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Top Ten April 6th – 12th:

Weekly Top Ten

April 13, 2015 - 11:57 am

  1. Lila Downs Balas y Chocolate (Sony)
  2. Rhiannon Giddens Tomorrow Is My Turn (Nonesuch)
  3. Danielle Nicole Danielle Nicole EP (Concord)
  4. Kitty, Daisy & Lewis The Third (Sunday Best)
  5. Sam Lewis Waiting On You (Brash)
  6. Jacky Terrasson Take This (Impulse)
  7. Mark Knopfler Tracker (Verve)
  8. Pokey LaFarge Something In The Water (Rounder)
  9. Pops Staples Don’t Lose This (Anti/Epitaph)
  10. Sufjan Stevens Carrie & Lowell (Asthmatic Kitty)

Past Top Ten

Wild Foods

Courtesy of Leslie Seaton Courtesy of Leslie Seaton

April 13, 2015 - 11:43 am

Wild foods and food foraging are gaining popularity on restaurant menus and lifestyle pages. This series features perspectives on wild foods, from native food sovereignty and sustainable foraging, to how to eat your weeds. Episode 1 – Muckleshoot tribe traditional food and medicine program manager, Valerie Segrest shares cultural perspective on our relationship with our

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Chocolate: Where It Comes From

courtesy of Kenya Allmond courtesy of Kenya Allmond

April 10, 2015 - 12:02 pm

The worldwide demand for chocolate is growing.  Industry sales are worth 18 billion in the US, and the world chocolate market is expected to rise to over 98 billion by 2016.  This series features chocolate from the cacao farms to chocolate making in the United States. Episode 1 – Lauren Adler is the owner and

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Aloha Auntie Moody

Auntie Moody Edited

April 8, 2015 - 9:26 am

It is with sorrow that we share the sad news of the passing of a beloved host of Hawai’i Radio Connection on KBCS. Auntie Moodette Keli`iho`omalu Ka`apana, Kumu hula for Halau Hula Pulamahiaikalikolehua passed away Monday, April 6, 2015. “Auntie Moody” was a regular host of the Hawai`i Radio Connection and a respected and deeply loved member of the Pacific Northwest Hawaiian community.

Braddah Gomes, Uncle Ed and Sista Maile will be hosting the Hawai’i Radio Connection this Saturday, April 11 from 12-2pm in tribute and memory to Auntie Moody.

Class size initiative poses tough questions for legislators

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

April 7, 2015 - 5:49 pm

By John Stang You can add Initiative 1351 to the long list of budget items that Washington’s House Democrats and Senate Republicans will fight about as they negotiate the state’s 2015-2017 operating budget. The Senate Majority Coalition of 25 Republicans and one Democrat wants to send I-1351 back to the voters in November for a

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Top Ten March 30th – April 5th:

Weekly Top Ten

April 6, 2015 - 1:06 pm

  1. Mark Knopfler  Tracker  (Verve)
  2. Bettye LaVette  Worthy  (Cherry Red)
  3. Pops Staples  Don’t Lose This  (Anti/Epitaph)
  4. D’Angelo & The Vanguard  Black Messiah  (RCA)
  5. Andrew Combs  All These Dreams  (Coin)
  6. Rhiannon Giddens  Tomorrow Is My Turn  (Nonesuch)
  7. Ibeyi  Ibeyi  (XL)
  8. Kitty, Daisy & Lewis  The Third  (Sunday Best)
  9. Pharis & Jason Romero  A Wanderer I’ll Stay  (Lula)
  10. Niyaz  The Fourth Light  (Six Degrees)

Past Top Ten

Lawmakers debate 30-plus budget amendments

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

April 3, 2015 - 1:26 pm

By John Stang The Washington Senate Democrats charged their Republican colleagues purposely stacked the deck in passing the GOP’s 2015-2017 operating budget proposal. Why? To protect Sen. Andy Hill, R- Redmond, from having to cast embarrassing votes. While he has not publicly talked of running, Hill’s name has been circulated in political circles as a

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King County responds to racial disparities in the juvenile justice system

A “no new youth jail” protestor giving public testimony to King County Councilmembers in February. 

Photo Credit: Celia Berk A “no new youth jail” protestor giving public testimony to King County Councilmembers in February. Photo Credit: Celia Berk

April 2, 2015 - 1:41 pm

Community organizers continue to voice their opposition to the youth detention center proposed to replace the existing one despite King County’s plans to move forward. Organizers say it’s not just about a building, it’s about the racial inequity of the prison system. On Tuesday, King County Executive Dow Constantine announced measures to address racial disparity

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First Woman Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright

photo: Diana Walker - courtesy of Bellevue Arts Museum photo: Diana Walker - courtesy of Bellevue Arts Museum

April 1, 2015 - 2:50 pm

Madeleine Albright served as the first female Secretary of State from 1997 to 2001.   She attended the March opening of the Bellevue Arts Museum exhibit of her pins -  accessories she used to sometimes make a political point during her work in  global diplomacy.  She spoke to a forum of Bellevue area high school students

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Music of the Moment for April 2015:

Close Up Needle on Record

April 1, 2015 - 6:00 am

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

1. Andrew Combs  All These Dreams  (Coin) – Do people make records like this anymore?!  On one hand a throwback to classic 70s pop era singer-songwriters, yet still sounds relevant and fresh.  Andrew has a terrific voice and the record has a nice understated beauty to it. [Review by Iaan Hughes]

2. José González  Vestiges & Claws  (Imperial) – José’s first album in 7 years finds him recording these slow-burning compositions at his home in Sweden. Perfect for those mornings when you need to ease into your hectic day.

3. Pharis & Jason Romero  A Wanderer I’ll Stay  (Lula) – This British Columbia couple has been earning wider recognition in the U.S.  Not an easy feat for artists who perform old-time folk music.  This recording clearly displays why. Good songwriting, beautiful harmonies, great guitar and claw-hammer banjo make this a wonderful addition to the folk genre.

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