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Interesting news stories from around the Pacific Northwest.

Courtesy of Timothy Ray Brown

In 2007, Timothy Ray Brown underwent an experimental bone marrow transplant to treat his life-threatening leukemia. The marrow cells he received were no ordinary cells: They contained a very specific mutation that confers resistance to HIV. Brown, who grew up in Seattle but was living in Europe at the time, had been infected with HIV more than a decade earlier.

The procedure was harrowing, involving multiple rounds of chemotherapy, followed by radiation. He came down with graft vs. host disease and had to have a whole second transplant. But in the end, Timothy Ray Brown became the first person in the world functionally cured of HIV.

Jeff Langford

Janell and Warren Langford got married in the summer of 2013. Just one year later, Janell was told that she was losing her eyesight and would be blind in just a few years.

At first, her doctor thought she had macular degeneration. But she tested negative. Only later would they realize she had Stargardt's disease.  

Having just began and intensive graphic design program, Janell Langford was terrified that she was going to have to drop out of school and prepare for her impending blindness.

Ijeoma Oluo

The stereotype about the Northwest is that we are, you know, nice - maybe not always warm, maybe not always effusive, but polite. One could take that as the mark of living in a truly civilized place. But there’s another way to see it too: As a way to avoid uncomfortable truths.

David Nogueras / KPLU

Seattle voters are getting ready to choose who will represent their district. Seven district seats will be decided, as well at two at large positions. KPLU’s election series, Back On The Block, revisits issues affecting each district and introduces us to the candidates.

Dick Stein's Decorum Forum: Your Northwest Etiquette Queries Answered

Oct 19, 2015
Dick Stein

Pacific Northwesterners are not known for being blunt. Sometimes our shyness can get in the way of decorum. Here to help is KPLU’s advice expert Dick Stein to answers etiquette questions from Sound Effect listeners.


A Mother And Daughter Discuss Their Abortions

Oct 17, 2015
Samie Detzer

There is an old rule of etiquette that cautions to never discuss politics, religion or sex in polite company; and when one brings up abortion they hit all three marks.

Seattle-based activists Amelia Bonow and Lindy West have been pushing for more conversations about abortion with the social media campaign #shoutyourabortion. The campaign was created as a direct response to the GOP push to defund Planned Parenthood.

Polite or not, many people are discussing abortion more loudly and more publicly than before.

Etiquette: Sound Effect, Episode 41

Oct 17, 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 Sound Effect is on its best behavior, discussing the rules of etiquette.

Sound Effect kicks off this week with former Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn. If you ask McGinn if he lacked political decorum, he will stop you short and say the word is divisive.

  Reporters from the Pacific Northwest weigh in on stories from the week that they believe deserve more ink and analysis.

This week, KPLU's Sound Effect hears from members of Seattlish who describe their blog as a place where you can read about "Seattle, politics, drinking, obscenities and cute animals... brought to you by a trio of mouthy broads.”

Visitor7 via Wikimedia Commons

In the late 1980s, Paul Ingram was a prominent member of the community in Olympia, serving as a senior sheriff’s deputy and chairman of the Thurston County Republican Party.

Then he was implicated in a shocking series of crimes: His own daughters accused him of sexually abusing them, repeatedly, over many years. But that was just the first twist in a tale full of bizarre turns.

10.10 Under-Reported News Analysis

Oct 12, 2015

Kevin Kniestedt fills in for Gabriel Spitzer this week and sits down with Josh Feit, Nina Shapiro and Rosette Royale to discuss some of the stories that ran below the fold this week. 

Author Nicole Hardy told a lot of people she was a 35-year-old virgin. When her essay “Single, Female, Mormon, Alone” was published in 2011 in a New York Times “Modern Love” column, it sparked a lot of attention.

Confessions: Sound Effect, Episode 40

Oct 10, 2015
Cristina Bejarano via Wikimedia Commons

Sound Effect is your weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place we live. This week our theme is confessions.

Local author Nicole Hardy had her life changed by confessions. Senior Producer, Arwen Nicks sits down with Hardy and learns how she used the money she made from her memoir, “Confessions of a Latter-day Virgin” to become a deckhand on a tall ship. 

Iraq War Vet Uses Writing To Heal

Oct 10, 2015

A Washington-based program called the Red Badge Project teaches military veterans the skills to tell their stories. Iraq War Veteran Jennifer Cox talks with KPLU's Gabriel Spitzer about healing through writing.


used with permission of Jason Padgett / struckbygenius.com

KPLU's Gabriel Spitzer talks with Tacoma resident Jason Padgett about the night he was mugged outside a Tacoma karaoke bar, and how that incident changed the trajectory of his life.

Padgett suffered a concussion in the attack, as well as internal injuries. He also developed post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder.

Slaven's Recommended Reads: Silver Linings

Oct 6, 2015
Jamie Henkensiefken

It’s not just every cloud that has a silver lining. In this segment on Sound Effect, Gabriel Spitzer speaks with King County Supervising Librarian Amber Slaven, who curated a list of books with messages of hope in spite of gloom.

Photo provided by Rhianon England

Rhianon England has NF2, a disease that causes non-cancerous tumors to grow throughout the nervous system. Recently, a tumor returned on her auditory nerve and she wants it out. If doctors remove this tumor she will lose the rest of her hearing, but if they don't she could suffer from facial paralysis.

10.03 Under-Reported News Analysis

Oct 3, 2015

  KPLU's Gabriel Spitzer sits down with journalists Austin Jenkins, Kari Plog and Zachariah Bryan for a discussion of the lesser reported news stories of the week.  

Silver Lining: Sound Effect, Episode 39

Oct 3, 2015
used with permission of Jason Padgett / struckbygenius.com

"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. This week we go out in search of silver linings.

How To Request Your FBI File

Sep 28, 2015
Federal Bureau of Investigation

For this week’s show on ‘Do It Yourself.’ Sound Effect host, Gabriel Spitzer and I set out to get our FBI files and you can too! Spoiler Alert: So easy.

According to FBI.gov, FBI files can be requested through the Privacy Act and the Freedom of Information Act, “The Freedom of Information Act allows any person—except fugitives, federal agencies, and foreign intelligence agencies—to request information about organizations, businesses, investigations, historical events, incidents, groups, or deceased persons.”

DIY: Sound Effect, Episode 38

Sep 26, 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 Sound Effect speaks with bold, independent, do-it-yourselfers. 

9.26 Under-reported News Analysis

Sep 26, 2015

  Justin Carder, Alex Stonehill and Joanne Silberner join Gabriel Spitzer to discuss the ins and outs of what was below the fold this week. 

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Susie Lee Sculpts Dating With Siren

Sep 20, 2015

After divorcing her partner, Susie Lee found herself once again on the dating scene. But she discovered romance had a new dimension, and it was a big one – the Internet. Rather than be simply discouraged by the aspects of online dating she found dehumanizing, she created her own dating app, called Siren, together with co-founder Katrina Hess.

Change of Heart: Sound Effect, Episode 37

Sep 19, 2015
Parker Miles Blohm

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. This week we investigate changes of heart. 

Sound Effect's Under-Reported News Of The Week

Sep 19, 2015

Joanne Lisosky, Phyllis Fletcher and Jessica Partnow join KPLU's Gabriel Spitzer to analyze and discuss the lesser reported news stories of the week. 

Over the weekend, vampires were afoot in a small town on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. Fans of a bestselling teen vampire romance series flooded into the town of Forks from all over the country.

Amateur Hour: Sound Effect, Episode 36

Sep 12, 2015
Edward "Major" Bowes
Wikimedia Commons


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. This week Sound Effect brings you Amateur Hour.   

Another round of warm weather this week is prompting Northwest fire managers to warn that this summer's challenging fire season isn't over yet.

The FBI has seized a $900,000 legal retainer fee paid by indicted Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley. They said the money came from alleged ill-gotten gains related to Kelley’s former real estate services business.

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