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What’s the Flux? Commuter Dispatches

A daily ritual—the commute—shapes our exploration of mobility, access and economic movement from the margins of a city to its center. With broadcast, texts, social media and bus ads, we bring curiosity to hidden, nonstop migration.

With support from the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR), producer Mona Yeh examines Seattle metro area commuting to capture first-hand accounts of commuters and allow their stories to illuminate collective movement between work and home.

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  • Unmute the Commute: Ramadan Stories

    June 12, 2017 Ramadan, 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 ...
  • Unmute the Commute: Apples and Oranges

    June 5, 2017 For 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.
  • Unmute the Commute: The Night Owls

    May 30, 2017 Washington 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 ...
  • 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.
  • Unmute the Commute: My Family and My Bus

    May 16, 2017 May 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 ...
  • Unmute the Commute: Walking Around Issaquah 

    May 10, 2017 As 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 ...
  • Unmute the Commute: Building a House with a Bike

    May 1, 2017 What 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.
  • Unmute the Commute: Poetry on Buses

    April 24, 2017 Remember 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 ...
  • Unmute the Commute: A Methadone Ride

    April 17, 2017 Public 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 ...
  • Unmute the Commute: A Ferry Ride Between Two Worlds

    April 11, 2017 On 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 ...
  • Unmute the Commute: Freedom Rides

    April 3, 2017 We 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 ...
  • Unmute the Commute: Bus to Snoqualmie Falls

    March 27, 2017 Washington 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 ...
  • Unmute the Commute: Ancient Highways

    March 20, 2017 We 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 ...
  • Unmute the Commute: Transit Driver Appreciation Day

    March 17, 2017 They 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 ...
  • Finding Love on the Bus

    February 14, 2017 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, ...
  • Who Is My Neighbor? – A Bus Ride Through Seattle’s Central District

    December 15, 2016 Ride 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 ...
  • 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 and Producer, Yuko Kodama sent 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 ...
  • Party on Wheels Bus Stories

    July 22, 2016 We 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.
  • #UnmuteTheCommute

    June 30, 2016 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.
  • Bus Rides, Laughing Yoga and Senior Citizens

    June 9, 2016 Taking 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 ...
  • Four Buses, Five Hours, Two Destinations

    June 2, 2016 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.
  • Gia’s Bike & Bus Commute

    May 26, 2016 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 ...
  • Life lessons learned on the bus

    May 12, 2016 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 ...
  • My America

    May 5, 2016 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.
  • Dorian Wants Transit Policy Towards Disabled Persons to Change, Part 2

    April 28, 2016 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 ...
  • Transit Access for the DeafBlind Community, Part 2

    April 21, 2016 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.
  • Transit Access for the DeafBlind Community, Part 1

    April 14, 2016 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 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 ...
  • A View From the Bus Driver’s Seat

    March 31, 2016 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 ...
  • Dorian Wants Transit Policy Towards Disabled Persons to Change, Part 1

    March 24, 2016 When 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.
  • Homeless but not Hopeless; Riding the Bus to a Better Future

    March 3, 2016 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.  
  • The Campaign for Seattle’s Bus Route 48

    February 25, 2016 What 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 ...
  • Bus Boycotts and Segregation

    February 16, 2016 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. ...
  • Finding Love on the Bus

    February 14, 2016 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 ...
  • 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 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 ...
  • Holly Eckert’s dispatch: Riding with a Disability

    January 28, 2016 We unmute the commute with Holly Eckert.  Holly gives her dispatch to Mona Yeh. She also writes about it for the Seattle Times Opinion page. Eckert’s life was dramatically and forever changed at 34 years of age when she learned she had epilepsy. Her first seizure caused a car accident. It was after this, she decided ...
  • Tacoma artist, Lynn DiNino creates bus-themed art

    January 26, 2016 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 ...
  • Why My Family Lives Car-free

    January 21, 2016 Activist 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.
  • Bus talk with bus chick, Carla Saulter

    January 19, 2016 We 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 ...
  • Public transit trends

    January 15, 2016 What’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, ...
  • My commute is ________ – Fill in the blank.

    January 12, 2016 WTFlux 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.
  • A Bus Rider’s Life

    January 7, 2016 What’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 ...
  • How would you describe your commute?

    December 29, 2015 Our 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: ...
  • WTFlux wants your stories

    December 2, 2015 King 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 ...