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Upside Of The Down: Sound Effect, Episode 148

6/16/2018
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This week, stories of positive things coming from otherwise negative places. First, music journalist and author Charles R. Cross talks about how a bad economy helped produce the grunge music movement. Then, how the author of the light-hearted Mrs. Piggle Wiggle books actually had a pretty rough life. A mother finds a way to pay tribute to her artistic daughter who battled mental illness. We take a tour of a Seattle neighborhood that decades ago had intentionally been divided as a result of...

Duration:00:49:32

How Grunge Music Emerged From Seattle's Moribund 1980s Economy

6/16/2018
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If you have a band in Seattle, good luck finding an affordable practice space. There aren't many to begin with, and if a band can find a place that doesn't mind the noise, it is often small, old and outrageously expensive. Seattle music journalist and author Charles R. Cross says things were noticably different in the early and mid-'80s. "There were many, many empty spaces, that were just empty forever. So the capacity for a band member to rent a room for a hundred dollars in Belltown and...

Duration:00:05:03

Historian Finds Lessons In The Struggles Of 'Piggle Wiggle' Author

6/16/2018
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Paula Becker grew up reading the "Mrs. Piggle Wiggle" children's books, and loved the whimsical stories of her uncanny ability to cure children of bad character traits. The author of the books, Betty MacDonald, lived in Washington. Many years later, when Becker moved to the Evergreen state, she asked her local librarian what had become of the best-selling author. It was then that she found out MacDonald had written much more than the fanciful "Piggle Wiggle" books. She was also the author of...

Duration:00:10:03

A Unique Art Space Helps A Mother Salvage Meaning From An Unthinkable Loss

6/16/2018
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Every Tuesday night, St. Paul’s Episcopal church in Seattle opens its doors and invites people living with mental illness and homelessness to come in and create. In the unique art space they can paint, knit, play music or find their own creative pursuits. The Karen Korn Project was founded by Pastor Kae Eaton and Patricia Swain, in honor of Swain’s daughter Karen. Karen died from suicide in November of 2014, after struggling with mental illness and homelessness herself. Swain says her...

Duration:00:11:13

Walking The Red Line: A Tour Of Seattle's Discriminatory Housing Practices

6/16/2018
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Real estate. It’s a hot topic in the Northwest right now. A white-hot market like Seattle’s creates winners and losers, depending on which side of the transaction you happen to be on. These days, you’d probably rather be a seller than a buyer. But back in 1985, when Merlin Rainwater and her husband bought their place, the roles were reversed. They were able to score a little bungalow on the East slope of Capitol Hill for just $50,000. “There was this wave of young white liberal activist...

Duration:00:11:07

Amputees Find Support And Humor At Weekly Gatherings

6/16/2018
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The day that changed Michael Freeman’s life came about 22 years ago. “I was crushed by an eight-ton truck in a loading dock across the pelvis. They took me out to Madigan and did emergency surgery,” Freeman said. In the course of his treatment he was given a common blood-thinning medication, to which he turned out to be severely allergic. The complications would eventually cost him one of his legs. He was sent to Harborview in Seattle for two months to recover. “And I met this miracle person...

Duration:00:10:19

An Epic Game Of Tag That Involves Alliances, Cross-Dressing And Sneaking Into Bathrooms

6/15/2018
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This story originally aired on October 8, 2016. There are lots of games we all played in the schoolyard when we were kids — foursquare, tetherball, maybe some capture the flag if there was enough time before the bell rang. Some of us just can’t let go.

Duration:00:09:36

Cog In The Machine: Sound Effect, Episode 147

6/9/2018
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This week, stories of cogs in the machine. First, how a kid felt like toys were missing some accessories, so he decided to start making them himself, and business took off. Then, a Vietnam veteran shares why he believes the willingness to die for a cause you don’t believe in is an example of how “the system” works . Also, a sperm donor is faced with the realities of meeting one of his offspring. Next, how Indian Island is slowly beginning to open up to its original inhabitants while still...

Duration:00:48:34

TeenagerTurns 200 dollars Into Customizable Lego Business

6/9/2018
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Payton Dean wanted more specialized weapons for his Lego minifigures. So he decided to make his own. Other people were intrigued and started telling Dean he should sell the weapons. With a little help from his grandfather, and $200 he had saved up, he decided to give it a try. Six years later, that decision has grown into a very successful business called X39 Brick Customs. It’s currently run out of his garage, and Dean says that the equipment alone is worth about $100,000. Various...

Duration:00:04:42

A Veteran's Willingness To Die Was An Example Of How The System Works

6/9/2018
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Most of us don’t grow up dreaming of being a tiny gear in some big, impersonal mechanism. But for Rich Hawkins, destiny started coming into focus on the day when, as a kid, the first family television showed up. “The living room was dark and everybody was watching. And I’m peering over the shoulder of adults on the couch. And they were watching a war movie. And I must have gotten scared, because the next thing I remember is being in my bed with the covers over my head, thinking how unfair...

Duration:00:09:37

Super Sperm Donor Meets Newborn Daughter, Then Has To Let Her Go

6/9/2018
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Wolfe wanted children. But when he went to a sperm donor clinic, he didn’t expect that he’d end up with seventeen. After an extensive judging process, Wolfe wasn’t sure if he’d even be selected. “This was more like trying out for NASA,” Wolfe said. “They did extensive blood work. They looked at my family history going back multiple generations. They looked at any kind of genetic abnormalities. They had me on a treadmill jumping around.” After a few years, he went to see the director who...

Duration:00:10:28

A Man Finds A Way To Be Heard Beyond A Prison's Walls

6/9/2018
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Kwesi Salih is serving more than 50 years in prison for the murder of a woman who was in a car that Salih and his friend tried to carjack. “I didn’t think how my actions could take another person’s life. You know, I live with that every day of my life now,” said Salih who spoke over the phone from Stafford Creek Correctional Center in Aberdeen, Washington. He says the crime he committed was almost inevitable. Growing up in the 1980s in Southern California, he was caught up in a great big...

Duration:00:06:17

A Guiding Light Inside A Box Of Sunglasses From Taiwan

6/9/2018
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When Sound Effect contributor Joel Shupack was just out of high school he was working a boring, tedious warehouse job in Bend, Oregon. “My job,” recalls Joel, “was to open boxes full of sunglasses, take them all out and put each pair into a separate box. They would be mailed out to all of the dupes who signed up for a sunglasses-of-the-month club.” It was one of those companies that would mail out leaflets advertising “FREE SUNGLASSES! $40 Value!”. An asterisk would direct you to the fact...

Duration:00:07:49

Island Time: Sound Effect, Episode 109

6/2/2018
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This episode originally aired on June 17, 2017. This week on Sound Effect , we head out to the islands. The Good Ship Issaquah Marsha Morse was one of the first women captains in Washington’s ferry system. She’s been navigating the waterways since 1975. And while she captains the ferry Issaquah , she considers her office the entire Puget Sound. The One Lonely Island All of the available islands in the San Juan’s were snatched up by homesteaders by 1919. All but one. A lonely, rocky,...

Duration:00:48:16

This Ferry Captain’s 'Office' Is The Entire Puget Sound

6/2/2018
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This story originally aired on June 17, 2017. Washington boasts the largest ferry system in the country. “Twenty-two ferries cross Puget Sound and its inland waterways, carrying more than 22 million passengers to 20 different ports of call,” according to the Washington State Department of Transportation’s website. Marsha Morse was one of the first women captains in Washington’s ferry system. She’s been navigating the waterways since 1975. In this episode of Sound Effect , we hop a ferry...

Duration:00:04:51

How Sentinel Island In The San Juans Came To Be Owned By A Newlywed Couple 100 Years Ago

6/2/2018
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This story originally aired on June 17, 2017. The San Juans' last homesteaders first discovered the islands on a map. June and Farrar Burn were newlyweds. They met in 1919 at a party June threw in her log cabin in Virginia. June quickly fell for Farrar’s ruddy-cheeked smile, curly red hair, and his ability to make himself useful immediately: gathering firewood, serving drinks, hosting as if it were his own home. Farrar was drawn to June’s lively eyes and her unmistakable, fierce spirit. In...

Duration:00:08:11

Homes From Victoria, B.C. Sent To Friday Harbor To Create More Affordable Housing

6/2/2018
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This story originallyt aired on June 17, 2017. Affordable housing is certainly a big issue these days, especially if you are living in the greater Seattle area. But it is also a major issue on some of our islands. On San Juan Island, an overwhelming shortage of affordable housing is threatening the community and economy. But a non-profit in Friday Harbor is come up with a way to help that problem: by picking up old houses that are no long wanted in Victoria, British Columbia, putting them...

Duration:00:09:41

At McNeil Island's Special Commitment Center, Predators Serve An Indefinite Residency

6/2/2018
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Note: Some of the content in this story might be upsetting to some listeners. This story originally aired on June 17, 2017. McNeil Island in South Puget Sound is where the Special Commitment Center for sexually violent predators is located. There are about 250 permanent residents at the Special Commitment Center -that’s what they’re called — and there are only a few ways you can leave the facility: you die, you’re deemed to have successfully completed treatment, or you can challenge your...

Duration:00:10:35

Before UFOs In Roswell, There Was The Maury Island Incident

6/2/2018
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This story originally aired on June 17, 2017. In the summer of 1947, off the coast of Maury Island in South Puget Sound, a man named Harold Dahl was out on his boat with his son, Christopher, their dog and two workers. Harold collected logs floating in the Sound and resold them to lumber mills. According to Dahl, on June 21 at 2 o’clock in the afternoon, six unidentified flying objects appeared in the sky above his boat. One of the saucers then exploded and a metal substance started...

Duration:00:10:05

Think Dating Is Hard? Try It On An Island.

6/2/2018
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This story originally aired on June 17, 2017. You may have thought about living on the San Juan in an abstract, big-picture sense: basking in the rain shadow, long bike rides along rolling hills, the best garden of your life. But what about the practical parts of day-to-day life, like dating? What if you couldn’t take someone out to dinner without everyone you see every single day knowing your business? When you move to one of our fine islands, it takes over your life — and that’s part of...

Duration:00:08:06