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March 31, 2015 - 5:01 pm

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Coal & Oil in the Northwest

Smoke stacks at Coal Power Plant

April 24, 2015 - 11:17 pm

Wednesday, April 20th is Earth Day. This week we get Northwest perspectives on how the coal and oil industry affects us all. Guests include:

  • Meg Matthews,  spokesperson for Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign. Information at
  • Rebecca Ponzio, Oil Campaign Director for the Washington Environmental Council. More info at
  • Jewell James,  Coal Manager of the Lummi Sovereignty and Treaty Protection Office. Visit for more information
  • Robin Everett,  Sierra Club organizer.  More at


91.3 KBCS acoustic showcase sponsored by UFCW 21 at Northwest Folklife


April 23, 2015 - 2:11 pm

Don’t miss the 91.3 KBCS acoustic showcase sponsored by UFCW 21 at Northwest Folklfe, Sunday, May 24, 1p, featuring Eleni Mandell, Bhi Bhiman and Gabriel Teodros.

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Phone Volunteers needed in May and June

April 22, 2015 - 9:26 am

KBCS is listener-supported, public radio. The vast majority of our operating budget comes directly from listeners. To raise that support, we hold on-air membership drives each year, as well as year-round membership relations. We are always in need of volunteers to help answer phones and take pledges during pledge drives. Sign up for volunteer shifts

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Top Ten April 13th – 19th:

Weekly Top Ten

April 20, 2015 - 1:09 pm

  1. Sam Lewis Waiting On You (Brash)
  2. Lila Downs Balas y Chocolate (Sony)
  3. Pharis & Jason Romero A Wanderer I’ll Stay (Lula)
  4. Mark Knopfler Tracker (Verve)
  5. D’Angelo & The Vanguard Black Messiah (RCA)
  6. Pokey LaFarge Something In The Water (Rounder)
  7. Calexico Edge Of The Sun (Anti)
  8. Rhiannon Giddens Tomorrow Is My Turn (Nonesuch)
  9. The Mighty Mocambos Showdown (Légère)
  10. Kitty, Daisy & Lewis The Third (Sunday Best)

Past Top Ten

Live from the KBCS living room: Kris Delmhorst

April 20, 2015 - 8:14 am

Levy Reform is a Civil Rights Issue

The Legislative Building of the Washington State Capitol, Olympia. The Legislative Building of the Washington State Capitol, Olympia.

April 17, 2015 - 8:00 am

Calling it a civil rights issue, Washington Public Schools Superintendent Randy Dorn urges lawmakers to make changes so that school districts aren’t as reliant on local levies. In this raw video, Dorn explains why levy reform is just as important as new education funding, for the legislature to comply with the State Supreme Court McCleary

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Hello and farewell

Arpana Sangamithra

April 16, 2015 - 12:00 pm

Sonic Traveler with DJ Spektra, featuring ambient, jazz and trance rhythms from around the world, is moving to Wednesday evenings from 9-11pm. Sonic Traveler replaces The Spice Route, whose host has taken leave from KBCS.

The Spice Route host Arpana Sangamithra filled our lives with the music of South Asia, and we will miss her presence and talents a great deal.

The Spice Route was our weekly musical journey through the diverse musical landscape of the Indian sub-continent. Listeners have tuned in from all over the world to hear everything from classical Carnatic music and mellow ghazals.

“I have hosted Spice Route for nearly 8 years and it has brought be tremendous joy, peace and fulfillment. However, the time has come for me to hang my headphones and bid adieu to the airwaves. Thank you to all the amazing listeners, friends, co-hosts, other show hosts and my incredible subs! I will always love you!! May your life be filled with music and love!” – Arpana

The Spice Route playlists and two-week audio archive are available here.


Hawai`i Radio Connection live broadcast and open house

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April 15, 2015 - 11:07 am

91.3 KBCS is thrilled to open our doors to the public for a live broadcast and open house on Saturday, May 2nd. Please join us for Hawaiian music, BBQ and fun. Please RSVP to this event by Friday, April 24th.  

Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG – Tuesday, May 5th

GiveBIG logo

April 15, 2015 - 10:52 am

The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG campaign is a great way to increase the value of your donation to KBCS. Each credit or debit card donation made to KBCS through The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG website , will receive a portion of the Seattle Foundation’s matching funds (or “stretch”) pool. The more money we raise, the more KBCS will receive

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Wild Foods

Courtesy of Leslie Seaton Courtesy of Leslie Seaton

April 13, 2015 - 11:43 am

Wild foods and food foraging are gaining popularity on restaurant menus and lifestyle pages. This series features perspectives on wild foods, from native food sovereignty and sustainable foraging, to how to eat your weeds. Episode 1 – Muckleshoot tribe traditional food and medicine program manager, Valerie Segrest shares cultural perspective on our relationship with our

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