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Someone Saved My Life: Sound Effect, Episode 28

Two people stand next to rubble on a street.
Tacoma Public Library

"Sound Effect" is your weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place we live. The show is hosted by KNKX's Gabriel Spitzer. Each week's show explores a different theme, and this week is dedicated to stories about lives saved. 

To start the show off, KNKX's Ashley Gross speaks with Kelcy Allen about surviving an earthquake in Tacoma in 1949, and the older child who gave up his life to save him. 

Jana Mohr Lone is the Director of the University of Washington Center for Philosophy for Children. She explains to Gabriel Spitzer how the book “Four Feet, Two Sandals” reveals the dilemmas of saving lives and poses questions about how we value one another. 

The literary works of Judy Blume inspired Anastasia Selby's adolescent moxie, so much so that Selby says they saved her from a dangerous and abusive home life. 

Their job is to save other people's lives, but physicians have one of the highest suicide rates of any profession. To wrap up the show, Gabriel Spitzer speaks with Dr. Pamela Wible about why she's devoted much of her career to helping fellow doctors cope with thoughts of suicide. 

This week's news panel features Hanna Brooks Olsen of Seattleish, Rachel Lerman of the Seattle Times and Derek Young of Exit 133.