Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Things That Keep Me Up At Night: Sound Effect, Episode 92

"Insomnia" by Alyssa L. Miller is licensed under CC BY 2.0

This week on Sound Effect, we bring you stories of things that keep us up at night. We'll hear stories of fear and anxiety and meet people who work unusual graveyard shifts.

Radio Nightmares

Sound Effect gets a lot of inspiration from the hit radio show This American Life. So we thought we'd ask host Ira Glass what keeps him up at night. Turns out, his childhood fears were pretty dark.

The Cameraman

Seattle photographer Tim Durkan is a verified night owl and he spends his sleepless nights wandering the city photographing life on the streets. He explains why he feels compelled to document these difficult stories. 


An Olympia artist painted a mural in a Washington D.C. pizza place that it launched him into the center of a conspiracy theory related to the 2016 election. After a string of death threats, Arrington De Dionyso talks about how he stood up to his online attackers.

The Tide Waits For No One

In the winter months, the tide is lowest at night. That means that for about six months, hundreds of shellfish farmers work the graveyard shift to harvest oysters and clams. Jason Ragan, director of clam and oyster farming with Taylor Shellfish, shares what it's like to farm under the moon and the stars. 

The Guiding Doula

Since most babies are born in the middle of the night, doulas often find themselves working alongside new parents in midnight hours. Kenmore-based  Kayoko Nakajima, a Japanese-speaking doula, works specifically with Japanese moms to ease them through birth in a foreign land. Nakajima explains how she helps new parents deal with cultural differences.

Fear of Sleep

A few months ago, Sound Effect contributor Arwen Nicks woke up in the middle of a panic attack. The next night it happened again. In this essay, she shares how her newfound happiness became her biggest fear

Sound Effect is your weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place we live. The show is hosted by knkx's Jennifer Wing.

Why Support KNKX?

You depend on KNKX for trusted, in-depth local news, music by knowledgeable hosts and enlightening NPR programs. We depend on members for more than half of our financial support.

Give Today