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Sound Effect, Episode 22: What's In A Name?

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  "Sound Effect" is your weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place we live. The show is hosted by KPLU's Gabriel Spitzer. Each week's show explores a different theme, and this week we dissect how we feel about what we are called, taking a look at names.

Have you ever wondered how Yakima got the nickname, "The Palm Springs of Washington?" We did. So we found out and that is how we begin this week's show on names. The names we have, the names we choose and the names we wish we could escape.

Four men share two names. Gabriel Spitzer speaks with his cognomen Doppelganger about what information they share inadvertently by sharing the same name. Then, KPLU’s Paula Wissel tells tale of two Derek Youngs in the South Sound.

Linda Dahlstrom Anderson changed her name not when she married her husband but after the death of her son. Gabriel Spitzer speaks with Dahlstrom Anderson the power of hearing the name of her son, Phoenix Anderson, and her need for a literal connection with that name.

KPLU intern Austin Hilliker takes us to Hilltop/Upper Tacoma Business District/Hilltop to hear from residents and community members about why the new moniker never quite caught on.

Joining us for this week’s news panel are Mike Lewis, Berit Anderson and Andrea Otanez.