Welcome to the Exploring Washington State Podcast. Each 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.  Authentic conversations, genuine people, and always local.

Do you want behind the scenes access? Do you like free things? Want to know who the upcoming guests are? All this and more is yours if you sign up for the weekly Exploring Washington State Podcast Newsletter. Each newsletter has additional information on guests past and present. 



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For people who love Washington

It's refreshing to have a podcast about Washington that is real and not focused on the usual tired cliches (coffee, rain, space needle, etc). Scott interviews people from every walk of life. A true tapestry of what makes this state fun and interesting.

June 2, 2023 by Alpskier88 on Apple Podcasts


All Things Washington State

Hands down, my favorite podcast! Engaging conversations with Washington State small business owners, musicians, mountain climbers, authors to Farmers Markets, coffee roasters to WCL baseball, restaurants owners, vineyards, organic growers, college professors, photographers, hydroplanes, and flying kites! The entrepreneurial spirit shines here and the conversations are personal and insightful. They’re not over produced mainstream media bites and delightfully feel unscripted. You’ll learn a lot about the guests and the what and why they do what they do. And as a bonus you’ll learn about their favorite local places and the things they enjoy doing in our beautiful state. Enjoy these inspirational interviews with the people who do small business, art, science, food, technology and all things Washington State, hosted by Scott Cowan.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Scott's natural, unscripted conversations with his guests makes this podcast so engaging. Their experiences and insights are so refreshingly real and far from cliche. Each episode gives you a chance to explore a different facet of Washington State - so fun and real!
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I have been wanting to visit Washington State for such a long time. Coming from the East Coast it is difficult where to go, what to see, but this podcast has helped us decide on our upcoming trip we need to go beyond Seattle! Keep up the great work! Thank you.

This podcast Rocks!
My partner Stephen and I are taking a trip to Spokane mid October to scope out for a possible relocation next year from our childhood roots here in the Midwest Kansas City! I stumbled upon this podcast a few month back when we first started planning our trip and I AM OBSESSED! It’s been awesome to learn so much about Washington state previous to visiting. I love the way you engage with your guests with questions in a framework that really helps those wanting to visit get a look idea of what they should check out. I love hearing what everybody’s favorite food and drink places are. Keep it up! Thanks ♥️
Who knew there was so much to do in Washington!
I came across this podcast a few weeks ago being that I’m from Washington I thought I knew it all! I was so wrong! This is such a great podcast showcasing all things, people, and places you should know in Washington. The episodes cover a ton of different happenings in the state and very interesting people I never knew about doing great things in Washington. Two great hosts of the show as well! Definitely worth a listen!
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Harish Kumar is Capturing the Moody Beauty of Washington State

Stunning Visual Journey: Explore Washington State’s Breathtaking Landscapes Through Harish Kumar’s Captivating Photography

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Discovering Hanford’s Manhattan Project History

Show Notes Transcript Show Notes Hanford is a place that has played an important role in the story of Washington State, the United States, and the world. Situated on the…

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Northwest Cider Cup 2023 With Emily Ritchie

Northwest Cider Association Executive Director Emily Ritchie is back and talking cider. Learn about the 2023 NW Cider Cup and much more in this great episode of the podcast.

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Civil War Seattle Experience Seattle’s Civil War History with Richard Heisler

Show Notes Transcript Show Notes Civil War Seattle Tours with Richard Heisler If you are a fan of history tours, then you are going to love this podcast episode! Meet…

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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.

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Bradley Lockhart: Bellingham Flag Designer

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

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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