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#wearepublicradio Support the biggest public radio collaboration the Puget Sound area has seen. Make a gift of $120 (or $10/month) or more today and KBCS will send warm socks to those in need.

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December 18th is Public Radio Day!

December 15, 2014 - 2:34 pm

Thursday, December 18th is Public Radio Day here in Puget Sound. KBCS has teamed up with six other Puget Sound public radio stations to lend a helping hand to United Way of King County.

For each tax-deductible donation of $120 or more to KBCS on Thursday, December 18th, we’ll help United Way of King County deliver a pair of warm socks to someone in need this winter.

More than 70% of our operating budget comes from our listeners–that’s YOU. Make a tax-deductible donation today and help support United Way’s efforts to keep those in need warm this season.

History & Politics of Women’s Fashion

December 15, 2014 - 2:30 pm

March is women’s history month. KBCS producer Yuko Kodama spoke with actress and historian, Tames Alan about the intersection of women’s fashion and politics in 19th Century. – See more at:

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Top Ten December 8th – 15th:

Weekly Top Ten

December 15, 2014 - 12:21 pm

  1. Eric Bibb  Blues People  (Stony Plain)
  2. Frazey Ford  Indian Ocean  (Nettwerk)
  3. Heroes Of The Dancefloor  Shelter  (independent)
  4. Lucinda Williams  Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone  (Highway 20)
  5. Bill FriselGuitar in the Space Age  (Okeh)
  6. Red Martina  Come on Home  (Badtape)
  7. Hot Rize  When I’m Free   (Ten In Hand)
  8. The Blind Boys of Alabama & Taj Mahal  Talkin’ Christmas!  (Sony)
  9. Nikki Yanofsky  Little Secret  (A440)
  10. Sly & The Family Stone  I’m Just Like You: Sly’s Stone Flower 1969-70  (Light In The Attic)

Past Top Ten

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DJs’ Favorites for 2014


December 11, 2014 - 10:00 am

Just in time for your holiday shopping, KBCS hosts bring you their favorite recordings in 2014.

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  1. Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn  Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn  (Rounder)
  2. Mark Erelli  Milltowns  (independent)
  3. True North  Elsebound  (independent)
  4. Ben & Ellen Harper  Childhood Home  (Prestige [...]

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A Christmas Carol of the Third Kind

photo courtesy Bushwick Book Club Seattle photo courtesy Bushwick Book Club Seattle

December 10, 2014 - 9:44 am

91.3 KBCS and Bushwick Book Club present an evening of original music and irreverent activity inspired by Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

Seattle songwriters, supported by literary Cascadian rock band, Read & Destroy, offer their musical take on a beloved Christmas classic. Between sets, join in on reindeer games and moments of reflection.

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Jane Siberry live in-studio


December 5, 2014 - 9:52 am

Listen to Jane Siberry play acoustic versions of new and classic songs, and talk with KBCS’ Steve Ramsey about her writing process.

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Top Ten Recordings for 2014

photo: Alessandro Scaparro [crop] photo: Alessandro Scaparro [crop]

December 5, 2014 - 9:46 am

The new releases most played in 2014

  1. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings  Give the People What They Want  (Daptone)
  2. Frazey Ford  Indian Ocean  (Nettwerk)
  3. various artists  Take Me To The River Soundtrack  (Stax/Concod)
  4. Quantic  Magnetica  (Tru Thoughts)
  5. The Holmes Brothers  Brotherhood  (Alligator)
  6. Ruthie Foster  Promise of a Brand New Day  (Blue Corn)
  7. Mike Farris  Shine For All The People  (Compass)
  8. Taylor McFerrin  Early Riser  (Brainfeeder)
  9. Keb Mo’  Bluesamericana  (independent)
  10. Naomi Wachira  Naomi Wachira  (independent)


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Art for Social Change

Courtesy of Jasmine Brown Courtesy of Jasmine Brown

December 4, 2014 - 2:53 pm

Some people in our community say that art not only helps promote social relationship and awareness, but encourages social change.  Listen to segments of interviews with artists, art educators  and art students about how art is a conversation.

Episode 1:  University of Washington Tacoma, Professor of Interdisciplinary studies, Beverly Naidus talks about her experience in [...]

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Bruce Lee in Seattle

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November 18, 2014 - 1:16 pm

You may know Bruce Lee as a martial artist legend and action movie hero. The city of Seattle is where much of his story begins.

Bruce Lee spent his youth in Hong Kong and moved to Seattle at the age of eighteen. Ruby Chow, a family friend, and future King County Councilmember, gave him a [...]

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