Podcast 108: Comedian Michael Beers is making the “short” bus cool

Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Michael Beers, center, with fellow comedians and short bus project collaborators John Howard, left, and Tyler D. Nielsen, right. Image by Cathrine L. Walters
Michael Beers has been a stand-up comedian for over a decade. His latest project is called…

Podcast 107: The intersection of disability and sexual identity with Ellen Forney and Jennifer Restle

Monday, June 27, 2016June is the month many cities celebrate their LGBTQ communities through pride events. In recognition of that, this episode explores the experiences of people with disabilities who also identify as LGBTQ. Our guests are Ellen Forney, a bisexual cartoonist with bipolar disorder, and Jennifer Restle, a blind and bisexual disability rights advocate and educator.

Podcast 106: Veterans heal invisible wounds through environmental conservation

Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Above: Veterans Conservation Corps Program Specialist, Jeremy Grisham
In honor of Memorial Day, this month we spoke with veteran Jeremy Grisham. Jeremy has personal experience with working with the Veterans Conservation Corps of the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs.…

Podcast 105: Autism and coming of age with documentary director Alexandra Shiva

Wednesday, April 13, 2016
How to Dance in Ohio director, Alexandra Shiva
Our guest this month is Alexandra Shiva, whose most recent documentary, How to Dance in Ohio, is spreading understanding of what it means to be a young adult with autism. The film…

Podcast 104: Art therapy and Alzheimer’s treatment

Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Jean Raichle and Marilyn Raichle
In our latest podcast episode, we discuss the relationship between art and Alzheimer’s treatment with Marilyn Raichle. Raichle has contributed considerable insight to our societal understanding of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. With her,…

Podcast 103: “Cripp culture” and southern gothic music with musician Mindie Lind

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Photo Credit: Ryan Jorgenson & Project Girl Crush
In this episode, we discuss how music can be used to share the experiences of people with disabilities. Joining us is musician Mindie Lind. Known for her soulful Southern Gothic music, Mindie…

Podcast 102: YouTube as a tool for change and better make-up, with vlogger Lucy Edwards

Tuesday, November 3, 2015In this episode, we talk with YouTube star Lucy Edwards about her experience creating her YouTube channel "Yesterday's Wishes." Edwards videos offer viewers a combination of make-up tutorials, ‘blind life hacks’, and stories from her personal life being blind. Edwards says she put herself out there on YouTube to send the message that it's important not to be afraid of who you are, and that determination and a positive attitude can take you far.

Podcast 101: Art and mental illness with graphic novelist Ellen Forney

Wednesday, October 7, 2015In this inaugural episode, Seattle author Ellen Forney chats with Rooted in Rights Podcast host Emily Pate about Forney’s intensely personal graphic novel, her experiences with bipolar disorder, and the need to de-stigmatize mental illness. In Ellen's opinion, telling peers about your mental illness is "a big fear," and should only be done if the individual feels truly ready. However, Forney thinks it is worth it in the end. What will you think?