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Join the Dive podcast every Saturday as we quickly cover the week's headlines, and then dive deeper into the big stories of the week. Host Brianna Wheeler sits down with the paper's staff as well as the biggest names in Portland to discuss the city and the events that change lives. The Dive podcast by Willamette Week is the best way to stay up to date with Portland's news, sports, arts, and culture.
 
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This week, our guest is the owner of Aroma Concierge, Lori Tisdale. We discussed some of the benefits of essential oils and aromatherapy. She explains why essential oils are used with dementia patients in local memory care communities. Lori shares the clinical side of aromatherapy and fantastic stories of how soothing applications of scent have bee…
 
In this episode of the Dive Podcast, host Brianna Wheeler speaks to director Kisha Jarrett about her upcoming feature Black Girl In The Woods, the lack of black representation in outdoor media as well as how chronic illness affected her film. Then journalist Grace Culhane joins the pod to discuss the valuable lessons she learned while writing "The …
 
This week our guest is Mac McMurry, Agent, CLTC from New York Life Insurance, who joined us to discuss exploring the building blocks of retirement planning. This week, we talked with Mac McCurry, Agent, CLTC, from New York Life Insurance. We discussed setting up your retirement to weather turbulent markets. Mac explains how to create a good foundat…
 
In this episode of the Dive Podcast, host Brianna Wheeler compares Congress hopeful Carrick Flynn to a cartoon president before she and guest Rachel Monahan discuss his candidacy for Oregon's newly drawn 6th District. The two then unpack Flynn's controversial big-bitcoin funding, his cold shouldering of local politicos, and why his infamous owl com…
 
This week our guest is Mac McMurry, Agent, CLTC from New York Life Insurance, who joined us to discuss exploring the building blocks of retirement planning. This week, we talked with Mac McCurry, Agent, CLTC, from New York Life Insurance. We discussed setting up your retirement to weather turbulent markets. Mac explains how to create a good foundat…
 
In this episode of the Dive Podcast, host Brianna Wheeler talks primary endorsements and voter vibes with WW News Editor Aaron Mesh and pollster John Horvack. Brianna and Aaron will discuss accountability in public servants, which candidates are flip flopping, and whether or not there is hope for a blue Oregon. Then we'll catch up with pollster ext…
 
This week, Dr. Gilbert Simas, Medical Director, and Crystal Lacey, Program Director from Willamette Valley Medical Center, discussed the Senior Behavioral Health Services. For many older adults, declining physical and mental capabilities and complicated medical problems coupled with loss and adjustment in lifestyle can be overwhelming. Geropsychiat…
 
In this episode of the Dive Podcast, host Brianna Wheeler celebrates her 420 hangover with two prestigious women in weed: longtime WW contributor and prolific cannabis journalist Lauren Yoshiko, and this week's captivating cover model/founder of therapeutic cannabis company Oracle Wellness, Chef Megon Dee Brianna also shares what she learned from t…
 
In this episode of the Dive Podcast, host Brianna Wheeler applies Terry Pratchett's boot theory of socioeconomic awareness (nerd alert) to our city's current state of affairs before unpacking Portland's housing crisis with Michael Anderson, a senior researcher for regional sustainability think tank, Sightline Institute. Brianna also shares what she…
 
This week, our guest is Heidi Miller, Outreach Coordinator from Center 50+, who joined us to discuss aging in place using the “Village” model in Salem, Oregon. She talks about the village model, a community-based approach that assists older adults who want to continue living in their own homes as they age. Villages connect interested neighbors to t…
 
In this episode of the Dive Podcast, host Brianna Wheeler unpacks a cover package all about Oregon beer and reminisces about barefoot day drinking before talking shop with recent Oregon Beer Award winner for best new brewery, Steeplejack's Anna Buxton. Brianna then explores the newest trend in Oregon craft brewing, non-alcoholic dopplegangers, with…
 
This week, Holly Hordichok, Community Relations, and Laurie Pomeroy, Executive Director, from Heartwood Place Memory Care in Woodburn, discussed the Memory Care community and their services. In this exciting episode, we explore the details of memory care, what kind of services they offer, and the type of people who live in their community. They als…
 
This week, the Founder, Owner, and Music Therapist from Bridgetown Music Therapy, Alexis Baker, joins us to discuss music therapy. Alexis is a licensed & board-certified music therapist with 8+ years of experience. Over the years, she has worked with various populations in multiple settings but ultimately focused on serving older adults in 2016. Dr…
 
In this episode of the Dive Podcast, host Brianna Wheeler examines Nigel Jaquiss' profile of democratic gubernatorial frontrunner, Tina Kotek, before discussing with Jaquiss a few of the possible reasons so many of Kotek's democratic contemporaries have chosen, despite her thrillingly progressive track record, to endorse her opponent, Tobias Read. …
 
This week, Lisa Haines, Community Relations Manager from Holiday Retirement, joins us to discuss the benefits of Independent Living. If you aren't familiar with this term, it is also called retirement living, over 55, senior living, and other names. Lisa tells us all about it and the benefits you get from living in a community like Hidden Lakes. Sh…
 
In this episode of the Dive Podcast, host Brianna Wheeler wonders what it takes to become one of Portland's Funniest Five comedians in conversations with cover package editor Bennett Campbell Ferguson and this year's funniest person themself, Bryan Bixby (aka Brian Bigsby). Everyone laments the lack of women on the list and hopes to do better next …
 
This week, Alex Johnson, the principal broker from TrueLife Financial Solutions, joins us to discuss the open enrollment for Medicare Advantage Plans. If you signed up for a Medicare Advantage plan in the fall and then realized you picked the wrong plan, the open enrollment period allows you to switch plans. Alex shares his expertise to explain why…
 
In this episode of the Dive Podcast, host Brianna Wheeler examines the dichotomy between progressive Portland and conservative Oregon before unpacking what a Republican led Oregon might look like with one of our favorite political journalists, Rachel Monahan. We've also got your WW news snapshot, our favorite culture recommendations, and a reminder…
 
This week, Mark Wang, Owner/Adminitrator of Visiting Angels of the Willamette Valley, joined us to discuss the in-home Care Agency. As the owner and administrator of Visiting Angels of Willamette Valley, Mark Wang is in a position to share a lot of information about home health care. For example, what does home care mean? And what, exactly, does an…
 
In this episode of the Dive Podcast, host Brianna Wheeler admits to feeling fiscally inferior to a particularly precocious 11 year old before breaking down "The Portlanders Guide to Inflation" with this week's guests, Willamette Week news editor Aaron Mesh and reporter extraordinare Anthony Effinger. We've also got your 90 second Willamette Week ne…
 
This week, Marilyn Daily Blair, Manager of Center 50+, joined us to discuss the adventure of self-discovery and the challenge of staying connected in our older years. Center 50+ focuses on programs & services that recognize the second half of our lives, age 50 and over. We can do this through a healthy and active lifestyle, making new friends, and …
 
This week, Alex Johnson, the principal broker from TrueLife Financial Solutions, joins us to discuss the open enrollment for Medicare Advantage Plans. If you signed up for a Medicare Advantage plan in the fall and then realized you picked the wrong plan, the open enrollment period allows you to switch plans. Alex shares his expertise to explain why…
 
In this episode of Willamette Week's podcast, we sit down with reporter Nigel Jaquiss. Nigel tells us about a story he's been working on for three months. He has uncovered damaging evidence against one of Oregon's most powerful figures. Multiple experts say that property sales by the R.B. Pamplin Corp. could violate Department of Labor regulations.…
 
This week, Bridget Buchholz, Sales & Marketing Director from Waverly Place Assisted Living & Memory Care, joins us to discuss Waverly Place Senior Living. This community approaches assisted living memory care & transcends old-school concepts of nursing homes. Bridget explains whether residents need a little bit of help or need higher levels of care…
 
In this episode of the Dive Podcast, we talk to Willamette Week reporter and frequent guest of the show Anthony Effinger. Anthony brings us into the fold of one of the biggest political clashes of the year. Is the Secretary of State doing some dirty politic-ing or is she just doing her job? There's a battle going on, and we are here for it. We also…
 
This week, our guest Tiffany Fallows, Mortgage Advisor from Platinum Mortgage Group joins us to discuss reverse mortgages. Tiffany Fallows joins us to discuss the basics of reverse mortgages - how to qualify, how they work, how long can you stay in your home, and more! She also covered how reverse mortgages have changed over the years and dispelled…
 
This week ou guest, Ellen Klem, Director of Outreach and Education, for the Oregon Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General joins us to discuss fraud and scams. With COVID in the news daily, scammers have noticed and opened fake or substandard testing sites. Ellen discusses these sites and gives some tips on how to determine if a test …
 
In this episode, we include two interviews for you. We begin with an interview with freelance journalist Joseph Blake. Joseph takes us behind the scenes of his cover story which profiled 3 leading black entrepreneurs in our city. We also include a clip from the WW interview of Nick Kristof. We also hit you with the biggest stories of the week. Enjo…
 
It's pet week! The annual pet pageant took over the cover of WW this week, so we talked to one of the writers who dove into Portland's leading companions. Calley Hair tells us what to look out for as we abandon our best friends when we return to the office for the first time in years. We also talk to State Representative Dacia Grayber about how she…
 
This week our guest, Ellen Klem, Director of Outreach and Education, for the Oregon Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General joins us to discuss fraud and scams. With COVID in the news daily, scammers have noticed and opened fake or substandard testing sites. Ellen discusses these sites and gives some tips on how to determine if a test…
 
In this episode of the Dive Podcast, we are joined by freelance writer Thatcher Shmid. Thatcher tells us about his cover story detailing the lives of Portland's vehicle home community. While homelessness is a main topic of discussion among civic leaders, these individuals who live in their cars and RVs often fly under the radar. We talk about this …
 
This week, our guest Chad Cox Program Coordinator for the HOPE Senior Peer Mentoring Program at Northwest Senior & Disability Services joins us to talk about the H.O.P.E. Senior Peer Mentoring Program. Health problems, reduced mobility, the loss of a loved one, and other stressful life changes can take a toll on our emotional health. Senior Peer Me…
 
Join us for a lively discussion with Multnomah County Health Officer Dr. Jennifer Vines. We ask Dr. Vines all the questions that you probably have. Should we be worried about omicron? How has Portland mishandled their COVID-19 response? Can we trust the CDC? Whether you want to learn more about omicron or have questions that most papers won't try t…
 
This week, our guests Nikki Jardin Co-Founder & Editor from Mirador Magazine, and Tavé Fascé Drake, Co-Founder, Editor & Art Director join us to talk about the magazine for people with dementia and cognitive impairments. YES, our guests created a magazine for people with cognitive impairment and their care partners as well. Each issue offers storie…
 
This has been a huge week for anyone who cares about the 2022 Oregon gubernatorial race. First, independent candidate Senator Betsy Johnson sat down with Willamette Week to give a no holds barred interview where she commented on all the hot button local issues. This, in a not so shocking but still headline-making decision, the Oregon Secretary of S…
 
This week, our guests Nikki Jardin Co-Founder & Editor from Mirador Magazine, and Tavé Fascé Drake, Co-Founder, Editor & Art Director join us to talk about the magazine for people with dementia and cognitive impairments. YES, our guests created a magazine for people with cognitive impairment and their care partners as well. Each issue offers storie…
 
As we kick off 2022, let's reflect on 2021. We are joined by Willamette Week news editor Aaron Mesh as we talk about the biggest moments from 2021. We hand out some overdue awards and go over some possible takes for what Portland can expect in the upcoming months. It's been great to talk to you for a year, but 2022 can't come soon enough. Join us, …
 
This week, our guest is Lauren Heinatz, the Transitions Director of ComForCare Home Care. Lauren joins us to talk about dealing with loved ones’ dementia during holidays. Lauren gives us a lot of tips on how to handle holiday festivities while dealing with your loved one’s dementia. This year, many families are scaling down their in-person celebrat…
 
What’s up with the big one? You know, that massive earthquake that is supposed to place downtown Portland at the center of a subduction zone? In this episode, we are joined by Dr. Ashley Streig - a seismologist from Portland State University. She tells us all about what to expect from the west coast tectonic plates that are creating a time bomb und…
 
This week, our guest is Lauren Heinatz, the Transitions Director of ComForCare Home Care. Lauren joins us to talk about dealing with loved ones’ dementia during holidays. Lauren gives us a lot of tips on how to handle holiday festivities while dealing with your loved one’s dementia. This year, many families are scaling down their in-person celebrat…
 
Is nightlife back? Has covid left the downtown Portland party scene? Suzette Smith went to bars all over our city to answer the question: "what does the future of nightlife look like in Portland?" We are also joined by Tess Riski as she helps us break down the biggest news stories of the week, including more drama in the Portland Police office.…
 
This week our guests are Amy Schmidt & Michael Radut from Care Availability. Amy and Michael join us to talk about the fabulous resource CareAvailability.com. They talked about CareAvailabilty.com which is a community-based organization with technology for finding resources & services with a goal to list EVERY housing & care company to have the mos…
 
This week our guest is Alex Johnson, the principal broker at TrueLife Financial Solutions. Alex joins us to talk about the changes to Medicare and the upcoming enrollment dates for 2022. Alex shares his expertise to explain why you should consider adjusting your Medicare coverage to suit your needs, the differences between the Advantage and Supplem…
 
In this episode of the Dive Podcast, reporter Sophie Peel takes us behind the scenes of the Portland "trash wars." The city employees responsible for moving your trash are trying to prevent a private company from entering the market. The startup Ridwell offers a subscription product that allows you to recycle things like batteries and lightbulbs - …
 
This week our guest is Alex Johnson, the principal broker at TrueLife Financial Solutions. Alex joins us to talk about the changes to Medicare and the upcoming enrollment dates for 2022. Alex shares his expertise to explain why you should consider adjusting your Medicare coverage to suit your needs, the differences between the Advantage and Supplem…
 
In this episode of the Dive Podcast, we talk to the man behind one of the biggest restaurant phenomenons in Portland this year. Jared Benedetto opened Jerry's Pizza during Covid and ever since then tens of thousands of people come to his website each week trying to claim one of his 200 pizzas a week. We talk to Jerry about the last year, his proces…
 
This week our guest is Jennifer McCammon, Editor & Publisher of 50 Plus Magazine. Jennifer joins us to talk about 50 Plus Magazine that serves people 50 to 90, and beyond in Oregon and SW Washington. The magazine provides readers with inspiring stories, helpful resources, and expert insights and provides businesses a direct connection to this vibra…
 
If you're from Portland, you probably have strong emotions about the Lloyd Center Mall. Well, that same mall is set to foreclose in the coming months. Have no fear though. Journalist Anthony Effinger is on the case, bringing us the most likely options of what will come of the space. Before we bring you in on this exclusive interview, we also get yo…
 
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