Indy On Air is a podcast that compliments the new digital newspaper, the Sammamish Independent. Join us as our podcast team takes a deep dive into important topics that affects the Sammamish community.
Holidays with Omicron
For many Sammamish residents, holiday plans are forging ahead, despite the world being hit, once again, with a new COVID-19 variant. With many uncertainties on how extensively the omicron variant will spread, and how severe cases could get, some people have become more cautious about holiday travel plans. Others are still planning to make that long overdue trip to see family members or go on a destination vacation. We spoke with a few members of our community to see how omicron has impacted their holiday plans.
Is Public School Too Liberal?
Teachers across the country are being targeted for “left-leaning” curriculums by conservatives, who have zeroed in on opposition to critical race theory and ethnic studies in the media and on political campaigns. We invited guests with opposing perspectives — conservative radio host Jason Rantz and Eastlake High School humanities teacher Shila Hodgins — to see how far apart the two sides really are.
Decision Points for Sammamish Voters
Tomorrow is Election Day, Nov. 2, and four out of seven seats are up for grabs on Sammamish City Council. We look at four intertwining issues that voters may be considering when choosing who to voter for — town center, housing affordability, traffic and climate change — and what some of the city council candidates have said about them at a recent candidate forum. Do not forget to vote.
Re-integrating Back to Normal Schooling
As we head into the first few months of the 2021-22 school year, students are grappling with a huge change of pace as they go back to school in-person. Homework has increased, tests are done in the classroom, and kids are finally being held accountable for their academic performance. To see how this major shift from a year-and-a-half of remote learning has affected students, we speak to teachers and students who are experiencing this first-hand.
Turning Up the Heat on Climate Action
In June, an extreme heat wave strained the Pacific Northwest and left the majority of homes in Sammamish unbearable. This unprecedented event underscored the urgent need to take action to prevent the worst effects of climate change. We explore what cities can do on their own to become more sustainable, and compare Kirkland, which has a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, with Sammamish, which does not. We also meet a high school student who tried to get Sammamish to adopt a sustainability master plan, and ask him what happened after he met with Mayor Karen Moran and city officials to pitch his proposal.
Taking a Deep Breath Before College Admissions Season
With so many highly-rated high schools across the Eastside, our communities, including Sammamish, are notorious for adding pressure on kids to get into competitive colleges and majors. Before the admissions process formally gets underway, we find out what is motivating students in their college choices, why some of them are so focused on getting into a top-ranked college, and what can a student do if the college application process does not work out as they had planned. Guests include high school juniors, an independent college admissions counselor, and a college transfer student who moved to different school after his freshman year.
Great info specific to Sammamish
It’s great to hear about how small groups of people can have such a big impact on specific groups of people despite Covid-19