30 episodes

Inspired Island is designed to introduce you to the talented residents of Vashon Island, a small island in the Puget Sound. Host Grace McRae interviews the many business owners, community leaders, award-winning chefs, bestselling authors, historians, and artists who call Vashon “home.” We hope every episode leaves you feeling inspired!

Inspired Island first airs on the Voice of Vashon, KVSH 101.9FM.

Inspired Island Grace McRae

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 6 Ratings

Inspired Island is designed to introduce you to the talented residents of Vashon Island, a small island in the Puget Sound. Host Grace McRae interviews the many business owners, community leaders, award-winning chefs, bestselling authors, historians, and artists who call Vashon “home.” We hope every episode leaves you feeling inspired!

Inspired Island first airs on the Voice of Vashon, KVSH 101.9FM.

    Amy Carey on how orcas led her to advocacy & living out her Doctor Dolittle dreams

    Amy Carey on how orcas led her to advocacy & living out her Doctor Dolittle dreams

    In this episode, we get to know Amy Carey! As the Executive Director of Sound Action, Amy helps to protect vital nearshore habitat and species -- including wild salmon and orca -- across the Puget Sound region. Amy is well known for her local expertise in animals and wildlife, and she is also behind the Pod Blast, a subscription alert system providing text notifications when whales are visiting Vashon and Maury Islands. But you might not know that Amy was born and raised in Iowa and did not see the ocean until she was 18 years old! In this episode, you'll hear how Amy came to the Pacific Northwest and fell in love with the local orcas, who ultimately inspired her to advocate for the habitats and ecosystems they depend on. You'll also hear about Amy's latest passion project: a hydrophone and underwater camera at Point Robinson!



    Links mentioned:

    Sound Action: https://soundaction.org

    Pod Blast: https://soundaction.org/podblast

    Livestream from the Nearshore Underwater Camera: https://soundaction.org/orcacam

    • 43 min
    Captain Marsha Morse on life as a ferry captain & her front row seat to Puget Sound

    Captain Marsha Morse on life as a ferry captain & her front row seat to Puget Sound

    In this episode, Grace sits down with Captain Marsha Morse, one of the most experienced ferry captains in Washington State. Captain Morse was one of the very first women to be hired by Washington State Ferries, working her way up from an entry-level position in the 70s. Join us to hear how it was Captain Morse’s horse that led her both to Vashon Island and into this unique career, and how working on the ferries gives her a front row view of Puget Sound nature and wildlife. Marsha shares interesting tales from the water, what a typical day as a ferry captain looks like, and what’s on the horizon for her as she approaches retirement (hint: she’ll stay busy!).

    • 37 min
    Kate Dowling on what it's like to run a radio station (& her international love story!)

    Kate Dowling on what it's like to run a radio station (& her international love story!)

    Inspired Island is back after a long hiatus!!  In this episode, we sit down with Kate Dowling. As Executive Director of Voice of Vashon, Kate manages the day-to-day operations of our beloved community radio station. Kate’s story takes us across the world, from her childhood in Canada, to adventures in Europe as an au pair, to San Antonio, to traveling around Asia for her job at Starbucks. Join us to hear the serendipitous way she met her American husband on a German street, the history behind her Vashon house, and why Kate loves the VoV community!

    • 33 min
    Captain Joe Wubbold on his Coast Guard career, Vashon's lighthouse & pursuing passions in retirement

    Captain Joe Wubbold on his Coast Guard career, Vashon's lighthouse & pursuing passions in retirement

    After a winter hiatus, we're back with an exciting new interview! Captain Joe Wubbold is well-known on Vashon for being a guardian, historian, and educator for our historic Point Robinson lighthouse. Captain Joe had a long and distinguished career with the U.S. Coast Guard, where he commanded six different ships and served as Chief of Operations for the 13th Coast Guard District (including the Pacific Northwest). But Captain Joe hasn't slowed down in retirement! Join us to hear why Captain Joe spent years at Cambridge University after he retired from the Coast Guard, how a single cat was central to his decision to buy a home on Vashon, and why he recently started his own VoV show, "From the Captain's Chair"!

    • 53 min
    Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma on travel, finding beauty in words & yurt living

    Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma on travel, finding beauty in words & yurt living

    In this episode, we meet Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma! Tom is married to last week's guest, David Mielke, and together they are preparing to premiere their show, "Gaybaret: An Offering of Story and Song" on November 22 at Vashon Center for the Arts. Tom is an author, poet, translator, teacher, magician, and musician. His first book of poems, The Safety of Edges, was published earlier this year. Tom tells us how spending time in India inspired him to study the Tamil language, and sparked a deep passion for words and poetry. Join us to hear how Tom spent years studying poetry before writing his own, why he loves living in a yurt, and what people can expect from "Gaybaret"!

    Tom's website: https://thomaspruiksma.com

    • 42 min
    David Mielke on professional acting, "Gaybaret", & the teacher who changed his life

    David Mielke on professional acting, "Gaybaret", & the teacher who changed his life

    In this episode, we meet David Mielke! David and his husband Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma are performing their original show "Gaybaret" at Vashon Center for the Arts from November 22 to 24, 2019. David is a professional actor, having appeared in both film and television and creating and performing one-person shows. Join us to hear how one amazing teacher changed David's life and helped him overcome a traumatic childhood, and what it was like for David being a gay actor in Los Angeles during the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic of the 1980s. David tells us about his journey to become his authentic self, how he met Tom, and what it's like to create and perform together.

    Gaybaret website: https://vashoncenterforthearts.org/event/gaybaret/2019-11-22/

    Cozy Grammar website: https://www.cozygrammar.com

    • 55 min

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