Sunday Morning Magazine

Sunday Morning Magazine is a local Seattle podcast featuring guests from local non-profit agencies, authors and specialists in the fields that are the focus of each weekend's informative conversation. These focus areas include education, environment, charities, crime, health, domestic issues, and youth.

Latest Episodes

Arthur Levine | The Great Upheaval – A look at higher education, translates to every sector of life

Arthur Levine, former president of Teachers College, Columbia University, and co-author of The Great Upheaval: The Past, Present and Uncertain Future of Higher Education. In the next 20 years, consumers of higher education will determine what higher education will be, and every institution will have to change. Everyone will have the same kind of choice and just-in-time opportunities to take courses from a broader range of providers as we have in music, film, and newspapers. The authors discuss how these changes will create equity issues in higher education, leading to a two-tiered system, one for affluent students and the other for low-income students and students of color.

Yasmeen Abutaleb – Taking an important look at the covid year: Nightmare Scenario

Yasmeen Abutaleb is a journalist with the Washington Post covering health policy, and together with Damian Paletta, has authored Nightmare Scenario: Inside the Trump Administration’s Response to the Pandemic That Changed History. This is journalistic investigation, and provides stories and comments from over 100 persons most directly involved with covid and the pandemic in 2020 and early 2021.


Support truck drivers–critical workers. Protect our kids from tobacco products.

1. Mark Singleton VP of Sales & Marketing at Southern Recipe to talk about Truck Driver Appreciation week: Sept 12-18. Truck drivers are one of the categories of front line workers who needed to be at their job this last year and a half so we’d have the spectrum of goods we need for our life. Mark talks about ways to support the truck drivers in their work, beginning with safe and kind driving. And there is a non-profit organization which helps support the drivers and their families, drivers often being independent contractors.


2. As school begins the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids brings awareness to this health challenge for youth. They’ve been doing this for 25 years, bringing awareness, providing education and advocacy around the issue of tobacco use and vapping with our youth–these are still serious issues. Gregg Wieczorek is the principal of Arrowhead Union High School in Hartland Wisconsin and has devoted himself to this cause in all his years in this position. Laurie Rubiner is the Executive Vice President for Domestic Programs at the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids and very active in advocacy with schools and with government agencies.


Dr. Wayne Applewhite D.M. – Communication, transparency, collaboration–more important than ever in life

Dr. Wayne Applewhite D.M. (Doctor of Management) and the author of “You Know It’s A Verb, Right?” and the ‘it’ refers to leadership. Dr. Applewhite is a US Air Force Veteran and worked as an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Military Programs at Boston University. He addresses the need for clear communication and transparency between staff and management, and particularly when remote working is involved.


Teaching kids early about wildlife and all nature, creates dedication to respecting it

Beverly and Dereck Joubert have been a dynamic partnership in life and work. They are storytellers of the wildlife in Africa and advocates for the life and health of these animals as well as for all of nature everywhere. They are explorers working with National Geographic and have created 11 books with Nat Geo, the latest: The Ultimate Book of African Animals, which is a kind of photographic safari.

They can be reached at: @natgeobooks

Dr. Gary Simonds – Emphasize Self-care to optimize well-being

Dr. Gary Simonds is a retired neurosurgeon who continues to teach and write. He and his coauthor Wayne Sotile PhD, have written 3 books on thriving in Healthcare. The latest is “Thriving in Healthcare: A Positive Approach to Reclaim Balance and Avoid Burnout in Your Busy Life” while written for those in healthcare has important insights for all of us. Selfcare is really key in our lives–in general. And as the pandemic conditions still prevail, paying close attention to our complete health is important, and collaboration in the workplace is especially a part of it.

Greg Tucker – Listening is a skill we need to cultivate to bridge the chasm of anger & bitterness

Greg Tucker, aka ‘the deplorable poet’, is a US Army Vet, a private investigator, a former Parole officer, and a poet–using this as a vehicle to learn about himself and express himself. His book of poetry is: Sour Cream and Vinegar: When Milk and Honey Isn’t Enough. Greg discusses how taking time to listen to each other is part of our path forward to have a civilized society. And part of creating this more harmonious society, starting with ourself, then with each individual, is to have an outlet such as his writing poetry. Some activity that will provide the time to be different and to consider different points of view.


J.B. MacKinnon – The Day the World Stops Shopping, a book, and an important idea to contemplate

J.B. MacKinnon is an award-winning journalist and now the author of an important new book: The Day the World Stops Shopping: How Ending Consumerism Saves the Environment and Ourselves. It began with some speculation and then the pandemic hit and the thoughts turned into reality providing experiences to fit the thoughts. And this is more than just thought-provoking, it absolutely affects our life and future.


Dr. Russell Lebovitz – Strides in early detection of Parkinson’s disease

Dr. Russell Lebovitz is the co-founder and CEO of biotech diagnostics company Amprion. He worked also as a senior scientist and research physician, and served on the faculty of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. The research has led to breakthroughs in finding the presence of early-state Parkinson’s Disease. in 10% of cases the disease is genetic, but brain injuries can also create the conditions for some brain proteins to begin to alter. This can begin about 20 years before actual symptoms begin to appear, things such as stiffness in movement, difficulty with what usually is simply natural; voice changes–hesitation, stuttering.; changes in posture, balance.