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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Four states, 12 children, one sperm donor and a special bond

Every year, eight families meet up in California with their collective 12 children for a vacation. They all used the same sperm donor to get pregnant and found each other on a donor sibling registry.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Did you know there is a national park in Seattle's Pioneer Square neighborhood?

Of the country's 417 national parks, only 69 of them are traditional parks with mountains, trees and streams. The vast majority are historical learning centers, places like The White House and the Statue of Liberty. Pioneer Square boasts its own national park staffed with uniformed park rangers.

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Seattle board game company is tapping into pop culture & a renewed love of analog gaming

Seattle board game company Forrest-Pruzan recently came out with a very popular Bob Ross board game and a Choose your Own Adventure game is on the way. Learn how they create board games from start to finish and become a play tester.

Socialist calls out Kshama Sawant

A socialist is calling for Kshama Sawant to resign.

Monday, May 07, 2018

Seattle's own Kenny G talks music and food with Rachel Belle. Oh, and he didn't invent the Frappuccino!

Saxophone player Kenny G went to Seattle's Franklin High School, where he played in the jazz band. He chatted with Rachel Belle for her podcast, Your Last Meal.

Thursday, May 03, 2018

The creation of a Seattle immigrant-run food market depends on 100,000 people donating a dollar each

A non-profit called MarketShare wants to turn the top floor of Seattle's King Street Station into a food hall, featuring 8-10 food stalls run by immigrant cooks. It just launched a fundraising campaign to get 100,000 people to raise $100,000.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

A new travel company for people who want to go phone and technology free

Off The Grid travel takes your phone away on the first day of your trip. In exchange you get a watch, a camera, a journal and an adventure with other like-minded unplugged travelers.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Singer/Songwriter Linda Perry's last meal + how sound can affect taste

4 Non Blondes frontwoman and Songwriter Hall of Famer, Linda Perry, doesn't care about food. She's all about music. So Rachel Belle interviews an Oxford professor who has studied how sound and music can influence the taste of food.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

A decade after her death, Edith Macefield's Ballard house will be restored

Edith Macefield made international headlines in 2006 when she turned down a million dollar offer from developers to bulldoze her house so they could build a new shopping center in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood. Over the last 10 years, the house has deteriorated, but it still stands, and a developer is finally going to restore it and put it to good use.

Monday, April 16, 2018

The quietest place in the lower 48 is right here in western Washington

It's near impossible to find a silent place in the United States, void of overhead plane noise. But there's one spot in western WA that is free of man made sounds, and heavy on the natural ones.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Get over the 'awkward silence' and socialize in silence

Most humans are afraid of silence. We listen to music when we shower, podcasts while we run, TV while we eat. When a conversation briefly lulls, we call it "awkward silence" and fill it in with bits of unnecessary chatter. Journalist Greta Moran likes to spend time with friends in silence.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Native American cuisine and ancestral traditions in the kitchen at Tulalip Casino

At Blackfish, a seafood restaurant in Tulalip, cooks prepare salmon the traditional tribal way. They also train staff to understand traditional tribal beliefs, like: an angry chef will transfer anger into the food.

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Seattle's Larsen's bakery has been baking smorkage for 44 years, a family tradition for Seattle writer Lindy West

The latest guest on Rachel Belle's podcast Your Last Meal is Seattle based New York Times writer, and author of the book "Shrill," Lindy West. West's last meal includes smorkage from Larsen's Bakery. Mr Larsen says they're the only bakery in the US that makes the Danish pastry.

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

What the voices of Mariners baseball eat on the road

Mariners baseball voices Rick Rizzs, Shannon Drayer and recently retired executive producer Kevin Cremin travel to 80 cities, about 120 days a year. In their travels they've discovered some of the country's best restaurants. They share their favorites.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Forest Bathing is a walking meditation that connects you with nature

Cascadia Forest Therapy's Michael Stein-Ross takes groups of people into the forest for three hour forest bathing sessions. Participants will hardly walk a mile but will use all their senses to connect with nature.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Keep recycling: rumor that King County doesn't actually recycle your plastics is false

Much of the United States' recyclables are sent to China. But in June, China started refusing many materials, leaving some to believe that the plastics you put in your recycling bin aren't actually being recycled.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

New Mariners menu includes Din Tai Fung dumplings, lobster rolls and Frito Pie

Every year, since Seattle chef and restaurateur Ethan Stowell started consulting with Safeco Field eight years ago, a new menu is announced before baseball season. Here's the latest lineup for your tastebuds to enjoy.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

A breast cancer vaccine is being tested on women at UW Medicine Cancer Vaccine Institute

The UW Medicine Cancer Vaccine Institute is testing a breast cancer vaccine on breast cancer survivors, with the hope the disease will never come back.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Did Gov. Jay Inslee leak the name for Seattle's possible new NHL team?

During a statement about proposed high speed rail between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., Gov. Jay Inslee  referred to the city's potential new hockey franchise as the "Totems" when talking about how fast trains would boost a potential hockey rivalry between the two countries.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

A mother speaks out after she and a Tacoma Girl Scout were threatened by an armed man while selling cookies

Last weekend, an 11 year old Girl Scout and her mother were selling cookies outside a Tacoma Fred Meyer when two men tried to rob them at gunpoint.