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Indy on Air

Author: The Sammamish Independent

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Indy On Air is a podcast that compliments the new digital newspaper, the Sammamish Independent. Join us as our podcast team takes a deep dive into important topics that affects the Sammamish community.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked a rapid increase in housing prices in Sammamish. Although this recent spike has been caused by more people working from home and looking for larger spaces, several structural factors have built up to make housing more unaffordable in Sammamish and across the greater Seattle area over the last two decades. This affordability crisis has created many negative consequences in our region, including increased gentrification, displacement and homelessness. We invite Zillow economist Jeff Tucker, Futurewise Eastside program coordinator Brady Nordstrom, and Windermere Real Estate agent Jen DerGarabedian to discuss these housing trends, and how they have contributed to greater inequity in our community today.
One year ago, schools in Sammamish closed their doors due to COVID-19, with teachers and students going home to an uncertain future. What many thought was a two-week lockdown became a year of teaching and learning on a laptop from home, especially for secondary students who have yet to return to campus. Now, the reopening is just on the horizon, with Gov. Jay Inslee ordering all school districts to offer hybrid instruction by April 19. This pandemic has affected the community around our schools in different ways. We check in with students, parents and a teacher to reflect on this tumultuous year, and what they plan to do when schools open their doors next month.
In 2019, former mayor Don Gerend, who served on Sammamish City Council for 18 years, filed a legal complaint against the City of Sammamish to the state's Growth Management Hearing Board, alleging the city broke state law when it tinkered with its methodology for measuring traffic and road capacity in order to stop growth and development. After playing out for more than a year, the state board ruled that Sammamish violated Washington state's Growth Management Act, but this decision is now being appealed in court. The podcast team explains what this case is really about, and speaks with Don Gerend on why he took legal action against the city instead of enjoying his retirement from public service.
Robert Monster is a Sammamish resident who is no stranger to controversy. He is the CEO of Epik, a company that provides domain and web hosting services, and is known for doing business with several far-right and extremist websites including Gab and Infowars. Last month, it became the domain registrar for Parler, the social media platform that was used by many Trump supporters to coordinate the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. In this wide-ranging interview, Monster discusses why he is motivated to provide technology support to controversial organizations, where he draws the line between free speech and hate speech, and the role that he sees Epik playing to counter-balance the current political and media environment. 
The Issaquah School District (ISD) is currently planning to build a new elementary and high school at Providence Heights, which is located just outside the southern border of Sammamish adjacent to 228th Ave SE. With the City of Sammamish opposing the construction of these two schools, we interview Ron Thiele, the superintendent of ISD, and Kavya Yerramili, a junior at Skyline High School, to discuss why ISD wants to build these schools as soon as possible. 
Almost no part of the United States has been spared by the COVID-19 resurgence this fall and winter. With cases and deaths rising again in the Greater Seattle area, we interview an urgent care doctor from Overlake Clinics and a health educator from Public Health King County to discuss the current state of the pandemic. We ask them what their experience has been like on the frontlines treating patients and managing the public health response, and what local residents can do to stay healthy and help keep our hospitals from being overwhelmed.  
The diversity of Sammamish is what makes this city unique, and that diversity really shows in the different ways that people celebrate the quintessential American holiday of Thanksgiving. The podcast team interviews five Sammamish residents to learn about their Thanksgiving memories and family traditions, as well as how the COVID-19 pandemic has altered their plans for this year. 
On the eve of the election, we explore the history of how the U.S. created and maintained such a convoluted and undemocratic process called the Electoral College for electing the president. Special guests include Alex Keyssar, Matthew W. Stirling Jr. Professor of History and Social Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, and Kieran Jacobson, AP Comparative Government and Politics teacher at Eastlake High School.
With two weeks until Election Day, the 2020 presidential race has a very small pool of undecided voters remaining. We invite Dale Fonk, the chair of the 45th District Republicans, and Jason Ritchie, a delegate to this year's Democratic National Convention, to make their final pitch to voters on why Donald Trump or Joe Biden should be elected on November 3. 
Back to School 2020

Back to School 2020

2020-10-0623:35

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students in Sammamish came back to school in September and faced a continuation of remote learning. The podcast team checks in with a high school senior, an orchestra teacher and a school counselor to see how each of them has adapted to this semi-permanent reality, as they continue to try their best to learn and grow during these challenging times.
Single use plastic bags have recently been thrust into the forefront of a larger environmental debate. In January of 2021, Washington State will see a new statewide single use plastic bag ban. This week, our podcast looks at what that new state law entails and how it will affect the City of Sammamish. Join host Alex Woodall as he interviews Simran Tandon, a correspondent for the Indy On Air team. Be sure to check out the Sammamish Independent online for background or accompanying articles of all our episodes. As well as other articles, calendar postings and more!
Our first episode of Indy On Air, back in May, explored the economic impact of COVID-19 on businesses in Samammish. This week, as we approach the end of July, our podcast checks in with our local business community to see how they are managing since we last talked to them three months ago. Join hosts Alex Woodall and Alex Singereanu as they interview Deborah Sogge, the Chief Executive Officer of the Sammamish Chamber of Commerce, Maddie Alfonso, a business reporter for the Sammamish Independent, and Jacqueline Nguyen, owner of the restaurant, Papaya. Be sure to check out the Sammamish Independent online for background or accompanying articles of all our episodes. As well as other articles, calendar postings and more!
There is one plot of land on the border of Sammamish and Issaquah that has recently received a lot of attention. This week, our podcast took a look at the complicated history surrounding the Providence Heights Campus. Join host Alex Woodall as he interviews Simran Tandon, a correspondent for the Indy On Air team.  Be sure to check out the Sammamish Independent online for background or accompanying articles of all our episodes. As well as other articles, calendar postings and much much more!
Pride in Sammamish

Pride in Sammamish

2020-06-2919:26

June is widely celebrated as Pride Month. Since COVID-19 is still prevalent in our community, our podcast took a look at how members of the Sammamish community are celebrating Pride. Join host Alex Woodall as he interviews Julia Gudis, a correspondent for the Indy On Air team. Be sure to check out the Sammamish Independent online for background or accompanying articles of all our episodes. As well as other articles, calendar postings and much much more!
"Indy On Air" is an original podcast created by the online newspaper, the Sammamish Independent. The podcast will provide community news for the City of Sammamish, by interviewing local community members on a range of important topics. Indy On Air is switching from a weekly podcast to a bi-weekly schedule, along with a new episode format. The Indy is hosted by Alex Woodall and is produced with the help of Susannah Pyral, Simran Tandon, Julia Gudis and Alex Singereanu.
After the death of George Floyd, protests have sparked all across the world. Recently a local teen organized a protest that was held here in Sammamish. This week, our podcast talked to two people about the Black Lives Matter movement and discussed how Sammamish residents can become better allies to the black community.  Join hosts Alex Woodall and Simran Tandon as they interview Liz Faaland, a co-founder of Plateaupians for Peace, and Rachelle Horner, a humanities teacher at Eastlake High School.  Be sure to check out the Sammamish Independent online for background or accompanying articles of all our episodes. As well as other articles, calendar postings and much much more!
Many teenagers in Sammamish are unhappy with the lack of entertainment areas for their age group. This week, our podcast dives into the heart of development in Sammamish to understand the different visions from our local leaders. Join hosts Alex Woodall and Simran Tandon as they interview Matt Samwick, the operating manager of Innovation Realty Partners, Sammamish City Council Member Kent Treen and Janelle Roberson, from the Sammamish Heritage Society  Be sure to check out the Sammamish Independent online for background or accompanying articles of all our episodes. As well as other articles, calendar postings and much much more! 
Sammamish has always been home to all sorts of wildlife. Recently, there has been a bear roaming around the neighborhoods. This week, our podcast interviews two wildlife experts, who are familiar with the King County area.  Join hosts Alex Woodall and Julia Gudis as they interview Nicki Rosenhagen, a veterinarian at PAWS Wildlife Center, and Kim Chandler, an enforcement officer at Washington's Department of Fish and Wildlife The Sammamish Independent is set to launch next week! Be sure to keep your eye out for this new digital newspaper coming to Sammamish, Washington!
State Championships are difficult to come by, but the Eastlake High School girls basketball team defied the odds in 2019 and won it all. This week, our podcast interviews two people who played critical roles on that team, and revisit some of the key moments that led to their astounding victory. Join host Alex Woodall as he interviews Callie Lind, an Eastlake High School alumni and sophomore at the University of Washington, Sara Goldie, the Head Coach for the Eastlake Girls Basketball team The Sammamish Independent is set to launch in early June. Be sure to keep your eye out for this new digital newspaper coming to Sammamish, Washington!
High schoolers normally have extremely busy lives, filled with sports, clubs, friends and school. Now that COVID-19 has arrived in the Pacific Northwest, what are they up to? This week, our podcast interviews three high school students, each from one of the three schools on the plateau.  Join hosts Alex Woodall and Lin Yang as they interview Sanya Tamhane, a sophomore at Skyline High School, Matthieu Le, a senior at Eastlake High School and Maria Langworthy, a sophomore at Eastside Catholic  The Sammamish Independent is set to launch in early June. Be sure to keep your eye out for this new digital newspaper coming to Sammamish, Washington!
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