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Ed Ronco

All Things Considered Host

Ed Ronco came to KNKX in October 2013 as producer and reporter for KNKX’s Morning Edition. Ed started in public radio in 2009 at KCAW in Sitka, Alaska, where he covered everything from city government, to education, crime, science, the arts and more. Prior to public radio, Ed worked in newspapers, including four years at the South Bend (Ind.) Tribune, where he covered business, then politics and government.

Ed grew up in Wyandotte, Mich., a suburb of Detroit, and earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University.

Ways to Connect

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Editor's note: This segment originally aired on Aug. 7, 2014.

India is a natural wonderland and also host to some of the world’s busiest cities. Its 1.3 billion people make it the second most populous country on Earth, and it’s second only to the United States for the number of people who speak English.

How Immigrant Rights Plays Into May Day

Apr 30, 2018
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Immigrants in Seattle have many of the same concerns as workers in general -- affordable housing and good jobs. But they also have unique concerns -- discrimination from the general public and increased attention from law enforcement.

Tacoma Concert Band Founder and Conductor Retires

Apr 26, 2018
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Robert Musser is passionate about music. His eyes light up as he talks about a passage that gives him chills. His voice fills with emotion as he describes his career as an educator and conductor.

 

It’s April in Paris, and the chestnuts really are in blossom, reports KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley.

He says the spring and the fall are the best times to visit the capital of France.

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Editor’s note: This segment originally aired on March 26, 2015.

Both KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley and KNKX All Things Considered​ host Ed Ronco love British Columbia. Certainly the nearby destinations of Victoria and Vancouver are worth a quick weekend trip (or more, if you want).

But taking a little more time can lead you deeper into the province, where you’ll find some real gems. Here are three of our recommendations:

The former Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau sits about an hour west of Krakow.
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Krakow, Poland, boasts plenty for a traveler to see. There are museums and opportunities to take in the arts. There are festivals, concerts, art exhibits and more.

But many visitors to Krakow also make time to see a sobering and solemn reminder of one of history’s darkest events: The Holocaust.

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Opposition groups are applauding an announcement from Kinder Morgan Canada. The oil giant has put expansion of its Trans Mountain Pipeline on hold until the end of May as the company seeks clarity on a path forward.

A King County Metro RapidRide B Line bus approaches.
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If you ride King County Metro’s RapidRide bus lines, you might have seen fare enforcement officers in action. They sometimes board the long buses, checking to make sure people have paid their due.

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Editor’s note: This segment originally aired on May 28, 2015.

Travel over long distances can wear you out. As anyone who’s flown a great distance can tell you, the sudden change in time zones can wreak havoc on your body. KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley has been almost every continent on the planet and has a lot of experience fighting off jet lag. Here's his advice.

A boat enters the channel leading from Lake Michigan to Round Lake, in Charlevoix, Mich., where Ed spent some time last summer. KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley says to begin your search for summer plans by talking to friends.
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The arrival of spring has KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley thinking ahead to summer. He's already planning where he'll go with his family when the weather turns warm. 

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At the top of the Reichstag building is the Käfer Dachgarten, a fine dining restaurant with open air seating overlooking all of Berlin.

KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley had lunch there on his last trip to Germany and spoke with manager Mario Novak.

Dunn Gardens

From time to time, our weekly travel segment "Going Places" likes to highlight getaways that are nearby -- opportunities to escape your routine and "travel" somewhere without having to go a great distance. This week, we're staying in Seattle.

Don't Be A 'Trophy Hunter' While You're On Vacation

Mar 8, 2018
Seeing the sights is nice. But sometimes a vacation's best memories come from taking time to stop and just look around.
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Editor’s note: This is episode of “Going Places” was originally broadcast on June 12, 2014.

Here’s how not to do it: 8 a.m.: breakfast, 9 a.m.: Eiffel Tower, 10 a.m.: Arc de Triomphe, 12 p.m.: lunch in nearby café, 12:30 p.m.: Louvre, 3 p.m.: Notre Dame, and so on.

That's too much, too fast, says KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley.

Sea-Tac Airport has pre-conditioned air at all of its gates. A pipe on the jet bridge connects to a hose, which connects to parked aircraft.
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With millions of passengers coming and going each year, Sea-Tac International Airport operates like a small city. That means it also has a significant impact on the environment.

The last time an editorial appeared on the front page of The Seattle Times, Teddy Roosevelt was president, World War I hadn’t happened yet, and Pike Place Market was a year old.

It was 1908, and The Times was trying to shame Seattle’s well-heeled into putting money into the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, planned for the next year.

It worked.

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Three new airlines begin flying to Sea-Tac International Airport later this year.

Air France returns in March with service to Paris after a nearly six-year hiatus. Aer Lingus starts flying from Seattle to Dublin in May, which is also when the Thomas Cook Airline will begin offering a flight to Manchester, England.

But getting those airlines to set up service can be complicated. KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley turned to Mike Ehl, director of operations at Sea-Tac, for some insight. 

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Editor’s Note: This is the first of a three-part report.

Mid-morning at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport: All throughout the entrance hall, passengers are figuring out how to check in and drop off their bags. Pilots and flight crew are moving with purpose toward security checkpoints, and the public address system repeats its message not to leave any of your belongings unattended, thank you very much.

In Cape Town, locals fill containers at a source for natural spring water, on Feb. 2. The drought-hit city introduced new water restrictions.
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KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley calls Cape Town, South Africa, his favorite place on the planet. He’s led many trips there over his years of guiding group tours.

But right now the city faces a serious water crisis. Some news reports say Cape Town could run out of fresh water as early as mid-April, though that date – Day Zero, as it’s being called – seems to be moving later in the year as locals heed warnings to conserve.

Brumley called his friend and fellow guide Brian Nel, in Cape Town, for the view from the ground.

Travel Changes Us, And That's Usually A Good Thing

Feb 1, 2018
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Travelers often bring back souvenirs – maybe a T-shirt or a piece of art from an open-air marketplace.

But KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley says the best souvenirs are things you can’t necessarily stick on a shelf. Travel exposes us to new music, new food, new people and new ideas. And it often changes us.

People ride bikes in Amsterdam.
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Editor's note: This segment originally aired on Jan. 30, 2014. It's one of the very earliest "Going Places" segments we did. But the advice is timeless.

So you go on vacation and your guide says he knows the best place to get leather jackets in Madrid. Or the best restaurant in all of London. Or maybe he’s getting a kickback from the business in exchange for shepherding tourists through the front door, says KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley.

What’s Wrong With That?

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The National Art Schools in Havana have been at the center of Cuba’s changing history. Established as part of the utopia Fidel Castro and Che Guevara wanted to create, it was later nationalized in the mid-1960s, when art was seen as an extravagance Cuba could not afford.

Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech 55 years ago this August, in Washington, D.C.
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An educator who travels the country leading tough conversations about race is speaking Tuesday evening in Tacoma. Eddie Moore Jr. travels the country leading tough conversations about race. His talk tonight is titled “Dr. Martin Luther King: Why Keep Dreaming?”

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Port of Seattle officials say they’re taking greater steps to address human trafficking. That includes a public awareness campaign at Sea-Tac Airport.

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Editor’s note: This is an encore presentation of a Going Places episode that originally aired on Dec. 10, 2015.

Winter in the Northwest is famously gray and drizzly. And that causes many of us to look for a temporary reprieve. KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley says how far you travel to find it depends entirely on what you’re looking for.

 

Cold Sunshine

Sometimes, all we need is a little sunshine. If that’s the case, you’re in luck, Brumley says. Here are some nearby recommendations.

Bathing With A Couple Hundred People In Budapest

Jan 4, 2018
A peek inside one of the pools at the Rudas Baths in Budapest.
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This time of year, the Danube River is about 40 degrees Fahrenheit as it flows through Hungary. But right next to the Danube, in Budapest, are some much warmer waters that get well above 100 degrees.

Missed Your Flight Connection? Here's A Silver Lining

Dec 28, 2017
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Editor's note: This is an encore presentation of a "Going Places" episode. It originally aired on March 31, 2016, but we thought it might be particularly timely given the holiday travel season. 

“I hope I miss my flight sometimes.”

Not words you expect to hear from a flyer as frequent as KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley. But he's a huge fan of layovers, including those that begin when the pilot comes on and announces a flight delay before takeoff.

Alaska Airlines planes, near the gates at Sea-Tac Airport, on Dec. 14. Airport officials have advice for smooth travel during the holiday rush.
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Believe it or not, the holidays are not the busiest time of year at Sea-Tac Airport. That distinction belongs to the summer. (Who wouldn’t want to be here in the summer?)

But holiday travel volumes are nothing to sneeze at if you’re an airport manager. Between Dec. 15 and Jan. 2, Sea-Tac Airport officials expect 2.5 million passengers to move through the facility.

So what’s a busy traveler to do?

The Estates Theatre in Prague is one of Europe's oldest.
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The Estates Theatre in Prague is one of Europe's oldest. Sitting in the heart of Prague’s old town, it’s a long building, with a towering façade held up by Corinthian columns.

Today it hosts theater, opera and ballet. But it’s been operating since 1783.  

“There are only two theaters in Europe that have been operating like this,” said Marketa Halirova, a singer and music teacher. “One is in Austria and the other is here in Prague.”

Zack Willhoite, left, and Jim Hamre died in Monday's derailment of an Amtrak train near DuPont. Both were active in organizations that promoted passenger rail travel.
Photos provided by Pierce Transit; Rail Passengers Association / via Associated Press

Authorities have confirmed three deaths in Monday’s Amtrak derailment near DuPont. On Tuesday, the public learned the identities of two of those people.

Zack Willhoite was 35. He worked in customer service at Pierce Transit. James Hamre was 61, and a retired civil engineer. They were on the inaugural run of Amtrak’s new route between Seattle and Portland because they were rail enthusiasts.

Mauritius offers a diversity of cultures, languages, cuisines and activities.
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If you go to Africa, and venture out to Madagascar, then keep going east, you’ll find a small island nation called Mauritius. About 1.3 million people live here, and it’s often held up as an example of a peaceful, diverse paradise.

This week on “Going Places,” KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley speaks with Avi Erish. They met recently while they both were working aboard a river cruise in Europe. Erish grew up in Mauritius and is part of the country’s Hindu majority.

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