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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. Our Director of New Content and Innovation 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.


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    Springtime with Ciscoe Morris

    Gardening Legend Ciscoe Morris joins Soundside to talk about the advent of spring and to answer listener questions.

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    Where does it all go? The journey of San Juan recycling

    All of San Juan’s garbage and recycling is processed off of the island. The same goes for garbage on Orcas and Lopez islands — it’s loaded on a train, which heads to Klickitat County. Trash from San Juan goes to Cowlitz. It’s the reason San Juan County has the most expensive landfill trash program in the state. But recycling is a little more complicated.

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    Amazon makes move to disrupt the health care industry

    Late last month, Amazon closed a $3.9 billion deal to acquire One Medical, a membership-based primary care practice. The provider, which was founded in 2007, leans heavily on technology for care, using things like telehealth visits and apps for scheduling appointments. The acquisition is a big step for Amazon but not a surprising one.

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    So, you've decided to run for city council

    So far, 34 candidates are running for seven spots on the Seattle City Council openings, and the list gets longer every week. So how can candidates stand out in a crowded field?

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    The Abstract: A song of fire and ice cores

    Can fertilizer be sustainably made without fossil fuels? How have volcanos changed our atmosphere? We look at two recent studies about emissions today and throughout the past.

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    When WA was a country music capital — Stephanie Clifford's 'The Farewell Tour'

    When you think about country music, places like Texas, Appalachia and Nashville probably come to your mind. Maybe you even know about California's "Bakersfield Sound." But the Pacific Northwest has a long country tradition: from honky tonks in Tacoma to radio shows in Walla Walla and dances at Whatcom County meeting halls.

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    The hunt is on for 'Monkeyshines' in Tacoma

    Every lunar new year, a group of volunteer artists sneak through Tacoma in the dead of night. They hide thousands of colorful glass “floats” – 5- to 10-inch orbs, with an insignia stamped on the top. If you’ve been in Tacoma sometime over the past month and seen people shaking bushes, climbing trees, or turning up rocks, you’ve likely seen a collector of what are locally called “Monkeyshines.”

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    'A Thousand Splendid Suns' is a journey through three decades of Afghan life

    Last month, the Seattle Opera hosted “Jashin: a celebration of Afghan arts," highlighting Afghan history, culture, and arts — topics that can be lost between constant news stories of war and violence. That show led to the opera's current production — the world premiere of "A Thousand Splendid Suns."