Welcome to the Exploring Washington State Podcast. Four times a week we publish episodes about Washington State.

Our host Scott Cowan has casual conversations with interesting people who are from Washington State or who are doing noteworthy things in Washington State.  The Exploring Washington State Podcast is never scripted and only lightly edited.  Authentic conversations, genuine people, and always local.

On Monday we chat with musicians, performers, venue owners, producers, promoters, anyone connected to the vibrant music industry in Washington State.

Wednesdays we share conversations with business owners, executives, and others who are running interesting businesses in Washington. We also speak with people who are doing creative and amazing things across the state.

Thursdays we speak with athletes, team owners, organizers, and more about sports and sporting activities.

Friday we talk food and drink. Local chefs, brewers, distillers, coffee roasters, cider makers, wineries etc.

Each week you can hear more about Washington State just by listening in. Welcome to the Exploring Washington State Podcast.


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Neil and Tamara Caulkins

Neil & Tamara Caulkins

Meet Neil and Tamara Caulkins. This classical guitar duo have been playing for more than 30 years. They are currently debuting the piece Dryfalls that was commissioned by the Friend of the Lower Grand Coulee. Listen in and hear about their musical journey.

Interior of Maxon Studio lower level

Blending Passion & Purpose: The Lou Maxon Story

Have you ever wanted a train? Lou Maxon is fascinated by trains and design. He decide to combine both. This custom designed 2 story rail car is both an office and a train. Find out more.

Lou Maxon

Unleashing Creativity with Lou Maxon

Transforming Brands & Risk-Taking From small beginnings to playing side-by-side with Wayne Gretzky, Lou Maxon has forged a remarkable journey…

Craig Romano Thumbs Up Hiking

Exploring Washington’s Trails Craig Romano

Show Notes Transcript Show Notes Uncovering Washington’s Trails with Craig Romano: Hiking, Running, and Writing For Craig Romano, exploring the trails of Washington State wasn’t just a passion – it…

Scuba Jess with garbage collected after a dive

Dive In: Explore the Depths with Scuba Jess

Meet Scuba Jess. A passionate advocate for environmental awareness. Scuba diving, photography, and recycling are just some of the topics we discuss in this episode.

Bradley Lockhart Mic in Hand

Bradley Lockhart: Bellingham Flag Designer

Bradley Lockart a designer, musician, and professor at WWU. He is the designer of the Bellingham City Flag.

Nancy Pearl Headshot Exploring Washington State Podcast

Nancy Pearl: Seattle’s Most Famous Librarian

Renowned librarian and author Nancy Pearl is our guest. The 2011 Librarian of the Year by Library Journal. And library superhero. If you are a reader you have heard of Nancy Pearl. Find out more about Nancy by listening to this episode.

Park Ranger John Tillison

Park Ranger John Tillison

Park Ranger John is our guest for this episode. John Tillison a former Washington State Park Ranger has a website that celebrates National Parks across the United States

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Washington Wines with Nancy Croisier

Show Notes Transcript Show Notes Washington Wines with Nancy Croisier Nancy Croisier is a wine writer and marketer from Washington State, turning consumers onto the exceptional wines of Washington and…

Sasquatch and Serial Killers in Washington State

Sasquatch & Serial Killers in Washington State.

Sasquatch & Serial killers in Washington State. Bob Antone returns to share stories about the origin of Sasquatch and how serial killers and Sasquatch may be connected.

Daniel Winkler holding mushroom in forest

Daniel Winkler Mushroaming Through Washington State.

Daniel Winkler of Mushroaming talking foraging, mushrooms, cooking with mushrooms, music and his new book Fruits of the Forest. A fun conversation that covers a lot of ground.

Amy Cross fridge showing produce

The Strawberry Lady: Amy Cross on Longer-Lasting Produce & No Food Waste.

Amy Cross a born and raised Washingtonian, known as the Strawberry Lady for her viral strawberries in a jar. She is an expert on produce, how to save money on groceries & reduce food waste.