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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 Cleaning up the Mental Mess with Dr. Caroline Leaf

Dr. Caroline Leaf is a communication pathologist and cognitive neuroscientist with a Masters and PhD in Communication Pathology and a BSc Logopaedics, specializing in cognitive and metacognitive neuropsychology. She shares her 5 step Neuro cycle system. Gather/Reflect/Write/Recheck/active reach. It is all in her new book called “Cleaning up the Mental Mess. She addresses mental illness/trauma and brain injury. She believes our mind can change our brain. She also has a weekly podcast called Cleaning up the Mental mess.
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/cleaning-up-the-mental-mess-with-dr-caroline-leaf/id1334767397 https://drleaf.com/

Spotlighting Mental Health with Dr. Shauna Springer

Dr. Shauna Springer with the Stella Center talks about mental health from Olympic Athletes to Veterans and PTSD. She has launched a new program for people who work with veterans and first responders. Redefine Your Mission at https://redefineyourmission.com/. She has book out called “Warrior”. The Stella Center offers a procedure for PTSD called Stella Ganglia Block find out more at https://stellacenter.com/

Spotlighting Dating Sucks but You Don’t

Connell Barrett, went through his own transformation.
He had to learn how to date and now he wants to help men of all ages find their confidence.
You see, most single men doubt their attractiveness, so they put on an act—they pretend 
to be “cool” or “alpha” or “Mr. Nice Guy.” But those masks make things worse!
Or maybe they don’t even try to date, because, “Why bother? Women aren’t into me.
Yet when you’re Radically Authentic, you unlock your most awesome, charismatic
self—the man you are at your core.
You become more motivated, more attractive, and more confident. 
And women LOVE confident men.


Spotlighting Bill Cosby With Doc Springer Stella Center

Dr. Springer talks about the effect of Bill Cosby’s release on the 60 women he abused. She talks about types of therapy. How and where to get help and why sexual abuse has more layers than most traumatic events.

Spotlighting Cyber Bullying with Reena B. Patel

Joining me is Reena B. Patel (LEP, BCBA) renowned parenting expert, licensed educational psychologist, board-certified behavior analyst, and author of Winnie & Her Worries explains teens are susceptible to peer pressure and are also naturally impulsive, so they may quickly comment on an inappropriate post without thinking. This can easily snowball and become very hurtful to the person who’s targeted, intentionally or not. https://reenabpatel.com/

Spotlighting Labyrinths with Amanda Knox

Joining me today is Amanda Knox, we talk about her podcast Labyrinths: Getting Lost with Amanda Knox, infertility, The Innocence Project, and so much more. Get to know Amanda for the amazing young lady she has become in spite of all she has been through.
Her podcast Labyrinths: Getting Lost, explores how everyone is navigating their own personal maze, complete with winding paths, dead ends, short cuts, and minotaurs. In Labyrinths, Amanda Knox and her partner Christopher Robinson delve into stories of getting lost and found again through compassionate interviews, philosophical rants, and playful debate with fascinating people. Expect dark and hilarious misadventures, nagging and controversial questions, and above all, expect to arrive at unexpected places.
Labyrinths has featured guests such as Andrew Yang, Malcolm Gladwell, Jon Ronson, Yasmine Mohammed, Dave Navarro, Tim Urban of WaitButWhy.com, LeVar Burton, Yasmine Mohammed, Cheryl Hines, and Mark Olshaker. You can find her podcast:

Spotlighting Lifelong and Cricket Wireless

Two segments, starting with Warren Leyh the Director of Clinical Services at Lifelong, who also teaches a class at Highline College on understanding AIDS. Warren tells us how Lifelong has been serving the HIV/AIDS community for 40 years now with a cure on the horizon.
Matt Cave the Marketing Director for Cricket Wireless NW tells us about a great opportunity for people who need help with their phone bills. In these trying time every little bit helps and Cricket has a FCC program to help people who qualify. https://www.cricketwireless.com/emergency-broadband-benefit.html

Spotlighting Game to Grow

Adam Davis with Game to Grow shares how they use board games to help kids not only connect but work on social skills. Game to Grow is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the use of games of all kinds for therapeutic, educational, and community growth. Our therapeutic social skills groups help youth and adults become more confident, creative, and socially capable through the intentional facilitation of customized, collaborative gaming experiences. We’re most well known for our use of tabletop role-playing games like Dungeons and Dragons, though we use many different games in our therapeutic social skills groups. https://gametogrow.org/

Spotlighting Seattle Pride

Seattle Pride is this weekend, we talk with Seattle Pride Executive Director Krystal Marx as well as Kimber Shade with the BeautyBoiz. We’re celebrating National LGBTQIA+ Pride Month as part of Seattle Pride’s virtual celebration, with this year’s theme Resilience. The online event features dozens of amazing speakers and talented performers, including a return engagement this year from BeautyBoiz.

Spotlighting Whidbey Island Angels

Cindy Buchanan saw a post when covid first hit. Someone needed help, so she stepped up and before you know it Whidbey Island Angels was born. A group of volunteers who helped people out during covid. Shut ins, people who lost their jobs, single parents, she coordinated it but people just began giving and helping and now they have a building and a place for people to come and get the things they need no questions asked. Cindy is passionate about helping others and would love to help you get started in your community. https://www.facebook.com/groups/415194956273893