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Crossing The Divide: Sound Effect, Episode 61

Carol Guzy
Washington Post
Ethnic Albanians, looking for safety admidst conflict in 2000, pass 2-year-old Akim Shala across the border from Kosovo into Albania.

This week on "Sound Effect," we bring you stories of crossing the divide.

First, a look at the divide between secular and Christian artists in Seattle's alternative music scene. Music writer Kathleen Tarrant explains how mega-church Mars Hill blurred that divide by opening a popular all-ages venue in Seattle. But she says the crossover culture didn't last for long.

Plus, Seattleite Nate Stevens talks about how he almost crossed the ultimate divide between life and death after a moto bike accident in Bali. Stevens was surprised to find that a near-death experience doesn't necessarily change your life in the ways you might hope.

Then, we follow scientists crossing the continent in search of Lewis and Clark's, ahem, remains. They look for traces of mercury from the explorers' human waste to track down former campsites.

Next, why won't Jimmy John's deliver to KPLU? Former senior producer Arwen Nicks rants about the limits of Jimmy John's delivery zones and calls to see if they will cross the divide and deliver to her new workplace.

Finally, we learn about an old jazz club that crossed racial divides. The Black and Tan nightclub hosted multiracial audiences in Seattle's Central District as early as the 1930s. It also served as a key spot for local upcoming artists like Quincy Jones and Ray Charles to cut their teeth with touring jazz legends.

"Sound Effect" is your weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place we live. The show is hosted by KPLU's Gabriel Spitzer.