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Turning Point: Sound Effect, Episode 106

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Today on Sound Effect, stories of turning points.

This week on Sound Effect, stories of that moment when everything changes for better or worse.

It's Showtime

Seattle television director and producer Steve Wilson saw a live broadcast of one of his favorite local kid's shows at the 1962 World's Fair when he was just 6 years old. From that point on, he knew he wanted to work in show business. Wilson talks about that day and how it changed everything for him.

O Tannenbaum

In 1950, Northgate Mall was just opening its doors and struggling to fill empty store fronts. However, one very tall Christmas tree helped the mall not only survive but thrive during its first holiday shopping season. C.R. Douglas recalls how his cousin, Jim Douglas, who passed away in 2005, came up with the idea for this tree and how he saved Northgate Mall. 

The Joy Of Fatherhood 

Seattle native Marvin Charles is the father of several children from several different women, but it took him a long time to commit to being an active parent. In 2001, Charles started Divine Alternatives For Dads Services, an organization that helps fathers reconnect with their children. He talks about his own path to fatherhood and why he started this organization. 

The Lottery

After Washington legalized recreational marijuana in 2013, the state held a lottery to award around 200 growers licenses to harvest the plant. Thousands applied, and on a whim, so did a group of friends that owned a patch of land in Eastern Washington. Brendan Cooke and Shelby Talmadge reflect on what it was like to leave their office jobs for a weed farm.

Abandon Ship

In the early 1970s, the Wilcox family decided to sail around the world on a 40-foot sailboat. All was going well until they hit a reef off the coast of Fiji that tore a giant whole in their ship. Garth Wilcox, who was just 14 at the time of the shipwreck, remembers how that fateful day changed everything for his family.

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