Spotlight with Laurie Hardie

Each week host Laurie Hardie brings you the issues affecting the Pacific Northwest and the people making a difference in our community and sometimes beyond. Expect compelling conversations with local leaders and influencers. Spotlight is dedicated to presenting you with issues that matter - including education, health, mental health, and the environment.

Latest Episodes

Spotlighting Journey to Forgiveness

In his first book, pastor David Peterson looks beyond the simple and surface-level understanding of why we need to forgive and instead helps us understand how. He also introduces us to God’s complex design and the biochemical workings of our brains that explain why it’s so difficult to do. Neither clinical nor deeply theological, it’s a practical, encouraging and relatively short read that helps readers break the process of forgiveness down into manageable steps when, oftentimes, it feels impossible. Having not only battled Essential Tremors his entire life and the accompanying bullying, harassment and difficulties that have come along with it, David was sexually abused as a child. So, very few possess a better understanding of the process of forgiveness … and the profound transformation that can take place when we’re able to forgive.
Journey to Forgiveness: 21 Milestones to Freedom

Spotlighting Hope for Ukraine

Kyle Duncan author of Hope for Ukraine: Stories of Grit and Grace from the Front Lines of War. Part narrative, part wartime dispatch, Hope for Ukraine transports you into the gritty reality of war-torn Ukraine–and the front lines of faith, survival, and miraculous intervention. From scrambling to escape the bombs leveling their neighborhoods to fleeing sex traffickers in the chaos of border crossings to rescuing orphans trapped by Russian tanks, these stunning firsthand accounts tell the stories of real Ukrainians enduring terrible hardships with grit and grace.
Hope for Ukraine

Spotlighting Network Marketing Myths with Geoff Belleville

 Geoff Bellville is a top earner globally in a network marketing company. He is here to bust some myths about network marketing and social selling. With the possibility of a recession on the horizon people are looking for answers and ways to create more income for their families.
Contact Geoff Belleville

Spotlighting Bridgeways

Andrea Duffield CEO and Marketing Director Michael Campbell Danas with Bridgeways share the mission and work of the organization. Bridgeways’ mission is to provide services that promote quality of life for individuals living with mental illness in a manner that facilitates growth, independence, and a sense of community. Bridgeways carries out their mission each day through their manufacturing social enterprise and an array of programs; connecting adults living with mental illness to life-changing opportunities through employment, housing supports, and engagement with mental health and other supportive services. Bridgeways

Spotlighting Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center

Jenny Slack Equine Directory and Kelsie McGladrey with Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center talk about their programs. Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center is a community where horses transform the bodies, minds, and spirits of people with disabilities. They talk about their amazing clients, volunteers and staff. They have an open house March 5th at 12:30pm at their facility 18675 NE 106th St Redmond, WA 98052. Stop by to see a demonstration.
Little Bit

Spotlighting AHA Be the Beat Event

Claire Verity, Chairperson, Go Red for Women Puget Sound and President, Regence and Jia Wu, Go Red for Women Ambassador and survivor speaker talk about “Be the Beat”. Unite with women in our community and join the Go Red for Women movement. Make an impact in the fight against heart disease and stroke with the American Heart Association. Attend Be the Beat: A Reimagined Go Red for Women Experience on March 2nd in Seattle. Reserve your table at SeattleGoRed.heart.org.

Spotlighting Idea Option

April Provost with Ideal Option talks about medically assisted treatment and stigma. Ideal Option is a national leader in office-based medication-assisted treatment for addiction to opioids, alcohol, and other substances.
Ideal Option, a national leader in outpatient medication-assisted treatment for addiction, is partnering with Holman Recovery Center, Snohomish County Health Department, Marysville Police Department, EvergreenHealth Monroe, Providence, Catholic Community Services, A1 Lifeline, Washington 2-1-1, Sound Pathways and The Hand Up Project to help people in Marysville get started in recovery.
Recovery Starts Today! (the event name) will take place on Friday, February 24, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Ideal Option clinic in Marysville located at 1617 Grove St. Attendees can surrender illicit substances and paraphernalia for safe disposal, learn about community resources, complete intake and, if desired, see a provider immediately to start medication-assisted treatment. For   


Spotlighting Tango Stride

Gabriela Condrea has created Tango Stride to teach tango to people with mobility issues. She says it increases mobility and boost confidence, one step at a time. The program is designed for people with mobility challenges who can bear weight and stand (with or without assistance). She says wheelchairs, walkers & canes welcome!

Spotlighting If I Can So Can You VGinnyBurton

V Ginny Burton has created a curriculum for people who are incarcerated, she says there is nothing more powerful than helping others when you have been there and done that. Her book “If I Can So Can You” is available to help people in recovery and all proceeds go to help fun her “OUT” program.

Spotlighting ImOnWatch.ORG

January is National Sex Trafficking Awareness Month. Jake Neeley, Executive Director of Malouf Foundation and Julie Whitehead, Survivor Leader and Advisory Board Member of the Malouf Foundation join us to talk about the I’m On Watch Training.
Sex trafficking is happening right under our noses and if we know what to look for we might be able to save a life. The National Sex Trafficking Hotline is 1 888 373 7888
I am On Watch Training