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The KBCS Year-End Fund Drive is On!


December 6, 2016 - 7:14 pm

Now is the time to make your year-end, tax deductible donation! KBCS is your source for civil conversations, independent journalism, and the music that connects us. It’s more important than ever to support the programs you rely on.  When you donate today, your gift can also provide meals to our charitable partner, Northwest Harvest!

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KBCS 2016 Elections Coverage

photo by litherland photo by litherland

October 7, 2016 - 10:30 am

KBCS brings you local elections coverage: unique and essential conversations about Washington ballot measures, and interviews with local candidates. Tune in to 91.3 starting at 7am Monday, and visit our Elections 2016 page to find audio and extra content.

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DAPL Construction Impacts On A Local Sioux Member

courtesy of Leslie Peterson courtesy of Leslie Peterson

December 7, 2016 - 11:47 am

Local Standing Rock Sioux tribal member, Kyle Shierbeck shares how his family was directly impacted by the Dakota Access Pipeline construction project. Here’s KBCS Contributing Producer, Esther Little Dove John speaking with Shierbeck in the KBCS Studios. Photo courtesy of Leslie Peterson

How Some Electors Plan to Block Trump’s Presidency


December 7, 2016 - 11:40 am

KBCS producer and Presidential Elector Esther Little Dove John, spoke with fellow elector Bret Chiafalo from Washington’s second congressional district. Chiafalo is part of the Hamilton Electors, and begins the conversation explaining who the Hamilton Electors are. This interview took place last Friday.

Flag Burning and First Amendment Rights

courtesy of the BBC courtesy of the BBC

December 6, 2016 - 11:32 am

Last week, President Elect Donald Trump tweeted that people who burn flags should lose their citizenship or go to jail. We explore the history of flag burning and 1st amendment rights. University of Washington Professor of History, Bill Rorabaugh shares a little history of flag burning with KBCS Producer, Angie Voyles Askham

Local Tulalip/Swinomish Member’s Experiences at Standing Rock

courtesy of Leslie Peterson courtesy of Leslie Peterson

December 5, 2016 - 1:15 pm

The Protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline ended in triumph over the weekend. We now turn to a personal story from Matika Wilbur, a northwest tribal member who was called to Standing Rock by the Sioux nation just a few months ago. KBCS Reporter Esther Dove John has more. photo courtesy of Leslie Peterson

Seattle Women’s March Against Hate


December 5, 2016 - 1:00 pm

Over a thousand women marched against hate of any kind on Seattle’s Capitol Hill on Saturday, December 3rd, 2016. KBCS reporter, Casey Martin has more.

Music of the Moment – December


December 2, 2016 - 3:34 pm

Here are five albums we’re loving right now. Check them out!

Y La Bamba – Ojos Del Sol
Frightnrs – Nothing More to Say
Karen Jonas – Country Songs
Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
Dizzy Gillespie & Friends

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Experiencing The Segregated Bus System

Author and poet, Georgia McDade on the bus. Author and poet, Georgia McDade on the bus.

December 1, 2016 - 11:48 am

61 years ago on December 1st, Rosa Parks, a black seamstress was arrested in Montgomery Alabama for refusing to give up her seat to a white man on a city bus. The incident sparked a year-long boycott of the buses by blacks, leading to the end of segregated buses in the south. Next, we hear

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The 1876 Electoral College Controversy

courtesy of Esther Little Dove John courtesy of Esther Little Dove John

November 30, 2016 - 8:39 am

The electoral college is under scrutiny this election year, as they have the final say of who will be President of the United States. The state electors cast their votes on December 19th. Washington state elector, Esther Little Dove John shares another moment in US history when the controversy around an election brought about devastating

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The Korean War – The First Desegregated Modern U.S. War

Photo courtesy of Mark K Photo courtesy of Mark K

November 11, 2016 - 1:38 pm

The Korean War, often referred to as the Forgotten War, has a significant place in history. It marked the first time in modern America that many black soldiers fought alongside their white counterparts. In 1950 the military was segregated which changed by the end of the war. Local retired captain Clifford Donnelly talks about his

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“Not My President” – Seattle’s Protest


November 11, 2016 - 1:15 pm

Since the results of Tuesday’s election, thousands took to the streets across the country. In Seattle, protesters walked from downtown Seattle to the University of Washington campus.  KBCS Producer Casey Martin captured some perspectives from Wednesday night’s gatherings. photos: courtesy of Casey Martin