Ed Ronco

All Things Considered Host

Ed Ronco came to KPLU in October 2013 as producer and reporter for KPLU’s Morning Edition. Ed started in public radio in 2009 at KCAW in Sitka, Alaska, where he covered everything from city government, to education, crime, science, the arts and more. Prior to public radio, Ed worked in newspapers, including four years at the South Bend (Ind.) Tribune, where he covered business, then politics and government.

Ed grew up in Wyandotte, Mich., a suburb of Detroit, and earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University.

Ways To Connect

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March 2 is the birthday of Theodor Geisel, better known to readers everywhere as Dr. Seuss. He would have turned 111 this year.

KPLU's Kirsten Kendrick and Ed Ronco remembered the children's author during Monday's Morning Edition ... in full Seussian rhyme.

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Editor's Note: KPLU's Ed Ronco and travel expert Matthew Brumley spent a week in Cuba, along with approximately 30 KPLU listeners, at the beginning of February. This week's "Going Places" is a reflection on that trip, written by Ed Ronco.

The view from the north-facing windows of Havana's Hotel Nacional looks at Cuba's most famous sidewalk, the Malecon. Here, joggers dodge crashing waves from the Atlantic Ocean on stormy afternoons, and young couples walk quietly, hand-in-hand, during the breezy night. On the weekends, it's busy with people of all ages drinking rum, smoking cigars, talking, singing, laughing and dancing. It stretches five miles along the shore of this country's capital city.

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On the morning of Sept. 29, 1995, a woman was alone in her Yakima home, feeding her baby, when she heard an unusual noise. She found a man in the house, wearing a white nylon stocking over his face.

She tried to run, but couldn’t get away. He put a mask on her and raped her. And when he was done, she was left tied to the crib that held her crying child.

5 Tips For Americans On Visiting Iran

Feb 19, 2015
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Iran has long been on KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley's list of places to visit. He consulted tour guide Martin Klimenta of MIR Corporation about the value of traveling to the enormous Middle Eastern nation. 

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Facebook: It’s the first thing I look at when I wake up, and the last thing I look at before going to bed.

Which begs the question: Am I addicted to Facebook? Or is it just a harmless pastime?

I went to talk to an expert, Dr. Megan Moreno at Seattle Children’s Hospital. She’s the principal investigator of the Social Media and Adolescent Research Team (SMART), which studies problematic Internet usage.

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Editor's note: This week on Going Places, KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley sends a special guest in his place. 

Some 53 million people live in Myanmar (or, if you’re looking at an older map, “Burma”), in big cities and small towns, in the mountains and on the coast. The government is loosening its economic controls, and that has resulted in an influx of foreign money spent by visitors traveling from Asia, Europe and, more and more, North America.

5 Things To See In Chile And Argentina

Feb 5, 2015
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Travelers from the United States spend a lot of time abroad, mostly in Europe. Far fewer head to South America. You can get there from Seattle on American (via Dallas) or Delta (via Atlanta).

KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley has five things everyone should see and do in two South American countries: Chile and Argentina:

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Travelers to places outside the United States go for any number of reasons: To see a new culture, meet different people, speak another language, or even blend in to a new place far from home. Our travel expert Matthew Brumley says in most countries, there’s a way to do all of those things at once: Go to a sporting event.

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For nearly 20 years, Edgar Martinez's double in the 1995 American League Division Series has been considered the greatest moment in Seattle sports history.

But then, last Sunday's NFC Championship happened. The Seahawks' comeback victory over the Green Bay Packers on Jan. 18 is sending Seattle to the Super Bowl for a second year in a row.

Does it trump Edgar?

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The website Skiplagged.com seems to offer a sure-fire way to find cheap airfare. But it’s also the target of a lawsuit, with claims that it creates unfair competition for airlines and other travel websites.

Dame Edna Interview

Jan 20, 2015
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The blue-haired drag queen stood in the middle of the street in a sequined dress, a quilted rainbow affixed to her bosom. She was angry. So was the protester in front of her, a smaller man carrying a megaphone and a sign reading “REPENT.”

Just before the start of Seattle’s most recent Pride Parade downtown, a group of protestors came marching down Fourth Avenue, urging the crowd to rebuke homosexuality and profess a belief in Jesus Christ.

The drag queen, Mama Tits, turned on the microphone she was about to use to emcee the parade. Her deep voice boomed from huge speakers, echoing off tall buildings as the crowd cheered her on.

Read the story, hear the extended interview on Quirksee.org >>>

Audio: 'Mama Tits'

Jan 17, 2015
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Dame Edna brings her special brand of comedy to Seattle this weekend for the launch of her farewell tour. For nearly 60 years, the Australian housewife-turned superstar has entertained audiences around the world. Now, the character created by comedian Barry Humphries is saying goodbye to her fans. 

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The holidays are over and winter isn’t going away anytime soon. Naturally, it’s time to think about spring break, says KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley.

Where you go is up to you. But whether you’re traveling to the Caribbean, or just to the other side of the Cascades, the same advice holds.

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Jim Borda of Federal Way and Creig Beckett of Seattle didn't know each other before this past weekend. But they both showed up at the same time outside Century Link Field — at 10 a.m. Sunday — to get in line for tickets to the NFC Championship game between the Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers.

Visit Southeast Alaska For Nature, History

Jan 8, 2015
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On the ferry ride into Alaska, the on-board interpreter will point out fjords and islands, whales, seals and plenty of statistics about the 49th state.

"If Alaska was cut in half," they're fond of saying, "Texas would be the third-largest state."

It could be a good year to travel abroad for two reasons.

First, the U.S. dollar is stronger against the Euro than at any time in the last four years. And it's climbing against other foreign currencies, too.

 

“As an American dollar holder, when you travel overseas, you're going to get a bigger bang for your buck,” said KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley. “I was just in Europe a week ago, and everything seems a little less expensive than it did a year or two ago.”

 

The other factor is dropping fuel prices, which hopefully will help ease airfares slightly.

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As U.S. moves to restore ties with Cuba, Americans will shed some of the travel restrictions that effectively put the country out of reach for 50 years, says KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley.

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Last week, we traveled along the Rhine River with KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley. We're farther downstream this week, in the Alsace region of France along the German border.

Owing to various conflicts and annexations through the years (including World War II), Alsatians have been under both French and German rule throughout history.

The German Christmas, Whether You're There Or Here

Dec 4, 2014
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The Rhine River flows out of the Swiss Alps and through Germany before emptying into the North Sea in the Netherlands. KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley is cruising along the Rhine in a riverboat. This week, he’s in the small German city of Rudesheim.

The Christmas Market

White lights are strung above narrow streets as families mill through stalls selling crafts, sausages, cheese and spiced wine.

“It’s only 28 degrees here, but the atmosphere is so incredibly warm,” Brumley said.

A Moment Of Gratitude For Those Who Help Us Travel

Nov 27, 2014
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Nationally, this is one of the busiest travel weeks of the year. With so many people flocking from point A to point B, this week we thought we’d focus on the people who help us get to where we need to be.

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If you walk through Seattle's Pioneer Square neighborhood with Peter Lape, he can show you the things that used to be.

Standing at the corner of First Avenue and Washington Street on a recent day, he gestured downhill.

"About half a block down is probably where that shoreline was ... when non-Native settlers moved here," Lape said.

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Thanksgiving week marks the opening of the holiday travel rush. And foolishly, Ed booked a flight to Michigan on the day before Thanksgiving.

“Don’t do that,” said KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley.

Days Off: In Defense Of Taking Your Vacation Time

Nov 13, 2014
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This week, KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley offers a small treatise on the value of vacation.

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Bavaria, in the German south, is known for beer, music and its proximity to the Alps. It’s also a good home base for exploring central Europe, says KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley.

In Munich

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Chances are, you’ve seen him perform. Come rain or shine, Jonny Hahn has been playing piano at Seattle's iconic Pike Place Market for 28 years as tourists and shoppers rush about.

With the rainy season settling in, we asked him: What’s it like to brave the weather and perform year-round? Listen to his 90-second answer:

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It’s known for its coffee culture. Many famous musicians got their start here. And you don’t have to travel too far out of town to get into the mountains.

We’re not talking about Seattle, but rather Vienna, the largest city in Austria.

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With autumn in full swing, it’s already time to start planning winter getaways. Here are a few options from KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley:

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Seattle voters have a monorail proposal on their ballots this year. The city's last public monorail effort died in 2005. Now, supporters hope to revive the idea.

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