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Bug In The System: Sound Effect Episode 119

Colorized scanning electron micrograph of Escherichia coli, grown in culture and adhered to a cover slip.

This week on Sound Effect, stories of bugs in the system. We first head to the Burke Museum where baby beetles eat away at the flesh of dead animals, down to the bone, so scientists can have a clean specimen. Next, we talk to one of the best known food safety attorneys in the world about how his career took shape. Then we hear from a cyber-security expert about what went wrong in a huge disaster in Bellingham. Also, you may not have known that flea circuses are “real”, but we’ll visit one that exists in the Wallingford neighborhood. We’ll also talk to an assistant research professor at Washington State University that heads up the only bee sperm bank in the world. And finally, we meet a Gig Harbor man who makes bugs for props to be used in Hollywood movies.

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

Kevin Kniestedt is a journalist, host and producer who began his career at KNKX in 2003. Over his 17 years with the station, he worked as a full time jazz host, a news host and produced the weekly show Sound Effect. Kevin has conducted or produced hundreds of interviews, has won local and national awards for newscasts and commentary.