Northwest Focus

Focus is a weekly thirty minute radio interview program featuring discussions about holistic (whole systems) approaches to issues affecting the quality of life in Seattle and other communities in the Pacific Northwest. It airs on KING-FM 98.1 and KBLE-AM 1050 Saturday mornings at 6:30 in Seattle, Sunday nights at Midnight, and in Portland on KFXX-AM 1520 - Sunday mornings at 5:30 and KGON-FM 92.3 Sunday mornings at 5AM. Programs on KBLE-AM may differ from the listed show here.

CD's are available for a suggested donation of $15.00. To order, send a check to IPiPP 14 S. Division, Auburn, WA 98001


10/26/97 - #155 - 29:00

Subject: Socially Responsible Film-making
Guest: Tom Allen
Length: 22:00
Contact: (206) 282-7180 or (310) 471-0193
Date Aired: 10/26/97
Summary: Tom Allen is the Co-President of the new non-profit organization, the Focus Institute of Film. He discussed the institute, its work in encouraging socially responsible, uplifting films to benefit underprivileged youth and the lack of social conscience of most Hollywood movies.



10/19/97 - #154 - 29:00

Subject: Literary Arts as Crime Prevention
Guest: Danika Dinsmore, M.A.
Length: 22:00
Contact: (253) 735-MEAT
Date Aired: 10/19/97
Summary: Danika Dinsmore is the Executive Director of the Northwest SPokenword LAB, an intergenerational spoken word performance, resource and outreach center in Auburn, Washington. She discussed the SPLAB, its work in facilitating positive youth development and the successes of its first season of work.



10/12/97 - #153 - 29:00

Subject: Women and their Inner Beauty
Guests: Vicky Edmonds and Philip Brautigam
Length: 22:00
Contact: (206) 937-0700 for Vicky and (425) 775-8422 for Philip.
Date Aired: 10/12/97
Summary: Vicky Edmonds is a writing workshop facilitator who has taught in prisons and with at-risk youth. Philip Brautigam is the head of Brautigam Design and Photography. They discussed their upcoming collaboration: "In The Mirror: Women Facing the Possibility of Their Beauty" and how the combination of writing and nude photography helps women come to terms with deep-seated issues.



10/05/97 - #152 - 27:45

Subject: Neural Structure, Chaos and Healing
Guest: Graywolf Swinney
Length: 22:00
Contact: (541) 476-0492
Date Aired: 10/05/97
Summary: Graywolf Swinney holds degrees in Chemical Engineering and Psychology and is the founder of the Institute for Applied Consciousness Science. He discussed the neural structure of the brain, the application of chaos theory to the human brain and how the brain works like a hologram for the entire human organism.



9/28/97 - #151 - 27:00

Subject: The Science of the Future, Consciousness Science
Guest: Graywolf Swinney
Length: 22:00
Contact: (541) 476-0492
Date Aired: 9/28/97
Summary: Graywolf Swinney holds degrees in Chemical Engineering and Psychology and is the founder of the Institute for Applied Consciousness Science. He discussed the institute, the emerging field of Consciousness Science and its application to healing the human organism.



9/21/97 - #150 - 28:00

Subject: Work Addiction
Guest: Jack Fecker
Length: 22:00
Contact: (800) 461-1931 for book information and (425) 643-4246 for workshop info.
Date Aired: 9/21/97
Summary: Jack Fecker is a man who has held many different occupations in his life. He is also the author of: "Freedom From Work: Our Obsession with Work. Is There a Way Out?" He discussed his hard-work background and upbringing, his thoughts about work addiction and his tips on making discovery the important thing in one's life, not a meaningless job lacking soul connection.



9/14/97 - #149 - 29:30

Subject: Protecting Your Kids from Internet Predators
Guest: Dennis Small
Length: 22:00
Contact: dsmall@inspire.ospi.wednet.edu http://www.ospi.wednet.edu or (360) 664-3111
Date Aired: 9/14/97
Summary: Dennis Small is the Educational Telecommunications Specialist with the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. He discussed his thoughts about the Internet, shared anecdotes about the positive aspects for education and offered some tips for parents to prevent their web-surfing kids from being taken advantage of by Internet users with less than good intent.



9/7/97 - #148 - 28:45

Subject: Teaching Values and Morality through Classic Literature
Guest: Herb Kohl
Length: 22:00
Contact: N.A.
Date Aired: 9/7/97
Summary: Mr. Kohl is an award-winning author and educator who has edited his second book to help people understand the complexity in moral decisions. His new effort is entitled: "The Plain Truth of Things: The Role of Values in a Complex World." He discussed the book, the effort to show William Bennett (author of the "Book of Virtues) that moral decisions are not black and white and he read some of the work of Muriel Rukeyser and Victor Hernandez Cruz.



8/31/97 - #147 - 28:30

Subject: Preventing Teen Suicide
Guests: Sara Owens and Kelsie Nelson
Length: 22:00
Contact: (206) 461-4922
Date Aired: 8/31/97
Summary: Sara Owens is the Coordinator of the Teen Link Line. Kelsie Nelson is a volunteer with the program. They discussed the line, the problem of Teen Suicide, the early signs someone may be considering suicide and how the line is an effective prevention method.



8/24/97 - #146 - 29:30

Subject: Preventing Domestic Violence
Guests: Lynn Gordon and Seth Ellner
Length: 22:00
Contact: (206) 205-5555 for recorded message, or (206) 632-1870
Date Aired: 8/24/97
Summary: Ms. Gordon is the King County Domestic Violence Program Manager. Seth Ellner is a counselor who facilitates perpetrator treatment groups. They discussed the Love Shouldn't Hurt domestic violence public education campaign, the symptoms of Domestic Violence and how perpetrators can get help for their abusive tendencies.



8/17/97 - #145 - 28:00

Subject: Same Sex Marriage and the Politics of Sexual Justice
Guest: Morris Kaplan
Length: 22:00
Contact: N.A.
Date Aired: 8/17/97
Summary: Mr. Kaplan, a former lawyer and Professor of Philosophy at Purchase College, discussed recent Supreme Court decisions affecting gays and lesbians, the progress of the Civil Rights movement for Gays and Lesbians, the notion of Same Sex Marriage as civil disobedience and other thoughts from his book: "Sexual Justice: Democratic Citizenship and the Politics of Desire."



8/10/97 - #144 - 30:00

Subject: Youth Crime Prevention through the Literary Arts, Part 2
Guests: Danika Dinsmore, Kevin Flanigan, Mia Karpov, Mike Madden, Hanna Chung and Stefan Kamola
Length: 22:00
Contact: (253) 735-6328
Date Aired: 8/10/97
Summary: Danika Dinsmore, the Executive Director of the Northwest Spokenword LAB, along with 5 of the 6 Teen Slam finalists talked about their series of Teen Poetry Slams dedicated to helping young people use their creative energy for the pro-social activity of the literary arts. Kevin Flanigan and the other finalists shared their thoughts about the series as well as their work, and the efforts to censor the thoughts of young people.



8/3/97 - #143 - 28:00

Subject: Youth Crime Prevention through the Literary Arts, Part 1
Guests: Danika Dinsmore, Rachael Strom and Kevin Flanigan
Length: 22:00
Contact: (253) 735-6328
Date Aired: 8/3/97
Summary: Danika Dinsmore, the Executive Director of the Northwest Spokenword LAB, along with 2 of the 6 Teen Slam finalists talked about their series of Teen Poetry Slams dedicated to helping young people use their creative energy for the pro-social activity of the literary arts. Rachael Strom and Kevin Flanigan shared their thoughts about the series as well as their work developed since the creation of the series.



7/27/97 - #142 - 27:00

Subject: A Gay and Lesbian Youth Writing Series
Guest: Shane Luitjens
Length: 22:00
Contact: (206) 320-8742
Date Aired: 7/27/97
Summary: Shane Luitjens is the facilitator of OutLINE, a series of writing workshops for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and questioning youth. He discussed what it is like to be in an unsupportive community, the high rate of suicide due to sexual questioning and how the writing series helps youth come to terms with issues of sexual orientation.



7/20/97 - #141 - 29:30

Subject: An Indigenous Northwest Perspective
Guest: Beaver Chief
Length: 22:00
Contact: (206) 782-5781
Date Aired: 7/20/97
Summary: Beaver Chief is a native of the Northwest, descendent of the indigenous people of the area, including Chief Seattle. As a native medicine man he discussed how he got his name in a sacred ceremony, how casino money is tempting native people with the lure of materialism and how native prophecies are coming true in this time. He also discussed an upcoming series of events his is facilitating called: "In the Spirit of Beaver Chief."



7/13/97 - #140 - 29:00

Subject: Watershed Planning to Prevent the Implementation of the E.S.A.
Guest: Jim Jesernig
Length: 22:00
Contact: (360) 902-1801
Date Aired: 7/13/97
Summary: Jim Jesernig is the Director of the Washington State Department of Agriculture. He discussed the need for watershed planning to prevent the implementation of the Endangered Species Act in the effort to help the survival rate of threatened species of wild salmon and steelhead runs. He cited the efforts in the Yakima River watershed as an example of such planning.



7/6/97 - #139 - 29:00

Subject: Money versus Wealth
Guest: Sarah Van Gelder
Length: 22:00
Contact: (800) 937-4451 http://www.futurenet.org
Date Aired: 7/6/97
Summary: Sarah Van Gelder is the editor of: "YES! A Journal of Positive Futures." She discussed the dysfunctional nature of our relationship with money in our society, the difference between money versus wealth and the creative ways some communities are taking advantage of human resources to offset the impact of corporations that engage in practices that negatively impact community.



6/29/97 - #138 - 28:00

Subject: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Guest: Jeffery Schwartz, M.D.
Length: 21:00
Contact: N.A.
Date Aired: 6/29/97
Summary: Dr. Schwartz is a psychiatrist with the OCD Research Group at UCLA and the author of: "Brainlock: Free Yourself from Obsessive Compulsive Behavior." He discussed Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, some extreme examples and the ancient art of mindfulness that helps to combat OCD.



6/22/97 - #137 - 27:15

Subject: Speeding Prevention
Guest: Kent, Washington Police Officer Robert Scholl
Length: 21:00
Contact: (253) 859-3303
Date Aired: 6/22/97
Summary: Officer Scholl is a member of the Kent Racing team. Sponsored by the Kent, Washington police department, the team has initiated a series of racing nights on Wednesdays throughout the summer at Seattle International Raceway. The team will engage in drag racing against any street-legal competition to show that police are interested in driving fast ONLY in the proper situation as in the case of the drag racing nights at SIR.



6/15/97 - #57 - 28:00

Subject: American Indian Activism
Guest: Russell Means
Length: 21:00
Contact: N.A.
Date Aired: 6/15/97
Summary: Mr. Means is an author, actor and American Indian activist. He discussed his life, native versions of American historical events and items from his book: "Where White Men Fear To Tread." (Part two of a two part interview recorded in November, 1995.)



6/8/97 - #56 - 26:40

Subject: American Indian Activism
Guest: Russell Means
Length: 21:00
Contact: N.A.
Date Aired: 6/8/97
Summary: Mr. Means is an author, actor and American Indian activist. He discussed his life, native versions of American historical events and items from his book: "Where White Men Fear To Tread." (Part one of a two part interview recorded in November, 1995.)



6/1/97 - #136 - 29:30

Subject: Asset-Mapping for Positive Youth Development
Guest: Rick Jackson
Length: 21:00
Contact: (206) 382-5004
Date Aired: 6/1/97
Summary: Mr. Jackson, the Vice-President for Program Development at the Seattle YMCA, discussed the "It's About Time" project, the results of their recent study and the concept of "asset-mapping" to help create an environment for positive youth development.



5/25/97 - #135 - 26:30

Subject: Sustainability in Pierce County
Guest: Dennis Taylor
Length: 21:00
Contact: (253) 564-9622 or email dtaylor@ymcatacoma.org,dtaylor@ymcatacoma.org
Date Aired: 5/25/97
Summary: Dennis Taylor, Director of the Sustainability Education Program at the Tacoma YMCA, discussed the concept of sustainability, his efforts at creating awareness about sustainability in Pierce County and the planned Sustainability Center for Tacoma to be located near Tacoma C.C.



5/18/97 - #134 - 28:30

Subject: Alternatives to Ritalin, Part 1
Guests: Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, N.D. and Robert Ullman, N.D.
Length: 22:00
Contact: (425) 774-5599 http://www.healthy.net/jrru
Date Aired: 5/18/97
Summary: Doctors Reichenberg-Ullman and Ullman are naturopathic doctors and licensed homeopaths. They serve as President and Vice-President of the International Foundation for Homeopathy. They are also authors of a book entitled: "Ritalin Free Kids Safe and Effective Homeopathic Medicine for ADD and Other Behavioral and Learning Problems." They discussed the Ritalin epidemic and drug-free alternatives. (This is the last of a two part series.)



5/11/97 - #133 - 29:30

Subject: Alternatives to Ritalin, Part 1
Guests: Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, N.D. and Robert Ullman, N.D.
Length: 22:00
Contact: (425) 774-5599 http://www.healthy.net/jrru
Date Aired: 5/11/97
Summary: Doctors Reichenberg-Ullman and Ullman are naturopathic doctors and licensed homeopaths. They serve as President and Vice-President of the International Foundation for Homeopathy. They are also authors of a book entitled: "Ritalin Free Kids Safe and Effective Homeopathic Medicine for ADD and Other Behavioral and Learning Problems." They discussed the Ritalin epidemic and drug-free alternatives.



5/4/97 - #132 - 29:00

Subject: Urban Innovation in the Pacific Northwest
Guest: Alex Steffan
Length: 22:00
Contact: (206) 634-3027 or http://www.speakeasy.org/steelhead or 4505 University Way N.E. #420, Seattle, WA 98105
Date Aired: 5/4/97
Summary: The editor of Steelhead and its on-line companion magazine Steelhead Web, Alex Steffan discussed his publication, the future of print in the digital age and progressive urban innovation in Seattle, Portland and other towns in the Pacific Northwest.



4/27/97 - #131 - 28:00

Subject: Voluntary Simplicity - part 2
Guest: Cecile Andrews
Length: 21:00
Contact: (Phinney Neighborhood Association (206) 464-4800)
Date Aired: 4/27/97
Summary: Cecile Andrews is a columnist for the Seattle Times and an expert on Voluntary Simplicity. She discussed the concept of Voluntary Simplicity, the complicated and unrewarding nature of the modern American lifestyle and the need to simplify.



4/20/97 - #130 - 26:00

Subject: Voluntary Simplicity
Guest: Cecile Andrews
Length: 21:00
Contact: (Phinney Neighborhood Association (206) 464-4800)
Date Aired: 4/20/97
Summary: Cecile Andrews is a columnist for the Seattle Times and an expert on Voluntary Simplicity. She discussed the concept of Voluntary Simplicity, the complicated and unrewarding nature of the modern American lifestyle and the need to simplify.



4/13/97 - #129 - 27:00

Subject: Becoming The Parent You Want to Be
Guest: Janis Keyser
Length: 22:00
Contact: lkeyser@netcom.com,
Date Aired: 4/13/97
Summary: Ms. Keyser, a teacher, parent educator, mother, Grandmother and author discussed the changing role of parenting and of families and tips from her book: "Becoming the Parent You Want to Be: Strategies for the First Five Years."



4/6/97 - #128 - 27:00

Subject: America's Forgotten Forest History
Guest: Gary Ferguson
Length: 21:00
Contact: (800) 873-9040 or ferguson@wtp.net,
Date Aired: 4/6/97
Summary: Free-lance journalist and author Gary Ferguson discussed the relationship between Americans and the forests, including the spirituality many mainstream Christian preachers attributed to wilderness, the need to re-mythologize our sylvan connection and other stories from his book: "The Sylvan Path: A Journey Through America's Forests."



3/30/97 - #127 - 29:00

Subject: Preventing Teen Violence
Guests: David Shavel and Kathi Skarbo
Length: 22:00
Contact: (206) 226-7259
Date Aired: 3/30/97
Summary: David Shavel is the Community Mobilization Coordinator for the South King County Youth Violence Prevention Committee. Kathi Skarbo is the former Chair of the South King County Community Network discuss the effort to use the Hawkins and Catelano risk and protective factors to prevent teen violence in the eight school district area that comprises South King County.



3/23/97 - #126 - 29:00

Subject: Guiding Teens into Adulthood through Initiation
Guests: Melissa West and Peter Wallis
Length: 21:00
Contact: (206) 782-3341
Date Aired: 3/23/97
Summary: Melissa and Peter are the co-founders of Lifequest, an organization dedicated to helping guide teens into adulthood through ritual initiations. They discussed the troubling statistics on teen suicide, the human need for rites of passage and the types of teen initiations some communities have performed.



3/16/97 - #125 - 28:30

Subject: On-Line Organizing for the Environment
Guests: Steve Albertson, Denise Joines
Length: 21:00
Contact: (206) 448-1008 or http://www.onenw.orghttp://www.onenw.org
Date Aired: 3/16/97
Summary: Steve Albertson, the Director and Denise Joines, the Training Manager of One Northwest, (on-line organizing for the Environment) discussed their organization's history and mission, the work being done to create instant on-line documentation of the damage inflicted on forests by clear-cutting and the aid they give environmental groups organizing on-line for effective lobbying.



3/9/97 - #124 - 28:00

Subject: Real Change for Homeless People
Guests: Anitra Freeman and Dr. Wes Browning
Length: 21:00
Contact: http://www.speakeasy.org/~wes http://www.speakeasy.org/~anitra or (206) 441-3247
Date Aired: 3/9/97
Summary: Wes and Anitra are two homeless activists (Wes currently is homeless for political reasons) who are active in the Real Change newspaper, a paper sold by homeless and poor folk. They discussed their stories of homelessness, their print activities and their web sites.



3/2/97 - #123 - 26:30

Subject: Emerging Science and Neurofeedback
Guest: Adam Crane
Length: 21:00
Contact: (800) 424-6832, whatis@mindfitness.com or Saranel Binyon at (206) 236-6880
Date Aired: 3/2/97
Summary: Adam Crane, a Neurofeedback (Brainwave feedback) pioneer, lecturer and teacher discussed the technology that allows trained therapists to view the brain activity and help facilitate deeper states of consciousness, new science theories (Chaos, Quantum Physics) and the trends that show the emerging field of consciousness processing eclipsing information-processing industry in terms of jobs and total revenue



2/23/97 - #122 - 26:30

Subject: Involving Youth in Community
Guests: Artrese Hartman and Norma Straw
Length: 21:00
Contact: (206) 325-7922 email - syin@jetcity.com
Date Aired: 2/23/97
Summary: The Program Manager for the Seattle Youth Involvement Network and volunteer Norma Straw discussed the Network's mission of "advocating with youth to initiate positive change in the community through volunteer service and the political process" as well as their brochure called " Respect" creating by youth on positive youth/police interactions.



2/16/97 - #121 - 28:00

Subject: The Poetry Slam and the Spoken Word Renaissance
Guests: Allison Durazzi and Brian W. Robinson
Length: 21:00
Contact: (206) 322-5936 Poetry Circus - P.O. Box 20205, Seattle, WA 98102
Date Aired: 2/16/97
Summary: Allison and Brian are members of the Seattle Slam steering committee. They discussed the history of the Seattle Slam and its current popularity, the question of whether the Slam is a legitimate art form and they read some of their Slam performance writing.



2/9/97 - #120 - 28:00

Subject: The Mania of Global Economics and the Effect on the Pacific NorthWest
Guest: William Greider
Length: 21:00
Contact: http://www.simonsays.com
Date Aired: 2/9/97
Summary: The Political Editor of Rolling Stone magazine, Bill Greider discussed his new book: "One World, Ready or Not: The Manic Logic of Global Capitalism," the mania and excesses of the global economy, its effect on the NorthWest, the likelihood of an economic crash or disaster and the need to close the loop in manufacturing (as well as create full employment) through the concept of the "inverse factory."



2/2/97 - #119 - 28:00

Subject: A Day in the Life of Cyberspace
Guest: Rick Smolan
Length: 21:00
Contact: ricksmolan@aol.com, http://www.cyber24.com
Date Aired: 2/2/97
Summary: Mr. Smolan is the creator of: 24 Hours in Cyberspace: Painting on the Walls of the Digital Cave, a book and CD Rom project that will be in the Smithsonian in January. He discussed his pictorial time capsule of the Internet, and issues surrounding the Net such as censorship attempts and the availability of pornography.



1/19/97 - #118 - 28:00

Subject: American Corporate Greed
Guest: Michael Moore
Length: 21:00
Contact: mmflint@aol.com or mail to P.O. Box 831, NY NY 10101-0831
Date Aired: 1/19/97
Summary: Michael Moore is an award-winning TV producer (TV Nation) and the director of the largest grossing documentary in history, "Roger & Me." He discussed American corporate greed, signs of the times like Manpower surpassing General Motors as the country's biggest employer and other facts from his first book: "Downsize This! Random Threats from an Unarmed American."


1/12/97 - #117 - 26:15

Subject: A Poetic Benefit for Pediatric Aids
Guest: Eric Slocum
Length: 21:00
Contact: KOMO-TV, Seattle
Date Aired: 1/12/97
Summary: Eric Slocum, a weekend anchor at KOMO-TV in Seattle, discussed his poetry benefit book project: "New Words" and how the benefit was able to give one hundred percent of proceeds to pediatric Aids. Eric also discussed and read a few of his poems.


1/5/97- #116 - 26:00

Subject: Honoring Ordinary Youth for Being Extraordinary
Guests: Larry Sagen and Gil Lopez
Length: 21:00
Contact: (800) 889-5797, youthhall@msn.com (206) 623-6770
Date Aired: 1/5/97
Summary: Larry Sagen, the Founder and Director of the Youth Hall of Fame International and high school Senior Gil Lopez, the YHFI Senior Board Member, Seattle Chapter, discussed the Youth Hall of Fame International, their practice of honoring ordinary kids being extraordinary and their recent honoring ceremony in Seattle.


For a list of Focus programs from previous years, click on the year of interest: 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996