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Episode 6: Getting Creative


There’s a bunch of psychological research out there that suggests constraints — having your choices limited — actually promotes creativity. 

And we’re all seeing now how being stuck at home, or losing your job, or having your kids out of school — it sucks, but it can also nudge us to find innovative solutions.

Today we have a bunch of stories of how people are adapting to this less-than-ideal situation. 

We start with a group of 20-somethings with an invention, which they have quickly repurposed into a device to help people stop touching their face. 

We meet a latter-day town crier— an out-of-work chef who, for $1, will ride his bike to the Tacoma location of your choosing and shout your message to someone. 

We find out how local artists are keeping live music alivein the era of social distancing, and hear about the most awkward moment in every live-streamed concert. 

We’ll hear how a Puyallup-based nonprofitturned on a dime to become a bustling mask-sewing assembly line

We meet a florist who decided to give free flowersto local businesses, as an enticement for customers. 

And we visit what may be Seattle’s first socially-distanced dance party.

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Gabriel Spitzer is a former KNKX reporter, producer and host who covered science and health and worked on the show Sound Effect.