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The Last Straw: Sound Effect, Episode 143

5/18/2019
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This show originally aired on April 28, 2018. This week, stories of breaking points, realizations, and bitter ends. We meet one man who is taking out his disappointment with the departure of Seattle's basketball team in an unusual way. We hear from a homeowner whose Wallingford backyard abuts a homeless encampment , as well as from the campers who are sick of being moved around. A local writer remembers the moment he could no longer stand being "the fat kid" in class. We get a story about...

Duration:00:48:35

Selling the Sonics was the last straw. Now this guy is stealing straws.

5/18/2019
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This story originally aired on April 28, 2018. Actor Ben Weber has been in movies like Kissing Jessica Stein and television shows like Sex and the City. Most recently he was in a television mini-series called Manhunt: Unabomber. But he also got some attention a few years ago for a video he did starring Ben Weber as Angry Ben Weber. Weber grew up in Seattle and was a Seattle Supersonics fan from day one. After moving to New York, and eventually to Los Angeles, the Sonics remained his team, up...

Duration:00:05:20

Tensions flare as illegal homeless camps spread in Seattle

5/18/2019
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This story originally aired on April 28, 2018. Living in illegal homeless encampments can be dangerous and chaotic. This is what hundreds of people experience every day in Seattle. This minimal type of shelter can also involve a lot of moving. Sound Effect’s Jennifer Wing recently visited the removal of an encampment under the Viaduct, across the street from the Washington State Ferry Terminal in downtown Seattle. The cleanup was being carried out by the city’s Navigation Team, the entity in...

Duration:00:09:58

How a dreaded swimming class changed a 10-year-old boy's life

5/18/2019
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This story originally aired on April 28, 2018. When Seattle writer, Tim Haywood was growing up in Auburn, he was the fat kid in elementary school. Most of the time, this wasn’t a problem, except for when it came to gym class. "I got teased a lot, you know all of the names, fatty two-by-four. I managed to compensate a little bit. I developed a sense of humor," Tim recalls. Tim dreaded gym. He was humiliated on "weighing and measuring day," when his weight was shared publicly in front of his...

Duration:00:08:00

Bigfoot ruined this man’s life, then gave him a fresh start

5/18/2019
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This story originally aired on April 28, 2018. If you close your eyes and picture Sasquatch, there’s a good chance you’ll conjure up a very specific image: a big, hairy humanoid, mid-stride, arms swinging, head turned to glance back over its right shoulder. In that iconic picture, the thing Bigfoot was turning back to look at was Bob Gimlin. Gimlin, along with Roger Patterson, gathered their famous film footage in northern California in 1967. Fifty years later people still pore over it,...

Duration:00:09:21

Husband's hoarding disorder leads one woman to find acceptance

5/18/2019
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This story originally aired on April 28, 2018. Mary, who has asked that her last name not be used to protect her grandchildren, has been married to her husband for over 50 years. He has a habit of collecting what she calls "old junker cars," which sit in her yard, her driveway, the street -- she has no idea how many cars he owns. And they aren't just cars -- they're storage units, piled high with stuff. To Mary, this has clearly crossed the line from collecting to hoarding. But her husband...

Duration:00:06:43

Facing nuclear annihilation, divers decide to keep diving

5/18/2019
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This story originally aired on April 28, 2018. Former Seattleite Carl Badgley has some experience with emergencies, having been an army medic and a 9-1-1 operator. But, in search of a simpler, slightly less intense lifestyle, he had moved to be near the beautiful tropical waters off of Kona, Hawaii. “The thing about being on the water is [it's] where my happy place is. I get to drive boats and am a scuba instructor and I get to do that and get paid for it. [It’s] where I go pretty much every...

Duration:00:08:11

Barflies: Sound Effect, Episode 142

5/11/2019
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This show originally aired on April 21, 2018. This week on Sound Effect, we pull up a stool and chat with some barflies. We meet up with Mike Lewis at the Streamline Tavern, and hear about how he physically moved the old bar to its current location. Then we talk to Clint Lanier about why no one seemed to notice the closing of what may be the oldest gay bar in America. Hanna Brooks Olsen shares an essay on what she learned growing up in bars. Brie Ripley introduces us to a “rude” juice bar ....

Duration:00:48:34

The new Streamline Tavern has all the 'charm' of the original, right down to the urinals

5/11/2019
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This story originally aired on April 21, 2018. When the print edition of the Seattle Post Intelligencer came to an end in 2009, the reporters who worked for the paper scattered off to other careers. Some picked up other gigs covering news, others went into public relations. Veteran reporter Mike Lewis bought a bar. Specifically, he bought his bar, a dive called The Streamline Tavern, where he and other reporters used to adjourn to after quitting time at the paper. “I took my severance and...

Duration:00:04:54

Seattle had one of the oldest gay bars in the country, so why did no one notice when it closed?

5/11/2019
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This story originally aired on April 21, 2018. One of the realities about bars, like many other businesses, is that at some point, they will probably close their doors for good. This was the case in December of 2015, when a Pioneer Square bar called the Double Header called “last call” for the last time. This is significant, because the Double Header was one of the oldest, if not the oldest, gay bar in America. Clint Lanier is the co-author of the book “Bucket List Bars: Historic Saloons,...

Duration:00:09:52

Everything I know, I learned at the bar

5/11/2019
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This story originally aired on April 21, 2018. An essay: I always joke that dark, divey bars are where I'm most at home because that's where I first learned how to talk to people. I mean, we learn speech at a young age, on the mats at preschool, or at home, mimicking our parents. But forming phonemes is different than talking to people. Most of my life, I've supported myself through talking: talking my way into AP classes, and talking myself out of a trespassing charge when I pretended to be...

Duration:00:09:53

The most intimidating bar in Seattle doesn’t sell alcohol

5/11/2019
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This story originally aired on April 21, 2018. The most intimidating bar to walk into in Greater Seattle may not be a seedy dive downtown. It might just be a juice bar in an obscure strip mall in Shoreline. What makes Alive Juice Bar so daunting is its owner, Andrew Ho, who’s just as likely to curse out and humiliate his customers as he is to soothe their ailments with foamy fruit & veggie concoctions. Ho opened the shop eight years ago with his ex-fiance. In the beginning, it was tough. It...

Duration:00:09:28

A journalist gets sober, then hits the bars

5/11/2019
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This story originally aired on April 21, 2018. All of Erica’s heroes liked to drink. Hunter S. Thompson, Molly Ivins … to be an edgy journalist, it seemed like alcohol was part of the job description. For Erica C. Barnett , alcohol did soon become a thread weaving through her work for magazines and alternative weeklies. “I loved being able to meet with people over drinks,” she said. “That is a wonderful way to get to know a source, over a couple, five, ten drinks. And it just made sense to...

Duration:00:07:37

He was a regular: A son reflects on his dad's life in bars

5/11/2019
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This story originally aired on April 21, 2018. Years ago, not long after Mike Lewis lost his father, he made a pilgrimage to his dad's favorite bar--a place called The Ranch in Modesto, CA. When he got there, he found something he didn't expect: a stool that had been roped off. Mike asked about it, and was told it was in honor of Jack Lewis, "a guy who hung out in here who was really well liked." When Mike identified himself as Jack Lewis' son, he heard an outpouring of stories about the...

Duration:00:09:42

Neither Here Nor There: Sound Effect, Episode 177

5/4/2019
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First, two KNKX moms share their experiences in the neonatal intensive care unit after the birth of their children. Then, a trip to a NICU, where we learn how to write lullabies . Also, we head to a business that bills itself as "everyone's barbershop." Next, a story of a young attorney who wanted to represent Cuban detainees in 1980 , only to realize she may have been out of her element. We learn about a locally made film featuring a retired police officer from Tamil Nadu, who vacations in...

Duration:00:48:35

How we die matters. This hospice doctor helps Rwandans heal, shape relationship with death.

5/4/2019
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When David Slack thinks about why he became a hospice and palliative care doctor, he thinks back to his grandmother's death when he was about 12. "Rather than it being a terrifying or frightening thing for me, my family, my mother in particular, made it really safe," he said. He remembers his mother taking him by the hand, leading him to his grandmother's bedside, and telling him to say goodbye. Slack, a doctor for Kaiser Permanente in Washington, now cares for patients in the final months...

Duration:00:09:57

Fresh off the bar exam in 1980, this Seattle-area attorney fought for Cuban refugee rights

5/4/2019
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Back in 1980, Eleanor Hoague had just passed the state and federal bar. Hoague, who lives in Lake Forest Park, was ready to save the world. But what she took on put her smack in the middle of an immigration crisis playing out on the national stage — up against a system that wasn’t all that interested in helping her succeed.

Duration:00:09:19

Seattle barbershop Andro wants to be 'everyone's barbershop'

5/4/2019
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Kelli Wimbley-Dinh runs a barbershop in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood. It’s a small space, often obscured behind the lunchtime lines for Il Corvo’s pasta. The people who do stop to look at the metal sign above the door will notice two things: the logo of a woman with long eyelashes and a textured beard, and the slogan “everyone’s barbershop.”

Duration:00:06:26

Seattle techies made a movie that looks like Seattle and sounds like India

5/4/2019
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"Vellai Pookal" is a study in both-and. It's a detective thriller and a family drama. It has a bilingual script in both Tamil and English. It was released in both the U.S. and India. And — this is kind of a big one — most of the people who made the film are first-time filmmakers who are also employees of local technology companies.

Duration:00:08:13

Personalized lullabies soothe families' stress during long NICU stays

5/3/2019
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When a child is being cared for in a neonatal intensive care unit, or NICU, parents experience many emotions. They are grateful for the medical interventions that happen in these nurseries, but these situations are inherently stressful. Everything is in limbo.

Duration:00:08:22