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Interesting news stories from around the Pacific Northwest.

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.

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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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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Each week on Sound Effect we invite a panel a journalists to talk about local stories they feel didn't get sufficient attention.

Joining host Gabriel Spitzer on this week’s show were journalists Nina Shapiro, Mike Lewis and Sarah Stuteville share their take on some of the under-reported stories of the week. 

As Seen On TV : Sound Effect, Episode 35

Sep 5, 2015
Courtesy of Brenda Goldstein-Young

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 our radio team tackles, As Seen On TV. 

Ted S. Warren / AP

The recent rain doesn't mean the wildfire danger is over. That's the message heading into Labor Day weekend from fire managers in the Northwest.

In the poem “Mending Wall,” Robert Frost lays down the well-worn quote, “Good fences make good neighbors.” In this year’s dramatic Northwest wildfires, ranchers and neighbors are cutting down “good fences” of all kinds.

North America's highest mountain has a new name. Or rather, an old one. President Obama has announced that Alaska's Mount McKinley will now be called Denali, which is what natives call the peak.

Multiple times this summer, the sighting of a wayward hobbyist drone has grounded aerial firefighting aircraft at Western wildfires. But unmanned aircraft have the potential to be useful at wildfires too.

Jason Brisch / Flickr

The city of Seattle will be back before a judge Tuesday over its minimum wage law, as the professional organization representing franchise businesses appeals an earlier court loss.

Seattle’s law lets small businesses raise their minimum wage more slowly, but it treats most franchises like big businesses: A chain restaurant that is independently owned has to hike its wage just as fast as one owned by corporate.

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There's always interesting stuff in the news that gets overshadowed by the big stories. On Sound Effect we invite a panel a journalists to talk over their nominees for under-covered story of the week.   

Joining KPLU's Gabriel Spitzer at this week's roundtable are Hannah Brooks Olsen of Seattlish, Josh Feit news editor of Seattle Met magazine and Emily Parkhurst Digital Managing Editor of the Puget Sound Business Journal.

Theft: Sound Effect, Episode 34

Aug 29, 2015
NPR

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're delving into tales of thievery. 

This has been one of the worst — and most expensive — wildfire seasons ever in the Northwest, where climate change and a history of suppressing wildfires have created a dangerous buildup of fuels.

With fires burning hotter and more intense, there are renewed calls to change how the federal government pays to fight the biggest fires.

"These large and intense fires are a natural disaster in much the same way a hurricane or a tornado or a flood is," U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says. "And they ought to be funded as such through the emergency funding of FEMA."

Brieana Ripley, KPLU

Not so long ago, before there were self-driving cars, microprocessors or even abundant electricity, the state-of-the-art technology was clockwork. Through cams and springs and gears, craftspeople were able to create precise tools, rudimentary robots and exquisite pieces of art.

Brittany Nicole Cox is one of a handful of antiquarian horologists trained to preserve and restore those objects. She does that from her Seattle workshop where, in gloves and a white lab coat, Cox gingerly removes a box from one of her vintage hardwood cabinets. It’s her specialty-within-a-specialty: A Victorian-era automaton.

A federal judge in Seattle has made it clear to the state that mentally ill jail inmates need to be evaluated within seven days to see if they’re competent to stand trial.

The incident command for Washington’s biggest wildfire requested a mental health team to help people in Okanogan County. A national nonprofit called Green Cross has responded to the call.

Firewise is the name of a long-running campaign to get homeowners in wildfire country to take steps to reduce risk. Outside Omak, Wash., John Belles didn't just do the simple things. He built a futuristic, thin-shelled concrete dome house. It's now an unscathed beacon amid acres of hillside blackened by the Okanogan fire, the largest in state history.

Doctors' practices are increasingly trying to reach their patients online. But don't expect your doctor to "friend" you on Facebook – at least, not just yet.

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