Your Community Podcasts

Olympia grew up listening to Dick Pust chatting with candidates for local office and representatives from every community group one could imagine. On his “Your Community” program (on-air Saturdays at 7am) and podcast (Spotify, Apple, or Google on demand), Dick talks with non-profit groups, community leaders, candidates, and businesses.

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2024

Karen Griggs, Co-President of the Capitalarians, joins Dick to discuss the past, present and future of the Lakefair Festival.  Click here to hear the podcast.

 

Thurston County Treasurer Jeff Gadman joins Dick. Find out how your taxes are collected and spent.  Click here to hear the podcast.

 

With more focus than ever on our criminal justice process, Dick interviews Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney Jon Tunheim in this week’s episode.  Click here to hear the podcast.

 

Colleen Carmichael, Executive Director of Quixote Communities, joins Dick. Find out how “the sky’s the limit” when you have a place you can call home.  Click here to hear the podcast.

 

Dick’s guest is Mindie Reule, President and CEO of Community Foundation of South Puget Sound. Learn how your gift could leave a legacy that would benefit the community for years to come.  Click here to hear the podcast.

 

Olympia hosted the first US Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials in 1984. Denise Keegan and Charlie Curry join Dick Pust to relive the history and discuss the planned celebration.  Click here to hear the podcast.

 

Ryan Perkins, Principal Owner and Operator, of FC Olympia joins Dick to discuss just what is meant by “Artesian Soccer.”  Click here to hear the podcast.

 

In the studio with Dick are Michael Petty from the Olympia Host Lions Club and local optometrist, Mary Ferris, from Rainier Eye. Learn about the resources available for those suffering from low vision.  Click here to hear the podcast.

 

Dick’s guest is Darlene Hein, President of the League of Women Voters of Thurston County.  Click here to hear the podcast.

 

Skip Steffen and Leah Boardman from Olympia Union Gospel Mission join Dick to discuss their treatment programs, clinics, meals, and other resources for the homeless. Click here to hear the podcast.

 

Paulette LaDoucer, General Manager of Capital Homecare Cooperative, talks about their services for the elderly and disabled and also about how being a co-op sets them apart from others in the industry. Click here to hear the podcast.

 

Jennifer Williamson-Forster, Executive Director of the South Sound Reading Foundation, discusses her group’s mission to bring the joy and promise of books and reading to all South Sound children.. Click here to hear the podcast.

 

Olympia Arts Program Manager Stephanie Johnson joins Dick to discuss the traffic box wraps and other examples of public art in our parks and community. Click here to hear the podcast.

 

Thurston County Sheriff Derek Sanders joins Dick to discuss the challenges his department faces. Click here to hear the podcast.

 

Affiliate Professor at The University of Washington School of Dentistry and Rotary Club President, Attila Talaber, joins Dick to discuss American citizenship from the perspective of someone whose family fled Hungary during the 1956 Revolution.  Click here to hear the podcast.

 

Ren, Buck and Natalie of the Olympia Crisis Response Unit join Dick to discuss how they make a positive impact with crisis counseling, conflict resolution and mediation, harm reduction, first aid and non-emergency medical care, and referrals to additional support services. Click here to hear the podcast.

 

Domenique Getchman, Kahlo Flores, and Sierrra Abrams from Together talk about the organization’s goals to advance the health and well-being of area youth…making sure they are healthy, safe and valued. Click here to hear the podcast.

 

Kellie McNelly, Executive Director of Rochester Organization Of Families, joins Dick to discuss ROOF and their wide range of community services. Click here to hear the podcast.

 

Author Merritt Long joins Dick to discuss his book and stories of growing up in segregated Alabama. Click here to hear the podcast.

 

Joe Avalos, the Director of Olympic Health and Recovery Services, visits with Dick about their goal to provide access to behavioral health crisis and recovery support services in Thurston and Mason Counties. Click here to hear the podcast.

 

Author Dr. Thelma Jackson discusses her book “Blacks in Thurston County.” Click here to hear the podcast.

 

Local honorary historian and raconteur Don Trosper visits with Dick about Tumwater’s history. Click here to hear the podcast.

 

Lacey is growing with new retail, residential, and city projects. City Councilman Lenny Greenstein discusses the future of Lacey with Dick Pust. Click here to hear the podcast.

 

Brothers Dan and Jonathan Tweten purchased the 3 Brewery City Pizza locations a couple years ago and just finished renovations. Click here to hear the podcast.

 

Olympia Schools Superintendent Patrick Murphy speaks with Dick about school enrollment, test scores, proposed school levies and possible school closings. Click here to hear the podcast.

 

You may be surprised just how big the South Sound YMCA is and how much they offer. Kyle Cronk, President of South Sound YMCA, joins Dick on the program this week. Click here to hear the podcast.