Getting There: Sound Effect, Episode 195 | KNKX

Getting There: Sound Effect, Episode 195

Nov 16, 2019

This week on Sound Effect, “Getting There” — stories of what happens along the way. First, we hear a serendipitous story about a veteran and a training map of a small Washington town. Then, we learn about a legendary punk rock riot on a ferry in 1987. We meet a doctor facing death who wants to teach other doctors how to deliver bad news. A young person happens upon an obscure printing press in Olympia, and develops an unexpected friendship with the woman who runs it. Finally, we hear an indie-rock essay about aging. 


When he was in the Army, there was a particular map that was just burned into John Millard’s memory. It was what he and most other soldiers for decades used to learn navigation. Then, years later, his wife found their new house, and John unexpectedly found himself inside the map. Listen to this story from Sound Effect producer Posey Gruener.


In 1987, and there was a big punk show in Bremerton. Afterward a bunch of kids piled onto the Kitsap Ferry, all pumped up. It was the ferry’s last sailing of the night. Among the crowd of punk rockers were a few off-duty cops, and one very drunk woman. Things… got out of hand. Even 30 years later, people are still telling the story. Sound Effect’s Posey Gruener talked to a few of them. Here’s the tale, told as they remember it.


This story starts in a familiar situation — a young person unsure of what to do next. But that all changes when she happens upon an obscure printing press in Olympia, and meets the woman who runs it. Sound Effect contributor Rob Smith brings us the story of a friendship that blossomed between the two — even as it moved implacably toward a final farewell.


Dr. Ron Naito has advanced pancreatic cancer. He recently stopped chemotherapy because it wasn’t helping anymore, and he’s getting palliative care at home.

Dr. Naito says his doctor delivered the grim diagnosis in a manner that was evasive and timid. It made the dying man want nothing more than to teach other doctors the right way to give bad news. Sound Effect host Gabriel Spitzer traveled to Portland to talk to him about it.


Carrie Goodwin plays bass for the Seattle-based band Great Grandpa, and she also happens to be a nursing student. In her song “Rosalie,” Goodwin introduces us to someone losing her grip on life — and maybe gets us a little closer to wrapping our brains around our common fate.

She caught up with Sound Effect contributor Allie Ferguson to dissect the song, and talk about the intersection of nursing and art.