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Broadband views separate Seattle Mayoral candidates

Seattle Mayoral hopefuls Mike McGinn and Joe Mallahan concur on many progressive issues; their highest-profile disagreement being whether to replace the aging Aurora viaduct with a tunnel or with a combination of surface streets and transit upgrades.

However, during a labor-sponsored political debate last week, Seattle's broadband future emerged as another dividing line, with Mallahan downplaying the idea of public investment in a citywide broadband network extending affordable, high-speed connectivity to low-income neighborhoods, as McGinn has proposed. As reported in the Seattle Post-Globe, Mallahan instead suggested that poor people can use the internet in libraries.

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RTM and WashPIRG release broadband white paper in Seattle

On One Web Day (Sept. 22), Reclaim the Media and WashPIRG jointly released the Media and Democracy Coalition's white paper A Public Interest Internet Agenda in Seattle. The document, collaboratively produced through the efforts of more than a dozen regional and national public interest groups across the country, makes recommendations for the National Broadband Strategy which the FCC will be creating over the next few months. Joining us on One Web Day were Seattle's Community Technology Program Manager David Keyes and Mark Okazaki, director of the innovative social service agency Neighborhood House, whose services to immmigrant families and young people include a robust Community Technology Center program.

From the press release:

"The US has fallen behind in universal Internet access, in affordability and in speed, thanks to years of hands-off public policy," said Reclaim the Media executive director Jonathan Lawson. "We need a concerted national effort to get back on track, and policymakers specifically need to hear from the unserved and underserved sectors of our community, not just the telecommunications carriers who have let us fall so far behind. The community-generated recommendations in this report bring balance back to the discussion."

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The Eliminationists

The Eliminationists: How Hate Talk Radicalized the American Right
by David Neiwert [PoliPoint]

David Neiwert has long been one of the most astute observers of racist right-wing organizing in the Northwest. His previous books have examined (in turn) the patriot movement in Idaho and Montana, how hate crimes law affected the prosecution of a particular violent crime, and the legacy of Japanese internment. Lately, his blogging (at FireDogLake and Crooks and Liars, as well as his own Orcinus) has focused on how far-right activists, politicans and media figures have been working in concert to make mainstream conservatism more hospitable to extremist ideas and spokespeople.

This is the specific focus of Neiwert's new book, which takes stock of the rise of right-wing talk radio, cable, and blog figures such as Rush Limbaugh, Michelle Malkin, Glenn Beck. Neiwert takes these talkers and their eager audiences seriously, not just as uninformed buffoons, but as a serious threat to open communications and democracy. One aspect of this serious engagement is Neiwert's earnest discussion of the character of historical fascism, plus what he calls "proto-fascism," and the "eliminationism" of the title--a nationalism imprinted with white supremacy and more than a passing appetite for violent rhetoric.

Neiwert's detailed and scorching rebuttal to empty-brained efforts to equate progressivism with totaliarianism (a la Jonah Goldberg, Michelle Malkin, etc) is more than blogger-to-blogger score-settling; it's an early warning that fascist impulses are neither a thing of the past nor a safely marginal phenomenon. The Fox News-assisted rise of the "tea party" movement in the months since Neiwert's book came out makes it clear that such impulses are muscling their way into the Americal political mainstream. -jl

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Listen Up Northwest program 61: Alaska youth

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.

This week, Listen Up! Northwest looks at issues facing young people growing up in Alaska, with several pieces from the Alaska Teen Media Institute in Anchorage. A high school senior goes on a quest to find out what love is (Cooper Galvin); Explore how some teens view marriage right out of school. (Helen Fleming); Take a look at the social life of teens on St. Paul Island in the Pribilofs(Kathryn Petros); The whats and whys of teen drinking from the ones who do it (Chris Frenier); Teens talk about the silly house rules set by their parents (Barbara Nave).

Music by DJ B-Girl, Blue Scholars and the Buttersprites.

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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 60: Journalism

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.

This week, we look at how journalism is affected by business and politics and the challenges that journalists face to do their job well.

Amy Goodman of Democracy Now talks about our right to quality journalism and the journalist’s right to conduct investigative reporting. (Gavin Dahl, Radio Boise).

Karen Dorne Steele, award winning investigative reporter for the Spokesman Review, reflects on her career and the current state of local journalism. (Tim Connor, KYRS Spokane)

A Portland Youth shares why he thinks local commercial news sucks (Ben Hyde, KBOO Portland)

Music by Northwest artists DJ B-Girl and WD4D.

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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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One Web Day Seattle: digital justice and the power of free

Tuesday, Sept 22nd is One Web Day, a global celebration of life online. Seattle Net Tuesday, in partnership with Knowledge As Power and Reclaim the Media, is making the day all about Free!

Join us a at Capitol Hill's Sole Repair Shop (1101 E Pike Street). Doors at 6pm, short program at 7pm followed by nonprofit technology networking and conversation. Cash bar.

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KSER responds to destruction of KRKO towers

A statement from Bruce Wirth, General Manager at KSER in Everett, regarding the recent destruction of 2 of KRKO's broadcast towers:

We at KSER are shocked and troubled by the recent acts of destruction visited on our fellow Everett broadcaster, KRKO. While KSER understands the concerns of residents in the community surrounding KRKO's towers, acts of violence do not constitute a legitimate approach to expressing those concerns or defending their interests.

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Listen Up! Northwest program 59: Global economics and climate change

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.

This week's program takes several looks at the impact of global economics on climate change.

Doctor David Suzuki of British Columbia compares the "eco" in ecology and economics. (Scott Powell, Amanda Bellerby and Jasmine Williams, If You Love This Planet)

A Greenpeace co-founder talks about what we can do to help stop climate change. (Maggie Hughes, The Other Side - of the News, Toronto, Ontario)

Tzeporah Berman has strong roots in defending forests, but now she's taken her fight to climate change. (Alex Smith, Radio Ecoshock, Burnaby, BC).

Music by Northwest artists, DJ B-girl, Aaron English and Byron Au Young.

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Listen Up! Northwest program 58: Waste

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.

On this week's show: Taking out the trash is nothing like it was fifty years ago. Hear Heather Rogers, who's made a study of it, tell it like it is today. (Mike McCormick, Mind Over Matters, KEXP Seattle)

The Re-Store puts a new spin on the old practice of demolition to restoration in Bellingham and Seattle, Washington. (Karen Erickson, Seein' Green, KSER Everett)

Flushing expired medications down the toilet is bad for the environment. Find out why and how to dispose of them safely. (Karen Erickson, Seein' Green, KSER Everett)

Oil is dripping into our oceans and having a negative effect on the food we eat. And it's not just from oil tankers. (Martha Baskin, Green Acre Radio, KBCS Bellevue/Seattle)

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

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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: Media Diversity

RTM note: With producer Yuko Kodama on vacation, we present an encore presentation of a program originally aired in 2008. New episodes of Listen Up! Northwest will return next week! This week, Listen Up! Northwest 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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The media's job is to interest the public in the public interest. -John Dewey