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Listen Up Northwest program 48: spirituality

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 48, we hear from people living different spiritual traditions in our region. A Hopi leader from the Southwest shares his beliefs about creation and our relationship to the Earth. (Sue Supriano, Steppin Out of Babylon, Eugene, OR)

A Tibetan Buddhist nun discusses her spiritual influences -- messages received through friends and the media. (Sandi Billings, Yinradio, KRFP Moscow, ID)

One woman talks about how Muslim women struggle with western stereotypes. (Jacob Anderson Minschall, Gender Blender, KBOO Portland, OR)

Music by DJ B-Girl, Electron Love Theory and Aaron English

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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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Born Digital

Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives
by John Palfrey and Urs Glasser [Basic]

This book seeks to describe the category of persons described by the book's title--people born after 1980 who, in the authors' reckoning, are the first generation to have grown up pre-immersed in a world of social technologies, taking for granted cell phones, MySpace and other online zones of interaction. As such, the book displays many of the weaknesses of similar attempts to define emerging trends: it oversimplifies, treats banal observations as revelations, and in the end largely fails to make the case that its central mission of "understanding the first generation of digital natives" is either accomplished or worth the effort. The book also fails to account for the breadth of reasons young people, like any people, connect online -- for civic engagement and political organizing as well as for cultural consumption or socializing -- and it skips over how race and class differences interact with social media practices. On the other hand, Born Digital does a good job at piecing together a history of recent significant social media developments and the kind of audiences/communities they produce. The author's thoughts about young Internet users, privacy and security (and their proposals for protecting young people online) are insightful and will appeal to parents and teachers. -jl

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

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RTM hires Americorps CTC Vista position for Digital Media Literacy project

Reclaim the Media has AmeriCorps CTC VISTA opening

UPDATE: Applications now closed. Reclaim the Media has an exciting opportunity for a qualified candidate to help coordinate our Digital Media Literacy project, producing an innovative digital expansion curriculum to be used by community technology centers and media educators in Seattle and nationwide. As part of your year of national service, you'll work with a leading media justice organization to expand and enrich digital access, and help ensure that low-income, immigrant, youth and other underserved communities have full command of current digital media opportunities for civic engagement, creating online content, building social networks, and interacting with community institutions and government.

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

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State Legislature passes broadband bill

Today the Washington State Legislature approved broadband legislation which will help bring new high-speed internet access to residents, businesses, educational institutions, public health and safety services, local governments and community organizations in underserved parts of Washington State. The bill, HB1701 (pdf) was originally sponsored by Reps. Zack Hudgins and Bob Hasegawa, and will depend on federal stimulus funding for much of its impact. Background here and a summary of the bill below.

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I See Black People

I See Black People: the Rise and Fall of African American-Owned Television and Radio
by Kristal Brent Zook [Nation]

The waves of consolidation which hit tv and radio in the late 90s dramatically reduced the number of stations, already low, owned and run by people of color. While African Americans and Latinos make up an increasingly large percentage of our population, rates of minority ownership and control of programming remain disproportionately low. Through detailed personal interviews with current and former black station owners and media entrepreneurs, Zook shows both the need for black media ownership and the consequences when a black-owned station is lost. The book also recounts the sucesses and flaws of federal initiatives such as the Minority Ownership Policy, and details some of the business negotiations and legal wrangling of small stations struggling to maintain their identity and independence in a market being consumed by large corporations. -jl


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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! 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