Olympia grew up listening to Dick Pust chatting with candidates for local office and representatives from every community group one could imagine. On the “Saturday Morning Conversation” paid program, Dick talks with candidates and local businesses (Buy Local!) Saturdays at 8am. On “It’s Your Community,” Sundays at 9am, Dick discusses the issues facing the South Sound with the people who know the most about them.

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December 30 2018

Trish Gregory and Natalie Skovran with the Family Support Center will talk about their move to Olympia’s west side. http://www.fscss.org/

Mike Jones and Brenda McAferty talk about how the North Thurston Education Foundation helps homeless students. www.ntef.org

December 23 2018

Dr. Roy Heynderickx, president of Saint Martin’s University, talks about its transformation from local college to internationally known university. www.stmartin.edu/

National Organization of Women vice president Gilda Yazzi and local NOW board member Linda Malanchuk-Finnan discuss gender-based violence. now.org

December 16 2018

Thurston County Commissioner John “Hutch” Hutchings talks about the need for a new courthouse and a whole lot of other things. https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/bocc/Pages/bio-district-1.aspx

Educator and author Marcie Ciampi (Everyday Asperger’s as Samantha Craft) discusses women on the autism spectrum. http://www.myspectrumsuite.com/

December 9 2018

Phil Prietto with City Gates talks about keeping people from becoming homeless. citygatesministries.org

Reiko Callner discusses gender-based violence in the workplace. https://zontasouthpugetsound.org/

December 2 2018

Paul Simmons with the Olympia Parks Department talks about Oly on Ice! http://olyonice.com

Salvation Army Captain Mark Stearns talks about the kettle drive. https://olympia.salvationarmy.org/

November 25 2018

John Dodge, author of A Deadly Wind: The 1962 Columbus Day Storm, shares his memories.

Miguel Pineda of Homes First talks about affordable homes for low-income young adults.

November 18 2018

Deborah Reynolds and Carolyn Woodling with Zonta of South Puget Sound discuss 16 Days of Activism for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

George Bridges, president of The Evergreen State College and the EDC’s Michael Cade and Gene Angel talk about the college’s economic impact.

November 11 2018

Lacey Chamber president Graeme Sackrison talks about how innovative ideas can be developed and brought to market through the new Lacey MakerSpace. http://laceymakerspace.org/

Assistant Olympia Police Chief Aaron Jelcick talks about the city’s policing policy and how it’s carried out. http://olympiawa.gov/city-services/police-department.aspx

November 4 2018

Dr. Jack Havens and Bob Wubbena with an organization called CLIPA unveil a plan they hope will make both “save Capitol Lake” and “revert to an estuary” groups happy. http://www.savecapitollake.org/

Square-dance caller Glenn Raiha shares his enthusiasm for square dancing. http://olympiasquaredance.com/

October 27-28 2018

Andrew Saturn, candidate for Utility Commission, explains his vision for the PUD. Paid political advertisement by Friends of Saturn. www.votesaturn.com/

E.J. Zita decries the mailing that directs voters to write-in her name for county commissioner. BTW, she’s NOT running and supports candidate Tye Menser.

New Tenino police chief Robert Swain talks about his journey from big-city policing to serving Tenino. http://www.ci.tenino.wa.us/Police

Don Ulrich, owner of Yenney Music, talks about his hobby – flying drones – to capture aerial photos.

October 20-21 2018

Tye Menser, candidate for Thurston County Commissioner District 3, explains why he’s running. Paid political advertisement by Tye for Thurston. tyeforthurston.com/

Financial planner Leon Benek of Benek Financial Group discusses the need for a financial plan for your home or business. Part two of five! www.benekfinancialgroup.com/

Jen Burbidge, Director of the Lacey Parks and Recreation Department, explains the basics of Proposition 1, the City of Lacey’s upcoming parks and recreation ballot measure.

Karen Hall with the Olympia Soroptimists talks about their Live Your Dream Award program. www.soroptimistolympia.org

October 13-14 2018

Dick Scott, founder of Desco Audio and Video custom AV integration, talks about almost 50 years in business and the changes he’s seen. https://www.descoav.com/

Sandra Herndon, president of the Thurston chapter of the League of Women Voters urges you to be an informed voter. http://www.lwvthurston.org/

Passport services are new at the Thurston County Auditor’s Office. www.thurstoncountywa.gov/auditor/Pages/auditor-passports.aspx

October 6-7 2018

The Tumwater Marching Band Festival October 13 features bands from around the NW. facebook.com/TumwaterMBF/

Olympia’s new homeless coordinator Colin DeForrest shares ideas. olympiawa.gov/community/homelessness

September 30 2018

Olympia School Superintendent Patrick Murphy talks about the district’s new strategic plan. https://osd.wednet.edu/

Corinn Wohl and Autumn Cummings talk about the American Cancer Society and why “Real Men Wear Pink.” http://MakingStridesWalk.org

September 23 2018

Chris Wells, Executive Director of United Way of Thurston County, talks about the upcoming Day of Caring event. https://www.unitedway-thurston.org/

The Center for Natural Lands Management South Puget Sound Director Patrick Dunn talks about protecting the prairies and oak woodlands in Thurston County. http://www.southsoundprairies.org/

September 15-16 2018

Leon Benek with the Benek Financial Group talks about the importance of planning the future course of your business after you’re gone. http://www.benekfinancialgroup.com/

Betty Holt and her daughter Rach’l explain their support of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. https://afsp.org/

Audrey Pastore and Ted Samland with Elks Lodge 186 talk about how the lodge has been a part of the Olympia community for over a hundred years and still provides many community services. https://www.facebook.com/OlympiaElks/

September 8-9 2018

Dr. Shamika Cordis, owner of Phoenix Rising, talks about the benefits of her chiropractic services. https://www.phoenixrisingwc.com/

Rapper Bobby Williams talks about how the Bridge Music Program is helping youth at risk. https://www.bridgemusicproject.org/

Stephanie Johnson with the Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation Department talks about Percival Landing. https://apm.activecommunities.com/olyparksartsrec/Home

September 2 2018

Lynette Manning of Bloodworks Northwest talks of the need for blood donations, particularly in the summer. https://www.bloodworksnw.org/

Derek Harris, new director of Community Youth Services (CYS), discusses how the organization serves at-risk youth. https://communityyouthservices.org/

August 26 2018

Keith Looker, manager of Lacey Veterans Services Hub, talks about how his organization is helping homeless veterans. https://www.laceyveteranshub.org/

Karen Fraser from Olympia Kiwanis and Carol Riley, executive director of Olympia Harbor Days, talk about the event this Labor day weekend, including the cruise from Tacoma to Olympia, and the vintage tugboat races on Sunday! https://www.harbordays.com/

August 18-19 2018

Jacci Butler, manager of The Marie Bed and Breakfast, and chef James Simmons, talk about the restored B & B on Olympia’s west side. https://mariebnb.com/

John Price, chair of the Mason/Thurston Local Emergency Communications Committee, explains how the EAS System works. https://www.co.thurston.wa.us/em/Links/Links.htm

Gary Burris, Director of the Child Care Action Council, talks about daycare centers. //www.ccacwa.org/

August 11-12 2018

DuPont Mayor Mike Courts talks about the various attractions in his city and the Hudson’s Bay Heritage Days. //dupontwa.gov/index.aspx?nid=195

Janet Pearce with the State Department of Natural Resources talks about the danger of wildfires. https://www.dnr.wa.gov/Wildfires

Medic One Director Kurt Harden along with staff members Erin Burgman and Preston Wallace talk about compression-only CPR. https://www.co.thurston.wa.us/medic1/cpr.htm

August 4-5 2018

Angela Bulanda, owner of Discipline Untamed, talks about keeping fit. https://www.disciplineuntamed.com/

Thurston County Emergency Management coordinator Sonya Kroese talks about the county’s new alert notification system. https://www.co.thurston.wa.us/em/

Debbie Haddock and Beth Capek with the Little Red Schoolhouse Project describe the distribution of school supplies and clothing to kids in need as they go back to school. //www.redschool.org/

July 29 2018

Jennifer Williamson-Forster, Executive Director of the South Sound Reading Foundation, talks about the importance of getting children to read. //www.southsoundreading.org/

Blogger Janine Gates talks about the importance of local news reporting. //janineslittlehollywood.blogspot.com/

July 21-22 2018

Stacey Waterman-Hoey, director of Arbutus Folk School, talks about promoting unique forms of art such as rock sculpting and wood carving. //www.arbutusfolkschool.org/

Laurence Reeves with the Capitol Land Trust talks about preserving natural lands and working forests and farms. https://capitollandtrust.org/

David Albert with Friendly Water for the World talks about bringing fresh water to people in impoverished nations. //friendlywater.net/

Financial planner Leon Benek of Benek Financial Group discusses financial strategies for families and businesses – evaluating assets, life insurance policies, securing your financial future, business acquisition, and retirement. //www.benekfinancialgroup.com/

July 14-15 2018

Kevin Gleim with the Parkland/Spanaway Rotary Club talks about supporting a golf course designed especially for disabled veterans.

Patti Belmonte, Executive Director of the Hands On Children’s Museum, talks about Summer Splash!

Intercity Transit General Manager Ann Freeman-Manzanares talks about the second part of their community outreach project, “The IT Road Trip.” and how riders can have a say in service-improvement projects.

July 8 2018

Rebekah Graham, Director of Volunteer Services for Catholic Community Services of Mason, Lewis, and Thurston Counties talks about needing volunteers to help seniors and disabled people in need.

Debbie Laur, Commanding Officer of the Capitol Battalion of the Sea Cadets, describes how her organization helps young people develop discipline and direction in their lives.