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What Its Like To Be A Hotel Housekeeper


February 17, 2017 - 2:15 pm

Seattle voters recently passed Initiative 124 to protect hotel workers from sexual harassment and on the job injuries. Northwest Hospitality Union Local 8 organizer Olga Chavaria spoke with Sonia Guevara, a Union Local 8 hotel housekeeper,  about obstacles she faces cleaning hotel rooms full time.

Indivisible Seattle: The Local Group Opposing Trump’s Agenda


February 17, 2017 - 2:15 pm

The grassroots group Indivisible Seattle is focused on blocking President Trump’s agenda at the Federal level. The group has grown from 2 members to over 2,000 members since January 1st, this year. They target our local Members of Congress and Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell. KBCS’s David Griffith reports from one of the group’s

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What’s The Buzz On A Mass Strike?


February 14, 2017 - 1:14 pm

Mass nationwide strikes, in resistance to the current administration, are in the works. One has been declared for this Friday, February 17th. Another is being organized for International Women’s Day, March 8th. Yes Magazine Senior Editor, James Trimarco has been following the discussions on strikes, and shared his perspective on the March 8th mass strike

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Finding Love on the Bus

Alper and Amanda met on the bus and fell in love. Alper and Amanda met on the bus and fell in love.

February 14, 2017 - 1:11 pm

Love is in the air. And maybe at your bus stop. Our WTFlux team went in search of love stories. They met Troy who met his future wife on the bus. They also met Alper and Amanda who’s shared bus route led to their romance. Robbin Block, Yuko Kodama and Mona Yeh produced this segment,

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A Law To Protect Hotel Workers Is Being Challenged


February 13, 2017 - 2:07 pm

Last fall, Seattle voters passed Initiative 124 by nearly 77 percent.  However, in late December, the hotel industry filed a lawsuit against Seattle in an effort to overturn the measure to protect hotel workers from on-the-job sexual harassment and workplace injuries.  KBCS’s Yuko Kodama interviewed Abby Lawlor, Northwest Hospitality Union Local 8 representative about this matter.

Perspectives On The Travel Ban

Photo courtesy of Kerning Cultures, Jacqueline M. Sofia Photo courtesy of Kerning Cultures, Jacqueline M. Sofia

February 13, 2017 - 1:55 pm

President Trump’s recent Executive Order, banning immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US, has sparked public protests and attorneys to file lawsuits around the country. Kerning Cultures producers spoke with protesters and amongst themselves to discuss what can be done in the wake of a Trump presidency. The full episode, located on Kerning Cultures website,

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Top Ten February 6th – February 12th:


February 13, 2017 - 11:32 am

  1. Nikki Lane Highway Queen New West
  2. Band Of Heathens Duende Self
  3. Sallie Ford Soul Sick Vanguard
  4. Y La Bamba Ojos Del Sol Independent
  5. Alison Perkins And Nicolas Brown All Covered With Moss Self
  6. David Francey Empty Train Laker Music
  7. Rhiannon Giddens Freedom Highway – EP Nonesuch
  8. The Head and the Heart Signs of Light Warner Bros. Records Inc.
  9. Imar Afterlight Big Mann
  10. Tift Merritt Stitch of the World Yep Roc

Past Top Ten

LA Legalizes Street Vending to Help Immigrants


February 10, 2017 - 2:41 pm

On January 31st, the city of Los Angeles legalized street vending in an effort to curb criminal misdemeanor charges for mostly immigrant vendors. KBCS’s Yuko Kodama spoke with one of Yes Magazine‘s senior editors, James Trimarco on the phone about how street vending legalization creates a more comprehensive approach to Los Angeles’ sanctuary city commitment.

The Travel Ban’s Impact On One Syrian-Canadian In The US

Photo courtesy of Kerning Cultures, Jacqueline M. Sofia Photo courtesy of Kerning Cultures, Jacqueline M. Sofia

February 10, 2017 - 2:39 pm

It’s been two weeks since President Trump signed an Executive Order banning immigration into the US from seven Muslim-majority countries. Kerning Cultures, a podcast highlighting the narratives from the Middle East, shared a segment with KBCS on the impacts of the travel ban on people from these countries. This Syrian-Canadian man, who is now hesitant

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Dr. Angela Davis Speaks at MLK Unity Day Celebration in Seattle


February 10, 2017 - 1:45 pm

Recently, Dr. Angela Davis spoke at a Seattle town hall forum, commemorating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as part of the City of Seattle’s third annual Martin Luther King Unity Day celebration. This five-part series includes excerpts of her talk. Part 1 – Dr. Davis shares how the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday

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