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"Sound Effect" is a weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place where we live. The show is hosted by KNKX's Gabriel Spitzer. Each week's show will explore a different theme. 655571

"Sound Effect" is a weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place where we live. The show is hosted by KNKX's Gabriel Spitzer. Each week's show will explore a different theme. 655571

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"Sound Effect" is a weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place where we live. The show is hosted by KNKX's Gabriel Spitzer. Each week's show will explore a different theme. 655571

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Episodes

The Collector: Sound Effect, Episode 189

7/4/2020
This show originally aired on September 21, 2019. Collections come in all shapes and sizes. Whatever it is, a collection can take on a life of its own. And it says something about the person behind it. That’s our latest theme — The Collector: why we’re drawn to collect stuff, and what we’re willing to do in pursuit of it. First, the co-owner of a Tacoma bar shares how he came to acquire a small collection of glass art from Dale Chihuly. Then, we meet a woman who makes jewelry out of animal...

Duration:00:48:39

Transmission No. 4: Sound Effect, Episode 210

6/27/2020
We have all been dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic in our own ways. And the Sound Effect team has been doing our best to cover it in a podcast called Transmission. Today on Sound Effect, we share some more stories that have stood out to us from the series. First, we make the rounds with Gino Jevdjevic — a Bosnian pop star-turned-punk-frontman-turned-social-services-provider — as he checks in on his clients with developmental disabilities. Then, we hear the story of Thomas Lopez , the...

Duration:00:49:34

Watch Your Language: Sound Effect, Episode 173

6/20/2020
This show originally aired on March 30, 2019. We start with a man translating traditional blues into Yiddish . Next, we join "the Jane Goodall of the whales," as she eavesdrops on orcas . Then, an effort is made to rethink how an endangered native language should look on the page. A lso, a story of a musician with autism who uses music as a language . Finally, a rabbi uses modern music to help save a language from extinction. Sound Effect showcases stories inspired by the place we live. The...

Duration:00:48:21

Rabbi turns 500-year-old love songs into rap

6/20/2020
This story originally aired on March 30, 2019 Ladino is the language of Sephardic Jews whose ancestors were expelled from Spain during the Inquisition. Now, 500 years later, it’s spoken in more than 30 countries – a language of the Diaspora. But, Ladino is mostly spoken by elders in the Sephardic community and it’s in danger of going extinct. One man is determined to save Ladino. His name is Rabbi Simon Benzaquen.

Duration:00:10:40

Lushootseed, the endangered oral language of the coast Salish peoples, gets its own font

6/20/2020
This story originally aired on March 30, 2019. About a decade ago, Juliet Shen took on dream project. Shen, a typeface designer and artist, was commissioned by the Tulalip Tribes to create a new font specifically for Lushootseed , the now endangered language used by most of the coast Salish tribes. Shen isn’t Native American, but she often thought about the disconnect between Western typeface design and indigenous cultures. “I felt the history of Native Americans was disconnected from the...

Duration:00:08:39

‘Your heart hurts, but so do your hemorrhoids’: Seattle man sings the blues in Yiddish

6/20/2020
This story originally aired on March 30, 2019. The American Blues is a genre born of suffering — of oppression, heartbreak and hard work. It originated in African-American communities of the Deep South, but it all sounds very familiar to Jewish Seattleite Ilan Speizer.

Duration:00:04:35

For this musician with autism, music is their first language

6/20/2020
This story originally aired on March 30, 2019. Xolie Morra Cogley is a musician in Seattle, and leader of the band Xolie Morra and the Strange Kind. “I’ve always been into music since I was very little," Cogley says. "And so music, I think, really helped to move me in a more social direction, because I didn’t really do a lot of talking when I was little. But I developed a communication skill using music that helped me fit into certain groups. So I didn’t have to have conversations. I was...

Duration:00:17:15

Puget Sound orcas have a lot to say. This woman is almost always listening.

6/20/2020
This story originally aired on March 30, 2019. Author’s note: Sometimes the best stories are not planned out or deeply researched in advance, but rather the product of simply listening and letting a narrative take you where it wants to go. This one came about because I had always wanted to learn more about how orcas communicate: the extent to which we know they have some sort of language. I asked around and learned the person to contact is Jeanne Hyde, a wonderful character who has devoted...

Duration:00:10:34

Transmission No. 3: Sound Effect, Episode 209

6/13/2020
We have all been dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic in our own ways. And the Sound Effect team has been doing our best to cover it in a podcast called Transmission. Today on Sound Effect, we share some more stories that have stood out to us from the series. First, we meet Dr. Julian Perez, a doctor in Seattle’s White Center neighborhood who has firsthand experience dealing with Latino patients disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Then, storyteller Mary Anne Moorman shares a story about...

Duration:00:47:40

Small Miracles: Sound Effect, Episode 182

6/6/2020
This show originally aired on June 29, 2019. For this special edition of Sound Effect, the theme is “Small Miracles,” tales from our live storytelling event. Host Gabriel Spitzer recounts his brush with death after years of humiliation in swim class. Ty Reed recalls how a random encounter saved his life after he fell into homelessness and addiction. Cindy Healy is moved to tears seeing a special spacecraft in a Matt Damon movie. Queen Mae Butters remembers a powerful friendship formed at the...

Duration:00:49:04

He was homeless and addicted. Then, a random encounter on the sidewalk changed his life.

6/6/2020
This story originally aired on June 29, 2019. By his own account, Ty Reed is gainfully employed, has the love of his friends and family, and is a productive member of society. But less than five years ago, he was a homeless drug addict and petty criminal. It wasn't supposed to be that way. Growing up, he says, his family was "like the Huxtables," and in 2006, he was a successful mortgage professional. But an addiction to crack and — later — methamphetamines turned him into "a down and out...

Duration:00:10:24

Hospice nurse forges powerful, unexpected friendship in patient’s final months

6/6/2020
This story originally aired on June 29, 2019. Queen Mae Butters was panting her way up six flights of stairs, just about ready to turn around and find someone else to take the job. "Then I hear Rose's twangy New York accent encourage me from above: 'You're going to make it nurse! You're almost here! Keep climbing!'" Butters said.

Duration:00:09:49

In grade school, the swim test humiliated me. In college, it nearly killed me.

6/6/2020
This story originally aired on June 29, 2019. It’s 1985 — think New Coke and “We Are the World” — and little 8-year-old Gabe is shivering on the tile floor next to Jewish Community Center swimming pool in Canton, Ohio. I’d just wrapped up my “Advanced Beginners” swim class, and was lined up with the other kids awaiting our Red Cross cards. That card would be my ticket to the next class: Intermediate. The instructor came down the line and, when she handed me my card, it did not say...

Duration:00:09:36

Seattle storyteller learns to breathe through the smoke of his past

6/6/2020
This story originally aired on June 29, 2019. Sitting in an emergency room, trying to catch his breath, Paul Currington had one thought playing over and over in his mind: “Please, God, please don’t let my last thoughts on Earth be of my mother.” They weren’t his last thoughts, especially of his mother. Growing up, Currington’s mother smoked two to three packs a day — always enveloped in clouds of smoke. She had a volcanic temper, he says: “I would do anything to not have to go home so I...

Duration:00:08:06

‘That’s my spacecraft.’ Former NASA engineer reflects on putting the Pathfinder on Mars.

6/6/2020
This story originally aired on June 29, 2019. It may have not completely hit Cindy Healy, a former NASA engineer, until she was sitting in the theater watching the Matt Damon movie, "The Martian." "And I'm trying hard to suppress an audible sob because I know I am the only one crying at this part of the movie," she said. "And I'm just wiping away tears and my son looks at me like I'm crazy. And I lean over to him and I whisper 'that's my spacecraft.'" Cindy was just one of a few hundred...

Duration:00:07:53

Toilets No. 2: Sound Effect, Episode 180

5/30/2020
This show originally aired on June 8, 2019. For this episode of Sound Effect, we're talking toilets — how these things we'd just as soon ignore actually have profound effects on our lives. We meet an author who is, among other things, teaching women how to pee in the woods without peeing on themselves. A Seattle man explains how he uses portable toilets to connect with his homeless neighbors . We hear what Seattle can learn from San Francisco’s approach to cleaner and safer public toilets ....

Duration:00:49:06

Seat up or down? Writers for The Stranger debate proper toilet etiquette

5/30/2020
This story originally aired on June 8, 2019. It all started with a raised toilet seat in The Stranger's editorial department bathroom. "To those of you in the office who don't have any women in your personal lives I'm sorry to inform you that you have women in your professional lives," Nathalie Graham, a staff writer for the alt-weekly newspaper, wrote one Friday afternoon . "Please put the seat down after you tinkle." Apparently, bathroom etiquette has been a point of contention at The...

Duration:00:04:49

How not to pee in your boots, packing it out, and other lessons for going in the woods

5/30/2020
This story originally aired on June 8, 2019. In 1989, a young woman named Kathleen Meyer published a book called "How to Shit in the Woods." For a book whose name can't be said on the radio, it has done very well. The book is now in its third edition, with 2.5 million copies sold. Meyer says it has been found on a coffee table in a nunnery, at a bed and breakfast in Scotland, and in the library at McMurdo Station in Antarctica. Meyer says she felt the book was needed because increasing...

Duration:00:08:18

Did Thomas Crapper actually invent modern toilets? Not exactly, 'Snopes' founder says.

5/30/2020
This story originally aired on June 8, 2019. No, Thomas Crapper didn’t invent the modern flushing toilet. Airplanes don’t directly dump “blue ice” and human waste from 30,000 feet. And alligators can’t thrive in a New York City sewer. These are some of the abundant toilet myths that have circulated across the internet and beyond. All that said, some of the stories originated from a kernel of truth: sometimes, unlucky bathroom users can find rats floating in the bowl, but “not nearly as much...

Duration:00:09:14

Seattle’s few public bathrooms are unusable. Officials look to San Francisco for solutions.

5/30/2020
This story originally aired on June 8, 2019. Seattle, like many other cities, commonly deals with people going to the bathroom in public spaces. If you are someone who does not have access to shelter, finding a safe place to go to the bathroom in Seattle is especially difficult. In fact, work by the Seattle Auditor’s Office revealed just how limited bathrooms are citywide: six publicly funded bathrooms are available for use 24/7, said City Auditor David Jones. And of the bathrooms available,...

Duration:00:09:26