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September 19, 2014 - 8:33 am

KBCS needs phone volunteers September 26-October 5, 2014. Please read on for more information about how to get involved.

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Addiction and Recovery

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September 19, 2014 - 8:25 am

September is National Recovery Month and this week we talk with a number of experts about the different faces of addiction and recovery.

This week:

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Sickle Cell Awareness

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September 17, 2014 - 1:39 pm

Sickle cell disease is a disorder in which the body makes sickle-shaped red blood cells that cannot move easily through blood vessels. Sickle cell anemia is the most common form of sickle cell disease. It mainly affects people of African, Asian and Mediterranean descent. We discuss sickle cell disease, treatment and challenges with Dr. Michael [...]

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Top Ten September 8th – 14th:

Weekly Top Ten

September 15, 2014 - 12:04 pm

  1. Ruthie Foster  Promise of a Brand New Day  (Blue Corn)
  2. Frazey Ford  Indian Ocean  (Nettwerk)
  3. Mike Farris  Shine For All The People  (Compass)
  4. Abstrakto  Abstrako  (Purple Haus)
  5. Lynne Hanson  River Of Sand  (independent)
  6. Old Crow Medicine Show  Remedy  (ATO)
  7. Anushka  Broken Circuit  (Brownswood)
  8. Jill Barber  Fool’s Gold  (Outside)
  9. Quantic  Magnetica  (Tru Thoughts)
  10. Somi  The [...]

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Thom Hartmann at Town Hall, September 12th

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September 12, 2014 - 8:29 am

91.3 KBCS is a proud sponsor of the YES! Magazine annual Town Hall celebration, featuring your favorite KBCS midday radio personality, Thom Hartmann.

Friday, September 12th, 7:30pm at Town Hall, Seattle

Tickets here.

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Top Ten September 1st – 7th:

Weekly Top Ten

September 8, 2014 - 11:31 am

  1. various artists  Soundtrack  to Take Me To The River  (Stax / Concord)
  2. Ruthie Foster  Promise of a Brand New Day  (Blue Corn)
  3. Dr. John  Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit Of Satch  (Concord)
  4. Catherine MacLellan  The Raven’s Sun  (independent)
  5. Mike Farris  Shine For All The People  (Compass)
  6. Frazey Ford  Indian Ocean  (Nettwerk)
  7. Soul Scratch  Down The Road  [...]

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Music of the Moment:

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September 5, 2014 - 3:45 pm

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

1. Mark Erelli Milltowns (independent) – This album is a beautiful tribute to singer-songwriter Bill Morrissey, who passed away a little over 2 years ago.  Bill was a master when it came to capturing the images of everyday life.  The nuances of the instrumentation and Mark’s voice throughout the album are stunning. The title track is an original piece that Mark penned about his first and last meeting with Bill.

2. Lynne Hanson River of Sand (independent) – Excellent songwriting is offered throughout this Canadian’s 4th recording.  Each song is made with nuggets of intelligent original creativity, and Lynn Miles’ production perfectly captures the essence of the songs.  If you like your music in the middle ground between folk, country and Americana, you should definitely check this record out.

3. Various Artists Look Again to the Wind: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited (Sony) – A stunning look at Johnny Cash’s best known, least heard record.  There’s nothing easy about this album- then or now. Maybe even more so now as things have not changed much for the Native Americans in the 50 years since this music was first recorded.  Musically the album works, better than the original, as the mix of voices adds a lovely complexity; lyrically it remains stark and humbling.  It also serves as a reminder of the lost talent of Peter La Farge. [Review by Iaan Hughes]

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New Perspectives on Immigration in the US

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September 4, 2014 - 2:49 pm

Last year, the United States deported nearly 370,000 people. That’s nine times the number 20 years ago.  Meanwhile, a recent study on trends in Mexico released by the Pew Research Center finds that 34% of its pool said they would like to migrate to the US.  Over 70% said top concerns [...]

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Top Ten August 25th – 31st:

Weekly Top Ten

September 2, 2014 - 1:01 pm

  1. Quantic  Magnetica  (Tru Thoughts)
  2. Ruthie Foster  Promise of a Brand New Day  (Blue Corn)
  3. Dr. John  Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit Of Satch  (Concord)
  4. Taylor McFerrin  Early Riser  (Brainfeeder)
  5. Somi  The Lagos Music Salon  (Okey)
  6. Mike Farris  Shine For All The People  (Compass)
  7. Keb’ Mo’  Bluesamericana  (independent)
  8. Mark Erelli  Milltowns  (independent)
  9. Playing For Change  PFC3: Songs [...]

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Free Nestora Salgado


August 29, 2014 - 5:19 pm

The Mexican government formed a special police force to protect businesses from kidnapping and extortion by criminal gangs. Organized crime has become a rampant concern in the indigenous villages of Mexico as has been the case in El Salvador, Nicaragua and other parts of Central America. U.S. naturalized citizen, Nestora Salgado was seized without an [...]

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