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What’s at the bottom of Lake Washington? How are proceeds from marijuana sales used by the state? What will happen if Mount Rainier erupts? SoundQs brings you collections of stories that share one thing in common—they each started with a curious listener who asked KUOW to help them learn more.  

Whether you just moved here or have lived in the Puget Sound region your entire life, SoundQs tells us a bit more about the character and the people of the place we call home.


  • caption: Prohibition agents seized and destroyed 350 gallons of moonshine on February 24th, 1925 at 1115 East Pike Street in Seattle.

    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.

  • caption: Bumper stickers cover a Honda Accord on Wednesday, October 30, 2019, in Seattle.

    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.

  • caption: FILE - Amazon devices on display during an event at Amazon in Seattle.

    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.

  • caption: Musician at Bumbershoot, 1974

    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.