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Get to know the PNW and each other. Soundside airs Monday through Thursday at 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. on KUOW starting January 10. Listen to Soundside on Spotify, iTunes, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Additional Credits: Logo art is designed by Teo Popescu. Audio promotions are produced by Hans Twite. Community engagement led by Zaki Hamid. Managing producer is Brendan Sweeney.

Mission Statement:

Soundside believes establishing trust with our listeners involves taking the time to listen.

We know that building trust with a community takes work. It involves broadening conversations, making sure our show amplifies systemically excluded voices, and challenging narratives that normalize systemic racism.

We want Soundside to be a place where you can be part of the dialogue, learn something new about your own backyard, and meet your neighbors from the Peninsula to the Palouse.

Together, we’ll tell stories that connect us to our community — locally, nationally and globally. We’ll get to know the Pacific Northwest and each other.


  • caption: KUOW letters are shown before 'That's Debatable: The Homelessness Crisis is Killing Seattle' on Tuesday, October 29, 2019, as the sun sets at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute in Seattle.

    Sound it Out: The stories that grabbed your attention this week

    If you've heard the show before, you know we often ask for your thoughts about our stories — where they've succeeded and where they can improve. That's because at its core, Soundside is about connecting with our listeners and bringing you stories you care about and journalism that impacts those of us living here in the Pacific Northwest.

  • caption: Purse-seine boat Intruder rescues crew of the Aleutian Isle amid flotsam of the sunken boat on August 13 off San Juan Island.

    Fishing vessel sinks off San Juan Islands, leaking fuel

    At 2:00pm on Saturday the U.S. Coast Guard received a distress call from a commercial fishing vessel named the Aleutian Isle. The vessel was near the San Juan Islands and taking on water. The crew onboard evacuated to a small skiff before being picked up by a good Samaritan, and the Aleutian Isle eventually sank to the sea floor, where it remains today.

  • caption: Food compost.

    The future of renewable energy may lie in organic waste

    There are lots of forms of renewable energy out there. But Snohomish County is investing in something different — a kind of renewable energy you may not have heard of before. It starts out in the fields of a local dairy farm.

  • caption: Families evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, walk through the terminal before boarding a bus after they arrived at Washington Dulles International Airport, in Chantilly, Va., on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021.

    One year later, Afghan refugees in WA still need support to put down roots

    This week marks the one year anniversary of the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, following the U.S.’s military withdrawal. Life has changed for most Afghans, including those who fled the country with their families through refugee resettlement programs. Soundside caught up with one advocacy group about what the resettlement process looks like in Washington state, one year later.

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    How dramatic pandemic shifts affected Northwest birds

    While we were cooped up in Covid lockdowns, birds in the cities and suburbs of the Pacific Northwest were spreading their wings! And in a new University of Washington paper, ornithologists suggest that birds like crows, hummingbirds, finches, and chickadees were using a wider variety of public spaces during the early days of the pandemic. Olivia Sanderfoot was the lead researcher on the study.

  • caption: Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Marco Gonzales throws to a San Francisco Giants batter during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, April 1, 2021, in Seattle.

    What's the line between innovation and cheating in professional baseball?

    Professional baseball has long been a proving ground for new ways to fool crowds and umpires, From sign stealing to illegal hacking operations to a little extra spit on the ball to get the perfect curve in a pitch. But there's a fine line between innovation and cheating.