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Change of Heart: Sound Effect, Episode 37

Parker Miles Blohm
Anton Schwartz

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. This week we investigate changes of heart. 

Autumn Rusch had been sick her entire life, living with a heart that was literally full of holes. By the age of 14, her heart had become so weak it could no longer support her. Rusch was given a heart transplant. Gabriel Spitzer spoke with Autumn Rusch about her literal change of heart, and the struggles many teens face once they leave the hospital.  

Anton Schwartz abandoned his doctoral thesis on artificial intelligence in order to pursue a career in music. Schwartz made the decision to leave academia after suffering from chronic fatigue. Sound Effect Producer Kevin Kniestedt spoke with Schwartz about his transition from computer science to jazz music. 

Britt Marie Hermes first came to the world of naturopathic medicine after a disappointing visit to a dermatologist for a chronic skin condition. Hermes went on to study and then practice natural medicine, until she saw something that made her think that there was more harm than good coming from this world. Gabriel Spitzer hears about her decision to leave behind her careerand her friends. Spitzer also checks in with Bastyr University's Jane Guiltinen, Dean of Bastyr's School of Naturopathic Medicine. Guiltinen started her career in a conventional medical setting before transitioning to naturopathy.