Gabriel Spitzer, knkx public radio

Gabriel Spitzer

knkx public radio

Seattle, WA, United States

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Past articles by Gabriel:


Transmission is a podcast about life at the heart of an epidemic. As the nation copes with the unfolding Coronavirus pandemic, hear what it’s like in the → Read More

This pioneering black, female chemist from Seattle is mostly unknown. Here’s why.

As a young scientist, Alice Ball was brilliant and ambitious, and would go on to bring hope to a category of people condemned to a life of suffering and → Read More

Seattle woman learns her childhood home-away-from-home was really a house of horrors

Advisory: This story contains disturbing material regarding the exploitation of children. Nothing explicit is included, but listener discretion is advised. → Read More

Hear an outrageous tale about food? Better ‘Snopes’ that.

Eating an egg and a banana at the same time can kill you . Some lady found a fried rat in her bucket of chicken. That scone contains the anal secretions of → Read More

How a Homeless Man Helped this Writer Overcome His Fear of the Woods

Olympic National Park, with its temperate rainforests and stunning views, exerts a natural pull on many Pacific Northwesterners. But it repelled Seattle → Read More

100 Years Later, Accordions Are Still Cool

To say Joe Petosa Jr. and his family are into accordions would not be doing them justice. The Petosa Accordion company goes back almost 100 years, when → Read More

Meet The Attorney Behind The Biggest Food Safety Cases

This story originally aired on September 30, 2017.Seattle Attorney Bill Marler is often thought of as a bug…an agitator…an annoyance to the beef and… → Read More

How A House Fire In Alaska And A Doctor In Seattle Forever Changed Medicine In The Northwest

At Harborview Medical Center, it is not uncommon for people to work there for decades. Over time, these individuals whose passion for work is as unwavering → Read More

The Club Where Hospital Staff And Patients Blow Off Steam By Laughing At Nothing

It’s midday on a Tuesday, and people are scattered around the green lawn of Harborview Park, having lunch. Amid their quiet murmurs and the drone of → Read More

Magic, Medicine and Nepalese Yaks: How One Harborview Doctor Found His Calling

Students of Professor Judd Walson often ask him for advice on their career paths and how he became a global health specialist. But Walson didn’t always → Read More

Historian Finds Lessons In The Struggles Of 'Piggle Wiggle' Author

Paula Becker grew up reading the "Mrs. Piggle Wiggle" children's books, and loved the whimsical stories of her uncanny ability to cure children of bad → Read More

Amputees Find Support And Humor At Weekly Gatherings

The day that changed Michael Freeman’s life came about 22 years ago. “I was crushed by an eight-ton truck in a loading dock across the pelvis. They took me → Read More

How Gentrification Is Turning Skyway Into A "Church Mecca"

The rising cost of Seattle real estate isn’t just affecting housing: it’s also bearing down on houses of worship. The tide of rising rents and → Read More

What Makes Opioids So Addictive? The Brain Science Behind the Epidemic

To understand why opioids exert such a powerful pull on human beings, you want to look first to our brains’ natural “happy juice”: endorphins. So says → Read More

A Tale From the Early Days Of Busting Hackers

In the late 90s and early 2000s, a lot of people were still figuring out this whole internet business. As is often the case, way out ahead of the learning → Read More

Meet The Attorney Behind The Biggest Food Safety Cases

Seattle Attorney Bill Marler is often thought of as a bug…an agitator…an annoyance to the beef and poultry industries, and even the companies that grow → Read More

Sound Effect

Sound Effect is your weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place we live. The show is hosted by knkx's Jennifer Wing. Each week's show explores a different theme. Sound Effect is on iTunes. Subscribe to our podcast. Got a story idea? Email us! → Read More

Fred Hutch Scientist Loses Her Sight, But Not Her Vision

Maxine Linial is a virologist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and one of the world's leading researchers on an obscure group of → Read More

Nirvana Vs. Pearl Jam: A Rivalry Created By The Media

When it comes to music, the idea of band rivalries goes back decades. The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones has been a classic matchup that goes back five → Read More

At Age 93, Northwest Music Legend ‘Bonnie Guitar’ Still Gigs Every Weekend

Growing up in Seattle in the 1930s, it was Bonnie Buckingham’s brothers who played the guitar. But Bonnie coveted it, and would take any opportunity to → Read More