Ed Ronco

All Things Considered Host

Ed Ronco came to KNKX in October 2013 as producer and reporter for KNKX’s Morning Edition. Ed started in public radio in 2009 at KCAW in Sitka, Alaska, where he covered everything from city government, to education, crime, science, the arts and more. Prior to public radio, Ed worked in newspapers, including four years at the South Bend (Ind.) Tribune, where he covered business, then politics and government.

Ed grew up in Wyandotte, Mich., a suburb of Detroit, and earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University.

Ways to Connect

Tyson Verse / Earthbound Expeditions

Thailand has become a hub of tourism in Southeast Asia. Tyson Verse has traveled there extensively as a tour arranger and guide. 

"There's nothing like a nice evening stroll with a little mix of curry-scented air with exhaust from the tuktuk three-wheeled taxis floating by," he said. "It's magic."

He's our special guest on this week's Going Places.

Gail Pettis and Dr. David Deacon-Joyner perform at the Christmas Jam back in 2010.
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The KNKX Holiday Jam happens this weekend, at the Rialto Theater in Tacoma. The event itself is sold out but you can hear it live on the air or through the streaming link on this site, starting at 7:30 Sunday night.

The annual concert features jazz vocalist Gail Pettis. Longtime listeners know Gail’s music, but her first career was as an orthodontist. She sat down with 88.5’s Ed Ronco to talk about how she ended up singing jazz.

Interview Highlights

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Hundreds of people attended the first of two vigils honoring a Tacoma police officer who was slain on duty.

People gathered Thursday at Officer Reginald "Jake" Gutierrez's home police station, lighting candles, singing songs and sharing memories. Knkx reporter Will James spoke to All Things Considered host Ed Ronco from the site of the vigil:

Another vigil was planned Thursday night at an elementary school.

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The death of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro topped international headlines this week. What happens now to Cuba? We called our friend Alejandro Infantes, a tour guide in Havana, for a look at what’s going on there right now, and what the future might hold for his country.

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So many people help us get where we need to go when we're traveling. Highway workers. Rest stop workers. Ticket agents. Flight attendants. Bus drivers. Pilots. Ramp workers. Baggage handlers. The list goes on and on.

This Thanksgiving week, we're listening back to a 2014 conversation about gratitude, between knkx travel expert Matthew Brumley and 88.5's Ed Ronco.

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If you’ve been on social media since the election, you’ve probably seen a lot of people expressing their feelings. Regardless of how you feel about the results, a lot of us might find ourselves in difficult conversations over the next few weeks — especially as families gather together for the holidays.

We turned to David Domke for some help. He’s a professor at the University of Washington who studies the way we talk to each other about politics.

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The result of the presidential election caught many by surprise – especially pollsters, political scientists and journalists. Republican Donald Trump’s victory in key states earned him enough electoral votes to become the nation’s next president. But Democrat Hillary Clinton secured the popular vote.

And that led many of you to write to us at knkx, with questions about the Electoral College and how it works.

We put some of those questions to Robin Jacobson, associate professor of politics and government at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma.

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This is a story about a missed flight and a new friend.

Matthew Brumley, our knkx travel expert, was trying to get home from Munich, via Amsterdam. But between a de-icing delay on the ground in Germany, and some extra security steps he had to take with his luggage in Amsterdam, Brumley missed his connection.

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Thanksgiving week marks the opening of the holiday travel rush. Back in 2014, Ed booked a flight to Michigan scheduled for the day before Thanksgiving. Foolish mortal.

“Don’t do that,” said knkx travel expert Matthew Brumley.

It’s not SeaTac Airport’s busiest time of the year (that’s summer, they say), but it’s pretty close. In this encore presentation of "Going Places," knkx travel expert Matthew Brumley offers tips to make it manageable.

(And yes, you can bring pie!)

1. If Possible, Travel On Thanksgiving Day

A Sound Transit train passes over a Sound Transit bus in Seattle.
AP Images

Voters have passed a $54 billion proposal that will expand mass transit across King, Pierce and Snohomish counties over the next 25 years.

As of 11 p.m., early numbers had the ballot measure known as Sound Transit 3 winning 55 percent to 45 percent. It's enjoying large support in King County, with 59 percent voting in favor and 41 percent voting against. In Snohomish County, it was winning by a slimmer margin of 52 percent to 48 percent.

Pierce County voters are rejecting the measure, though. The vote there was 56 percent against, and 44 percent in favor.

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It has been a year since Seattle Mayor Ed Murray declared a state of emergency on homelessness. In that time, the city has poured more money into addressing the problem but also had some setbacks.

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The last time Matthew Brumley was in Prague, we talked about the city itself. It has an incredible history, astonishing architecture, and great food. But Brumley says there’s a lot outside Prague worth seeing, too. And the best time to do it is in the fall.

Bohemia and Moravia

Bohemia is centered on Prague. The region full of rolling hills is famous for castles and villages, carp ponds, and, of course, beer.

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When knkx travel expert Matthew Brumley was a student in Copenhagen in the mid-1980s, he says no one knew much about Halloween. But that is changing. Brumley has been overseas for about 15 Halloweens, and has watched it catch on, gradually.

Why?

“It’s Hollywood,” he said. “It’s the exportation of American traditions.”

Maybe it’s not the movie industry specifically. But as American popular culture spreads around the world – through films, music, the internet and more – so do our traditions.

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This week, 88.5 knkx begins an election series called "Voices from Here," featuring conversations with five different people who live in the Puget Sound area. They'll talk about their concerns and hopes as we head toward the presidential election on Nov. 8.

Before we hear those conversations, we spent a moment with David Domke, professor of political communication at the University of Washington.

A replica of the Oval Office is one part of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif.
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As the nation prepares to pick its next president, we thought we’d take a moment and get some perspective on the people who’ve already held the job.

Knkx travel expert Matthew Brumley says he loves visiting presidential libraries and museums. There are 13 official presidential libraries, and a host of museums dedicated to past presidents.


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This time of year makes us think of a particular scene in the NBC television series "The West Wing," in which President Bartlet (Martin Sheen) is recording his weekly radio address.

“The weekends will be devoted by many of you to leaf peeping, and football …” he says, his voice trailing off as the engineer stops recording.

Brady Walkinshaw and Pramila Jayapal are running to replace retiring Rep. Jim McDermott in Washington's 7th Congressional District.
Campaign Handouts / Composite by Parker Miles Blohm

Washington state has 10 Congressional districts. But this year, only one of them has an open seat. The 7th District includes the western half of Seattle and everything north of the Ship Canal, along with Shoreline, Mountlake Terrace and Edmonds, plus Vashon Island and Burien to the south.

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Qatar Airways has placed a sizable order with Boeing. The airline ordered a total of 40 jets, comprised of 30 787-9 Dreamliners, and 10 777-300ER aircraft.

Both of those planes are made in the Puget Sound area. The list price for all 40 planes is nearly $12 billion, but large orders typically include discounts.

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No one travels alone. Even if you're a party of one during your journey, we all rely on others to get where we need to go. This week, we offer two stories from knkx travel expert Matthew Brumley -- one about needing help, and the other about paying it forward.

Needing Help

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Monday is the deadline to register to vote, online or by mail. But it’s also a federal holiday, so post offices are closed.

Because of that, county voter offices will accept registrations postmarked on Tuesday, Oct. 11. 

“The state law does say Oct., 10, but we’re saying ‘Come on, people,'" said David Ammons, spokesman for the Washington Secretary of State's office. "If we followed the letter of the law, those postmarks would not be available on those previous two days.”

Courtesy of John Waters

What you think of the film director John Waters might depend on how you came to know him. Maybe you first saw his work “Hairspray,” a 1988 film with Ricki Lake as a plucky Baltimore teen fighting segregation. It was later the subject of a remake and also adapted as a bright and bouncy musical. Or maybe you know his earlier work, which earned him a reputation for depicting shocking things, like bodily functions, sex acts, and more.

A Road Trip Along California's Rugged Coastline

Sep 29, 2016
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The towns of coastal California are great escapes. Far from the gridlocked expressways of San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco, they provide relaxing time without the crowds.

But knkx travel expert Matthew Brumley says for him, this trip is all about being behind the wheel of a car.

“It is one of the great drives on the planet,” he said, from a stop in San Luis Obispo. “Today when I was driving, I could see surfers just bobbing out in the waves, and I was longingly looking at them.”

Not Expensive, Unless You Want That

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Sheila Edwards Lange, the current president of Seattle Central College, stares out her fourth-floor office window at a changing city. From this building on Seattle’s Capitol Hill, she can see the Space Needle, Key Arena, Puget Sound and some mountains off in the distance.

But she can also see cranes – symbols of a booming city and all the change that brings with it.

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How do you fly with pets? Heading to the airport with a furry friend in tow often means new rules and regulations. Knkx travel expert Matthew Brumley looked into some best practices, and offers this advice:

Before You Book

Call your airline to make sure there’s room. Space for animals can be limited, both in the cabin and in the pressurized compartment below the passenger cabin.

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State regulators are recommending a fine of more than $3 million against Puget Sound Energy for a March explosion in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood. The blast injured nine firefighters, destroyed two buildings, and caused extensive property damage in the area.

State regulators say the explosion was caused by unauthorized people accessing and damaging the gas line. But they also say Puget Sound Energy did not properly disconnect and seal the line when it was abandoned in 2004. They say PSE committed 17 violations of safety regulations.

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Seattle is within easy driving distance (less than five hours) of some serious wine country, whether it’s in eastern or central Washington, Oregon’s Willamette Valley, or parts of British Columbia.

There are hundreds of options to suit hundreds of tastes. There’s no way any list we’d assemble would be thorough enough to cover the whole region. So instead of asking knkx travel expert Matthew Brumley where we should enjoy our region’s wine country, we asked him how we should enjoy wine country.

Here’s his advice:

Drive There, Then Park It

University of Puget Sound

Freshman move-in day at Tacoma’s University of Puget Sound looks like you might expect.

Parents study maps under old, shady trees on this 128-year-old campus. Students wear their new keys on lanyards around their necks as they carry bags, pillows and blankets across bright green lawns toward their new dorms. There are hugs, greetings, introductions and a little crying, stifled and otherwise.

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Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson this week said he wants to ban assault-style weapons in Washington state. His announcement came after a shooting this summer at a Mukilteo house party. Three people died and a fourth was seriously injured.

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When in Rome, they say, do as the Romans. It’s not bad advice in the Pacific Northwest, either.

Natalia Mandelli grew up and lives in Rome, where she’s a professional tour guide. She’s a colleague and good friend of our usual “Going Places” travel expert, Matthew Brumley.

Mandelli visited the United States last month, and spoke to 88.5’s Ed Ronco about going from tour guide to tourist.

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Expect heavy traffic in Seattle this weekend. 

The enormous Bumbershoot festival happens at Seattle Center. The University of Washington Huskies football team opens its season at home this weekend. The Mariners are playing. And the giant gaming convention PAX West is going on at the Washington State Convention Center.

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