This page is dedicated to the legacy of the “Soul of Seattle” Radio program that aired here in Seattle for two years January 2009 thru the end of 2010.
Jacques hosted this Seattle-focused talk-magazine radio show that delved into the heart of the fascinating people that move Seattle forward as a center of progress, philanthropy, and cultural and artistic excellence. He told many of their stories through a community and ecologically, sustainably-focused prism, forged from his own, eclectic, world view. He focuses on the interview itself as an art form in the same manner of one of his idols, and perhaps patron saint, the legendary Studs Terkel.
Unfortunately, the show went off the air, October 2011. Despite the robust support from the Roosevelt business community, and especially Progressive Tech, it was too difficult to economically sustain the show on CBS Radio and maintain a high level of broadcast quality.
The following are examples of the posts that previewed the show’s content and highlights.
“Soul of Seattle,” brought to you by Progressive Tech, Seattle’s Most Trusted Computer Repair Company, and the Roosevelt Neighborhood Association, airs Sunday afternoons from 12 to 1 on KPTK AM 1090 Seattle’s Progressive Talk and can also be streamed live – listen in!
COMING UP THIS WEEK: June 27th – “Revisiting Belltown:” This past week the city of Seattle and the Belltown Citizens on Patrol held a town hall forum focused on stemming the tide of crime in Belltown. The police promised to initiate a sweeping plan to add an additional cadre of officers directed at shutting down open-air drug marketing that’s getting increasingly brazen in Seattle’s most socially-economically diverse, and vibrant area. I did a story on this problem a year ago and walked the “gauntlet” one Monday night with concerned citizen, anti-crime activist, Brett Paulson, co-founder and director of BCOP. Well, we talk again after the Forum to see how much has changed, if anything. “SOCCER FEVER:” Okay, Team USA lost to Ghana in the first game of the knockout stage, and yes we soccer fans were disappointed, but love and enthusiasm for the game hasn’t been any higher than it is now, and it just keeps growing passionately. Well, after the USA triumphed over Algeria and emerged as the top dog of it’s group, I interviewed Seattle Sounders FC goalkeeper Kasey Keller for his take on it all. Also, we learn how to avoid those nagging injuries that often occur with the “suddenly active” now that Summer and nicer weather is enticing many of us outdoors and on trails, and playing fields and in lakes and mountains. And, you’ll learn about Mapping your own Circle of Life and what that’s all about.
May 9th: Happy Mother’s Day! “Exploring the nature of our Veterans’ PTSD” Dr. Edward Tick is the world’s foremost expert in matters of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). He approaches it philosophically and spiritually, as well as scientifically. He’s a PTSD shaman, if you will. He wrote this extraordinary book, “War and the Soul,” which is an exquisitely laid out blueprint, or roadmap, to not just understanding the root causes of PTSD, but for offering solutions for deep healing. The book helped me, as did he. If you only get a chance to listen to only one interview as we approach Memorial Day as you may be thinking of our vets, then this is the one to listen to. Trust me! “Fair Trade Chocolate,” 10 Thousand Villages World Market is the HQ for fair trade marketing and products here in our area. The sell a wonderful chocolate product: “Divine Chocolate,” which is produced in Ghana be a really cool, woman-run group of a farmer’s coop. One of the company’s officers is on a marketing/PR tour of the West Coast and she and I engage in a wonderful tete a tete concerning Divine Chocolate and how Fair Trade affects the cocoa trade in general. “Tattva’s,” Peter Bowles and his wife just returned from a three month sojourn in India. It’s a fun, and relatively revealing conversation. And “Bengal Tiger’s” Chef/proprietor Muhammad Uddin shares some fasinating insight and feeling into what it’s like to be an American of Islamic faith and heritage in an increasing xenophobic American society raked with fear, especially given the recently foiled Times Square terrorist attack.
April 3rd: Wow! This blog needs some serious attention. In actuality, it’s been crazy hectic for me as of late, but no worries- “Chick Chat!” More and more truly dynamic and visionary women, especially here in Seattle, are becoming more on leadership in terms of improving the human condition and our environment. There’s an excellent networking group that brings many of these women together in a social forum called “Chick Chat.” I interview some fascinating women doing wonderful work. Also, you’ll hear more of what 10 Thousand Villages is doing to further Fair Trade around the world and how a couple of new products are benefitting women in Central America, Africa and Israel/Palestine. Whole Foods is launching a new campaign to educate us all where our food comes from and how to think and act more local, organic and healthy in our food choices. Plus, they wrapped up their Whole Planet Foundation meant to establish micro loans for budding women food producers around the world. And, we’ll touch base with Chef Muhammad of the Bengal Tiger, as he recently returned from his home country Bangladesh with new recipes. Also, he tells us about his connection with Next Gen Academy. Last but not least, at Hawthorne Stereo, we’ll hear how vinyl record playing evolved from the Victrola a hundred years ago to the top of the line turntables today. You’ll hear both! Sunday at noon AM1090 http://www.am1090seattle.com
Feb. 14th: “Valentine’s Day” Like it or not it’s a holiday that has some effect on just about all of us. And, the reactions vary as does the stress level. Is it a “commercial Hallmark” holiday? Well, yeah… But isn’t that the case with most of our society’s holidays? In any event, we talk to a “Love Doc,” a relationship counselor, on keeping a healthy perspective on the holiday, your relationships, and how to approach being positive about love even if, like me, you “ain’t got nobody to love.” And, I write that playfully tongue in cheek. The counselor is Nikelle Rosier who has her own counseling firm – Emerald City Counseling. You can view her site at http://www.nrosier.com
It’s an interesting conversation, and we cover a substantial amount of territory, but we have fun too. Then we visit the wonderful fair trade emporium, “10 Thousand Villages” which has some Valentine’s Day ideas for you. We also follow up on our conversation on Special Needs caretakers with Tim Wolfe who is a “Peaks Frozen Custard” proprietor. He was a long-term counselor at ARC of King County, where his partner, Pete still works. Also, Valentine’s Day is “Peaks” anniversary and they’re planning an all-day party. Please check it out. Also, “Fix Salon” is embarking on a huge “Makeover” contest… Mandy of Fix fills us in on all of the details. And, if you need a fantastic massage, then Roosevelt’s “Dream Clinic” is THE place for you. I can honestly tell you this from personal experience, after using several different massage clinics. Larisa, of Dream Clinic reminds us of the wonderfully therapeutic benefits of massage – especially at “Dream Clinic.” Then, finally, Robert Levin of “Hawthorne Stereo” gives us the real deal on upgrading your audio visual home experience to “surround sound.” Tune in, and Happy Valentine’s Day.
February 7th: “Surrealized,” “Blowing Glass,” “Feldenkrais/Millumino”
“Surrealized,” is a scintillating musical project by a pair of Seattle musicians, who seemingly come from two disparate disciplines. Rob “Anonymous,” as in his hip-hop nom du plume, is a beat meister who constructs melodies and basic rhythms/beats from a battery of electronics with a hip-hop oriented sensibility. Kimo Muraki is a journeyman Seattle musician who has lent his considerable guitar plucking skills and silky falsetto vocals to a score of bands and projects around Seattle and the West, as well as nationally. Lately, he’s been heavily involved with a lot of projects in Seattle’s rootsy Alt-Country movement, and he’s been a mainstay of the long-running Seattle-scene funk gurus, “Marmalade.” But, he’s one of the most eclectic and imaginative musical visionaries in a city rich with inventiveness. Together, these guys created one of the most searingly endearing “electronic” music sounds I’ve heard in a long time. It harkens back to the synth-pop/wave fueled 80s in one way, somewhat, but crunches along in a guitar driven romp in other ways, while simultaneously drawing a bit from slices of poppy brasilia jazz and eastern/asian sensibilities. Kimo plays a bevy of guitars, electronic and acoustic, including slide/steel, a Chinese Harp, as well as a coronet, and – oh yes, his “robots.” He loops and layers his vocals over varying octaves to a hypnotically, sweetly intoxicating, effect. Lyrically, as you might expect with a name such as “Surrealized,” the songs are written and delivered in an almost coded manner speaking to the soul as much as the mind – all for the purpose of a higher, ethereal, sense of communication. Anyway, Kimo, Rob and I have a great time sitting down in Kimo’s home chatting about the project and more! You can check out Surrealized at http://www.surrealized.net and MySpace and Facebook under, of course, Surrealized.
“Blowing Glass.” Roosevelt’s Whole Foods Market is a great supporter of the community, and of the Arts. The market’s featuring the wonderful Blown Glass Work of one of Seattle’s world class Glass Artists. “Feldenkrais,” is a body movement methodology designed to allow you to become more aware of your sense of spaciousness within your body and outside of it. Millumino’s founder and visionary is one of Seattle’s foremost Feldenkrais practitioners and we start a series of what its about and how we all can benefit from it.
Jan. 31st: “ARC” The King County ARC is a marvelous organization that’s been serving a myriad of needs, and advocating for, people with special needs since before the mid-point of the previous century. People with special needs are sometimes a silent and overlooked segment of our society. But, they’re viable members of our community who deserve respect, consideration and dignity as, just like all of us, they seek to live lives rich with fulfillment and success on their own terms. ARC has been there for them. We speak to one ARC’s social workers, Pete Brulla, who is also a member of the team who brought the wonderful Peaks Frozen Custard to Seattle. We also speak to a couple of advocates, who help their peers in the special needs community have a voice with their legislators in Olympia, King County, and Washington, D.C.
It’s important to note we discuss, to not some needless length, the hurtful connotation that embodies the “R” word. Hopefully, I don’t need to spell it out for you, as just to type it I find rather distasteful. Since this interviewed aired Jan. 31st, I find it interesting and apropos the Seattle Times featured an Editorial on educating the public on the hurtful and archaic nature of what the word once represented as it’s been uttered, reportedly by Rahm Emanuel.
Jan. 24th: “Haiti” Many of the merchants of the Roosevelt Neighborhood have focused on contributing support and funding to help recovery, reconstruction, medical care, and food and water, and housing efforts in the stricken caribbean nation. We talk to 10Thousand Villages, which has a long and vibrant relationship with an artisan community located just outside Port Au Prince. Stacie Ford Bonnelle of Seattle’s 10Thousand Villages auctioned off several items from their Haitian artisan community at a fund raiser that took place at Waid’s, a wonderful Haitian restaurant in the Central District. We also speak to Waid, the proprietor, who immigrated here from Haiti 15 years ago. Other conversations include Mary Hernandez of Roosevelt’s Whole Foods who tells us about their charity drive; Chef Mohammed Uddin, the proprietor of the Bengal Tiger restaurant; Bridgett Thompson of “Millumino – Movement and Arts and Urban Retreat Center, and Charles Brennick of Interconnection. Progressive Tech’s Rich Roth checks in too, with a pretty timely “Tech Talk” segment.
Jan. 17th “One Days Wages,” Eugene Cho, pastor of Seattle’s Quest Church started a wonderful charity that focuses on attacking extreme global poverty. 99 percent of it’s donations go directly to the charitable recipients. Eugene is presently in Haiti offering assistance, and immediately after the Earthquake he allocated thousands of dollars from his organization to the relief effort there.
“Technology Services Corps/Interconnection.” Interconnection, the computer reuse and recycling operation partners with several organizations, including Technology Services Corps, which allows Garfield High School students opportunities to learn about computers from the inside out, literally, and deliver re-furbished computers to developing countries around the globe.
Jan 10th – preempted by WSU B-ball
JAN 3RD : ENCORE PRESENTATIONS: “FAIR TRADE” & “RYHTER CHILD CENTER” AND END OF THE YEAR/DECADE COMMENTARY WITH FEATURES ON ROOSEVELT BUSINESSES “FIX SALON” AND “HAWTHORNE STEREO.”
“Fair Trade,” encompasses a conversation with a couple of 10 Thousand Villages Staffers who are busy advocating for Seattle to become a certified Fair Trade city, which it is presently not.
“Ryther Child Center” is a look at one of the Puget Sound area’s most noted Child Developmental Center, which focuses on kids, many of whom who are foster children, and who are behaviorally and emotionally challenged.
It’s been awhile since I had a commentary in the program. In this show, I spend some time reflecting on the decade we left behind; and especially how it began for me in what was a foreboding manner.
Dec. 27th: “Food Bank,” and “Changing How the World Looks at Beauty.” With the Economy in the shape its in, Food Banks are taking a more prominent role in our society as more and more people need to use their services. We speak to the Development Director of the “University District Food Bank,” and with “Whole Foods” which is one of its largest benefactors.
“Beauty” I have an engrossingly engaging conversation with Cynthia Taylor DeSoto, the proprietor of Roosevelt’s Caruh Salon and Spa. She just published a wonderful and insightful, interactive, book on the true nature of beauty as a universally existent energy, versus the facade-based, physical construct Madison Avenue has worked for eons to brainwash into believing.
Dec. 20th “Vet Art Project and Afghanistan, plus features on “Spectacle Eyeware and More,” “Interconnection,” East West Bookstore,” and “Millumino.”
VET ART Project – is a project I’m in involved in and committed to. It links Veterans with Artists to help build stronger voices among our veterans, and to gives artists direct exposure to the vets and their unique, if not extraordinary, experiences with service and war. The goal is to create new art that gives our society a deeper understanding of the impact of war, and military service has in general, on all of us and on other societies where war, involving our forces, is waged. Art, remember, is our human civilization’s way of allowing us to experience, interpret, and understand aspects of other experiences, and historical perspectives, from various other parts of our communities or human family.
The Vet Art project began in Chicago by Lisa Rosenthal, and a fascinating woman named Caroline Brown facilitates the project here. She became interested in doing it after a discussion we had earlier this year when I was preparing to interview her about her artistic work with the “Babes Network,” which is support group/network for HIV-positive women.
In the Seattle project we have an interesting mix of vets and artists: for example we have two former Soldiers who are Afghanistan vets, and we have a writer who is a native-born Afghani woman. As you’d expect, they had specific and curious reactions to President Obama’s recent policy enacting a “surge” in Afghanistan. One of the Soldiers is a former Soldier of mine in the unit I was assigned to lead before I left active duty in March 2008. He served two tours in Afghanistan, the most recent this year was with our unit which assigned to a Special Forces (SF) Group. The other Soldier is a former SF operative, so both of these guys have unique insight into the “situation” on the ground. I invite you to listen to these interviews, because, and trust me, the result is far different than viewing or listening to the typical array of talking head experts and pundits who opine daily on mainstream news programs and talk-magazines. I’ll continue to do stories on the Vet Art project leading up to the Public Performance next year.
Dec 13: “Black Nativity,” “Tech Talk” with Progressive Tech’s Rich Roth; as well as Hair Care Salon Tips from “Fix Salon,” and Ayurvedic herbal advice for making it through the cold and flu season from Tattva’s Herbs, and a romp through the fair trade, non-profit market, “10-Thousand Villages. Plus, we check in with Michelle Ngyun and Hoa Salon. All, in the holistically healthy, urban village – Roosevelt.
BLACK NATIVITY: In the late 1950s, the Harlem Renaissance poet, Langston Hughes, ingeniously re- imagined the Nativity, as a “colorful” event; essentially telling the story of Christ’s birth from an Afro-Centric point of view circa mid 20th -century African American culture. Since then, the Black Nativity has been a fixture of Christmas season plays and productions. It’s been running concurrently in Boston since 1969, and has been on, and off Broadway, since 1961. But, here in Seattle, the “Black Nativity” has been lovingly interpreted and re-told through the spiritual passion and musical gifts of Seattle’s own Gospel and Soul icon Pat Wright. Uh, that is, the Reverend Patrinell Wright. Seattle’s Black Nativity is gaining world-wide recognition for it’s particularly unique and powerfully kaleidoscopic recreation of Langston Hughes’ vision. It’s been running 12 years, and this season’s production raises the bar with a marvelously diverse cast featuring many members of Pat Wright’s Total Experience Gospel Choir, which includes a former “American Idol” finalist. Also, it’s the last performance at Seattle’s incredibly interactively intimate Intiman Theater. I had a fantastic time going to “church,” as in the black church. Please share this with me!
week before Dec. 6th: “GREEN BEAN NON-PROFIT COFFEE HOUSE” – The Green Bean has been a fixture in the Greenwood neighborhood for quite some time… and was burned down by the mentally disturbed arsonist who was plaguing that area in the early fall. He’s since been caught by the police. The “Green Bean,” meanwhile, relocated to a competitor’s space, the “Sip & Ship.” which has graciously granted them the “coffee” operation for a modest monthly rent. The Green Bean continues it’s mission of helping the needy, as well as serving the public great coffee, pastries and sandwiches. I sit down with Randy Roland, the CEO for an earnest discussion. Randy’s also a minister and the PA announcer for the Seattle Seahawks.
“BOP STREET DAVE” – Vinyl, as in old, dusty, records -LPs and 45s, from the golden age of 20th Century music listening technology is making a huge comeback and Dave Vorhees, the proprietor of Bop Street records, is one of Seattle’s gurus of the genre. He’s been collecting and selling vinyl, and damn near went bankrupt because of it, most of his adult life. And, he recently turned 60 years old. Well, the resurgence of interest in vinyl makes him now look like the mad genius of Ballard – which he is, actually. I’m a vinyl freak as well, so you can only imagine what fun we have with this interview.
Sunday, 12 Noon on AM1090 or http://www.am1090seattle.com Podcasts are on the site too!
NEXT WEEK: Work in progress…
Soul of Seattle’s Music provided by: Diano Garcia – Who is a “Seattle-born, now LA-based singer, songwriter, percussionist who effortlessly embraces several musical genres to create a fluid, afro-latin rock sound with heavy doses of hip-hop, funk and jazz. Diano is politically, environmentally, and socially active in the Seattle community and believes, deeply, in citizen empowerment.”
Diano believes in “Soul of Seattle’s” core values and mission, and has graciously agreed to license his music to be the “sound” of “Soul of Seattle.” Visit his MySpace page: www.myspace.com/dianogarcia
6/7/09: Interview with Bob the Builder and commentary on our disappearing forests.
5/31/09: Interview with local ethical fashion Boutique “Lola” owners Gene and Sharie Steel. Commentary on Puget Sound water pollution.
5/24/09: Interview with Orca researcher Paul Huyt. Commentary on local drivers.