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    Family Matters: Sound Effect, Episode 204

    Family Matters: Sound Effect, Episode 204

    This week on Sound Effect, our theme is “Family Matters.” First, we meet one Indipino woman and learn how she connected to her roots on Bainbridge Island. Then, we meet a mother and author who is sharing her son’s story of addiction as a cautionary tale for other parents. We meet a woman who might have been forbidden from having children a century ago — and we meet her daughter. Grieving parents turn a tragedy into something constructive . And we meet the father — so to speak — of “I Didn’t

    • 48 min
    'I'm the boogeyman': Mother shares story of son's addiction as cautionary tale to parents

    'I'm the boogeyman': Mother shares story of son's addiction as cautionary tale to parents

    Seattle author Paula Becker has a specific audience in mind for her latest book, "A House on Stilts, Mothering in the Age of Opioid Addiction." “I really want people who have kids of about 11 and 12 to read this book, because I think that the trick is and the challenge is to try not to let the kid tumble over into addiction," Becker said. "So, when they're experimenting is the time to try every possible way to get them back.” Becker writes about historical events, such as the 1962 Seattle World

    • 10 min
    After a devastating fire, grieving parents launch mission to install thousands of smoke detectors

    After a devastating fire, grieving parents launch mission to install thousands of smoke detectors

    Bonnie Gibson says her son Greg’s musical talent emerged very early on. “I could just see from a young age that he had unusual rhythm. Which, now, I go, did I really want those drums in my basement?” she said. “But it was cute and fun to see a little kid kind of find himself.” Greg did find himself in music. By high school, he was already involved in the business side, booking bands. “I would get a phone call from somebody in, like, Chicago or something. And he had somehow, they knew his name

    • 7 min
    This mother and scholar of eugenics says she would have been deemed 'defective' a century ago

    This mother and scholar of eugenics says she would have been deemed 'defective' a century ago

    Ivanonva Smith spent the first chunk of her life in an institutional orphanage in Soviet-controlled Latvia. She doesn’t remember having any friends or toys, or anything to do. “I would just stare at a light and watch the little floaters, those little floaters you get in your eyes, and that was my entertainment,” she said. Ivanova was born with intellectual and developmental disabilities. By the time she was adopted at age 5, she still didn’t speak. She says she had no understanding of concepts

    • 11 min
    LISTEN: Vancouver Ukulele Circle brings people together from all walks of life

    LISTEN: Vancouver Ukulele Circle brings people together from all walks of life

    Every month, people from all walks of life bring their ukuleles to a former church in Vancouver, B.C., and play their hearts out. KNKX's Craig McCulloch brings us this audio postcard from the Vancouver Ukulele Circle 's recent Motown Night.

    • 3 min
    It's Only Money: Sound Effect, Episode 203

    It's Only Money: Sound Effect, Episode 203

    Our latest episode of Sound Effect revolves around the theme, "It's Only Money." We'll meet a couple who tried to get rich flipping houses , decades before it was cool. We'll find out how a teenage blunder left Mike Lewis with a debt he could never repay, and how he reapid it anyway . A small town prints its own money , on pieces of wood. A Seattle writer considers a complicated inheritance: what she learned about money from her parents. And a group of friends order a round of drinks ... and

    • 48 min

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