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Top Ten May 18th – 24th:

Weekly Top Ten

May 26, 2015 - 9:44 am

  1. Eilen Jewell Sundown Over Ghost Town (Signature Sounds)
  2. Bhi Bhiman Rhythm & Reason (independent)
  3. Calexico Edge Of The Sun (Anti)
  4. The Very Best Makes a King (Moshi Moshi)
  5. Brandi Carlile The Firewatcher’s Daughter (ATO)
  6. Bettye LaVette Worthy (Cherry Red)
  7. Laura Marling Short Movie (Ribbon)
  8. Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell The Traveling Kind (Nonesuch)
  9. Sam Lewis Waiting On You (Brash)
  10. Mandolin Orange Such Jubilee (Yep Roc)

Past Top Ten

Democrats keep pushing for new voting measure

The Legislative Building of the Washington State Capitol, Olympia. The Legislative Building of the Washington State Capitol, Olympia.

May 8, 2015 - 11:00 am

By John Stang Senate Democrats and supporters made a symbolic push Thursday to get a state voting rights act to the Washington Senate floor. The legislation appears doomed for 2015. Technically, though, two similar bills are in play, one sponsored by Sen. Cyrus Habib, D-Kirkland and the other by Rep. Luis Moscoso, D-Mountlake Terrace. The

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Phone Volunteers needed in June


May 4, 2015 - 9:26 am

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Music of the Moment:

Close Up Needle on Record

May 1, 2015 - 3:20 pm

5 brand new releases we can’t wait to share with you this month:

1. Sam Lewis Waiting On You (Brash) – The sophomore recording from this Nashville transplant brims with sweet country-soul reminiscent of Van Morrison, with an added dash of John Prine. The album is full of Nashville luminaires- Darrell Scott, Kenny Vaughan, Will Kimbrough, Gabe Dixon, the McCrary Sisters and Oliver Wood (who co-produced the album). All in all, this is a beautiful record.

2. The Honeycutters Me Oh My (Organic) – Amanda Platt has taken the reins of this North Carolina band and created their best album to date. If you are a fan of excellent country music, you’ll want to put a copy of Me Oh My in your music collection for sure.

3. Eilen Jewell Sundown Over Ghost Town (Signature Sounds) – It’s hard to believe Eilen is already on her 7th studio album, but here it is and she continues to put out soulful, country music that feels like home no matter where you’re from. In 2012 Eilen moved back to Boise. This album gives an intimate picture of her hometown and reflects on Southern Idaho with wise eyes.


Animals That Help Us Navigate And Heal

courtesy of Niall Kennedy courtesy of Niall Kennedy

April 30, 2015 - 11:16 am

Animals, as pets can bring an invaluable benefit to our lives. And for some, animals can be a lifeline. This week we look at the back story on guide dogs as a source of navigation and safety for thousands of people with visual impairments across the country. We also feature how horses can help in

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Lawmakers compromise on oil trains

The Legislative Building of the Washington State Capitol, Olympia. The Legislative Building of the Washington State Capitol, Olympia.

April 27, 2015 - 7:00 am

By John Stang Heavy on trains and pipelines, but no Puget Sound oil spill prevention measures. That about sums up a Washington House-Senate compromise on their competing oil transportation safety bills. The Senate passed the compromise, 46-0, on Friday. Shortly after, the measure got a resounding 95-1 Yes from the House. “It’s an above-average bill,”

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Coal & Oil in the Northwest

Smoke stacks at Coal Power Plant

April 24, 2015 - 11:17 pm

Wednesday, April 20th is Earth Day. This week we get Northwest perspectives on how the coal and oil industry affects us all. Guests include:

  • Meg Matthews,  spokesperson for Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign. Information at
  • Rebecca Ponzio, Oil Campaign Director for the Washington Environmental Council. More info at
  • Jewell James,  Coal Manager of the Lummi Sovereignty and Treaty Protection Office. Visit for more information
  • Robin Everett,  Sierra Club organizer.  More at


Live from the KBCS living room: Kris Delmhorst

April 20, 2015 - 8:14 am

Levy Reform is a Civil Rights Issue

The Legislative Building of the Washington State Capitol, Olympia. The Legislative Building of the Washington State Capitol, Olympia.

April 17, 2015 - 8:00 am

Calling it a civil rights issue, Washington Public Schools Superintendent Randy Dorn urges lawmakers to make changes so that school districts aren’t as reliant on local levies. In this raw video, Dorn explains why levy reform is just as important as new education funding, for the legislature to comply with the State Supreme Court McCleary

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Hello and farewell

Arpana Sangamithra

April 16, 2015 - 12:00 pm

Sonic Traveler with DJ Spektra, featuring ambient, jazz and trance rhythms from around the world, is moving to Wednesday evenings from 9-11pm. Sonic Traveler replaces The Spice Route, whose host has taken leave from KBCS.

The Spice Route host Arpana Sangamithra filled our lives with the music of South Asia, and we will miss her presence and talents a great deal.

The Spice Route was our weekly musical journey through the diverse musical landscape of the Indian sub-continent. Listeners have tuned in from all over the world to hear everything from classical Carnatic music and mellow ghazals.

“I have hosted Spice Route for nearly 8 years and it has brought be tremendous joy, peace and fulfillment. However, the time has come for me to hang my headphones and bid adieu to the airwaves. Thank you to all the amazing listeners, friends, co-hosts, other show hosts and my incredible subs! I will always love you!! May your life be filled with music and love!” – Arpana

The Spice Route playlists and two-week audio archive are available here.