SoundQs is a podcast fueled by listener curiosity and answers questions about Seattle and the Puget Sound region.

What’s in that giant government warehouse near Sand Point?
Jul 11 • 16 min
It’s a giant, block-long building surrounded by a chain-link fence. To the neighbors in this leafy Seattle neighborhood, the place is an enigma. So what’s inside this giant US government warehouse? Is this where documents just go to die?
Why don’t longtime Seattleites jaywalk?
Jul 4 • 18 min
Yes, it’s illegal. But that doesn’t stop residents of other cities from doing it. SoundQs host Deborah Wang teamed up with Record producer Adwoa Gymiah-Brempong and sidewalk artist Peregrine Church to answer this listener question about jaywalking.
Why are dogs allowed in Seattle bars?
Jun 27 • 15 min
Unlike kids, dogs are taken nearly everywhere: restaurant patios, taprooms, even the grocery store.
Crow versus eagle, who wins? And other answers to your animal questions
Jun 20 • 24 min
Here at SoundQs, we get a lot of questions about animals. We’re talking rats, bats, squirrels, crows, opossums, you name it. On this episode, we answer a dozen of your urban wildlife questions.
What are the mental health concerns for international students?
Jun 13 • 15 min
International students face lots of pressures. They have to learn to navigate a new culture and education system, far from family and friends. That led one listener to wonder, what’s the mental health status of international students?
Why does Seattle have so many Sephardic Jews?
Jun 6 • 16 min
Seattle has the third largest Sephardic Jewish community in the United States, according to some estimates.
What is the most humane, cost effective way to end homelessness?
May 30 • 23 min
We know that homelessness is a problem. It’s hard to go anywhere around Seattle without seeing people living outside. And SoundQs listeners have been asking what the region can do better.
Why do so many people live in tents and RVs in Seattle?
May 23 • 22 min
SoundQs listeners have asked us lots of questions about homelessness. In this episode, we try to answer them.
Why is Seattle’s street grid such a disaster?
May 16 • 15 min
You can blame Doc Maynard, Arthur Denny and glaciers.
Why can you hear gunshots at this high school?
May 9 • 17 min
Issaquah High School is like hundreds of other suburban schools around the country. But unlike most of those schools, the campus rings with the sound of gunshots.
What’s life like on Lake Union’s houseboats?
May 2 • 18 min
Seattleites have been living in floating homes for more than 100 years. We visit a floating home community and hear about the excitement of life on the water in this week’s episode of SoundQs.
Seattle is among the worst cities in the U.S. for potholes
Apr 25 • 12 min
A SoundQ’s listener asked why Seattle has so many potholes. So reporter David Hyde set out to learn why. And he discovered potholes are more than a nuisance - they’re also a political talking point and a source of controversial art.
How a hot dog with cream cheese became part of Seattle’s food legacy
Apr 18 • 11 min
Seattle’s foodie reputation wasn’t exactly built on hot dogs. And yet, we still have our own spin – the Seattle dog. It’s a hot dog with grilled onions and cream cheese. The SoundQ’s team finds out how this local take on street food was born.
You have lots of questions about recycling. We have answers
Apr 11 • 10 min
We’ve gotten dozens of SoundQ’s questions about one topic - recycling. So we’re re-running this archive episode with loads of answers, on everything from how to recycle to the global waste market.
How humans and cougars live together
Apr 4 • 26 min
This week, SoundQ’s shares KUOW’s newest podcast, The Wild. Host Chris Morgan tracks down a cougar den and tries to work out how we continue to coexist with cougars.
The mysterious disappearance of the Ballard Locks sea lions
Mar 28 • 16 min
Years ago, sea lions treated the Ballard Locks like an all-you-can-eat salmon buffet. But most of those sea lions are gone now. What happened to those sea lions? The SoundQ’s team investigates.
Why does Seattle have so much public art?
Mar 21 • 12 min
A KUOW listener asked why there’s so much public art in Seattle. Reporter Marcie Sillman travels back in time nearly 50 years to tell the sometimes-fraught story.
There’s no drivers’ test for bicycling. So does anybody really know how to ride?
Mar 14 • 11 min
Does Seattle give bicyclists a free ride on following the rules of the road? SoundQs takes a look at what happens when the paths of pedestrians and cyclists cross.
What do those food safety emojis mean?
Mar 7 • 11 min
Is it safe to eat at restaurants that don’t have a perfect rating?
Will measles outbreak lead to more vaccinations?
Feb 28 • 12 min
We look at how the recent measles outbreak is changing the way people think about vaccinations.
How to complain like a true Seattleite
Feb 21 • 16 min
On this episode of SoundQs, we answer this question posed to us by Seattle listener Suzanne Morrison.
Yes, Seattle, you have an accent
Feb 14 • 9 min
If you grew up in the in the upper left part of the U.S., you probably don’t hear it. But it’s there: a Northwest accent.
The panhandlers dilemma: A priest, a rabbi and an advocate weigh in
Feb 7 • 12 min
To give or not to give? We tackle that dilemma with advice from a priest, a rabbi and an advocate for the homeless.
Thanks potholes! You’re why Seattle roads are some of the worst
Jan 31 • 12 min
They’re everywhere in Seattle. Whether you drive a car, bike or motorcycle you’ve probably encountered them.
Um, why does that boat get priority over Seattle drivers?
Jan 24 • 16 min
We’ll look at why boats take priority over cars when it comes to opening drawbridges.
How Seattle houseboats have managed to stay afloat
Jan 17 • 17 min
We explore the history of houseboats and what makes this community so unique.
Seattle has an over-recycling problem
Jan 10 • 10 min
We take our recycling pretty seriously here in the Pacific Northwest. But are we doing it right? This episode of SoundQs will make you a better recycler.
What will happen to all the debris from the viaduct?
Jan 3 • 12 min
The Viaduct is going to be replaced with a massive underground tunnel. The viaduct closes January 11th and eventually they are going to demolish the whole thing. Which leads us to the question that several of our listeners have asked…. Where will all that…
Are Seattle drivers so bad? Is Tacoma so beta? And are we earthquake ready?
Dec 27, 2018 • 41 min
On this episode of SoundQs, Deborah Wang is joined by Crosscut’s Knute Berger and Officer Kevin O’Neill with the Seattle Police Department.
Do you have tunnel phobia? This podcast is for you
Dec 20, 2018 • 11 min
Scared of driving through a tunnel? You’re not alone. One this episode of SoundQs, we’ll look at tunnel and traffic phobias and what can be done to overcome them.
Test drive: Does weaving through traffic get you there faster?
Dec 13, 2018 • 10 min
In our latest episode of SoundQs, we have the answer to whether weaving gets you from point A to point B faster.
This man is 180 feet off the ground and full of holiday cheer
Dec 6, 2018 • 13 min
How do they get those holiday lights on the construction cranes?
Earthquake! Quick, shelter: school or Space Needle?
Nov 29, 2018 • 13 min
When the big one finally hits Seattle, will the Space Needle topple over? And are Washington state schools ready for a massive earthquake? We’ll answer both of these questions on this week’s episode of SoundQs.
Turkey for Thanksgiving? How about a Seattle Dog instead?
Nov 20, 2018 • 11 min
Happy Thanksgiving! If you’re tired of eating that same old turkey as last year, how about biting into a classic Seattle Dog? The local culinary creation is a hot dog with grilled onions and cream cheese. On this episode of SoundQs, we’ll look at the…
A distracted driving ticket in Washington state is $136. Guess how many are issued
Nov 14, 2018 • 13 min
Meet Trooper Chuck. He’s pulled over the most distracted drivers, staring at their cellphones, than any other state trooper in Washington. 365 drivers in the course of a year. The troopers ticket more than 2000 distracted drivers every month. Please don’t…
Lake Union is busy with all those boats, so how do seaplanes land safely?
Nov 8, 2018 • 10 min
Planes, kayaks, sailboats. How do seaplane pilots find a safe place to land on Lake Union?
Q. Can that water you’re stockpiling in case of emergency go bad?
Nov 1, 2018 • 11 min
You’ve stockpiled your emergency water, but how concerned should you be about those expiration dates? And how much water do experts have in their emergency kits? You might be surprised.
Spooky campaign ads! Can’t we get rid of them?
Oct 31, 2018 • 10 min
Campaigns are spending record amounts of money on ads that border on the ghoulish.
Issaquah shooting range in crosshairs as newcomers move in
Oct 25, 2018 • 13 min
A shooting range next to a middle school? This episode will look at why some in Issaquah think that is completely normal and why others are looking to move the guns.
Death threats. Kidnapping plans. Nothing could stop Ballard’s sea lions
Oct 18, 2018 • 16 min
Douglass McCrea wonders why he is seeing fewer sea lions at the Ballard Locks. We’ll explore the mystery.
Introducing SoundQs
Oct 2, 2018 • 1 min
SoundQs is a new podcast by KUOW launching October 18. We’ll answer your questions, such as what’s the origin of the Seattle dog? Are our schools ready for an earthquake? And did you know there are nude beaches in Seattle?