Attention Please!

The People Downstairs

(Airdate: January 30, 2023) Jim Burke interviews three-quarters of the cast of The People Downstairs By Natalie Symons, directed by Brendan Chambers, at Key City Public Theatre, in previews February 1, and running through February 26. The cast read a scene in the studio during our interview and KCPT calls it, “A dark but sweet comedy about loneliness & loss, laughter & love, & the need to be seen – with kindness.

Habitat for Humanity

(Airdate: January 23, 2023) Host Steve Evans talks with Jamie Maciejewski, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of East Jefferson County – and perhaps the person most closely acquainted with the steadily escalating housing crisis in our community – about the nonprofit’s ambitious plans for growth and its concomitant need for all sorts of volunteers.

Buzzy Donahue’s Life in Radio

(Airdate: January 16, 2023) In this reprise of a show from June 20, Jim Burke introduces a Ken Jones interview from our sister station KBOO with our own Buzzy Donahue about her life in radio, and also discusses her father, “Big Daddy” Tom Donahue, who started “free form” radio in San Francisco in the 1960s.

Marine Science Center’s new Director, Bee Redfield

(Airdate: January 9, 2023) Bee Redfield, the new Exececutive Director of the Port Townsend Marine Science Center, talks about her previous experience at Purdue University, and in field work in various locations – mostly in Island Ecosystems.  She is excited about leading the center into its new phase of growth, and establishment of its new presence on Water St.  KPTZ host:  Larry Stein. (This is a repeat episode, originally broadcast in October of 2022, updated with new information.)

Derek Kilmer and Carrie Hite

(Airdate: January 2, 2023) Jim Burke interviews Carrie Hite, Director of Parks and Recreation Strategy about the stakeholder process (so far) for the Port Townsend Municipal Golf Course and the Mountain View Commons, with a public open house event coming up on 1/11th at Ft. Worden and 1/12 online. Then, Jim speaks with Congressman for the 6th District Derek Kilmer about the recently passed budget, what it means for Jefferson and Clallam Counties and the January 6th Commitee’s work.

Rachel Maxwell & Michael Ableman

(Airdate: December 26, 2022) This week on Attention Please! we dig into the KPTZ archives to bring you two more presentations from the 2017 Economics of Happiness Conference held late that year at Port Townsend’s Fort Worden. It was 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 put it. This week we 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.

Cycling for World Rejuvenation

(Airdate: December 29, 2022) Rachel Dunn and Kellen Lynch share some of the highlights of their travels through Western Europe, a tour they undertook by bicycle and train in search of sustainable practices in agriculture, housing and community. Hosted by Phil Andrus.

The Rose is Sold

(Airdate: December 12, 2022) It is no longer a secret, the Rose Theater has been sold to local arts leaders, Michael D’Alessandro (Northwind Art), and  George Marie (Centrum Writing Programs).  Larry Stein spoke with them and Founder Rocky Friedman about the future of the Rose Theater.  Note: Our earlier talk with Rocky Friedman about the Rose sale can be found in KPTZ Podcasts/Attention Please/June 13, 2022)

Chimacum Arts & Crafts Fair

(Airdate: December 5, 2022) Jim Burke has a conversation with Flavia Heineman and Tami Robocker about the upcoming Chimacum Arts & Crafts Fair, which benefits Chimacum Schools, and other schools in East Jefferson County. Then Jim interviews Willie Bence about the recent windstorm fallout, and discusses the ways in which we can be prepared for any future disruptions by assembling disaster kits; “go buckets” and “go bags.”

Economics of Happiness

(Airdate: November 28, 2022) As we enter the darkest phase of a year that has featured more than a few dark turns, this week on Attention Please! we dig into the KPTZ archives to bring you a few rays of light from the 2017 Economics of Happiness Conference at Fort Worden, which brought together some of the world’s best thinkers on the subjects of sustainability, happiness, and localization.

Artistic Juxtapositions and a Museum Makeover

(Airdate: November 21, 2022) In this edition of Attention Please!, the focus is on the Jefferson County Historical Society. Curator Stephen Bates describes the work of Rachel Feferman shown in the current exhibit Juxtapositions. Historical Society staff member Tara McCauley gives an update of Historical Society news, and Ms. McCauley and host Phil Andrus promote the upcoming Holiday Extravaganza.

PT High School Music Program

(Airdate: November 14, 2022) The PT High School music program is working toward an ambitious trip for the High School Orchestra to visit Los Angeles. They will experience music in a major city and play alongside other school-age musicians. Larry Stein attended a fundraising concert and spoke with Daniel Ferland, the head of the PT High School music program, and Dr. James Ray, respected regional music educator. We’ll also hear some clips from the concert.

Cuban Missile Crisis

(Airdate: November 7, 2022) October was the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, and host Jim Burke spoke with local activist Peter Lumsdaine, with Physicians for Social Responsibility. They discuss the Cuban Missile Crisis and the parallels to the current climate of distrust, saber rattling and threat of nuclear war between Russia, NATO and the United States.

Election Security

(Airdate: October 31, 2022) With the Republican Party focusing on undermining Americans’ trust in the electoral process under the leadership of former president Donald Trump, host Steve Evans revisits a conversation he had in the run-up to the 2020 election with Jefferson County Auditor Rose Ann Carroll and Elections Coordinator Quinn Grewell about how the integrity of our mail-in elections in Washington State are assured.

Jevon’s Forest

(Airdate: October 24, 2022) This week, host Steve Evans delves into the KPTZ archives to bring you a program first aired in August of 2015 – and to take you far, far to the south, to perhaps the most biodiverse and critically endangered rainforest in the world – the one known as the Chocó.

Conservation Futures for a Future of Abundance

(Airdate: October 17, 2022) In this edition of Attention Please!, the topic is the role of the Jefferson County Conservation Futures program in protecting precious lands in our county, with two case studies as illustrations: the preservation of Tamanowas Rock and of Tarboo Valley salmon habitat. Hosted by Phil Andrus.

New Exec. Dir. of PT Marine Science Center

(Airdate: October 10, 2022) Bee Redfield, the new Executive Director of the Port Townsend Marine Science Center (PTMSC), shares her personal history leading to this new position. She also talks with Larry Stein about her plans in moving forward with the ambitious expansion of the PTMSC in their new home at the Flagship Landing building on Water Street.

Food Bank

(Airdate: October 3, 2022) Jim Burke interviews Kathy Ryan of the Food Bank Growers and Shirley Moss, Manager of the Port Townsend Food Bank, about the Jefferson County Food Bank, local growers who provide fresh produce for the food bank, and the W.A.V.E. (what a Valuable Experience) fundraiser, on October 22nd.

A Healthy Diet

(Airdate: September 26, 2022) Could it be that many of the world’s most dreaded diseases, from Alzheimer’s to cancer and heart disease, can be prevented or even cured by a simple change in diet? In this March 2016 Compass show, host Steve Evans talks to Dr. Sandra Poling, who tells us it could.

Bazaar Girls Building & Creative District Sculptures

(Airdate: September 12, 2022) Karen Anderson discusses the renovation of the former Jefferson Community School building and the move and expansion of Bazaar Girls knitting shop. Then Emillia Nunn, a recent High School grad who has done stories for us, talks about the District “marker sculptures”, specifically the commissioning and placement of them. This includes an interview with the artist, Jonah Trople.

Olympic Neighbors PORCHFEST

(Airdate: August 29, 2022) Jim Burke interviews Claudia Coppola and Kim Rafferty of Olympic Neighbors about their fundraiser PORCHFEST, taking place on Sunday September 4, 2022.

Hazardous Waste

(Airdate: August 22, 2022) Host Steve Evans interviews Jefferson County’s Moderate Risk Waste Coordinator Jerry Mingo in situ at the Boat Haven’s hazardous waste handling facility – on the day before his retirement from a thirty-year career in something that was more a calling than a job.

Tenth All-County Picnic

(Airdate: August 15, 2022) KPTZ takes you to the All-County Picnic in the company of County Commissioner Heidi Eisenhour, Director of Emergency Management Willie Bence, Deborah Stinson of NPREP, Megan Claflin of The Production Alliance, Nora Petrich of KPTZ’s E. Team and host Phil Andrus.

Danny McEnerney and JeffCo Fair

(Airdate: August 8, 2022) Danny McEnerney, the new Fair and Fairgrounds Manager for Jefferson County, talks with Larry Stein about plans for the first “in-person” County Fair since 2019.  He just started his new position in June, and then had to restart the Fair which runs from Aug 12-14, 2022.   We also hear from several long time volunteers for the County Fair and 4H, and one new first-time volunteer.