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LISTEN & LEARN (OR NOT)

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

Just b/c You’re Good @ It, Doesn’t Mean U Enjoy It

Laurie Hardie, Anna D and Claire find out the WKND is guest starring in a long running TV show. Not only do we talk about the “Starboy” but we also talk about “StarHug”, a local author’s children’s book that is really taking off! The book is wonderful, and the author’s story – amazing! – as she makes us want be brave in a world of languishing. We talk about how just because you’re good at something doesn’t mean you enjoy it. We discuss the benefits of learning how to work with different “tendencies” at the office. Also, Dolly Parton bows out of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. Maybe we can talk her into finally starting her own big hair metal punk band…..get her to reconsider……or not.

The Bravery of Ordinary Citizens / Grannies Throwing on War Paint

Our country and almost the entire world has come together to support the people of Ukraine. Our hearts go out to them. With that in mind, it seems fitting to spotlight our sister station’ rallying cry in the form of a Whiz Khalifa song and in the style of Young Jeffrey: “Blue and Yellow”. It delivers a powerful message and celebrates Ukraine’s resilience and wisdom. Most importantly, we hope it helps drive support for their people who have been forcibly displaced. Laurie, Claire and Anna hope you do what you can to help. WCK.org and WorldVision.org are just a couple ways you can. Thanks for listening.

Alexa…play “What If God Was One of Us” by Joan Osborne

Alexa is a valuable friend — just ask Claire and Laurie. The Ring Doorbell is more Anna’s friend. Claire has a few theories about what went on during the Winter Olympics in Beijing. Laurie shares her latest favorite reads. Claire & Anna find a good excuse to bring back the song “One of Us” by Joan Osborne. Laurie is convinced the workplace, like Cheers, is where EVERYbody knows your name — or not.

Cancel or Counsel?

This week Whoopi Goldberg returns from her 2 week suspension and Claire, Anna and Laurie reflect on what the controversy was about in the first place, why it rose to the level of backlash that it did, lessons to be learned from it, and how a school’s attempt to censor “Maus” — the topic that started it all — only backfired and increased awareness for Art Spiegelman’s Pulitzer Prize winning graphic novel. And, by the way, happy Valentine’s / Galentine’s day from us at Listen & Learn (or Not), the official podcast of the 2022 Winter Olympics……(or not).

Sex(y Golden Girls) & the City

Breaking news! The Sex & the City cast is now the same age as the Golden Girls were when they were televised. After you’ve awakened from fainting upon that news, listen as Laurie updates us on her swimming lane drama, and how she & her sister earn Batman & Robin status. Claire is preparing for the Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, and part of the prepping involves wine. (There’s some science behind this! Anna D might even try it if she agrees to do the marathon, too). Did you see the young street reporter who gets hit by a car on live TV? Shocking footage! And unlikely celebrity friendships you may not know about — like Martha Stewart & Snoop Dogg. Or 50 Cent & Meryl Streep. Or Tyra Banks & Clay Aiken. And Honey Boo Boo & Khloe Kardashian. It’s true. It’s true. It’s all true — or not.

Happy Hooters Day

This episode was recorded Friday, January 14th, which happens to be “Quitters Day”. Life Coach Laurie, Claire and Anna D will tell you what that means….and doesn’t mean. They also discuss New Years Resolutions versus Embracing Renewal. The National Guard truly lives up to its motto, and are “Always Ready, Always There”. The world says goodbye to more celebs this week. Old songs making a comeback thanks to TikTok. And our lovely hosts land an exclusive interview with an actual coronavirus….or not.

I Like Long Walks On The Beach and I’m AirPod-Shaped

We recorded this episode on January 6th — what did Claire give her true love on this 12th day of Christmas? You’ll find out here. Apparently there are terms and phrases being overused that people want banned. “Hourglass Figure” isn’t one of them, but still might be a thing of the past because now some body types are being described as….AirPod-Shaped! The #BettyWhiteChallenge is on January 17th, the day our beloved icon Betty White would have celebrated her 100th birthday. The largest space telescope in history is about to BLOW YOUR MIND!!!!! — or not.

Wake Me Up Before You Van Gogh Go

It’s our last episode of the year – we better make it a good one! Can you guess the dominant feeling people felt in 2021? Laurie will tell you what it was. Speaking of feelings, we feel for you if your birthday lies on Christmas. Also, there’s nothing like small town help in times of tragedy. Claire gives an award-winning review of the popular Van Gogh immersive exhibit. And Anna conducts an award-winning interview with Claire’s dog Sadie — or not.

Santa Clause Got a Dirty Job, He Does It All Night Long

This episode was recorded 12/9/21, not long after the world was first introduced to the newly dominant Omicron variant. And how DO you even pronounce Omicron anyway? Anna’s in line for a booster shot. Claire finds out she’s vitamin D deficient, and Laurie has another funny update on the the George Costanza-esque guy who may or may not push women & children out of the way to get the best swim lane. And the discovery that the Dirty Jobs guy is an opra singer is mind-blowing!!!! or not..

Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Switchmas!

This episode was recorded 11/19 when the Rittenhouse verdict just came in. Claire, Laurie and Anna discuss the diverse reactions to the verdict. Warm 106.9 is celebrating Switchmas! Also, could it be that we get forgetful, not because of age, but because our brains are full? And like the old saying goes, the customer is ALWAYS right — or not.