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2 minutes | Dec 26, 2019
Why is Green Lake so darn dark at night?
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30 minutes | Dec 19, 2019
How prohibition forever changed policing in Seattle
On a recent SoundQs segment we learned about historic bootlegger Roy Olmstead. Today we do a deep dive on another larger-than-life figure from that time, black business owner Doc Hamilton. Both men dealt in illegal alcohol, but had wholly different experiences with the temperance movement and the law.
16 minutes | Dec 12, 2019
How safe are the bridges in the Puget Sound region?
There are more than 8000 bridges in Washington state. How safe are they? And how will they fare in the event of a major earthquake?
25 minutes | Dec 5, 2019
Why is Seattle so geeky?
Seattle is a geeky place -- from its many board game cafes to the bi-annual parades of cosplayers outside the Washington State Convention Center. But what about the Emerald City makes geek culture thrive here? We went on a quest to find out.Have questions for us? Send them in at KUOW.org/soundqs
34 minutes | Nov 28, 2019
Seattle's bootleg king
This episode sounds a little different than usual. We're taking over KUOW's daily show, The Record. Which means we get to answer a bunch of your pressing questions in this single episode.
16 minutes | Nov 21, 2019
What’s with Seattle bumper stickers these days?
On this episode a listener asks us to explore the patterns and messages of bumper stickers in the Pacific Northwest. But there’s a personal reason she wants to better understand Seattle’s bumper sticker culture.
13 minutes | Nov 13, 2019
How do those holiday lights get on construction cranes?
The holidays are coming. Which means even our construction cranes start looking festive. One listener wants to know - who decorates construction cranes
15 minutes | Nov 7, 2019
Part 2: Is Seattle a target for nuclear attack?
Our region is home to global companies like Amazon and Microsoft - and it's home to large cache of nuclear weapons and military assets.
20 minutes | Oct 31, 2019
Part 1: What should you do in the event of a nuclear attack?
If you don't know, you're not alone.
27 minutes | Oct 24, 2019
How is Amazon changing our lives?
Over the last year or so, the SoundQs team has gotten a lot of questions about one Seattle-based company. Amazon. Happily, KUOW's podcast Primed is finding answers to questions about how Amazon is changing our lives. Here's the first episode of their newest season, about Alexa and kids.
20 minutes | Oct 17, 2019
Has any city figured out public toilets?
On this episode we try and figure out if any city has figured out public toilets, and what Seattle can learn
19 minutes | Oct 10, 2019
Where has Seattle's music scene gone?
Twenty-five years ago, Seattle was the epicenter of the popular music world. Bands like Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and Nirvana had legions of fans around the globe. But now, musicians are leaving Seattle because of rising costs. The city has a plan to change that - and it's got a lot to do with the mega-hit Old Town Road.
12 minutes | Oct 3, 2019
Why are those food safety posters smiling at me?
Those posters with smiley faces outside area restaurants are surprisingly complicated. Please consider donating to KUOW at https://kuow.org/donate/soundqs.
20 minutes | Sep 26, 2019
Finding love is hard. In Seattle it's even harder
What makes Seattle an especially challenging place to date?
16 minutes | Sep 19, 2019
What can we do about climate change in the Puget Sound region?
SoundQs and RadioActive teamed up to answer two listener questions: How will climate change impact the Puget Sound Region, and what’s the most effective way to take action against it?
17 minutes | Sep 12, 2019
Why do Seattleites complain so much?
Over the summer, the SoundQs team has gotten some questions that double as complaints about the Seattle region. It got us thinki
17 minutes | Sep 4, 2019
More SIM swapping stories, and news from the cybersecurity underground
The hacking of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey last week put SIM swapping in the headlines. But it's not just high-profile people who are being SIM swapped. We continue our conversation with one woman who recently had her social media account hacked, and we check in with the security expert who helped unravel the mystery.
17 minutes | Aug 29, 2019
How did Seattle become home to a large Sephardic Jewish community?
The answer takes us all the way back to 1492. And it features a couple of excellent mustaches.
17 minutes | Aug 22, 2019
A boat and a car arrive at a Seattle drawbridge. Who goes first?
So you’re in the car, rushing to an appointment, and suddenly traffic stops. In front of you – a drawbridge opens - and a single boat goes through. Frustrating right? Now imagine if you’re on a barge, heading towards that same bridge.
11 minutes | Aug 15, 2019
How safe is urban foraging?
On this week's episode of SoundQs we look at the safety and etiquette of foraging in the city.
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