 at 9:30am.

KPTZ is pleased to partner with STG once again for THING Fest. The THING comes back to Fort Worden this August. Listen below where KPTZ’s Charlie Bermant interviews Festival Producer Adam Zacks. They discussed THING lineup and coming back to Port Townsend. Listen in below. THING passes for locals are available for purchase at 20% off online pricing, and no service charge fees, in person at the Fort Worden Commons building.

An Evening with Gordon Bok

Originally aired in two segments on the June 5, 2022 Cats in Our Laps, “An Evening with Gordon Bok” is a mix of an extended interview by Phil Andrus of Gordon with selections from his many recordings.

Rep. Derek Kilmer Speaks to BOCC

(Airdate: January 24, 2022) U.S. Congressman Derek Kilmer joined the Board of County Commissioners meeting from 10:30 to 11am. Congressman Kilmer spoke about the current legislative session in Washington, DC with news about programs that are expected to have a big impact on Jefferson County.

The summary below was provided by and is used with the permission of Jefferson County Government.

“Obviously, this has been a really challenging time from the standpoint of our public health system,” Congressman Kilmer said. And, we’ve also faced some extraordinary economic challenges as well.”

His review of the past year included the Paycheck Protection Program and American Rescue Plan, but he spent time looking forward to current and future legislation. He said the Infrastructure Bill that was signed into law “is about putting people to work now and laying the foundation for economic growth over the long haul. By investing in roads, and bridges, and transit,and water systems, and ports, and in broadband.”

The bill makes historic investments in transportation, substantial investments in Port related infrastructure, and includes $23.4 billion for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure.

The Build Back Better Act – passed by the House and currently awaiting action in the Senate – would reduce the cost of childcare, provide universal preschool for three and four year olds, provide more rental assistance addressing the public housing repair backlog and investing in the National Housing Trust Fund to build and preserve more affordable homes. It also deals with energy bills. 

To learn more and hear Congressman Kilmer’s presentation, here’s a link (1:30:59) :…/cab5767e-43ec-4717
To access the congressman’s website:

Antiracism in a Community Context

From September 1 on KPTZ: Envisioning an Antiracist Community in Port Townsend: A conversation on the radio. What does antiracism mean to each of us? What are our hopes and dreams for this community, where we live and raise our families? How can we work together to achieve an antiracist community? Facilitated by equity and inclusion consultant Tonia Burkett of Usawa Consulting. With Velda Thomas, Sabrina Hill, Kai Wallin, Siobhan Canty, and Anya Callahan. .

Supported by Sunfield Land for Learning, Jen Rubinowitz of Coldwell Banker Best Homes, and Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, community partners in compassion and justice.

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Miss Lillian, More Than a President’s Mother

A film adaptation of the one-woman show, Lillian Carter—More Than a President’s Mother, is called Miss Lillian, More Than A President’s Mother.” The docudrama is scheduled to be released September 28.  The film tells the inspiring story of LILLIAN CARTER, matriarch of Georgia’s storied Carter family and mother to Jimmy Carter, the oldest living United States President. Included in the film are interviews with former President Jimmy Carter, former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, newsman Sam Donaldson, and former Dodger Manager Tommy Lasorda, as well as friends and family in Plains, Georgia.  In the film, Carol Swarbrick, multi-talented veteran of film, television, Broadway, regional stage, portrays Miss Lillian Carter. KPTZ’s Chris Bricker chats with Carol about the film, which will screen at the Seattle Film Festival website on Friday, July 2 and Saturday, July 3. To view the film online both days, click here.

KPTZ Radio Port Townsend Day is May 14

At the May 3 Port Townsend City Council meeting, the agenda included Mayor Sandoval’s reading of the City’s Proclamation to establish May 14, 2021 as KPTZ Radio Day in Port Townsend. In honor of the station’s 10th anniversary of broadcasting at 91.9FM, KPTZ Programming Lead Ruby Fitch (upper left) joined the online Council meeting to accept the proclamation, expressing gratitude on behalf of everyone at the station. The archived audio below also includes an intro and outro from John Clise as well as Ruby’s acceptance of the Proclamation:

Mill Stories: In Their Own Words

Shelly Leavens, Jefferson County Historical Society Executive Director narrates this one-hour program featuring curated oral histories from the Port Townsend Paper Mill. This program was presented by KPTZ on March 30, 2021, in collaboration with the Jefferson County Historical Society.

Radio Forum: Listen Here

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On Tuesday, February 9, KPTZ presented a live broadcast dialogue on KPTZ about creating long-term solutions to homelessness locally with panelists Beulah Kingsolver of Dove House and Cherish Cronmiller of OlyCAP. The discussion was moderated by County Commissioner Kate Dean with the aim of advancing thinking and dialogue about homelessness locally so that future decision-making can be done with the community less polarized, more informed, more compassionate, and engaged in solutions.
KPTZ’s Forum on Homelessness is supported by our community partners in compassion and justice: Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Cunnington Dental, and Blue Wave Sanitization.

Community Read 2018

(First airdate: March 8, 2018) Community Read 2018 features Leif Whittaker’s My Old Man and the Mountain: A Memoir. PT Library Director, Melody Sky Eisler speaks about this year’s Community Read with Larry Stein, followed by a replay of Cris Wilson’s 2017 interview with Leif Whittaker about his book and his life in his adventurous family.


In Memory of Marcia

KPTZ, our community and the world lost our beloved Marcia Perlstein on Sunday evening, February 25, 2018. Marcia was the host of the two radio programs Pleasures and Treasures (aka Treasures and Pleasures) and Under the Rainbow, and she was a lifelong activist for human rights and justice. She called herself “your friendly neighborhood interviewer,” and urged us all to “Go gently, or as gently as you can.” Marcia was a force for good, for humanity, for justice, for art, for love.

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Presentations from Economics of Happiness Conference

(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.

The Economics of Happiness Conference was organized by local activist Karen Wyeth and others from the Local 20/20 organization, but took its name from the film of the same name, produced by the Swedish visionary Helena Norberg-Hodge’s group Local Futures, which has hosted similar conferences around the nation and the world. Norberg-Hodge was among the speakers, as were Yes! Magazine co-founders David Korten and Sarah Van Gelder, Post-Carbon Institute Senior Fellow Richard Heinberg, organic farming and urban agriculture pioneer Michael Ableman, Happiness Alliance communications officer and Affluenza filmmaker and co-author John de Graaf, local food movement pioneer Judy Wicks (founder of Philadelphia’s iconic White Dog Café), Community Sourced Capital co-founder Rachel Maxwell, Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies and Thought in Education John Lupinacci, best-seller Your Money or Your Life author Vicki Robin, and UW Center for Communication and Civic Engagement Rethinking Prosperity project manager Deric Gruen.

KPTZ News Director Steve Evans recorded many of the presentations during the weekend, and KPTZ is making them available here in the hope that listening will provide inspiration to our listeners to also help “discuss, discover, and devise better systems for now and the future,” as the conference’s website put it.

1. Envisioning the Future, with Helena Norberg-Hodge, Richard Heinberg, David Korten, and Sarah van Gelder


2. Envisioning the Future: Q&ampA


3. Song by Lawrence Cole, “Localization is Bubbling Up”


4. Richard Heinberg: From GDP to GNH


5. John de Graaf: From GDP to GNH


6. Rachel Maxwell: From GDP to GNH


7. John Lupinacci: From GDP to GNH


8. Q&A from GDP to GNH


9. Judy Wicks: The Bigger Picture


10. Helena Norberg-Hodge: The Bigger Picture


11. Sarah van Gelder: The Bigger Picture


12. Deric Gruen & John de Graaf: Rethinking Prosperity


13. Peter Lumsdaine: Rethinking Prosperity


14. David Korten: Rethinking Prosperity


15. Brandy Gallagher: Going Local


16. Deric Gruen: Going Local


17. Michael Ableman: Going Local


18. Vicki Robin: Going Local


19. Q&A from Going Local


June Conversation with Derek Kilmer

(Recorded June 22, 2017) Steve Evans, KPTZ News Director, spoke with Derek Kilmer on Thursday, June 22 about the recent shooting on the Congressional Baseball field, the President’s proposed budget, cuts on environmental and health programs, and citizen reaction on the attempts to revoke and replace the Affordable Care Act.


Arts Funding: Karen Hanan & Rob Birman

(First airdate: March 8, 2017) Larry Stein talks with Karen Hanan, Executive Director of the Washington State Arts Commission, and Rob Birman, Executive Director of Centrum about the state of National, State and Local funding for the arts.


Derek Kilmer Report for March 2017

(Recorded February 28, 2017) Listen to a new conversation with Rep. Derek Kilmer (WA-6th). Derek talks about the town-hall meetings he hosted during February’s congressional break, and the current state of legislation in Congress.


Derek Kilmer Report for March

(First airdate: February 28, 2017) Larry Stein interviews Derek Kilmer, US Representative for Washington state’s 6th district about current activity in Congress and in our home district.


Art News Report

(First airdate: February 20, 2017) Arts News Report by Larry Stein on I Have a Name, a photo exhibition at the Northwind Arts Center, on display through February 26. The photos, by Raymond Ketcham, document activities and people over four years at the Boiler Room on Water Street, next door to Northwind.


Interview with Derek Kilmer

(First airdate: January 31, 2017) Larry Stein interviews Derek Kilmer, U.S. Representative from Washington state’s 6th Congregational District about current activity in Congress.


Mary Ellen Hannibal

(First airdate: December 7, 2016) Larry Stein interviews Mary Ellen Hannibal, author of Citizen Science, in which she writes about the widespread activities that have been labeled “Citizen Science”, such as Birdwatchers, Tidepool tenders, backyard Bee enthusiasts – the many people who share their observations of our natural world with coordinated databases, and scientists who can use that data. She speaks in Port Townsend at the High School Salon Series on Friday Dec. 9, and at the Fort Worden chapel for the Marine Science Center on Sunday Dec. 11.


Witnesses at Standing Rock

(first airdate: November 3, 2016) Al Bergstein interviews Share DeWeese and Reverend Florence Caplow who recently returned from the Sioux encampment at Standing Rock, North Dakota.


Poetry Event: Neruda and Ahkmatova

(first airdate: October 12, 2016) Larry Stein interviews Kathryn Hunt and Bob Francis about the series of events on October 21-22. Friday’s reading is being held at Northwind Arts Center, 701 Water Street, Port Townsend. Saturday’s reading, The Angel of History: A Celebration of the Poetry of Pablo Neruda and Anna Akhmatova, is being held at Quimper UU Fellowship, 2333 San Juan Avenue, Port Townsend.


Recorded Live at the 2016 Wooden Boat Festival

Here is the full live KPTZ live broadcast from the 40th Annual Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival, featuring anthropologist Margaret Willson talking about her recently-published book Women Who Have Worked in Fishing in Iceland from the Times of the Vikings to the Present, as well as interviews with festival and Wooden Boat Magazine founder Tim Snider, Tightwads on the Loose author Wendy Hinman, former festival director Kaci Cronkhite talking about her newly released book Finding Pax, the Port Townsend Sailing Club, and more.



Orlando Shooting Vigil in P.T.

A diverse group of about 500 people spontaneously gathered at Haller Fountain Plaza Tuesday evening to hold vigil and to share their feelings about the tragic shootings at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, FL last weekend, and KPTZ’s producer Marcia Perlstein and News Director Steve Evans were there. A KPTZ Community Radio News special.