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Sound Effect is your weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place we live. The show is hosted by KNKX's Gabriel Spitzer. Each week's show explores a different theme.

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In 2007, Timothy Ray Brown underwent an experimental bone marrow transplant to treat his life-threatening leukemia. The marrow cells he received were no ordinary cells: They contained a very specific mutation that confers resistance to HIV. Brown, who grew up in Seattle but was living in Europe at the time, had been infected with HIV more than a decade earlier.

The procedure was harrowing, involving multiple rounds of chemotherapy, followed by radiation. He came down with graft vs. host disease and had to have a whole second transplant. But in the end, Timothy Ray Brown became the first person in the world functionally cured of HIV.

Erin Hennessey

Reporters from the Puget Sound region shine a light on stories they think deserved more coverage this week. 

KPLU's Sound Effect hears from Emily Parkhurst, Digital Managing Editor at the Puget Sound Business Journal, Bryan Cohen, a reporter with Capitol Hill Seattle blog, and Eli Sanders, Associate Editor at The Stranger.

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The stereotype about the Northwest is that we are, you know, nice - maybe not always warm, maybe not always effusive, but polite. One could take that as the mark of living in a truly civilized place. But there’s another way to see it too: As a way to avoid uncomfortable truths.

Etiquette: Sound Effect, Episode 41

Oct 17, 2015
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Sound Effect is your weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place we live. The show is hosted by KPLU's Gabriel Spitzer. Each week's show explores a different theme, and this week Sound Effect is on its best behavior, discussing the rules of etiquette.

Sound Effect kicks off this week with former Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn. If you ask McGinn if he lacked political decorum, he will stop you short and say the word is divisive.

  Reporters from the Pacific Northwest weigh in on stories from the week that they believe deserve more ink and analysis.

This week, KPLU's Sound Effect hears from members of Seattlish who describe their blog as a place where you can read about "Seattle, politics, drinking, obscenities and cute animals... brought to you by a trio of mouthy broads.”

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In the late 1980s, Paul Ingram was a prominent member of the community in Olympia, serving as a senior sheriff’s deputy and chairman of the Thurston County Republican Party.

Then he was implicated in a shocking series of crimes: His own daughters accused him of sexually abusing them, repeatedly, over many years. But that was just the first twist in a tale full of bizarre turns.

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Anyone who is remotely interested in buying a horse should talk to Bonnie Hammond first.

“Caring for horses is expensive,” says Hammond.

Hammond is the executive director of SAFE, otherwise known as Save A Forgotten Equine.

She says if you buy a horse be prepared to spend serious money on food.

10.10 Under-Reported News Analysis

Oct 12, 2015

Kevin Kniestedt fills in for Gabriel Spitzer this week and sits down with Josh Feit, Nina Shapiro and Rosette Royale to discuss some of the stories that ran below the fold this week. 

Confessions: Sound Effect, Episode 40

Oct 10, 2015
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Sound Effect is your weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place we live. This week our theme is confessions.

Local author Nicole Hardy had her life changed by confessions. Senior Producer, Arwen Nicks sits down with Hardy and learns how she used the money she made from her memoir, “Confessions of a Latter-day Virgin” to become a deckhand on a tall ship. 

Iraq War Vet Uses Writing To Heal

Oct 10, 2015

A Washington-based program called the Red Badge Project teaches military veterans the skills to tell their stories. Iraq War Veteran Jennifer Cox talks with KPLU's Gabriel Spitzer about healing through writing.

 

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The maker culture is built around a do-it-yourself ethic. It’s not unusual to meet people teaching themselves carpentry, computer hacking or electrical engineering. But what about DIY biochemistry? or do-it-yourself genetic engineering? or do-it-yourself neuroscience?

Slaven's Recommended Reads: Silver Linings

Oct 6, 2015
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It’s not just every cloud that has a silver lining. In this segment on Sound Effect, Gabriel Spitzer speaks with King County Supervising Librarian Amber Slaven, who curated a list of books with messages of hope in spite of gloom.

Silver Lining: Sound Effect, Episode 39

Oct 3, 2015
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"Sound Effect" is your weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place we live. The show is hosted by KPLU's Gabriel Spitzer. Each week's show explores a different theme. This week we go out in search of silver linings.

10.03 Under-Reported News Analysis

Oct 3, 2015

  KPLU's Gabriel Spitzer sits down with journalists Austin Jenkins, Kari Plog and Zachariah Bryan for a discussion of the lesser reported news stories of the week.  

How To Request Your FBI File

Sep 28, 2015
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For this week’s show on ‘Do It Yourself.’ Sound Effect host, Gabriel Spitzer and I set out to get our FBI files and you can too! Spoiler Alert: So easy.

According to FBI.gov, FBI files can be requested through the Privacy Act and the Freedom of Information Act, “The Freedom of Information Act allows any person—except fugitives, federal agencies, and foreign intelligence agencies—to request information about organizations, businesses, investigations, historical events, incidents, groups, or deceased persons.”

DIY: Sound Effect, Episode 38

Sep 26, 2015

Sound Effect is your weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place we live. The show is hosted by KPLU's Gabriel Spitzer. Each week's show explores a different theme, and this week Sound Effect speaks with bold, independent, do-it-yourselfers. 

9.26 Under-reported News Analysis

Sep 26, 2015

  Justin Carder, Alex Stonehill and Joanne Silberner join Gabriel Spitzer to discuss the ins and outs of what was below the fold this week. 

Change of Heart: Sound Effect, Episode 37

Sep 19, 2015
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Sound Effect is your weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place we live. The show is hosted by KPLU's Gabriel Spitzer. Each week's show explores a different theme. This week we investigate changes of heart. 

Sound Effect's Under-Reported News Of The Week

Sep 19, 2015

Joanne Lisosky, Phyllis Fletcher and Jessica Partnow join KPLU's Gabriel Spitzer to analyze and discuss the lesser reported news stories of the week. 

Amateur Hour: Sound Effect, Episode 36

Sep 12, 2015
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Sound Effect is your weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place we live. The show is hosted by KPLU's Gabriel Spitzer. Each week's show explores a different theme. This week Sound Effect brings you Amateur Hour.   

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Each week on Sound Effect we invite a panel a journalists to talk about local stories they feel didn't get sufficient attention.

Joining host Gabriel Spitzer on this week’s show were journalists Nina Shapiro, Mike Lewis and Sarah Stuteville share their take on some of the under-reported stories of the week. 

As Seen On TV : Sound Effect, Episode 35

Sep 5, 2015
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Sound Effect is your weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place we live. The show is hosted by KPLU's Gabriel Spitzer. Each week's show explores a different theme, and this week our radio team tackles, As Seen On TV. 

Theft: Sound Effect, Episode 34

Aug 29, 2015
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Sound Effect is your weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place we live. The show is hosted by KPLU's Gabriel Spitzer. Each week's show explores a different theme, and this week we're delving into tales of thievery. 

Ticking Clock: Sound Effect, Episode 33

Aug 22, 2015
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Sound Effect is your weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place we live. The show is hosted by KPLU's Gabriel Spitzer. Each week's show explores a different theme, and this week we ponder the relentless passing of time; the ticking clock.  

After Dark: Sound Effect, Episode 32

Aug 15, 2015
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Sound Effect is your weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place we live. The show is hosted by KPLU's Gabriel Spitzer. Each week's show explores a different theme, and this week, we shed some light on things that happen after dark. 

Sound Effect Senior Producer, Arwen Nicks learns about the world of after hours public defenders and what it means for them to be on call. 

Invisible: Sound Effect, Episode 31

Aug 8, 2015

Sound Effect is your weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place we live. The show is hosted by KPLU's Gabriel Spitzer. Each week's show explores a different theme, and this week, our out-of-sight team of producers talk invisibility. 

To begin our show, we hear from Danny Dover, a Seattle author and tech entrepreneur. To combat a bout of depression, Dover created a bucket list. One of the experiences he tacked onto that list required him to become completely invisible. He wanted to become a pickpocket, and so he did. 

Then, KPLU's Jennifer Wing visits Camp Oasis on the Key Peninsula. The goal of the camp is to unite children who battle the same invisible illnesses: Crohn's and colitis. Because illnesses such as these often go undiscussed, young people can have a hard time connecting with others facing similar challenges. But for one week out of every year, Camp Oasis offers campers an opportunity to lift the veil and meet others like themselves. 

Déjà Vu: Sound Effect, Episode 30

Aug 1, 2015

 Sound Effect is your weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place we live. The show is hosted by KPLU's Gabriel Spitzer. Each week's show explores a different theme, and this week, our ragtag radio team has curated another "best of" episode. 

Before things become a bit uncanny, we discuss the elusiveness of déjà vu with 50 First Dates Screenwriter, George Wing. 

From Episode 12: Lost and Found, KPLU’s Jennifer Wing unspools the story of Snowball, a frequently lost cat who was eventually found

From Episode 17: Coming Out, KPLU's Arwen Nicks interviews teacher and activist, Yaara Zaslow, about why she decided to come out as a rape survivor.

From Episode 3: Rain, we retreat to the forest to reflect on cooler weather with Ranger John Preston in the Hoh Rain Forest

From Episode 11: Flight, Korean astronaut and engineer Yi So-yeon tells KPLU's Gabriel Spitzer about her long journey from the International Space Station to Puyallup.

Teamwork: Sound Effect, Episode 29

Jul 25, 2015
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 Sound Effect is your weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place we live. The show is hosted by KPLU's Gabriel Spitzer. Each week's show explores a different theme, and this week our mötley crüe has produced stories for you about teamwork. 

Gabriel Spitzer talks with racer, Rachel Scdoris, about how she worked with a teammate to navigate and finish the Iditarod race even though she is legally blind.

Each week on Sound Effect we invite a panel a journalists to talk about local stories they feel didn't get sufficient attention.

On this week’s show we invited Hannah Brooks Olsen of the news and politics blog Seattlish, Rachel Lerman, the Seattle Times’ technology reporter and Derek Young, founder of the Exit 133 blog about Tacoma.

For Lerman, it was the past week’s King County  Office of Law Enforcement Oversight meeting. The LEO is a civilian committee that investigates complaints about the county Sheriff’s department.

Someone Saved My Life: Sound Effect, Episode 28

Jul 18, 2015
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"Sound Effect" is your weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place we live. The show is hosted by KPLU's Gabriel Spitzer. Each week's show explores a different theme, and this week is dedicated to stories about lives saved. 

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