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Winning The Pot Lottery Doesn't Always Mean Greener Pastures

9/16/2017
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This story originally aired on May 13, 2017. When Washington state legalized recreational marijuana in 2013, the state held a lottery to award around 200 grower permits. Thousands applied, and on a whim, so did a group of friends that just happened to own a patch of land near Goldendale, in Eastern Washington. They never really thought they’d win, so when they did, it came as a shock. The group was met with the stark reality that starting a cannabis farm with no farming experience was a much...

Duration: 00:07:52


Turning Point: Sound Effect, Episode 106

9/16/2017
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This show originally aired on May 13, 2017. This week on Sound Effect, stories of that moment when everything changes for better or worse. It's Showtime Seattle television director and producer Steve Wilson saw a live broadcast of one of his favorite local kid's shows at the 1962 World's Fair when he was just 6 years old. From that point on, he knew he wanted to work in show business. Wilson talks about that day and how it changed everything for him. O Tannenbaum In 1950, Northgate Mall was...

Duration: 00:48:12


How The Technical Side Of Television Captured Steve Wilson’s Heart

9/16/2017
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Television producer and director, Steve Wilson, says making television is just like making cheese. “People consume cheese. Some people make really good cheese. Other people make really terrible cheese. But, everybody eats cheese —and I make the cheese,” he told us. Steve’s decades-long love affair with television began when he was a kid growing up in Seattle. The 1960s was was a golden age in television for kids. This was when KING, KIRO and KOMO created their very own shows for children....

Duration: 00:03:48


How One Very Tall Christmas Tree Saved Northgate Mall

9/16/2017
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This story originally aired on May 13, 2017. Back in 1950, Northgate Mall was just opening its doors. It was struggling to get off its feet and fill empty shops. Big local retailers like Nordstrom and Friedlander didn’t believe that a regional shopping center all the way up north could survive. At that time, downtown was where people went to shop. Jim Douglas set out to change this. Douglas helped launch major city legacies like SeaFair and the World’s Fair, b ut his crowning achievement was...

Duration: 00:10:33


One Man's Journey Through Drugs, Recovery, Getting His Family Back And Paying It Forward

9/16/2017
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This story originally aired on May 13, 2017. Marvin Charles is the co-founder of a Seattle organization called DADS —Divine Alternative for Dads Services. Marvin and his wife, Jeanett, help men from all walks of life get back on their feet, find work and ultimately, reconnect with their kids. Now, you might think that Marvin must be one of these parents who know all — a go-to person whose advice is golden and who comes from a loving home himself. This is how Marvin’s life started. But then...

Duration: 00:13:10


Shipwrecked At 14: How A Local Sailor Got A Crash Course In His Future Career

9/16/2017
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This story originally aired on May 13, 2017. Off the coast of Fiji in the Pacific Ocean, brightly colored coral reefs sit a few inches below translucent waves. It’s these unsuspecting reefs that changed everything for one family back in 1974. Their story starts in the early 1970s in San Francisco Bay where Chuck Wilcox and his wife Dawn loved to sail with their two kids, Garth and Linda. They would glide through the waters of the protected bay, Chuck dreaming of life at sea and Dawn...

Duration: 00:12:35


Won't Take No For An Answer: Sound Effect Episode 117

9/9/2017
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This week on Sound Effect, we hear stories of people who refused to give up. Billy Idolator Michael Henreichsen developed a fascination with a particular musician: Billy Idol. Michael saw him live a few times, including a show at Tulalip Casino just north of Everett. And something about that show left kind of a sour taste in his mouth . That launched a quixotic two-year quest to get Billy Idol to come to Seattle, and play a live show at his birthday party. Blind Sailor Mohamed Farid took a...

Duration: 00:48:34


A Blind Sailor Who Wants To Be His Own Captain

9/9/2017
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Mohamed Farid loves the water. He’s been drawn to it ever since he was a little boy. He started sailing small boats when he was in his twenties in Dubai. These smaller vessels capsize easily. Since he was sailing in the warm waters of the Persian Gulf, this was not a problem. But, since moving to Seattle a little over a year ago, Mohamed decided to learn how to captain bigger keelboats. These boasts are nearly impossible to flip over-which is what you want in chilly Northwest waters....

Duration: 00:07:59


Undocumented Student Stands Her Ground in Battle of Wills with Western Washingon University

9/9/2017
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Last June, Ana Ramirez headed to a meeting of the Western Washington University student government. She had just been elected as Vice President for Governmental Affairs and, as it turned out, the meeting was about her. Ramirez, now a 19-year-old sophomore, is an undocumented immigrant, brought into the United States from Mexico when she was six months old. She had just learned from university administrators that she wouldn’t be allowed to assume the position she had campaigned for and won....

Duration: 00:08:44


This Ex-Pro Boxer Is Someone You Probably Wouldn't Want to Say "No" To

9/9/2017
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Tricia Arcaro Turton’s career started with a big fat “no.” She says she was never one to be discouraged just because someone tells her she can’t do something. And at a young age, she was told that she couldn’t be a boxer. She decided to write off the sport all together. But later in life she would undergo grueling training, and eventually became a professional boxer. This, of course, came after she played elite rugby on the United States national team. She’d rack up 8 wins and 4 losses as...

Duration: 00:07:21


Meg Martin Pushes Back Against Critics To Care For Society’s Outcasts

9/9/2017
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When Meg Martin first moved to Olympia, Washington from Montana in 2007, she was recovering from a drug addiction and looking to start a new life. In Olympia, she threw herself into outreach work. She volunteered for a program that uses bicycles to deliver clean needles to people on the street who use injection drugs. Night after night, she’d encounter people who were homeless. Because these men and women were actively using drugs, they were not eligible to stay in area shelters. “How can...

Duration: 00:09:35


Royalty: Sound Effect, Episode 116

9/2/2017
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This week on Sound Effect, we hear stories of royalty in all different forms. The Princess Bride You may have seen the pictures online, or on the Today Show or wherever. The headline is usually something like, “ Little Girl Mistakes Bride for Princess from her Favorite Storybook.” And we joined the bride, the mother and the daughter for a little reunion, in front of the Hotel Ballard. Purple Mane Robbie Luna is a carpenter in Seattle, but by night he portrays the role of Prince in the...

Duration: 00:48:42


A Reporter And His Quest To Put Seattle On The Map With A Crew Team

9/2/2017
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For many, Royal Brougham might not be much more than a regal sounding street near Safeco Field. But Royal Brougham was actually one of the longest tenured reporters in U.S. newspaper history, working 68 years, primarily as a sports editor, for the Seattle Post Intelligencer. In addition to that, he was also an advocate for the city of Seattle, looking for ways to put it on the map well before the likes of Boeing and Starbucks came along. And in the mid 30’s, he did, with the help of the...

Duration: 00:10:48


A Tibetan Princess Considers the Future of the Throne, from her Home in Seattle

9/2/2017
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In the Greenwood neighborhood of Seattle, tucked among the bungalows sits an ornate yellow and red building. On one side flies the American flag, and on the other flies what’s called the Dharma Flag. This monastery is one of the most important sites in the world for one of the four major traditions of Tibetan Buddhism -- the Sakya school. And it houses a genuine princess: Her Eminence Dagmo Kusho Sakya is one of the most prominent female lamas in Tibetan Buddhism, and the widow of the man...

Duration: 00:07:43


Passing The Torch: Sound Effect, Episode 115

8/26/2017
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This week on Sound Effect, we hear stories of what it means to pass down old tales, traditions, businesses and music to the next generation.

Duration: 00:48:38


A Woman Continues Her Grandfather's Charitable Legacy, One Orange At A Time

8/26/2017
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Sharon Maeda inherited a unique legacy from her grandfather. It was built around his value of community service and it involves free fruit. As a child in Portland, Maeda would take the bus with her grandfather to visit all different types of people. Sometimes they would travel to tenements or walk down dingy hallways.

Duration: 00:07:45


Seattle Journalist Writes A Play To Pass The Torch On Conversations About Race

8/26/2017
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Marcus Harrison Green says people of color tend to be responsible for talking about racism to each other and to white people. But what does it look like when white people talk to each other about race?

Duration: 00:08:26


After Lifetime Of Silence, Holocaust Survivor Entrusts His Story To New Generation

8/26/2017
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After World War Two, when millions of Jews and other groups were murdered by the Nazis, the world made a promise: Never forget. But soon, the generation that remembers firsthand, the people who survived, will be gone.

Duration: 00:11:27


Billy Tipton: A Secret Life That Still Inspires

8/26/2017
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A pianist and saxophonist, Billy Tipton became a fixture of the jazz scene in the Northwest. He frequented clubs here in the late 1940s and early '50s, first as a soloist and then with his trio. Billy was a regular at places like the Elks club in Longview, Washington. After recording several albums, he decided to settle in Spokane, where he died in 1989. That's when more of Billy Tipton's story began to emerge.

Duration: 00:05:48


A Dairy Farm In Elma Redefines The Meaning Of Family

8/26/2017
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Out in Elma, Washington, there’s a modest dairy farm, set against the backdrop of low hills and the cooling towers of the defunct Satsop nuclear power plant. On the farm, cows are doing what cows do. Jose Torres owns the place. But that wasn’t always the case. Jose started out as an ordinary farm worker, when this farm was owned by Bill Goeres. Bill’s father farmed around here, and so did his grandfather. But eventually, Bill became sick. He had to make a decision as to whom he would pass...

Duration: 00:08:51

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