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Indy on Air

33 EpisodesProduced by The Sammamish IndependentWebsite

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.

33 Episodes | 2020 - 2022

On the Home Front of the Russia-Ukraine War

April 19th, 2022


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 …

Limiting the Use of Force by Police in Washington

March 9th, 2022


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 …

How Sammamish is Managing the Omicron Surge

February 1st, 2022


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 …

Holidays with Omicron

December 21st, 2021


For many Sammamish residents, holiday plans are forging ahead, despite the world being hit, once again, with a new COVID-19 variant. With many …

Is Public School Too Liberal?

December 2nd, 2021


Teachers across the country are being targeted for “left-leaning” curriculums by conservatives, who have zeroed in on opposition to critical race …

Decision Points for Sammamish Voters

November 1st, 2021


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, …

Re-integrating Back to Normal Schooling

October 18th, 2021


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 …

Turning Up the Heat on Climate Action

July 19th, 2021


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 …

Taking a Deep Breath Before College Admissions Season

June 21st, 2021


With so many highly-rated high schools across the Eastside, our communities, including Sammamish, are notorious for adding pressure on kids to get …

Playing With Swords: Rise of Fencing in Sammamish

May 17th, 2021


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, …

How a Hot Housing Market Creates Greater Inequity

May 3rd, 2021


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 …

A Year of Remote Learning

March 29th, 2021


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 …

Don Gerend v. City of Sammamish

March 15th, 2021


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 …

Robert Monster Uncensored

February 8th, 2021


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 …

New Schools Re-ignite Development Debate

January 25th, 2021


The Issaquah School District (ISD) is currently planning to build a new elementary and high school at Providence Heights, which is located just …

COVID-19 Makes a Comeback

December 14th, 2020


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 …

Sammamish Thanksgiving Special

November 16th, 2020


The diversity of Sammamish is what makes this city unique, and that diversity really shows in the different ways that people celebrate the …

Why Does the Electoral College Still Exist?

November 2nd, 2020


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 …

Final Pitch to Undecided Voters

October 19th, 2020


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 …

Back to School 2020

October 6th, 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 …

Single Use Plastic Bag Bans

August 10th, 2020


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 …

Sammamish Business Community and COVID-19

July 27th, 2020


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 …

Providence Heights Then and Now

July 13th, 2020


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. …

Pride in Sammamish

June 29th, 2020


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 …

Re-Introducing: Indy On Air

June 22nd, 2020


"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 …

Black Lives Matter in Sammamish

June 15th, 2020


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 …

To Build or Not to Build?

June 8th, 2020


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 …

Understanding our Local Wildlife

June 1st, 2020


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 …

The Team Behind the Championship - EHS Girls Basketball

May 25th, 2020


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, …

How High Schoolers are Managing at Home

May 18th, 2020


High schoolers normally have extremely busy lives, filled with sports, clubs, friends and school. Now that COVID-19 has arrived in the Pacific …

Operating Non-Profits During a Pandemic

May 11th, 2020


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 …

Impact of COVID-19 on Sammamish Businesses

May 4th, 2020


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 …

Introducing: Indy On Air

April 26th, 2020


"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 …

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