Indy on Air
By The Sammamish Independent
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.
How to Produce a Podcast, From the Youth of Sammamish
Lead producer Julia Gudis and producer Sehrish Daud reflect on their two years producing Indy on Air in their final episode before they sign off and head to college. In it, they offer a masterclass to anyone who wants to start podcasting and get news and views out to the world.
August 02, 2022
The 23-Year Wait for a Park and Ride
In April 2021, Sound Transit posted an update about the North Sammamish Park and Ride, a parking lot for drivers to leave their cars in to travel through public transport, moving the completion date to 2045 - 21 years after the previous 2024 promise. We talked to former council member Jason Ritchie and a few Sammamish citizens to gain a better understanding of what the North Sammamish Park and Ride is, and why it’s taking so long to build.
May 25, 2022
On the Home Front of the Russia-Ukraine War
In President Biden’s words, Russia’s violent invasion of Ukraine is “a flagrant violation of international law.” This war has forced more than 4.5 million Ukrainians to flee their country, leaving the world in shock, sadness, and economic ruin. We spoke to a UW history professor, a Sammamish resident, and a Ukrainian refugee to learn about how we got to where we are today and how our community has been impacted by this war.
April 19, 2022
Limiting the Use of Force by Police in Washington
Ever since the brutal killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis Police in 2020, there has been a national awakening on the need for police reform. Last year, Washington state passed House Bill 1310, which aimed to limit the use of the force by police to reduce deaths. We spoke with state representative Roger Goodman — who represents the 45th District and chairs the House Public Safety Committee — to gain a better understanding of the police reform legislation, how it impacts our community, and the work that he has done this year to clarify some parts of the legislation at the request of law enforcement.
March 09, 2022
How Sammamish is Managing the Omicron Surge
After nearly two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, cases and hospitalizations have hit new records in King County due to the rapid spread of the omicron variant. With some schools shutting down, a general lack of staff across businesses, and shortages of COVID testing, people have been wondering — when will all this be over, and what is our local government doing to help us get through the current crisis? We spoke to Mayor Christie Malchow to find out how the City of Sammamish has addressed these challenges.
February 01, 2022
Holidays with Omicron
For many Sammamish residents, holiday plans are forging ahead, despite the world being hit, once again, with a new COVID-19 variant. With many uncertainties on how extensively the omicron variant will spread, and how severe cases could get, some people have become more cautious about holiday travel plans. Others are still planning to make that long overdue trip to see family members or go on a destination vacation. We spoke with a few members of our community to see how omicron has impacted their holiday plans.
December 21, 2021
Is Public School Too Liberal?
Teachers across the country are being targeted for “left-leaning” curriculums by conservatives, who have zeroed in on opposition to critical race theory and ethnic studies in the media and on political campaigns. We invited guests with opposing perspectives — conservative radio host Jason Rantz and Eastlake High School humanities teacher Shila Hodgins — to see how far apart the two sides really are.
December 02, 2021
Decision Points for Sammamish Voters
Tomorrow is Election Day, Nov. 2, and four out of seven seats are up for grabs on Sammamish City Council. We look at four intertwining issues that voters may be considering when choosing who to voter for — town center, housing affordability, traffic and climate change — and what some of the city council candidates have said about them at a recent candidate forum. Do not forget to vote.
November 01, 2021
Re-integrating Back to Normal Schooling
As we head into the first few months of the 2021-22 school year, students are grappling with a huge change of pace as they go back to school in-person. Homework has increased, tests are done in the classroom, and kids are finally being held accountable for their academic performance. To see how this major shift from a year-and-a-half of remote learning has affected students, we speak to teachers and students who are experiencing this first-hand.
October 18, 2021
Turning Up the Heat on Climate Action
In June, an extreme heat wave strained the Pacific Northwest and left the majority of homes in Sammamish unbearable. This unprecedented event underscored the urgent need to take action to prevent the worst effects of climate change. We explore what cities can do on their own to become more sustainable, and compare Kirkland, which has a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, with Sammamish, which does not. We also meet a high school student who tried to get Sammamish to adopt a sustainability master plan, and ask him what happened after he met with Mayor Karen Moran and city officials to pitch his proposal.
July 19, 2021
Taking a Deep Breath Before College Admissions Season
With so many highly-rated high schools across the Eastside, our communities, including Sammamish, are notorious for adding pressure on kids to get into competitive colleges and majors. Before the admissions process formally gets underway, we find out what is motivating students in their college choices, why some of them are so focused on getting into a top-ranked college, and what can a student do if the college application process does not work out as they had planned. Guests include high school juniors, an independent college admissions counselor, and a college transfer student who moved to different school after his freshman year.
June 21, 2021
Playing With Swords: Rise of Fencing in Sammamish
Local teen Ketki Ketkar's recent bronze medal at an international fencing competition represented the tip of iceberg—a growing fencing community here in Sammamish. For relatively wealthy communities such as ours, parents are very keen on finding activities that pique their kids' interests and allow them to specialize in something for extracurriculars and college applications. Fencing has become an attractive alternative for kids who do not have the height nor size to play traditional sports such as basketball or football. It has also become a surprising forum for gender equality, where girls start out competing at the same level as boys. At the same time, new interest among Asian families has helped to diversify the sport. For this episode, we interview a competitive fencer, a coach, a fencing mom, and our very own editor (who is also a fencer) to talk about why they love playing with swords and what it takes to compete.
May 17, 2021
How a Hot Housing Market Creates Greater Inequity
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.
May 03, 2021
A Year of Remote Learning
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.
March 29, 2021
Don Gerend v. City of Sammamish
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.
March 15, 2021
Robert Monster Uncensored
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.
February 08, 2021
New Schools Re-ignite Development Debate
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.
January 25, 2021
COVID-19 Makes a Comeback
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.
December 14, 2020
Sammamish Thanksgiving Special
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.
November 16, 2020
Why Does the Electoral College Still Exist?
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.
November 02, 2020
Final Pitch to Undecided Voters
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.
October 19, 2020
Back to School 2020
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.
October 06, 2020
Single Use Plastic Bag Bans
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!
August 10, 2020
Sammamish Business Community and COVID-19
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!
July 27, 2020
Providence Heights Then and Now
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!
July 13, 2020
Pride in Sammamish
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!
June 29, 2020
Re-Introducing: Indy On Air
"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.
June 22, 2020
Black Lives Matter in Sammamish
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!
June 15, 2020
To Build or Not to Build?
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!
June 08, 2020
Understanding our Local Wildlife
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!
June 01, 2020
The Team Behind the Championship - EHS Girls Basketball
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!
May 25, 2020
How High Schoolers are Managing at Home
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!
May 18, 2020
Operating Non-Profits During a Pandemic
COVID-19 has upended so much around our community, especially many non-profit organizations who serve those in need. This week, our podcast dives into how three local non-profits are dealing with the pandemic and how the lock down has affected them. Join hosts Alex Woodall and Simran Tandon as they interview Tyler Zangaglia, the Founder of HopeFest, Kimberly Freutel, the Founder of Kids Coming Together and Marni Kurtz, the Executive Director of Athletes for Kids. 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!
May 11, 2020
Impact of COVID-19 on Sammamish Businesses
Across the US, we have seen and felt the severe economic impact of COVID-19. This week, our podcast explores how Sammamish's business community has been affected, and what business owners are doing to adapt to the pandemic. Join hosts Alex Woodall and Lin Yang as they interview Deborah Sogge, the Executive Director of the Sammamish Chamber of Commerce, Kevin Gattke, the owner of the Pine Lake Ale House and Jean Johnson, a local photographer. 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!
May 04, 2020
Introducing: Indy On Air
"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. The podcast is hosted by Alex Woodall, a recent graduate from Eastlake High School. The Indy is produced with the help of Lin Yang and Simran Tandon.
April 26, 2020