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September 12, 2017 - 4:30 pm

The KBCS fall fund drive begins September 22. We need volunteers.

Do you have 2 hours to share with KBCS by taking calls from fellow community radio fans? Join us during our fall fund drive. It’s a fun way to support public media.

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I-27: The Safe Injection Site Ban, and the Initiative’s Counter-lawsuit

September 21, 2017 - 12:22 pm

Faced with a growing opioid epidemic, King County and the City of Seattle have approved two safe injection sites in King County. The Seattle Mayor approved one to be located in Seattle. The location for another is still under discussion. A safe consumption site in our region would be the first in this country. Meanwhile, Speak Out Seattle, a group opposed to safe injection sites, has gathered enough signatures for an initiative banning the proposed sites in King County.

In response to Initiative 27, Protect Public Health has filed a lawsuit seeking to block a public vote on Initiative 27, banning safe injection sites. The lawsuit argues local public-health policy cannot be subject to a veto by citizen initiatives, stating that under state law such decisions are left to local authorities, including the Metropolitan King County Council and the county Board of Health. The lawsuit adds that “voters are in no position to weigh the scientific evidence or understand the impact of vetoing part of a multi-prong response to a local public health crisis.”

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Our Region’s Opioid Crisis

Caleb Banta-Green

September 18, 2017 - 2:48 pm

In January, two safe injection sites were approved for King County. One was approved for Seattle and the location for the other is being discussed.  If the sites are built, they would be the first safe injection sites in the United States. Caleb Banta-Green, Principal Research Scientist at the University of Washington’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute (ADAI), spoke with KBCS’s Yuko Kodama about the opioid epidemic in our area. They discuss the proposed safe heroin injection sites in King County.  The interview refers to an audio series which KBCS aired over the course of the week.  The series was a segments from a podcast produced by Cited out of Vancouver, British Columbia.  The link to this series is here.

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Mexican Independence and September 16th

September 14, 2017 - 2:09 pm

Though Mexican Independence was formalized on September 27 1821, September 16th is celebrated as the awakening of the independence movement.

This Saturday is the 207th anniversary of the Grito De Dolores, or Mexican Independence Day. It’s celebrated in Mexico city with the clanging of a bell as revolutionary hero, Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla rang in 1810.

KBCS’s Yuko Kodama spoke with Seattle University Professor and daughter of migrant workers, Dr. Gabriella Gutierrez y Muhs about the significance of the holiday.

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Safe Heroin Injection Sites

Photo by Travis Lupick

September 11, 2017 - 11:38 am

The debate over safe injection sites in King County is a hot topic. The model for such sites is Insite.  The first such site in North America, it’s located in Vancouver, British Columbia and offers a room with harm reduction supplies and staff who know how to resuscitate people after an overdose.

The podcast, Cited, dives into the story of another type of service,  Vancouver Canada’s Crosstown Clinic.  Here people are actually given government funded, prescription heroin.  Thousands of people visit supervised injection facilities.  The patients at Crosstown are part of a much smaller club.

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Potential Impact of the DACA Repeal

September 8, 2017 - 12:59 pm

The Trump administration recently announced a repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program which shelters young undocumented people who were brought to the U.S. as children, in good standing with the law and who are educated. There are 800,000 of these Dreamers throughout the country and 18,000 of them reside in Washington state.

KBCS’s Yuko Kodama spoke with Community to Community and Detention Watch Network Community organizer and DACA recipient, Jose Manuel Carillo yesterday about how the repeal of the DACA program impacts the national conversation on immigration policy.

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Tele-Town Hall: Impact of DACA Repeal on Washington State

September 7, 2017 - 9:47 am

In response to President Trump terminating DACA, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal will host a tele-town hall on Thursday, September 7 at 5:30 p.m. During the tele-town hall, Jayapal will discuss the impact of DACA on working families in Washington. Constituents are encouraged to call and ask questions. Constituents are encouraged participate in the town hall by

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Mount Rainier’s UFO Clouds

September 1, 2017 - 2:45 pm

Ed Dominguez, Seward Park Audubon Center Lead Naturalist, shares a story about the 1947 UFO sighting at Mount Rainier. KBCS’s Yuko Kodama joins as they discuss how the mountain’s lenticular clouds are sometimes mistaken for UFOs.

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Military Gear and Local Law Enforcement in our Region

Former Seattle Police Chief, Norm Stamper

September 1, 2017 - 2:44 pm

The Trump Administration is rolling back Obama-era restrictions on the federal government giving military gear to local police forces. KBCS contributing reporter, James Trimarco spoke with former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper about what this means for our region.

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Black Wall Street and the 1921 Riots

photo by U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Thomas McKenzie

August 31, 2017 - 12:23 pm

For Black Business Month, you’ll listen to a story on the riots which ended Black Wall Street, a community in Tulsa Oklahoma, which was home to a thriving black economy and vibrant neighborhood.  In 1921,  this area was raized to the ground by an armed white mob. 103 year old Dr. Olivia Hooker was hiding under a table in her home, when rioters came into her home to destroy her family’s belongings. 91.3’s David Joseph called her where she lives in New York to have her share her experience from the days of Black Wall Street, and the day the neighborhood fell.

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Music of the Moment – September 2017

August 30, 2017 - 3:51 pm

As we tip toward Fall, the great music continues to come into the studio and we are happy to highlight a few we think you’ll enjoy. Chicano Batman – Freedom is Free Well, you know, they’re sort of like a funk band with this cool lackadaisical Marvin Gaye thing going on and some Santana mixed

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