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Win a Taylor Acoustic Guitar

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September 20, 2018 - 5:58 pm

Thanks to our partners at Dusty Strings Music Store and School, KBCS is giving away a mahogany Taylor acoustic guitar, along with a hard guitar bag.

Donate now to get automatically entered to win. Don’t wait, the deadline to get entered is 3pm sharp on Sunday, September 23rd.

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Seattle Storm’s Third Women’s NBA Championship

September 17, 2018 - 3:12 pm

The Seattle Storm was celebrated with a rally on September 16th, 2018. The local professional women’s basketball team won its third WNBA championship. KBCS’s Gol Hoghooghi was at at Key Arena to speak with fans at the event.

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Unmute the Commute: A Friend and a Stranger

September 17, 2018 - 8:00 am

Today on Unmute the Commute, we’re following the commute of Caleb Gustin to the VA hospital, where they work. In addition to working as nurse at the VA, Gustin dresses in drag and teaches inclusive sex ed. Produced by Rachel Stevens.

Conscious Cartoons

September 14, 2018 - 10:31 am

Conscious Cartoons is a new international animation film festival taking place on Vashon Island Friday, September 14 through the 16th. KBCS interviewed the event’s organizer, Bill Jarko.

Music of the Moment September 2018

September 13, 2018 - 11:32 am

Here are Iaan’s reviews for this month’s Music of the Moment. Artist: Mariachi Reyna De Los Angeles Album: Mariachi Reyna De Los Angeles Label: Smithsonian Folkways The rise of the female Mariachi band over the past decades, a tradition typically dominated by men, has often been exhilarating. Performers like Flor de Toloache, Edna Vazquez, and

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Unmute the Commute: The Vanpool

September 10, 2018 - 7:47 am

Today on Unmute the Commute, we talk with some vanpool riders about the social side of their daily commute. Produced by Gregg Selby.

The Oil Frontier

September 6, 2018 - 12:12 pm

Standing Rock often comes to mind when we think of North Dakota and oil, but this KBCS interview is about what goes on in the day to day work at a North Dakota Oil Field. KBCS’s Yuko Kodama interviews Maya Rao, Author of The Great American Outpost: Dreamers, Mavericks and the Making of an Oil

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Unmute the Commute: The Bus Roadeo

August 27, 2018 - 8:20 am

When you think rodeos, bucking broncos or steer wrestling may come to mind, but what about parallel parking and judgement stops? We follow a competitor in a bus roadeo on Unmute the Commute.

Femen – Toplessness as a Form of Protest

August 24, 2018 - 12:30 pm

This coming Sunday is Women’s Equality Day and also, Go Topless Day. On August 26th 1920 women earned the right to vote based on Gender Equality. Today women still face gender equality issues and Go Topless Day seeks to bring awareness to inequities.  The group, Femen makes going topless, a form of protest against patriarchy. There are Femen branches throughout the world including Spain, the United States, Sweden and South Korea.

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Unmute the Commute: The Canine Commute

August 20, 2018 - 7:50 am

The Puget Sound region has grown quickly over the last 10 years. That means thousands more people are in cars headed to work. But there’s another population also sitting in traffic: dogs. Produced by Jennie Cecil-Moore.

Incarcerated Women: Fines and Fees

August 15, 2018 - 12:24 pm

Do financial obligations levied on current and former incarcerated people penalize the poor? A majority of people locked up are either poor or unemployed, prior to incarceration, according to the Prison Policy Initiative’s compilation of data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Fines, fees, and restitution payments pile up for many people leaving prison, making it nearly impossible to find a way out of poverty. KBCS’s Yuko Kodama speaks with Alexes Harris, a University of Washington Sociology Professor who researched monetary sanctions on incarcerated people for her 2016 book, “A Pound of Flesh: Monetary Sanctions as a Punishment for the Poor“. Harris shares her thoughts on inequality and the intersection of poverty and incarceration.

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