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  • KBCS News and Ideas

    February 17, 2017 KBCS_logo_800x800_borderDiscover unique and essential conversations about the people who make up our community. Explore local social issues, navigate your commute, and explore simple ideas that will help you make the world a better place. The KBCS audio ideas archive is just a click away.
  • Racial Inequity and “Interrupting Whiteness”

    June 23, 2017 whitenessThis week, highlights of Interrupting Whiteness – What is Whiteness? What is the culture of it, and how is it a system of oppression? The recording is from a PechaKucha event held at the Seattle Public Library earlier this month. This five-part series includes excerpts from various speakers at the public event. Part 1 – Roger Fernandes of the Lower ...
  • Nature: Dark-eyed Junco

    June 21, 2017 dark_eyed_juncoFind out more about the sights and sounds of one species of bird in our area, the Dark-eyed Junco in this KBCS nature segment. KBCS’s Yuko Kodama speaks with Ed Dominguez, Audubon Lead Naturalist in Seattle’s Seward Park, about the beautiful small sparrow bird.
  • Interview With Musician Naomi Wachira

    June 21, 2017 naomi_wachiraNaomi Wachira is a Kenyan-American music artist living in Yakima today. KBCS’s Sonya Green asked Wachira about her approach to music at our studios a few years ago. Also included in this segment is Naomi Wachira’s new release “Heart of a Man”. Naomi Wachira will be performing at SoFar in Seattle on June 29th.
  • Nature: Why Birds Sing

    June 21, 2017 song_sparrowWhat are those birds singing about? Find out as KBCS’s Yuko Kodama talks with Ed Dominguez, Audubon Lead Naturalist, in Seattle’s Seward Park. They discuss the different types of songs that birds sing as well as their motivation for singing.
  • Jimi Hendrix Park: Now Open in Seattle

    June 20, 2017 2108741603_c186b7e17d_qThe grand opening of Seattle’s new Jimi Hendrix Park happened earlier this month. Conversations about dedicating the park to the guitar legend started 11 years ago. KBCS’s Yuko Kodama spoke with Maisha Barnett, Project Manager for the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation, about the new park. Photo courtesy of Francisca
  • Unmute the Commute: Rainier Ave, 1.5 Accidents a Day. No More.

    June 19, 2017 Ranier Ave SDo you know what the most dangerous street in all of Seattle is? Chances are you’re thinking of Aurora, or maybe Lake City Way. But you may be surprised to learn that it’s Rainier Ave S. And, you may be even more surprised to learn how extensive the problem is – on average, there are ...
  • Electric Rail Trains: New Proposals for Renewable Energy

    June 19, 2017 Amsterdam, ICE -Intercity ExpressIs is possible for electric rail trains to transport freight and distribute renewable energy? YES! Magazine senior editor Stephen Miller has been looking into new proposals for a nationwide electric rail. He speaks with YES! Magazine’s Susan Gleason about the concept being promoted by a local organization on Vashon Island.
  • What is Sharia?: Sounds from the Anti-Sharia Protest and its Counter-Protest

    June 13, 2017 ShariaThe anti-Sharia protest and its counter-protest in downtown Seattle on Saturday was a face-off of a smaller group of anti-Sharia protestors and a colorful and loud, larger group of counter-protesters. Between the two groups was a zone of about 50 feet lined with  rows of  police.  It was a noisy affair with counter-protestors blaring horns ...
  • Nature: Great Blue Heron Nesting

    June 13, 2017 great_blue_heron_nestingFind out more about Seattle’s official city bird, the Great Blue Heron, and their nesting habits in this KBCS nature segment. KBCS’s Yuko Kodama talks to Ed Dominguez, Audubon Lead Naturalist in Seattle’s Seward Park, as they visit a Great Blue Heron rookery.
  • Unmute the Commute: Ramadan Stories

    June 12, 2017 MAPS RedmondRamadan, the month where Muslims fast, is May-June this year. For this week’s Unmute the Commute, we tagged along with some fasting Muslims for their daily commute to the mosque for dinner and prayers. Produced by Hebah Fisher. Unmute the Commute is a weekly series highlighting commuter stories, supported in part by King County Metro’s Just ...
  • Alaska’s Renewable Energy Potential

    June 8, 2017 alaska_wind_turbinesIn traditionally conservative Alaska, renewable energy is on the rise. YES! Magazine senior editor Stephen Miller visited Alaska recently, and found a surge in progressive politics. YES! Magazine’s Susan Gleason speaks with Miller to find out more.
  • Nature: Plants That Attract Hummingbirds

    June 8, 2017 hummingbirdIn this week’s Nature segment KBCS’s Yuko Kodama talks to Audubon Lead Natualist Ed Dominguez about local plants that attract hummingbirds. Included in the discussion are the Oregon Grape and the Salal plants.
  • Modest Dress And The Current Political Climate

    June 6, 2017 Courtesy of BellmonAs anti-Muslim rhetoric continues locally, and around the U.S., we turn to the Owner of modest fashion Boutique Al Firdaus, Chema Oh.  She shares  how Muslim women are increasingly becoming targets for the way they dress in this current political climate.  She speaks with KBCS’s Yuko Kodama. Photo: Courtesy of Bellmon
  • Hijabs & other Modest Wear, And Their Impact On the Fashion Industry

    June 6, 2017 Chema OhCatch a glimpse of the lucrative industry of modest wear, which includes hijabs and abayas. KBCS’s Yuko Kodama spoke with Boutique Al Firdaws Owner, Chema Oh. Her boutique is in the Muslim Association of Puget Sound mosque in Redmond.
  • Activism for the Divestment of Tar Sands Pipelines

    June 6, 2017 tar_sandsHow do you persuade investors that Tar Sand projects are toxic? YES! Magazine highlights a recent story regarding the Race to Stop Tar Sands Pipeline Financing. Media and Outreach Manager for YES! Magazine, Susan Gleason speaks with Senior Editor James Trimarco about his coverage on this topic.
  • Unmute the Commute: Apples and Oranges

    June 5, 2017 IMG_2401For today’s Unmute the Commute, the story behind the lady passing out apples and oranges on Seattle buses. From KBCS’s Yuko Kodama.   Unmute the Commute is a weekly series highlighting commuter stories, supported in part by King County Metro’s Just One Trip.
  • All Our Exes Live In Texas interview

    June 5, 2017 AllOurExes_squareThe Australian quartet All Our Exes Live In Texas stopped by KBCS to chat with Iaan Hughes and play a few songs on their way to taking the international folk music scene by storm.
  • Music of the Moment – June

    June 2, 2017 I-heart-musicThe sun is out and the days are getting longer. Here are a few music picks to consider for your summer soundtrack — check them out! Andrew Joslyn – Awake at the Bottom of the Ocean The line between classical and pop music continues to delightfully blur on Andrew Josyln’s new album Awake at the Bottom of the ...
  • An interview with singer-songwriter Lisa Fischer

    June 1, 2017 LISA-FISHERListen to Carol Handley in conversation with Lisa Fischer. A former back-up vocalist for superstar artists like Sting, Tina Turner and The Rolling Stones, Fischer’s solo career continues to take her around the world.
  • Nature: Sap and Ferns

    May 31, 2017 fernsDid you know that our forests hold licorice treats? Find out how to spot licorice fern on your next hike with Ed Dominguez, Seward Park Audubon Center lead naturalist, and KBCS’s Yuko Kodama.
  • Crowd Funding and its Potential for Affordable Housing

    May 31, 2017 affordable_housing_signIn 2012, Barack Obama sign a piece of legislation called the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, expanding what can be done with crowd funding. YES! Magazine highlights a recent story regarding how this rule change could potentially open up more funding for affordable housing. YES! Magazine’s Susan Gleason speaks with Senior Editor James Trimarco to ...
  • Unmute the Commute: The Night Owls

    May 30, 2017 busWashington state has the fifth largest homeless population in the country, at about 20,000 individuals as estimated in 2016. When night comes, there are few places where housing insecure individuals can go to keep warm. Especially in the colder months, buses often provide warmth and dry shelter for a few hours. Today on Unmute the ...
  • The Mosque On The Corner

    May 26, 2017 mosque on the cornerThe month long Muslim observation of Ramadan begins this evening.  We take you to a street corner in north seattle outside of Idris Mosque. 91-3’s Yuko Kodama came across Anthony Parish, holding a sign there on a Friday as people from the mosque attended afternoon prayer.  The sight brought about some lively conversation among passers-by. ...
  • Flamenco

    May 25, 2017 Belen_mayaWhat is it that gives flamenco dancing its passionate flare? Listen to the stories that are the foundation for Flamenco dance. Belen Maya is a professional Flamenco Dancer from Spain who describes where the soul of this passionate art form comes from with KBCS’s Yuko Kodama.
  • Life as a Migrant Farm Worker

    May 25, 2017 familias_unidas_la_jusiciaFarms throughout the state are busy with work for migrant laborers as the growing and harvesting season ramps up. A group of farm workers in the Skagit Valley formed Familias Unidas Por La Jusicia, or Families United for Justice, in 2013 to advocate for better working conditions. Earlier this month, the International Labor Rights Forum ...
  • Unmute the Commute: Ride Along to the VA

    May 22, 2017 Veterans Affairs Unmute the CommuteHave you ever wondered what it’s like for veterans to get around town? For this week’s Unmute the Commute, ride along with us to the VA center in Seattle. Produced by Casey Martin. Unmute the Commute is a weekly series highlighting commuter stories, supported in part by King County Metro’s Just One Trip.
  • Nature: How Crows Build Their Nests

    May 19, 2017 crows_nestKBCS’s Yuko Kodama joins Seward Park Audubon Center Lead Naturalist, Ed Dominguez, to learn more about how Crows teach their young. Also find out what crows look for when they’re in the market for a home, in this week’s Nature segment.
  • Awaaz: South Asian Fusion Acapella Group

    May 18, 2017 awaazFor kids growing up in immigrant families, life can be a mashup of the harmonies and dissonances in navigating the cultures.  A group of University of Washington students founded the South Asian Fusion acapella group, Awaaz. We had a few of the members of the group in our studios recently. They’re Team Manager and vocalist, Sonali ...
  • Unmute the Commute: My Family and My Bus

    May 16, 2017 kids at waiting at bus stopMay 15 is the International Day of Families as recognised by the United Nations. Today we celebrate all caregivers in families – parents, grandparents, siblings… all parental figures! For this week’s Unmute the Commute story, here is a parent who believes in raising her family on the bus. Produced by Hebah Fisher. Unmute the Commute is ...
  • Thank YOU!

    May 11, 2017 GiveBigLogo_colorThe KBCS community continues to amaze and inspire. Thanks to your incredible generosity and passion, KBCS raised nearly $22,000 during GiveBIG from more than 280 donations. It’s because of you that KBCS can thrive as a non-commercial, community-driven, public radio station. That independence gives KBCS the freedom to explore fresh ideas  and eclectic music, where everyone has ...
  • Unmute the Commute: Walking Around Issaquah 

    May 10, 2017 IMG_1439As the weather warms up, you may be considering walking around town more. And yet, some of our neighbours, like Angie Aldrich in Issaquah, walk all year ’round as their means of transportation. For this week’s Unmute the Commute, join us for a walk around Issaquah. Produced by Hans Anderson.  Unmute the Commute is a weekly series highlighting ...
  • Top Ten May 1st – May 7th:

    May 8, 2017 KBCS_Top10 Hurray For The Riff Raff The Navigator Independent The Shins Heartworms Columbia Sera Cahoone From Where I Started Sub Pop Robyn Hitchcock Robyn Hitchcock YepRoc Ray Davies Americana Sony Hanneke Cassel Trip To Walden Pond Independent Laura Marling Semper Femina Kobalt Music Whitney Mongé Stone Independent Naomi Wachira Song Of Lament Doreli Music Little Dragon Season High Loma Vista Recordings Past Top Ten
  • Malikah Fashion Festival: Muslim, Jewish and Sikh Wear

    May 4, 2017 Chema OhThe fashion of modest Muslim, Jewish and Sikh men and women is the inspiration of the Malikah Festival held this weekend. KBCS’s Yuko Kodama interviewed Chema Oh, organizer for the Malikah Festival and Owner of Boutique Al Firdaws located in Redmond’s Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS) building this week. They discuss the power of ...
  • Your Balcony And Yard As Wildlife Habitat

    May 4, 2017 Photo: Courtesy of Wendy MillerAttracting wildlife into your backyard or apartment balcony can help communities thrive with wildlife including pollinators and birds. KBCS’s Yuko Kodama visited Julie O’Donald, National Wildlife Federation Habitat Steward, in rainy Brier, Washington over the weekend, about how to foster spaces for wildlife. The National Wildlife Federation is hosting Seattle Wildlife in the City Week through ...
  • Human Rights for Chimpanzees

    May 3, 2017 chimpAre chimps legally entitled to the same rights as humans? YES! Magazine highlights a recent story involving personhood for chimps. YES! Magazine’s Susan Gleason speaks with Senior Editor James Trimarco.
  • Unmute the Commute: Building a House with a Bike

    May 1, 2017 Fred MillerWhat if you biked everywhere? On today’s Unmute the Commute, meet Fred Miller. Produced by Hebah Fisher. Story discovered through King County Metro’s Just One Trip campaign. Unmute the Commute is a weekly series highlighting commuter stories, supported in part by King County Metro’s Just One Trip.
  • KBCS showcase at Northwest Folklife

    April 29, 2017 nwfolklife-festival_squareAnnouncing the 91.3 KBCS acoustic showcase at Northwest Folklife: Lindi Ortega Jeff Scroggins & Colorado LeRoy Bell & His Only Friends Sunday, May 28th, 1pm Fisher Green stage Seattle Center free and all ages Toronto-based singer-songwriter Lindi Ortega has been a KBCS favorite since her 2008 debut. The Guardian aptly called her a “shiver-voiced purveyor of classic country heartbreak.” www.lindiortega.com   Jeff Scroggins‘ energetic ...
  • Music of the Moment – May

    April 28, 2017 I-heart-musicSpring is in full swing in the PNW and the KBCS music staff have some listening picks that are perfect for our sometimes rainy, sometimes sunny May days. Give them a listen! Naomi Wachira – Song of Lament (Doreli) Song of Lament is the poignant, sometimes stark, often uplifting fourth album from Kenyan born singer-songwriter Naomi Wachira. Reminiscent of ...
  • President Trump’s First 100 Days

    April 28, 2017 5165730550_8973b8f50e_qThis week marks Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office and opinions vary on how he’s doing. KBCS’s Gol Hoghooghi visited the Bellevue College campus where students gave their take on how President Trump is- or isn’t – fulfilling his campaign promises.   Photo: Courtesy of Fred Seibert
  • Langston Hughes African American Film Festival

    April 26, 2017 dtime-1The Langston Hughes African American Film Festival begins Thursday, April 27, 2017 and runs through Sunday the 30th. Click here for the lineup. Also check out an interview with the event’s Consulting Producer, Karen Toering and with Jennia Frederique Aponte, Co-Director of one of featured film, 90 Days.
  • US drops Massive Bomb in Afghanistan

    April 25, 2017 ExplosionOn April 13th, the US dropped a massive bomb in Afghanistan. Reports are that some locals thought a nuclear bomb had been used on them. Yes! Magazine’s Susan Gleason speaks with Yes! Magazine Senior Editor, James Trimarco about the impacts of the bombing.
  • Unmute the Commute: Poetry on Buses

    April 24, 2017 IMAG2512Remember seeing poetry on King County and Sound Transit buses a few years ago? After a brief hiatus, Poetry on Buses coordinated by 4Culture returns this Monday 24 April to the Puget Sound. KBCS’s Casey Martin brings us this week’s Unmute the Commute story. For more details about the Poetry on Buses project, including the launch ...
  • Top Ten April 24th – 30th:

    April 24, 2017 KBCS_Top10 Hurray For The Riff Raff The Navigator Independent Tim O’Brien Where the River Meets the Road Howdy Skies Sera Cahoone From Where I Started Sub Pop Ray Davies Americana Sony Laura Marling Semper Femina Kobalt Music Willie Nelson God’s Problem Child Independent John Blake, Mairead Hurley, Nathan Gourl ...
  • Roma Women – A Struggle For Social Justice

    April 22, 2017 Belen_mayaThe Romany are a minority group who’ve been persecuted for centuries throughout Europe. In the US, our exposure to the Roma is often through their art of flamenco music and dance. Belen Maya is a professional Flamenco Dancer from Spain. She comes from a family of flamenco dancers, and Roma blood.  Maya shares how she ...
  • Seattle’s Tax March

    April 22, 2017 tax_marchOn April 15th, thousands of Seattle protesters held a Tax March asking President Trump to finally release his tax returns. While the White House said no one cares about the President’s tax returns, more than 180 communities across the country held marches. In Seattle, the activists had more than tax returns to talk about, including ...
  • Seattle’s March for Science

    April 18, 2017 scienceOne of many groups troubled by the Trump administration’s policies is Scientists. On April 22nd, scientists around the nation are marching for science. One of the organizers for Seattle’s March for Science is Dr. Jennifer Pang, and she spoke with KBCS’s Ruth Bly about Saturday’s local march.
  • Nature: A Tree’s Cambium Layer

    April 17, 2017 Photo Courtesy of David MarvinWe go outside to talk about the life force of trees.  The circulation of tons of fluid in them called the Cambium layer.  KBCS’s Yuko Kodama speaks with Seward Park Audubon Center lead naturalist Ed Dominguez.   Photo: Courtesy of David Marvin
  • Nature: Owl Vometorium

    April 17, 2017 Photo Courtesy of James MannWe take you out to an owl vometorium.  The place owls go to do their daily duty of sitting on the throne and coughing up the remains of the night before. Seward Park Audubon Center lead naturalist, Ed Dominguez treks through the park with KBCS’s Yuko Kodama. Photo: Courtesy of James Mann
  • Unmute the Commute: A Methadone Ride

    April 17, 2017 IMG_1386Public health officials have called the opiate epidemic the worst drug crisis in American history – with overdose deaths nearly tripling since 1999. About 50 years ago, clinics starting treating opiate addiction with methadone, or controlled doses of an opiate to slowly wean patients off of their addiction. On today’s Unmute the Commute, we ride ...
  • Top Ten April 17th – 23rd

    April 17, 2017 KBCS_Top10 Valerie June The Order Of Time Concord Music Group The Shins Heartworms Columbia Hurray For The Riff Raff The Navigator Independent Gibson Brothers In The Ground Rounder Lindi Ortega Til the Goin’ Gets Gone Shadowbox Music Shelby Earl The Man Who Made Himself A Name Nine Mile Records Fine Company ...
  • Hunger Strike at Tacoma’s Immigration Detention Center

    April 13, 2017 ICEIn Tacoma, detainees at the immigration detention center are continuing their hunger strike. They’ve stopped working at the facility, making phone calls, purchasing from the commissary and sleeping in addition to not eating. Demands to GEO, the private firm operating the detention center are better pay to run the facility, better food, access ...
  • Nature: Ravens and Crows

    April 13, 2017 ravenKBCS’s Yuko Kodama recently took a walk with Seward Park Audubon Center Lead Naturalist, Ed Dominguez. Find out which traits are unique to this family of birds, and also discover how ravens and crows are different.
  • Unmute the Commute: A Ferry Ride Between Two Worlds

    April 11, 2017 Photo courtesy of Jennie Cecil MooreOn today’s Unmute the Commute, join us for a ferry ride between two worlds – the busy, bustling streets of Seattle’s Downtown, to the peaceful, idyllic farmlands of Kitsap County. Bob Fisher’s daily commute is over 2 hours each way to shuffle between both. Produced by Jennie Cecil-Moore. Unmute the Commute is a weekly series highlighting ...
  • Terrance Hayes: Social Justice For Black Lives

    April 10, 2017 Photo courtesy of the Poetry FoundationPoet, Terrance Hayes speaks at Bellevue College –Thursday, April 20, 2017 Terrance Hayes is the author of Lighthead (Penguin 2010), winner of the 2010 National Book Award and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. How To Be Drawn (Penguin 2015), his most recent  collection of poems, was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award, the ...
  • Top Ten April 10th – 16th

    April 10, 2017 KBCS_Top10 Sera Cahoone From Where I Started Sub Pop Hurray For The Riff Raff The Navigator Independent Highway Prayer: A Tribute To Adam Carrol Highway Prayer: A Tribute To Adam Carrol Eight 30 Records Valerie June The Order Of Time Concord Music Group Joy Mills Band Coming Up (EP) Self The Shins Heartworms Columbia Whitney Mongé Stone Independent Father John Misty ...
  • Anxiety Among Our Immigrant Community

    April 6, 2017 13681055135_b5f83eff72_zGlobalist Editorial Director, Venice Buhain interviews their writer, Agatha Pacheco about the anxiety felt by the immigrant community with increased ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) raids throughout the nation.   Photo: Courtesy of Michael Fleshman
  • Music of the Moment: April

    April 4, 2017 I-heart-musicHere are some great spring music picks we’re enjoying right now. Perfect listening for your post-hibernation adventures! Laura Marling – Semper Femina (More Alarming Records) The sixth release from L.A.-based British indie folk standout Marling, Semper Femina (always a woman) explores the experiences of womanhood in a neo-feminist era. Comparisons to early Joni Mitchell are apt as Marling’s lyrics deftly ...
  • Unmute the Commute: Freedom Rides

    April 3, 2017 149698-004-47A2FBAEWe ride buses so easily today that we may forget our nation’s history just 60 years ago. Today on Unmute the Commute, join us on a Freedom Ride. Produced by former KBCS News Director Sonya Green and Winona Hollins Hauge of Project Pilgrimage. Former Freedom Rider Dr. Bernard Lafayette will be in Seattle on April ...
  • The Right To Vote

    April 3, 2017 Photo courtesy of Keppler SpeakersIn 1961, Dr. Bob Zellner was a 20 year old student in Nashville, Tennessee when he joined a march to protest the murder of a black man who had registered to vote.  You’ll listen to him describe how this nearly cost him his life. Dr. Bob Zellner is a civil rights leader who hosts tours on the ...
  • Top Ten April 3rd – April 9th :

    April 3, 2017 KBCS_Top10 Hurray For The Riff Raff The Navigator Independent Sera Cahoone From Where I Started Sub Pop Valerie June The Order Of Time Concord Music Group Jesca Hoop Memories Are Now Sub Pop Shelby Earl The Man Who Made Himself A Name Nine Mile Records Laura Marling Semper Femina Kobalt Music Tim O’Brien Where the River Meets the Road Howdy Skies Bridget Kearney ...
  • Top Ten March 27th – April 2nd:

    April 3, 2017 KBCS_Top10 Alison Krauss Windy City Capitol Hurray For The Riff Raff The Navigator ATO Jesca Hoop Memories Are Now Sub Pop Sera Cahoone From Where I Started Sub Pop Shelby Earl The Man Who Made Himself A Name Nine Mile Records Valerie June The Order Of Time Concord Music Group Bridget Kearney Won’t Let You Down Signature Sounds Nikki Lane Highway Queen New ...
  • Early Music Northwest bids farewell

    April 1, 2017 Early Music NorthwestDear friends of Early Music Northwest, after 6 years on KBCS, we, the hosts of Early Music Northwest, have decided that it is time for the program to end. Today, early music listeners have a lot of choices, both live and online, to connect to the art; and we hope to see you at future concerts. Special ...
  • Unmute the Commute: Bus to Snoqualmie Falls

    March 27, 2017 Snoqualmie Falls Kelly ClarkWashington has many places to visit, and for today’s Unmute the Commute, we’re taking you to one of the unlikely places you can get to by bus. Transit Riders Union Pauline VenSenus takes us to Snoqualmie Falls. Produced by Whitney Henry Lester. Photo: Snoqualmie Falls, Kelly Clark Unmute the Commute is a weekly series highlighting commuter stories, supported ...
  • Salmon And Climate Change In The Northwest

    March 27, 2017 white and wintonHow are salmon impacted by a two degree change in the water? We look at how our region’s salmon will be impacted by climate change. KBCS’s Yuko Kodama interviewed Dr. Rachel White, University of Washington Bothell instructor and researcher and Dr. Jim Winton, Northwest Fisheries Science Center at the US Geological Survey, Chief of Fish ...
  • Celebrating the Persian New Year

    March 27, 2017 noroozIranians were among those targeted by President Trump’s now blocked travel ban issued Monday, and was struck down by a federal judge yesterday. Meanwhile, Seattle’s local Iranian community prepares to celebrate their Norooz, the Persian New Year celebration.  It takes place every vernal equinox, which this year, is on March 20th. KBCS’s Gol Hoghooghi shares ...
  • Thank YOU!

    March 27, 2017 Thank You Blog Post - No LogoThank you to the more than 1,000 members who made the KBCS Spring Fund Drive a success! Your support keeps KBCS a strong, independent voice, with thought provoking news and a rich variety of music. That voice is more important than ever and it’s all possible because of YOU. The programs you love will continue to thrive, providing unflinching news ...
  • Top Ten March 20th – March 26th:

    March 27, 2017 KBCS_Top10 Hurray For The Riff Raff The Navigator Independent Thievery Corporation The Temple of I & I Eighteenth Street Lounge Music Sera Cahoone From Where I Started Sub Pop Elastic Bond Honey Bun Nacional Records Jesca Hoop Memories Are Now Sub Pop Valerie June The Order Of Time Concord Music Group Sallie Ford Soul Sick Vanguard Bernie Phaid Siol Self Shelby Earl The Man ...
  • Rose Cousins interview

    March 22, 2017 RoseCousins_carouse_squareCanadian folksinger Rose Cousins stopped by KBCS and spoke with Carol Handley about her new album Natural Conclusion, produced by Joe Henry.
  • Transitioning Out From Prison

    March 22, 2017 prison_corridorThe difficulties of being a prison inmate don’t end when you finish serving your time. KBCS’s Jim Cantu spoke with former inmates about the challenges of transitioning out.
  • Unmute the Commute: Ancient Highways

    March 20, 2017 photo courtesy of Jeff SmithWe explore our region’s original commutes along the water highways of the Salish Sea and Pacific Coast. Listen in on interviews with the late Quileute Canoe Leader, Sunny Woodruff, and United Nations for All Tribes Foundation Board Chair and Makah tribal member, Jeff Smith . Today’s story is brought to you by KBCS’s Yuko Kodama. Unmute ...
  • Top Ten March 13th – March 19th:

    March 20, 2017 KBCS_Top10 Hurray For The Riff Raff The Navigator Independent Valerie June The Order Of Time Concord Music Group Jesca Hoop Memories Are Now Sub Pop Sallie Ford Soul Sick Vanguard Thievery Corporation The Temple of I & I Eighteenth Street Lounge Music Shelby Earl The Man Who Made Himself A Name Nine Mile Records Nikki Lane Highway Queen New West Laura Marling Semper ...
  • Unmute the Commute: Transit Driver Appreciation Day

    March 17, 2017 busThey help us start our day off, guide us with directions and offer a final ‘Have a good Day’ on our way home. March 18th is Transit Driver Appreciation day. KBCS’s Hebah Fisher brings us this special story from our new series Unmute the Commute. Unmute the Commute is a weekly series highlighting commuter stories, supported in ...
  • Halting The Construction of a New North Seattle Police Station

    March 15, 2017 jailSeattle activists have recently had success in redirecting local funding toward services like affordable housing and education. One of those successes came about last fall, when the building of a new police station was halted in a movement known as Block the Bunker. KBCS’s Jim Cantu spoke with Melissa Hellmann from Yes Magazine about that ...
  • The Redmond Mosque’s Free Health Clinic

    March 14, 2017 doctor_wallOn the third Sunday of each month, a mosque in Redmond opens its doors as a free clinic to all, regardless of faith, race, gender and income.  It’s held at the Muslim Association of Puget Sound or MAPS, and it serves anyone, whether or not they have health care – no questions asked.  A small ...
  • Top Ten March 6th – March 12th:

    March 13, 2017 KBCS_Top10 Nikki Lane Highway Queen New West Valerie June The Order Of Time Concord Music Group Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives Way Out West Superlatone Records Jesca Hoop Memories Are Now Sub Pop Bridget Kearney Won’t Let You Down Signature Sounds Alison Krauss Windy City Capitol Rose Cousins Natural Conclusion Independent Sallie Ford Soul Sick Vanguard Thievery Corporation The Temple of I & ...
  • Nature: Seward Park Birds

    March 10, 2017 kingletKBCS’s Yuko Kodama recently took a walk with Seward Park Audubon Center Lead Naturalist, Ed Dominguez.  Take a listen to some of the gulls, Kinglets and song birds they heard on our latest segment on our KBCS nature series,.
  • Hundreds of Acres of Organic Farmland Saved in Washington

    March 9, 2017 organic_farmlandOrganic farm and pasture land is scarce in some parts of the country, and Washington state is no different. Find out why a recent purchase of 284 acres of prime organic farmland was cause for celebration; not just by PCC farmland trust that bought it and saved it from conversion into 59 estate homes, but ...
  • American Muslim Youth: Serving The Community

    March 8, 2017 muslim_feeding_homeless1Recent news has been buzzing with stories about terrorist attacks, and another presidential ban on six Muslim-majority countries.  In this story, we highlight our local Muslim neighbors. The Muslim Association of Puget Sound is an active participant in our local community. Local American Muslim youth share their experiences from one project that provides food for ...
  • Top Ten February 27th – March 5th:

    March 6, 2017 KBCS_Top10 Valerie June The Order Of Time Concord Music Group Thievery Corporation The Temple of I & I Eighteenth Street Lounge Music Rhiannon Giddens Freedom Highway – EP Nonesuch Alison Krauss Windy City Capitol Nikki Lane Highway Queen New West Jesca Hoop Memories Are Now Sub Pop Shelby Earl The Man Who Made Himself A Name Nine Mile Records Bridget Kearney Won’t Let ...
  • Music of the Moment – March

    March 3, 2017 I-heart-musicHere are five great listens for March — check them out! Thievery Corporation – The Temple of I & I Larry Sparks – Lonesome And Blue Jeremy Pelt – Make Noise! Jesca Hoop – Memories Are Now Various Artists – OK Jazz – The Loningisa Years 1956-1961 Thievery Corporation – The Temple of I & I Perhaps it’s the lack of stardom that ...
  • Nature: Owls in Seward Park

    March 3, 2017 owlRecently, KBCS’s Yuko Kodama took a walk in Seward Park with Audubon Center Lead Naturalist, Ed Dominguez to discuss owl habitat. This is part of a new KBCS nature series, to learn about our local urban environment.
  • Potential New Legislation To Stop Transgender Bathrooms

    March 3, 2017 transgender_bathroomPotential Washington state legislation is being criticized as discriminatory toward the transgender community. Initiative 1552 would force transgender people to use bathrooms and locker rooms based on the gender on their birth certificates. Hundreds of friends, family members, and supporters rallied last weekend at the Tacoma Campus of the University of Washington. Their message is ...
  • Initiative 124: What It Means To Hotel Workers

    March 1, 2017 hotelworkersbullhornRecently, Seattle voters approved Initiative 124 protecting hotel workers from assault, sexual harassment and on the job injury. Last month, Unite Here Local 8 Organizer Natalie Kelley interviewed a hotel houseman for KBCS about what Initiative 124 means to hotel workers.
  • Jasmine Zhu: A Personal Story of Innovation and Civic Vision

    February 27, 2017 jasmine_zhuEarlier this month, the Seattle Public Library and Pecha Kucha Seattle presented American Visionaries – Immigration. Innovation & Freedom. Jasmine Zhu shares her story.  Find out how immigrants are the heartbeat of our American story and are a vital part of our state’s entrepreneurial and cultural community, propelling innovation and helping to define our region’s ...
  • The History of the Brazilian “Carnaval” Celebration

    February 24, 2017 carnivalBrazilian Carnaval is known for it’s elaborate parades of dancers dressed in feathers and rhinestones, as well as for it’s distinct music sounds. Local Afro-Brazilian music artist, Eduardo Mendonca talks with KBCS’s Yuko Kodama about the social history of the festivities.
  • DACA Student Voice on the Election of President Trump

    February 24, 2017 DACAThe Obama administration signed the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in 2012 to allow undocumented immigrant minors the ability to remain in the US to work or attend school. Recently, the White House announced that they will be issuing a new Executive Order to ban entry by citizens from the same seven Muslim-majority countries again. ...
  • 2017 Seattle Asian American Film Festival

    February 22, 2017 who_killed_donnie_chin coutesy of Matt ChanFebruary 23rd kicks off the 5th annual Seattle Asian American Film Festival and one of the opening night films is Who Killed Donnie Chin. For years Donnie Chin was a mainstay in Seattle’s International District. On July 23rd 2015, Chin was murdered in Chinatown. KBCS’s Yuko Kodama spoke with Matt Chan, the Producer/Director of Who Killed ...
  • Navigating Syria and the United States

    February 22, 2017 4487461157_3838d20b45_qOn January 27th this year, The President issued an executive order that banned travel to the United States for a period of 3 months. The predominantly Muslim countries impacted included Yemen, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Sudan, and Somalia. Travel from Syria was banned completely with this order. On February 3rd, the 9th US Circuit Court of ...
  • Hotel Housekeeping

    February 22, 2017 local8Many of us has stayed in hotels and motels while on business or vacation. Natalie Kelley, Organizer with Unite Here Local 8 spoke with a hotel housekeeper who cleans up after our visits, Yen Deng. Deng describes what she faces while on the job. Union hotel housekeepers are known to have quality and affordable health coverage, ...
  • Environmental Issues And The New EPA Director

    February 22, 2017 epa_flagOklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt was a strong supporter of fracking and received significant contributions from the oil and gas industry. Last week, the Senate confirmed his appointment as the new EPA director. KBCS’s Yuko Kodama spoke with Yes Magazine senior editor, Stephen Miller about this and other stories in the news.
  • Top Ten February 13th – February 19th:

    February 21, 2017 KBCS_Top10 Nikki Lane Highway Queen New West Rhiannon Giddens Freedom Highway – EP Nonesuch Jesca Hoop Memories Are Now Sub Pop Rose Cousins Natural Conclusion Unknown Label Sallie Ford Soul Sick Vanguard Bridget Kearney Won’t Let You Down Signature Sounds Youssou N’Dour Africa Rekk Sony Alison Perkins And Nicolas Brown All Covered With Moss Self David Francey Empty Train Laker Music Quetzal The Eternal Getdown ...
  • What Its Like To Be A Hotel Housekeeper

    February 17, 2017 hotelworkersbullhornSeattle 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 constituionThe 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 ...
  • What’s The Buzz On A Mass Strike?

    February 14, 2017 32371026600_d0f3dc06f8_cMass 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 ...
  • Finding Love on the Bus

    February 14, 2017 Alper and Amanda met on the bus and fell in love.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, ...
  • A Law To Protect Hotel Workers Is Being Challenged

    February 13, 2017 local8Last 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

    February 13, 2017 Photo courtesy of Kerning Cultures, Jacqueline M. SofiaPresident 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, can ...
  • Top Ten February 6th – February 12th:

    February 13, 2017 KBCS_Top10 Nikki Lane Highway Queen New West Band Of Heathens Duende Self Sallie Ford Soul Sick Vanguard Y La Bamba Ojos Del Sol Independent Alison Perkins And Nicolas Brown All Covered With Moss Self David Francey Empty Train Laker Music Rhiannon Giddens Freedom Highway – EP Nonesuch The Head and the Heart Signs of Light Warner Bros. Records Inc. Imar Afterlight Big Mann Tift ...
  • Top Ten January 31th – February 5th:

    February 13, 2017 KBCS_Top10 Y La Bamba Ojos Del Sol Unknown Label Nikki Lane Highway Queen New West Solange A Seat At The Table Columbia Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats A Little Something More From Stax Rose Cousins Natural Conclusion Unknown Label The Head and the Heart Signs of Light Warner Bros. Records Inc. Hiss Golden Messenger Heart Like A Levee Merge Jim James Eternally ...
  • LA Legalizes Street Vending to Help Immigrants

    February 10, 2017 2069607248_ad055ecc99_zOn 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

    February 10, 2017 Photo courtesy of Kerning Cultures, Jacqueline M. SofiaIt’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 ...
  • Dr. Angela Davis Speaks at MLK Unity Day Celebration in Seattle

    February 10, 2017 angela_davisRecently, 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 came ...
  • Seattle Divests From the Dakota Access Pipeline

    February 8, 2017 31849171614_8a88f5a94a_bThe 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 ...
  • Ken Ward: The Man Who Shut Off Kinder Morgan’s Pipeline

    February 8, 2017 photo courtesy of Democracy NowIn 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 ...
  • Live from Wintergrass

    February 3, 2017 Wintergrass-crop-squareKBCS will broadcast live from the Wintergrass international music festival, Saturday, February 25th, 9am-noon. Come by and enjoy three hours of acoustic music and conversation with Wintergrass artists, featuring Larry Lewin live from the KBCS studios and Casey Martin at Wintergrass. Free for all KBCS listeners. KBCS live at Wintergrass February 25th, 9am-noon Hyatt Regency 900 Bellevue Way NE Bellevue WA ...
  • Music of the Moment – February

    February 3, 2017 I-heart-musicHere 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 Various – Roll Columbia: Woody Guthrie’s 26 Northwest Songs In 1941, the Bonneville Power Administration commissioned Woody Guthrie to write ...
  • Eastside Homelessness

    February 3, 2017 courtesy of Congregations for the Homeless, BellevueHomelessness 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 Bowling ...
  • American Muslim Youth Identity

    February 2, 2017 youthresizeThe 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 ...
  • Dakota Access and Keystone XL Pipelines

    January 31, 2017 dapLast 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 KBCS_Top10 Solange A Seat At The Table Columbia Alison Perkins And Nicolas Brown All Covered With Moss Independent Jim James Eternally Even ATO Ladysmith Black Mambazo Walking In The Footsteps Of Our Fathers Independent Various Artists Woody Guthrie’s Roll Columbia: 26 Northwest Songs Smithsonian Folkways The W Lovers The W Lovers Lovewood Anderson .Paak Malibu Obe Balsam Range Mountain Voodoo Mountain Home Lambchop Flotus ...
  • Immigration And Sea-Tac Airport Protesters

    January 30, 2017 Photo courtesy of Jonathan LawsonPresident 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 ...
  • Raided By Immigration: What It’s Like

    January 27, 2017 ICEPresident 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 ...
  • Owls And Trump’s Choice For Interior Secretary

    January 26, 2017 great-horned owlIn this news feature, Martha Baskin looks at Trump’s choice for interior secretary from the point of view of owls. The 116th Congress has its hands full vetting cabinet nominations. Many are controversial, but one that’s flying under the radar is Ryan Zinke, a freshman Republican Congressman from Montana, who will manage over 200 million ...
  • Inauguration Protesters’ Stories

    January 24, 2017 16194923_10211145308845982_5021376591237815224_nListen in to some stories from a couple of protesters in Washington DC over the weekend. One interview is from an active member of Black Bloc. Black Bloc is a group anarchists known for dressing in black and destroying property in order to make a statement against capitalism and authority. This group was active on the day ...
  • Women’s March On Washington DC

    January 24, 2017 democracy-now-logoRoughly half a million people took to the streets on Saturday, January 21st in protest of women’s issues. Listen in to Democracy Now!’s special coverage of the post inauguration Women’s March on Washington event.
  • Seattle United For Immigrant And Refugee Families

    January 23, 2017 seattle colectiveCity of Seattle departments joined with local service providers on Friday, January 20th 2017 to present Seattle United For Immigrant And Refugee Families at Seattle Center’s McCaw Hall. The daylong program brought together 750 volunteers and well over 100 community members to discuss the path to citizenship and protection of individual rights. Listen in on some ...
  • Women’s March On Seattle

    January 23, 2017 IMG_1637Between 150,000 and 175,000 people took part in Saturday’s Women’s March on Seattle. Listen in on some sounds from the event and hear what people had to say. A large crowd of peaceful protesters Filling the streets A look at a march puppet in action
  • Puppets For The Women’s March

    January 20, 2017 IMAG2149Saturday’s Women’s March on Seattle is expected to be the third largest in the country. With tens of thousands of people marching, expect to see posters, flags, and even… puppets. Find out what goes into making these puppets and what they represent. A look at what goes into making a march puppet. Hard at work.
  • Taking Your Kid To A March Or Rally?

    January 20, 2017 (courtesy of Life By Braille blog)A buzz among the local parent crowd leading up to this weekend’s women’s marches is whether or not to take kids to the event. KBCS’s Yuko Kodama spoke with the co-authors of the blogpost “Activist Mama’s Guide to taking kids to a march” for some advice on how to prepare to go with children in ...
  • Pussyhats

    January 19, 2017 pussyhatA movement to outfit this weekend’s marchers with pussyhats – knitted pink hats sporting cat ears, is taking local and national yarn stores by storm.  KBCS’s Yuko Kodama visits a local eastside yarn store for details. The knitted pussyhat pattern is here.  You can find crochet and sewings patterns for pussyhats on the pussyhat website. Debbie Frable with ...
  • Seattle: Sanctuary City

    January 18, 2017 Seattle City Councilmember Lorena Gonzalez (Jim Cantu)There are over 75,000 legal permanent residents in the Seattle King County area, and many residents whose legal status could be in question. The city of Seattle is a Sanctuary City. KBCS Producer Jim Cantu spoke with Seattle City Council member Lorena Gonzalez about what that means.
  • Seattle MLK Marchers’ Impressions

    January 17, 2017 mlkThousands of people marched through Seattle on Monday, January 16th, 2017, to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. KBCS’s Gol Hoghooghi was there and spoke with people about what inspired them to march.
  • Top Ten January 10th – January 16th:

    January 17, 2017 KBCS_Top10 Fetsum Light In A Dark Place – EP Sonar Kollektiv Claire Lynch North By South Compass Michael Cleveland Fiddler’s Dream Compass Jim James Eternally Even ATO Solange A Seat At The Table Columbia Gillian Welch Boots No. 1: The Official Revival Bootle Acony Balsam Range Mountain Voodoo Mountain Home Kristin Scott Benson Stringworks Mountain Home Nathan Gourley and Joey Abarta with Owen Copley ...
  • Interview with musician Tony Levin

    January 12, 2017 The Stick Men Pat Mastelotto, Tony Levin, Markus RueterKBCS’s Carol Handley speaks with bassist and Chapman Stick player Tony Levin about some of his key relationships throughout his career musical career. Tony is best known for his work with Peter Gabriel, who he has been with since his first album was released in 1977. He has also been a member of the band ...
  • Plaza Maestas

    January 12, 2017 Estela Ortega (courtesy of El Centro de la Raza)El Centro De La Raza provides social services on Seattle’s Beacon Hill. It started with the occupation of the vacant Beacon Hill School over forty years ago. This fall, El Centro completed the Plaza Roberto Maestas expansion, which added 112 low income housing units. KBCS Producer Jim Cantu spoke with El Centro Executive Director Estela ...
  • Affordable Housing

    January 10, 2017 Sharon Lee, Executive Director of the Low Income Housing Institute at the Denny Park apartments. Photo by Ron WurzerFunds can be a bit tight for many of us after the holidays, but what about our local homeless families and individuals? How can they secure housing in a city with such high costs? KBCS’s Jim Cantu spoke with Sharon Lee, Executive Director of Seattle’s Low Income Housing Institute, to find out what’s being done ...
  • Multiple Sclerosis

    January 9, 2017 By MS patient, Vera Wundes: Courtesy of Pavle Repovic12,000 people in Washington state live with the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis or MS.  MS is a chronic, unpredictable neurological disease that affects the brain and spinal cord.  It’s an elusive disease with no known cause or cure.  This series highlights living with, treating, and caring for those with MS. Episode 1 – Swedish Hospital Neurologist ...
  • Top Ten January 3rd – January 9th

    January 9, 2017 KBCS_Top10 Fetsum Light In A Dark Place – EP Sonar Kollektiv Jim James Eternally Even ATO Gillian Welch Boots No. 1: The Official Revival Bootle Acony Solange A Seat At The Table Columbia Claire Lynch North By South Compass Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats A Little Something More From Stax Michael Cleveland Fiddler’s Dream Compass Anderson .Paak Malibu Obe Balsam Range Mountain Voodoo ...
  • Music of the Moment – January

    January 6, 2017 I-heart-musicHere are five albums we’re digging so far in the new year. Have a listen! Gillian Welch – Boots No. 1: The Official Revival Bootleg Fetsum – Light In A Dark Place Lambchop – FLOTUS Led Kaapana – Jus Press Vol. 2 Various Artists – Urgent Jumping! East African Musiki Wa Dansi Classics Gillian Welch – Boots No. 1: The Official Revival Bootleg Released twenty ...
  • Inside Perspectives on the Electoral College, Part 2

    January 5, 2017 30926304334_7310010435_zContinuing our coverage of the 2016 Electoral College, we’ll take a look at the experiences of individual electors. KBCS’s Yuko Kodama spoke with three Washington electors who shared what it was like to vote in the Electoral College on December 19th.  
  • Inside Perspectives on the Electoral College, Part 1

    January 5, 2017 photo by litherlandThe Electoral College met last month and formally cast their votes for the president of the United States. Washington State elector, Brett Chiafalo, co-founded the Hamilton Electors, a movement aimed to block president elect Donald Trump’s presidency by encouraging electors to vote for a Republican alternate for President. Here’s KBCS’s Yuko Kodama speaking with Chiafalo and ...
  • Top Ten December 27th – January 2nd:

    January 3, 2017 KBCS_Top10 Fetsum Light In A Dark Place – EP Sonar Kollektiv Solange A Seat At The Table Columbia Anderson .Paak Malibu Obe Jamie Lidell Building A Beginning Jajulin Jim James Eternally Even ATO Miranda Lambert The Weight Of These Wings (CD 1) RCA Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats A Little Something More From Stax The Winterlings Poems That Live As People Independent Claire ...
  • An Inside Look At Vote-Counting In King County

    January 3, 2017 767x598-openingIn the wake of this year’s election, KBCS features a rare look at how your vote is counted. Jim Cantu of KBCS News reports from the King County Elections headquarters. In the first part, King County Elections Director Julie Wise describes how election ballots are processed. In the second part, KBCS News and Public Affairs ...
  • Top Ten December 19th – December 26th:

    December 27, 2016 KBCS_Top10 Fetsum Light In A Dark Place – EP Sonar Kollektiv Miranda Lambert The Weight Of These Wings RCA Jamie Lidell Building A Beginning Jajulin Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats A Little Something More From Stax Claire Lynch North By South Compass Jim James Eternally Even ATO Gillian Welch Boots No. 1: The Official Revival Bootle Acony The Rolling Stones Blue & ...
  • Fair Trade Music Seattle

    December 23, 2016 FTMSSeattle’s music scene is vibrant and thriving. In 2015, Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata was a co-sponsor of the Fair Trade Music day resolution.  The former City Councilmember discusses the Fair Trade Music Seattle campaign from a public policy perspective. This segment originally aired in 2015.
  • DJs’ Favorites for 2016

    December 21, 2016 2016toptensIt just might be the most contentious list of the year. That’s right, your KBCS hosts bring you their favorite recordings of 2016. Enjoy!
  • Breaking the Silence – Israeli Veterans Criticize Israel’s Stance On The Occupied Territories

    December 20, 2016 yehuda shaulBreaking the Silence is an organization started by a group of Israeli combat veterans who served in the Occupied Territories. They document violations and abuse by the military, the heavy toll on Palestinians and the lasting impact on Israeli soldiers. KBCS interviews one of the founders, Yehuda Shaul.
  • Top Ten December 12th – December 18th:

    December 19, 2016 KBCS_Top10 Fetsum Light In A Dark Place – EP Sonar Kollektiv The Pretenders Alone BMG Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats A Little Something More From Stax Jamie Lidell Building A Beginning Jajulin Y La Bamba Ojos Del Sol Independent Solange A Seat At The Table Columbia Jim James Eternally Even ATO Miranda Lambert The Weight Of These Wings (CD 1) RCA Gillian Welch ...
  • Who Is My Neighbor? – A Bus Ride Through Seattle’s Central District

    December 15, 2016 carla-and-gabriel-at-stopRide along on bus 48 through Seattle’s Central District. It’s a historically black community that Carla Saulter and Gabriel Teodros know well. They identify some of the symptoms that mark the gentrification of the neighborhood. The piece produced by KBCS’s Mona Yeh and Yuko Kodama, is part of Unmute the Commute, our series on stories from ...
  • Top Ten December 5th – December 11th:

    December 12, 2016 KBCS_Top10 The Pretenders Alone BMG Y La Bamba Ojos Del Sol Unknown Label Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats A Little Something More From Stax Claire Lynch North By South Compass Doolin’ Doolin’ Compass Fetsum Light In A Dark Place – EP Sonar Kollektiv Jamie Lidell Building A Beginning Jajulin Karen Jonas Country Songs Self Gillian Welch Boots No. 1: The Official Revival ...
  • Thank You!

    December 11, 2016 kbcs-year-end-blog-post-tileThank you to the nearly 500 members who made the KBCS Year-End Fund Drive a success! Your support keeps KBCS a strong, independent voice, with thought-provoking journalism and innovative music.  You also provided nearly 2,000 meals to our partner, Northwest Harvest! In the coming year, the news, public affairs, and music programs you value on KBCS will be ...
  • DAPL Construction Impacts On A Local Sioux Member

    December 7, 2016 courtesy of Leslie PetersonLocal Standing Rock Sioux tribal member, Kyle Shierbeck shares how his family was directly impacted by the Dakota Access Pipeline construction project. Here’s KBCS Contributing Producer, Esther Little Dove John speaking with Shierbeck in the KBCS Studios. Photo courtesy of Leslie Peterson
  • How Some Electors Aim To Block A Trump Presidency

    December 7, 2016 hamilton-electorsBret Chiafalo is an Elector from Washington state’s second congressional district.  He has co-founded the Hamilton Electors, a movement intended to block a Trump Presidency through the US electoral college.  KBCS Producer and  Washington State Elector, Esther Little Dove John, spoke with Chiafalo in the KBCS studio recently.  He begins the segment by explaining how the ...
  • Flag Burning and First Amendment Rights

    December 6, 2016 courtesy of the BBCLast week, President Elect Donald Trump tweeted that people who burn flags should lose their citizenship or go to jail. We explore the history of flag burning and 1st amendment rights. University of Washington Professor of History, Bill Rorabaugh, shares a little history of flag burning with KBCS Producer, Angie Voyles Askham.
  • Local Tulalip/Swinomish Member’s Experiences at Standing Rock

    December 5, 2016 courtesy of Leslie PetersonThe Protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline ended in triumph over the weekend. We now turn to a personal story from Matika Wilbur, a northwest tribal member who was called to Standing Rock by the Sioux nation just a few months ago. KBCS Reporter Esther Dove John has more. photo courtesy of Leslie Peterson
  • Seattle Women’s March Against Hate

    December 5, 2016 seattle-women-march-against-hateOver a thousand women marched against hate of any kind on Seattle’s Capitol Hill on Saturday, December 3rd, 2016. KBCS reporter, Casey Martin has more.
  • Top Ten November 28th – December 4th:

    December 4, 2016 KBCS_Top10 Lee Fields & The Expressions Special Night Big Crown Claire Lynch North By South Compass Y La Bamba Ojos Del Sol Independent Red Tail Ring Fall Away Blues Earthwork Music Kate Rusby Life In A Paper Boat Pure Alsarah & The Nubatones Manara Wonderwheel Fetsum Light In A Dark Place – EP Sonar Kollektiv Jamie Lidell Building A Beginning Jajulin The Pretenders Alone ...
  • Music of the Moment – December

    December 2, 2016 I-heart-musicHere are five albums we’re loving right now. Check them out! Y La Bamba – Ojos Del Sol Frightnrs – Nothing More to Say Karen Jonas – Country Songs Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker Dizzy Gillespie & Friends Y La Bamba – Ojos Del Sol Luz Elena Mendoza’s latest album, Ojos Del Sol is a swirling and potent mix of ...
  • Experiencing The Segregated Bus System

    December 1, 2016 Author and poet, Georgia McDade on the bus.61 years ago on December 1st, Rosa Parks, a black seamstress was arrested in Montgomery Alabama for refusing to give up her seat to a white man on a city bus. The incident sparked a year-long boycott of the buses by blacks, leading to the end of segregated buses in the south. Next, we hear ...
  • The 1876 Electoral College Controversy

    November 30, 2016 courtesy of Esther Little Dove JohnThe electoral college is under scrutiny this election year, as they have the final say of who will be President of the United States. The state electors cast their votes on December 19th. Washington state elector, Esther Little Dove John shares another moment in US history when the controversy around an election brought about devastating ...
  • Top Ten November 21st – November 27th:

    November 28, 2016 KBCS_Top10 Lee Fields & The Expressions Special Night Big Crown The Pretenders Alone BMG Y La Bamba Ojos Del Sol Tender Loving Empire David Crosby Lighthouse Ground Up/Verve T Sisters T Sisters Independent Heidi Muller & Bob Webb Up Hurricane Creek Independent Kate Rusby Life In A Paper Boat ...
  • Top Ten November 14th – November 20th:

    November 21, 2016 KBCS_Top10 Lee Fields & The Expressions Special Night Big Crown Y La Bamba Ojos Del Sol Independent T Sisters T Sisters Independent The Head and the Heart Signs of Light Warner Bros. Records Inc. Kishi Bashi Sonderlust Joyful Noise Recordings The Pretenders Alone BMG Kate Rusby Life In A Paper Boat Pure Clinton Fearon This Morning Boogie Brown Courtney Granger Beneath Still Waters ...
  • Top Ten November 7th – November 13th:

    November 14, 2016 KBCS_Top10 Lee Fields & The Expressions Special Night Big Crown Y La Bamba Ojos Del Sol Tender Loving Empire The Pretenders Alone BMG St. Paul & The Broken Bones Sea Of Noise Records Label LLC T Sisters T Sisters Indpendent Kishi Bashi Sonderlust Joyful Noise Recordings Van Morrison Keep ...
  • The Korean War – The First Desegregated Modern U.S. War

    November 11, 2016 Photo courtesy of Mark KThe Korean War, often referred to as the Forgotten War, has a significant place in history. It marked the first time in modern America that many black soldiers fought alongside their white counterparts. In 1950 the military was segregated which changed by the end of the war. Local retired captain Clifford Donnelly talks about his ...
  • “Not My President” – Seattle’s Protest

    November 11, 2016 imag1682-1Since the results of Tuesday’s election, thousands took to the streets across the country. In Seattle, protesters walked from downtown Seattle to the University of Washington campus.  KBCS Producer Casey Martin captured some perspectives from Wednesday night’s gatherings. photos: courtesy of Casey Martin              
  • Post-Election Sentiments

    November 10, 2016 post-election healing circle - courtesy of Bellevue CollegeHere’s a sampling of post-election thoughts and emotions from yesterday. KBCS News Director, Yuko Kodama takes you out onto the campus of Bellevue College to hear from students, and staff.
  • This Month, Celebrate the Vegan Lifestyle

    November 9, 2016 lakita-longevity-foodsThis month is World Vegan month.  According to a Vegetarian Times study, approximately 10 percent of U.S. adults say they largely follow a vegetarian-inclined diet now.  A vegan lifestyle means not consuming any animal products at all.  This means no meat, fish, dairy, eggs, or any by-products of these ingredients. KBCS Producer Ruth Bly spoke with ...
  • Democracy Now – Post 2016 Election 2 Hour Special

    November 9, 2016 Democracy Now logoDemocracy Now! features a special  two-hour, post 2016 elections edition.
  • Vote Supression During the 2016 Elections – Greg Palast

    November 8, 2016 dvd-kling-jacketInvestigative reporter, Greg Palast’s film The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, uncovers the many methods used to suppress votes across the United States. KBCS News Director Yuko Kodama spoke with Palast. Click here to watch the film, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy for free through election night and get a free comic book.
  • The Washington State Voter Rights

    November 7, 2016 courtesy of Felipe Rodriguez FloresWe speak with Latino Progress, Director of Civic Engagement and Advocacy, Felipe Rodriguez Flores about voters rights in Washington, amidst the Pasco Washington voters rights lawsuit. He was in the KBCS studios with News Director, Yuko Kodama.
  • Van Jones – Environmental Policy and Environmental Justice – Washington State

    November 4, 2016 courtesy of Van JonesThe author of The Green Collar Economy, CNN Crossfire Commentator, and former special advisor to the Obama administration on green jobs, Van Jones discusses environmental policy and social equity in Washington State with KBCS’s Yuko Kodama.
  • The Everett Massacre

    November 3, 2016 courtesy of the Everett Public LibraryNovember 5th 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the Everett Massacre, known as the bloodiest event in Washington labor history. As many as a dozen from a local historical labor organization, Industrial Workers of the World (the I.W.W.) may have lost their lives, as they faced off with squads hired by businesses and commercial interests ...
  • Reaching Out for the Asian Pacific Islander Vote

    November 2, 2016 Courtesy of Monica NgWhen we think about voting this season – consider the work that some put in to ensure more have a seat at the table of democracy. The Asian Counseling Referral Services’ Civic Engagement Program Manager, Monica Ng shares her experience with advocating for Asian Pacific Islanders in our region to vote. She was interviewed by ...
  • EJ Juárez on How to Get Equal Representation in our Government

    November 1, 2016 ej-juarezDespite Washington’s progressive access to voting, we have some of the country’s worst levels of equal representation in local government–meaning the racial demographics of elected officials are disproportionate to the racial and cultural makeup of our communities. Amplify is a movement-building organization that seeks out people with a progressive vision and helps them run for office. They ...
  • A Family’s Story of Living With Epilepsy

    November 1, 2016 Courtesy: Tomas de AquinoRyan Day is the father of a young boy with Dravet syndrome. He shares his unexpected path toward using medical marijuana to treat his son’s condition.
  • Top Ten October 31st – November 6th:

    October 31, 2016 KBCS_Top10 The Pretenders Alone BMG Y La Bamba Ojos Del Sol Unknown Label The Head and the Heart Signs of Light Warner Bros. Records Inc. St. Paul & The Broken Bones Sea Of Noise Records Label LLC Jonatha Brooke Midnight. Hallelujah. Independent We Banjo 3 String Theory Self Courtney Marie ...
  • How to Die

    October 31, 2016 courtesy of Presidencia de la República MexicanaBastyr University Professor and Naturopathic Physician, Dr. Brad Lichtenstein has worked with patients facing terminal illness for decades. He shares his take on how we die. He begins with a short guided meditation on your last moments alive.
  • Music of the Moment – November

    October 28, 2016 I-heart-musicHere are five albums we’re loving right now. Check them out! Pretenders – Alone Kishi Bashi – Sonderlust T Sisters – Self Titled Revolutionary Snake Ensemble – I Want That Sound! Lakou Mizik – Wa Di Yo Pretenders – Alone Chrissie Hynde, at sixty-five and four years younger than Hilary Clinton, is a rock institution. Usually, that sort of tag brings a weight heavy enough to ...
  • Eastside Homelessness: a Different Story

    October 27, 2016 courtesy of Congregations for the HomelessHomelessness may not be one of the first things that come to mind when you think of the booming cities and suburbs east of Lake Washington. But shelters on the Eastside estimate they’ll serve well over twenty five hundred people this coming year.  Congregations for the Homeless Executive Director David Bowling describes how being homeless on ...
  • An evening of blood-curdling Southwestern noir

    October 27, 2016 southwest-skull_square91.3 KBCS and the songwriters of Bushwick Book Club present an evening inspired by Cormac McCarthy’s 1985 novel Blood Meridian, November 2nd at Cafe Nordo. Blood Meridian or The Evening Redness in the West is an epic novel of 19th century murder and mysticism along the US-Mexico border. Bushwick Book Club is a songwriters’ collective. Each month ...
  • King, Pierce & Kitsap County Ballot Drop Boxes

    October 27, 2016 photo by litherlandYou can return your voting ballot at 24-hour drop box locations in King County and Pierce County and Kitsap County.  A postage stamp is not required if you drop off your ballot at these locations.  
  • Top Ten October 24th – October 30th:

    October 24, 2016 KBCS_Top10 The Frightnrs Nothing More To Say Daptone Recording Co. Joseph I’m Alone, No You’re Not ATO Amos Lee Spirit Republic St. Paul & The Broken Bones Sea Of Noise Records Label LLC Tall Heights Neptune Sony Music Entertainment Blue Highway Original Traditional Rounder Blind Pilot And Then Like Lions ATO Chatham County Line Autumn Yep Roc The Head and the Heart Signs of ...
  • Audubon Supports Carbon Tax I-732, Urges Action on Climate Change to Save Bird Populations

    October 21, 2016 Yellow-rumped Warbler // Photo by Jim CulpBirds exist everywhere we do, so it’s little wonder that they have been important to human culture from time immemorial. Their songs thrill along with their incredible display of speed and strength. Audubon has been dedicated to ensuring their survival since it was founded in 1905. From its work in stopping the sale of feathers ...
  • Smart Electric Meters, High Costs?

    October 20, 2016 In late September, City Council staff admitted Seattle’s electric utility had failed to meet revenue projections for the past four years. Despite a significant population increase, residential energy use dropped. City Light believes a large portion of the shortfall is due to conservation and a switch to more efficient energy devices. Reporter David Griffith spoke ...
  • Puget Sound Energy Trades in Gas, Electricity, Political Clout

    October 20, 2016 If you live in western Washington, chances are you get your power or your natural gas or both from Puget Sound Energy. The state’s largest utility company serves more than a million customers in 10 counties. But it’s not just energy that PSE trades in. The company also helps power campaigns and elections in Washington ...
  • The Social Justice Film Festival

    October 19, 2016 sjffThe Social Justice Film Festival has started, and features  52 films this year.  The Film Festival dives into topics ranging from workers’ rights to environmental issues. KBCS News Director Yuko Kodama spoke with Rhenda Meiser, Communications Director for the Social Justice Film Festival, and with two local filmmakers, Christy X whose short, Local Treasure screens on October 24th, and ...
  • Candidates John Pass and Tana Senn: State House of Representatives, 41st District

    October 18, 2016 photo by litherlandRepresentative Tana Senn is running to keep her seat in the State House, representing Washington’s 41st district. Listen to her take on some big issues—like funding schools, climate change, and minimum wage. Her challenger John Pass never responded to our requests for an interview.
  • Candidates Joan McBride and Benjamin Judah Phelps: State House of Representatives, 48th District

    October 18, 2016 photo by litherlandRepresentative Joan McBride talks about transit, state-wide minimum wage and how to fund public schools. She’s running to keep her position representing the 48th Legislative District in the State House of Representatives. Her opponent, Republican candidate Benjamin Judah Phelps never responded to our requests for an interview.
  • Top Ten October 17th – October 23rd:

    October 17, 2016 KBCS_Top10 Y La Bamba Ojos Del Sol Unknown Label The Frightnrs Nothing More To Say Daptone Recording Co. Joseph I’m Alone, No You’re Not ATO St. Paul & The Broken Bones Sea Of Noise Records Label LLC Blue Highway Original Traditional Rounder Chatham County Line Autumn Yep Roc The Head and the Heart Signs of Light Warner Bros. Records Inc. John Prine For ...
  • Candidates Roger Goodman and Ramiro Valderrama: State House of Representatives, 45th District

    October 17, 2016 photo by litherlandDeputy Mayor Ramiro Valderrama is challenging State Representative Roger Goodman for his position in the 45th district. Here’s KBCS News director Yuko Kodama with the coverage. The KBCS 2016 Election Series was produced by Jennie Cecil Moore and Angie Voyles Askham.
  • The Campaign Contributions Ballot Initiative. I-735

    October 17, 2016 photo by litherlandSupporters of Washington Ballot Initiative 735 are looking to overturn Citizens United— the 2010 Supreme Court decision that prohibited the government from restricting campaign contributions from corporations, under the ruling that those contributions are free speech. The ballot initiative itself pushes for the Washington state congressional delegation to propose a federal constitutional amendment that would say ...
  • Candidates Erin Jones and Chris Reykdal: Superintendent of Public Instruction

    October 17, 2016 photo by litherlandErin Jones and State Representative Chris Reykdal are running for the job of Superintendent of Public Instruction, a position that oversees the state’s K-12 education. This office provides funding and resources for public schools, administers basic education programs, and implements education reform. KBCS News Director Yuko Kodama has more. The KBCS 2016 Election Series was produced ...
  • Public Schools: the LGBTQ Community, and Communities of Color

    October 17, 2016 photo by litherlandNext up on the KBCS 2016 Election series, we have a conversation brought to us by KBCS Guest Producer Ijeoma Oluo. She spoke with Jessie Hagopian, Garfield high school teacher-educator and IAmAnEducator.com blogger, and Sarah Mayes, a transgender parent who transitioned while her two children attended the public schools. They discussed the experiences of the ...
  • Candidates Bob Hasegawa and Dennis Price: State Senate, 11th District

    October 14, 2016 photo by litherlandWe continue our coverage of the 2016 local elections with segments of interviews with State Senator Bob Hasegawa and Dennis Price, who are running for State Senate, 11th District. Here’s KBCS News Director, Yuko Kodama. This series was produced by Jennie Cecil Moore and Angie Voyles Askham.
  • Candidates Judy Clibborn and Michael Appleby: State House of Representatives, 41st District

    October 14, 2016 photo by litherlandNext on our 2016 Election Series: candidates for the state House of Representatives, Judy Clibborn and Michael Appleby, share their viewpoints on key issues. Here’s KBCS News director Yuko Kodama. This series was produced by Jennie Cecil Moore and Angie Voyles Askham.
  • Governor Jay Inslee and Bill Bryant: Washington State Governor

    October 13, 2016 photo by litherlandNext in our 2016 Election Series: Governor Jay Inslee is being challenged for his position this year by Republican candidate Bill Bryant, who previously served as Seattle Port Commissioner. KBCS News Director Yuko Kodama has the coverage. This series was produced by Jennie Cecil Moore and Angie Voyles Askham.
  • Candidates Sharon Tomiko Santos and John Dickinson: State House of Representatives, 37th District

    October 13, 2016 photo by litherlandToday in the KBCS 2016 Election Series– the race to represent the 37th legislative district, first position, in the State House. Democrat Sharon Tomiko Santos currently holds that position since being elected in 1998. This year, she’s being challenged for her position by non-partisan candidate John Dickinson. The 37th district extends along the southwestern border of Lake Washington, ...
  • The Carbon Tax Ballot Measure, I-732

    October 13, 2016 photo by litherlandWashington State Initiative Measure 732 would establish a state-wide tax on carbon emissions to fight climate change. Revenue raised from that tax would then pay for a reduced state sales tax, a rebate for low-income working households, and the effective elimination of a manufacturing tax. The initiative was brought about by the group Carbon Washington. There ...
  • Candidates Eric Pettigrew and Tamra Smilanich: State House of Representatives, 37th District

    October 12, 2016 photo by litherlandDemocrat Eric Pettigrew currently represents the 37th district in the State House of Representatives, in the second position. Representative Pettigrew was first elected to the position in 2002. He’s being challenged by non-partisan candidate Tamra Smilanich. The 37th district extends along the southwestern border of Lake Washington, including Beacon Hill, Columbia City, Rainier Beach, and Renton. KBCS ...
  • Candidates Steve Litzow and Lisa Wellman: State Senate, 41st District

    October 12, 2016 photo by litherlandRepublican State Senator Steve Litzow has represented the 41st legislative district for the past six years. He is being challenged this year by Democrat Lisa Wellman. The 41st legislative district covers Mercer Island, and stretches east to Bellevue, Newcastle, and the south-east border of Lake Sammamish. KBCS interviewed both candidates about their position on some key issues ...
  • Candidates Zack Hudgins and Erin Smith Aboudara: State House of Representatives, 11th District

    October 11, 2016 photo by litherlandIncumbent Zack Hudgins has represented the 11th district, first position, in the State House of Representatives since 2002. He is being challenged this year by Republican Erin Smith Aboudara. The 11th legislative district includes much of south Seattle, Tukwila, Renton, and Kent. KBCS News director Yuko Kodama has the coverage. Producers are Angie Voyles Askham and ...
  • Sound Transit 3 Ballot Measure

    October 11, 2016 photo by litherlandWith a national election approaching, voters are weighing some key issues. For Puget Sound area residents, a major transportation initiative will be decided. If approved, Sound Transit 3 will expand and improve local transit. Jennie Cecil Moore interviewed Abigail Doerr, Advocacy Director of Transportation Choices Coalition , Puget Sound Sage Program Manager, Uba Gaardherre and former ...
  • Candidates Michelle Darnell and Patty Kuderer: State House of Representatives, 48th District

    October 11, 2016 photo by litherlandLibertarian candidate Michelle Darnell and Democratic incumbent Patty Kuderer are running to represent the 48th legislative district, first position, in the State House of Representatives. Kuderer was appointed to the position last year after the resignation of Representative Ross Hunter. The 48th district covers a portion of the Eastside, including Bellevue, Redmond, and Kirkland. KBCS News director ...
  • Top Ten October 10th – October 16th:

    October 10, 2016 KBCS_Top10 Amos Lee Spirit Republic Joseph I’m Alone, No You’re Not ATO The Frightnrs Nothing More To Say Daptone Recording Co. Y La Bamba Ojos Del Sol Independent Mandolin Orange Blindfaller Yep Roc St. Paul & The Broken Bones Sea Of Noise Records Label LLC Tall Heights Neptune Sony Music Entertainment Courtney Marie Andrews Honest Life Mama Bird John Prine For Better, Or Worse ...
  • Candidates Pramila Jayapal and Brady Pinero Walkinshaw: U.S. House of Representatives, 7th District

    October 10, 2016 photo by litherlandWashington State Senator Pramila Jayapal and State Representative Brady Piñero Walkinshaw are running to represent our state’s 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. The 7th district includes most of Seattle, and extends north to Shoreline and Edmonds, and south to Burien, Normandy Park, and Vashon Island. Both candidates are running on the Democratic ...
  • Candidates Adam Smith and Doug Basler: U.S. House of Representatives, 9th District

    October 10, 2016 photo by litherlandDoug Basler is challenging incumbent Adam Smith to represent Washington’s 9th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Smith has held this position since 1997. The 9th Congressional District includes Bellevue, Mercer Island, much of South Seattle, Renton, and extends to Tacoma. After the redistricting of 2010, it became the state’s first majority minority district. KBCS ...
  • Democracy Now presidential candidate debate coverage October 9 & 10

    October 10, 2016 Democracy Now logoDemocracy Now!’s features “Expanding the Debate” 2016 U.S. presidential debate coverage with a feed from the October 9th presidential debate. On Sunday, October 9, 2016, Democracy Now! offered 3.5 hour  coverage from the U.S. presidential debate in St. Louis, MO. On Monday, October 10, 2016, Democracy Now! offered a special extra hour, expanding the debate to include candidates that were ...
  • KBCS 2016 Elections Coverage

    October 7, 2016 photo by litherlandKBCS brings you local elections coverage: unique and essential conversations about Washington ballot measures, and interviews with local candidates. Tune in to 91.3 starting at 7am Monday, and visit our Elections 2016 page to find audio and extra content.
  • Panels for Solar Roads Debut in North Idaho

    October 5, 2016 Courtesy of Solar RoadwaysA startup company from North Idaho captivated donors and YouTube viewers worldwide a few years ago with its idea for turning roads and parking lots into solar farms. Now that far-out idea is available for public inspection for the first time. Go to Sandpoint, Idaho, and you can walk or ride across heavy-duty solar panels ...
  • Top Ten October 3rd – October 9th:

    October 3, 2016 KBCS_Top10 Joseph I’m Alone, No You’re Not ATO Amos Lee Spirit Republic St. Paul & The Broken Bones Sea Of Noise Records Label LLC The Frightnrs Nothing More To Say Daptone Recording Co. Michael Kiwanuka Love & Hate Interscope Blind Pilot And Then Like Lions ATO Tall Heights Neptune Sony Music Entertainment Adam Steffey Here To Stay Mountain Home Mandolin Orange Blindfaller ...
  • THANK YOU!

    October 2, 2016 thank-youTHANK YOU to the nearly 1,000 generous members who helped make the KBCS Fall Fund Drive a success!  We simply wouldn’t be here without you. From groundbreaking music to thought-provoking news and public affairs programs, you are the core of everything we do at KBCS.  Thank you for being our heart and for making our community ...
  • Music of the Moment – October

    September 30, 2016 I-heart-musicCheck out these five new albums we’re loving right now. Margaret Glaspy – Emotion and Math St. Paul & the Broken Bones – Sea of Noise Courtney Marie Andrews – Honest Life Macy Gray – Stripped Chuck Foster – California Dubbin’ Margaret Glaspy – Emotion and Math Millennial torch songs? Glaspy is young enough that grunge could be her parent’s music, and while there is ...
  • Do Something

    September 28, 2016 Photo by Meagan HallThe commentary, “I am tired of Talking” is by Sakara Remmu, a contributing producer for KBCS.     photo: courtesy of rpphotos
  • Perspectives on our region’s Latino community

    September 28, 2016 photo courtesy of Andy BlackledgeWe celebrate our Latino community with the following series. Episode 1 & 2: Interview with Activist and Co-founder of El Centro de la Raza, Estela Ortega speaks about the local power of our Latino community Episode 3: Ese Teatro’s Founding Member and Artistic Director, Rose Cano speaks about what inspires her work in producing bilingual plays. Episode 4 & ...
  • Democracy Now! at the First Presidential Debate

    September 27, 2016 Democracy Now logoHillary Clinton and Donald Trump debated at Hofstra University last night, and Democracy Now! covered the event in a three hour special.  
  • Retreat or Fight? Fastest Erosion on U.S. West Coast Chews at Southwest Washington

    September 27, 2016 This will probably be the next in a long series of homes to fall into the sea at Washaway Beach, Washington. Photo by Tom Banse.The Washington State Department of Ecology says the fastest erosion on the West Coast is happening at aptly named Washaway Beach. That’s located between the southwest Washington towns of Grayland and Tokeland. Coastal erosion threatens not just homes and a vital highway, but now the multi-million dollar cranberry industry too. Most places threatened by erosion try ...
  • Top Ten September 26th – October 2nd:

    September 26, 2016 KBCS_Top10 Amos Lee Spirit Republic St. Paul & The Broken Bones Sea Of Noise Records Label LLC The Frightnrs Nothing More To Say Daptone Recording Co. Joseph I’m Alone, No You’re Not ATO Courtney Marie Andrews Honest Life Mama Bird Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris Trio II (CD 2) Warner Ralph Samuelson, Yoko Hiraoka The Universal Flute innova Tall Heights Neptune ...
  • Welcoming Fall with a Parade of Light

    September 23, 2016 imag1451Yesterday was the Autumnal Equinox, the official first day of fall, and the end of summer. Seattle residents bid farewell to the warm weather and sunny days Wednesday with an annual light parade around Green Lake. KBCS’ Casey Martin was at the event. As the last rays of sun set over Seattle’s Green Lake, glowing lights start ...
  • Moving from Suggestions to Mandates to Cut Wildfire Risk For Rural Homes

    September 20, 2016 Photo by Tom BanseSome Northwest cities, counties and private developers are going beyond the minimums in the state building codes to reduce wildfire risk. They’re banning shingle roofs and requiring fire-resistant siding. They’re also making homeowners mind their landscaping. Correspondent Tom Banse has more from near Spokane. Left: Developer Chris Heftel (right) and homeowner Mike Thompson discuss wildfire safety measures ...
  • Top Ten September 19th – September 25th:

    September 19, 2016 KBCS_Top10 Amos Lee Spirit Republic Courtney Marie Andrews Honest Life Mama Bird The Frightnrs Nothing More To Say Daptone Recording Co. Flock Of Dimes If You See Me, Say Yes Partisan Joseph I’m Alone, No You’re Not ATO St. Paul & The Broken Bones Sea Of Noise Records Label LLC John Scofield Country For Old Men Impluse/Universal France Michael Kiwanuka Love ...
  • What’s up with All the Dead Trees?

    September 16, 2016 Gaze across the mountains of the Northwest these days and you may notice an unusual number of dead firs, pines and other conifer trees scattered among the green ones. Drought is usually considered the prime culprit. But recent research suggests the damage that has historically been done to conifer forests by routine dry spells is ...
  • Oregon Third Parties See Opportunities In 2016 Presidential Election

    September 16, 2016 Photo by Chris LehmanPolls are showing that Oregon voters aren’t rallying around either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. While Clinton is expected to win the state, her campaign is struggling to attract Democrats who voted for Bernie Sanders in the May primary. But as Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman explains, Clinton and Trump aren’t the only presidential candidates on ...
  • Top Ten September 12th – September 18th:

    September 12, 2016 KBCS_Top10 Michael Kiwanuka Love & Hate Interscope The Frightnrs Nothing More To Say Daptone Recording Co. Amos Lee Spirit Republic Flock Of Dimes If You See Me, Say Yes Partisan Courtney Marie Andrews Honest Life Mama Bird Blind Pilot And Then Like Lions ATO David Holt & Josh Goforth Good Medicine High Windy Audio John Prine For Better, Or Worse Oh Boy Dolly Parton, ...
  • Amid Controversy, State and Stakeholders Uphold WA Wolf Management Plan

    September 12, 2016 Photo by Hilary Cooley // U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters // FlickrWhen Washington state wildlife officials announced they would eliminate the Profanity Peak wolf pack last month, they were operating under a new management plan. The plan came about after months of deliberation with various stakeholders ranging from livestock producers to conservation groups. But there were some parties left out of the discussion. Correspondent Emily Schwing ...
  • Top Ten September 5th – September 11th:

    September 5, 2016 KBCS_Top10 Amos Lee Spirit Republic Michael Kiwanuka Love & Hate Interscope Skye & Ross Skye & Ross Independent Tall Heights Neptune Sony Music Entertainment Courtney Marie Andrews Honest Life Mama Bird Bat For Lashes The Bride Warner Joseph I’m Alone, No You’re Not ATO Adam Steffey Here To Stay Mountain Home Karl Blau Introducing Karl Blau Self Erynn Marshall Greasy Creek Dittyville Past Top Ten
  • Our House is Your House

    September 2, 2016 KBCS CookiesA big THANK YOU to all of the listeners and members who joined us for the KBCS Summer Open House last weekend. It was a blustery day but that didn’t stop us from having fun. It always feels like summer when your party soundtrack is Hawai’i Radio Connection and Raizes! There were delicious eats (including some very festive KBCS ...
  • The Socialist Workers Party’s Candidate for President

    August 30, 2016 The platform and policies of Democratic presidential candidate Hilary Clinton and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump are all over the news as we get closer to November, leaving candidates from other national parties with little or no air time. Some 3rd party candidates like the Green Party’s Dr. Jill Stein and Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson ...
  • The Long Shadow of Fires in the Northwest

    August 30, 2016 Photo by Anna King // Northwest News NetworkAfter two years of some of the worst fires and smoke the Northwest has ever seen, Washington’s Methow Valley is catching its breath. Dozens of businesses didn’t make it through. And as correspondent Anna King reports, the fires still throw a long shadow. Left: Kathleen Jardin owns Methow Valley’s Central Reservations and an art gallery. She ...
  • Top Ten August 29th – September 4th:

    August 29, 2016 KBCS_Top10 Skye & Ross Skye & Ross Unknown Label Amos Lee Spirit Republic Joseph I’m Alone, No You’re Not ATO Michael Kiwanuka Love & Hate Interscope David Holt & Josh Goforth Good Medicine High Windy Audio Betty Davis The Columbia Years 1968-1969 Light in the Attic Sabrina Starke Sabrina Starke Zip Anna & Elizabeth Sun To Sun Unknown Label The Avett Brothers True Sadness ...
  • Oregon Teachers Ready For New Federal Education Law

    August 29, 2016 Photo by alamosbasement // FlickrIt takes only a moment to sign a major bill into law. It will take years to implement the new education policy outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which President Obama signed last December. The ESSA requires states to develop their own rules, and Oregon educators are looking forward to the possible impacts.
  • Winemakers Value Eco-Friendly Practices, Consumers Prioritize Taste

    August 26, 2016 Photo by Marlon E // FlickrKing Estate winery will officially be certified biodynamic this year. This is the latest in a long line of environmentally sound practices at wineries across Oregon. KLCC’s Kira Hoffelmeyer takes a look at whether these efforts matter to wine drinkers and others in the industry.
  • Fresh Bucks Rx: Prescribing a Trip to the Farmers Market

    August 25, 2016 Photo by Glenn Dettwiler // FlickrA new federally funded pilot program, “Fresh Bucks Rx,” allows medical providers to write a prescription for fruits and vegetables from farmers markets. The pilot was launched by the City of Seattle, Harborview Medical Center, and Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic along with Seattle and King County farmers markets, and aims to improve health outcomes for ...
  • Shopping at Farmers Markets is an Act of Social Justice

    August 25, 2016 Photo by Kristina D.C. Hoeppner // FlickrAccording to the Washington State Farmers Market Alliance and Washington State University, 115 farmers markets in our region collectively bring in 44 million dollars. In our last farmers market segment, Development Manager Patrice Barrentine discusses how participating in these markets is an act of community building and social justice.
  • Small Scale Farms Seek Resources for Food Processing

    August 24, 2016 Photo by kaushik panchal // FlickrIn part three of our farmers market series, we look at the increase in small scale farms and some of the challenges they face. Smaller farms without the resources to butcher their meat or wash their eggs currently have to transport much of their produce and livestock to other counties or states in order to ...
  • Into the Black: A Close-Up of What Was Lost in the Range 12 Wildfire

    August 23, 2016 Photo by Anna KingIn southeast Washington, the Range 12 wildfire is good and out. But now there’s 176,600 acres of black. Much of the valuable habitat on the Hanford Reach National Monument has been roasted. Correspondent Anna King took this journey — into the black. Left: In southeast Washington, the Range 12 wildfire burned 176-thousand acres. Much of ...
  • Farming in a Changing Climate

    August 23, 2016 Photo by cjuneauNext in our series on farmers markets, we take a look at how our region’s farmers experience the effects of climate change. King County Agriculture Policy and Economic Development Manager, Patrice Barrentine, shares how climate change is altering our local food sources.
  • What Farmers Markets Mean to Small Farms

    August 22, 2016 Photo by Gemma BillingsThis week we’re highlighting local farmers markets! In our first segment, we take a look at small farms. King County boasts 40 of the 170 state-wide farmers’ markets. Patrice Barrentine, King County Agriculture Policy and Economic Development Manager, shares what it takes to run a small farm growing food for the market today.
  • Top Ten August 22nd – August 28th

    August 22, 2016 KBCS_Top10 Michael Kiwanuka Love & Hate Interscope Bat For Lashes The Bride Warner Adam Steffey Here To Stay Mountain Home Blue Highway Original Traditional Rounder The Earls Of Leicester Rattle & Roar Rounder Amos Lee Spirit Republic The Analog Affair When You Go Self Anna & Elizabeth Sun To Sun Independent The Avett Brothers True Sadness American Recordings Robert Glasper Everything’s Beautiful Sony Past Top Ten
  • Top Ten August 15th – August 21st:

    August 15, 2016 KBCS_Top10 Bat For Lashes The Bride Warner Karl Blau Introducing Karl Blau Self case/lang/veirs case/lang/veirs Anti- Crater Talk To Me So I Can Fall Asleep Help Yourself Eliot Sumner Information Island Sabrina Starke Sabrina Starke Zip Eric Bibb And North Country Far With Dan The Happiest Man In The World Stony Plain Bryan Sutton The More I Learn Sugar Hill Anna & Elizabeth Sun ...
  • What’s Going on with the State Patrol Radio System?

    August 11, 2016 Photo by Austin Jenkins / NW News NetworkDelays, dead air and garbled transmissions have bedeviled a new Washington State Patrol radio system. Now the state auditor’s office is questioning the patrol’s no-bid contract with Motorola to build the system and the lack of an engineering study beforehand. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins has the latest:
  • Unearthing Historical Battlefields in Southern Oregon

    August 10, 2016 Photo by Tom BansePerhaps on a trip back East or to the American South, you’ve visited a Civil War battlefield or two. These national parks and pilgrimage sites receive hundreds of thousands of visitors annually. During the decade before the U.S. Civil War, a different conflict made a big impact on the Oregon Territory’s future. It’s known as the ...
  • Voting Rights Violations in Washington

    August 10, 2016 Last week, the Washington State chapter of the ACLU filed a lawsuit challenging the city of Pasco’s at-large election system for violating the Voting Rights Act. The ACLU alleges the city has been unlawfully diluting the vote of Latinos in elections, preventing any Latino candidates from winning City Council seats. This lack of minority representation is, ...
  • Top Ten August 8th – August 14th:

    August 8, 2016 KBCS_Top10 Bryan Sutton The More I Learn Sugar Hill case/lang/veirs case/lang/veirs Anti- Crater Talk To Me So I Can Fall Asleep Help Yourself O’Connor Band with Mark O’Connor Coming Home Concord Karl Blau Introducing Karl Blau Self Sabrina Starke Sabrina Starke Zip Anna & Elizabeth Sun To Sun Independent The Earls Of Leicester Rattle & Roar Rounder Marley’s Ghost The Woodstock Sessions Safe Arts Erynn ...
  • National Parks Become Concert Halls To Celebrate Park Service’s 100th Birthday

    August 8, 2016 Photo by Tom BanseNational parks will offer free admission on the final weekend of this month (Aug. 25-28) in honor of the 100th birthday of the National Park Service. Before then, the park service centennial is being celebrated with music. Southern Oregon’s Britt Orchestra and the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra are among more than a dozen arts organizations to commission ...
  • New Murals Bring Art to the SoDo Track

    August 5, 2016 Photo by Casey MartinTwo miles of Seattle’s downtown warehouse district are getting a new look! Artists from around the world and the Seattle area have been commissioned to paint vibrant murals along the SoDo Track–the transit corridor between 4th and 6th avenues only accessible to Light Rail and Metro buses. You can find a map of the SoDo Track murals here. An Opening ...
  • Olympic Runner Takes to Oregon Logging Roads for Rio Prep

    August 5, 2016 Bradley W. Parks / OPB newsThe U.S. Olympic team includes more than 75 athletes from the northwest. One of them is Minnesota transplant Ben Blankenship, who be will be competing in the men’s 15-hundred meter race later this month. He’s excited about Rio, and has been preparing by training in some uniquely northwest locations.
  • A Day At The Bus Stop

    August 4, 2016 photo courtesy of Oran ViriyincyWhat happens at a bus stop throughout the day? In this special edition of What’s the Flux: Commuter dispatches, lead Producer, Mona Yeh sends reporters out to visit some of our region’s busiest bus stops over a 24 hour period. You’ll listen to the rhythm at popular transit centers in our region, and what riders ...
  • How to Grow a Blueberry in the Desert

    August 2, 2016 Photo by Anna King / Northwest News NetworkOrganic blueberries are really hard to grow west of the Cascades — too many bugs and too much disease. But east of the mountains, they’re battling the desert. Correspondent Anna King visited a farm in Patterson to find out how blueberries could possibly grow in this environment, and came back with the answer: giant tents. Left: Flora Mendoza ...
  • Backers Say Potential Ballot Initiative Empowers Small Donors

    August 2, 2016 Chelsea Talbert/Integrity WashingtonBackers of an initiative aimed at amplifying small donations to politicians are waiting to hear if they’ve qualified for the November ballot. Initiative 1464 would give Washingtonians three 50-dollar “democracy vouchers” to donate to the politicians of their choice for each election. The measure has support from groups that span the political spectrum, who say that ...
  • Top Ten August 1st – August 7th:

    August 1, 2016 KBCS_Top10 case/lang/veirs case/lang/veirs Anti- Crater Talk To Me So I Can Fall Asleep Help Yourself Empty Houses Daydream Sargent House Eliot Sumner Information Island Sarah Jarosz Undercurrent Sugar Hill Jonah Smith Easy Prey Music Road Eric Bibb And North Country Far With Dan The Happiest Man In The World Stony Plain The Monkees Good Times! Rhino Allen Toussaint American Tunes Nonesuch Sara Watkins Young In ...
  • Music of the Moment – August

    July 29, 2016 I-heart-musicCheck out these five new albums we’re loving right now. Karl Blau  – Introducing Karl Blau Céu – Tropix Crater – Talk to Me so I Can Fall Asleep Erynn Marshall – Greasy Creek Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals – Call It What It Is Karl Blau – Introducing Karl Blau For a brief moment in the 1970s, R&B and C&W musicians looked to each other ...
  • Why is it hard for white people to talk about racism?

    July 29, 2016 RD-5-196x300We do not live in a color blind society. Racism is a very real issue. So why is it so hard for white people to talk about racism? Dr. Robin DiAngelo asks and provides answers to this question. She is a consultant and trainer on issues of racial and social justice. Robin received her PhD from ...
  • Legalizing Pot in Oregon…Again

    July 27, 2016 Photo by Chris LehmanEven though Oregon voters legalized recreational marijuana in 2014, you can’t legally buy the stuff in more than 100 Oregon communities. That’s because some city and county governments have banned recreational marijuana businesses. But voters in nearly half of those places will have the chance to overturn the bans this November. Correspondent Chris Lehman explains. Left: ...
  • Selling Electric Cars

    July 26, 2016 Photo by Tom BanseWashington, Oregon and California have lofty goals for increasing the number of non-polluting vehicles on the road. To achieve those goals, you and your neighbors will need to buy electric cars at a higher rate than we’re seeing now. That fact was on the minds of many at an electric vehicle conference in Portland last week, ...
  • Top Ten July 25th – July 31st:

    July 25, 2016 KBCS_Top10 case/lang/veirs case/lang/veirs Anti- Karl Blau Introducing Karl Blau Self Lori McKenna The Bird & The Rifle CN Bryan Sutton The More I Learn Sugar Hill Jonah Smith Easy Prey Music Road Eliot Sumner Information Island Marley’s Ghost The Woodstock Sessions Safe Arts Sam Bush Storyman Sugar Hill Sarah Jarosz Undercurrent Sugar Hill Kraak & Smaak Juicy Fruit Jalapeno Past Top Ten
  • Access to Healthy Food with Chef Tarik

    July 25, 2016 Courtesy of Tarik AbdullahChef Tarik Abdullah thinks all communities should have access to healthy food. That means better grocery stores, fresh fruits and vegetables, and knowledge of how to cook them up into something delicious. Sonya Green spoke with Chef Tarik about his goals of bringing quality food to Hillman City and other neighborhoods of color, and why getting ...
  • Our State Primary Ballot

    July 22, 2016 IMG_NYCWashington voters have a political homework assignment this summer–and it’s due August 2nd. It’s all of the candidates to sift through for the primary election. Here’s what you need to know-    
  • Party on Wheels Bus Stories

    July 22, 2016 IMG_1014We invited the community to a Party on Wheels. Parents, kids, senior citizens and the like all enjoyed talking about their bus experiences. Correspondent Nathan Miller has the dispatch. Click here for more What’s the Flux?: Commuter Dispatches.
  • #BlackMenDream

    July 21, 2016 shikeith_where-troubles-melt-like-lemon-drops_2013_photography_24-by-36-inchesThe recent viral photo of Ieshia Evans standing in peaceful protest as she is arrested by police in riot gear is reminiscent of photos from the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s. The struggle for equality and respect continues in this era with the Black Lives Matter Movement. The Seattle Art Museum is hosting an exhibit ...
  • Top Ten July 18th – July 24th:

    July 18, 2016 KBCS_Top10 Sara Watkins Young In All The Wrong Ways New West The Avett Brothers True Sadness American Recordings Michael Franti & Spearhead Soulrocker Fantasy Sabrina Starke Sabrina Starke Zip Bryan Sutton The More I Learn Sugar Hill case/lang/veirs case/lang/veirs Anti- Paul Simon Stranger To Stranger Concord Eliot Sumner Information Island The Earls Of Leicester Rattle & Roar Rounder Robert Ellis Robert Ellis New West Past Top ...
  • Top Ten July 11th – July 17th:

    July 11, 2016 KBCS_Top10 case/lang/veirs case/lang/veirs Anti- Sarah Jarosz Undercurrent Sugar Hill Robert Ellis Robert Ellis New West Sabrina Starke Sabrina Starke Zip Adia Victoria Beyond The Bloodhounds Atlantic Sara Watkins Young In All The Wrong Ways New West JD Allen Americana Savant Beth Orton Kidsticks Anti- Day Of The Dead (Various) Day Of The Dead 4AD Leyla McCalla A Day for the Hunter, A Day for the ...
  • Seattle Rally for Black Lives Matter

    July 11, 2016 Black Lives Matter rally in Seattle on Thursday, July 7. Photo courtesy: Casey MartinOn Thursday a vigil was held in Seattle to honor police shooting victims Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. The gathering of over a thousand people was led by the family of Che Taylor who was killed by Seattle police in February. As the vigil turned to protest, Casey Martin was there to talk with demonstrators.
  • Top Ten July 4th – July 10th:

    July 4, 2016 KBCS_Top10 Beth Orton Kidsticks Anti- case/lang/veirs case/lang/veirs Anti- Sara Watkins Young In All The Wrong Ways New West Sarah Jarosz Undercurrent Sugar Hill Leyla McCalla A Day for the Hunter, A Day for the Prey Unknown Label The Monkees Good Times! Rhino Allen Toussaint American Tunes Nonesuch Adia Victoria Beyond The Bloodhounds Atlantic Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice Poor Boy’s Pleasure Mountain Fever Corinne Bailey ...
  • Thanks for the big finish!

    July 1, 2016 Thank You 2KBCS extends a special thanks to all of the dedicated listeners and members who donated before June 30th to end the KBCS budget year with a bang!  Simply put, we couldn’t do it without YOU.  The progressive public affairs programs, local news reporting, and eclectic music you hear on KBCS is available to the whole community because of your ...
  • Music of the Moment – July

    July 1, 2016 I-heart-musicCheck out these five new albums we’re loving right now. case/lang/veirs – case/lang/veirs Sabrina Starke – Sabrina Starke Allen Toussaint – American Tunes Special Consensus – Long I Ride The Monkees – Good Times! case/lang/veirs – case/lang/veirs We’re told that k.d. lang thought Neko Case and Laura Veirs would be the perfect partners to join her in a punk band – hard to deny ...
  • #UnmuteTheCommute

    June 30, 2016 The KBCS Party on Wheels bus courtesy of King County Metro transit.We missed you at our #PartyonWheels. But we didn’t want you to miss out on the fun. You can check out what you missed here. Click here for more What’s the Flux?: Commuter Dispatches.
  • Weekday schedule update launches July 1st

    June 27, 2016 KBCS_300x250Listeners to 91.3 KBCS will notice some changes when they tune in on weekdays starting July 1. Weekday listeners will enjoy progressive ideas throughout the morning, and an eclectic blend of music from noon through the evening. The Thom Hartmann Program returns to live broadcast, allowing listeners to call in and participate. Iaan Hughes is followed by veteran ...
  • Top Ten June 27th – July 3rd:

    June 27, 2016 KBCS_Top10 Allen Toussaint American Tunes Nonesuch case/lang/veirs case/lang/veirs Anti- Sarah Jarosz Undercurrent Sugar Hill Beth Orton Kidsticks Anti- Robert Ellis Robert Ellis New West The Soul Of John Black Early In The Moanin’ Cadabra Eric Bibb And North Country Far With Dan The Happiest Man In The World Stony Plain Kaia ...
  • Top Ten June 20th – June 26th:

    June 27, 2016 KBCS_Top10 case/lang/veirs case/lang/veirs (Anti-) Charlie Faye & The Fayettes Charlie Faye & The Fayettes (Self) Gregory Porter Take Me To The Alley (Blue Note) Corinne Bailey Rae The Heart Speaks In Whispers (Caroline) Special Consensus Long I Ride (Compass) The Monkees Good Times! (Rhino) Sarah Jarosz Undercurrent (Sugar Hill) Paul Simon Stranger To Stranger (Concord) Allen Toussaint American Tunes (Nonesuch) Debo Band Ere Gobez (FPE) Past ...
  • Top Ten June 13th – June 19th:

    June 20, 2016 KBCS_Top10 Sara Watkins Young In All The Wrong Ways (New West) Sarah Jarosz Undercurrent (Sugar Hill) Beth Orton Kidsticks (Anti-) The Honeycutters On the Ropes (Organic) The Soul Of John Black Early In The Moanin’ (Cadabra) case/lang/veirs case/lang/veirs (Anti-) Leyla McCalla A Day for the Hunter, A Day for the Prey (Jazz Village) Darrell Scott Couchville Sessions (Thirty Tigers) Allen Toussaint American Tunes (Nonesuch) Adia ...
  • Eastside Vigil after Orlando Massacre

    June 17, 2016 photo courtesy of torbakhopper An Interfaith Vigil was held in Bellevue after the Orlando Massacre. Last month, KBCS reporter Casey Martin looked into the impact of this event and other hate crimes on our local Muslim and gay communities. The shooting took place during the Observance of Ramadan and Pride Month.   photo by torbakhopper
  • Top Ten June 6th – June 12th:

    June 13, 2016 KBCS_Top10 Leyla McCalla A Day for the Hunter, A Day for the Prey (Jazz Village) Carrie Rodriguez Lola (Thirty Tigers) Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals Call It What It Is (Stax) Kaia Kater Nine Pin (Kingswood) The Soul Of John Black Early In The Moanin’ (Cadabra) Sam Beam And Jesca Hoop Love Letter For Fire (Sub Pop) Joe Driscoll & Sekou ...
  • Bus Rides, Laughing Yoga and Senior Citizens

    June 9, 2016 Sashi yoga poseTaking the bus is no laughing matter for senior citizen couple, Sashi and Ravi. They live in Bellevue and rely heavily on public transportation to connect with their community through the Indian Association of Western Washington. It’s how they get to laughing chair yoga and share precious laughs with other senior citizens. Here’s the ...
  • Top Ten May 30th – June 5th:

    June 6, 2016 KBCS_Top10 Kaia Kater Nine Pin (Kingswood) Debo Band Ere Gobez (FPE) Gregory Porter Take Me To The Alley (Blue Note) Beth Orton Kidsticks (Anti-) The Bills Trail of Tales (Factor) Jane Ira Bloom Early Americans (Outline) The Lumineers Cleopatra (Dualtone) Corinne Bailey Rae The Heart Speaks In Whispers (Caroline) Snarky Puppy Culcha Vulcha (GroundUP) Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate Monistic Theory (Cumbancha)
  • Journalism Fundamentals Training

    June 6, 2016 One World Report-Pledge Drive 022Want to learn the fundamentals of community journalism? You can take a training class at KBCS.
  • Music of the Moment: June

    June 3, 2016 I-heart-musicCheck out these five new albums we’re loving right now. Various Artists – Day of the Dead Debo Band – Ere Gobez Leyla McCalla – A Day for the Hunter, A Day for the Prey Western Centuries – Weight of the World Kevin Morby – Singing Saw Various Artists – Day of the Dead Allow me to gush: I love this. Spin Day of the ...
  • Four Buses, Five Hours, Two Destinations

    June 2, 2016 Coen getting ready to board one of four buses he has to take. Photo courtesy Masao Yamada.Seattle is not the only place where housing affordability is a concern. On the eastside, housing prices forced high school student, Coen Lavar’s family to relocate to Renton. For Coen, this meant a longer commute to his school in Sammamish. Much longer. Mona Yeh has his dispatch. Click here for more What’s the Flux?: Commuter Dispatches.
  • Party on Wheels

    May 31, 2016 KBCS_PartyWheels_150x150_2Don’t miss our Listening Party on Wheels event!
  • Gia’s Bike & Bus Commute

    May 26, 2016 Gia gets her bike ready for the bus bike rack.Housing affordability is an ongoing issue in Seattle. For bike and bus commuter, Gia Mugford, housing prices are one part of the equation. For Gia congestion, parking availability and constant crowds on Capitol Hill were other factors that led her to make a move. Gia left Seattle and moved to Tacoma where she’s happy with ...
  • A note from John Gilbreath

    May 13, 2016 JohnMy dear Caravan listeners Today I bid farewell to the morning Caravan schedule. I’ll miss you all. While I’d much rather be over engaged with life than sitting on a couch somewhere, I have been stretched pretty thin these past few years. I need to reapportion my daytime hours in order to give more attention to my ...
  • Life lessons learned on the bus

    May 12, 2016 Tacoma artist, Lynn DiNino shares her story at WTFlux: Unmute the Commute on Thursday, April 21.Our WTFlux team learned at our April event that when you “unmute the commute”, you can learn a lot. From having conversations to strangers to people watching that inspires art, there are many life lessons that can be learned. In this excerpt from the event, you hear Seattle bus chick, Carla Saulter, artist, Lynn DiNino ...
  • Music of the Moment: May

    May 8, 2016 I-heart-musicCheck out these five new albums we’re loving right now. Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide To Earth Anoushka Shankar – Land of Gold Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop – Love Letter For Fire Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate – Monistic Theory Gregory Porter – Take Me To The Alley Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide To Earth There’s a line in ...
  • About a girl

    May 6, 2016 kim-gordon-girl-in-a-band-eventJoin 91.3 KBCS and the songwriters of Bushwick Book Club for a concert inspired by Girl in a Band, the memoir by Kim Gordon, bass player for Sonic Youth, May 13th at The Royal Room Bushwick Book Club is a songwriters’ collective. Each month they read a book, write songs inspired by it, and perform those ...
  • My America

    May 5, 2016 Sisters, Dr. Georgia McDade and bus driver, Mary Stewart share stories about their America at a WTFlux event at Taste of the Carribean in Seattle.In April, the What’s the Flux team held a listening party in Seattle. It featured many voices including sisters Dr. Georgia McDade and Mary Stewart. They both gave a description of the America they live in. Click here for more What’s the Flux?: Commuter Dispatch stories.
  • Top Ten April 25th – May 1st:

    May 2, 2016 KBCS_Top10 Sam Beam And Jesca Hoop  Love Letter For Fire  (Sub Pop) Andrew Bird  Are You Serious  (Loma Vista) CéU  Tropix  (Six Degrees) Lake Street Dive  Side Pony  (Nonesuch) Anoushka Shankar  Land Of Gold  (Universal) Sturgill Simpson  A Sailor’s Guide to Earth  (Atlantic) The Bills  Trail of Tales  (Factor) The Cactus Blossoms  You’re Dreaming  (Red House) Laura Gibson  Empire Builder  (Barsuk) The Spinney Brothers  Living The ...
  • Dorian Wants Transit Policy Towards Disabled Persons to Change, Part 2

    April 28, 2016 Wheelchair user, Dorian Taylor meets with King County Metro representative, Tim Flanagan on the bus.We introduced you to Dorian Taylor, a wheelchair user and regular bus-rider who’s experienced challenges with nearly every single ride. Dorian wants to change transit policy to better address the needs of the wheelchair user community. After her story aired, King County Metro contacted Dorian to hold a meeting with their ADA Compliance Officer. The What’s ...
  • Top Ten April 18th – April 24th:

    April 25, 2016 KBCS_Top10 Lake Street Dive  Side Pony  (Nonesuch) Sturgill Simpson  A Sailor’s Guide to Earth  (Atlantic) Sam Beam And Jesca Hoop  Love Letter For Fire  (Sub Pop) Andrew Bird  Are You Serious  (Loma Vista) The Lonesome River Band  Bridging The Tradition  (Mountain Home) Thao & The Get Down Stay Down  A Man Alive  (Ribbon) Town Mountain  Southern Crescent  (LoHi) Charlie Faye & The Fayettes  ...
  • Transit Access for the DeafBlind Community, Part 2

    April 21, 2016 Chris Loomis waiting on the bus in Seattle.We continue our exploration of issues around access and mobility for people in the DeafBlind community with Chris Loomis. Producer, Mona Yeh and correspondent Yuko Kodama spent time at The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. in Seattle to learn more. Here’s the dispatch. Click here for more What’s the Flux?: Commuter Dispatch stories.
  • Top Ten April 11th – April 17th:

    April 18, 2016 KBCS_Top10 Charles Bradley  Changes  (Dunham) Adrian Younge  Adrian Younge Presents Something About April II (Linear Labs) Andrew Bird  Are You Serious  (Loma Vista) Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals  Call It What It Is  (Stax) Lake Street Dive  Side Pony  (Nonesuch) Laura Gibson  Empire Builder  (Barsuk) Loretta Lynn  Full Circle  (Legacy) Basia Bulat  Good Advice  (Secret City) Sam Beam And Jesca Hoop  Love Letter ...
  • Transit Access for the DeafBlind Community, Part 1

    April 14, 2016 Debra Kahn from the Deaf Blind service center at a bus stop getting ready to enter a crosswalk.Daily commuting activities such as crossing the street, boarding a bus, and knowing where to get off – become part of a completely different world for those in the deaf-blind community. Seattle has perhaps one of the largest and most active DeafBlind communities in the country. Producer, Mona Yeh and correspondent, Yuko Kodama spent time ...
  • Emily’s Bike & Bus Commute

    April 12, 2016 Emily gets her bike ready to put on the bus bike rack.Emily Campbell enjoys her bike to bus commute just the way it is. Driving a car is not an option she likes or thinks about. In fact, Emily says even if she won the lottery, she’d buy a car but still take the bus. Correspondent Whitney Henry Lester rode along with Emily and brings you ...
  • Top Ten April 4th – April 10th:

    April 11, 2016 KBCS_Top10 CéU  Tropix  (Six Degrees) Vox Vidorra  Promise Land  (Self) Adan & Xavi  Y Los Imanes  (Self) Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals  Call It What It Is  (Stax) Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros  PersonA  (Community) Laura Gibson  Empire Builder  (Barsuk) Margo Price  Midwest Farmer’s Daughter  (Third Man) Rokia Traoré  Né So  (Nonesuch) Tacocat  Lost Time  (Hardly Art) The Hackensaw Boys  Charismo  (Free Dirt) Past ...
  • Music of the Moment: April

    April 8, 2016 I-heart-musicFive new albums just in time for Spring. Charles Bradley – Changes The Screaming Eagle of Soul released his first album in 2011 when he was 63 years old. Since then he’s been making up for lost time – or perhaps he was just warming up. Either way, his third album “Changes,” is pure Daptone soul. Check ...
  • Singing ’bout a revolution

    April 1, 2016 Marjane-Satrapi-Persepolis-bushwick-eventPoster91.3 KBCS and the songwriters of Bushwick Book Club present a musical evening inspired by Marjane Satrapi’s autobiographical graphic novel Persepolis at The Royal Room, April 7th. Set during and after Iran’s Islamic Revolution, Persepolis recounts Satrapi’s coming-of-age in the midst of war and exile. Bushwick Book Club is a songwriters’ collective. Each month they read a ...
  • Unmute the Commute: Stories from the Bus

    April 1, 2016 FLUXlogoJoin us for an evening of stories and community around a central shared experience: riding the bus. What’s the Flux?: Commuter Dispatches is a series through 91.3 KBCS that captures first-hand accounts of this community through the lens of people who commute using the bus. This interactive event will feature both audio and live stories, ...
  • A View From the Bus Driver’s Seat

    March 31, 2016 King County Metro transit operator, Janice Rapier.Waking up before the sun rises and driving a big machine are two things Janice Rapier likes to do. After 30 years of perfecting this routine as a part-time transit operator for King County Metro Transit, Janice appreciates the perks of driving a bus. And she especially likes the fact that it’s one profession where ...
  • Top Ten March 21st – March 28th:

    March 28, 2016 KBCS_Top10 Andrew Bird  Are You Serious  (Loma Vista) CéU  Tropix  (Six Degrees) Lake Street Dive  Side Pony  (Nonesuch) Teddy Thompson And Kelly Jones  Little Windows  (CV 30) Charles Bradley  Changes  (Dunham) Carrie Rodriguez  Lola  (Thirty Tigers) Carolina Blue  Goin’ Home Today  (Self) The Cave Singers  Banshee  (Self) M. Ward More Rain (Merge) Alfredo Rodriguez  Tocororo  (Mack Avenue) Past Top Ten
  • Dorian Wants Transit Policy Towards Disabled Persons to Change, Part 1

    March 24, 2016 Bus stop 1When Dorian has a smooth bus ride, it’s an experience to cherish. What’s the Flux producer, Mona Yeh, took a ride with Dorian to get a first-hand account of the experience. Here’s the dispatch. Click here for more What’s the Flux?: Commuter Dispatch stories.
  • Happy 331st Birthday Bach

    March 21, 2016 Bits-2015-defaultpic-500x551 Grand piano at the subway? Time to get the camera out-A #wtflux postcard @KBCS #findingamerica #bachinthesubways pic.twitter.com/2iZlEDkge9 — Mona Yeh (@MonaYeh) March 21, 2016
  • Top Ten March 14th – March 20th:

    March 21, 2016 KBCS_Top10 Carrie Rodriguez  Lola  (Thirty Tigers) Mavis Staples  Livin’ On A High Note  (Anti-) Teddy Thompson and Kelly Jones  Little Windows  (CV 30) CéU  Tropix  (Six Degrees) Lake Street Dive  Side Pony  (Nonesuch) Laurie Lewis and The Right Hands  The Hazel and Alice Sessions  (Spruce & Maple) Lou Doillon  Lay Low  (Barclay) Loretta Lynn  Full Circle  (Legacy) Esperanza Spalding  Emily’s D+Evolution  (Concord) Charles Bradley  Changes  ...
  • Kehinde Wiley

    March 11, 2016 Kehinde Wiley_programsAfrican American artist, Kehinde Wiley, captivates audiences with his work. He’s a seasoned artist but many are meeting him for the first time through his exhibit, A New Republic, on display at the Seattle Art Museum. The Seattle Art Museum was intentional in choosing to open Wiley’s exhibit during Black History Month. They were also intentional ...
  • Music of the Moment: March

    March 8, 2016 I-heart-musicSpring is upon us! We’re ecstatic about the new album from Rokia Traoré, and the sophomore effort from local moderns Deep Sea Diver, as well as new work from Lake Street Dive, Grant Lee Phillips, and Loretta Lynn. Deep Sea Diver – Secrets Up until now, Jessica Dobson might be best known as a touring guitarist ...
  • KBCS curated concert series kicks off April 29th

    March 8, 2016 SoundVision-series91.3 KBCS and Bellevue Arts Museum present Sound & Vision, a brand new concert series in an artful environment. Join us for live music, djs, art, and libations. Sound & Vision concert series April 29 – The Westerlies with Breaks & Spells May 27 – Sisters June 24 – Shaprece August 26 – Naomi Wachira September 30 – Grace Love October 28 ...
  • Top Ten February 29th – March 6th:

    March 7, 2016 KBCS_Top10 Bill Frisell  When You Wish Upon a Star  (Okeh) Ronnie Spector  English Heart  (429) Mavis Staples  Livin’ On A High Note  (Anti-) Rokia Traoré  Né So  (Nonesuch) Basia Bulat  Good Advice  (Secret City) Charles Bradley  Changes  (Dunham) Rhiannon Giddens  Factory Girl  (Nonesuch) Loretta Lynn  Full Circle  (Legacy) Luther Dickinson  Blues & Ballads  (New West) Baaba Maal  The Traveller  (Palm Pictures) Past Top Ten
  • The Racial Reality of Being Mixed Race

    March 4, 2016 1RaisingMixedRace_bookcoverWhat does it mean to mixed race? It’s a term recognized but rarely considered in conversations about race and racial identity. However, it should be since according to reports, multiracial individuals are the fastest growing youth group. Seattle-based author and activist, Sharon H. Chang debuts her first book Raising Mixed Race: Multiracial Asian Children In ...
  • Homeless but not Hopeless; Riding the Bus to a Better Future

    March 3, 2016 Al Brown rides the bus to school at Evergreen State College-Tacoma, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016. (GRANT HINDSLEY, seattlepi.com)The bus is a means to a better life for Al Brown. Brown is homeless but not hopeless. He has been homeless for years but that has not determined his outlook on life. Brown is a college student who depends on the bus to move him towards a better future. Whitney Henry-Lester brings us Al’s ...
  • Route 48 Ride Along

    March 2, 2016 A campaign got route 48 for the Central District and continued advocacy keeps the bus route in business. The Transit Riders Union is very active in ensuring transit justice for all. Yuko Kodama spoke with Transit Riders union General Secretary and Organizer, Katie Wilson. Click here for more What’s the Flux?: Commuter Dispatches stories.  
  • Top Ten February 22nd – February 28th:

    February 29, 2016 KBCS_Top10 Mavis Staples  Livin’ On A High Note  (Anti-) Charles Bradley  Changes  (Dunham) Luther Dickinson  Blues & Ballads  (New West) Bill Frisell  When You Wish Upon a Star  (Okeh) Esperanza Spalding  Emily’s D+Evolution  (Concord) Rokia Traoré  Né So  (Nonesuch) The Brothers Comatose  City Painted Gold  (Swamp Jam) Deep Sea Diver  Secrets  (High Beam) Lou Doillon  Lay Low  (Barclay) Dori Freeman  Dori Freeman  (Free Dirt) Past Top ...
  • Celebrating Black Love Through the Eyes of Art

    February 26, 2016 CS6ja9hUEAIYMkzOne of Seattle’s biggest Black History Month celebrations happens at EMP Museum called, “Through the Eyes of Art”. The creator of the annual event, Seattle rapper, Draze, stopped by the KBCS studios with more details about this year’s theme of Black Love. It includes an exhibit featuring local black artists, a relationship panel and the ...
  • The Campaign for Seattle’s Bus Route 48

    February 25, 2016 Former Seattle CORE member, Maid AdamsWhat many in Seattle know as bus route 48 didn’t always exist. Thanks to the hard work of community organizers and advocates in 1966, Seattle’s Central Area got much needed north-south transportation. Among the leaders who worked on the Crosstown Bus Campaign was Maid Adams of Seattle Congress of Racial Equality or CORE. Adams reflected ...
  • Seattle Central District Mini-Tran Project

    February 23, 2016 Seattle Central District Mini-Tran Project, 1969-1974In 1966, the U.S. Congress passed legislation to initiate the Model Cities Program. The program was developed to address social and economic disadvantages among other things. In 1971, Seattle became a Model City. One of the programs funded was the Mini-Tran Project, a neighborhood bus system that served Seattle’s Central District residential neighborhoods. The bus ...
  • Top Ten February 15th – February 21st:

    February 22, 2016 KBCS_Top10 Solas  All These Years  (THL) Laurie Lewis and The Right Hands  The Hazel and Alice Sessions  (Spruce & Maple) Baaba Maal  The Traveller  (Palm Pictures) Grace Love and The True Loves  Grace Love & The True Loves  (Self) Battlefield Band  Beg & Borrow  (Temple) Sainkho Namtchylak  Like a Bird or Spirit, Not a Face  (Ponderosa) Carrie Rodriguez  Lola  (Thirty Tigers) Dori Freeman  ...
  • Little Rock Nine member, Dr. Terrence Roberts

    February 19, 2016 Photo courtesy of the National Park Service and the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site.Dr. Terrence Roberts was one of the Little Rock Nine. The first group of African American students to desegregate Little Rock Central High School in 1957. Dr. Roberts spoke at Bellevue City Hall in January.
  • Awesome Bruce Cockburn/Kat Edmonson duet

    February 18, 2016 http://vimeo.com/116606781
  • School Desegregation and Busing in Seattle

    February 18, 2016 Young Winona Hollins-Hauge is pictured here with others who participated in the busing program.Seattle implemented a desegregation busing plan in 1978. The program lasted over two decades. Opinions on the success of busing varies. WTFlux spoke with Dr. Norwood Brooks, one of Washington state’s first elected black officials. We also spoke with Winona Hollins-Hauge, who was among the first to be a participate in the busing program. They ...
  • Bus Boycotts and Segregation

    February 16, 2016 Author and poet, Georgia McDade on the bus.We explore buses and transportation as centers of movement-building and activism. Segregated bus systems were deemed unconstitutional in 1961, only after very persistent efforts by hundreds of freedom fighters who put their life on the line as they demanded for desegregated bus facilities. South Seattle resident and educator, Georgia McDade, grew up in Munroe, Louisiana. ...
  • Top Ten February 8th – February 14th:

    February 15, 2016 KBCS_Top10 Dori Freeman  Dori Freeman  (Free Dirt) Laurie Lewis and The Right Hands  The Hazel and Alice Sessions  (Spruce & Maple) Aoife O’Donovan  In The Magic Hour  (Yep Roc) Eli West  The Both  (Self) Susie Burke & David Surette  Waiting for the Sun  (Madrina) Rhiannon Giddens  Factory Girl  (Nonesuch) Infamous Stringdusters  Ladies & Gentlemen  (Compass) Grace Love and The True Loves  Grace Love ...
  • The History of Seattle’s First Black-owned Radio Station

    February 15, 2016 Former KYAC General Manager, Don Dudley interviewed by Seattle Theatre Group's Vivian Phillips at KBCS.In 1965, Seattle soul station KYAC went on the air. At the time it was owned by a white man but that would change. Don Dudley eventually took ownership of the station, becoming the first African American to own a radio station in Seattle. Former KYAC radio announcer and now Seattle Theatre Group, Marketing and Communications Director, ...
  • Finding Love on the Bus

    February 14, 2016 Alper and Amanda met on the bus and fell in love.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. Troy ...
  • Top Ten February 7th – March 13th:

    February 14, 2016 KBCS_Top10 Rokia Traoré Né So (Nonesuch) Lake Street Dive Side Pony (Nonesuch) The Cave Singers Banshee (Self) Evie Ladin Band Jump The Fire (Self) Basia Bulat Good Advice (Secret City) The Brainstormers Never Gonna Rain (Self) Carolina Blue Goin’ Home Today (Self) Kate Campbell The K.O.A. Tapes (Vol.1) ...
  • Top Ten February 1st – February 7th:

    February 8, 2016 KBCS_Top10 Grace Love and The True Loves  Grace Love & The True Loves  (Self) Rhiannon Giddens  Factory Girl  (Nonesuch) Eli West  The Both  (Self) Courtney Barnett  Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit  (House Anxiety) Aoife O’Donovan  In The Magic Hour  (Yep Roc) The Cactus Blossoms  You’re Dreaming  (Red House) Baaba Maal  The Traveller  (Palm Pictures) Brennen Leigh  Sings Lefty ...
  • A Student Led Movement for Transit Justice Pays Off

    February 4, 2016 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 GallegosSeattle 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 ...
  • An ORCA card makes a difference for Rainier Beach HS student, Mariam Bayo

    February 2, 2016 Rainier Beach High School Sophomore, Mariam Bayo at her bus stop.Today we unmute the commute with Mariam Bayo. Mariam Bayo was one of 50 students who received 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. Correspondent Yuko ...
  • Top Ten January 25th – January 31st:

    February 1, 2016 KBCS_Top10 Grace Love and The True Loves  Grace Love & The True Loves  (Self) The Arcs  Yours, Dreamily  (Nonesuch) The James Hunter Six  Hold On!  (Daptone) Charm City Junction  Charm City Junction  (Patuxent) Bill Frisell  When You Wish Upon a Star  (Okeh) Rhiannon Giddens  Factory Girl  (Nonesuch) Baaba Maal  The Traveller  (Palm Pictures) Luther Dickinson  Blues & Ballads  (New West) Kode9  Nothing  (Hyperdub) Aoife O’Donovan  ...
  • Music of the Moment: February

    February 1, 2016 Close Up Needle on RecordTekla 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 multi-instrumentalist, singer, and ...
  • Holly Eckert’s dispatch: Riding with a Disability

    January 28, 2016 Holly EckertWe 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 decided ...
  • Transgender Access To Restrooms, Locker Rooms Spurs Impassioned Debate

    January 28, 2016 Courtesy: Flickr user, jessamyn westAllowing 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 ...
  • Eastside Homelessness

    January 28, 2016 courtesy of Congregations for the Homeless, BellevueHomelessness 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 Methodist Church ...
  • Lt. Governor Removes Controversial Senator From Human Trafficking Task Force

    January 27, 2016 roach-taskforceBy 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

    January 26, 2016 Tacoma artist, Lynn Di Nino at her studio.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 ...
  • College Affordability In Spotlight Under The Dome In Boise & Olympia

    January 26, 2016 icy fountainBy 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 to ...
  • Top Ten January 18th – January 24th

    January 25, 2016 KBCS_Top10 Aoife O’Donovan  In The Magic Hour  (Yep Roc) Tedeschi Trucks Band  Let Me Get By  (Fantasy) Dori Freeman  Dori Freeman  (Unknown Label) Baaba Maal  The Traveller  (Palm Pictures) Radio Citizen  The Night & The City  (Sonar Kolletiv) The Cactus Blossoms  You’re Dreaming  (Red House) Cicada Rhythm  Cicada Rhythm  (Normaltown) The Grascals  And Then There’s This…  (Mountain Home) Charles Lloyd & The Marvels  I ...
  • Snowshoe Hares Predated For Wearing White Out Of Season

    January 25, 2016 Easy pickings? A snowshoe hare in winter coat stands out before the snow falls.By Tom Banse A fashion faux pas could be the worst consequence if you wear the wrong color for the season. But a new scientific paper finds much higher stakes when it comes to mismatched coat colors in the animal world. Researchers are studying snowshoe hares in the Northwest against the backdrop of climate change. Professor L. Scott ...
  • eTown E-chievment award: MAD Friends (Making A Difference)”

    January 21, 2016 https://player.vimeo.com/video/151457133
  • Why My Family Lives Car-free

    January 21, 2016 Bus Chick, Carla SaulterActivist and Bus Chick blogger, Carla Saulter made a choice many years ago to live without a car. It’s a choice she’s happy about. It’s a choice she wishes more people could make. Click here for more What’s the Flux?: Commuter Dispatches stories.
  • Win Aurelio Martinez tickets

    January 20, 2016 aurelio2015_squareWin a pair of tickets to see singer-songwriter, guitarist and percussionist, Aurelio Martinez, at Jazz Alley, February 2nd, 7:30pm. Aurelio is one of Central America’s most gifted performers, and a powerful voice for Garifuna culture. To enter, send an email to contest@kbcs.fm. Put “Aurelio” in the subject line. Include your first and last name and phone number ...
  • love, lust, lasagna

    January 19, 2016 bushwick-delta-of-venus-square91.3 KBCS and the songwriters of Bushwick Book Club present an evening of music and dining inspired by the literary erotica of Anaïs Nin, February 12 – 14 at Café Nordo.
  • Bus talk with bus chick, Carla Saulter

    January 19, 2016 Bus Chick, Carla SaulterWe unmute the commute with activist and Bus chick blogger, Carla Saulter. Saulter has been living car free since 2003 along with her husband and two children. Carla’s bus chick blog chronicles the ups and downs of public transit. Correspondent Yuko Kodama rode along with Carla, here’s her dispatch. Click here for more What’s the Flux?: Commuter ...
  • Top Ten January 11th – January 17th

    January 18, 2016 KBCS_Top10 Charles Lloyd & The Marvels  I Long To See You  (Blue Note) Baaba Maal  The Traveller  (Palm Pictures) Luther Dickinson  Blues & Ballads (A Folksinger’s Songbook)  (New West) Aoife O’Donovan  In The Magic Hour  (Yep Roc) Julien Baker  Sprained Ankle  (6131) Karen Gottlieb  Music for Harp  (Innova) Radio Citizen  The Night & The City  (Sonar Kolletiv) Joan Soriano  Me decidí  (Iaso) Tinariwen  Live ...
  • Public transit trends

    January 15, 2016 FLUXlogoWhat’s the Flux?: Commuter Dispatches is a series of stories from our region’s heaviest transit mode, the bus. Senior Producer for the project, Mona Yeh is joined Sonya Green in the KBCS studios to discuss more about the project. She was joined by Mary Jo Porter, partner of the Underhill Company.  For the past 40 years, ...
  • Rebel Reporting

    January 14, 2016 RebelReporting-CoverWords are weapons. And no one knew how to use words as weapons better than author, poet and journalist, John Ross. Ross toured the world and challenged students and thought leaders to be rebel reporters. What is a rebel reporter? Ross is no longer alive to explain the concept. But his words live on in ...
  • My commute is ________ – Fill in the blank.

    January 12, 2016 My Commute IsWTFlux is on a journey to tell your stories about the joys and struggles of public transportation. Here’s what we’ve learned so far. Click here for more What’s the Flux?: Commuter Dispatches stories.
  • Top Ten January 4th – January 10th:

    January 11, 2016 KBCS_Top10 Grace Love and The True Loves  Grace Love & The True Loves  (Unknown Label) Danny Paisley and The Southern Grass  Weary River  (Patuxent) Tinariwen  Live In Paris 2014  (Anti) Susie Burke & David Surette  Waiting for the Sun  (Madrina) Adam Hill  Old Paint  (Mapl) Radio Citizen  The Night & The City  (Sonar Kolletiv) The Grascals  And Then There’s This…  (Mountain Home) Makem ...
  • Music of the Moment: January

    January 8, 2016 I-heart-musicWe recommend new releases from Vieux Farka Touré & Julia Easterlin, The Chamanas, Free the Honey, and two others.
  • A Bus Rider’s Life

    January 7, 2016 people on the busv2What’s the Flux?: Commuter Dispatches explores the commute through the eyes of bus riders. How would you describe your commute? So far we’ve heard boring, frustrating and long to name a few. Does that sound familiar? Share your commute story with us. Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @kbcs #wtflux #findingamerica. Text WTFlux at 206-693-4840 to ...
  • Paranoid androids in concert

    January 5, 2016 Don't_Panic_Badge91.3 KBCS and the songwriters of Bushwick Book Club invite you to a concert inspired by the comic sci-fi classic The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy at Hugo House, January 15th.
  • Top Ten December 28th – January 3rd:

    January 4, 2016 KBCS_Top10 Kathy Kallick Band  Foxhounds  (Live Oak) Andra Day  Cheers To The Fall  (Warner Bros.) Vieux Farka Touré & Julia Easterlin  Touristes  (Six Degrees) Cicada Rhythm  Cicada Rhythm  (Normaltown) Gary Clark Jr.  The Story of Sonny Boy Slim  (Warner Brothers) Radio Citizen  The Night & The City  (Sonar Kolletiv) The Chamanas  Once Once  (Nacional) Empresarios  The Vibes  (Independent) Free The Honey  Fine Bloom  (Self) Charlie ...
  • How would you describe your commute?

    December 29, 2015 FLUXlogoOur What’s the Flux? team has been talking to commuters around town. Here’s how some Bellevue College students described their commute to our own, David Joseph. How would you describe your commute? We want to hear from you too! Text or Instagram: @kbcs #wtflux #findingamerica. Text to take a brief survey: Text ‘WTFlux” to 206-693-4840. Email: ...
  • Top Ten December 21st – December 27th:

    December 28, 2015 KBCS_Top10 Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings  It’s A Holiday Soul Party  (Daptone) The Grascals  And Then There’s This…  (Mountain Home) Kathy Kallick Band  Foxhounds  (Live Oak) Mark Kuykendall  Down Memory Lane  (Rebel) Paperboys  At Peace With One’s Ghosts  (Self) Shovels & Rope  Busted Jukebox: Volume 1  (Shrimp) Tinariwen  Live In Paris 2014  (Anti) Sarah Shook & The Disarmers  Sidelong  (Self) Max Stalling  Banquet  (Blind ...
  • The Most Played Albums of 2015:

    December 22, 2015 KBCS_logo_800x800_borderLast week we revealed our DJs favorite albums for 2015. What happens, though, when we strip away all the subjectivity and rely on cold, hard stats? Did all of those albums we professed our love for so publicly also garner the most spins throughout the year? Yes. But, also no. In fact, the most spun album ...
  • Top Ten December 14th – December 20th:

    December 21, 2015 KBCS_Top10 Charlie Hunter Trio  Let The Bells Ring On  (Self) Kathy Kallick Band  Foxhounds  (Live Oak) Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings  It’s A Holiday Soul Party  (Daptone) Son Little  Son Little  (Anti) Tim O’Brien  Pompadour  (Howdy Skies) David Friesen & Glen Moore  Bactrian  (Origin) The Lil Smokies  The Lil Smokies  (Self) Paperboys  At Peace With One’s Ghosts  (Self) Carlos Timón  Solar Rapé  (Pueblo) Tinariwen  Live ...
  • DJs’ Favorites for 2015

    December 14, 2015 KBCS_logo_800x800_borderIt just might be the most contentious list of the year. That’s right, your KBCS hosts bring you their favorite recordings of 2015.
  • Top Ten December 7th – December 13th:

    December 14, 2015 KBCS_Top10 Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings  It’s A Holiday Soul Party  (Daptone) Kathy Kallick Band  Foxhounds  (Live Oak) Emily King  The Switch  (Making Music) Son Little  Son Little  (Anti) Shovels & Rope  Busted Jukebox: Volume 1  (Shrimp) The Chapin Sisters  Today’s Not Yesterday  (Lake Bottom) St. Germain  St. Germain  (Warner) Nathaniel Talbot  Swamp Rose And Honeysuckle Vine  (Fluff & Gravy) Nikki Hill  Heavy Hearts ...
  • Aloha Manono

    December 14, 2015 Manono Aki McMillanIt is with great sorrow that we share sad news of the passing Friday, December 11th, of a beloved host of Hawai’i Radio Connection on KBCS and a true embodiment of aloha in the Seattle-area’s Hawaiian community, Manono Aki McMillan.
  • Top Ten November 30th – December 6th:

    December 7, 2015 KBCS_Top10 Son Little  Son Little  (Anti) Nikki Hill  Heavy Hearts Hard Fists  (Deep Fryed) Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings  It’s A Holiday Soul Party  (Daptone) Kathy Kallick Band  Foxhounds  (Live Oak) St. Germain  St. Germain  (Warner) Tim O’Brien  Pompadour  (Howdy Skies) Shovels & Rope  Busted Jukebox: Volume 1  (Shrimp) The Chapin Sisters  Today’s Not Yesterday  (Lake Bottom) Emily King  The Switch  (Making Music) Carlos Timón  ...
  • Music of the moment: December

    December 4, 2015 Dj_santa_2New releases from Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Nikki Hill, Danny Barnes, Joanna Newsom, and Promised Land Sound are on our holiday wish list.
  • Books, music and merrymaking

    December 4, 2015 seattle-7_square91.3 KBCS, Seattle7Writers, and the songwriters of Bushwick Book Club present “Three For Three,” an evening of books, music, and merrymaking, December 11 at Hugo House.
  • WTFlux wants your stories

    December 2, 2015 FLUXlogoKing County’s population is rapidly changing and moving, which means more people are traveling longer distances on their daily commutes. What’s the flux? 91.3 KBCS is going to find out. Share your commuter stories with What’s the Flux?: Commuter Dispatches. All riders in King County are welcome, especially those of you commuting to and from the ...
  • Top Ten November 23rd – November 29th:

    November 30, 2015 KBCS_Top10 Kathy Kallick Band  Foxhounds  (Live Oak) Son Little  Son Little  (Anti) St. Germain  St. Germain  (Warner) Tim O’Brien  Pompadour  (Howdy Skies) Danny Barnes  Got Myself Together (Ten Years Later)  (Thirty 8) Alan Bibey & Grasstowne  Grasstowne 4  (Mountain Fever) Boogat  Neo-Reconquista  (Maisonette) Gary Clark Jr.  The Story of Sonny Boy Slim  (Warner Brothers) Mozo  The Neighborhood Has Changed  (Self) Mike Krol  Turkey  (Merge) Past Top ...
  • Your Top Ten New Releases of 2015

    November 25, 2015 Your Top Ten New Releases of 2015
  • Top Ten November 16th – November 22nd:

    November 23, 2015 KBCS_Top10 Kathy Kallick Band  Foxhounds  (Live Oak) Son Little  Son Little  (Anti) Carlos Timón  Solar Rapé  (Pueblo) Gary Clark Jr.  The Story of Sonny Boy Slim  (Warner Brothers) The Cox Family  Gone Like The Cotton  (Rounder) Chris Isaak  First Comes The Night  (Wicked Game) Royal Headache  High  (What’s Your Rupture?) The Souljazz Orchestra  Resistance  (Strut) Courtney Barnett  Boxing Day Blues  (Third Man) Sam Gleaves  Ain’t ...
  • Bellevue resident, Blaise Bouchand, reacts to Paris terror attacks

    November 18, 2015 BlaiseFrench Born businessman Blaise Bouchand reacts to the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. Bouchand is the owner of the Bellevue interior design store, Maison de France.
  • Top Ten November 9th – November 15th:

    November 16, 2015 KBCS_Top10 Kathy Kallick Band  Foxhounds  (Live Oak) Martin Harley and Daniel Kimbro  Live At Southern Ground  (Redeye) Tim O’Brien  Pompadour  (Howdy Skies) Joan Soriano  Me decidí  (Iaso) The Souljazz Orchestra  Resistance  (Strut) The Cox Family  Gone Like The Cotton  (Rounder) Empresarios  The Vibes  (Independent) Grupo Fantasma  Problemas  (Blue Corn) The New Mastersounds   Made for Pleasure  (Royal Potato Family) Pure Bathing Culture  Pray For Rain  (Partisan) Past ...
  • Young, Gifted and Brown: 2015 Seattle Post-Election Analysis

    November 16, 2015 ybgIn South Seattle last week, a group of young politicos of color decided to offer their points of view on this year’s vote with an event titled, Young, Gifted and Brown: 2015 Seattle Post-Election Analysis. It was a packed house as they shared their opinions on engaging communities and candidates of color. Our own Sonya ...
  • Seattle native debuts his first film, From the Sky

    November 13, 2015 photo-originalNative Seattleite, Ian Ebright, has debuted his narrative short film, ‘From the Sky’ online this week. The film is about a family living under drones. It’s earned 12 awards, 5 nominations and 27 official selections at fests ranging from SIFF to the Oscar-qualifying Rhode Island International Film Festival where it won the International Humanitarian Award ...
  • Meet female veteran, Christina Sciabarra

    November 11, 2015 female veteranKBCS News Director, Sonya Green speaks with Iraq war veteran, Christina Sciabarra. Christina is the Associate Director for the Center for Career Connections at Bellevue College. She works to help fellow veterans obtain services available to them and their families. among other things, Green discusses the image of female veterans with Christina.
  • Top Ten November 2nd – November 8th:

    November 9, 2015 KBCS_Top10 Annie Staninec  Annie Staninec  (Independent) Gary Clark Jr.  The Story of Sonny Boy Slim  (Warner Brothers) The Cox Family  Gone Like The Cotton  (Rounder) Kathy Kallick Band  Foxhounds  (Live Oak) Donna Ulisse  Hard Cry Moon  (Hadley) Andra Day  Cheers To The Fall  (Warner Bros.) The Debutones  Please Come Home  (self) Empresarios  The Vibes  (Independent) Bridget Kearney & Benjamin Lazar Davis  Bawa  (Signature Sounds) Vieux ...
  • Music of the Moment: November

    November 5, 2015 photo: Alessandro ScaparroDiscover five essential new releases, courtesy Boogat, The Colt Kraft Band, The Supersuckers, Patty Griffin, and The Cox Family.
  • Election Coverage 2015 – Seattle City Council At-Large position candidates

    November 3, 2015 Vote checkboxSeattle voted by district for the first time. Sonya Green spoke with the 4 candidates running for the two at-large positions.
  • Election Coverage 2015 – Bellevue City Council candidates

    November 3, 2015 Vote checkboxSonya Green interviews Bellevue city council candidates for positions 3,5,7. They all share their hopes for the city of Bellevue.
  • Election Coverage 2015 – Initiative Measure 1401

    November 3, 2015 Vote checkboxInitiative 1401 deals with the Washington animal trafficking measure. Sonya spoke with Yes On I-1401 spokesperson, Aaron Pickus and the Legal Ivory Rights Coalition chairman, Stuart Halsan.
  • Election Coverage 2015 – Initiative Measure 1366

    November 3, 2015 Vote checkboxInitiative 1366 is the measure concerning state taxes and fees. Sonya spoke with No on I-1366 representative, Andrew Villeneuve. Villeneuve is a Bellevue College business student and founder of the Northwest Progressive Institute.
  • The Marijuana Industry in Washington State

    November 3, 2015 Courtesy: Tomas de AquinoLegalization has brought a new face to the marijuana industry. This series explores the emerging marijuana industry with insiders and outsiders. You’ll hear from growers, dispensary owners and communities of color impacted by the legalization of marijuana. Episode 1  – Ryan Kunkel, Founder of Have a Heart Compasssion Care is the largest retailer of marijuana in ...
  • Top Ten October 26th – November 1st:

    November 2, 2015 KBCS_Top10 Andra Day  Cheers To The Fall  (Warner Bros.) Gary Clark Jr.  The Story of Sonny Boy Slim  (Warner Brothers) Patty Griffin  Servant Of Love  (Thirty Tigers) Glen Hansard  Didn’t He Ramble  (Anti) Los Lobos  Gates Of Gold  (429) The New Mastersounds  Made for Pleasure  (Royal Potato Family) Josh Ritter  Sermon on the Rocks  (Pytheas) Joan Soriano  Me decidí  (Iaso) Sugarplum Fairies  Sunday, Suddenly  ...
  • Association of Independents in Radio selects KBCS

    November 2, 2015 AIR_orange91.3 KBCS is one of 15 stations nationwide selected by AIR, the Association of Independents in Radio, to participate in the development of new media work in partnership with an AIR producer under the theme “Localore: Finding America.” KBCS will examine Seattle metro area commuting to capture first-hand accounts of commuters and allow their ...
  • Celebrate The Gospel Highway – 10 Years on the Air!

    October 27, 2015 Gospel HighwayTune in to The Gospel Highway Saturday mornings at 7:00 throughout November as we celebrate 10 years on the air with live performances from NW Gospel artists, interviews, and stories. Upcoming guests: Nov. 14 Pastor Patrinell Wright, Director of Seattle’s Total Experience Gospel Choir Nov. 21 Debbie Cavitt, Seattle gospel and jazz vocalist Nov. 28 Nick Borkowski (WWU student and participant ...
  • Coercive Control: Another side of Domestic Violence

    October 27, 2015 Courtesy:  Justin HenryDomestic violence is often defined as a safety issue. And while there is truth to this aspect of domestic violence, there are still many other factors. Sonya Green spoke with an anti-domestic violence advocate, Heather Stark.
  • Top Ten October 19th – October 25th:

    October 26, 2015 Weekly Top Ten Andra Day  Cheers To The Fall  (Warner Bros.) The Chamanas  Once Once  (Nacional) Gary Clark Jr.  The Story of Sonny Boy Slim  (Warner Brothers) Lianne La Havas  Blood  (Nonesuch) Josh Ritter  Sermon on the Rocks  (Pytheas) Nattali Rize & Notis  New Era Frequency   (One Rebel Creative) Joan Soriano  Me decidí  (Iaso) The Souljazz Orchestra  Resistance  (Strut) Vieux Farka Touré & Julia Easterlin  ...
  • Top Ten October 12 – October 18:

    October 19, 2015 Weekly Top TenLianne La Havas  Blood  (Nonesuch) Leon Bridges  Coming Home  (Columbia) Gary Clark Jr.  The Story of Sonny Boy Slim  (Warner Brothers) Tami Neilson  Dynamite!  (Outside) Vieux Farka Touré & Julia Easterlin  Touristes  (Six Degrees) Andra Day  Cheers To The Fall  (Warner Bros.) Empresarios  The Vibes  (Independent) Patty Griffin  Servant Of Love  (Thirty Tigers) Shawn Colvin  Uncovered  (Fantasy) Wes Weddell  Nobody’s Flag  (Independent) Past Top Ten
  • Women at Work – Anne Marie Slaughter

    October 19, 2015 Book Jacket - Unfinished BusinessAnne Marie Slaughter is the author of a recent book,Why Women Can’t Have it All in the magazine The Atlantic Monthly,/i>. Slaughter has been Director of Policy Planning for the US Dept. of State and Professor at Princeton University’s Public and International Affairs School and at Harvard Law School. She spoke at Seattle’s Town Hall.
  • In-Studio: Brazilian musicians Gaúcho and Naoyuki Sawada

    October 16, 2015 11038574_1428807300758656_2648301212137858632_nSaturday, October 17th at 2:30pm on Raizes, host Samia Panni presents Brazilian percussion master Gaúcho and cavaquinho player Naoyuki Sawada. They will be performing at a Pagode house party with Brazilian percussion master Jorge Alabê, Saturday, October 24th at Jaam Rek Studio in Seattle. Gaúcho has recently moved to Seattle and is master percussionist at the samba school Escola de ...
  • Top Ten October 5 – October 11:

    October 12, 2015 Weekly Top Ten Vieux Farka Touré & Julia Easterlin  Touristes  (Six Degrees) Andra Day  Cheers To The Fall  (Warner Bros.) Lianne La Havas  Blood  (Nonesuch) Jenna Moynihan  Woven  (Independent) Greg Blake  Songs Of Heart & Home  (Independent) Leon Bridges  Coming Home  (Columbia) Open The Door For Three  The Penny Wager  (Independent) Gary Clark Jr.  The Story of Sonny Boy Slim  (Warner Brothers) Lindi Ortega  Faded Gloryville ...
  • Nature Deficit Disorder

    October 9, 2015 splashIt’s no surprise that the natural environment affects our nervous system and bodies in positive ways, yet kids today spend more than seven hours a day in front of entertainment media and an average of a half an hour outside. We highlight the power and benefits of nature on us this week. Episode 1: Hilarie Cash ...
  • Eastside Schools

    October 7, 2015 5073552229_5a8b9e966d_qTens of thousands of students of kids go back to school this fall in the tech corridor of the east side. We highlight Issaquah, Bellevue and Riverview school districts activities and programs. Episode 1 & 2: Issaquah School District Superintendent, Ron Thiele shares his struggles in providing the infrastructure for the growing number of students in ...
  • Counter Couture: Fashion from the 1960’s and 1970’s

    October 7, 2015 BirgittaBetween the civil rights movement, Vietnam War protests and sheer numbers of teenage baby boomers, the US saw a true revolution in politics, style and fashion between the mid 60s and 70’s. This week, we highlight counter culture fashion with University of Washington instructor and guest curator of the Bellevue Arts Museum’s current exhibit, Counter ...
  • Top Ten September 28 – October 4:

    October 5, 2015 Weekly Top Ten The Souljazz Orchestra Resistance (Strut) Los Lobos Gates Of Gold (429-) Nneka My Fairy Tales (Bushqueen) Steep Canyon Rangers Radio (Rounder) Shawn Colvin Uncovered (Fantasy) Andra Day Cheers To The Fall (Warner Bros.) Rita Hosking Frankie and the No-Go Road (Independent) Lianne La Havas Blood (Nonesuch) Lindi Ortega Faded Gloryville (Last Gang) Dale Watson Call Me Insane (Red House) Past Top Ten
  • Ballots Due Tuesday, November 3rd

    October 3, 2015 Vote checkboxThe 2015 Primary Election is Tuesday, August 4th.  You can vote: By mail. Ballots require first class postage and must be postmarked by August 4th. At an accessible voting center by 8 p.m. At a 24-hour drop box or a scheduled van drop by 8 p.m. Don’t forget to sign your ballot envelope! (It is not valid without a ...
  • Music of the Moment October 2015

    October 2, 2015 Close Up Needle on Record5 new releases every music fan should check out: 1. Dave Rawlings Machine Nashville Obsolete (Acony) – Rawlings is half of the duo that performs as Gillian Welch and this is the 2nd release under his name. With only 7 tracks listed, you may think you’re not getting a full album, but it’s over ...
  • Scary prom songs

    October 2, 2015 BBC_Carrie_drawn_square91.3 KBCS and the songwriters of Bushwick Book Club present a telekinetic evening of tunes about mean kids, crazy moms, and one young woman with badass super powers, inspired by the Stephen King horror classic Carrie, October 31st at Hale’s Palladium. Grab a wrist corsage and join us for the prom-themed after party with Seattle ...
  • Top Ten September 21 – September 27:

    September 28, 2015 Weekly Top Ten The New Mastersounds  Made for Pleasure  (Royal Potato Family) Andra Day  Cheers To The Fall (Warner Bros.) Lianne La Havas  Blood  (Nonesuch) Monokle  Rings  (Ki) The Bellfuries  Workingman’s Bellfuries  (Hi-Style) Shawn Colvin  Uncovered  (Fantasy) Amy Helm  Didn’t It Rain  (eOne) Lindi Ortega  Faded Gloryville  (Last Gang) The Souljazz Orchestra  Resistance  (Strut) Vieux Farka Touré & Julia Easterlin  Touristes  (Six Degrees) Past Top Ten
  • Show your KBCS colors

    September 25, 2015
  • Top Ten September 14th – September 20th:

    September 21, 2015 Weekly Top TenLindi Ortega Faded Gloryville (Last Gang) Shawn Colvin Uncovered (Fantasy) Lianne La Havas Blood (Nonesuch) Los Lobos Gates Of Gold (429) Nattali Rize & Notis New Era Frequency (One Rebel Creative) Lizz Wright Freedom & Surrender (Concord) The Bellfuries Workingman’s Bellfuries (Hi-Style) Jason Isbell Something More Than Free (Southeastern) Thomas Mapfumo Lion Songs (Independent) Jesse Milnes & Emily Miller Deep End Sessions Vol. II ...
  • Bellevue College and Washington State University: a New Partnership

    September 18, 2015 BC WSUBellevue College and Washington State University are discussing a future partnership between the two schools. Currently a handful of online two-year and four-year degrees are offered jointly by BC and WSU, but the new relationship is planned to be more expansive and provide more opportunities to future students. Earlier this month two town hall meetings ...
  • Top Ten September 7th – September 13th:

    September 14, 2015 Weekly Top Ten Greg Blake  Songs Of Heart & Home  (Independent) Leon Bridges  Coming Home  (Columbia) Kasey Chambers  Bittersweet  (Sugar Hill) Shemekia Copeland  Outskirts Of Love  (Alligator) Flatt Lonesome Runaway Train  (Mountain Home) Lianne La Havas  Blood  (Nonesuch) John Lilly  Thinking About the Weather  (Independent) Nneka  My Fairy Tales  (Bushqueen) Lindi Ortega  Faded Gloryville  (Last Gang) Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin  Lost Time  (Yep Roc) Past Top Ten
  • Top Ten August 31st – September 6th:

    September 7, 2015 Weekly Top Ten Iris DeMent  The Trackless Woods  (Independent) Amy Helm  Didn’t It Rain  (eOne) Van Morrison  The Essential Van Morrison  (Legacy) Nattali Rize & Notis  New Era Frequency  (One Rebel Creative) Yo La Tengo  Stuff Like That There  (Matador) Leon Bridges  Coming Home  (Columbia) Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams  Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams  (Red House) Shemekia Copeland  Outskirts Of Love  (Alligator) Nneka  My Fairy ...
  • Today’s Native Activism

    September 1, 2015 Modern Day Warrior Thumb1Our region’s Native community is vibrant, and a force to be reckoned with.  From art and education, to  social services and political advocacy, we feature some of the leaders empowering the Native experience. Episode 1 – Last October, local Lakota activist, and Co-founder of the blog, Last Real Indians Matt Remle made a breakthrough in Seattle with the replacement ...
  • Top Ten August 24th – August 30th:

    August 31, 2015 Weekly Top Ten Leon Bridges  Coming Home  (Columbia) Calexico  Edge Of The Sun  (Anti) The Deslondes  The Deslondes  (New West) Melody Gardot  Currency Of Man  (Verve) Nneka  My Fairy Tales  (Bushqueen) Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin  Lost Time  (Yep Roc) Jason Isbell  Something More Than Free  (Southeastern) Watkins Family Hour  Watkins Family Hour  (Independent) Galactic  Into The Deep  (Provogue) Lianne La Havas  Blood  (Nonesuch) Past Top 10
  • Music of the Moment for September 2015

    August 28, 2015 Close Up Needle on Record5 new releases every music fan should check out: 1. The Bellfuries Workingman’s Bellfuries (Hi-Style) – This Austin quartet has been around for a while and this CD may finally bring them some well-deserved national attention. If you are a fan of early rock and roll, Sun Records, rockabilly or swing you will want ...
  • Songs of Wao

    August 27, 2015 Trujillo_squareThe songwriters of Bushwick Book Club are back with a new season of inspiring, literary concerts. It kicks off September 25th at Dusty Strings with an evening of original songs inspired by the Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz.
  • Top Ten August 17th – 23rd:

    August 24, 2015 Weekly Top Ten Melody Gardot  Currency Of Man  (Verve) Jason Isbell  Something More Than Free  (Southeastern) Leon Bridges  Coming Home  (Columbia) Galactic   Into The Deep  (Provogue) The Milk Carton Kids  Monterey  (Anti) Watkins Family Hour  Watkins Family Hour  (Independent) Who Is John Smith  Go To Fly  (Independent) The Deslondes  The Deslondes  (New West) Amy Helm  Didn’t It Rain  (eOne) The Nightowls  Fame Sessions  (Nine Mile) Past Top ...
  • Top Ten August 10th – 16th:

    August 17, 2015 Weekly Top Ten Leon Bridges Coming Home (Columbia) Calexico Edge Of The Sun (Anti) Kasey Chambers Bittersweet (Sugar Hill) The Deslondes The Deslondes (New West) Ana Egge Bright Shadow (Grace/Parkinsong) Galactic Into The Deep (Provogue) Jason Isbell Something More Than Free (Southeastern) Eilen Jewell Sundown Over Ghost Town (Signature ...
  • Aging – KBCS Weekly Series

    August 12, 2015 Seniors_SignAccording to the 2013 national census, people over 65 made up 14% of our population. And it’s no secret that this population is growing rapidly. This week, KBCS explores ageing. Episodes 1 & 2 – Seattle centenarian, and retired law educator, Isidore Starr shares how he navigates aging. Episode 3 –  Adult Care Resources Manager and Companionship ...
  • Top Ten August 3rd – August 9th:

    August 10, 2015 Weekly Top Ten Leon Bridges Coming Home (Columbia) Calexico Edge Of The Sun (Anti) Joan Shelley Over and Even (No Quarter) Galactic Into The Deep (Provogue) The Honeycutters Me Oh My (Organic) Watkins Family Hour Watkins Family Hour (Independent) Ana Egge Bright Shadow (Grace/Parkinsong) Melody Gardot Currency Of Man ...
  • Top Ten July 27th – August 2nd:

    August 3, 2015 Weekly Top Ten Kasey Chambers Bittersweet (Sugar Hill) Melody Gardot Currency Of Man (Verve) Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell The Traveling Kind (Nonesuch) Jason Isbell Something More Than Free (Southeastern) Leon Bridges Coming Home (Columbia) Amy Helm Didn’t It Rain (eOne) Cécile McLorin Salvant For One to Love (Mack Avenue) The ...
  • Music of the Moment for August 2015

    July 31, 2015 Close Up Needle on Record5 new releases every music fan should check out: 1. Joan Shelley  Over and Even  (No Quarter) – I like Catherine Irwin’s description of Joan’s voice “she lands on a note like a laser beam on a diamond. Colors fly around the room, and her voice bends between them.” This Kentucky native creates timeless folk music ...
  • 91.3 KBCS Day at Crossroads farmers’ market

    July 31, 2015 10514428_10152678407199510_1278977237907176849_o(1)Join us at Crossroads farmers’ market in Bellevue, Tuesday, August 25th. Sonya Green will be there, broadcasting live from 3p to 5p. The first 1,000 visitors will receive a free KBCS grocery tote. [We regret to report that our totes fell victim to the shipper’s weather delays. We will make them available to Crossroads farmers market visitors ...
  • Seattle and Affordable Housing

    July 30, 2015 wewontgoy-733x1024The Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) rolled out earlier this month.  Since then, a lot buzzes around Seattle’s proposed zoning changes, tenant’s rights and interests and access to home ownership. This week’s series looks at some background on the HALA  report and on Seattle’s movement for rent control. Episode 1, 2 & 3 – Jonathan Grant is a ...
  • Top Ten July 20th – 26th:

    July 28, 2015 Weekly Top Ten Melody Gardot Currency Of Man (Verve) Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell The Traveling Kind (Nonesuch) Jason Isbell Something More Than Free (Southeastern) Nneka My Fairy Tales (Bushqueen) Madisen Ward and The Mama Bear Skeleton Crew (Glassnote) The Honeycutters Me Oh My (Organic) Leon Bridges Coming Home (Columbia) Eilen ...
  • Seattle’s Fair Trade Music

    July 27, 2015 FTMSYou’ve heard the term fair trade.  It applies to everything from clothing to coffee to chocolate. And to music. Recently in Seattle, local musicians struck a fair trade agreement with some participating music venues and the city to create a set of guidelines for musician pay and equipment standards. Episode 1 – Nate Omdal is a Seattle area ...
  • Mark Emanuel – Special Guest DJ – Friday 3 – 5am

    July 23, 2015 Dj Mark EmanuelFriday morning from 3-5am DJ Mark Emanuel guests on the KBCS airwaves for the 300th episode of his EDM show, Trance on the Porch, produced at community radio station KZGM in the rugged Ozarks hills of Missouri. Community radio activists from around the country are gathered in Olympia this week for the National Federation of Community ...
  • “Top Ten July 13 – 19th”

    July 20, 2015 Weekly Top Ten Jason Isbell Something More Than Free (Southeastern) Dale Ann Bradley Pocket Full of Keys (Pinecastle) The Deslondes The Deslondes (New West) The Honeycutters Me Oh My (Organic) Eilen Jewell Sundown Over Ghost Town (Signature Sounds) Chris Jones & The Night Drivers Run Away Tonight (Mountain Home) Willie Nelson & ...
  • “Top Ten July 6th – 12th”

    July 13, 2015 Weekly Top Ten Chris Jones & The Night Drivers Run Away Tonight (Mountain Home) Big Country Bluegrass Country Livin’ (Rebel) Bomba Estéreo Amanecer (Sony) Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell The Traveling Kind (Nonesuch) The Milk Carton Kids Monterey (Anti) Terence Blanchard Breathless (BlueNote) Dale Ann Bradley Pocket Full of Keys ...
  • “Top Ten June 29th – July 5th”

    July 6, 2015 Weekly Top Ten The Honeycutters Me Oh My (Organic ) Calexico Edge Of The Sun (Anti) The Deslondes The Deslondes (New West) Eilen Jewell Sundown Over Ghost Town (Signature Sounds) Sam Lewis Waiting On You (Brash) Melody Gardot Currency Of Man (Verve) Jason Isbell Something More Than Free ...
  • Transgender Experience

    July 2, 2015 july-24Caitlyn Jenner hit the cover of Vanity Fair with flair, inspiring public discussion on her journey in gender transition. KBCS highlights some of our local transgender community’s  day to day challenges in healthcare, public safety, and navigating our streets in this five-part series. Episode 1 -Marlo Mack  is a mother of a transgender daughter and blogger.  ...
  • Music of the Moment for July 2015:

    June 30, 2015 Close Up Needle on Record5 brand new releases we can’t wait to share with you this month: 1. Dustbowl Revival With A Lampshade On (Signature Sounds) – This California band could be described as an American roots hootenanny with an added soulful groove.! The music is a little Dixieland Jazz, Soul and Old-Time Folk. So much fun to ...
  • Top Ten June 22nd – 28th:

    June 29, 2015 Weekly Top Ten Terence Blanchard Breathless (Blue Note) The Dustbowl Revival With A Lampshade On (Signature Sounds) The Milk Carton Kids Monterey (Anti) Allen Stone Radius (Capitol) Laura Marling Short Movie (Ribbon) The Deslondes The Deslondes (New West) Jason Isbell Something More Than Free (Southeastern) Eilen Jewell Sundown Over Ghost ...
  • Top Ten June 15th – 21st:

    June 22, 2015 Weekly Top Ten Eilen Jewell Sundown Over Ghost Town (Signature Sounds) Calexico Edge Of The Sun (Anti) Melody Gardot Currency Of Man (Verve) Laura Marling Short Movie (Ribbon) The Honeycutters Me Oh My (Organic) Jason Isbell Something More Than Free (Southeastern) Amy Black The Muscle Shoals Sessions (independent) Terence Blanchard ...
  • Top 10 June 8th – 14th:

    June 15, 2015 Weekly Top Ten Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell The Traveling Kind (Nonesuch) Eilen Jewell Sundown Over Ghost Town (Signature Sounds) Calexico Edge Of The Sun (Anti) Melody Gardot Currency Of Man (Verve) Sam Lewis Waiting On You (Brash) Amy Black The Muscle Shoals Sessions (independent) The Deslondes The Deslondes (New ...
  • Top Ten June 1st – 7th:

    June 8, 2015 Weekly Top Ten Eilen Jewell Sundown Over Ghost Town (Signature Sounds) Laura Marling Short Movie (Ribbon) Calexico Edge Of The Sun (Anti) Beth Bombara Beth Bombara (independent) Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell The Traveling Kind (Nonesuch) Sam Lewis Waiting On You (Brash) Lord Huron Strange Trails (I Am Sound) Brandi Carlile The ...
  • Local Foods

    June 6, 2015 cranberries courtesy of  Alex DOver 200 Washington state farmers come into Seattle every week to sell their produce, meat and dairy. According to King County, sales by these farmers exceeded $21 million  last year. We feature highlights on local foods, as our region’s farmers markets slide into full swing. Episode 1 & 2: Brady Ryan is the founder of San ...
  • Bull Riding

    June 5, 2015 bull riderIn bull riding, a cowboy is challenged to last 8 seconds on a bucking bull. Professional riders have less than a 50% chance of lasting a full ride. This week, we highlight bull riding through the perspectives of those who live it. Episode 1: Gary Leffew is the 1970 bull riding world champion He’s also a ...
  • Top Ten May 25th – 31st:

    June 1, 2015 Weekly Top Ten Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell The Traveling Kind (Nonesuch) Eilen Jewell Sundown Over Ghost Town (Signature Sounds) The Honeycutters Me Oh My (Organic) Amy Black The Muscle Shoals Sessions (independent) Lapalux Lustmore (Brainfeeder) Calexico Edge Of The Sun (Anti) Sam Lewis Waiting On You (Brash) The Very Best ...
  • Survey says…

    May 30, 2015 ChartsIn April, we offered listeners the opportunity to have their voices heard in an online survey.  Over 500 people responded. Why did we ask? We assemble audience research from a variety of sources including Nielsen, data from public radio partners, fund drives, and listener surveys. The more we know, the better we can be at meeting our ...
  • Music of the Moment for June 2015:

    May 30, 2015 Close Up Needle on Record5 brand new releases we can’t wait to share with you this month: 1. Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell  The Traveling Kind  (Nonesuch) – Musical kin and friends for over 40 years, it’s not surprising these Americana icons sound so good together. Their 2nd collaboration feels as comfortable as your favorite piece of clothing. 2. Milk Carton ...
  • Top Ten May 18th – 24th:

    May 26, 2015 Weekly Top Ten Eilen Jewell Sundown Over Ghost Town (Signature Sounds) Bhi Bhiman Rhythm & Reason (independent) Calexico Edge Of The Sun (Anti) The Very Best Makes a King (Moshi Moshi) Brandi Carlile The Firewatcher’s Daughter (ATO) Bettye LaVette Worthy (Cherry Red) Laura Marling Short Movie (Ribbon) Emmylou Harris & Rodney ...
  • Top Ten May 11th – 17th:

    May 18, 2015 Weekly Top Ten Hiatus Kaiyote Choose Your Weapon (Flying Buddha/Sony) The Very Best Makes a King (Moshi Moshi) Calexico Edge Of The Sun (Anti) Eilen Jewell Sundown Over Ghost Town (Signature Sounds) Bettye LaVette Worthy (Cherry Red) Laura Marling Short Movie (Ribbon) Grant Dermody Sun Might Shine on Me (independent) Lila ...
  • Top Ten May 4th – 10th:

    May 11, 2015 Weekly Top Ten Laura Marling Short Movie (Ribbon) Calexico Edge Of The Sun (Anti) Eilen Jewell Sundown Over Ghost Town (Signature Sounds) Sam Lewis Waiting On You (Brash) Saun & Starr Look Closer (Daptone) Mark Knopfler Tracker (Verve) Alabama Shakes Sound & Color (Rough Trade) Brandi Carlile The Firewatcher’s Daughter ...
  • Democrats keep pushing for new voting measure

    May 8, 2015 The Legislative Building of the Washington State Capitol, Olympia.By John Stang Senate Democrats and supporters made a symbolic push Thursday to get a state voting rights act to the Washington Senate floor. The legislation appears doomed for 2015. Technically, though, two similar bills are in play, one sponsored by Sen. Cyrus Habib, D-Kirkland and the other by Rep. Luis Moscoso, D-Mountlake Terrace. The bills address situations ...
  • Top Ten April 27th – May 3rd:

    May 4, 2015 Weekly Top Ten Calexico Edge Of The Sun (Anti) Eilen Jewell Sundown Over Ghost Town (Signature Sounds) Mark Knopfler Tracker (Verve) Laura Marling Short Movie (Ribbon) Sam Lewis Waiting On You (Brash) The Honeycutters Me Oh My (Organic) Kitty, Daisy & Lewis The Third (Sunday Best) Lila Downs Balas y ...
  • Animals That Help Us Navigate And Heal

    April 30, 2015 courtesy of Niall KennedyAnimals, as pets can bring an invaluable benefit to our lives. And for some, animals can be a lifeline. This week we look at the back story on guide dogs as a source of navigation and safety for thousands of people with visual impairments across the country. We also feature how horses can help in ...
  • Top Ten April 20th – 26th:

    April 27, 2015 Weekly Top Ten Calexico Edge Of The Sun (Anti) Rhiannon Giddens Tomorrow Is My Turn (Nonesuch) Saun & Starr Look Closer (Daptone) Sam Lewis Waiting On You (Brash) Bhi Bhiman Rhythm & Reason (independent) Mark Knopfler Tracker (Verve) The Very Best Makes a King (Moshi Moshi) Laura Marling Short Movie ...
  • Lawmakers compromise on oil trains

    April 27, 2015 The Legislative Building of the Washington State Capitol, Olympia.By John Stang Heavy on trains and pipelines, but no Puget Sound oil spill prevention measures. That about sums up a Washington House-Senate compromise on their competing oil transportation safety bills. The Senate passed the compromise, 46-0, on Friday. Shortly after, the measure got a resounding 95-1 Yes from the House. “It’s an above-average bill,” said Sen. Christine ...
  • Coal & Oil in the Northwest

    April 24, 2015 Smoke stacks at Coal Power PlantWednesday, April 20th is Earth Day. This week we get Northwest perspectives on how the coal and oil industry affects us all. Guests include: Meg Matthews,  spokesperson for Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign. Information at CoalToCleanWA.org Rebecca Ponzio, Oil Campaign Director for the Washington Environmental Council. More info at WECProtects.org Jewell James,  Coal Manager of the Lummi Sovereignty and ...
  • Top Ten April 13th – 19th:

    April 20, 2015 Weekly Top Ten Sam Lewis Waiting On You (Brash) Lila Downs Balas y Chocolate (Sony) Pharis & Jason Romero A Wanderer I’ll Stay (Lula) Mark Knopfler Tracker (Verve) D’Angelo & The Vanguard Black Messiah (RCA) Pokey LaFarge Something In The Water (Rounder) Calexico Edge Of The Sun (Anti) Rhiannon Giddens ...
  • Levy Reform is a Civil Rights Issue

    April 17, 2015 The Legislative Building of the Washington State Capitol, Olympia.Calling it a civil rights issue, Washington Public Schools Superintendent Randy Dorn urges lawmakers to make changes so that school districts aren’t as reliant on local levies. In this raw video, Dorn explains why levy reform is just as important as new education funding, for the legislature to comply with the State Supreme Court McCleary ...
  • The Man Behind ‘Essence’, the Black Women’s Magazine

    April 13, 2015 Courtesy of Essence MagazineEssence is a well-known monthly African American women’s magazine.  What may not be as well-known is the successful black women’s lifestyle publication was founded by four African American men including Edward Lewis.  Edward Lewis was in our studios to share his perspective and experience in starting up, Essence. Episode 1 – Co-Founder of Essence Magazine,  Edward ...
  • Top Ten April 6th – 12th:

    April 13, 2015 Weekly Top Ten Lila Downs Balas y Chocolate (Sony) Rhiannon Giddens Tomorrow Is My Turn (Nonesuch) Danielle Nicole Danielle Nicole EP (Concord) Kitty, Daisy & Lewis The Third (Sunday Best) Sam Lewis Waiting On You (Brash) Jacky Terrasson Take This (Impulse) Mark Knopfler Tracker (Verve) Pokey LaFarge Something In The ...
  • Wild Foods

    April 13, 2015 Courtesy of Leslie SeatonWild 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 food ...
  • Chocolate: Where It Comes From

    April 10, 2015 courtesy of Kenya AllmondThe 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 Chief ...
  • Aloha Auntie Moody

    April 8, 2015 Auntie Moody EditedIt 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 ...
  • Class size initiative poses tough questions for legislators

    April 7, 2015 The Legislative Building of the Washington State Capitol, Olympia.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 do-over. The ...
  • Top Ten March 30th – April 5th:

    April 6, 2015 Weekly Top Ten Mark Knopfler  Tracker  (Verve) Bettye LaVette  Worthy  (Cherry Red) Pops Staples  Don’t Lose This  (Anti/Epitaph) D’Angelo & The Vanguard  Black Messiah  (RCA) Andrew Combs  All These Dreams  (Coin) Rhiannon Giddens  Tomorrow Is My Turn  (Nonesuch) Ibeyi  Ibeyi  (XL) Kitty, Daisy & Lewis  The Third  (Sunday Best) Pharis & Jason Romero  A Wanderer I’ll Stay  (Lula) Niyaz  The Fourth Light  (Six Degrees) Past Top Ten
  • Lawmakers debate 30-plus budget amendments

    April 3, 2015 The Legislative Building of the Washington State Capitol, Olympia.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 possible GOP ...
  • King County responds to racial disparities in the juvenile justice system

    April 2, 2015 A “no new youth jail” protestor giving public testimony to King County Councilmembers in February. 

Photo Credit: Celia BerkCommunity 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 ...
  • First Woman Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright

    April 1, 2015 photo: Diana Walker - courtesy of Bellevue Arts MuseumMadeleine 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 ...
  • Music of the Moment for April 2015:

    April 1, 2015 Close Up Needle on Record5 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 ...
  • Perspectives on Parenting

    March 31, 2015 courtesy of BuckDaddyParenting and being a caregiver of a child can bring about the biggest joys and some of the most difficult challenges of our day to day lives. This series offers some perspectives on parenting today. Episode 1 – Local child safety expert Kim Estes  on kids and the media today Episode 2 –  Seattle based child safety ...
  • Bushwick Book Club: Steve Martin’s Born Standing Up

    March 30, 2015 steve-martin_square91.3 KBCS and the songwriters of Bushwick Book Club present a wild and crazy evening of music and madcap antics inspired by Steve Martin’s memoir Born Standing Up, at Dusty Strings, Friday, April, 3rd. In the mid-seventies, Steve Martin was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up comedy. In 1981 he quit forever. Born ...
  • Top Ten March 23rd – 29th:

    March 30, 2015 Weekly Top Ten Rhiannon Giddens Tomorrow Is My Turn (Nonesuch) Pops Staples Don’t Lose This (Anti/Epitaph) Bettye LaVette Worthy (Cherry Red) Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith (Ramseur) Mark Knopfler Tracker (Verve) Brandi Carlile The Firewatcher’s Daughter (ATO) Kitty, Daisy & Lewis The Third (Sunday Best) D’Angelo & ...
  • House Democrats ready to offer a state budget plan

    March 25, 2015 The Legislative Building of the Washington State Capitol, Olympia.By John Stang The Washington House Democrats plan to unveil their 2015-2017 operating budget proposal on Friday, which will start to point to how this legislative session will really go.
  • Top Ten March 16th – 22nd:

    March 23, 2015 Weekly Top Ten Pops Staples  Don’t Lose This  (AntiEpitaph) Brandi Carlile  The Firewatcher’s Daughter  (ATO) Rhiannon Giddens  Tomorrow Is My Turn  (Nonesuch) Bettye LaVette  Worthy  (Cherry Red) Sarah Gayle Meech  Tennessee Love Song  (independent) The Decemberists  What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World  (Capitol) Andrew Combs  All These Dreams  (Coin) various artists  Signature Sounds 20th Anniversary Celebration: Rarities From The Second Decade  (Signature Sounds) Kristin ...
  • Child Abuse

    March 18, 2015 abdul nafiu abdul samadIn 2013, the US Department of Health and Human Services reported an estimated four children die every day as a result of child abuse.  Listen to a number of perspectives and personal experiences of child abuse and child sexual assault in this series. The hotline for the Providence Intervention Center for Assault and Abuse is ...
  • Top Ten March 9th – 15th:

    March 16, 2015 Weekly Top Ten Brandi Carlile  The Firewatcher’s Daughter  (ATO) Rhiannon Giddens  Tomorrow Is My Turn  (Nonesuch) Pops Staples  Don’t Lose This  (Anti/Epitaph) various artists  Signature Sounds 20th Anniversary Celebration: Rarities From The Second Decade  (Signature Sounds) Andrew Combs  All These Dreams  (Coin) Bettye LaVette  Worthy  (Cherry Red) Danielle Nicole  Danielle Nicole EP  (Concord) The Mighty Mocambos  Showdown  (Légére) Pharis & Jason Romero  A Wanderer I’ll Stay  ...
  • Seattle’s Priority Hire Law

    March 13, 2015 courtesy of got greenA Priority Hire Ordinance passed 9:0 by the City of Seattle in January, 2015. This requires any public construction projects of $5 million or more to hire 20% of its workforce from economically distressed communities within Seattle and King County. KBCS Producer, Yuko Kodama interviewed a number of South Seattle residents on how this new ...
  • Tacoma Immigration Detention Center Protest Update

    March 13, 2015 courtesy of backbone campaignLast March, hundreds of detainees at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma performed a hunger strike. It was the first of two more at the Tacoma Northwest detention center and at immigration detention centers in Texas and Alabama. Today we get the update on conditions of the immigration detention center in Tacoma today and on ...
  • Remembering Rachel Corrie and continuing her work

    March 9, 2015 Rachel CorrieIn March of 2003, 23 year old peace activist from Olympia Washington, Rachel Corrie was crushed to death by an Israeli bulldozer while undertaking nonviolent direct action to protect the home of a Palestinian family from demolition. Just last month, Israel’s Supreme Court rejected an appeal to decade-long legal proceedings on whether the Israeli army ...
  • Praise for Selma march, but no action on election bill

    March 9, 2015 The Legislative Building of the Washington State Capitol, Olympia.By John Stang Amid universal praise for the Selma civil rights march, Washington’s Republican and Democratic senators passed a resolution commending the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. for leading the historic walk 50 years ago this week. Then the Senate’s minority Democrats took the occasion to try to bring a stalled election bill — tailored to provide ...
  • Top Ten March 2nd – 8th:

    March 9, 2015 Weekly Top Ten Pops Staples  Don’t Lose This  (Anti/Epitaph) Bettye LaVette  Worthy  (Cherry Red) D’Angelo & The Vanguard  Black Messiah  (RCA) Danielle Nicole  Danielle Nicole EP  (Concord) Gill Landry  Gill Landry  (ATO) Brandi Carlile  The Firewatcher’s Daughter  (ATO) The Mavericks  Mono  (The Valory) various artists  Signature Sounds 20th Anniversary Celebration: Rarities From The Second Decade  (Signature Sounds) Rhiannon Giddens  Tomorrow Is My Turn  (Nonesuch) Anne McCue  Blue ...
  • Black Lives Matter

    March 9, 2015 BLM #2On Music & Ideas host Sonya Green discusses Black Lives Matter and more with author, Green Party US Senate candidate and Seattle chapter Black Panther Party co-founder Aaron Dixon. Dixon is also the author of My People Are Rising: Memoir of a Black Panther Party Captain. We are also joined by Seattle King County NAACP President, ...
  • Seattle’s 1968 Franklin High School Sit-In

    March 5, 2015 Courtesy of MOHAI, Seattle P-I CollectionSeattle’s Franklin High School made history on March 29th, 1968 as reportedly over 100 students staged a sit-in. It was the first of its kind. And it helped to spark the civil rights movement in Seattle. Episode 1 -Former Franklin High School student involved in the 1968 student sit-in, Charles Oliver recounts his experience of what ...
  • Minimum wage passes House, heads to Senate

    March 4, 2015 The Legislative Building of the Washington State Capitol, Olympia.By John Stang Rep. Matt Manweller, R-Ellensburg, unleashed the forces of science on a Washington House minimum-wage bill Tuesday, arguing that it made no economic sense. “All these arguments are the result of economic illiteracy,” he said. Referring to criticisms of his party on climate change, Manweller added, “We get accused all the time of being anti-science. ...
  • State Senate approves gas tax hike for transportation

    March 3, 2015 The Legislative Building of the Washington State Capitol, Olympia.By John Stang Lt. Gov. Brad Owen ruled Monday that the Washington Senate’s new internal procedural rule to require a two-thirds majority to pass any new taxes is unconstitutional. So … the Senate went ahead and did what it was about to do on Friday before Democrats requested his ruling.
  • State House passes ‘revenge porn’ measure

    March 3, 2015 The Legislative Building of the Washington State Capitol, Olympia.Distributed by Crosscut Public Media The Washington House unanimously passed a “revenge-porn” bill Monday that would allow a victim to seek damages in civil court for posting intimate images without a person’s consent.
  • Top Ten February 23rd – March 1st:

    March 2, 2015 Weekly Top Ten Rhiannon Giddens  Tomorrow Is My Turn  (Nonesuch) Bettye LaVette  Worthy  (Cherry Red) Pops Staples  Don’t Lose This  (Anti/Epitaph) D’Angelo & The Vanguard  Black Messiah  (RCA) Heroes Of The Dancefloor  Shelter  (independent) THEESatisfaction  EarthEE  (Sub Pop) The Decemberists  What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World  (Capitol) Asleep At The Wheel  Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills  (Bismeaux) Elana James  Black ...
  • Bushwick Book Club: Wild by Cheryl Strayed

    February 27, 2015 wild-square91.3 KBCS and the songwriters of Bushwick Book Club present a musical evening inspired by Cheryl Strayed’s epic adventure along the Pacific Coast Trail, chronicled in her best-selling memoir (and now a film starring Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern) Wild. Wednesday, March 4th, 7:30pm Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101 Tickets: $10  
  • Music of the Moment for March 2015:

    February 27, 2015 Close Up Needle on Record5 brand new releases we can’t wait to share with you this month: 1. Rhiannon Giddens  Tomorrow Is My Turn  (Nonesuch) – A classically trained vocalist, Rhiannon displays this fact in abundance on her debut solo record. The songs are from a wide range of sources, with Rhiannon penning the last track.  Producer T Bone Burnett ...
  • Eating Disorders

    February 26, 2015 photo by daniellehelmEating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric illness, including suicide.  We feature a series on the many faces of eating disorders in our communities. Episode 1 – Dr. Neeru Bakshi of the Eating Recovery Center of Washington describes the varying ranges and types of eating disorders. Episode 2 –  South Sound teen, Kylie Charney ...
  • Would a new pipeline ease state’s oil train worries?

    February 26, 2015 The Legislative Building of the Washington State Capitol, Olympia.By John Stang As the debates increase over transporting oil by rail, Sen. Mike Baumgartner wants the state to study a potential east-west oil pipeline. Baumgartner, R-Spokane, introduced a bill Wednesday to spend $250,000 on a study by the Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council on whether a crude oil pipeline should be installed, and what would ...
  • Food & Culture in the African American Tradition

    February 25, 2015 Fruits & VegetablesThe definition of soul food is changing in the African American community. And that change is in part because of African American chefs and bakers consciously creating awareness with diverse healthy food options. We talk to three chefs hoping to make a difference in what we eat and how we eat. Tarik Abdullah is a ...
  • Perspectives on Death

    February 24, 2015 photo courtesy of Bastyr UniversityDeath, a natural event we all face, is usually sidestepped as a topic of conversation. Here are some of our local segments on death.  The first two episodes are on a novel about death.  The second two episodes are on how we plan for death and on advanced directives. Episode 1:  Author, Jason Mott penned the ...
  • Top Ten February 16th – 22nd:

    February 23, 2015 Weekly Top Ten Rhiannon Giddens  Tomorrow Is My Turn  (Nonesuch) Pops Staples  Don’t Lose This  (Anti/Epitaph) The Decemberists  What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World  (Capitol) Bettye LaVette  Worthy  (Cherry Red) Doug Seegers  Going Down To The River                 (Rounder) various artists  Putumayo Presents: Café del Mundo  (Putumayo) Eric Bibb  Blues People  (Stony Plain) Flight Facilities  Down To Earth  (Glass Note) Robert Earl Keen  Happy ...
  • Bring back the Washington State Presidential Primary

    February 20, 2015 initiative-1351By  Top Story Network Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman wants to resurrect the Washington State Presidential Primary. Top Story Network’s Robert Mak has the story.
  • Education is not a crime

    February 19, 2015 downloadBaha’i’s are a religious minority in Iran. Since the 1979 Iranian revolution, Baha’i’s have been persecuted in Iran for teaching and studying. An international campaign, Education is Not a Crime, launches on February 27 to shed light on the plight of Iranian Baha’i’s. A documentary, To Light A Candle shows how Baha’i’s have defied the persecution ...
  • Will Initiative 1351 be sent back to voters?

    February 18, 2015 initiative-1351By  Top Story Network Just three months after voters approved Initiative 1351 calling for smaller class sizes, lawmakers are thinking about sending the initiative back to voters–what would be a historic move. I-1351 passed in November with 51% of the vote.  State Senator Steve Litzow, R-Mercer Island, calls the initiative “irresponsible” because it directed smaller class sizes in ...
  • Bill seeks to let majority approve passage of school bond measures

    February 17, 2015 The Legislative Building of the Washington State Capitol, Olympia.By John Stang A needed boost to fix old schools? Or sore losers wanting to change the rules? Those were some of the ways that speakers at a legislative hearing Monday described a bill by Rep. Mia Gregerson, D-SeaTac, and Rep. Dick Muri, R-Steilacoom, to ease the passage of school bond measures. Their bill calls for a ...
  • State could conduct major study of homeless children

    February 17, 2015 The Legislative Building of the Washington State Capitol, Olympia.By John Stang The state would undertake a sweeping count of the number of homeless kids from birth through 10 years old, under a bill working its way through the House. The bill by Rep. Jake Fey, D-Tacoma, would order the Washington State Institute for Public Policy to tackle such a census, including determining the average length ...
  • Muslim group calls for apology by legislator for his remarks

    February 16, 2015 The Legislative Building of the Washington State Capitol, Olympia.By John Stang An organization of American Muslims said Thursday that Rep. Larry Haler, R-Richland, should apologize publicly for saying it is a subsidiary of violent Middle East groups. In reply, Haler issued a press release saying he has apologized twice in private for his remarks. The controversy dates back to a Jan. 14 hearing of the Washington ...
  • Black Prison Organizing During the Civil Rights Era

    February 16, 2015 'Cell' - works by Fiona DalwoodBlack activism and prison organizing go hand in hand according to University of Washington, Bothell, Professor Dan Berger’s book, Captive Nation: Black Prison Organizing in the Civil Rights Era. In the book, Berger explores how prisoners used jail to shine the light on racial oppression and what it means to be free.  KBCS News Director, ...
  • Senate negotiators come up with bipartisan plan for transportation

    February 16, 2015 The Legislative Building of the Washington State Capitol, Olympia.By John Stang It took 22 months to gestate. But a bipartisan $15.1 billion Washington Senate transportation package with an 11.7-cent-per-gallon gas tax hike was unveiled Thursday. Now the question is whether enough senators in both the Republican and Democratic caucuses will actually vote for the package, designed to run 16 years. “From my perspective, this is a ...
  • Top Ten February 9th – 15th:

    February 16, 2015 Weekly Top Ten Rhiannon Giddens  Tomorrow Is My Turn  (Nonesuch) Bettye LaVette  Worthy  (Cherry Red) Pops Staples  Don’t Lose This  (Anti/Epitaph) The Decemberists  What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World  (Capitol) Bill Frisell  Guitar in the Space Age  (Okeh) 11 Acorn Lane  Time For Tea  (Wooden Hat) Eric Bibb  Blues People  (Stony Plain) The Gibson Brothers  Brotherhood  (Rounder) Latin Bitman  Airplane  (Nacional) The Stray Birds  Best ...
  • Legislature looks at changing ethics investigations

    February 10, 2015 The Legislative Building of the Washington State Capitol, Olympia.By John Stang Sen. Pam Roach feels Lt. Gov. Brad Owen’s pain. So does Sen. Don Benton. Owen’s pain is a $15,000 fine that the Washington Executive Ethics Board levied against him last September for running his nonprofit anti-drug program out of his public office. The fine has $5,000 suspended with the assumption of no future ethics ...
  • Top Ten February 2nd – 8th:

    February 9, 2015 Weekly Top Ten Bettye LaVette  Worthy  (Cherry Red) Heroes Of The Dancefloor  Shelter  (independent) Pops Staples  Don’t Lose This  (Anti/Epitaph) Anne McCue  Blue Sky Thinkin’  (Flying Machine) Latin Bitman  Airplane  (Nacional) Eric Bibb  Blues People  (Stony Plain) Boubacar Traoré  Mbalimbaou  (Lusafrica) Elana James  Black Beauty  (Snarf) The 2 Bears  The Night Is Young  (Southern Fried) Bill Frisell  Guitar in the Space Age  (Okeh) Past Top Ten
  • Senators offer carbon and energy alternatives

    February 5, 2015 The Legislative Building of the Washington State Capitol, Olympia.By John Stang Some state senators want to tweak Initiative 937 to encourage new efforts at reducing carbon emissions in Washington. The proposed change to the 2006 voter-approved measure on the use of alternative energy sources by electric utilities is one part of GOP-originated proposals on energy and carbon-reduction unveiled at a Wednesday press conference in Olympia. Gov. ...
  • Oil train safety bill prompts debate about public notifications

    February 4, 2015 The Legislative Building of the Washington State Capitol, Olympia.By John Stang Should the public know when oil trains come through and what type of oil they are carrying? That question was debated Tuesday at a Washington House Environment  Committee hearing on an oil train safety bill introduced by Rep. Jessyn Farrell, D- Seattle. The Western States Petroleum Association, two railroads and at least one committee member ...
  • Top Ten January 26th – February 1st:

    February 2, 2015 Weekly Top Ten Bettye LaVette  Worthy  (Cherry Red) Eric Bibb  Blues People  (Stony Plain) Pops Staples  Don’t Lose This  (Anti/Epitaph) Bill Frisell  Guitar in the Space Age  (Okeh) Anne McCue  Blue Sky Thinkin’  (Flying Machine) The Stray Birds  Best Medicine  (Yep Roc) Heroes Of The Dancefloor  Shelter  (independent) Donna Hughes  Fly  (independent) Intended Immigration  Una Cartina  (Wooden Hat) The Sweet Lowdown  Chasing The Sun  (independent) Past Top Ten
  • Music of the Moment For February 2015:

    February 2, 2015 Close Up Needle on Record5 brand new releases we can’t wait to share with you this month: 1. Bettye LaVette Worthy (Cherry Red) – Bettye just celebrated her 69th birthday and she displays all her singing prowess on her 11th solo recording.  Produced by Joe Henry, who once again surrounded her with a terrific group of musicians, she sings her ...
  • Hamilton Middle School Vocal Jazz LIVE on KBCS

    January 30, 2015 Every Winter, the Bellevue College Vocal Jazz Ensemble hosts their annual Pacific Vocal Jazz Festival, featuring over a dozen vocal jazz choirs from schools across Puget Sound. Students from Hamilton International Middle School Vocal Jazz Ensemble stopped by the station for a tour and graced us with a little impromptu “station drop.”
  • Olympia Cheers on Seahawks!

    January 30, 2015             Tyler Hawkins, 5, and his mom, Shawna, shout as loud as they can, along with 350 other people, at noon Friday on the Capitol steps in Olympia in support the Seahawks. His brother Luke, 7, and dad, state Rep. Brad Hawkins, R-East Wenatchee, were also part of the crowd. Shoutouts are also scheduled across the ...
  • Cowboy Valentines

    January 30, 2015 brokeback_squareJoin 91.3 KBCS and the songwriters of Bushwick Book Club for an evening of musical valentines to Annie Proulx’s Brokeback Mountain. Ten performers will tackle literary themes of love, money, cowboys, campfires, family, sheep, fishing and time. You can add a romantic cowboy prix fixe dinner to your ticket (limited table seating is available, so reserve ...
  • $12 minimum wage bill passes its first hurdle

    January 29, 2015 The Legislative Building of the Washington State Capitol, Olympia.By John Stang A bill to increase Washington’s minimum wage cleared the House Labor Committee Thursday by a 4-3 party-line vote. The Democrats’ committee victory means that Rep. Jessyn Farrell, D- Seattle, now has to nail down 50 votes to for her bill to pass the full House. It would increase Washington’s minimum wage from $9.47 to ...
  • Carlos Bulosan and Filipino American Activism

    January 28, 2015 carlos-bulosanWe have a very rich history of labor union activity in the Pacific Northwest.  We highlight Carlos Bulosan and the immigrant Filipino and Filipino American labor organizing community. News Director, Sonya Green interviews the following guests at the KBCS studios: Conor Casey – University of Washington Libraries Special Collections Labor Archivist Joaquin Uy –  Community Organizer and Campaigns ...
  • The IF Project Volunteer Mentor Program

    January 28, 2015 if projectAbout 7200 prisoners are released from Washington state prisons each year. Of those released, 30% end up back behind bars. The IF Project provides a mentorship program started by Seattle detectives in 2008.  The program provides a volunteer mentor to support and assist incarcerated individuals when they’re released from prison. KBCS Producer, Yuko Kodama interviewed Ashley ...
  • Washington state transportation package

    January 27, 2015 The Legislative Building of the Washington State Capitol, Olympia.From Seattle Top Story Robert Mak interviewed Rep. Judy Clibborn (D-Mercer Island), chair of the House Transportation Committee on lawmakers coming up with a transportation package this year and what’s next for the Bertha tunneling project. Click here for more 2015 Olympia coverage.  
  • Minimum wage hike could draw more legislative support this year

    January 27, 2015 The Legislative Building of the Washington State Capitol, Olympia.By John Stang Several supporters of an increase in Washington’s minimum wage made a show of playing “bingo” Monday during a House Labor Committee hearing on the proposal. They marked off a box whenever a business lobbyist uttered a specific phrase or argument — such as Idaho’s $7.25-an-hour minimum wage or passing costs to customers — ...
  • Top Ten January 19th – 25th:

    January 26, 2015 Weekly Top TenShowing more 12th Man pride this week.  Go Hawks! Heroes Of The Dancefloor  Shelter  (independent) Eric Bibb  Blues People  (Stony Plain) Latin Bitman  Airplane  (Nacional) various artists  Favourite Scottish Songs  (Greentrax) T Bird & The Breaks  Harmonizm  (independent) The Gibson Brothers  Brotherhood  (Rounder) Paul Kelly  The Merri Soul Sessions  (GawdAggie) Anne McCue  Blue Sky Thinkin’  (Flying Machine) The Stray Birds  Best Medicine  (Yep Roc) Peter ...
  • Dr. John Carlos and Dave Zirin on sports and politics

    January 26, 2015 John Carlos (right) and Tommie Smith raise their fists at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. Peter Norman (left) wore an OPHR (Olympic Project for Human Rights) badge in support.1968 Olympian, author and Olympic Project for Human Rights organizer, Dr. John Carlos and author and sports writer, Dave Zirin talk sports and politics. Dr John Carlos authored his memoir with Dave Zirin, “The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment that Changed the World.” That moment is when Olympic medal winners in the 200 meter ...
  • Bill seeks to limit drones’ information gathering

    January 26, 2015 The Legislative Building of the Washington State Capitol, Olympia.By John Stang A bill to regulate the gathering of information by private drone aircraft is poised for a takeoff in the Washington House. The legislation introduced by Rep. Jeff Morris, D-Mount Vernon, faced no opposition at a hearing on Wednesday. It could receive a vote in the House Technology & Economic Development Committee sometime this week. ...
  • Lawmakers look to help women get fair pay

    January 23, 2015 The Legislative Building of the Washington State Capitol, Olympia.By John Stang. Jean Godden used to be one off six columnists for the now-closed Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper. The other five were men. Then, Godden, who is now a Seattle City Council member, found out she was the lowest paid of the six. That made her angry. “I don’t want another woman to face the same problem I ...
  • Attorney General: Make legal smoking age 21

    January 22, 2015 The Legislative Building of the Washington State Capitol, Olympia.By John Stang. Attorney General Bob Ferguson wants to make Washington the first state with a legal smoking age of 21. To back him up, Sen. Mark Miloscia, R-Federal Way, and Rep Tina Orwall, D-Des Moines, on Wednesday introduced bills to do so in the Senate and in the House. Both Miloscia and Orwall predicted the legislation ...
  • 2 key senators are optimistic about new pot legislation

    January 21, 2015 The Legislative Building of the Washington State Capitol, Olympia.By John Stang. Two influential state senators expressed optimism Tuesday about achieving a merger of the state’s medical marijuana and recreational pot systems. Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, spelled out details of what she plans to put into her soon-to-be-filed marijuana bill, describing it as complementary to an existing bill by Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center. Kohl-Welles and Rivers ...
  • Governor Jay Inslee’s State of the State

    January 21, 2015 Governor Jay Inslee at the State of the State
Photo courtesy: John StangBy John Stang. Olympia’s Republicans slammed Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed carbon emissions controls several ways — including opposing Inslee’s proposal to funnel some money from polluters into an unfunded working family tax rebate program. They were responding to the governor’s annual State Of The State speech given on Tuesday, January 13, where Inslee covered themes and proposals ...
  • Top Ten January 12th – 18th:

    January 19, 2015 Weekly Top TenTo celebrate the Seahawk’s advancement to the 49th Superbowl, we have a top 12 for this week. Eric Bibb  Blues People  (Stony Plain) Heroes Of The Dancefloor  Shelter (independent) Tosca  Outta Here  (!K7) Latin Bitman  Airplane  (Nacional) The Stray Birds  Best Medicine  (Yep Roc) Nikki Yanofsky  Little Secret  (A440) Bill Frisell  Guitar in the Space Age  (Okeh) Kristin Andreassen  Gondolier  (Yellowcar) The Early Mays  ...
  • Newly discovered Dr. Martin Luther King speech

    January 19, 2015 Courtesy: U.S. Embassy New Delhi91.3 KBCS celebrates Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day by airing parts of a previously unknown recording of Dr. King discovered last December by Pacifica Radio Network. Audio of the speech will be broadcast for the first time since it’s discovery on Democracy Now! heard on 91.3 KBCS at 6 a.m., 8 a.m. and ...
  • Top Ten January 5th – 11th:

    January 12, 2015 Weekly Top TenTo celebrate the Seahawk’s advancement to the NFC Championship game, we have a top 12 for this week. Eric Bibb  Blues People  (Stony Plain) Frazey Ford  Indian Ocean  (Nettwerk) Heroes Of The Dancefloor  Shelter  (independent) Kate Rusby  Ghost  (Pure) Latin Bitman  Airplane  (Nacional) Tosca  Outta Here  (!K7) Lucinda Williams  Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone  (Highway 20) Etana  I Rise  (VP) Bill Frisell  ...
  • Revisiting Frazey Ford

    January 9, 2015 The #1 song on KBCS for 2014 was Frazey Ford’s “September Fields,” from Indian Ocean.
  • Music, books, and honey

    January 9, 2015 Winnie-the-Pooh-191.3 KBCS and Bushwick Book Club present a family matinee of original songs and games inspired by A.A. Milne’s Winnie The Pooh, January 24th at Town Hall. Bushwick Book Club is a group of songwriters that write and perform songs inspired by books. Join us for a midday treat full of thoughtful, funny and surprising music that ...
  • Stackedd Magazine and Operation Menstruation

    January 7, 2015 AFRIpads van delivers menstrual kits as part of Operation Menstruation.A new, alternative voice in our local media scene went live January 2015.  Stackedd Magazine is an online publication run and written exclusively by women.  The magazine provides Pacific Northwest women a platform of their own to speak on issues from civics, sex, to parenting, along with music, food and arts coverage. We’re joined by Ma’Chell ...
  • Top Ten December 29th – January 4th:

    January 5, 2015 Weekly Top Ten Eric Bibb  Blues People  (Stony Plain) Frazey Ford  Indian Ocean  (Nettwerk) Heroes Of The Dancefloor  Shelter  (independent) Etana  I Rise  (VP) Latin Bitman  Airplane  (Nacional) Lucinda Williams  Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone  (Highway 20) Red Martina  Come on Home  (Badtape) Nikki Yanofsky  Little Secret  (A440) Leonard Cohen  Popular Problems  (Columbia) Captain Planet  Esperanto Slang  (Bastard Jazz) Past Top Ten
  • Top Ten December 22nd – 28th:

    December 30, 2014 Weekly Top Ten Frazey Ford  Indian Ocean  (Nettwerk) Heroes Of The Dancefloor  Shelter  (independent) The Blind Boys of Alabama & Taj Mahal  Talkin’ Christmas!  (Sony) Leonard Cohen  Popular Problems  (Columbia) Latin Bitman  Airplane  (Nacional) Eric Bibb  Blues People  (Stony Plain) Bill Frisell  Guitar in the Space Age  (Okeh) Aurelio  Lándini  (Real World) Keith Murphy  Suffer No Loss  (independent) Red Martina  Come on Home  (Badtape) Past Top Ten
  • Top Ten December 15th – 21st:

    December 23, 2014 Weekly Top Ten Heroes Of The Dancefloor  Shelter  (independent) Eric Bibb  Blues People  (Stony Plain) Frazey Ford  Indian Ocean  (Nettwerk) various artists  An Americana Christmas  (New West) The Blind Boys of Alabama & Taj Mahal  Talkin’ Christmas!  (Sony) Nikki Yanofsky  Little Secret ( A440) Kate Rusby  Ghost  (Pure) Congo Sanchez  Dealin’ With This  (Herb) Sly & The Family Stone  I’m Just Like You: Sly’s Stone Flower ...
  • History & Politics of Women’s Fashion

    December 15, 2014 flickr.comMarch is women’s history month. KBCS producer Yuko Kodama spoke with actress and historian, Tames Alan about the intersection of women’s fashion and politics in 19th Century. – See more at: http://kbcs.fm/2014/03/10/history-politics-of-womens-fashion/#sthash.34MlZKOb.dpuf
  • Top Ten December 8th – 15th:

    December 15, 2014 Weekly Top Ten Eric Bibb  Blues People  (Stony Plain) Frazey Ford  Indian Ocean  (Nettwerk) Heroes Of The Dancefloor  Shelter  (independent) Lucinda Williams  Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone  (Highway 20) Bill Frisell  Guitar in the Space Age  (Okeh) Red Martina  Come on Home  (Badtape) Hot Rize  When I’m Free   (Ten In Hand) The Blind Boys of Alabama & Taj Mahal  Talkin’ Christmas!  (Sony) Nikki ...
  • In-Studio: Diana Gameros & Edna Vazquez

    December 13, 2014 Diana GamerosSaturday at 6:00 pm on Musica de la Raza, tune in for a live performance by Mexico-born contemporary indie folk rocker, Diane Gameros and traditional Mexican folk-musician Edna Vazquez. Both perform at The Royal Room, Sunday 12/14
  • In-Studio: Camelia Jade and Mike Antone on Sabor!

    December 11, 2014 Camelia Jade and Mike AntoneLocal musicians Camelia Jade and Mike Antone are our guests on Sabor!, Saturday, December 13th.
  • DJs’ Favorites for 2014

    December 11, 2014 I-heart-musicJust in time for your holiday shopping, KBCS hosts bring you their favorite recordings in 2014. Auntmama – Sunday Folks Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn  Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn  (Rounder) Mark Erelli  Milltowns  (independent) True North  Elsebound  (independent) Ben & Ellen Harper  Childhood Home  (Prestige Folklore) Tim Grimm  The Turning Point  (Cavalier) Cahalen Morris & Eli West  I’ll Swing My Hammer ...
  • Winter Storm – Thursday Afternoon

    December 11, 2014 The National Weather Service has issued a high-wind watch for Western Washington for this afternoon (Thursday, December 11th.) Winds from the South 30-40 MPH, with gusts of up to 65 MPH are expected in North Puget Sound, possibly extending into the Southwest interior. The storm is expected to last through late Thursday night. A nifty animation ...
  • A Christmas Carol of the Third Kind

    December 10, 2014 photo courtesy Bushwick Book Club Seattle91.3 KBCS and Bushwick Book Club present an evening of original music and irreverent activity inspired by Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Seattle songwriters, supported by literary Cascadian rock band, Read & Destroy, offer their musical take on a beloved Christmas classic. Between sets, join in on reindeer games and moments of reflection. “5 Humbugs!” – Scrooge “Been ...
  • Top Ten December 1st – 7th:

    December 8, 2014 Weekly Top Ten Eric Bibb  Blues People  (Stony Plain) Etana  I Rise  (VP) Red Martina  Come on Home  (Badtape) Bill Frisell  Guitar in the Space Age  (Okeh) Frazey Ford  Indian Ocean  (Nettwerk) Tosca  Outta Here  (!K7) Leonard Cohen  Popular Problems  (Columbia) Nikki Yanofsky  Little Secret  (A440) Captain Planet  Esperanto Slang  (Bastard Jazz) The New Basement Tapes  Lost On The River  (Electro Magnetic/Harvest) Past Top Ten
  • Music of the Moment For December 2014:

    December 5, 2014 Close Up Needle on RecordMusic of the Moment 5 brand new holiday releases we can’t wait to share with you this month: The Living Sisters  Harmony Is Real  (Vanguard) – Becky Stark, Eleni Mandell, Inara George and Alex Lilly have created one of my favorite holiday recordings for 2014.  Lots of original material penned by these ladies.  So, if you are ...
  • Jane Siberry live in-studio

    December 5, 2014 JaneSiberry_in-studio Listen to Jane Siberry play acoustic versions of new and classic songs, and talk with KBCS’ Steve Ramsey about her writing process.
  • Top Ten Recordings for 2014

    December 5, 2014 photo: Alessandro ScaparroThe new releases most played in 2014 Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings  Give the People What They Want  (Daptone) Frazey Ford  Indian Ocean  (Nettwerk) various artists  Take Me To The River Soundtrack  (Stax/Concod) Quantic  Magnetica  (Tru Thoughts) The Holmes Brothers  Brotherhood  (Alligator) Ruthie Foster  Promise of a Brand New Day  (Blue Corn) Mike Farris  Shine For All The People  (Compass) Taylor McFerrin  Early ...
  • Art for Social Change

    December 4, 2014 Courtesy of Jasmine BrownSome people in our community say that art not only helps promote social relationship and awareness, but encourages social change.  Listen to segments of interviews with artists, art educators  and art students about how art is a conversation. Episode 1:  University of Washington Tacoma, Professor of Interdisciplinary studies, Beverly Naidus talks about her experience in creating ...
  • Top Ten November 24th – 30th:

    December 1, 2014 Weekly Top Ten Hot Rize  When I’m Free  (Ten In Hand) Thompson  Family  (Fantasy) Etana  I Rise  (VP) Frazey Ford  Indian Ocean  (Nettwerk) Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley  Before The Sun Goes Down  (Compass) The Early Mays  The Early Mays  (independent) Lizzy Hoyt  New Lady On The Prairie  (Blue Crown) My Brightest Diamond  This Is My Hand  (Asthmatic Kitty) The Stray Birds  Best Medicine  (Yep Roc) Lucinda ...
  • Top Ten November 17th – 23rd:

    November 23, 2014 Weekly Top Ten Eric Bibb  Blues People   (Stony Plain) Bill Frisell  Guitar in the Space Age   (Okeh) Nikki Yanofsky  Little Secret   (A440) Frazey Ford  Indian Ocean  (Nettwerk) The Mighty Sceptres  All Hail the Mighty Sceptres   (Ubiquity) Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich+Fuss  Motel Baja   (Orchard) Red Martina  Come on Home  (Badtape) various artists  Take Me To The River Soundtrack   (Stax / Concord) Hot Rize  When I’m Free   (Ten ...
  • Bruce Lee in Seattle

    November 18, 2014 TM & © Bruce Lee Enterprises, LLC. All Rights ReservedYou may know Bruce Lee as a martial artist legend and action movie hero. The city of Seattle is where much of his story begins. Bruce Lee spent his youth in Hong Kong and moved to Seattle at the age of eighteen. Ruby Chow, a family friend, and future King County Councilmember, gave him a place ...
  • Top Ten November 10th – 16th:

    November 17, 2014 Weekly Top Ten Eric Bibb  Blues People  (Stony Plain) Bill Frisell  Guitar in the Space Age  (Okeh) Various artists  Take Me To The River Soundtrack  (Stax / Concord) Frazey Ford  Indian Ocean  (Nettwerk) Etana  I Rise  (VP) Leonard Cohen  Popular Problems  (Columbia) Red Martina  Come on Home  (Badtape) Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich+Fuss  Motel Baja  (Orchard) Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn  Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn  (Rounder) Rose ...
  • Top Ten November 3rd – 9th:

    November 10, 2014 Weekly Top Ten Frazey Ford  Indian Ocean  (Nettwerk) various artists  Take Me To The River Soundtrack  (Stax / Concord) Etana  I Rise  (VP) Eric Bibb  Blues People  (Stony Plain) Max Capote  Aperitivo de Moda  (independent) Jungle Fire  Tropicoso  (Nacional) Nikki Yanofsky  Little Secret  (A440) Mariachi El Bronx  Mariachi El Bronx   (ATO) Jerry Lee Lewis  Rock & Roll Time  (Shangri La) Moreno Veloso  Coisa Boa  (Luaka ...
  • Music of the Moment For November 2014:

    November 7, 2014 Close Up Needle on Record5 brand new releases we can’t wait to share with you this month: Etana I Rise  (VP) – In Swahili, Etana translates to ‘The Strong One’, which is an apt name for a female artist in the male dominated genre of Reggae music.  Leonard Cohen  Popular Problems  (Columbia) – There aren’t too many 80 year old artists, ...
  • The Top 10 City Soul events

    November 6, 2014 City Soul (Fridays, 9p-11p) is celebrating their 10th anniversary. In addition to hosting KBCS’ premier electronic dance music program, DJs J-Justice and Atlee Treasure have done a lot of live events over the years. Here are their Top 10 favorites: 1. Erykah Bau & The Roots – Marymoor Park 2. Cobblestone Jazz – Nectar 3. Flying Lotus & Benji ...
  • Voter Rights – Voter Suppression Series

    November 6, 2014 Vote checkboxMany Americans tend to take pride in our election system. This KBCS Produced five-part-series reflects on the struggles toward making our voting process more fair. Producer Yuko Kodama interviewed former University of Washington Political Science Professor Luis Ricardo Fraga and University of Washington Political Science and Adjunct Law Professor, Matt Barreto in 2013. You can listen ...
  • State Initiative 1351 – smaller classroom sizes

    November 4, 2014 Vote checkboxVoters are casting their ballots on whether or not to shrink classroom sizes throughout the state on November 4th. If approved by voters, the measure would require fewer students per classroom in grades K through 12. For kindergarten through third grade, each class would have no more than 15 to 17 students. In grades 4 through ...
  • Washington State Gun Rights Measures Initiative 591

    November 4, 2014 Vote checkboxThe debate over school shootings and gun control laws heats up in the wake of the recent Marysville Pilchuck High School shooting that left two dead and three others injured. The young shooter, Jaylen Fryberg, took his own life. Now Washington voters have a decision to make about gun laws in the state. The Washington Gun ...
  • Top Ten October 27th – November 2nd:

    November 3, 2014 Weekly Top Ten Frazey Ford  Indian Ocean  (Nettwerk) Etana  I Rise  (VP) Soul Scratch  Down The Road (independent) various artists  Take Me To The River Soundtrack  (Stax / Concord) Max Capote  Aperitivo de Moda  (independent) Louise Mosrie  Lay It Down  (independent) Jungle Fire  Tropicoso  (Nacional) Mike Farris  Shine For All The People  (Compass) Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich+Fuss  Motel Baja  (Orchard) SpokFrevo Orquestra  Ninho de Vespa  (Motema) Past Top ...
  • WA State Initiative 1351 – Class Size Reduction Measure

    October 29, 2014 Vote checkboxThe Washington Class Size Reduction Measure, Initiative 1351 is one of five issues voters have to consider on the ballot this coming Tuesday.  The measure directs the legislature to allocate funds for smaller K-12 classrooms and hire more teachers and support staff in schools throughout Washington State. If approved, the measure would be phased in over ...
  • Seattle Transportation – Proposition 1

    October 24, 2014 Vote checkboxSeattle voters will take up the issue of transportation funding for the Seattle Transportation Benefit District Proposition 1. If approved, this proposition would fund the preservation of transit service on existing routes (primarily serving the Seattle area) proposed to be cut beginning 2015 .  A portion of the funds collected would be to support regional transit ...
  • The Seattle Preschool Vote – Proposition 1A and 1B

    October 24, 2014 Vote checkboxVoters in Seattle are considering two propositions on early learning programs and providers. Proposition 1A establishes a $15 minimum wage for childcare workers, seeks to reduce childcare costs, prohibits violent felons from providing professional childcare and creates a training institute for enhanced training and certification, among other things. Proposition 1B aims to expand a high quality preschool ...
  • Top Ten October 13th – 19th:

    October 20, 2014 Weekly Top Ten Frazey Ford  Indian Ocean  (Nettwerk) Taylor McFerrin  Early Riser  (Brainfeeder) Sinkane  Mean Love  (DFA) various Take Me To The River Soundtrack  (Stax / Concord) Ruthie Foster  Promise of a Brand New Day  (Blue Corn) Soul Scratch  Down The Road  (independent) Tony Allen  Film Of Life  (Jazz Village) Dom Flemons  Prospect Hill  (Music Maker) The Stray Birds  Best Medicine  (Yep Roc) Captain Planet  Esperanto Slang  ...
  • Top Ten October 6th – 12th:

    October 13, 2014 Weekly Top Ten Frazey Ford  Indian Ocean  (Nettwerk) various artists  Take Me To The River Soundtrack  (Stax / Concord) Mike Farris  Shine For All The People  (Compass) Ruthie Foster  Promise of a Brand New Day  (Blue Corn) Jungle Fire  Tropicoso  (Nacional) Taylor McFerrin  Early Riser  (Brainfeeder) Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich+Fuss  Motel Baja  (Orchard) Captain Planet  Esperanto Slang  (Bastard Jazz) Béla Fleck And Abigail Washburn  Béla Fleck ...
  • In harmony with The Walking Dead

    October 9, 2014 Zombie_150x150The Bushwick Book Club Seattle and 91.3 KBCS present an evening of original music inspired by Robert Kirkman’s post-apocalyptic comic book The Walking Dead. The Bushwick Book Club Seattle is a songwriter’s collective. Each month eight songwriters choose a book, read the book, write songs inspired by it, and perform those songs in an evening length ...
  • Earshot Jazz Festival picks

    October 6, 2014 Earshot_2014_150x15091.3 KBCS is proud to sponsor the 26th annual Earshot Jazz Festival: October 10th through November 11th. With over 50 concerts to enjoy, curated by KBCS midmorning host John Gilbreath, music fans have a wide variety of adventurous performances to choose from. To get started, consider these five KBCS picks: 10/13 – Taylor McFerrin – The Triple Door 10/16 ...
  • Top Ten September 29th – October 5th:

    October 6, 2014 Weekly Top Ten Jungle Fire  Tropicoso  (Nacional) Frazey Ford  Indian Ocean  (Nettwerk) Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich+Fuss  Motel Baja  (Orchard) Béla Fleck And Abigail Washburn  Béla Fleck And Abigail Washburn  (Rounder) various artists  Take Me To The River Soundtrack  (Stax / Concord) Jonathan Byrd  You Can’t Outrun The Radio  (Waterbug) Mike Farris  Shine For All The People  (Compass) Catherine MacLellan  The Raven’s Sun  (independent) Awa Sangho  Ala ...
  • Donate now and ask for the “museum pack”

    October 5, 2014 t-shirt_design_squareWhen you donate to KBCS,  ask about our museum pack. It’s a hand-picked selection of passes to some of our favorite museums. We’d like to send one to you. As the air gets cooler and the rain returns, it’s the best time to explore museums. Donate now, feel good, and learn something new.
  • Music of the Moment For October 2014:

    October 4, 2014 Close Up Needle on Record5 brand new releases we can’t wait to share with you this month: 1. Jungle Fire  Tropicoso  (Nacional) – If you are a fan of Afrobeat and Latin music, this album is for you.  Jungle Fire is an Afro-Latin funk band out of LA, and their music is so lively, it may set your speakers on ...
  • Top Ten September 22nd – 28th:

    September 29, 2014 Weekly Top Ten various  Take Me To The River Soundtrack  (Stax / Concord) Frazey Ford  Indian Ocean  (Nettwerk) Mike Farris  Shine For All The People  (Compass) Henry Butler & Steven Bernstein  Viper’s Drag  (Impulse) Ruthie Foster  Promise of a Brand New Day  (Blue Corn) Taylor McFerrin  Early  Riser  (Brainfeeder) The Earls of Leicester  The Earls Of Leicester  (Rounder) The Bad Plus  Inevitable Western  (Sony) Dr. John  ...
  • Decibel Festival picks

    September 23, 2014 RichieHawtin_Instagram91.3 KBCS is proud to sponsor the 11th annual Decibel Festival of electronic music, visual art and media.  There is so much to chose from. If you can only attend a showcase or two, here are some KBCS DJ recommendations: Atleee Treasure (City Soul) Soul clap Kaytranada Falty DL Ash Odedra (Waveform Transmission) Richie Hawtin Andy Stott Kode 9 Spektra (Sonic Traveler) Max Cooper Natasha Kmeto Luke ...
  • Top Ten September 15th – 21st:

    September 22, 2014 Weekly Top Ten various artists  Take Me To The River Soundtrack  (Stax / Concord) Mike Farris  Shine For All The People  (Compass) Frazey Ford  Indian Ocean  (Nettwerk) Ruthie Foster  Promise of a Brand New Day  (Blue Corn) Quantic  Magnetica  (Tru Thoughts) Basement Jaxx  Junto  (Atlantic Jaxx/PIAS) Missy Andersen  In The Moment  (Main Squeeze) Henry Butler & Steven Bernstein  Viper’s Drag  (Impulse) Dr. John  Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit ...
  • Decibel Festival sweepstakes

    September 19, 2014 91.3 KBCS is a proud sponsor of Seattle’s premier electronic music and digital arts event, Decibel Festival. We’d like you to be our guest at some of our favorite showcases. One KBCS listener will win a pair of tickets to each of the following: Resident Advisor showcase feat. Kaytranada, Lunice, DJAO, and Jusmoni at EMP, September 24th Ninja Tune ...
  • Addiction and Recovery

    September 19, 2014 No Smoking signSeptember is National Recovery Month and this week we talk with a number of experts about the different faces of addiction and recovery. This week: Episodes 1 & 2 – Bellevue College, Alcohol Drug Counseling Program Director, Paul Weatherly talks about Marijuana with KBCS News & Public Affairs Director, Sonya Green Episodes 3 & 4 – Bellevue psychotherapist, ...
  • Sickle Cell Awareness

    September 17, 2014 Sickled and other red blood cells.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. KBCS News Director, Sonya Green discuss sickle cell disease, treatment and ...
  • Top Ten September 8th – 14th:

    September 15, 2014 Weekly Top Ten Ruthie Foster  Promise of a Brand New Day  (Blue Corn) Frazey Ford  Indian Ocean  (Nettwerk) Mike Farris  Shine For All The People  (Compass) Abstrakto  Abstrako  (Purple Haus) Lynne Hanson  River Of Sand  (independent) Old Crow Medicine Show  Remedy  (ATO) Anushka  Broken Circuit  (Brownswood) Jill Barber  Fool’s Gold  (Outside) Quantic  Magnetica  (Tru Thoughts) Somi  The Lagos Music Salon  (Okey) Past Top Ten
  • Thom Hartmann at Town Hall, September 12th

    September 12, 2014 Thom Hartmann 150x15091.3 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.
  • Top Ten September 1st – 7th:

    September 8, 2014 Weekly Top Ten various artists  Soundtrack  to Take Me To The River  (Stax / Concord) Ruthie Foster  Promise of a Brand New Day  (Blue Corn) Dr. John  Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit Of Satch  (Concord) Catherine MacLellan  The Raven’s Sun  (independent) Mike Farris  Shine For All The People  (Compass) Frazey Ford  Indian Ocean  (Nettwerk) Soul Scratch  Down The Road  (independent) Quantic  Magnetica  (Tru Thoughts) Keb’ Mo’  Bluesamericana  (independent) Naomi ...
  • Music of the Moment For September 2014:

    September 5, 2014 Close Up Needle on Record5 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 ...
  • New Perspectives on Immigration in the US

    September 4, 2014 Statue of LibertyLast 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 were with crime, corruption ...
  • Top Ten August 25th – 31st:

    September 2, 2014 Weekly Top Ten Quantic  Magnetica  (Tru Thoughts) Ruthie Foster  Promise of a Brand New Day  (Blue Corn) Dr. John  Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit Of Satch  (Concord) Taylor McFerrin  Early Riser  (Brainfeeder) Somi  The Lagos Music Salon  (Okey) Mike Farris  Shine For All The People  (Compass) Keb’ Mo’  Bluesamericana  (independent) Mark Erelli  Milltowns  (independent) Playing For Change  PFC3: Songs Around the World  (Timeless) Vaneese Thomas  Blues For My Father  ...
  • Free Nestora Salgado

    August 29, 2014 nestora-anniversary-protest-social1The 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 ...
  • Women’s Equality Day

    August 29, 2014 equality cakeENCORE BROADCAST – Women’s Equality Day is August 26th. It marks the day in 1920 when women were officially given the right to vote as part of the US constitution. This week, we revisit our conversations with local women about feminism. Episode 1 & 2 – University of Washington graduate,  Hamdi Mohammed speaks with KBCS Producer, ...
  • Top Ten August 18th – 24th:

    August 25, 2014 Weekly Top Ten Ruthie Foster  Promise of a Brand New Day  (Blue Corn) Quantic  Magnetica  (Tru Thoughts) Somi  The Lagos Music Salon  (Okey) Dr. John  Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit Of Satch  (Concord) various artists  Playing For Change 3: Songs Around the World  (Timeless) Keb’ Mo’  Bluesamericana  (independent) Jill Barber  Fool’s Gold  (Outside) Eric Clapton & Friends  The Breeze- An Appreciation Of JJ Cale  (Bushbranch/Surfdog) Anushka  Broken Circuit  ...
  • Top Ten August 11th – 17th:

    August 18, 2014 Weekly Top Ten Ruthie Foster  Promise of a Brand New Day  (Blue Corn) Taylor McFerrin  Early Riser  (Brainfeeder) Vaneese Thomas  Blues For My Father  (Segue) Keb’ Mo’  Bluesamericana  (independent) Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens  Cold World  (Daptone) Melaza  Melaza  (Chulo) various artists  Playing For Change 3: Songs Around the World  (Timeless) Quantic  Magnetica  (Tru Thoughts) Eden Brent  Jigsaw Heart  (Yellow Dog) Márcio Faraco  Cajueiro  (World Village) Past ...
  • 91.3 KBCS Day at Crossroads Bellevue farmers market – Aug 26

    August 15, 2014 cherriesJoin us for 91.3 KBCS Day at Crossroads Bellevue farmers market. On Tuesday, August 26th, we will broadcast Music + Ideas live from Crossroads Bellevue. Meet Sonya Green and take home a complimentary 91.3 KBCS eco-tote bag with your fresh fruits and veggies. Enjoy music from The Chamber Jazz Trio, and all of the fresh tastes, colors ...
  • Top Ten August 4th – 10th:

    August 11, 2014 Weekly Top Ten Ruthie Foster  Promise of a Brand New Day  (Blue Corn) Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens  Cold World  (Daptone) Keb’ Mo’  Bluesamericana  (independent) Catherine MacLellan  The Raven’s Sun  (independent) Phox  Phox  (Partisan) Vaneese Thomas  Blues For My Father  (Segue) John Hiatt  Terms Of My Surrender  (New West) various artists  Classic African American Songsters  (Smithsonian Folkways) Melaza  Melaza  (Chulo) Quantic   Magnetica  (Tru Thoughts) Past Top ...
  • Disability Awareness

    August 4, 2014 indexOn July 26, 1990, the American with Disabilities Act was signed giving people with disabilities full civil rights. To mark the historic date our week’s series features voices of disability advocates and educators from the Bellevue College Disability Resource Center. KBCS News & Public Affairs Director Sonya Green interviewed Bellevue College Disability Resource Center Director, ...
  • Music of the Moment

    July 29, 2014 Close Up Needle on Record5 brand new releases we can’t wait to share with you this month: 1. Ruthie Foster Promise of a New Day (Blue Corn) – KBCS has been playing Ruthie’s music for years, and her new album is sure to continue that tradition. Meshell Ndegeocello produced the album and she’s perfectly captured Ruthie’s amazing voice and the ...
  • Power Outages in Bellevue Affecting KBCS

    July 24, 2014 Faithful listeners to KBCS have probably noticed the recent problems with our program stream and our website. Since Tuesday (7/22) power outages in our area have been playing havoc with our computers and other equipment. Tuesday morning a Puget Sound Energy transformer in our neighborhood failed, knocking out power to KBCS and other houses in our area. ...
  • Top Ten July 14th – 20th:

    July 21, 2014 Weekly Top Ten Keb’ Mo’  Bluesamericana  (independent) Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens   Cold World  (Daptone) Eden Brent  Jigsaw Heart  (Yellow Dog) Vaneese Thomas   Blues For My Father  (Segue) Chatham County Line  Tightrope  (Yep Roc) Taylor McFerrin  Early Riser  (Brainfeeder) various artists  Playing For Change 3: Songs Around the World  (Timeless) John Hiatt  Terms Of My Surrender  (New West) Rebirth Brass Band  Move Your Body  (Basin ...
  • Top Ten July 7th – 13th:

    July 14, 2014 Weekly Top Ten various artists  Studio Rio Presents: The Brazil Connection  (Legacy) Quantic  Magnetica  (Tru Thoughts) Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens  Cold World  (Daptone) Eden Brent  Jigsaw Heart  (Yellow Dog) Keb’ Mo’  Bluesamericana  (independent) Vaneese Thomas  Blues For My Father  (Segue) Melaza  Melaza  (Chulo) Kavita Shah  Visions  (Inner Circle) Jack White  Lazaretto  (Third Man/Columbia) John Hiatt  Terms Of My Surrender  (New West) Past Top Ten
  • Join us at Bellevue Arts Fair Weekend

    July 8, 2014 BAM_stageStarting July 25th, hundreds of artisans converge on downtown Bellevue for a weekend of craft, community, food and fun. KBCS is a proud sponsor the BAM ARTSfair, the 6th St Fair, and Bellevue Festival of the Arts. Visit the 91.3 KBCS Stage sponsored by Bellevue College at Bellevue Square, Saturday, July 26th.  In partnership with Bellevue Arts ...
  • Top Ten June 30th – July 6th:

    July 7, 2014 Weekly Top Ten Playing For Change  PFC3: Songs Around the World  (Timeless) Eden Brent  Jigsaw Heart  (Yellow Dog) Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens  Cold World  (Daptone) Zoe Muth  World of Strangers  (Signature Sounds) Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison  Our Year  (Premium) Jacob Bain & Publish The Quest  A Thousand Kinds Of Gold  (independent) The Delines  Colfax  (El Cortez) Quantic  Magnetica  (Tru Thoughts) Rebirth Brass Band  ...
  • Top Ten June 23rd – 29th:

    June 30, 2014 Weekly Top Ten Los Hacheros  Pilon  (Chulo) Eden Brent  Jigsaw Heart  (Yellow Dog) Keb’ Mo’  Bluesamericana  (independent) Taylor McFerrin  Early Riser  (Brainfeeder) various  Playing For Change 3: Songs Around the World  (Timeless) Quantic  Magnetica  (Tru Thoughts) Seth Walker  Sky Still Blue  (Royal Potato Family) Kelis  Food  (Ninja Tune) José James  While You Were Sleeping  (Blue Note) Melaza  Melaza  (Chulo) Past Top Ten
  • Music of the Moment:

    June 27, 2014 Default Staff, Volunteer Picture5 brand new releases we can’t wait to share with you this month: 1. Eden Brent  Jigsaw Heart  (Yellow Dog) – It’s taken a bit of time, but Eden is finally receiving the recognition she deserves with her 4th release.  The music on this disc incorporates blues, jazz, soul and gospel, but it’s her voice that ...
  • African American Music Appreciation Month

    June 26, 2014 Cd's in a stackJune is African American Music Appreciation Month. We feature KBCS in-studio interviews from Music + Ideas host, Sonya Green and the Caravan host, John Gilbreath with remarkable new and seasoned musicians. You’ll hear segments of KBCS interviews with Ethiopian, San Francisco based music artist Meklit Hadero, R&B Band, Mint Condition, Kenyan American artist, Naomi Wachira, ...
  • Top Ten June 16th – 22nd:

    June 23, 2014 Weekly Top Ten T Sisters  Kindred Lines  (Spruce & Maple) Rodney Crowell  Tarpaper Sky  (New West) Thievery Corporation  Saudade  (ESL) Eden Brent  Jigsaw Heart  (Yellow Dog) Keb’ Mo’  Bluesamericana  (independent) Johnny Clegg  Best, Live & Unplugged at the Baxter Theatre, Cape Town  (Appleseed) Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin  Common Ground  (Yep Roc) Quantic  Magnetica  (Tru Thoughts) Zoe Muth  World of Strangers  (Signature Sounds) Chatham County Line  Tightrope  ...
  • Top Ten June 9th – 15th:

    June 16, 2014 Weekly Top Ten Eden Brent  Jigsaw Heart  (Yellow Dog) Quantic  Magnetica  (Tru Thoughts) Red Molly  The Red Album  (independent) Bryan Sutton  Into My Own  (Sugar Hill) Queen Esther  The Other Side  (independent) tUnE-yArDs  Nikki Nack  (4AD) John Fullbright  Songs  (Blue Dirt) Eliza Gilkyson  The Nocturne Diaries  (Red House) Zoe Muth  World of Strangers  (Signature Sounds) Grieves  Winter & The Wolves  (Rhymesayers) Past Top Ten
  • Top Ten June 2nd – 8th:

    June 9, 2014 Weekly Top Ten True North  Elsebound  (independent) The Holmes Brothers  Brotherhood  (Alligator) tUnE-yArDs  Nikki Nack  (4AD) Greyhounds  Accumulator  (Ardent) Glen David Andrews  Redemption  (Louisiana Red Hot) The Impellers  My Certainty  (Légére) Ilhan Ersahin’s Wonderland  The Other Side  (Nublu) Eden Brent  Jigsaw Heart  (Yellow Dog) Kelis  Food  (Ninja Tune) various  Six Degrees of Brazil, Vol. 2  (Six Degrees) Past Top Ten
  • KBCS ZooTunes Sweepstakes

    June 5, 2014 The 2014 Summer Fund Drive is over and the winner of our Zootunes Sweepstakes will be announced soon. Best of luck to everyone who donated $35 or more to enter the Sweepstakes! A lucky KBCS listener will receive a pair of VIP tickets to the entire 10-concert series, plus an annual family zoo pass. Full contest rules ...
  • World Cup fever around Puget Sound

    June 3, 2014 RaisesThe 2014 FIFA World Cup runs June 12th through July 13th. Check our listing of where to watch World Cup games in the Seattle area. Play in our World Cup bracket challenge league. Learn about Brazilian culture. Occurring once every four years, the soccer tournament features 32 national teams, all champions of their continental qualifying competitions. Brazil ...
  • Top Ten May 26th – June 1st:

    June 2, 2014 Weekly Top Ten The Holmes Brothers  Brotherhood  (Alligator) various  Six Degrees of Brazil, Vol. 2  (Six Degrees) Brigitte DeMeyer  Savannah Road  (independent) Mary Gauthier  Trouble & Love  (In The Black) Sorceress  Dose  (Wonderwheel) Kelis  Food  (Ninja Tune) John Fullbright  Songs  (Blue Dirt) Zoe Muth  World of Strangers  (Signature Sounds) Rodney Crowell  Tarpaper Sky  (New West) La Misa Negra  Misa De Medianoche  (NAM) Past Top Ten
  • Music of the Moment:

    May 31, 2014 Default Staff, Volunteer PictureMusic of the Moment: 5 brand new releases we can’t wait to share with you this month: 1. John Fullbright  Songs  (Blue Dirt) – If having a talent for brilliant songwriting is an indicator of a successful career, this young man should be a household name by now.  Yes, he is indeed, just that good.  If you ...
  • Top Ten May 19th – 25th:

    May 27, 2014 Weekly Top Ten True North  Elsebound  (independent) Toumani and Sidiki Diabaté  Toumani & Sidiki  (Nonesuch) Natalia M. King  SoulBLAZZ  (Jazz Village) The Holmes Brothers  Brotherhood  (Alligator) Kelis  Food  (Ninja Tune) Aloe Blacc  Lift Your Spirit  (Interscope) Jenny Scheinman  The Littlest Prisoner  (Sony Masterworks) Run Boy Run  So Sang The Whippoorwill  (independent) T Sisters  Kindred Lines  (Spruce & Maple) Thievery Corporation  Saudade  (ESL) Past Top Ten
  • Top Ten May 12th – 18th:

    May 19, 2014 Weekly Top Ten Kelis  Food  (Ninja Tune) Mexican Dubwiser  Electric City  (Koolarrow) Cody Chesnutt  Landing On A Hundred: B Sides And Remixes  (Vibration Vineyard) The Holmes Brothers  Brotherhood  (Alligator) Bryan Sutton  Into My Own  (Sugar Hill) Brigitte DeMeyer  Savannah Road  (independent) Natalia M. King  SoulBLAZZ  (Jazz Village) John Németh  Memphis Grease  (Blue Corn) Nikki Lane  All Or Nothin’  (New West) Aloe Blacc  Lift Your Spirit  (Interscope) Past Top ...
  • Top Ten May 5th – 11th:

    May 12, 2014 Weekly Top Ten Kelis  Food  (Ninja Tune) Brigitte DeMeyer  Savannah Road  (independent) True North  Elsebound  (independent) The Holmes Brothers  Brotherhood  (Alligator) Natalia M. King  SoulBLAZZ  (JazzVillage) Ibibio Sound Machine  Ibibio Sound Machine  (Soundway) Aloe Blacc  Lift Your Spirit  (Interscope) T Sisters  Kindred Lines  (Spruce & Maple) Sonny Knight & The Lakers  I’m Still Here  (Secret Stash) Thievery Corporation  Saudade  (ESL) Past Top Ten
  • Top Ten April 28th – May 4th:

    May 5, 2014 Weekly Top Ten Thievery Corporation  Saudade  (ESL) Zoe Muth  World of Strangers  (Signature Sounds) Sonny Knight & The Lakers  I’m Still Here  (Secret Stash) Brigitte DeMeyer  Savannah Road  (independent) Cody Chesnutt  Landing On A Hundred: B Sides And Remixes  (Vibration Vineyard) Kelis  Food  (Ninja Tune) Leon Russell  Life Journey  (Universal) Rodney Crowell  Tarpaper Sky  (New West) Ikebe Shakedown  Stone By Stone  (Ubiquity) Naomi Wachira  Naomi Wachira  (independent) Past ...
  • Music of the Moment:

    May 3, 2014 Default Staff, Volunteer Picture5 brand new releases we can’t wait to share with you this month: 1. Jenny Scheinman The Littlest Prisoner (Sony Masterworks) – Jenny is a “Jill” of all musical trades—violinist, composer, band-leader, and a fantastic songwriter. Jenny regularly collaborates with big names like Bill Frisell, Norah Jones and Sean Lennon. Except for the 3 instrumentals pieces, ...
  • Seattle High School Students XL Keystone Pipeline Protest

    May 2, 2014 Pledge of ResistanceGarfield High School Senior, Erasmus Baxter says there are about 40 students marching to the federal building in downtown Seattle to protest the Keystone XL Pipeline. The students are from various schools in the Seattle area. Baxter encourages people to sign up online for the “Pledge of Resistance” to carry out acts of civil disobedience ...
  • Seattle May Day Protest & Demonstrations

    May 2, 2014 2The turnout for this year’s May Day immigration reform march in Seattle was lighter than in year’s past. City officials estimated only about 500 people joined the demonstration that ended at Westlake Center without incident. By evening, however, several hundred different protesters representing a variety of causes began making their way from Capitol Hill to downtown in ...
  • Steampunk vs. Steamfunk

    May 1, 2014 Courtesy: Langston Hughes  Performing Arts InstituteThe 11th annual Langston Hughes African American Film Festival is underway at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute in Seattle. What began as a weekend series 11 years ago is now a nine-day festival with everything from short to long films and documentaries. And new this year is the addition of food trucks for weekend ...
  • Top Ten April 21st – 27th:

    April 28, 2014 Weekly Top Ten Natalia M. King  SoulBLAZZ  (JazzVillage) Sonny Knight & The Lakers  I’m Still Here  (Secret Stash) Brigitte DeMeyer  Savannah Road  (independent) The Holmes Brothers  Brotherhood  (Alligator) Cody Chesnutt  Landing On A Hundred: B Sides And Remixes  (Vibration Vineyard) Ikebe Shakedown  Stone By Stone  (Ubiquity) Aloe Blacc  Lift Your Spirit  (Interscope) Shook Twins  What We Do  (independent) Nikki Lane  All Or Nothin’  (New West) Kelis  Food  ...
  • Impacts of the Comcast/Time Warner Merger

    April 23, 2014 imagesMany consumers and business advocates have a lot to say about the Comcast Time Warner merger announcement.  When Comcast buys out Time Warner, the two combined would have 30 million cable subscribers and would control close to half of the internet connections in the United States.   Music + Ideas host, Sonya Green hosts a ...
  • Top Ten April 14th – 20th:

    April 21, 2014 Weekly Top Ten Thievery Corporation  Saudade  (ESL) Natalia M. King  SoulBLAZZ  (JazzVillage) The Holmes Brothers  Brotherhood  (Alligator) Kathy Kallick  Cut To The Chase  (Live Oak) Ibibio Sound Machine  Ibibio Sound Machine  (Soundway) Laurie Lewis with Tom Rozum & Nina Gerber  One Evening in May  (Spruce & Maple) John Németh  Memphis Grease  (Blue Corn) Cahalen Morrison & Eli West  I’ll Swing My Hammer With Both My ...
  • Pitch Black: African American Baseball in Washington

    April 15, 2014 Courtesy: Northwest African American MuseumOn April 15, 1947 Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball with the Brooklyn Dodgers. However, long before Robinson was a household name, baseball was a part of the fabric of many African American communities. A new exhibit at the Northwest African American Museum, Pitch Black: African American Baseball in Washington, explores the ...
  • Finding Hillywood

    April 14, 2014 Courtesy of Finding HillywoodThe Rwandan genocide began claiming up to a million lives in April 20 years ago. Today, we highlight a documentary film based in Rwanda called Finding Hillywood. It’s created by a local director, Leah Warshawski and the film focuses on the vibrant Rwandan film industry today.  We talk about this film and take a look ...
  • Top Ten April 7th – 13th:

    April 14, 2014 Weekly Top Ten The Holmes Brothers  Brotherhood  (Alligator) Bibi Tanga  Now  (Jazz Village) Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars  Libation  (Cumbancha) Naomi Wachira  Naomi Wachira  (independent) Natalia M. King  SoulBLAZZ  (JazzVillage) Caetano Veloso  Abraçaço  (Universal) Eliza Gilkyson  The Nocturne Diaries  (Red House) Infamous Stringdusters  Let It Go  (Highcountry) John Németh  Memphis Grease  (Blue Corn) The Seldom Scene  Long Time… Seldom Scene  (Smithsonian Folkways) Past Top Ten
  • Women Who Rock on Musica de la Raza, Saturday April 12th

    April 8, 2014 Women who Rock Conference 2014Saturday, April 12th at 6:30 pm on Musica de la Raza, Michelle Pallan and Monica Rojas join host Patty Fong for a discussion about the upcoming Women Who Rock! multicultural conference, taking place Thursday April 24th through Saturday the 26th at venues throughout Seattle.
  • Top Ten March 31st – April 6th:

    April 7, 2014 Weekly Top Ten The Holmes Brothers  Brotherhood  (Alligator) John Németh  Memphis Grease  (Blue Corn) Thievery Corporation  Saudade  (ESL) Alsarah & The Nubatones  Silt  (Wonderwheel) Johnny Cash  Out Among The Stars  (Sony) Ikebe Shakedown  Stone By Stone  (Ubiquity) Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings  Give the People What They Want  (Daptone) Leon Russell  Life Journey  (Universal) Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars  Libation   (Cumbancha) Caetano Veloso  Abraçaço  (Universal) Past Top Ten
  • Music of the Moment:

    April 4, 2014 Default Staff, Volunteer PictureFive new releases that we can’t wait to share with you this month: 1. Rodney Crowell Tarpaper Sky (New West) – Rodney continues to pen deceptively simple songs that hold brilliant nuggets of wisdom. May you always stay in touch with the things That keep you young. When you’re staring at injustice May you never bit your tongue. He is certainly ...
  • Brazilian Guitarist, Ian Faquini:Live In-Studio

    April 2, 2014 Guitarist Ian FaquiniSaturday, April 5th Brazilian guitarist Ian Faquini performs live in the KBCS studios. Samia Panni, host of our Brazilian music show, Raizes, talks with Faquini about his new album and his upcoming performance at The Royal Room in Seattle.
  • Kore Ionz Interview on Reggae Party

    April 2, 2014 Reggae band Kore IonzDaniel Pak of Kore Ionz will talk from Hawaii with Reggae Party Host, Rankin’ Mark. Originally from Hawaii, Daniel is lead singer and guitarist for Seattle reggae group Kore Ionz, whose third release “Feels Good” will follow their two strong albums “World War Free” (2011) & “Half-Hour Revolution” (2008). Kore Ionz sound is expansive, with currents of rock, ...
  • GiveBIG – Tuesday, May 6th

    April 1, 2014 Give BIG 2014The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG campaign is a great way to increase the value of your donation to KBCS. Each credit or debit card donation made to KBCS through The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG website , will receive a portion of the Seattle Foundation’s matching funds (or “stretch”) pool. The more money we raise, the more KBCS will receive ...
  • Top Ten March 24th – 30th:

    March 31, 2014 Weekly Top Ten Alsarah & The Nubatones  Silt  (Wonderwheel) The Holmes Brothers  Brotherhood  (Alligator) Ikebe Shakedown  Stone By Stone  (Ubiquity) John Németh  Memphis Grease  (Blue Corn) Tattletale Saints  How Red Is The Blood  (Old Oak) Thomas Blondet  Future World  (Rhythm & Culture) Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings  Give the People What They Want  (Daptone) La Misa Negra  Misa De Medianoche  (NAM) Naomi Wachira  Naomi Wachira  (independent) various ...
  • Guest Selector “Scotty Crucial” on Reggae Party tonight!

    March 27, 2014 Scotty Crucial of The Crucialites (band) & I’N’I Sound Collective (soundsystem). Scotty is the spearhead behind The Reggae Room, (Fridays at Cafe Ibex in Seattle’s Rainier Valley) with a rotating lineup of local and touring reggae bands and selectors. The Crucialites are veterans on the scene now, holding it down as one of Seattle’s finest roots-reggae bands.
  • Seattle Deaf Film Festival – April 4th through April 6th

    March 26, 2014 deaf spotlightWell over 10,000 people in Washington are deaf.  Our state hosts a rich variety of resources for the deaf.  Today, we look at the culture contributed by, for, and of the deaf in our region.  The deaf community produces plays, advocates for art tours at museums interpreted in sign language, organizes community discussions on the ...
  • Hunger Strike at Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma

    March 25, 2014 image credit: ENLACESince March 7th a large number of detainees at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma have been on a hunger strike, protesting conditions in the immigration detention facility. The strikers have given a list of demands to GEO, the private company that built and operates the immigration detention facility. On the 11th day of the hunger strike ...
  • Top Ten: March 17th – 23rd:

    March 24, 2014 Weekly Top Ten Naomi Wachira  Naomi Wachira  (independent) Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars  Libation ( Cumbancha) Hanneke Cassel  Dot The Dragon’s Eyes   (independent) Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings  Give the People What They Want  (Daptone) various  The Rhythms of Black Peru  (Secret Stash) The Sojourners  Sing and Never Get Tired  (Little Pig) John Németh  Memphis Grease  (Blue Corn) Polyrhythmics  Libra Stripes  (INgrooves) various  The Rough Guide To ...
  • Equine Therapy

    March 17, 2014 http://www.flickr.com/photos/fortcarson/Horse therapy can provide healing for both physical disabilities and for emotional trauma. We explored this topic on Music & Ideas with guests Sarah Niwa,Therapist at Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center, Sandy Matts, Co founder of Raven Rock Ranch specializing in equine therapy for trauma, and Karyn Schneider, mother to a daughter who has benefitted ...
  • Top Ten: March 10th – 16th:

    March 17, 2014 Weekly Top Ten Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings  Give the People What They Want  (Daptone) Naomi Wachira  Naomi Wachira  (independent) Las Cafeteras  It’s Time  (independent) Alsarah & The Nubatones  Silt  (Wonderwheel) various  Riverboat Records: Music From The Source  (World Music Network) various  The Rough Guide To Latin Rare Groove  (World Music Network) Cahalen Morrison & Eli West  I’ll Swing My Hammer With Both My ...
  • Naomi Wachira live on KBCS

    March 14, 2014 Naomi WachiraFabulous Seattle singer/songwriter Naomi Wachira performs live on KBCS Music+Ideas. Naomi is playing this Friday, March 14th, at the Columbia City Theatre.
  • Zakir Hussain

    March 14, 2014 Zakir HussainGrateful Dead Hour host Moss Willow talks with legendary Indian Tabla player Zakir Hussain. Hussain and his band, The Masters of Percussion, perform Thursday, March 20th, in Seattle at the Moore Theatre.
  • Top Ten: March 3rd – 9th:

    March 10, 2014 Weekly Top Ten various  The Rough Guide To Latin Rare Groove  (World Music Network) Naomi Wachira  Naomi Wachira  (independent) John Gorka  Bright Side Of Down  (Red House) various  Looking Into You – A Tribute To Jackson Browne  (Music Road) Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings  Give the People What They Want  (Daptone) Angelique Kidjo  Eve  (429) Laurie Lewis with Tom Rozum & Nina Gerber  One ...
  • Top Ten: February 24th – March 2nd:

    March 3, 2014 Weekly Top Ten various  The Rough Guide To Latin Rare Groove  (World Music Network) Rosanne Cash  The River & The Thread  (Blue Note) Donny Hathaway  Never My Love: The Anthology  (Rhino/Warner) Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings  Give the People What They Want  (Daptone) St. Paul & The Broken Bones  Half The City  (Single Lock) Suzy Bogguss  Lucky  (Loyal Dutchess) Bossacucanova  Our Kind of Bossa  ...
  • Encore edition of Thom Hartmann today

    March 3, 2014 This news from the Thom Hartmann Program producers: “Due to another huge snow storm that hit Washington DC, Thom and crew are unable to get into the studio to do a live show today. Today they will be running a “best of” program. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.”
  • Transracial Adoption

    February 28, 2014 hands-hiOn Music+Ideas this week we explore some of the complexity and challenges of adoption across ethnic lines. This series was produced for KBCS by Yuko Kodama. Day 1 – When children are one race and their parents are another, racial literacy is important. Transracial adoptions are intended for good but sometimes the adoptee experiences a different outcome. Nari ...
  • Music of the Moment:

    February 28, 2014 Default Staff, Volunteer PictureMusic of the Moment: 5 brand new releases we can’t wait to share with you this month: various The Rough Guide to Latin Rare Groove (World Music Network) – Another fun compilation from this long running series. Need to spice up your day?  Put on this record and you’ll be dancing along to the music in no ...
  • Balkan singers “The Lonely Coast” on the Caravan

    February 28, 2014 lonelycoastlogoValerie Holt and Anne Mathews, members of the The Lonely Coast, perform live in the KBCS studios. The band performs this Saturday, March 1st, as part of Balkan Night NW at St. Demetrios Greek Church in the Montlake neighborhood of Seattle.
  • Clinton Fearon LIVE on Reggae Party!

    February 27, 2014 Clinton Fearon - GoodnessLocal Reggae artist Clinton Fearon and members of the Boogie Brown Band perform live on the Reggae Party, Thursday February 27th . Clinton Fearon releases his new album, Goodness, in France the 24th of March and in the United States on the 17th of May. The band is also launching a Kickstarter campaign for the Goodness Tour 2014.
  • Top Ten: February 17th – 23rd:

    February 24, 2014 Weekly Top Ten Laurie Lewis with Tom Rozum & Nina Gerber  One Evening in May  (Spruce & Maple) Naomi Wachira  Naomi Wachira  (independent) Donny Hathaway  Never My Love: The Anthology  (Rhino/Warner) Rosanne Cash  The River & The Thread  (BlueNote) Bossacucanova  Our Kind of Bossa  (Six Degrees) Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings  Give the People What They Want  (Daptone) The Haden Triplets  The Haden Triplets ...
  • Top Ten: February 10th – 16th:

    February 16, 2014 Weekly Top Ten Gregory Porter  Liquid Spirit  (Universal) Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings  Give the People What They Want  (Daptone) Naomi Wachira  Naomi Wachira  (Independent) Bahama Soul Club  The Cuban Tapes  (Buyú) Las Cafeteras  It’s Time  (independent) Bossacucanova  Our Kind of Bossa  (Six Degrees) The Haden Triplets  The Haden Triplets  (Third Man) Angelique Kidjo  Eve  (429) Hurray For The Riff Raff  Small Town Heroes  (ATO) various  The ...
  • Top Ten: February 3rd – 9th:

    February 10, 2014 Weekly Top Ten Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings  Give the People What They Want  (Daptone) Bahama Soul Club  The Cuban Tapes  (Buyú) Mamani Keita  Kanou  (World Village) Naomi Wachira  Naomi Wachira  (independent) Bossacucanova  Our Kind of Bossa  (Six Degrees) Cahalen Morrison & Eli West  I’ll Swing My Hammer With Both My Hands  (independent) The Haden Triplets  The Haden Triplets  (Third Man) Angelique Kidjo  Eve  (429) Tony ...
  • Top Ten: January 27th – February 2nd

    February 3, 2014 Weekly Top Ten Gregory Porter  Liquid Spirit  (Universal) Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings  Give the People What They Want  (Daptone) Rosanne Cash  The River & The Thread  (BlueNote) The Haden Triplets  The Haden Triplets  (Third Man) various  Sweetheart 2014  (Hear Music) Neil Young  Live At The Cellar Door  (Reprise) Naomi Wachira  Naomi Wachira  (independent) Bossacucanova  Nossa Onda é Essa (Our Kind of Bossa)  (Six Degrees) Laura ...
  • Music of the Moment:

    January 31, 2014 Default Staff, Volunteer Picture5 brand new releases that we can’t wait to share with you this month: Bossacucanova Nossa Onda é Essa (Our Kind of Bossa) – More Brazillian bossa nova fun from this trio. Amy Ray Goodnight Tender – One half of the Indigo Girls goes traditional country, and it totally works. Laura Cantrell No Way There From Here – ...
  • Race and Sports: What did Richard Sherman’s “rant” reveal?

    January 30, 2014 Courtesy: www.seahawks.com12th man excitement is at an all time high in Seattle! The Seattle Seahawks clinched the NFC Championship and a spot in the Super Bowl in large part because of cornerback Richard Sherman’s game winning play. The play was huge but it’s Sherman’s post-game interview with reporter, Erin Andrews, that made headlines. KBCS Music + Ideas ...
  • Living with Mental Illness Series

    January 27, 2014 mental healthAccording to the National Institute of Mental Health, one in four Americans over 18 suffer from a psychological disorder.  We celebrate Mental Wellness month this January, by honoring the voices of those working through mental illness. Speakers: part 1) Natasha Moore, member of Board of Directors of Auburn Youth Services part 2) Cynthia Etheridge & June Turner part 3) ...
  • Top Ten: January 20th – 26th

    January 27, 2014 Weekly Top Ten Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings  Give the People What They Want (Daptone) Bahama Soul Club  The Cuban Tapes  (Buyú) Eric Bibb  Jericho Road  (Stony Plain) Donny Hathaway  Never My Love: The Anthology  (Rhino/Warner) Rosanne Cash  The River & The Thread  (BlueNote) The Sojourners  Sing & Never Get Tired  (Little Pig) Mamani Keita  Kanou ( World Village) Brandy Clark  12 Stories  (Slate Creek) Eleni ...
  • Top Ten: January 13th – 19th

    January 20, 2014 Weekly Top Ten Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings  Give the People What They Want  (Daptone) Angelique Kidjo  Eve  (429) Rosanne Cash  The River & The Thread  (BlueNote) Guy Davis  Juba Dance (M.C. Records) various  Songs for Slim: Rockin Here Tonight  (New West) Eric Bibb  Jericho Road  (Stony Plain) Tim Grimm  The Turning Point  (Cavalier) Catherine Russell  Bring It Back  (Jazz Village/Harmonia Mundi) Blue Highway  The Game  ...
  • Top Ten: January 6th – 12th

    January 13, 2014 Weekly Top Ten Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings  Give the People What They Want  (Daptone) Billie Joe + Norah  Foreverly  (Warner Brothers) Bahama Soul Club  The Cuban Tapes  (Buyú) Eric Bibb  Jericho Road  (Stony Plain) various  Inside Llewyn Davis Original Soundtrack  (Nonesuch) Red Martina  Intransit  (Badtape) Gregory Porter  Liquid Spirit  (Universal) Rosanne Cash  The River & The Thread  (BlueNote) The Grascals  When I Get My Pay  ...
  • Top Ten: December 30th – January 5th

    January 6, 2014 Weekly Top Ten Anoushka Shankar  Traces Of You  (Deutsche Grammophon) Bahama Soul Club  The Cuban Tapes  (Buyú) Robert Glasper Experiment  Black Radio 2  (Universal) Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings  Give the People What They Want  (Daptone) The Grascals  When I Get My Pay  (Mountain Home) Debademba  Souleymane  (World Village) various The Rough Guide To Arabic Cafe  (World Music Network) Rokia Traoré  Beautiful Africa  (Nonesuch) Juana Molina  ...
  • Top Ten: December 23rd – 29th

    December 30, 2013 Weekly Top Ten Bahama Soul Club  The Cuban Tapes  (Buyú) Sarah Jarosz  Build Me Up From Bones  (Sugar Hill) The Del McCoury Band  The Streets of Baltimore  (McCoury Music) Elizabeth Mitchell & Friends  The Sounding Joy: Christmas Songs In & Out of the Ruth Crawford Seeger Songbook  (Smithsonian Folkways) Shanren  Left Foot Dance Of The Yi  (Riverboat) Nick Lowe  Quality Street – A ...
  • The Best New Music of 2013

    December 28, 2013 Cd's in a stackLooking for that perfect gift? Maybe our music experts can help! We asked our DJ’s to compile a list of their favorite new releases of 2013.
  • Top Ten: December 16th – 22nd

    December 23, 2013 Weekly Top Ten Bahama Soul Club  The Cuban Tapes  (Buyú) Gregory Porter  Liquid Spirit  (Universal) Nick Lowe  Quality Street – A Seasonal Selection for All the Family  (Yep Roc) Neil Young  Live At The Cellar Door  (Reprise) The Blind Boys of Alabama  I’ll Find a Way  (Sony Masterworks) Rokia Traoré  Beautiful Africa  (Nonesuch) Eric Bibb  Jericho Road  (Stony Plain) Liz Carroll  On The Offbeat  (independent) Joey ...
  • Consumerism

    December 19, 2013 barcode1The giving season is upon us!  At this time of selling, buying and gifting, it seems appropriate to step back and take a look at consumerism.  The non-profit organization, Humanities Washington hosts Think & Drinks throughout the state – public events that offer a topic and a panel of speakers on the topic to inspire ...
  • Top Ten: December 9th – 15th

    December 16, 2013 Weekly Top Ten Bahama Soul Club  The Cuban Tapes  (Buyú) Eric Bibb  Jericho Road  (Stony Plain) Billie Joe + Norah  Foreverly  (Warner Brothers) Gregory Porter  Liquid Spirit  (Universal) The Blind Boys of Alabama  I’ll Find a Way  (Sony Masterworks) The Henry Girls  December Moon  (independent) Federico Aubele  5  (13 Records) Nick Lowe  Quality Street – A Seasonal Selection for All the Family  (Yep Roc) The Del ...
  • Disability Awareness

    December 11, 2013 jigsaw_0It’s Disability Awareness Month and we host a discussion on what some are doing to increase awareness of what people with disabilities have to offer our communities.  We take time to reflect on the history of the disability justice movement and consider the experience of people with disabilities and their families in incorporating this population ...
  • Top Ten: December 1st – 8th

    December 9, 2013 Weekly Top Ten Bahama Soul Club  The Cuban Tapes  (Buyú) Billie Joe + Norah  Foreverly  (Warner Brothers) Robbie Fulks  Gone Away Backward  (Bloodshot) Gregory Porter  Liquid Spirit  (Universal) Da Lata  Fabiola  (Agogo) Anoushka Shankar  Traces Of You  (Deutsche Grammophon) Elvis Costello And The Roots  Wise Up Ghost & Other Songs  (BlueNote) Rokia Traoré  Beautiful Africa  (Nonesuch) The Grascals  When I Get My Pay  (Mountain Home) Robert Glasper ...
  • Typhoon Haiyan Relief Efforts

    December 3, 2013 Philipines1Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in central Philippines on November 8. More than 5,000 people are dead and thousands still missing. An estimated 4 million people are homeless. Government agencies and international aid organizations continue to assist with aid efforts as does local organizations. Roger Rigor a member of Philippine US Solidarity Organization or PUSO. PUSO was founded ...
  • Top Ten: November 25th – December 1st

    December 3, 2013 Weekly Top Ten Eric Bibb  Jericho Road  (Stony Plain) The Blind Boys of Alabama  I’ll Find a Way  (Sony Masterworks) Bahama Soul Club  The Cuban Tapes  (Buyú) Maylee Todd  Escapology  (Do Right Music) Debademba  Souleymane  (World Village) The Henry Girls  December Moon  (Independent) The Del McCoury Band  The Streets of Baltimore  (McCoury Music) Heidi Muller & Bob Webb  Dulcimer Moon  (Independent) Gregory Porter  Liquid Spirit  (Universal) Old ...
  • Top Ten: November 18th – 24th

    November 24, 2013 Weekly Top Ten Bahama Soul Club  The Cuban Tapes  (Buyú) Eric Bibb  Jericho Road  (Stony Plain) Rokia Traoré  Beautiful Africa (Nonesuch) Gregory Porter  Liquid Spirit  (Universal) Tony Joe White  Hoodoo  (Yep Roc) Debademba  Souleymane  (World Village) Robert Glasper Experiment  Black Radio 2  (Universal) Juana Molina  Wed 21  (Crammed Discs) John Wizards  John Wizards  (Planet Mu) Willis Earl Beal  Nobody Knows  (HXC)
  • Stories of Dementia

    November 20, 2013 Alzheimer's Awareness RibbonMusic+Ideas host Sonya Green talks with Mary Jane Knecht, Manager of Adult Programs at Frye Art Museum in Seattle, and Dr. Lee Burnside, from the University of Washington Medical School of Geriatrics,  and Mary Lou Brown, caregiver to her husband who was diagnosed with dementia in 1996. The discussion ranged from the symptoms and progression of ...
  • Top Ten: November 11th – 17th

    November 18, 2013 Weekly Top Ten Bahama Soul Club  The Cuban Tapes  (Buyú) Eric Bibb  Jericho Road  (Stony Plain) Rokia Traoré  Beautiful Africa  (Nonesuch) Vijay Iyer & Mike Ladd  Holding It Down: The Veterans’ Dreams Project  (PI) Robert Glasper Experiment  Black Radio 2  (Universal) Intended Immigration  La Demoiselle Du Fonque  (Wooden Hat) Juana Molina  Wed 21  (Crammed Discs) Linda Thompson  Won’t Be Long Now  (Pettifer Sounds) Neko Case  The ...
  • Speaking Out Against the Occupation of Palestine

    November 15, 2013 yehuda shaulIn Israel, former soldiers speak out against the military’s policies in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. They’re part of a group of veterans called Breaking the Silence.  They document violations and abuse by the military,  the heavy toll on Palestinians and the lasting impact on Israeli soldiers. KBCS News & Public Affairs Director, Sonya Green interviewed Breaking ...
  • Access to Veteran Affairs Services

    November 15, 2013 In March of 2013, The Department of Veterans Affairs reported over 600,000 veteran unprocessed claims.  In November of 2013, the Head of the Department of Veteran Affairs, Eric Shinseki claimed they had cut the number of claims by a third.  In the meantime,  the Washington Times reported that despite the improvement in the number of ...
  • Aid for the Phillipines

    November 13, 2013 Super Typhoon Haiyan (HAI yan) has devastated the Philippines.   It also hits us pretty close to home here at KBCS, as our former News Director, Joaquin Uy, has deep connections to the island country.  He forwarded us this information on ways people can help get needed aid directly to the victims of the disaster: From Joaquin: “The ...
  • Top Ten: November 4th – 10th

    November 10, 2013 Weekly Top Ten Bahama Soul Club  The Cuban Tapes  (Buyú) Eric Bibb  Jericho Road  (Stony Plain) Rokia Traoré  Beautiful Africa (Nonesuch) Robert Glasper Experiment  Black Radio 2  (Universal) Intended Immigration  La Demoiselle Du Fonque  (Wooden Hat) Anoushka Shankar  Traces Of You  (Deutsche Grammophon) Tony Joe White  Hoodoo  (Yep Roc) Lindi Ortega  Tin Star  (Last Gang) The Blind Boys of Alabama  I’ll Find a Way  (Sony Masterworks) Machinedrum  ...
  • Top Ten: October 28th – November 3rd:

    November 4, 2013 Weekly Top Ten Bahama Soul Club  The Cuban Tapes  (Buyú) Roberto Fonseca  Yo  (Concord Jazz) Linda Thompson  Won’t Be Long Now  (Pettifer Sounds) Anoushka Shankar  Traces Of You  (Deutsche Grammophon) The Blind Boys of Alabama  I’ll Find a Way  (Sony Masterworks) Paul Burch  Fevers  (Plowboy) Steep Canyon Rangers  Tell The Ones I Love  (Rounder) Willie Nelson  To All The Girls…  (Legacy Recordings) Pete Anderson  Birds Above ...
  • Investigating Paranormal Activity in Our Region

    October 31, 2013 paranormalFrom the famous stories of vampires and werewolves near Forks, the Lady in Blue at Port Townsend’s Palace Hotel, to numerous reported ghost sightings on Seattle’s Capitol Hill, the Puget Sound is home to a rich history of the haunted and paranormal. So rich and lively, in fact that there are apparently about 200 ghost hunting ...
  • A Tribal Perspective on Genetically Engineered Salmon

    October 28, 2013 geSalmon1How might some people from cultures that have centered their diet and spirituality around salmon feel about genetically engineered salmon? KBCS News & Public Affairs Director, Sonya Green speaks with Rob Purser, Fisheries Director of the Suquamish Tribe, Valerie Segrest, Community Nutritionist and registered member of the Muckleshoot Tribe, and Anne Mosness, long time Fisherwoman and ...
  • Genetically Modified Crops and the Environment

    October 28, 2013 GMO imageAccording to recent study, more pesticides are being used than ever before on genetically modified, “Round-up Ready”, corn crops and genetically modified cotton.  Host Sean Donovan interviewed Dr. Chuck Benbrook, Faculty Member of Washington State University’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources.
  • Top Ten: October 21st – 27th:

    October 28, 2013 Weekly Top Ten Da Lata  Fabiola  (Agogo) Robert Glasper Experiment  Black Radio 2  (Universal) various  The South Side Of Soul Street – The Minaret Soul Singles 1967-1976  (Ominvore) Bahama Soul Club  The Cuban Tapes  (Buyú) Anoushka Shankar  Traces Of You  (Deutsche Grammophon) Gregory Porter  Liquid Spirit  (Universal) Rokia Traoré  Beautiful Africa  (Nonesuch) Elvis Costello And The Roots  Wise Up Ghost & Other Songs  (BlueNote) Poets Of ...
  • General Election: November 5th, 2013

    October 22, 2013 Vote checkboxIn King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties the last day to register to vote is October 28th. The 2013 general election is Tuesday, November 5th. You can vote: By mail. Ballots require first class postage and must be postmarked by November 5th. At an accessible voting center by 8 p.m. At a 24-hour drop box or a scheduled van ...
  • Top Ten: October 14th – 20th

    October 21, 2013 Weekly Top Ten Rokia Traoré  Beautiful Africa  (Nonesuch) Linda Thompson  Won’t Be Long Now  (Pettifer Sounds) Bahama Soul Club  The Cuban Tapes  (Buyú) Anoushka Shankar  Traces Of You  (Deutsche Grammophon) Allen Toussaint  Songbook   (Rounder) The Pedrito Martinez Group  The Pedrito Martinez Group  Motema Cyril Neville  Magic Honey  (Ruf) Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers  Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers  (Little Sur) Robbie Fulks  Gone Away Backward  ...
  • Bellevue City Council candidate debates, position 4 & 6

    October 17, 2013 Vote checkboxKBCS held Bellevue City Council candidate debates for position 4 and 6. The two candidates running for position 4 are longtime businessman and Bellevue’s mayor, Conrad Lee. Lee has been with the council since 1993. His challenger is Lyndon Heywood. Heywood is a graphic artists, and he’s on Redmond’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Board, its Bicycle ...
  • Domestic Violence Survivors – “Thrivers” Share Their Stories

    October 14, 2013 Courtney Weaver SingingThree inspiring and courageous women recently visited our studios to share their personal stories of survival.  Each of them offered insight into the darkness of intimate partner violence. We want to thank the Thrivers Action Group, a local non-profit committed to educating our community and raising public awareness about domestic violence, for making this series possible and ...
  • Top Ten: October 7th – 13th

    October 14, 2013 Weekly Top Ten Faba Loba  Senegalesa  (Art Hurts) Roberto Fonseca  Yo  (Concord Jazz) The Blind Boys of Alabama  I’ll Find a Way  (Sony Masterworks) Rokia Traoré  Beautiful Africa  (Nonesuch) Donna Ulisse  Showin’ My Roots  (Hadley Music Group) Anoushka Shankar  Traces Of You  (Deutsche Grammophon) various  Shapes:Circles  (Tru Thoughts) Sarah Jarosz  Build Me Up From Bones  (Sugar Hill) The Pedrito Martinez Group  The Pedrito Martinez Group  (Motema) The ...
  • Wild Foods In Our Region

    October 10, 2013 wild foodMusic + Ideas, October 10th Chanterelles, morels, fiddleheads, huckleberries, nettle, nori… These are all ingredients we see more of on locavore restaurant menus these days.   They’re all wild foods, foods that aren’t grown in rows but are only found in our wild northwest setting.  More people are getting out to forage for these ingredients recently.  Whether ...
  • Social Justice Film Festival

    October 10, 2013 SJFF_aSocial justice issues are brought to light through film this week with the Social Justice Film Festival.  The Festival features  60 documentaries and films exploring a range of social-justice topics including racism and poverty, criminal justice, and human rights around the world. The opening film is Mothers of Bedford. It’s a documentary that follows five women as ...
  • Bellevue School Board candidate for Seat 5

    October 8, 2013 Vote checkboxMusic + Ideas teams up with our online news partner, Bellevue Patch for a series of debates. Bellevue Patch editor, Venice Buhain, assisted with the interviews for candidates for Bellevue school board, seat 5. Ed Luera is the vice president for leasing and marketing at Clise Properties. He’s also a football coach with three children who ...
  • Bellevue School Board candidate for Seat 4

    October 8, 2013 Vote checkboxMusic + Ideas teams up with our online news partner, Bellevue Patch for a series of debates. Bellevue Patch editor, Venice Buhain assisted with the debate. Seat #4 candidates include Krishchanna Roberson and Tracy Trojovsky. Krishchanna is a mother of four and the director of operations at Bellevue College in the Health Science Division. Tracy Trojovsky declined the ...
  • Top Ten: September 30th – October 6th

    October 7, 2013 Weekly Top Ten Linda Thompson  Won’t Be Long Now  (Pettifer Sounds) The Blind Boys of Alabama  I’ll Find a Way  (Sony Masterworks) Mavis Staples  One True Vine  (Warner) Faba Loba  Senegalesa  (Art Hurts) Sarah Jarosz  Build Me Up From Bones  (Sugar Hill) Various  Shapes:Circles  (Tru Thoughts) Rokia Traoré  Beautiful Africa  (Nonesuch) Lindi Ortega  Tin Star  (Last Gang) Robbie Fulks  Gone Away Backward  (Bloodshot) The Pedrito Martinez Group  ...
  • Getting Messages Out to Teens

    October 7, 2013 courtesy of pages4patriotsHow do we communicate with teenagers?  You can bet a lot of people are interested in catching their attention.  CBS news reported that companies were spending nearly $17 billion  a year marketing to kids in 2009.  And according to the New York Times, the average city dweller is exposed to over five thousand advertisements a ...
  • Top Ten: September 23rd-29th

    September 30, 2013 Weekly Top Ten Mavis Staples  One True Vine  (Warner) Linda Thompson  Won’t Be Long Now  (Pettifer Sounds) Rokia Traoré  Beautiful Africa  (Nonesuch) Faba Loba  Senegalesa  (Art Hurts) Robbie Fulks  Gone Away Backward  (Bloodshot) Neko Case  The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight…  (Anti) Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott  Memories And Moments  (Full Skies) Gregory Porter  Liquid Spirit  (Universal) Steep Canyon Rangers  Tell The Ones I ...
  • Top Ten: September 16th – 22nd:

    September 23, 2013 Weekly Top Ten Elvis Costello And The Roots  Wise Up Ghost & Other Songs  (BlueNote) Ry Cooder & Corridos Famosos  Live At The Great American Music Hall  (Nonesuch) Lala Njava  Malagasy Blues Song  (Riverboat/World Music Network) Gregory Porter  Liquid Spirit   (Universal) Mavis Staples  One True Vine  (Warner) Steep Canyon Rangers  Tell The Ones I Love  (Rounder) Roberto Fonseca  Yo  (Concord Jazz) Old Buck  Old Buck ...
  • Seattle Latino Film Festival

    September 20, 2013 SLFF 2jpgOctober brings us the Seattle Latino Film Festival. It celebrates its fifth year with films featured in Tacoma, Seattle and Bellevue from October fourth through the thirteenth.  The festival not only brings independent films, but appearances by internationally acclaimed Latino directors and actors. Guests: Jorge Enrique Gonzalez Pacheco, the founder of the Seattle Latino Film Festival . Melinda ...
  • Top Ten: September 9th – 15th:

    September 16, 2013 Weekly Top Ten Mavis Staples  One True Vine  (Warner) Steep Canyon Rangers  Tell The Ones I Love  (Rounder) Valerie June  Pushin’ Against A Stone  (Concord) Kentyah Presents: M1, Brian Jackson & The New Midnight Band  Evolutionary Minded – Furthering The Legacy of Gil Scott-Heron  (Motéma) North Mississippi Allstars  World Boogie Is Coming  (Songs Of The South) Bosq of Whiskey Barons  Bosq y Orquesta ...
  • Low Power FM Stations: An Opportunity

    September 11, 2013 MakeRadioThe Federal Communications Commission (FCC) created Low Power FM (LP FM) radio service in 2000.  LP FM radio stations reach a radius of three to ten miles with up to 100 watts of power.  In 2011, the FCC created an opportunity for communities to apply for LP FM station licenses.  This is the first and ...
  • Top Ten: August 26th – September 1st

    September 9, 2013 Weekly Top Ten Jimmy Cliff  The KCRW Session  (Universal) Valerie June  Pushin’ Against A Stone  (Concord) Gregory Alan Isakov  The Weatherman  (Suitcase Town) Lala Njava  Malagasy Blues Song  (Riverboat/World Music Network) Neko Case  The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight…  (Anti) Mavis Staples  One True Vine  (Warner) Dumpstaphunk  Dirty Word  (Louisiana Red Hot) Robin McKelle & The Flytones  Soul Flower  (Sony) Tim O’Brien & Darrell ...
  • What Is Your Dream?

    September 5, 2013 dreams2Maybe you’ve wanted to quit your desk job to volunteer your time to a cause overseas or maybe you want to climb the 10 great peaks of the world.  Whatever your dream is, what keeps you from chasing after it? or is it thinking about it that keeps you going? Our gueststoday are Tay Siang Huy ...
  • Our Local Muslim Community – The Impact of 9/11

    September 3, 2013 Muslims for Life Blood Drive9/11 has changed the American landscape in a huge way, and it’s impacted the Muslim American community profoundly.   Negative stereotypes and intolerance of Muslims have emerged since the tragedy, making uncomfortable interactions a common occurrence for our local Muslim families.  Today, we talk about the challenges this community faces and how they’re reaching out to ...
  • Top Ten: August 19th-25th:

    August 26, 2013 Weekly Top Ten Robin McKelle & The Flytones  Soul Flower  (Sony) Mavis Staples  One True Vine  (Warner) The Garifuna Collective  Ayó  (Stonetree/Cumbancha) various  Putumayo Presents: Women Of Brazil  (Putumayo World Music) Gal Costa  Recanto  (Wrasse/Universal) Martha Redbone Roots Project  The Garden Of Love – Songs Of William Blake  (Blackfeet) Jimmy Cliff  The KCRW Session  (Universal) Valerie June  Pushin’ Against A Stone  (Concord) Derrick Hodge  Live Today  ...
  • Top Ten: August 12th -18th

    August 19, 2013 Weekly Top Ten various  Putumayo Presents: Women Of Brazil  (Putumayo) Lala Njava  Malagasy Blues Song  (Riverboat/World Music Network) Robbie Fulks  Gone Away Backward  (Bloodshot) Mavis Staples  One True Vine  (Warner) various  Reggae Gold 2013  (VP) The Carper Family  Old-Fashioned Gal  (independent) Boards Of Canada  Tomorrow’s Harvest  (Warp) Jimmy Cliff  The KCRW Session  (Universal) Booker T. Jones  Sound The Alarm  (Stax/Concord) Femi Kuti  No Place For My Dream  ...
  • Modern Day Slavery: Human Trafficking

    August 14, 2013 stop-human-traffickingENCORE BROADCAST – Human trafficking is essentially modern day slavery.  It’s when someone is forced or coerced with violence, deception or threats to provide labor or commercial sex, and when they’re prevented from leaving the situation.  Human trafficking can occur anywhere and it does happen in our region.  It can range from domestic servitude to ...
  • The Bushwick Book Club Seattle

    August 13, 2013 aplace_logoThe Bushwick Book Club Seattle is a group of musicians who write original music inspired by the books they read.  This summer the King County Library System teamed up with the Bushwick Book Club for the KCLS, “A Place at the Table” program series. The club read Michael Pollan’s books, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural ...
  • Nights at the Neptune

    August 13, 2013 Courtesy of the Platform Playwright's FestivalAccess to performances and stages can be hard to come by for those who don’t have the cash, but want to put on a show.  The Seattle Theatre Group (STG) has changed the game for the summer season.  STG opened Nights at the Neptune where local groups could apply for a night to perform at ...
  • Top Ten: August 5th-11th

    August 12, 2013 Weekly Top Ten Alice Gerrard  Bittersweet  (Spruce & Maple) Derrick Hodge  Live Today  (Bluenote) Pokey LaFarge  Pokey LaFarge  (Third Man) Tedeschi Trucks Band  Made Up Mind  (Masterworks) The Deadly Gentlemen  Roll Me, Tumble Me  (Rounder) Mavis Staples  One True Vine  (Warner) Chico Trujillo  Gran Pecador  (Barbes) Valerie June  Pushin’ Against A Stone  (Concord) Lala Njava  Malagasy Blues Song  (Riverboat/World Music Network) Martha Redbone Roots Project  The Garden ...
  • Hiroshima and Nagasaki: How Far Have We Come?

    August 6, 2013 Courtest of Hiroshima to HopeIt’s been 68 years since the atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  Today, we’re still faced with cleaning up nuclear waste from producing plutonium for bombing Nagasaki and our region houses the largest stockpile of nuclear weapons in the United States just 20 miles northwest of Seattle. Join us today on Music+Ideas at ...
  • Top Ten: July 29th – August 4th

    August 5, 2013 Weekly Top Ten Mavis Staples  One True Vine  (Warner) Valerie June  Pushin’ Against A Stone  (Concord) Martha Redbone Roots Project  The Garden Of Love – Songs Of William Blake  (Blackfeet) Mandolin Orange  This Side Of Jordan  (Yep Roc) Gregory Alan Isakov  The Weatherman  (Suitcase Town) Booker T. Jones  Sound The Alarm  (Stax/Concord) Slaid Cleaves  Still Fighting The War  (Music Road) Alice Gerrard  Bittersweet  (Spruce & ...
  • The Double Edged Sword: The Black Image TrayVon Martin and Marissa Alexander

    August 1, 2013 The George Zimmerman verdict in the Trayvon Martin case makes us reflect on our perceptions of people within our own communities.  What perpetuates certain stereotypes of black men and women? On one hand, Zimmerman was acquitted in Florida for “defending himself” by shooting and killing someone he allegedly felt threatened by.  On the other hand, Marissa ...
  • Top Ten: July 22nd – 28th

    July 29, 2013 Weekly Top Ten various  The Rough Guide To Country Blues Pioneers  (World Music Network) Chico Trujillo  Gran Pecador  (Barbes) Mavis Staples  One True Vine  (Warner) Jim Faddis  In My Dreams  (independent) Rebecca Frazier  When We Fall  (Compass) Gaudi  In Between Times  (Six Degrees) various  Verve Remixed: The First Ladies  (Universal) Valerie June  Pushin’ Against A Stone  (Concord) Guy Clark  My Favorite Picture Of You  (Dualtone) Laura Veirs  ...
  • Keep on Truckin’

    July 28, 2013 Kris NyropAfter 20+ years behind the wheel, Kris Nyrop – founder and co-host of KBCS’s popular Grateful Dead Hour and Backtracks – is taking the bus further on down the road. Kris leaves a legacy of outstanding community service – as an activist, advocate for the poor and homeless, and of course, supporter of the local Grateful Dead ...
  • Peace Activists In Training

    July 25, 2013 1238700184316613962Anonymous_Italian_peace_flag_1.svg.medWe’ve all heard about the growing income disparities in our communities.  Who’s going to help navigate us out of this jam? Perhaps the younger generation is the place to turn. The Peace Activist Trainee Program is working on just that.  It’s a program that pays high school students to participate in a month- long workshop.  It familiarizes ...
  • Seattle City Council Candidates – Position 8

    July 24, 2013 Vote checkboxToday on Music + Ideas, KBCS News Director Sonya Green referees a discussion between candidates in the August. 6th primary election for Seattle City Council, Position 8: Albert Shen Mike O’Brien David Ishii Listen and download the interview here: KBCS_M+I_20130724_Seattle City Council Position 8 Share this story by clicking the Facebook or Twitter icon on the right side of the ...
  • Bellevue City Council Primary Candidates – Position 6

    July 22, 2013 Vote checkboxToday on Music + Ideas, KBCS News Director Sonya Green and Venice Buhain, Editor of Bellevue.Patch.com, referee a discussion between candidates in the August. 6th primary election for Bellevue city council – position #6. Don Davidson Lynne Robinson Vandana Slatter Listen and download the interview here: KBCS_M+I_20130722_Bellevue City Council Position 6 Share this story by clicking the Facebook or Twitter ...
  • Top Ten: July 15th – 21st

    July 22, 2013 Weekly Top Ten Jimmy Cliff  The KCRW Session  (Universal) Valerie June  Pushin’ Against A Stone  (Concord) Mavis Staples  One True Vine  (Warner) Robin McKelle & The Flytones  Soul Flower  (Sony) various Verve Remixed: The First Ladies  (Universal) Laura Marling  Once I Was An Eagle  (Ribbon) The Garifuna Collective  Ayó  (Stonetree/Cumbancha) The Carper Family  Old-Fashioned Gal  (independent) Guy Clark  My Favorite Picture Of You  (Dualtone) Booker T. Jones  ...
  • Food Insecurity

    July 19, 2013 food lifelineAccording to a 2011 Feeding America study, “Map the Meal Gap: Child Food Insecurity 2011”, while one in six Americans overall are food insecure, the rate for children is much higher: nearly one in four children are food insecure. This means that these individuals are unsure of the source of their next meal. You can help feed hungry ...
  • Top Ten: July 8th – 14th

    July 15, 2013 Weekly Top Ten Valerie June  Pushin’ Against A Stone  (Concord) Alice Russell  To Dust  (Tru Thoughts) various Verve Remixed: The First Ladies  (Universal) Mavis Staples  One True Vine  (Warner) Honey Island Swamp Band  Cane Sugar  (Louisiana Red Hot) Jimmy Cliff  The KCRW Session  (Universal) Cécile McLorin Salvant  WomanChild  (Mack Avenue) various  The Ladies at Joe Gibbs  (VP) Booker T. Jones  Sound The Alarm  (Stax/Concord) Aceyalone  Leanin’ On ...
  • Bellevue City Council Primary Candidates – Position 4

    July 8, 2013 Vote checkboxToday on Music + Ideas, KBCS News Director Sonya Green and Venice Buhain, Editor of Bellevue.Patch.com, referee a debate between candidates in the August. 6th primary election for Bellevue city council – position #4. Steve Kasner Jeffrey Talada Kevin Wallace Bill Hirt Download audio: KBCS_M+I_20130708_Bellevue_City_Council_Pos4_Candidates
  • Under My Skin: Artists Explore Race in the 21st Century

    July 8, 2013 Courtesy of Wing Luke Asian MuseumSeattle is home to a special exhibit right now which invites visitors into a thoughtful conversation about race.  It’s at the Wing Luke Asian Museum, and it’s called Under My Skin: Artists Explore Race in the 21st Century. In it, 26 artists share their creative visions of race.  They depict the brutal realities of racism in the ...
  • Top Ten: June 24th – 30th

    July 1, 2013 Weekly Top Ten Mavis Staples  One True Vine  (Warner) Valerie June  Pushin’ Against A Stone  (Concord) Booker T. Jones  Sound The Alarm  (Stax/Concord) Bill Frisell  Big Sur  (Okeh) Go Jane Go  Go Jane Go  (Dead Reckoning) Robin McKelle & The Flytones  Soul Flower  (Sony) Oliver Lake Big Band  Wheels  (Passin’ Thru) Vieux Farka Touré  Mon Pays  (Six Degrees) Alice Russell  To Dust  (Tru Thoughts) Cécile McLorin Salvant  ...
  • Domestic Violence Awareness

    June 28, 2013 refuse to abuseThe first major global review of violence against women was released earlier this month by The World Health Organization. It found that about a third of women worldwide have been physically or sexually assaulted by a former or current partner. Here in Washington, 755 people have died in domestic violence fatalities since 1997.  Programs say the demand for ...
  • Trans Pride

    June 26, 2013 GJL_Jenn_Elayne_DanielleMany people who identify as transgender face hardships in routine areas of daily life. They are twice as likely as the general population to be unemployed or homeless and four times as likely to live in poverty. We talked with the Gender Justice League Executive Director, Danielle Askini, Deputy Director, Jenn Popkin and Elayne Wylie, Board Secretary about the transgender community ...
  • Military Suicides

    June 24, 2013 image courtesy of Laurie FuestonMilitary loss doesn’t always mean death in combat.  Sometimes it can take the form of a training accident, plane crash or… suicide.  With the growing numbers of service members coming home, we see that they return to face another war – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), is a national non-profit ...
  • Top Ten: June 17th – 23rd

    June 24, 2013 Weekly Top Ten Valerie June  Pushin’ Against A Stone  (Concord) Mavis Staples  One True Vine  (Warner) Booker T. Jones  Sound The Alarm  (Stax/Concord) Alice Russell  To Dust  (Tru Thoughts) Tom Jones  Spirit In The Room  (Rounder) Lissa Schneckenburger  Covers  (independent) Dayna Kurtz  Secret Canon Vol. 2  (M.C.) Robin McKelle & The Flytones  Soul Flower  (Sony) The Celtic Fiddle Festival  Live In Brittany- 20th Anniversary Concert  (Loftus) Pokey ...
  • Art for Social Change

    June 20, 2013 art installation, courtesy of Beverly NaidusSome people might think of art as being easy-on-the-eye and created by professional artists to show off at fancy places.  Beverly Naidus, a professional in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Washington, Tacoma, wants to make art accessible to anyone.  She doesn’t stop there though – she wants art to spur and encourage social change. Guests: Professor ...
  • Top Ten: June 10th – 16th

    June 17, 2013 Weekly Top Ten Booker T. Jones   Sound The Alarm  (Stax/Concord) Valerie June   Pushin’ Against A Stone  (Concord) Vieux Farka Touré  Mon Pays  (Six Degrees) Alice Russell  To Dust  (Tru Thoughts) Alice Smith  She  (Rainwater ) Patty Griffin  American Kid  (New West) Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen  On The Edge  (Compass) various  Kenya Special: Selected East African Recordings From The 1970s & ’80s (Believe Digital) Dayna Kurtz  ...
  • Top Ten: June 3rd – 9th

    June 10, 2013 Weekly Top Ten Shannon McNally  Small Town Talk  (Sacred Sumac) Mexican Dubwiser  Revolution Radio  (Koolarrow) Claire Lynch  Dear Sister  (Compass) Alice Smith  She  (Rainwater) Bombino  Nomad  (Nonesuch) Booker T. Jones  Sound The Alarm  (Concord) Patty Griffin  American Kid  (New West) Jason Isbell  Southeastern  (Independent) Alice Russell  To Dust  (Tru Thoughts) Lissa Schneckenburger  Covers  (Independent)
  • Top Ten: May 27th – June 2nd

    June 3, 2013 Weekly Top Ten Shannon McNally  Small Town Talk  (Sacred Sumac) David Francey  So Say We All  (Red House) various  The Ladies at Joe Gibbs  (VP) Jaimeo Brown  Transcendence  (Motema) Ruth Moody  These Wilder Things  (Red House) Tom Jones  Spirit In The Room  (Rounder) Bobby McFerrin  Spirityouall   (Sony) The Carper Family  Old-Fashioned Gal  (independent) Booker T. Jones  Sound The Alarm  (Stax-Concord) Rita Hosking  Little Boat  (independent)
  • Aaron Parks on the Caravan

    May 30, 2013 Aaron ParksJazz piano player Aaron Parks will be performing with Kendrick Scott’s Oracle, Friday, May 31st at the theater at Meydenbauer Center. The show is part of the Bellevue Jazz Festival. He spoke with Caravan host, John Gilbreath about his music.
  • Seattle Peace Chorus performs Canto General

    May 29, 2013 Courtesy Rafa AlvesMay 24th marks the 40th anniversary of Pablo Neruda’s death. This revered Nobel Peace Prize-winner penned, among so much of his other work, Canto General. Canto General is a compilation of 12 poems in tribute to South America’s beauty, turbulent political history and destiny of its people. Mikis Theodorakis one of Greece’s foremost composers, arranged music so ...
  • Top Ten: May 20th – 26th

    May 26, 2013 Weekly Top Ten Alice Russel  To Dust  (Tru Thoughts) Vieux Farka Touré  Mon Pays  (Six Degrees) Emily Herring  Your Mistake  (Independent) Jaimeo Brown  Transcendence  (Motema) Yasmine Hamdan  Ya Nass  (Kwaidan) Etran Finatawa  The Sahara Sessions  (World Music Network) Bonobo  The North Borders  (Ninja Tune) Various  The Ladies at Joe Gibbs  (VP) Soweto Kinch  The Legend Of Mike Smith  (Independent) Peter Rowan  The Old School  (Compass)
  • Cultural Competence and the Achievement Gap

    May 20, 2013 Schools are a hot topic throughout the nation as resources for schools dwindle, and conversations around standardized testing continue. Today we talk about cultural competency in schools. According to a 2012, 50-state report of the Schott Foundation for Public Education, 74% of Caucasian males graduate high school in our state today. In contrast, 55% of black ...
  • Top Ten: May 13th – 19th

    May 20, 2013 Weekly Top Ten Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba  Jama Ko  (Outhere) Yasmine Hamdan  Ya Nass  (Kwaidan) Bonobo  The North Borders  (Ninja Tune) Redtenbacher’s Funkestra  The Cooker  (Wooden Hat) Shannon McNally  Small Town Talk  (Sacred Sumac) David Francey  So Say We All  (Red House) Joyce  Tudo  (Far Out) Letherette  Letherette  (Ninja Tune) The Milk Carton Kids  The Ash & Clay  (Anti) Cécile McLorin Salvant  WomanChild  (Mack Avenue)
  • Northwest Folklife Festival Washington Works

    May 17, 2013 Images of Labor and Social Justice: The Art of Richard V. CorrellThe annual NW Folklife Festival celebrates music, arts and culture every Memorial Day weekend. Each year, the Festival features a cultural focus and this year’s theme is a look at labor culture in our region.  Today on Music+Ideas, we discuss the culture around labor and the ever-active and ever-changing labor movements in Washington with three ...
  • GiveBIG – Wednesday, May 15th!

    May 15, 2013 Update 5/16: Thanks to all those who contributed on GiveBIG day.  Over 400 people stepped up in one day, pushing us beyond our $20,000 goal! THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG campaign is a fun way to increase the value of your donation to KBCS. Each credit or debit card donation made to KBCS through ...
  • Co-ops

    May 13, 2013 Co-op_activism2.svgAs our economy stumbles its way through these hard times, it’s good to take a moment to reflect on alternatives to how we can do business…and alternatives ARE out there. Today on Music+Ideas, host Sonya Green takes a look at cooperative businesses, both consumer co-ops and worker-owned co-ops. Webster Walker worked at Central Co-op (a consumer coop) ...
  • Top Ten: May 6th – 12th

    May 13, 2013 Weekly Top Ten Alice Russell  To Dust  (Tru Thoughts) The Greyboy Allstars  Inland Emperor  (Knowledge Room) Bobby McFerrin  Spirityouall  (Sony) Shannon McNally  Small Town Talk  (Sacred Sumac) John Reischman  Walk Along John  (Corvus) Jerry Miller  New Road Under My Wheels  (Signature Sounds) Charles Bradley  Victim of Love  (Daptone) Iron & Wine  Ghost On Ghost  (4AD) Rebekah Pulley & The Reluctant Prophets  Tralala  (Independent) Hamilton de Holanda & ...
  • Aaina Festival – Stories of South Asian Women

    May 9, 2013 Yani FestivalYoni Ki Baat is a growing collection of stories told by South Asian women inspired by Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues. In the South Asian community it is often taboo to discuss topics of sexuality and sexual abuse. But South Asian arts organization, Tasveer, hopes this weekend’s Aaina Festival will change that. The festival provides a space to ...
  • Alternative Pathways to Motherhood

    May 8, 2013 image3As we reflect on Mothers this week, we look at some alternative pathways to motherhood. What do you do when you want to be a mother, but the road there is not so straightforward? Today, we speak with mothers who have taken other routes to motherhood and a Fertility Physician who offers medical options for people ...
  • Panel on Homelessness with Sonya Green

    May 8, 2013 Music + Ideas host, and KBCS news and public affairs director, Sonya Green will be on a panel discussion about media coverage of  homelessness issues presented by the Housing Development Consortium in partnership with the Eastside Homelessness Advisory Committee, Tuesday May 14, 2-4pm. Sonya, along with representatives from the Seattle Times, Bellevue Reporter, Crosscut, and Kirkland ...
  • We Are All Failing Them @ NW Film Forum

    May 8, 2013 We Are All Failing ThemA new work by Robin Holcomb, Britta Johnson and Curtis Taylor World premiere commission at the Northwest Film Forum May 16-18th Part of the series Live at the Film Forum The border between ambition and hard luck is a blind spot. We Are All Failing Them is a song cycle, performed live with film and objects, that engages ...
  • Rabbi Brant Rosen’s path to Palestinian Solidarity

    May 6, 2013 rabbi rosenOver the weekend, Israel was in the news for reported air strikes in Syria. Israel is often in the news for the continued Israeli-Palestinian conflict. China is hosting both the Palestinian and Israeli leaders this week, in a sign of its desire for a larger role in the Middle East. But is peace achievable? Long time peace ...
  • Top Ten: April 29th – May 5th

    May 5, 2013 Weekly Top Ten Alice Russell  To Dust  (Tru Thoughts) Bonobo  The North Borders  (Ninja Tune) Shannon McNally  Small Town Talk  (Sacred Sumac) David Francey  So Say We All  (Red House) Patty Griffin  American Kid  (New West) Various  Way To Blue – The Songs Of Nick Drake  (StorySound) Holly Williams  The Highway  (Georgian) The Milk Carton Kids  The Ash & Clay  (Anti) Tom Jones  Spirit In The ...
  • Genetically Modified Foods

    May 1, 2013 Modified GeneYou know the saying, you are what you eat? Well what if you don’t know what’s in the food you’re eating? Genetically modified food (GMO’s) is a hot topic of debate. What is genetically modified food? Is it good or harmful? In Washington State come November, voters will decide the fate of Initiative 522, which would to ...
  • Income Inequality

    April 30, 2013 French FriesAccording to a recent report from the National Employment Law Project, low-wage jobs are the fastest-growing sector of the economy. This makes the good-jobs deficit even deeper than it was at the start of the 21st century. The report says the unbalanced recession and recovery mean the long-term inequality in the U.S. continues to rise. Tomorrow ...
  • Affordable Housing

    April 29, 2013 Modern HouseThe 2012 Point in Time Homeless survey count revealed almost 9,000 people* on any given night in Washington State are homeless. A big reason for this high number is the lack of affordable housing options in the state. Affordable housing is hard to come by lately when the average rent for a one bedroom in King ...
  • Top Ten Releases April 22nd – 28th:

    April 29, 2013 Weekly Top Ten Various  Turntables On Las Ramblas Compiled by Nickodemus  (Wonderwheel) Shannon McNally  Small Town Talk  (Sacred Sumac) Carla Bruni  Little French Songs  (Universal) Ruth Moody  These Wilder Things  (Red House) Joyce  Tudo  (Far Out) David Francey  So Say We All  (Red House) Patty Griffin  American Kid  (New West) Luke Winslow-King  The Coming Tide  (Bloodshot) Bonobo  The North Borders  (Ninja Tune) Redtenbacher’s Funkestra  The Cooker  (Wooden ...
  • Debt Awareness

    April 25, 2013 Debt in the CrosshairsDebt is the word of the moment. While most of the focus lately is on government debt, little attention has been paid to the financial burdens many ordinary people are facing. From ‘zombie debt”, to predatory lending, to payday loans, M+I host Sonya Green talks with four experts – including a victim of shading lending practices – ...
  • Top Ten Releases April 15th – 21st:

    April 22, 2013 Weekly Top Ten Simone Dinnerstein & Tift Merritt  Night  (Sony Classical) Shuggie Otis  Inspiration Information + Wings Of Love  (Epic) Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba  Jama Ko  (Outhere) Terri Lyne Carrington  Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue  (Concord Jazz) Shannon McNally  Small Town Talk  (Sacred Sumac) Patty Griffin  American Kid  (New West) Letherette  Letherette  (Ninja Tune) Jerry Miller  New Road Under My Wheels  (Signature Sounds) Redtenbacher’s Funkestra ...
  • Happy Earth Day!

    April 22, 2013 Earth_flag_WikiCommonsThis  Earth Day KBCS’ resident story-teller, Auntmama, tells the tale of two rivers. And on the Thom Hartmann Program today we’ll explore our home among the stars with Jim Metzner from Pulse of the Planet and Bill Schlesinger of Earthwise.
  • Celebrate Record Store Day: April 20

    April 16, 2013 Record Store DayRecord Store Day is celebrated on the third Saturday of April. Founded in 2007, it is a global celebration bringing together fans and artists to celebrate independent music retailers. Festivities may include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet & greets, parades, and live djs. The occasion is also marked by limited edition vinyl and CD releases. Celebrate ...
  • Top Ten Releases: April 8th – 14th

    April 15, 2013 Weekly Top Ten John Reischman  Walk Along John  (Corvus) Sutton, Holt & Coleman  Ready For The Times  (High Windy) Petra Haden  Petra Goes To The Movies  (Anti) Bombino  Nomad  (Nonesuch) Steve Earle & The Dukes (& Duchesses)  The Low Highway  (New West) The Gibson Brothers  They Called It Music  (Compass) Niyaz  Sumud Acoustic EP  (Six Degrees) The Kings Of Mongrel Folk  Bitter Truth  (independent) Bassekou Kouyaté ...
  • Diversity in the Media

    April 9, 2013 91.3 KBCS News Director Sonya Green will share her expertise at an upcoming media relations panel, Connecting with Diverse Populations Wednesday, April 10, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. The event takes place at Crossroad Community Center, 16000 NE 10th Street, Bellevue. Other panelists include leaders from the Washington Hispanic Media Association and KTCS 9. This is a good ...
  • Top Ten Releases April 1st – 7th

    April 7, 2013 Weekly Top Ten Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba  Jama Ko  (Outhere) Otis Taylor  My World Is Gone  (Telarc) Lauren Sheehan  The Light Still Burns  (Wilson River) Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite  Get Up!  (Stax) Various  Shapes 12:01 Compiled by Robert Luis  (Tru Thoughts) Bonobo  The North Borders  (Ninja Tune) The Black Lillies  Runaway Freeway Blues  (Independent) Charles Bradley  Victim of Love  (Daptone) Richard Thompson  Electric  (New ...
  • Survey: Reaching New Heights!

    April 4, 2013 Cougar Mountain, Seattle in the distanceOn March 15th, KBCS began broadcasting from our new location high atop Cougar Mountain. We’d love to hear from everyone tuned into the “new” 91.3 fm. Please take our quick survey and let us know how we sound.
  • Top Ten Releases: March 25th – 31st

    April 1, 2013 Weekly Top Ten various  Shapes 12:01 Compiled by Robert Luis   (Tru Thoughts) The Milk Carton Kids  The Ash & Clay  (Anti) Billy Bragg  Tooth & Nail  (Cooking Vinyl) Petra Haden  Petra Goes To The Movies  (Anti) Pharis & Jason Romero  Long Gone Out West Blues  (Lula) Terri Lyne Carrington  Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue  (Concord Jazz) various  The Music Is You: A Tribute to ...
  • Vampire Rabbit

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  • AFL/CIO National Day of Action

    March 28, 2013 John Sandifer, Labor Neighbor RadioJohn Sandifer reports on the AFL/CIO March 20th National Day of Action calling for the repeal of sequestration cuts. Labor Neighbor Radio –  Wednesday, March 20, 2013
  • Top Ten Releases: March 18th – 24th

    March 25, 2013 Weekly Top Ten Charles Bradley  Victim of Love  (Daptone/VME) Pedrito Martínez  Rumba de la Isla  (Calle 54) Dandy Teru  Adventures  (Ubiquity) Ana Moura  Desfado  (Universal) The Milk Carton Kids  The Ash & Clay  (Anti) Bruce Molsky  If It Ain’t Here When I Get Back  (Independent) Pharis & Jason Romero  Long Gone Out West Blues  (Lula) Otis Taylor  My World Is Gone  (Telarc) Nilson Matta  Nilson Matta’s ...
  • Seattle Surveillance Cameras

    March 21, 2013 Photo Courtesy: Flickr user jsKBCS reporter, David Griffith has been following the controversy surrounding proposed surveillance cameras in several Seattle neighborhoods. In March, the Seattle City Council passed a bill concerning public surveillance equipment and confirmed appointments to the Seattle Police Commission. Earlier this year Council Member Bruce Harrell listened to citizens voice opposition to cameras that were already visible ...
  • Top Ten Releases: March 11-17th

    March 18, 2013 Weekly Top Ten Dandy Teru  Adventures (Ubiquity) The James Hunter Six  Minute By Minute (Fantasy) Various artists  The Rough Guide to Acoustic Africa (World Music Network) Anaïs Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer  Child Ballads (Wilderland) Kaleidoscope Jukebox  Infinite Reflection (Rhythm & Culture) Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell  Old Yellow Moon (Warner)   Pharis & Jason Romero  Long Gone Out West Blues (Lula)   The Steeldrivers  Hammer Down (Rounder) BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet  From Bamako to ...
  • Top Ten Releases: March 4-10th

    March 15, 2013 Weekly Top Ten Various  Shapes 12:01 Compiled by Robert Lui  (Tru Thoughts) Terri Lyne Carrington  Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue  (Concord Jazz) Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell  Old Yellow Moon  (Warner) Various  Soul Spectrum Records Volume One  (Soul Spectrum / Jazzman) Bomba Estéreo   Elegancia Tropical  (Zebralution) The James Hunter Six Minute By Minute  (Fantasy) The Milk Carton Kids  The Ash & Clay (Anti) Pharis & ...
  • Top Ten Releases: February 18-24th

    March 1, 2013 Weekly Top Ten Pharis & Jason Romero  Long Gone Out West Blues  (Lula) various  Soul Spectrum Records Volume One  (Soul Spectrum / Jazzman) The James Hunter Six  Minute By Minute  (Fantasy) Bomba Estéreo  Elegancia Tropical  (Zebralution) Jesse Dee  On My Mind / In My Heart  (Alligator) Hiatus Kaiyote  Tawk Tomahawk  (Independent) various  The Rough Guide to African Disco  (World Music Network) DJ Sun  One Hundred  ...
  • Thank you For Supporting KBCS!

    February 28, 2013 ThanksThanks to everyone who showed their financial support during our recent fund drive: those who made their first contribution, those who renewed their membership; and our Sustainers whose monthly contributions keep KBCS strong. Listener support ensures that local, community radio will continue to thrive right here in the Puget Sound.