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Native radio rocks in Spokane

KYRS's Inner Tribal Beat program gets profiled in the Spokane Spokesman Review:

On the Spokane Indian Reservation, young people have to sit in their cars to hear the fading signal from a low-power community radio station 50 miles away. They are listening to a show from 3 to 4 p.m. every Tuesday on Thin Air Community Radio, KYRS-FM, 92.3 and 89.9. The program offers 60 minutes of news, interviews and music that matter to Native Americans. “It is filling a gap that hasn’t been filled before,” said Twa-le Abrahamson, a Spokane tribal member who produces the show, “InnerTribal Beat.”

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Listen Up Northwest program 31: Teen Dating Violence

Listen Up! Northwest program 31 features a single story on the effect of abusive relationships among intimate partners and family.

* Hear how domestic violence at home can lead to abusive relationships among teens. Kelly Morash, who works with middle and high school students in Spokane, shares her own story and the experiences of those in her program. (Barbara Baumgarten, Spokane WA)

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Listen Up! NW is produced by Yuko Kodama at KBCS for Reclaim the Media, and distributed by the Northwest Community Radio Network.

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Listen Up Northwest program 30: Health

Listen Up! Northwest program 30 explores health issues in the Northwest, and what some people are doing to take better care of themselves.

* A first nations community is concerned about how the tar sands project in Alberta may be impacting their health. (Jane Williams, Vancouver BC)

* When it comes to health, the debate continues about racial and ethnic bias. Is it genetic or systemic? Hear what some people are doing to find culturally appropriate medical services. (Phillip Lee and Callie Shanafelt, Seattle, WA)

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Listen Up Northwest program 29: Labor and Work

Listen Up! Northwest program 29 features stories about work and labor issues.

*Being a woman in the workplace can be difficult under the best of circumstances. Try entering a male-dominated field like the construction trades. Hear one woman's story about the experience that took her from a boring desk job to life as an electrician. (Joaquin Uy, Seattle WA)

*A strike at fourteen Oak Harbor Freight Terminals throughout the Northwest has continued for over fifteen weeks (at the time this program was produced). Hear from an Oak Harbor dockworker who talks about life on strike, 3 months on. (Al Bradbury, Portland OR)

*Mainstream media has not been known to cover labor issues consistently. See how labor activists are breaking through the information monopoly by taking advantage of radio, television and the Web to get their stories told. (Wes Brain, Eugene OR)

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Listen Up! NW is produced by Yuko Kodama at KBCS for Reclaim the Media, and distributed by the Northwest Community Radio Network.

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Listen Up Northwest program 28: Fur seals on the Bering Sea

Listen Up! Northwest program 28 features a single story on the Fur Seals in the Pribilof Islands of Northern Alaska.

* St Paul Island in the Pribilofs is where two thirds of the world's fur seals come to give birth and breed. We listen to the sounds of a fur seal colony and an interview with a British Columbia marine mammal researcher about some reasons why the fur seal populations may be in decline again. (Lisa Busch, Sitka AK)

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Listen Up! NW is produced by Yuko Kodama at KBCS for Reclaim the Media, and distributed by the Northwest Community Radio Network.

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Listen Up Northwest program 27: Global Warming and Kivalina, Alaska

Listen Up! Northwest program 27 features a single story about the impact that global warming has on one small coastal town in Alaska.

* Townspeople in Kivalina, Alaska explain and describe how they are some of the people first and most dramatically impacted by global climate change. Their town is now literally being washed away by coastal erosian as the sea rises - and with it what's left of their way of life. (Lisa Busch, Sitka AK)

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Listen Up! NW is produced by Yuko Kodama at KBCS for Reclaim the Media, and distributed by the Northwest Community Radio Network.

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Listen Up Northwest program 26: Media accountabilty

Listen Up! Northwest program 26 features stories about the need for the media to be accountable for the information they provide. Segments include:

* Many journalists were arrested at the Republican National Convention and Democratic National Convention this year. A Bellingham civil rights attorney who represented some of the arrested independent journalists shares his observations of the events. (Yuko Kodama, Seattle, WA)

* Seattle's WTO protests are said to have influenced how cities around the world handle civilian's rights to freedom of speech during large events. An ACLU Washington representative speaks about how these changes have come about over the last 10 years. (Yuko Kodama, Seattle, WA)

* The Institute for Public Accuracy provides news releases that offer analysis of how current events are covered. Sam Husseini of this organization speaks about how anyone in our region can help make media more accountable for giving the public accurate information. (Gavin Dahl, Boise ID)

* A representative of the media watchgroup FAIR, or Fairness and Accuracy talks about how FOX News covered the last two weeks of the recent election and how FOX responded to criticism of their work. (Jenka Soderberg, Portland OR)

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Listen Up! NW is produced by Yuko Kodama at KBCS for Reclaim the Media, and distributed by the Northwest Community Radio Network.

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Radio Free Palmer gets goahead from FCC

Congratulations to the folks at Radio Free Palmer who will be the newest addition to Alaska's low-power radio landscape. This from the Anchorage Daily News:

If fundraising goes well, the station could be up and running by 2009 although group organizers say 2010 is a more conservative estimate. Radio Free Palmer takes its name from the World War II-era broadcasts of Radio Free Europe, which broadcast CIA-approved news stories behind the Iron Curtain. But this group has a smaller focus -- to broadcast community news and locally picked music.

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Listen Up Northwest program 25: Media diversity

Listen Up! Northwest program 25 features stories about the need for more diversity in our media.

Segments include:
* Youth are looking critically at the media and many are not happy with how they are portrayed in the media. Listen to voices of Washington youth speak about what they would like to see and how they would like to change media representation. (Sami Muilenburg, Seattle, WA)
* An interview with Joe Torres, lobbyist for Freepress who speaks about the need for a critical mass of minority voices in our media landscape. (Gavin Dahl, Boise ID)
* KPCN is the only union owned radio station in the Northwest. We listen to the president of Northwest Treeplanters and Farmworkers United speak about how they planned to use their airwaves. (Sue Supriano, Eugene, OR)

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Listen Up! NW is produced by Yuko Kodama at KBCS for Reclaim the Media, and distributed by the Northwest Community Radio Network.

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Listen Up Northwest program 24: Multi-ethnic identity

Listen Up! Northwest program 24 features a single story on multi-ethnic identity and experiences.

* What to call yourself when what you are doesn't have a name? That's what Dmae Roberts has grappled with most of her adult life. In a country that likes to think it celebrates cultural diversity, race and identity continue to be complex topics. (Dmae Roberts, Portland OR)

Listen Up! Northwest is produced by Yuko Kodama at KBCS for Reclaim the Media, and distributed by the Northwest Community Radio Network.

NOTE: For copyright reasons, program 24 is no longer available for download. Radio programmers wishing to obtain Program 24 for broadcast after that date should contact RTM.

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The media's job is to interest the public in the public interest. -John Dewey