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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

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    • 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

    Family Matters: Sound Effect, Episode 204

    Family Matters: Sound Effect, Episode 204

    This show originally aired on February 14, 2020. 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

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

    It's Only Money: Sound Effect, Episode 203

    This show originally aired on February 8, 2020. 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

    • 48 min
    Friend or Foe: Sound Effect, Episode 202

    Friend or Foe: Sound Effect, Episode 202

    This show originally aired on January 25, 2020. Our latest Sound Effect theme is “Friend or Foe.” First, we hear how artists took over a business group and changed Camano Island. Then, we meet an ex-Army Ranger whose flip-flop business is an olive branch for peace . We dive into the epic life of Sidney Rittenberg , a "towering historical figure" who settled near Tacoma. We learn about the ups and downs of having someone else’s DNA . And one woman shares how a bad fortune telling session led to a

    • 48 min
    Hidden Talents: Sound Effect, Episode 196

    Hidden Talents: Sound Effect, Episode 196

    This show originally aired on November 25, 2019. The theme for this week’s Sound Effect is “Hidden Talents.” First, we hear how a summer job at a theme park launched one woman’s career at NASA and Microsoft. Then, a young man leaves his Mormon faith for a new religion: stand-up comedy . A country star shares how being bullied motivated him to excel on stage and in sports. We meet a man who fled El Salvador’s civil war — and may have changed the course of the country . Finally, how one

    • 48 min
    Island Time: Sound Effect, Episode 109

    Island Time: Sound Effect, Episode 109

    This episode originally aired on June 17, 2017. This week on Sound Effect , we head out to the islands. The Good Ship Issaquah Marsha Morse was one of the first women captains in Washington’s ferry system. She’s been navigating the waterways since 1975. And while she captains the ferry Issaquah , she considers her office the entire Puget Sound. The One Lonely Island All of the available islands in the San Juan’s were snatched up by homesteaders by 1919. All but one. A lonely, rocky, 15-acre dot

    • 47 min
    The Awards Show: Sound Effect, Episode 213

    The Awards Show: Sound Effect, Episode 213

    In this episode of Sound Effect, we’re featuring stories from this show and the KNKX newsroom that earned regional and national recognition. Youth and education reporter Ashley Gross talks about a quirk in state policy that is giving an artificial boost to graduation rates across the state. KNKX’s Will James dives into the turmoil that, up until recently, plagued the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office . Producer Posey Gruener shares the story of a beloved professional boxer whose life was

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
90 Ratings

90 Ratings

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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!

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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.

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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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