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Monica Spain

Ty Kocher walks me up the hilly backyard behind his home in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle. The lush, sloping lot is the reason he bought the fixer-upper -–  it had a terrace for a vegetable garden and nooks and crannies for the kids to discover. But first he had to deal with decades of debris.

“Years ago, about six years ago, I was digging out a bunch of broken bottles and bricks and some old metal toys from the ‘50s and so we just planted into the hill and recently I put rain barrels in the spot, thinking I was doing all the right things.”

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Ruby Bishop has played piano around the world. She's befriended some of the jazz world's greatest names -- including Louis Armstrong.

At 95, she's still playing Sunday nights at Vito's, on Seattle's First Hill.

In this story from the "Comfort Zone" episode of KPLU's Sound Effect, she talks about the piano, her life, her career, and feeling comfortable behind 88 keys.


Sound Effect, Episode 20: Comfort Zones

May 23, 2015
Mark Reed

"Sound Effect" is your weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place we live. The show is hosted by KPLU's Gabriel Spitzer. Each week's show explores a different theme, and this week, we get into and out of our ‘Comfort Zones.’

Being naked at work would be a nightmare for many, but not for Robert Treat. Gabriel Spitzer talks to the veteran nude model about his work and the power dynamics in play when someone is nude in the room.

Sound Effect producer Kevin Kniestedt talks to a young woman with fibromyalgia about what it feels like to live most of your life in pain.

Sound Effect, Episode 19: Dirt

May 16, 2015
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"Sound Effect" is your weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place we live. The show is hosted by KPLU's Gabriel Spitzer. Each week's show explores a different theme, and this week, we dig into ‘Dirt.’

KPLU’s Matthew Streib takes us inside the Monroe Correctional Complex to learn about a program that matches inmates with invertebrates and turns waste into fertile soil.

KPLU's Community Advisory Board will be meeting on Wednesday, May 27 at 2pm Pacific.

If you are interested in attending as a member of the listening community, please contact the general manager's office at 253-535-8732 for more information.

On the first Wednesday of each month, the Fireside Room at Seattle's Sorrento Hotel fills up with readers. Some bring books, others tablets or laptops or smart phones. At 6 p.m., the room falls silent, and people read, together, for two hours.

In the gallery above, you can see what the Sound Effect team is reading.

And hear about how the Silent Reading party began -- and what makes it special -- from Christopher Frizzelle, co-founder of the event and editor in chief of The Stranger:

Sound Effect, Episode 18: The Five Senses Myth

May 9, 2015
Gabriel Spitzer / KPLU

"Sound Effect" is your weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place we live. The show is hosted by KPLU's Gabriel Spitzer. Each week's show explores a different theme, and this week, we try to make sense of our senses.

You may have learned about the five senses in school but Dr. Eric Chudler is here to shed light on some of the many other lesser known senses. He also politely explains to Gabriel why he won't be acquiring "spider sense" any time soon.

Thanks For Your Support!

May 5, 2015

Thank you for your generosity during The Seattle Foundation's GiveBIG day!

Sound Effect, Episode 17: Coming Out

May 2, 2015
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"Sound Effect" is your weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place we live. The show is hosted by KPLU's Gabriel Spitzer.

Each week's show explores a different theme, and this week, we discuss some of the different things we struggle to Come Out about.

Sound Effect, Episode 16: Repetition

Apr 25, 2015
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   "Sound Effect" is your weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place we live. The show is hosted by KPLU's Gabriel Spitzer.

Each week's show explores a different theme, and this week, we are playing all hits in this first ever “Sound Effect” best of episode.

Before we dive into some of our favorite segments thus far, we explore what it is about repetition that is so satisfying.

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About 240 more homeless veterans in Washington state will soon have an option for permanent housing.

The federal government has teamed up with local officials across the country, including Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine, to tackle veteran homelessness. Julian Castro, secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, spelled out their ambitious goal at a press conference in Seattle.

Sound Effect, Episode 15: For The Love Of The Game

Apr 18, 2015

  "Sound Effect" is your weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place we live. This week's show is hosted by KPLU's Kevin Kniestedt.

Each week's show explores a different theme, and this week, we play ball with ‘For the Love of the Game.’

Seattle Girl Feeds Crows, Receives Gifts In Return

Apr 15, 2015
Lisa Mann

Eight year old Gabi Mann sets a bead storage container on the dining room table, and clicks the lid open. This is her most precious collection.

“You may take a few close looks,” she says, “but don’t touch,” a warning she’s likely practiced on her younger brother. She laughs after saying it though. She is happy for the audience.

Here are the three most underreported stories of the week according to the guests of our news roundtable: 

Adrien Leavitt

Fern is a spindly Great Dane with all the feelings and her owner, Adrien Leavitt was gifted a session with an animal communicator. 

KPLU's Arwen Nicks gets pulled into the story when the over the phone visit with the pet psychic goes awry. 

Sound Effect, Episode 14: Creatures

Apr 11, 2015

 

"Sound Effect" is your weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place we live. The show is hosted by KPLU's Gabriel Spitzer.

Each week's show explores a different theme, and this week, we feature creatures.

There's money in a state highway budget that passed the Washington House Thursday to study a one-of-a-kind possible toll bridge fashioned out of retired Navy aircraft carriers.

Ashley Gross
KPLU

Readers of Jamie Ford’s bestseller, Hotel On The Corner Of Bitter And Sweet, know Seattle’s Panama Hotel as the place where Keiko Okabe and her family stashed treasured belongings – including the jazz album central to Keiko’s star-crossed romance with Henry Lee.

The book is fiction, but the part about Japanese-Americans leaving their possessions at the hotel is truth. The Panama Hotel is located on South Main St. at the corner of 6th Ave. South, in the heart of what was the city’s bustling Japantown.

A judge is allowing a Brooklyn, N.Y., woman to serve her elusive husband divorce summons via Facebook.

In his decision dated March 27, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Matthew Cooper said Ellanora Biadoo could file for divorce from Victor Sena Blood-Dzraku using a private Facebook message. He wrote:

  "Sound Effect" is your weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place we live. The show is hosted by KPLU's Gabriel Spitzer.

Each week's show explores a different theme, and week, we push some boundaries.

Here are the three most underreported stories of the week, according to the guests of our news roundtable: Hanna Brooks Olsen of Seattlish, Sarah Stuteville of Seattle Globalist and Aaron Burkhalter of Real Change.

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Paula Wissel / KPLU

We thought it was sacred. We thought it would be there forever. Then, the Borg came.

Plans are underway to "assimilate the Space Needle" with the construction of a mixed-use high-rise on the property the landmark currently occupies, according to a notice posted Wednesday.

"Sound Effect" is your weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place we live. The show is hosted by KPLU's Gabriel Spitzer.

Each week's show explores a different theme, and this time around, it’s tales of lost and found.

Jennifer Wing / KPLU

If you've ever lost a pet and were lucky enough to find it, you know the sharp pain of expecting the worst and then the huge wave of relief when you are reunited with animal. I experienced this roller coaster so many times I lost count.

These searches and reunions involved the same animal; a cat named Snowdrift.  This clever little cat was technically lost, a lot, and I’m not so certain he ever really wanted to be found, by me.

In Havana, Cuba, the old cars that crowd the streets used to symbolize a stagnant nation. Now enterprising Cubans have begun renting cars out to tourists who are hungry for the cars of their youth.

During my reporting trip to Havana, I spoke with Julio Alvarez, the owner of Nostalgicar in Havana.

He joked that one thing Cubans should thank Fidel Castro for is all the old, majestic American cars that are now making him money.

You can listen to the story using the player above.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's attorney released details of his captivity in Afghanistan after the Army charged him Wednesday with desertion.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. soldier held for nearly five years as a prisoner of the Taliban, is facing charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.

Jake Schultz

If you ever drive through Seattle-area traffic, you may have had some version of this thought: “I wish my car had wings right now.”

The flying car is a symbol of mid-century optimism about the future, and it seemed almost inevitable at the time that, sooner or later, we’d have them. Obviously, that hasn’t happened. But we actually came a lot closer to getting them than you might think, thanks to a Washington man named Molton Taylor and his Aerocar.

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