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February 17, 2017 - 9:35 am

Discover unique and essential conversations about the people who make up our community. Explore local social issues, navigate your commute, and explore simple ideas that will help you make the world a better place. The KBCS audio ideas archive is just a click away.

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Nature: Dark-eyed Junco

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June 21, 2017 - 11:47 am

Find out more about the sights and sounds of one species of bird in our area, the Dark-eyed Junco in this KBCS nature segment. KBCS’s Yuko Kodama speaks with Ed Dominguez, Audubon Lead Naturalist in Seattle’s Seward Park, about the beautiful small sparrow bird.

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Interview With Musician Naomi Wachira

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June 21, 2017 - 11:47 am

Naomi Wachira is a Kenyan-American music artist living in Yakima today. KBCS’s Sonya Green asked Wachira about her approach to music at our studios a few years ago. Also included in this segment is Naomi Wachira’s new release “Heart of a Man”. Naomi Wachira will be performing at SoFar in Seattle on June 29th.

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Nature: Why Birds Sing

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June 21, 2017 - 10:15 am

What are those birds singing about? Find out as KBCS’s Yuko Kodama talks with Ed Dominguez, Audubon Lead Naturalist, in Seattle’s Seward Park. They discuss the different types of songs that birds sing as well as their motivation for singing.

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Jimi Hendrix Park: Now Open in Seattle

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June 20, 2017 - 9:39 pm

The grand opening of Seattle’s new Jimi Hendrix Park happened earlier this month. Conversations about dedicating the park to the guitar legend started 11 years ago. KBCS’s Yuko Kodama spoke with Maisha Barnett, Project Manager for the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation, about the new park.

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Unmute the Commute: Rainier Ave, 1.5 Accidents a Day. No More.

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June 19, 2017 - 1:59 pm

Do you know what the most dangerous street in all of Seattle is? Chances are you’re thinking of Aurora, or maybe Lake City Way. But you may be surprised to learn that it’s Rainier Ave S. And, you may be even more surprised to learn how extensive the problem is – on average, there are 1.5 traffic collisions each day on Rainier Ave S. On today’s Unmute the Commute, this is Part 1 in a 2-part series. Today, walk with us down Rainier Ave. Produced by Hebah Fisher.

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Electric Rail Trains: New Proposals for Renewable Energy

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June 19, 2017 - 9:59 am

Is is possible for electric rail trains to transport freight and distribute renewable energy? YES! Magazine senior editor Stephen Miller has been looking into new proposals for a nationwide electric rail. He speaks with YES! Magazine’s Susan Gleason about the concept being promoted by a local organization on Vashon Island.

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What is Sharia?: Sounds from the Anti-Sharia Protest and its Counter-Protest

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June 13, 2017 - 3:04 pm

The anti-Sharia protest and its counter-protest in downtown Seattle on Saturday was a face-off of a smaller group of anti-Sharia protestors and a colorful and loud, larger group of counter-protesters. Between the two groups was a zone of about 50 feet lined with  rows of  police.  It was a noisy affair with counter-protestors blaring horns and the sound of a train whistle.  Listen to our series on what Sharia is, as shared by the people who attend the protest and counter-protest.

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Nature: Great Blue Heron Nesting

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June 13, 2017 - 9:04 am

Find out more about Seattle’s official city bird, the Great Blue Heron, and their nesting habits in this KBCS nature segment. KBCS’s Yuko Kodama talks to Ed Dominguez, Audubon Lead Naturalist in Seattle’s Seward Park, as they visit a Great Blue Heron rookery.

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Unmute the Commute: Ramadan Stories

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June 12, 2017 - 6:43 pm

Ramadan, the month where Muslims fast, is May-June this year. For this week’s Unmute the Commute, we tagged along with some fasting Muslims for their daily commute to the mosque for dinner and prayers. Produced by Hebah Fisher. Unmute the Commute is a weekly series highlighting commuter stories, supported in part by King County Metro’s

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Alaska’s Renewable Energy Potential

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June 8, 2017 - 10:07 am

In traditionally conservative Alaska, renewable energy is on the rise. YES! Magazine senior editor Stephen Miller visited Alaska recently, and found a surge in progressive politics. YES! Magazine’s Susan Gleason speaks with Miller to find out more.

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