Sound Effect 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.
Sound Effect

Sound Effect

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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.

Most Recent Episodes

Gray Area: Sound Effect, Episode 137

This week on Sound Effect, we share stories some of areas that can be unclear from time to time. We start by talking to a former Seattle resident who moved to a sister city in Ireland where the weather is also gray. Next, we talk to a reporter and a retired judge about an article that was written about the judge's ruling that let a sex offender go. Also, some students chime in on their experience in an " ethics bowl ," which is like debate, but you can change your mind. Then, a hospice nurse

'People are not projects': Sound Effect, Episode 174.5

One evening in July 2017 in Spokane, Jennie Heideman was scrolling through Facebook when a post jumped out at her. It said a family with two little kids needed shelter for the night. The family that needed help was a couple with an infant and young child. They were living in a broken down car. The weather was very hot. Daytime temperatures were well into the 90s. This family had moved to Spokane to start a new life. They had jobs, but they also had debts they were trying to pay down. They couldn

My Brother's Keeper: Sound Effect, Episode 174

We start by hearing from host Gabriel Spitzer's sons, who talk about the challenges and empathy that come with being older and younger brothers. Then, a woman shares experiences and lessons learned from her older brother , who has bipolar disorder. Next, a woman makes a career out of helping kids who have Down syndrome . Finally, a young man finds a journal his brother kept in middle school, and writes a poem for him .

For this musician with autism, music is their first language: Sound Effect, Episode 173.5

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 just playing music." Using music as a sort of language

For this musician with autism, music is their first language: Sound Effect, Episode 173.5

Watch Your Language: Sound Effect, Episode 173

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. 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 is hosted by KNKX's Gabriel Spitzer . You can hear the broadcast version of the show below, which also contains a

Truth to Power: Sound Effect, Episode 172

We start with a man who is fighting for better access to sidewalks for people with mobility issues. Next, the story of a man who started the first Black Panther chapter outside of California when he was 17. Then, a couple of activists take on a dictator , and pay the ultimate price. Also, a restaurant that featured a racist caricature was a beacon of bigotry in Seattle. Finally, nuns get a say with gun makers by buying their company stock. Sound Effect showcases stories inspired by the place we

Biggest Fan: Sound Effect, Episode 136

This episode orignally aired on February 24, 2018. This week on Sound Effect, we share stories some of the biggest fans in the region. We start by learning some meeting a huge fan of 70's and 80's arena rock, who was called on stage recently to perform in place of the lead singer of Loverboy. Next, we meet a woman who found a personal connection with the movie Amadeus. Also, we learn how the worlds of being a nerd and burlesque are paring up. Then, one of Seattle's biggest sports fans shares how

Harborview Medical Center: Sound Effect, Episode 149

This story originally aired on June 30, 2018. This week we spend the hour with stories from Harborview Medical Center, the Level 1 Trauma Center covering four states and nearly 100,000 square miles. We hear the story of a tragic house fire in Alaska that gave rise to a world-class medevac system. We visit a clinic serving refugees, and a club where staff and patients blow off steam by laughing at nothing. We get to know psychiatric patients getting counsel from people who have been in their

A tiny restaurant connects continents: Sound Effect, Episode 171.5

Some kids go straight to college after high school. But Marisa Comeau-Kerege went to Senegal. She knew she wanted to do a gap year, she spoke a little French, and this francophone country in West Africa seemed like a great fit. So she signed up for a service program and began to prepare. She expected a bit of culture shock, but once she got there she realized how unprepared she really was. Everything was new, all the time, she says. And there were times when she felt very homesick. Meanwhile, in

Alone Together: Sound Effect, Episode 171

We start with a deeper look at Frog and Toad , and why Frog wanted to be alone . Next, a bus driver thaws the "Seattle Freeze" for a passenger. Then, a woman battles a voice that encourages her to do destructive things. Finally, a marriage is strengthened, even though the couple is separated by iron bars .

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