75 episodes

Northwest Reports takes listeners deep into the stories that shape Seattle, Washington state, and the Pacific Northwest, drawing on the enterprising work being done by reporters in the Cascade PBS newsroom. Through conversations with journalists, community members and newsmakers, we showcase personal stories that help us better understand the real-life impacts behind the headlines. Hosted by Maleeha Syed and Sara Bernard.

Northwest Reports Cascade PBS

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    • 5.0 • 17 Ratings

Northwest Reports takes listeners deep into the stories that shape Seattle, Washington state, and the Pacific Northwest, drawing on the enterprising work being done by reporters in the Cascade PBS newsroom. Through conversations with journalists, community members and newsmakers, we showcase personal stories that help us better understand the real-life impacts behind the headlines. Hosted by Maleeha Syed and Sara Bernard.

    Investigating Complaints at a Seattle VA Building

    Investigating Complaints at a Seattle VA Building

    Lizz Giordano and Lauren Gallup discuss their reporting on Puget Sound Veterans Affairs clinic complaints. Plus, what’s changing with Northwest Reports.
    Patients and staff have navigated a myriad of concerning conditions in a building on the Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System campus in South Seattle.    
    Earlier this month, Northwest Public Broadcasting reporter Lauren Gallup and Cascade PBS reporter Lizz Giordano published their joint investigation into the conditions in Building 18, from leaky ceilings to inadequate ventilation during the pandemic.  
    In this episode of Northwest Reports, host Maleeha Syed speaks with Gallup and Giordano about their investigation, including how they learned about the story; why they chose to showcase their investigation in different mediums; and their plans for future reporting on this topic.  
    Also, we have an update about Northwest Reports: This will be the final episode that we publish on a weekly schedule, because we’re going to start releasing limited series several times a year – with our first one coming out this fall. So keep following us wherever you get your podcasts and be on the lookout for that upcoming series! 
    Learn more about the findings from this investigation here and here. 
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    Credits 
    Host/Producer: Maleeha Syed and Sara Bernard
    Reporters: Lizz Giordano and Lauren Gallup
    Story editor: Ryan Famuliner
    Executive producer: Sarah Menzies
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    If you would like to support Cascade PBS, go to crosscut.com/membership. In addition to supporting our events and our daily journalism, members receive complete access to the on-demand programming of Cascade PBS. 

    • 22 min
    Finding and Losing Housing in Washington

    Finding and Losing Housing in Washington

    After being forced to move from Seattle and, this year, Snohomish, Sandra Mears and her partner are still searching for a place to call home as renters.
    Sandra Mears rented in Seattle for years – until she and her partner had to leave their home because it was getting torn down. 
    They moved to a spot in Snohomish, where they could go to the farmers market, walk to restaurants and feel a sense of community.  
    They lived there for years, but in January they learned that their house was being sold and they had to leave within 90 days. Suddenly they found themselves scrambling to find a new place – again. 
    In this episode of Northwest Reports, host Maleeha Syed speaks with Mears about what it was like to get pushed out of her home once more; the ongoing struggle to find affordable housing in the region; and the toll this most recent move took on her and her partner.  
    Read more about Sandra's story here.
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    Credits 
    Host/Producer: Maleeha Syed and Sara Bernard
    Guest: Sandra Mears
    Story editor: Ryan Famuliner
    Executive producer: Sarah Menzies
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    If you would like to support Cascade PBS, go to crosscut.com/membership. In addition to supporting our events and our daily journalism, members receive complete access to the on-demand programming of Cascade PBS. 

    • 19 min
    A Chat With the Seattle UFO Network

    A Chat With the Seattle UFO Network

    Ahead of World UFO Day, we spoke with Carole Williams about the community she’s found with others who share her interest in extraterrestrials.
    We’re talking aliens – and community – ahead of World UFO Day.  
    People generally celebrate World UFO Day on July 2 – though historically the celebration has also been held on June 24, thanks to a 1947 event involving a pilot’s report of nine flying objects near Mount Rainier.   
    This incident spawned a flurry of sightings and popularized the phrase “flying saucers.”   
    In this episode of Northwest Reports, host Maleeha Syed speaks with Carole Williams, an organizer with the Seattle UFO Network, about her interest in UFOs – and the community she’s found with others who share this interest.  
    Learn more about Washington's ties to UFOs here. 
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    Credits 
    Host/Producer: Maleeha Syed and Sara Bernard
    Guest: Carole Williams
    Story editor: Ryan Famuliner
    Executive producer: Sarah Menzies
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    If you would like to support Cascade PBS, go to crosscut.com/membership. In addition to supporting our events and our daily journalism, members receive complete access to the on-demand programming of Cascade PBS. 

    • 19 min
    KEXP Host Kevin Sur on the Limits of an Acronym

    KEXP Host Kevin Sur on the Limits of an Acronym

    May is Asian American, Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander month. KEXP host Kevin Sur shares why broad terms don’t always speak to communities like his own.
    AANHPI Heritage Month is coming to a close. 
    May is widely recognized as a time to celebrate Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander, or AANHPI, communities. There have been different versions of this acronym over the years – from Asian Pacific American (APA) to Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI).  
    For some community members, these acronyms are a little too broad.  
    In this episode of Northwest Reports, host Maleeha Syed speaks with Kevin Sur, a Native Hawaiian who co-hosts Sounds of Survivance, a KEXP show that spotlights global Indigenous music. Sur talks about why he thinks terms like AAPI fall short in capturing the nuances of the communities they cover.   
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    Credits 
    Host/Producer: Maleeha Syed and Sara Bernard
    Guest: Kevin Sur
    Story editor: Ryan Famuliner
    Executive producer: Sarah Menzies
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    If you would like to support Cascade PBS, go to crosscut.com/membership. In addition to supporting our events and our daily journalism, members receive complete access to the on-demand programming of Cascade PBS. 

    • 19 min
    Meet Samuel Wolfe, Director of Origins Season Three

    Meet Samuel Wolfe, Director of Origins Season Three

    Wolfe and his team will focus the five-part docuseries on reefnet fishing and its significance to PNW Indigenous communities.
    Cascade PBS has just revealed what’s to come in the third season of Origins. 
    The company recently announced Samuel Wolfe as the director chosen to take on the newest season of Origins, a project that awards regional filmmakers $40,000 to create a docuseries on communities they belong to. Previous seasons have focused on refugees in the state and the experiences of growing up Black in Seattle.  
    For the third season, Wolfe is going to explore the relationship between Pacific Northwest Indigenous communities and reefnet fishing.  
    In this episode of Northwest Reports, host Maleeha Syed talks to Wolfe about how he plans to bring his five-part docuseries to life. Wolfe explains what reefnet fishing is; how his identity impacts his perspective; and what he hopes will come out of the project.  
    Read more about the upcoming season of Origins here. 
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    Credits 
    Host/Producer: Maleeha Syed and Sara Bernard
    Guest: Samuel Wolfe
    Story editor: Ryan Famuliner
    Executive producer: Sarah Menzies
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    If you would like to support Cascade PBS, go to crosscut.com/membership. In addition to supporting our events and our daily journalism, members receive complete access to the on-demand programming of Cascade PBS. 

    • 21 min
    Swimming in Idaho as a Transgender Man

    Swimming in Idaho as a Transgender Man

    After taking steps to affirm his gender, Torrey Stephenson decided to take a plunge – and became a triathlete in the process.
    Torrey Stephenson was born biologically female.  
    Over the years he realized that he identifies as a man, and took measures to align with his gender — for example, getting top surgery in 2020.  
    As he grew more comfortable in his body, he wanted to try something new: swimming.  
    In this episode of Northwest Reports, host Maleeha Syed speaks with Stephenson about how he took the plunge into the sport; why, even though he’s more comfortable with his body, he still has nerves about being trans in Idaho; and how, in just a few months, he went from learning the ropes to competing in a triathlon.   
    Read more about Torrey's swimming journey here. 
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    Credits 
    Host/Producer: Maleeha Syed and Isaac Kaplan-Woolner
    Guest: Torrey Stephenson
    Story editor: Ryan Famuliner
    Executive producer: Sarah Menzies
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    If you would like to support Cascade PBS, go to crosscut.com/membership. In addition to supporting our events and our daily journalism, members receive complete access to the on-demand programming of Cascade PBS. 

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

TheTacoBelle ,

Well reported, well produced

Seattle-area stories that others aren’t necessarily reporting on, love the hosts voice & the calm pace of episodes.

Selovell ,

Excellent Podcast

This podcast is excellent. In addition to the intriguing and informative subject, it is very well produced and executed. I am looking forward to future episodes.

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