Power of Place 🎧 Power of Place Episode #47 | Crossing Coastal Corners – Andrew tenBrink Crossing Coastal Corners – Andrew tenBrink Join us for a conversation with landscape and urban designer Andrew tenBrink of NYC-based Field Operations as he reveals Seattle’s new downtown Waterfront Park project, which he has managed since 2010. From the cobblestones of Pioneer Square to Belltown’s crowded skyline, Andrew’s block-by-block tour through the 20-acre park demonstrates […]
Power of Place 🎧 Power of Place Episode #46 | Porchlight Parade – Zack Bolotin Step into the multiverse of Zack Bolotin, owner-operator of Porchlight Coffee & Records on Seattle’s Capitol Hill. Not just a cafe, Porchlight is a platform for Zack’s varied talents, including graphic design, photography, art curation, book publishing and online retailing. It’s also a record label. Listen as Zack describes how his endeavors, admittedly wide-ranging, are […]
Power of Place 🎧 Power of Place Episode #45 | Echoes From Alpenglow – Lowell Skoog Click into your bindings as we launch from the highest peaks of the North Cascades with ski mountaineering historian Lowell Skoog, author of Written in the Snows: Across Time on Skis in the Pacific Northwest, published by Mountaineers Books and 2022 winner of the National Outdoor Book Award (NOBA) for historical writing. Born to a family […]
Power of Place 🎧 Power of Place Episode #44 | My Brother’s Keepers – Larry Johnston and Earl Borgert Swing into the B & I Circus Store circa 1964 with guest Larry Johnston, who at age 13 became brother to a western lowland gorilla named Ivan–the ape that became as emblematic of the Pacific Northwest as the legendary Sasquatch. Larry narrates the tale of how his parents came to own the B & I […]
Power of Place 🎧 Power of Place Episode #43 | The Maker – Art Chantry Dive into the second episode of this two-part series as we continue our conversation with graphic designer, Art Chantry, whose stories sparkle as vibrantly as his colorful posters, offering original insights from Seattle’s grunge era. These tales span Art’s diverse interests and influences: The allure of archaeology; Dadaism & Surrealism; old commercial art by overlooked […]
Power of Place 🎧 Power of Place Episode #42 | Louder Than Art – Art Chantry Join us in this episode (the first of a two-part series) for a conversation with graphic designer Art Chantry, a national treasure, whose posters are collected by The Smithsonian and The Louvre.Opening with childhood memories of Parkland on the fringes of Tacoma, Washington, Art describes a restless educational path that eventually brought him to Bellingham. He […]
Power of Place 🎧 Power of Place Episode #41 | Bright Returns – Matt McCauley & Sarah Haberstroh Join us in this episode as we descend into the Graveyard of the Pacific with Matt McCauley, President of The Northwest Shipwreck Alliance and Sarah Haberstroh, Manager of Underwater Operations for Rockfish Inc. Matt’s passion for deep-water marine salvage is intertwined with that of his friend Jeff Hummel. As scuba diving high schoolers on Mercer Island […]
Power of Place 🎧 Power of Place Episode #40 | The Wizard of Earl – Ron Irwin & Earl Bogert Join us in this episode (the first of a two-part series) for stories of the B & I Circus Store, founded by Earl Irwin in 1945 in Lakewood, WA. Our guest today is Earl Irwin’s son, Ron Irwin, who ran the store for decades following his father’s passing. Ron is joined by Earl Borgert, the […]
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Power of Place 🎧 Power of Place Episode #39 | A Seattle Songbook – Dick Coolen Join us in this episode for a radiant musical memoir by pianist Dick Coolen. Long before the city’s reputation as an international tech hub, Seattle achieved a globally relevant jazz culture. Here, bands who gathered in the basements of churches, modest homes, and schools…produced the likes of Ray Charles, Ernestine Anderson, and Quincy Jones. Reared […]
Power of Place 🎧 Power of Place Episode #38 | Seattle Rock City – David B. Williams Join us in this episode for the field trip of a century. Our guest, geologist-historian David B. Williams, illuminates the Pacific Northwest’s characteristic highlands and waterways as landscapes of perpetual transformation. With a wry wink, this raconteur’s stories fuse the sensitivity of a naturalist with the diligence of a research geek. Amble through Seattle with […]
Power of Place 🎧 Power of Place Episode #37 | Club of Caballeros – Tim Person & Ms. Ellen Smith Join us in this episode and step inside the Ray Gibson Caballeros Club with Tim Person (President & CEO) and Ms. Ellen Smith (Manager). In the 1950’s, two trailblazing African American men grew weary of exclusion from downtown Tacoma’s restaurants, concert halls and bars. They envisioned a member-owned, private club for the city’s Black community. […]
Power of Place 🎧 Power of Place Episode #36 | An Orcas Ethos – Craig Gibson Join us in this episode as we explore the rural culture of Orcas Island with Craig Gibson, fourth-generation owner of North Beach Inn (NBI), located on the outskirts of the remote village of Eastsound. Craig’s forebears acquired the 100-acre waterfront fruit farm in 1911. In 1932 they constructed a handful of the 16-rustic cottages now […]
Power of Place 🎧 Power of Place Episode #35 | Power of HaMakom – Mary Potter Join us in this episode for a conversation with a wise friend about the deepest matters of the heart. Our guest is theologian, novelist, and mystic Mary Lane Potter.Mary’s quest for a closer relationship with the divine stretches from her childhood in an immigrant community steeped in the traditions of Christian Reform evangelism; to her Ph.D. at the […]
Power of Place 🎧 Power of Place Episode #34 | Black, Green & Emerald – Anthony and Marlie Love In this episode, we catch up with Anthony & Marlie Love, travel vloggers and creators of the YouTube show Traveling While Black in Seattle and @TWBSeattle on TikTok. A local married couple, they travel together to various Pacific Northwest destinations and share their comfort level as Black people visiting there for the first time. After three […]
Power of Place 🎧 Power of Place Episode #33 | Digging Gig Harbor – Stephanie Lile & Riley Hall Join us in this episode for a conversation with Stephanie Lile, director of Gig Harbor’s Harbor History Museum, together with the Museum’s shipwright Riley Hall. They chronicle their community’s historic working waterfront for more than a century by sharing stories embedded in the museum’s collection of over 20,000 objects, images & ephemera. These objects include […]
Power of Place 🎧 Power of Place Episode #32 | ALMA Matters – Lisa Fruichantie Join us in this episode for a conversation with Lisa Fruichantie, citizen of Seminole Nation of Oklahoma and Executive Director of ALMA, an expansive campus carved out of an old union hall anchored within Tacoma’s historic Hilltop neighborhood. This multifaceted business and venue are devoted to creating community by incubating and presenting a diverse range art, food, culture […]
Power of Place 🎧 Power of Place Episode #31 | Love and Comics – Eric Reynolds Join us in this episode for a conversation with Eric Reynolds, Vice-President of Seattle-based publisher Fantagraphics. Headquartered in Seattle’s Maple Leaf community-with their Bookstore & Gallery in the industrial Georgetown neighborhood-Fantagraphics has quietly produced a stunning body of work over the last 40+ years.  Their genres span alternative comics, classic comic strip anthologies, manga, magazines […]
Power of Place 🎧 Power of Place Episode #30 | Storied Sidewalks – Susanna Ryan Join us in this episode for a conversation with Instagram phenom Susanna Ryan, author of the Seattle Walk Report Series; Seattle Walk Report an Illustrated Walking Tour Through 23 Seattle Neighborhoods (2019) and Secret Seattle, An Illustrated Guide to the City’s Offbeat and Overlooked History (2021). Susanna’s distinctive comic style and eagle eye illustrate the charming and quirky people, places, and things that […]
Power of Place 🎧 Power of Place #29 | Once Upon a Blue Moon – Timothy Dooley Pull up a bar stool and join us in this episode for a conversation with Timothy Dooley-regular, bartender and now owner of the historic Seattle tavern, the “Blue Moon.” Founded in 1934 just after Prohibition to serve mostly college students, the Blue Moon has since been serving up a heady mix of politics, poetry, visual […]
Power of Place 🎧 Power of Place #28 | Anchored in Asotin – Michael Hoover Join us in this episode for a conversation with Michael Hoover. Michael was recently granted clemency­-from a life prison sentence without chance of parole-by the Governor of the State of Washington. Michael’s is a cautionary tale…on remaining anchored to place; and to people. An upbringing of affluence in Woodway, Washington failed to protect Michael from […]