Welcome to Listen & Learn (or Not) featuring the diverse voices of Life Coach Laurie (w/ Warm 106.9), Claire, and Anna D (we're still not EXACTLY sure what she does but she walks around our office like she's a big shot). The three amigas are giving you the best half hour (or so) they got. Follow them and share their journey with real-life everyday struggles, quirky people stories, random conversations, and, occasionally, some heavy topics, too. Come listen & learn a thing or two with us! Or not...we're not forcing you.

Latest Episodes

The Seattle Freeze, the Salem Warmth, & that Hurricane Hilary

(Recorded 8/25/23) Laurie, Anna and Claire explore the infamous Seattle Freeze phenomenon. They’ve each felt the Seattle Freeze in one shape or form, and one of them has a theory. Hurricane Hilary turned into a tropical storm that made landfall in southern California. and Claire was there visiting Aunt Bernice when it happened! Having been through similar hurricanes and storms on the east coast, Claire had the challenge of convincing family on the west coast (where hurricanes just don’t really occur) to take this storm a little more seriously. After having to navigate around some family emergencies that required hospital stays, Anna discovered being a hospital visitor at a patient’s bedside seems to be a very good part of the healing process — but she had also noticed not every patient has a visitor at their bedside. Now the hosts’ wheels are turning, and they think maybe there should be a network that provides volunteer hospital visitors. (But let us know if one already exists, yo). Laurie Hardie is many things – an amazing mom, a loving grandmother, and a cool aunt whose sweet nephew has invited her out for a drink to catch up. Listen as she tells us about it, and reminds us why we just love our aunts!!

Curiosity Never Killed the Cat

Recorded 8/10/23. Claire, Laurie, and Anna D discuss having conversations w/ people who have no mutual interest, and celebrate people in their lives who are actually curious and allow exhanges to happen. Also, Lizzo & the lawsuit. Are people treated innocent until proven guilty today? Welcome to Listen & Learn (Taylor’s Version)……or not.

Photo Albums Extinction

Ah, the good ol’ days of flipping through photo albums! Remember when our fingers would dance across the pages, unveiling the timeless treasures of embarrassing family photos and questionable fashion choices? Nowadays, it seems we’ve traded the joy of flipping through albums for scrolling privately in our smartphones at all our pics and vids. Laurie, Claire and Anna discuss scrolling through virtual albums versus sitting down in front of dusty ones….or gathering around the living room watching projector slides with the family. Also, aren’t your aunties the best? They are oft times the first we go to for advice or for a safe space. Raising a glass to our beloved Aunties!!

Shake It Off and Blow Out The Candles!

In this episode we Swiftly celebrate Claire’s birthday. At some point she tackled an old Prince song we’re pretty sure never played on the radio. Anna got to go to Night #2 of the Taylor Swift Eras Tour concert, and she remembered it…..oh, she remembered it all too well. Claire and Anna got Laurie Hardie to finally sing! – a birthday wish come true…or not.

Mama Mia! Getting Lost, Giggling and Grazing through Italy.

Get ready to be transported to the heart of Italy….again. Remember when Claire captivated us last year with her amazing trip to a lovely village in Northern Italy and then to Rome? Well this time, Anna D flew out to the land of love, too, and loved it. In this episode she shares her travels through the canals of Venice and swimming in the crystal-clear waters of Capri. It has left Claire yearning to fly back to the land of la dolce vita, and Laurie longing for a gelato. So listen, learn, and let the moon hit your eye like a big pizza pie….or not.

More AI Talk and a Titan Submersible Discussion

We just can’t let go of the topic of AI. This week, traffic reporters Claire and Laurie try out traffic reporting via AI. Also, the Titan Submersible tragedy made Anna D feel a certain way. We also learn about a new trend started by concert-goers that will either bring you relief — or make you poop your pants. Listen and learn what that’s all about — or not.

When Machines Start Spinning The Hits

Some companies in the radio industry are doing it. They’re trying out AI radio DJs. We laugh how video never really killed a radio star, but now there’s AI. Should radio personalities be scared? Claire, Laurie and Anna discuss.

Canada Blaze & NY Haze

This episode was recorded on 6/8/23 when Canada wildfires were covering New York City in a thick plume of smoke. Claire, Laurie and Anna tell you how that was going. They also discuss their own guilty pleasures. And Laurie’s friends are fighting over her! Find out why in this latest episode of Listen and Learn or Not.

Bloop! Listen and Learn…or (K)NOT

Ahoy, mateys! Anna’s 4-day intensive sailing class was tough yet satisfying. So hoist your sails and join us for a laugh-filled journey on the high seas (or at least, the local lake). Fair warning, you may want to wear a life jacket because all the sailing songs we think of through the entire episode will blow you away…and possible cause you to fall overboard…..or not.

Laurie’s Caddyshack Moment & Come Sail Away with D.

Anna D is taking sailing lessons. What could possibly go wrong? Claire has a very unique fear. What is it? Here’s a hint. It leaves her peeling away in terror. Speaking of terrors, someone discovered a floating turd in the pool Laurie swims at. Some might say – she did not see that coming. So grab a Baby Ruth, put on your ear buds and enjoy this episode of Listen and Learn…or not!