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Listen Up Northwest program 47: taxes

Listen Up! Northwest is a collaboratively produced radio magazine featuring stories of communities in action throughout the Northwest. Each broadcast highlights the work of skilled community radio producers and artists from our region, including Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.

In Listen Up Northwest program 47, we talk taxes, interviewing an anonymous war resister, one of many refusing to fund militarism with their tax dollars. (Sue Supriano, Stepping Out of Babylon, Eugene, OR). Also: a couple of Washington organizations are saying that wealthy corporations arenât paying their fair share of taxes. Find out what the loopholes are. (David Griffith, KBCS, Seattle). Finally, commentary from Geov Parrish (KBCS) on why we pay federal taxes.

Music by DJ B-Girl and Blue Scholars.

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Listen Up Northwest program 46: Separation of church and state

Listen Up! Northwest is a collaboratively produced radio magazine featuring stories of communities in action throughout the Northwest. Each broadcast highlights the work of skilled community radio producers and artists from our region, including Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.

In Listen Up! Northwest program 46, we look at the separation of church and state with a discussion between an atheist, a Christian pastor, and a practicing Muslim. (Callie Shanafelt, KBCS Bellevue/Seattle).

Music by Northwest artist DJ B-Girl.

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NW community radio leaders speak up for Low-Power FM

by Lupito Flores, KYRS Spokane

In April, Gavin Dahl (Boise Community Radio), Erubiel Valladares-Carranza (KPCN Woodburn) and I traveled to Washington DC, representing the Northwest Community Radio Network as part of Prometheus Radio Project's Low Power FM lobby days. Along with community radio activists from across the country, we worked to help build support for the Local Community Radio Act, a bill in Congress right now which will expand Low Power FM stations like KYRS, and save those that are threatened by encroaching commercial stations. The Senate bill was introduced by Senators Maria Cantwell and John McCain, and the House version is co-sponsored by Rep. McMorris-Rogers (WA).

In Washington, we met with Senator Cantwell and her legislative assistant Michael Daum--both champions of community radio. I also met with Jason Park, Legislative Assistant to Senator Murray, who has yet to sign on to the bill. He didn't offer any reasons why the Senator hasn't signed on. We provided him with lots of background information and reminded him that the Congressionally-mandated MITRE study proved that LPFMs do not interfere with full power stations.

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Listen Up Northwest program 45: From Mexico to the US: immigrant rights

Listen Up! Northwest is a collaboratively produced radio magazine featuring stories of communities in action throughout the Northwest. Each broadcast highlights the work of skilled community radio producers and artists from our region, including Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.

In Listen Up! Northwest program 45, we hear from one Mexican immigrant arrested by ICE in the Bellingham raids last February. (Naomi Ishisaka of One America, Seattle).

Then, an interview with an immigrant rights activist who writes about the economic conditions that drive people from Mexico to the United States. (Sue Supriano, Eugene, OR).

Music by Northwest artists, DJ B-Girl, WD4D and No Luck Club.

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Listen Up Northwest program 44: Spiritual headdress - the Hijab and the Sikh Turban

Listen Up! Northwest is a collaboratively produced radio magazine featuring stories of communities in action throughout the Northwest. Each broadcast highlights the work of skilled community radio producers and artists from our region, including Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.

In Listen Up! Northwest program 44, we hear the perspectives and experiences of two Portland women who wear the Sikh turban and one who wears the hijab. (Linda Olson Osterlund, KBOO Portland, OR)

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Listen Up! Northwest program 43: Canada's local grain CSA

In Listen Up! Northwest program 43, we ride along with British Columbia sailors who are bringing together local wheat growers and consumers, in a new take on locally-delivered produce. (Jonathan Steinman, CJLY Nelson BC)

Music by Northwest artists, DJ B-Girl

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Listen Up Northwest encore: Motherhood

This week, we present an encore presentation of Listen Up! Northwest: a program on motherhood and birthing originally broadcast on July 3, 2008. Segments include:

• Why some people choose home birth (Julie Sabatier, Destination DIY-Portland)
• Canadian government sterilization practices of First Nations people (Kevin Annett, Vancouver Coop Radio)
• When is the right time to have a child? (Julia Donk & Sasha Summer Cousineau, KBCS-Seattle)
• Your mom: she's a real person too. (Sandi Billings, KRFP-Moscow)

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Listen Up! Northwest program 42: Ravens

Listen Up! Northwest is a collaboratively produced radio magazine featuring stories of communities in action throughout the Northwest. Each broadcast highlights the work of skilled community radio producers and artists from our region, including Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.

Listen Up! Northwest program 42 focuses on ravens, in the natural world and in myths and stories.

Depending on your culture or point of view, ravens are seen as gods or bad omens. In this feature we observe ravens in Alaska (Lisa Busch, Encounters North)

Music by Northwest artists, DJ B-Girl and Outback

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Pacifica clumsily asserts oversight at WBAI

UPDATE 2: On the April 6 edition of Wakeup Call, WBAI announcer Don Debarr gave an update on the station's situation, citing a weekend interview with Pacifica counsel Ricardo De Anda. According to Debarr, the attorney stated that the network's move to secure transmitter locations at the five Pacifica stations came in response to listener complaints of 'anti-semitic remarks' aired at another Pacifica station, although De Anda was unable to quote or specifically characterize the remarks. Debarr also reported a suspiciously unsourced suggestion that "a group within Pacifica is reportedly recruiting producers to fill what they call the morning grid with new programming across the board."

RTM comment: The Pacifica national board's decision to assert control over their transmitter locations predictably elicited shrill accusations of a coup. However, the board seems justified in viewing WBAI's financial crisis as a threat to the network's most valuable asset: its FM channel in New York City. We have faith in Tony Riddle's leadership at WBAI and hope that his superhuman powers of reason, diplomacy and unflappable calm will be enough to see the station and its unique staff through the immediate problems.

Both the Pacifica Network and New York Pacifica stalwart WBAI are in the midst of serious financial woes, making this news especially troubling. This message was distributed on April 2 by Justice and Unity, a listener/programmer campaign to broaden the station's community accountability:

The following was circulated by WBAI's General Manager, Tony Riddle, late last night, to the WBAI staff and the Pacifica National Board and its Chair, Grace Aaron (who is based in Los Angeles). In the absence of a permanent Executive Director, Aaron doubles as Interim Executive Director of the Pacifica Foundation, which holds the license for WBAI and four other stations. The opening sentence of Mr. Riddle's email is: "It has been brought to my attention that you have issued an order today to change the locks on the WBAI transmitter room in the Empire State Building tomorrow." We are urgently attempting to learn more about the situation.

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Listen Up Northwest program 41: Faces of the Financial Crisis

Listen Up Northwest 41 looks at how some people in Washington State are being impacted by the economic downturn (Adam Vaughn, KBCS Seattle)

An interview with Amy Olin of ACORN Oregon on how the state can protect its citizens as unemployment and home foreclosures increase and tax revenues fall (Bill Resnick, Old Mole Variety Hour KBOO, Portland)

Music by DJ B-Girl, No Luck Club and Aja West and the Mackrosoft.

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