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A Student Led Movement for Transit Justice Pays Off

Left to Right:
Poet & activist, Jerrell Davis and  Rainier Beach High School students Mariam Bayo and Efra Abzir and Rainier Beach High School Social worker, Chelsea Gallegos Left to Right: Poet & activist, Jerrell Davis and Rainier Beach High School students Mariam Bayo and Efra Abzir and Rainier Beach High School Social worker, Chelsea Gallegos

February 4, 2016 - 10:15 am

Seattle city council members made a unanimous decision to pass the Orca card passport program for low-income students on Wednesday. The pilot program offered 50 cards to students. The approved plan will allow more Orca cards to be distributed to high school and middle school students on free and reduced lunch and who live beyond

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An Orca card makes a difference for Rainier Beach HS student, Mariam Bayo

Rainier Beach High School Sophomore, Mariam Bayo at her bus stop. Rainier Beach High School Sophomore, Mariam Bayo at her bus stop.

February 2, 2016 - 6:12 am

Today we unmute the commute with Mariam Bayo. Mariam Bayo was one of 50 students who recieved an Orca card in the fall. But Bayo didn’t stop fighting for other students to have Orca cards. Mariam is a testament to what can happen when students are giving all of the necessary resources they need to succeed.

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Top Ten January 25th – January 31st:


February 1, 2016 - 10:11 am

  1. Grace Love and The True Loves  Grace Love & The True Loves  (Self)
  2. The Arcs  Yours, Dreamily  (Nonesuch)
  3. The James Hunter Six  Hold On!  (Daptone)
  4. Charm City Junction  Charm City Junction  (Patuxent)
  5. Bill Frisell  When You Wish Upon a Star  (Okeh)
  6. Rhiannon Giddens  Factory Girl  (Nonesuch)
  7. Baaba Maal  The Traveller  (Palm Pictures)
  8. Luther Dickinson  Blues & Ballads  (New West)
  9. Kode9  Nothing  (Hyperdub)
  10. Aoife O’Donovan  In The Magic Hour  (Yep Roc)

Past Top Ten 

Music of the Moment: February

Close Up Needle on Record

February 1, 2016 - 12:01 am

Tekla Waterfield  This Nightlife Is Wearing On Me This former member of Seattle’s BLVD Park has released a mighty fine solo debut. This is country like The Delines or Shannon McNally are country, that is, uptown, bluesy, and mellow. A perfect late night album to contemplate the city lights. Eli West  The Both Seattle based

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Holly Eckert’s dispatch: Riding with a Disability

Holly Eckert Holly Eckert

January 28, 2016 - 9:24 am

We unmute the commute with Holly Eckert.  Holly gives her dispatch to Mona Yeh. She also writes about it for the Seattle Times Opinion page. Eckert’s life was dramatically and forever changed at 34 years of age when she learned she had epilepsy. Her first seizure caused a car accident. It was after this, she

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Transgender Access To Restrooms, Locker Rooms Spurs Impassioned Debate

Courtesy: Flickr user, jessamyn west Courtesy: Flickr user, jessamyn west

January 28, 2016 - 8:00 am

Allowing transgender people access to the restroom or locker room of their choice stirs strong feelings. Advocates on both sides of that debate packed a hearing room in Olympia Wednesday. They testified on a Republican proposal to repeal a new state rule. That rule leaves the choice with the user and not the owner of

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Eastside Homelessness

courtesy of Congregations for the Homeless, Bellevue courtesy of Congregations for the Homeless, Bellevue

January 28, 2016 - 1:47 am

Homelessness is probably not the first image that comes  to mind when you think about the vigorous economy of the Eastside.  We highlight voices from the largely unseen homeless population of Bellevue and Kirkland. Episode 1 – Congregations for the Homeless Bellevue Executive Director, David Johns Bowling Episode 2 & 3 – Lake Washington United

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Lt. Governor Removes Controversial Senator From Human Trafficking Task Force


January 27, 2016 - 10:01 am

By Austin Jenkins

On Monday, Washington state’s Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen removed Republican Senator Pam Roach from the human trafficking task force. He took the action after receiving several complaints about the senator’s conduct at a December meeting of the task force.

Tacoma artist, Lynn DiNino creates bus-themed art

Tacoma artist, Lynn Di Nino at her studio. Tacoma artist, Lynn Di Nino at her studio.

January 26, 2016 - 7:30 am

People-watching and gazing out the window are common ways to pass time on the bus. Tacoma artist Lynn Di Nino took this to the next level by creating an art exhibit inspired by her 35 mile long Tacoma-Seattle commute consisting of 3-dimensional portraits of bus riders sitting next to photographs, which are real window scenes

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College Affordability In Spotlight Under The Dome In Boise & Olympia

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January 26, 2016 - 7:00 am

By Tom Banse Parents with kids soon heading to a state college or university have reason to pay attention to the legislature this coming month. College affordability is the common purpose, but Washington state and Idaho lawmakers have different ideas for how to get there. Idaho Governor Butch Otter proposes a “tuition lock”… that is

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