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Top Ten May 11th – 17th:

Weekly Top Ten

May 18, 2015 - 11:50 am

  1. Hiatus Kaiyote Choose Your Weapon (Flying Buddha/Sony)
  2. The Very Best Makes a King (Moshi Moshi)
  3. Calexico Edge Of The Sun (Anti)
  4. Eilen Jewell Sundown Over Ghost Town (Signature Sounds)
  5. Bettye LaVette Worthy (Cherry Red)
  6. Laura Marling Short Movie (Ribbon)
  7. Grant Dermody Sun Might Shine on Me (independent)
  8. Lila Downs Balas y Chocolate (Sony)
  9. Kitty, Daisy & Lewis The Third (Sunday Best)
  10. Axel Krygier Hombre de Piedra (Crammed Discs)

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

KBCS is listener-supported, public radio. The vast majority of our operating budget comes directly from listeners. To raise that support, we hold on-air membership drives each year, as well as year-round membership relations. We are always in need of volunteers to help answer phones and take pledges during pledge drives. Sign up for volunteer shifts

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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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KBCS DJs live at Folklife

Antoine da Funkscribe

April 30, 2015 - 1:01 am

The Fisher Green stage beer tent at Northwest Folklife is gonna be more hoppin’ than usual because KBCS DJs are dropping in to spin a set, daily.

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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


91.3 KBCS acoustic showcase sponsored by UFCW 21 at Northwest Folklife


April 23, 2015 - 2:11 pm

Don’t miss the 91.3 KBCS acoustic showcase sponsored by UFCW 21 at Northwest Folklfe, Sunday, May 24, 1p, featuring Eleni Mandell, Bhi Bhiman and Gabriel Teodros.

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Live from the KBCS living room: Kris Delmhorst

April 20, 2015 - 8:14 am