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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: Hospital assistant Tracy Chambers, right, talks with another staff member in a hallway in the acute care unit, where about half the patients are COVID-19 positive or in quarantine after exposure, of Harborview Medical Center, Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, in Seattle.

    The US grows ever closer to the somber milestone of one million covid deaths

    According to several news outlets' accounting, the United States has already passed this grim marker. The CDC's numbers have the nation just shy of that. Either way, the pandemic's toll is hard to fathom. KUOW reporters Kate Walters and Ruby de Luna have been spending time learning about who we've lost to Covid here in Washington State.

  • Pastor Peter Chin stands in his office. His office is decorated with kid drawings, family photos, and Mariners merch

    'I really felt like I was at my rope's end.' Seattle pastor finds strength by showing weakness

    Burnout can manifest differently across job sectors. We've heard a lot about burnout among teachers, health care workers, journalists..who believe deeply in their work... ...but also tend to work long hours and spend lots of time 'on call'. Pastors are experiencing many of those same job conditions. And since the pandemic, many clergy members are wrestling with The Great Resignation themselves. Wondering if they should leave ministry because... its just too much.

  • caption: A 15-minute, at-home Covid test.

    How public health officials are navigating the current pandemic moment

    The United States is approaching one million deaths from the COVID-19 virus, a figure far and above the rest of the world. As pandemic restrictions are lifting, both at the state level and federally, how are public health officials navigating tracking and guidance?

  • caption: A crowd is gathered during a pro-choice rally and press conference on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, at Kerry Park in Seattle.

    If Roe v Wade falls, what does that mean for Washington?

    A draft opinion published late Monday by Politico indicates the Supreme Court is likely to strike down Roe v Wade in the near future. That's the landmark 1973 ruling that guarantees federal protection of abortion rights across the United States. Now, draft opinions are just that -- nothing is set in stone yet. But should it happen, this ruling would mean abortion would be banned or restricted in as many as twenty eight states. Today we're dedicating the hour to talking about the implications of the fall of Roe in the Pacific Northwest. And how local supporters of abortion rights are responding.

  • When it comes to mental health, some of us are thriving and others are spiraling all over again. Experts call it a disaster cascade.

    Adrenaline boost, then disillusionment: This is your brain on disaster cascade

    As the Covid-19 pandemic wears on, a “twin pandemic” is emerging— a pandemic-related mental health crisis. While many are recovering, other are experiencing the impacts of the pandemic all over again. Dr. Kira Mauseth, is a specialist in disaster response and co-lead of the Washington Department of Health's behavioral health strike team. She spoke with Soundside about the varied responses from the pandemic and what we can do to regulate and readjust.

  • caption: Alex Shpungin talks with a friend, Dorea, right, while sitting in his tent on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, near the intersection of Columbia Street and Alaskan Way South in Seattle. Shpungin has lived at this location for 3 months and hopes to stay there as long as possible.

    Edmonds considers making camping in public spaces a misdemeanor

    As inequality rises and our housing crunch just gets worse, cities across the Pacific Northwest are grappling with homelessness and how to regulate public space. The Edmonds City Council is considering an ordinance that would make it a misdemeanor to camp in a park or the sidewalk if the person has been offered shelter. But it's not going down without controversy.

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    Gaming is a great hobby. But when does it become unhealthy?

    Gaming can be a quick release from the pressures of the real world. But games are made to be engaged with, either through a deluge of collectibles or quick hits of achievement. But the same mechanisms that make games enjoyable can also make them addicting. So where do you draw the line between the two?