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    Toilets No. 2: Sound Effect, Episode 180

    Toilets No. 2: Sound Effect, Episode 180

    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 . We

    • 49 min
    Seattle man connects with his homeless neighbors, one toilet at a time

    Seattle man connects with his homeless neighbors, one toilet at a time

    This story originally aired on June 8, 2019. Mark Lloyd pops his trunk and pulls out his supplies: kitty litter, a small military surplus tent, toilet paper, sanitizer and a 5-gallon plastic bucket, complete with toilet seat. This is the rudimentary toilet set-up that Mark has been assembling and delivering to homeless encampments for about three years now. He guesses he’s given away between 75 and 100. “It's something people need, and I can fill it,” he says. “You really can only do good when

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

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

    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 as

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

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

    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

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

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

    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, few

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

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

    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 Stranger

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