REALTalk – Friends of Mukai

April 13th, 2021 - Posted in

Friends of Mukai is the dynamic organization that has exquisitely revitalized Mukai Farm & Garden over the last five years. They’ve successfully restored the house and garden originally created by members of the Mukai family. And, with it, the group has brought to life the Japanese-American community so vital to the social and economic history […]

REALTalk – Wendy Graf on Live Theatre

April 6th, 2021 - Posted in

It may be a surprise to some, but Los Angeles (Hollywood) is also home to a thriving live theatre community. This week, Wendy Graf, an award-winning LA playwright, joins host Susan McCabe to talk about what it’s like to be a playwright in movie town, how she draws from her personal experience to illustrate clashing […]

Mukai Farm and Garden on Vashon is home to the unique Island history of Japanese Americans. B.D. (Denichiro) Mukai established the farm in 1926 to grow strawberries. His innovations in preserving and packaging strawberries allowed him to ship them nationwide and contributed to the Island’s reputation as a mecca for the sweet red fruit. The […]

For some people there is a silver lining to the economic impact of the COVID 19 pandemic. One of those people is Brian Czech, Founder and ED of the Center for the Advancement of a Steady State Economy (CASSE). Brian sees the slowdown of our economy as a move in the right direction, particularly for […]

REALTalk ~ Kirsten Gagnaire

March 10th, 2021 - Posted in

Women, Technology and Partnerships Amazing things can happen when one puts women, technology and partnerships together. And, that’s just what Susan’s guest this week has done.  She is Kirsten Gagnaire, founder and CEO of Kati Collective (  Kirsten has spent years traveling Africa and Southeast Asia learning how communities can develop when women are supported […]

REALTalk ~ Playwright Bryan Willis

February 16th, 2021 - Posted in

Having solved technical difficulties, REALTalk has re-scheduled a conversation with Bryan Willis, playwright-in-residence for the Northwest Playwrights Alliance at Seattle Repertory Theatre and general theatrical over achiever. His plays have been staged throughout the U.K., China, Israel, Japan, Canada and the U.S., including New York Theater Workshop, Milwaukee Rep, Unseam’d Shakespeare Co., Book-It Repertory Theatre, Riverside […]

REALTalk ~ VARSA ~ Lisa Bruce

February 2nd, 2021 - Posted in

Teen substance abuse — It’s a parent’s nightmare and an issue that has plagued this country, this county and this island for decades causing tragic and unnecessary destruction of young lives. Vashon Alliance to Reduce Substance Abuse, better known as VARSA, has been working with state, county and national groups for over ten years to […]

REALTalk ~ Fitness

January 26th, 2021 - Posted in

  We’ve all spent a lot more time at home in the last year, and for many of us, that means slacking off on exercise. But what does it really mean to be ‘fit?’ Find out this week when host Susan McCabe talks with Hannah Kogan, co-owner of Studio Lux on Vashon and in Seattle. Hannah has […]

REALTalk ~ Soul

January 5th, 2021 - Posted in

This first REALTalk episode for 2021 is full of SOUL…Join host Susan McCabe as she queries Vashon Methodist Church pastor Paul Mitchell and Puget Sound Zen Center Koshin Chris Cain on what they observed about the state of our spirits during the trials of 2020. How did they, as spiritual guides, fare? And, where do they see […]

REALTalk ~ Gar LaSalle

December 29th, 2020 - Posted in

Vashon is an island bubbling over with accomplished and talented people, some are even famous. This week host Susan McCabe welcomes award-winning author, filmmaker, physician, sculptor, and islander Gar LaSalle. Gar’s trilogy of historical fiction novels starts with Widow Walk, set in the 19th Century Pacific Northwest and moves through the American Civil War era with Isthmus and The Fairness of […]