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Catalyst Podcast: 007 – Keep Portland… Dark? With MyKala Stinson of Beerquest Walking Tours


Dark roast, Dark brews, Dark…tourism. Portland, the largest city in Oregon, has a long and complicated past. Seated in the shadow of Mt. Hood, the region was originally home to the indigenous Chinook peoples, and saw large populations of pioneer settlers entering the area in the 1830s. The city that developed came to be known as a gritty logging and port hub, and was once dubbed “the most filthy city in the Northern States” by its own hometown paper. Today Portland is more known for its infestation of microbreweries, award-winning coffee, and quirky personae, but its history still creeps throughout the dark corners–if you know where to look.READ MORE

Writers’ Block: 023 – Rebecca Skloot


Rebecca Skloot is the author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Her award- winning science writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine; O,; Discover; and many other publications.The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks took more than a decade to research and write, and instantly hit the New York Times best-seller list, and has been translated into more than 25 languages. And last year it was made into an HBO movie starring Renee Elise Goldsberry, Rose Byrne, and Oprah!READ MORE

Catalyst Podcast: 006 – On Becoming 222 Market Part Two – Artisans and Lifestyle Branding


In Part two of Episode 006: On Becoming 222, hosts Shannon and Taryn speak with Aly Thompson, founder and owner of Olysocial the marketing design company hired by the 222 Market, and Carissa Dickson and Iana Franks co-owners of Fleurae floral design and boutique, one of 222’s founding artisans. All three ladies discuss the adventure of starting their own business and their experience working with Olympia’s premier artisan market. Photo credit: Poppi  Photography.READ MORE