Road Trip: Sound Effect, Episode 112

Jul 22, 2017

This week we share some of our favorite stories from out of town.

The Hoh Rain Forest

We take a trip to the Hoh Rain Forest and, while two young boys frolic in mud, we learn about the riches of the rainiest part of the lower 48. 

Connecting Transgender Men

Telling the world its perception of you is wrong — and to say the way you see yourself is right — that can be a tough and lonely thing to do. A Spokane-based man noticed how hard this was for fellow transgender men, so he decided to help them connect with one another by going on an epic road trip.

Volcano Watchers

Just outside Mount St. Helens, the United States Geological Survey Cascades Volcano Observatory monitors volcanic activity around the globe from a Suite 100 address. KNKX environment reporter Bellamy Pailthorp went to the observatory to understand how volcanologists across the world communicate to respond to eruptions.

Identity Theft

Russell Jim of Yakima recounts the attempted theft of his tribal identity. In the 1940s, the U.S. government established Native American boarding schools to "kill the Indian and save the man." Jim recounts being sent to one, and how the government's attempts to strip away his identity has altered his life forever. 

Giant Lava Lamp

In the small town of Soap Lake, town elders have big dreams of creating a 65-foot tall lava lamp. As you might imagine, this is not without it's complications. From technical problems to trademark fights, it;s a quest that's been mired in setbacks ... but the townspeople refuse to give up.

Sound Effect is your weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place we live. The show is hosted by KNKX's Jennifer Wing.