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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. 655571

Sound Effect KNKX Public Radio

    • Government
    • 4.9, 90 Ratings

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. 655571

    Gatekeepers: Sound Effect, Episode 192

    Gatekeepers: Sound Effect, Episode 192

    This show originally aired on October 19, 2019. The theme of this week’s Sound Effect is “Gatekeepers” — stories about people with power over who comes and goes. First, we hear what it’s like for a prison guard to be locked in with the inmates. Next, a story of escape and betrayal in one of the world’s most repressive countries. Then, the chilling words of a man ready to confront his fate — and his complicated journey to execution. Finally, we hear from a woman who once was tasked with helping

    • 48 min
    The Collector: Sound Effect, Episode 189

    The Collector: Sound Effect, Episode 189

    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 bones

    • 48 min
    Transmission No. 4: Sound Effect, Episode 210

    Transmission No. 4: Sound Effect, Episode 210

    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 beloved

    • 49 min
    Watch Your Language: Sound Effect, Episode 173

    Watch Your Language: Sound Effect, Episode 173

    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 show

    • 48 min
    Transmission No. 3: Sound Effect, Episode 209

    Transmission No. 3: Sound Effect, Episode 209

    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 her

    • 47 min
    Small Miracles: Sound Effect, Episode 182

    Small Miracles: Sound Effect, Episode 182

    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 end

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
90 Ratings

90 Ratings

megannm1990 ,

Best storytelling

As a transplant to the northwest, I’ve really enjoyed how the show introduces me to quirky, interesting tidbits of life in the northwest in a way nothing else has!

kibbeysmash ,

Truly Changed the Way I Think

This podcast has truly made me feel more connected to people and this city. And has ultimately changed the way I think about things.

Efbrazil ,

The best Seattle podcast there is

Really great programming with interesting life stories about a range of people in the northwest. The show is just fantastic- emotional, authentic, you learn stuff. It’s most like how This American Life used to be, back when that show told great stories instead of wallowing in liberal propaganda. Start with one of their year end “best of” podcasts.

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