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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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Sound Effect, Episode 27: Origin Stories

Jul 11, 2015
Ammon Walker

  "Sound Effect" is your weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place we live. This week's show is hosted by KPLU's Gabriel Spitzer. Each week's show explores a different theme, and this week we crack open origin stories.

To start off the show, KPLU's Arwen Nicks speaks with Roger Fernandez — a native storyteller, artist and educator. He shares with us part of a traditional Wampanoag creation myth.

Then, Gabriel Spitzer talks about the origin of the UFO phenomenon, spoiler alert — it started here in Washington state. 

You’ve probably enjoyed one yourself. The infamous “Seattle-dog” is an iconic entrée best enjoyed after traipsing around the city after dark. But where did this cream cheese laden hotdog come from? KPLU’s Matthew Streib tracks down the food cart vendor who spearheaded the local trend.

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From discrimination to density to wood, Gabriel Spitzer gets the underreported stories of the week from Jessica PartnowBryan Cohen and Joanne Lisosky

There's always interesting stuff in the news that gets overshadowed by the big stories. On Sound Effect we invite a panel a journalists to talk over their nominees for under-covered story of the week. 

This week Alex Hudson of the news and politics blog Seattlish noted that even though the heat wave is all anyone can talk about, there are dimensions of it that haven't gotten the attention they deserve, such as the outsize hazard heat poses for homeless people. 

"The city of Seattle has extreme weather plans that relate to cold weather, and there are no real plans that relate to hot weather," she says. 

Sound Effect, Episode 26: Growing Pains

Jul 4, 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 discuss growing pains. 

Sound Effect, Episode 25: Point Of No Return

Jun 27, 2015
Brian Yeager and Amelia Bonow

"Sound Effect" is your weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place we live. This week's show is hosted by KPLU's Kevin Kniestedt. Each week's show explores a different theme, and this week we muse over the point of no return. 

To start things off, Kevin Kniestedt talks to Buta Sing about leaving his home and family behind in India after facing religious persecution. Sing is Sikh, and members of his religion face many challenges from the largely Hindu opposition.

Then, we hear from Tracey Croisier from A Guide to Visitors. At nine years old, she was told by medical professionals that she had epilepsy. This was the point of no return for many experiences in Croisier's life — driving, a job, pregnancy. Nearly two decades later, new medical insight restored paths she thought were forever obscured.  

Sound Effect, Episode 24: Toilets

Jun 20, 2015
Brie Ripley

"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've flushed out stories about toilets. 

First off, Gabriel Spitzer goes on a mission to track down Seattle's ill-fated million-dollar toilets. His quest takes him to a Thurston County racetrack, where he meets toilet man Butch Behn. 

Sound Effect, Episode 23: Final Act

Jun 13, 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 discuss final acts.

To begin the show, we check in with those still at the beginning of life. We wanted to know how you talk to children about death – life’s final act. Philosopher Jana Mohr Lone engages children in conversations about death all the time. She breaks the ice by reading them a book called, “Duck, Death, and the Tulip.”

Slaven's Recommended Reads

Jun 12, 2015
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Everything ends. In this segment, on Sound Effect, we discuss three books whose stories are propelled by finality. King County Supervising Librarian Amber Slaven highlights the work of three regional authors who, in their own ways, explore the final curtain calls of life. 

  First on her list is Rebecca Brown's memoir, "Excerpts from a Family Medical Dictionary." This lyrical work of narrative non-fiction follows Brown, a former home care worker, who moves from New Mexico to Seattle to take care of her mother, who is dying of cancer. Brown's poetic and austere portrayal of grief and bereavement is really sparse, but touches on a mother's final act and a daughter coping with loss. 

Sound Effect, Episode 22: What's In A Name?

Jun 6, 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 dissect how we feel about what we are called, taking a look at names.

Have you ever wondered how Yakima got the nickname, "The Palm Springs of Washington?" We did. So we found out and that is how we begin this week's show on names. The names we have, the names we choose and the names we wish we could escape.

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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 hear stories about the promise and the perils of self-government. 

We begin with the tale of a short-lived utopian society, right in the heart of Seattle. In 1962, a mysterious island rose, inexplicably, out of the waters of Lake Union. That gave a group of UW students an idea. Gabriel Spitzer tracks down one of the ringleaders of their plot, half-a-century later, to learn about the epic rise and tragic fall of Chelan Island. 

Sound Effect, Episode 20: Comfort Zones

May 23, 2015
Mark Reed

"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 get into and out of our ‘Comfort Zones.’

Being naked at work would be a nightmare for many, but not for Robert Treat. Gabriel Spitzer talks to the veteran nude model about his work and the power dynamics in play when someone is nude in the room.

Sound Effect producer Kevin Kniestedt talks to a young woman with fibromyalgia about what it feels like to live most of your life in pain.

Sound Effect, Episode 19: Dirt

May 16, 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 dig into ‘Dirt.’

KPLU’s Matthew Streib takes us inside the Monroe Correctional Complex to learn about a program that matches inmates with invertebrates and turns waste into fertile soil.

Sound Effect, Episode 18: The Five Senses Myth

May 9, 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 try to make sense of our senses.

You may have learned about the five senses in school but Dr. Eric Chudler is here to shed light on some of the many other lesser known senses. He also politely explains to Gabriel why he won't be acquiring "spider sense" any time soon.

Sound Effect, Episode 17: Coming Out

May 2, 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 discuss some of the different things we struggle to Come Out about.

Sound Effect, Episode 16: Repetition

Apr 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, we are playing all hits in this first ever “Sound Effect” best of episode.

Before we dive into some of our favorite segments thus far, we explore what it is about repetition that is so satisfying.

Sound Effect, Episode 15: For The Love Of The Game

Apr 18, 2015

  "Sound Effect" is your weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place we live. This week's show is hosted by KPLU's Kevin Kniestedt.

Each week's show explores a different theme, and this week, we play ball with ‘For the Love of the Game.’

Seattle Girl Feeds Crows, Receives Gifts In Return

Apr 15, 2015
Lisa Mann

Eight year old Gabi Mann sets a bead storage container on the dining room table, and clicks the lid open. This is her most precious collection.

“You may take a few close looks,” she says, “but don’t touch,” a warning she’s likely practiced on her younger brother. She laughs after saying it though. She is happy for the audience.

Here are the three most underreported stories of the week according to the guests of our news roundtable: 

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Fern is a spindly Great Dane with all the feelings and her owner, Adrien Leavitt was gifted a session with an animal communicator. 

KPLU's Arwen Nicks gets pulled into the story when the over the phone visit with the pet psychic goes awry. 

Sound Effect, Episode 14: Creatures

Apr 11, 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, we feature creatures.

  "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 week, we push some boundaries.

Here are the three most underreported stories of the week, according to the guests of our news roundtable: Hanna Brooks Olsen of Seattlish, Sarah Stuteville of Seattle Globalist and Aaron Burkhalter of Real Change.

"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 time around, it’s tales of lost and found.

Jennifer Wing / KPLU

If you've ever lost a pet and were lucky enough to find it, you know the sharp pain of expecting the worst and then the huge wave of relief when you are reunited with animal. I experienced this roller coaster so many times I lost count.

These searches and reunions involved the same animal; a cat named Snowdrift.  This clever little cat was technically lost, a lot, and I’m not so certain he ever really wanted to be found, by me.

Jake Schultz

If you ever drive through Seattle-area traffic, you may have had some version of this thought: “I wish my car had wings right now.”

The flying car is a symbol of mid-century optimism about the future, and it seemed almost inevitable at the time that, sooner or later, we’d have them. Obviously, that hasn’t happened. But we actually came a lot closer to getting them than you might think, thanks to a Washington man named Molton Taylor and his Aerocar.

Sound Effect, Episode 11: Flight

Mar 21, 2015

"Sound Effect" is a 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. In this week's show, we take flight, or at least take a look at it.

Eric Bridiers / U. S. Mission General

"Early in 2015, Shin Dong-hyuk changed his story.”

Here are the three most underreported stories of the week, acording to the guests of our news roundtable:

Sound Effect, Episode 10: Trees

Mar 14, 2015

"Sound Effect" is a weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place we live. The show is hosted by KPLU's Gabriel Spitzer.

Each week's show will explore a different theme. In this week's show, we branch out to explore trees. 

Stuart Herbert

If you’re a parent, this is not news to you: Kids love the swings. So much, in fact, that little kids seem to be able to swing endlessly, for 20 or 30 or 40 minutes, without tiring of it a bit.

I observed this in my own children and, having liked the swings himself as a lad, decided to hop on one as a thirty-something dad.

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