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Is the Sharing Economy Forcing Americans To Trust Each Other Again? Airbnb, Lyft & Relay Ride Users Say: Yes

With services like Airbnb, Lyft and Relay Rides in the mainstream, Americans are welcoming strangers into their homes and cars, and making a profit off of it. These options are often a cheaper way to travel, and in the process they might be teaching us to trust strangers again.

Save the Wheel-In Motor Movie Drive-In in Port Townsend

The Wheel-In is the last of the remaining Washington state drive-ins that needs to switch over to a digital format. If they don't, they can no longer operate. They're hoping to raise $35,000 through their Kickstarter campaign (ends Sunday morning) so they can keep the 61 year old iconic theater open!

Board Games Are Back, And Seattle's Techies Are Fueling the Movement

Poor board games were clobbered when the video game came on the scene, stealing the attention of kids and teens everywhere. But now the board game is making a comeback, and many of them are being produced by, and with the help of, the tech industry. Meet the inventor of Robot Turtles and the woman who founded Lady Plainswalkers Society, a Magic the Gathering gaming group for women.

Beth's Cafe: Seattle's Favorite 24/7 Greasy Spoon Turns 60

Beth's Cafe, famous for their gut busting 12-egg omelets (the Southwestern is filled with two bowls of chili!), is celebrating 60 years of around-the-clock greasy spoon dining.

Urban Beekeeping on the Rooftop of a Seattle Hotel

Twelve floors up, on the roof of downtown Seattle's Fairmont Olympic Hotel, are five beehives maintained by Gavin Stephenson, the hotel's executive chef and beekeeper. Gavin says the Fairmont was the first place in the city to do rooftop beekeeping and the incentive was purely environmental."Doing the right thing. They're very delicate. You know, the Colony Collapse Disorder and just bee health and pollination is so important to people that I kind of feel responsible. I have five hives here now. I've got seven or eight at home."

A DIY Brain Zapper Can Help With Memory, Creativity, Depression

A trip to Radio Shack and $30 is all you need to build your own TDCS (Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation) device that is said to help improve memory, enhance creativity and stave off depression. Wearing the (completely painless) brain zapping device for 20 minutes a day might be your ticket to improving your quality of life.

Jimi Hendrix's Ex Blasts New Biopic, Says She Wasn't Abused By Him

Jimi Hendrix's ex-girlfriend, Kathy Etchingham, sets the record straight about a new Hendrix biopic by Oscar winning screenwriter John Ridley. She says Hendrix never physically abused her and she finds the film appalling. Also, hear her story about the origin of the song "The Wind Cries Mary."

Death to the Podcast? Patent Trolls Strike Again

Podcasting seems like a generic medium, like TV or radio, but a company called Personal Audio claims it patented the podcast and know it's suing podcaster Adam Carolla, and several networks who run popular podcasts. Carolla plans to fight, and this legal battle could predict the future for podcasters everywhere.

Did Jimi Hendrix Beat His Girlfriend? New Film Says Yes, Seattle Biographer Says No

On opening night of the Seattle International Film Festival, a new Jimi Hendrix biopic titled "Jimi: All is By My Side" was screened. In the film, Jimi violently beats his girlfriend with a telephone, and another time in an alley. But Seattle's Charles R Cross, author of a Jimi Hendrix biography, says the movie is pure lies and we should all be offended by the way the rock star was portrayed.

Drummers: The Smartest Musician in the Band?

After years of stereotypes that drummers are dumb dumbs who just bang sticks around, new research shows that drummers are often smarter than the rest of their bandmates. In fact, rumor has it that Microsoft prefers to hire drummers to work on their operating systems.

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Ring My Belle on KIRO Radio
Tune in to KIRO Radio on Sundays at 3pm for Ring my Belle with Rachel Belle.

Who is Rachel Belle?
Rachel Belle's "Ring My Belle" segment airs Monday-Friday on The Ron & Don Show at 4:37pm and 6:37pm. You can hear "Ring My Belle Weekends" Saturdays at 5:00pm Sundays at 3:00pm. Rachel is a northern California native who loves anything and everything culinary, playing Scrabble, petting cats and performing improv.

Please send Rachel your story ideas, weekend events and taco truck tips!



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