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Seattle Divests From the Dakota Access Pipeline


February 8, 2017 - 1:29 pm

The full Seattle City Council voted unanimously on February 7, 2017 to divest 3 billion dollars of their business from Wells Fargo Bank, a creditor for the Dakota Access Pipeline project in North Dakota. KBCS’s Yuko Kodama recently spoke with one of Yes Magazine’s senior editors, James Trimarco on the phone about their coverage of

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Ken Ward: The Man Who Shut Off Kinder Morgan’s Pipeline

photo courtesy of Democracy Now photo courtesy of Democracy Now

February 8, 2017 - 1:27 pm

In a surprise victory last week, a Washington state jury refused to convict Ken Ward, the first of five so-called “valve turners” who shut off tar sands pipelines from Canada to Washington in October of last year. Ken Ward, who turned off an emergency block valve on Kinder Morgan’s Trans-Mountain Pipeline, was charged with two

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Live from Wintergrass


February 3, 2017 - 5:25 pm

KBCS will broadcast live from the Wintergrass international music festival, Saturday, February 25th, 9am-noon.

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Music of the Moment – February


February 3, 2017 - 2:54 pm

Here are five albums we love for February. Dive in!

Various Artists – Roll Columbia: Woody Guthrie’s 26 Northwest Songs
Nikki Lane – Highway Queen
Sallie Ford – Soul Sick
Sleater-Kinney – Live in Paris
John Craigie – No Rain, No Rose

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Eastside Homelessness

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

February 3, 2017 - 12:17 pm

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. This 5 part series was originally broadcast in October 2015. Episode 1 – Congregations for the Homeless Bellevue Executive Director, David Johns

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American Muslim Youth Identity


February 2, 2017 - 12:26 pm

The news continues to buzz with the impact of the recent Presidential executive order banning nationals from seven Muslim majority countries from entering the United States. KBCS producer and Bellevue high school student, Reyan Haji interviewed several of his friends about their experiences growing up as American Muslim youth. Find out how they’re impacted by

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Dakota Access and Keystone XL Pipelines


January 31, 2017 - 12:23 pm

Last Tuesday, President Trump ordered construction of the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines to move forward. In Seattle’s Westlake Park, local tribes and activists gathered to voice their opposition. Listen to what they had to say.

Top Ten January 24th – January 30th:


January 31, 2017 - 11:33 am

  1. Solange A Seat At The Table Columbia
  2. Alison Perkins And Nicolas Brown All Covered With Moss Independent
  3. Jim James Eternally Even ATO
  4. Ladysmith Black Mambazo Walking In The Footsteps Of Our Fathers Independent
  5. Various Artists Woody Guthrie’s Roll Columbia: 26 Northwest Songs Smithsonian Folkways
  6. The W Lovers The W Lovers Lovewood
  7. Anderson .Paak Malibu Obe
  8. Balsam Range Mountain Voodoo Mountain Home
  9. Lambchop Flotus Merge
  10. Nikki Lane Highway Queen New West

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Immigration And Sea-Tac Airport Protesters

Photo courtesy of Jonathan Lawson Photo courtesy of Jonathan Lawson

January 30, 2017 - 12:48 pm

President Trump’s recent executive order, which restricts immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries, was met with widespread protest and confusion over the weekend. People who had just arrived in the U.S. were held at airports, and some were sent back out of the country, as Customs and Border Protection, activists, lawyers, and elected officials struggled to

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Raided By Immigration: What It’s Like


January 27, 2017 - 12:49 pm

President Trump’s plans to deport millions of undocumented immigrants has people bracing for an increase in immigration raids. Naomi Ishisaka of One America interviewed Elena, a woman who was apprehended in the 2009 Yamato Engine Specialists plant in Bellingham, Washington in 2009, but was later released for medical reasons. Listen to her experience of being

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