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The Exploring Washington State Podcast is for you if you are looking for ideas and inspirations of great places to visit, fantastic places to grab a bite to eat and drink. If you want to know more about the businesses that call Washington State home, learn about the amazing artists who are creating artwork.The State of Washington is an amazing place to live and a great place to visit. The Exploring Washington State Podcast helps to showcase the splendor of Washington State. Remember "there is always more to explore!”

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    • 4.9 • 40 Ratings

The Exploring Washington State Podcast is for you if you are looking for ideas and inspirations of great places to visit, fantastic places to grab a bite to eat and drink. If you want to know more about the businesses that call Washington State home, learn about the amazing artists who are creating artwork.The State of Washington is an amazing place to live and a great place to visit. The Exploring Washington State Podcast helps to showcase the splendor of Washington State. Remember "there is always more to explore!”

    Creating Connections: Inside Gals Need Pals with Kinley and Lauren

    Creating Connections: Inside Gals Need Pals with Kinley and Lauren

    Let's dive into the world of Kinley Schmidt and Lauren Trivison, the passionate founders of Gals Need Pals, a community for women based in Spokane Washington.

    During our conversation they share their experiences, favorite places, and the journey of creating a space for women to connect, support each other, and enjoy meaningful experiences.

    Gals Need Pals: Crafting a Community of Connection

    The spark that ignited the Gals Need Pals events is turned into a blaze of vibrant experiences with events like the Bridgerton-themed brunch, creating a welcoming haven for women. The pride in working with local businesses, from hosting events to social media collaborations, radiates through their stories, detailing the heart and soul behind their community-building efforts.

    Creating Vibrant Experiences and Expanding Horizons

    The journey continues with an inspiring look at their event series, expansion plans, and the potential nationwide reach of Gals Need Pals. Their thoughtful deliberation on selecting new locations and collaborating with vendors reveals not just a business expansion, but a deep commitment to creating meaningful and inclusive experiences for women across the country.

    In a rapidly changing world, where human connections are often strained, the tale of Gals Need Pals resonates deeply, offering a guiding light for anyone seeking meaningful connections and heartfelt experiences.

    As the episode draws to a close, the deep impact of community, friendship, and shared moments echo vividly, urging all listeners to seek out their own Gals Need Pals space, wherever they may be.


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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Lessons in Resilience: A Conversation with "Dad, How Do I?" Creator Rob Kenney

    Lessons in Resilience: A Conversation with "Dad, How Do I?" Creator Rob Kenney

    Meet Rob Kenney of Dad How Do I ?

    Rob Kenney's journey is a testament to the unpredictability of life's pathways. Starting his career in sales despite being an introvert, he embraced the challenges, demonstrating that sometimes, the greatest successes stem from unexpected beginnings. His willingness to pivot, adapt, and find success while navigating panic attacks and social anxiety is both admirable and relatable.

    Balancing Dreams and Realities

    Through his YouTube channel, Rob Kenney aims to offer practical life wisdom, honesty, and empathy, targeting a wider audience. His commitment to providing useful content, maintaining mental well-being, and balancing the demands of social media with a semi-retired life are anecdotes worth applauding. His gentle reminder to prioritize content's value over the allure of virality is a breath of fresh air in an age of digital metrics.

    Guiding and Empowering through Education

    Rob Kenney's emphasis on the value of community college, 2-year degrees, and transfer protocols offers invaluable guidance for individuals navigating higher education. His reflections on his journey from the gas station to Boeing, coupled with his commitment to helping others through similar experiences, highlight the transformative power of accessible education and mentorship.

    Lending a Helping Hand

    Rob's genuine willingness to provide hands-on guidance, evident through emails from viewers seeking advice on fixing drains or tying ties, epitomizes the compassion and empathy that defines his platform. His dedication to offering useful content for everyone, regardless of age or gender, serves as an inspiring call to leverage our experiences to uplift and support others.



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    • 57 min
    Popcorn and Pride: Celebrate Meryl Streep at the Grand Cinema's Merylthon.

    Popcorn and Pride: Celebrate Meryl Streep at the Grand Cinema's Merylthon.

    Meet Wade Neal, the assistant executive director of the historic Grand Cinema in Tacoma.
    A Theater Steeped in History
    The discussion begins with a captivating journey through the Grand Cinema, a beacon of Tacoma's cultural heritage. Wade Neal, with his unwavering passion, shares the theater's transformation from a for-profit entity to a thriving nonprofit, evidence to the power of community. Wade's personal narrative, from a board member to a key figure in the Grand Cinema's leadership, is a testament to the love and dedication that drives this cultural institution.
    The Grand's Impact on the Community
    Wade Neal paints a vivid picture of the Grand Cinema, a sanctuary for cinephiles, art enthusiasts, and the vibrant Tacoma community. With its diverse film series, engaging events, and mission to foster inclusivity, the Grand Cinema is more than just a theater. It's a place where everyone, from all walks of life, can gather to celebrate the enchantment of storytelling through film, a true testament to the spirit of Tacoma.
    The Merylthon: A Cinematic Extravaganza
    Lighting up the conversation further is a delightful discussion about the Grand's upcoming Merylthon event. This cinematic extravaganza, dedicated to celebrating the talented Meryl Streep, promises an immersive experience for movie buffs while serving as a fundraising initiative to support the Grand Cinema. From insightful discussions on Meryl's iconic status to unique Pride Month tie-ins, this event is shaping to be an absolute must-attend! Merylthon runs June 14th, June 15th, and June 16th, 2024. Grab your tickets now!
    So, grab your popcorn, get cozy, and prepare for an adventure filled with cinematic delights and heartwarming community connections. At the Grand Cinema, the magic of storytelling unfolds with each flickering frame, inviting us to explore, celebrate, and cherish the art of cinema in all its splendid glory. Happy exploring!

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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Season of Shattered Dreams: The Gripping Story of the 1946 Spokane Indians With Eric Vickrey

    Season of Shattered Dreams: The Gripping Story of the 1946 Spokane Indians With Eric Vickrey

    🚨 Let's dive into an incredible story that combines baseball, tragedy, and the resilience of the human spirit! 📚⚾
    In this episode author Eric Vickery shares the remarkable tale behind his latest book, "Season of Shattered Dreams." This gripping narrative centers around the 1946 Spokane Indians and a devastating bus crash that changed lives forever. The crash is the largest death toll in American sports history.
    The conversation is an in-depth exploration of the book's themes, delving into the impact of the tragic event on the survivors as well as the broader baseball community. It's a story that captures the highs and lows of the sport and human experience.
    Eric Vickery's meticulous research and dedication to telling the players' stories shine through in his book. From the chaotic post-WWII baseball landscape to the personal journeys of those affected, the book unfolds like a compelling drama that's both heart-wrenching and inspiring.
    The discussion also offers valuable insights into Vickery's writing process and how he unearthed the untold stories of unsung heroes of baseball. It's a testament to his passion for the game and his commitment to preserving its history.
    Overall, this episode of the podcast provides a unique and profound perspective on baseball and the resilience of those who faced unimaginable loss. It's a testament to the power of storytelling and the enduring impact of historical events. ⚾📘
    Check out the podcast episode and grab a copy of "Season of Shattered Dreams" to embark on an unforgettable journey through baseball history and human perseverance.

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Exploring Washington State's Past: "Tug" Buse's Boat Project and 1850s Nautical Gems

    Exploring Washington State's Past: "Tug" Buse's Boat Project and 1850s Nautical Gems

    In history and maritime exploration, Michael 'Tug' Buse emerges as a captivating storyteller, weaving together past narratives with his intricate boat projects and living history reenactments. Michael is a history teacher at Insight School of Washington an online high school for students in Washington State. Through a recent interview on the Exploring Washington State podcast, Tug shares insights into his upcoming boat project, his experiences navigating the waters in historical vessels, and his passion for preserving the maritime heritage of the 1850s.
    Crafting a Boat, Unveiling History:
    Central to Tug's endeavors is his project to construct a lapstrake boat. This intricate process, requiring meticulous attention to detail and traditional craftsmanship, is a testament to his dedication to preserving historical maritime practices. Tug's emphasis on maintaining the authenticity of the boat, from its construction to maintenance, breathes life into the stories of 19th-century sailors who relied on similar vessels for their voyages.
    Navigating the Waters of the Past:
    Tug's ventures on the waters in his historical boats offer a glimpse into the challenges and triumphs of maritime exploration in the 1850s. From rowing and sailing along the Pacific Northwest coastline to engaging with historical reenactments at forts like Nisqually, Tug immerses himself in the past to educate and inspire others about the region's rich maritime history.
    Preserving Artifacts, Sharing Stories:
    Beyond boat construction, Tug's collection of artifacts and attention to detail in recreating historical attire showcase his commitment to authenticity in his living history portrayals. By donning period-appropriate clothing and sharing stories behind each artifact, Tug provides a tangible connection to the past, inviting audiences to engage with history in a unique and immersive manner.
    Exploring Washington State Through Tug's Eyes:
    Throughout the podcast episode, Tug shares not only his maritime adventures but also his recommendations for exploring the culinary delights of Washington State. From savoring a slice of rhubarb pie to uncovering hidden gems for coffee and lunch in Olympia, Tug's insights offer a sensory journey intertwined with historical anecdotes and maritime lore.
    Educating Through Experience:
    As a history teacher and living history interpreter, Tug goes beyond the confines of a classroom to bring history to life for his students. His dedication to preserving and sharing the past through hands-on experiences, such as building boats and reenacting historical scenes, underscores the value of experiential learning in fostering a deep appreciation for history.
    Michael 'Tug' Buse's passion for maritime history, manifested through his boat projects, living history reenactments, and engaging storytelling, serves as a beacon guiding us through the waters of the past. By immersing himself in the traditions and tales of the 1850s, Tug not only preserves a rich maritime heritage but also ignites a spark of curiosity and fascination for history in all who encounter his endeavors.
    Through his dedication to craft, storytelling, and education, Tug invites us to embark on a voyage of discovery, where the waves of history lap against the shores of our present, echoing the timeless tales of seafaring adventurers and maritime explorers.
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    • 1 hr 21 min
    Unfiltered Cider Chats with Marshall: Orchard Hunts, Tasty Blends, and Seattle Stories

    Unfiltered Cider Chats with Marshall: Orchard Hunts, Tasty Blends, and Seattle Stories

    Listen to our conversation with Marshall Petryni, one of the owners of Greenwood Cider Company. As we dive into the world of cider making, Marshall shares fascinating insights into the art of sourcing apples and crafting unique ciders that capture the essence of the Pacific Northwest.
    Sourcing Apples for Cider Making
    Marshall vividly describes the labor-intensive work of sourcing apples for cider making during harvest season in Seattle. From scouting for apple trees to working with small orchards on the west side of the mountains, Marshall takes us on a journey to discover the unique and perishable fruits like crab apples that contribute to their signature ciders.
    CityFruit and Preventing Wastage
    Marshall underscores CityFruit, a nonprofit organization's integral role in the cider-making process. He details how CityFruit's dedicated efforts to gather fruit from various locations in Seattle not only prevent wastage but also contribute to donations for food banks and restaurants. This partnership with CityFruit is a shining example of Greenwood Cider Company's commitment to sustainability and community involvement.
    Crafting Unique Ciders
    Marshall delves into the intricate process of making cider from a blend of fruits, including dessert fruits and those not commonly used for cider. He illuminates "scrumpy," a high-alcohol cider made from unwanted or fallen apples. He shares insights into their heirloom cider known as "Scrumpy 7.1," made from end-of-season apples.
    Barrel Aging and Innovative Processes
    The discussion extends to the rising popularity of barrel aging, which adds complexity and diverse flavors to beverages. Marshall highlights their approach of utilizing bourbon and Westland whiskey barrels for aging cider and experimenting with different barrel types for oak-fermented drinks.
    Challenges and Triumphs in the Cider Business
    Marshall opens up about the hurdles Greenwood Cider Company had to overcome in their journey. He candidly discusses the complexities of navigating the process of permits and licensing, a challenge many small businesses face. However, their unwavering passion for cider, the support of the industry community, and their determination to succeed led to the triumph of Greenwood Cider Company, a true inspiration for budding entrepreneurs.
    Engaging with the Community and Future Offerings
    Marshall illuminates the company's engagement with the community, from curated cider boxes to attending local farmer's markets. He also provides an exclusive sneak peek into Greenwood Cider's upcoming summer cider releases, including "Blush" with strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries and a unique cosmic crisp cider.
    The Symbiosis of Cider and Music
    Bringing a touch of personal insight, Marshall shares his background in music and his unexpected journey into the cider world. From his early days indulging in funk music to the camaraderie of the music and cider-making communities,
    Adventures and Recommendations in Washington State
    As the conversation casually turns, listeners are treated to a delightful exchange about outdoor adventures and culinary delights in Washington State. From exploring hiking spots to savoring the best-fried chicken paired with Seattle's dry cider, Marshall infuses the episode with local charm.

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    • 1 hr 11 min

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For people who love Washington

It's refreshing to have a podcast about Washington that is real and not focused on the usual tired cliches (coffee, rain, space needle, etc). Scott interviews people from every walk of life. A true tapestry of what makes this state fun and interesting.

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All Things Washington State

Hands down, my favorite podcast! Engaging conversations with Washington State small business owners, musicians, mountain climbers, authors to Farmers Markets, coffee roasters to WCL baseball, restaurants owners, vineyards, organic growers, college professors, photographers, hydroplanes, and flying kites!

The entrepreneurial spirit shines here and the conversations are personal and insightful. They’re not over produced mainstream media bites and delightfully feel unscripted. You’ll learn a lot about the guests and the what and why they do what they do. And as a bonus you’ll learn about their favorite local places and the things they enjoy doing in our beautiful state.

Enjoy these inspirational interviews with the people who do small business, art, science, food, technology and all things Washington State, hosted by Scott Cowan.

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