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Tune in to Power of Place – Stories of the Pacific Northwest, an audio storybook hosted by Edward Krigsman honoring places that matter and the people who steward, protect or celebrate them. Whether you have just arrived or have spent a lifetime here, we hope you will find our podcast both entertaining and grounding. Enjoy Power of Place podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and your other favorite podcast platforms. To learn more about our podcast series including exploring photos from each ep ...
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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 founder’s grandson, family archivist and President of the I.V.…
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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, schools and modest homes produced the likes of Ray Charles, Ernestine Anderson and Quincy Jones. Reared …
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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 t…
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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. A…
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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 dotting NBI’s…
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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 t…
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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 years,…
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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…
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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 dive…
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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 alterna…
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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…
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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 art, and live music, while b…
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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 Mi…
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Welcome to our first podcast episode of 2022. Beginning with this episode, EK on the Go is now Power of Place, Stories of the Pacific Northwest, with a new appearance and soundscapeIn this episode we will hear from one of the Pacific Northwest’s most acclaimed living novelists, Jim Lynch. Jim's approach to storytelling reflects both meticulous rese…
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Join us in our final episode of 2021 with guest Richard Hartlage, Founder & CEO of Land Morphology. His firm has designed gardens for the Chihuly Garden and Glass at Seattle Center, the upcoming 20-acre Seattle Waterfront Park, and the private gardens of celebrities and CEO's nationwide.Richard will explain how thoughtful and intelligent garden des…
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Join us in this episode for a conversation with Tom Heuser, President of the Capitol Hill Historic Society, and artist-photographer Lana Blinderman about the distinctive though oft-overlooked architectural history of Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.For decades, the Hill’s midcentury apartments and condominiums provided architectural ambiance an…
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Join us in this episode to hear from Nick Bratton, Senior Director of Policy for Forterra.Since 1989, Forterra has secured over 275,000 acres of land through over 450 land transactions. From the farmlands and river canyons of Yakima to the estuaries and forests of Washington’s coastline, Forterra safeguards a healthy environment. The organization a…
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Join us in this episode with Doreen Alhadeff, co-founder of the Seattle Sephardic Network and the first Jewish American to receive Spanish citizenship under a 2015 law permitting descendants of Jews expelled from Spain in the fifteenth century to apply for citizenship.Enjoy Doreen’s reminiscences about her childhood and youth in multiethnic Seward …
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Join us in this episode with Mark Holtzen, author of A Ticket to the Pennant, a children’s storybook exploring Seattle’s Rainier Valley, circa 1955, through the eyes of a young baseball fan.This was the era of Sick’s Stadium, home of the Seattle Rainiers, who played in the now-defunct Pacific Coast League. Mark’s ingenious narrative takes us on a j…
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Join us in this episode with Marga Rose Hancock and Rosalie Daggett, board members of the Queen Anne Historical Society.Marga and Rosalie walk us through the delights of Queen Anne. One of Seattle’s oldest neighborhoods, Queen Anne is a vibrant collage of stately Old Seattle mansions, charming hilltop parks, and urban amenities, including some of t…
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Join us in this episode for a chat with Christine Mahler, executive director of the Washington Wildlife & Recreation Coalition.Our region is nationally and globally known for the dramatic beauty of its landscapes and seascapes. Yet many of these natural environments could not exist without the active and vigilant stewardship of myriad public and pr…
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Join us in this episode for a conversation with Christopher Patano, AIA, founder and studio director of Patano Studio.Chris’s diverse architectural/landscape architectural portfolio includes parks, aviation facilities, schools, factories, corporate headquarters, transportation facilities, and private residences. His architectural journey began in h…
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Have you ever wondered how the names of Seattle’s neighborhoods evolved over time? The University District, for instance, was once called Brooklyn. Join us in this episode with architectural historian Adam Alsobrook, AIA, who expertly reads old buildings, vintage neon signs, industrial history, archaic electrical systems, postcard collecting, mason…
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Join us in this episode for a conversation with leading broker Bob Bennion of Compass Real Estate.Over the course of his 30-year career, Bob has rubbed shoulders with some of the region’s titans of industry, as well as leaders in the arts, science, and medicine. With an infectious and classically casual PNW demeanor and tone, Bob identifies changes…
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Join us in this episode where we will hear from prolific Seattle architect team Ray and Mary Johnston of Johnston Architects (founded 1990).Mary and Ray have designed many civic and residential buildings all over the city and state, including The Maple Valley Library, South Park Library, Casa Latina Headquarters, The Seattle Humane Society Building…
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Join us in this episode for a conversation with archaeologist Paula Johnson as she puts together puzzle pieces from the past. A shoe with cleats. A perfume bottle from Detroit. These historical artifacts were found when geothermal wells, intended to supply King Street Station with clean energy, revealed the remains of the Hammond Packing Company, a…
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Sometimes the key to success is being in the right place at the right time with the right attitude. Tune in to a lively and wide-ranging discussion with Paul Suzman, nephew of South African anti-apartheid activist Helen Suzman and founder of OfficeLease, the West Coast’s first commercial tenant/buyer representative (founded 1981). Paul recounts his…
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Join us in this episode as we talk shop with the executive director of Seattle Architecture Foundation Stacy Segal.Stacy’s optimistic yet pragmatic perspective on Seattle’s built environment will inspire you to take one of the many tours offered by SAF that introduce tourists and locals alike to the layered history of the city. “We’re becoming a … …
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Join us in this episode with Jim Goldberg and Allison Jeffries of Red Propeller as they trace their path into real estate marketing and branding – a journey that contributed to and paralleled Seattle’s emergence from regional to national and global prominence. Prophetic storytellers skilled at channeling the spirit of a place, Jim and Allison have …
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Join us in this episode for a conversation spanning Realpolitik, capitalism and moral philosophy with affordable housing activist Roger Valdez, founder of Seattle for Growth. As the chief lobbyist behind Washington State’s 2005 cigarette ban, Roger understands that social and policy change is incremental and often glacial. Washington’s legislation …
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Working with local investors who seek positive returns while remaining sensitive to neighborhood needs, Scott has preserved bars, nightclubs, restaurants, and retail spaces that anchor the Pacific Northwest’s music, dining, and shopping scene and built 300 units of micro-housing, as well as a hostel in the International District. His projects inclu…
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Strap on your toolbelt, pull up your work-boots and join Edward for a constructive discussion with father-son developer duo Bill Parks and Andy Parks. Bill reminisces about his many innovative residential projects, including Stonewater Lofts in Fremont, a site-specific installation inspired by the orangutan habitat at Woodland Park Zoo and re-creat…
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Join us in this episode to fly away with Seattle artist Susan Robb, whose work is often both ephemeral and monumental.Susan speaks with Edward about her subversive multi-media art practices (encompassing sculpture, photography, video, performance, and interventions) in both Seattle and Tacoma, and her artistic project to articulate and represent ou…
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Join us in this episode for a chat with innovative architect Bradley Khouri, principal of b9 Architects. Bradley’s expansive portfolio includes mixed-use and multi-family sustainable buildings across Western Washington. Hear Bradley dish about his experience with rapidly evolving zoning codes and their effect on housing affordability and sustainabl…
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Time-travel with Edward to learn about Seattle Commons, Seattle’s legendary Central Park that never was, with Christopher Blado and Weston Brinkley. Chris and Weston are members of the Atlas Obscura Society, a nationwide organization dedicated to finding and preserving the mystery and magic of everyday life. Atlas Obscura devised a counterfactual w…
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Join us to welcome Norm Rice, Seattle’s esteemed mayor who presided over Seattle during its breakout “grunge” era, from 1990 to 1997.Seattle’s first African American mayor and author of Gaining Public Trust: A Profile of Civic Engagement, Mr. Rice shares his faith in civic engagement as an engine for urban renaissance. Particularly instructive for …
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Buckle your seatbelts and get ready for a transcendent journey through time and place through the psychically attuned, restorative interior design practice of Heidi Schor and Paul Damen, aka House Healers.This adventurous and perceptive duo relies on a sixth sense to retrieve the souls of neglected and forgotten Seattle houses, many of which they f…
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Join us in this episode for a coffee klatch with Seattle-based restaurant entrepreneur and branding genius Michael Klebeck, Chief Creative Officer of the The Confectioners Society and creator of Top Pot Doughnuts, Mod Pizza, Sun Liquor Distillery, Zeitgeist Coffee and other trend-setting West Coast food & design environments and brands. An attentiv…
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Join us in this episode as we chat with Pacific Northwest architect and thought leader Kevin Eckert, founding partner of Build, LLC. Kevin speaks passionately about the generative influence of Danish modernism on his aesthetic. Yet it is his background in structural engineering that equally informs his architectural and building practice. Inspired …
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