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Songs of Wao


August 27, 2015 - 7:18 pm

The songwriters of Bushwick Book Club are back with a new season of inspiring, literary concerts. It kicks off September 25th at Dusty Strings with an evening of original songs inspired by the Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz.

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Top Ten August 17th – 23rd:

Weekly Top Ten

August 24, 2015 - 11:23 am

  1. Melody Gardot  Currency Of Man  (Verve)
  2. Jason Isbell  Something More Than Free  (Southeastern)
  3. Leon Bridges  Coming Home  (Columbia)
  4. Galactic   Into The Deep  (Provogue)
  5. The Milk Carton Kids  Monterey  (Anti)
  6. Watkins Family Hour  Watkins Family Hour  (Independent)
  7. Who Is John Smith  Go To Fly  (Independent)
  8. The Deslondes  The Deslondes  (New West)
  9. Amy Helm  Didn’t It Rain  (eOne)
  10. The Nightowls  Fame Sessions  (Nine Mile)

Past Top 10

Best-of Thom Hartmann this week

Thom Hartmann Program - Blog

August 20, 2015 - 9:29 am

Thom Hartmann Program is moving to a new facility. Until they get their new studios up and running they will be airing encore broadcasts.

Phone Volunteers needed in September


August 14, 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 on our page.

Aging – KBCS Weekly Series


August 12, 2015 - 11:05 am

According to the 2013 national census, people over 65 made up 14% of our population. And it’s no secret that this population is growing rapidly. This week, KBCS explores ageing. Monday and Tuesday According to Census data, The over-65 population is expected to grow to 20% by 2030. Seattle centenarian, Isidore Starr shares how he

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Music of the Moment for August 2015

Close Up Needle on Record

July 31, 2015 - 1:00 pm

5 new releases every music fan should check out:

1. Joan Shelley  Over and Even  (No Quarter) – I like Catherine Irwin’s description of Joan’s voice “she lands on a note like a laser beam on a diamond. Colors fly around the room, and her voice bends between them.” This Kentucky native creates timeless folk music that is so beautiful, it’ll stop you in your tracks, just so you can completely enjoy the essence of its beauty.

2. Watkins Family Hour Watkins Family Hour  (independent) – 13 years ago Sean & Sara started a monthly residency at an LA music club. Various artists would drop in and play with them and over the years such luminaries as Greg Leisz, Don Heffington, Benmont Tench and Sabastian Steinberg became an integral part of the “family”. This album captures their pure joy of creating music together. The songs are mostly in the Country/Americana vein but aren’t completely polished up to perfection, so you can still hear the dust on the record.

3. Shelby Lynne I Can’t Imagine (Rounder) – Her 13th album finds Shelby continuing to merge her musical influences -  Southern Soul, Crescent City R&B and California Country – all brought together by her pop sensibility. Well written songs, exquisitely sung and produced, there is much to appreciate on this release.

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Seattle and Affordable Housing


July 30, 2015 - 3:13 pm

The Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) rolled out earlier this month.  Since then, a lot buzzes around Seattle’s proposed zoning changes, tenant’s rights and interests and access to home ownership. This week’s series looks at some background on the HALA  report and on Seattle’s movement for rent control. Episode 1, 2 & 3 - Jonathan Grant

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