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KBCS announces expanded public affairs lineup

On August 24, KBCS Community Radio in Seattle will dramatically increase its weekday public affairs offerings, the station announced this week. The planned programming changes will broaden and diversify the station's news and information programming, and make weekday morning music an eclectic mix of jazz, Americana and international music.

Under the new schedule, the morning broadcast of Democracy Now! will move from 6 to 8am, and Hard Knock Radio will air daily at 6pm. New programs include the Michael Eric Dyson Show, Sound of Young America, and GRITRadio. Read more for details!

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Listen Up Northwest program 54: Black on Black violence

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 54 focuses on Black-on-Black violence. In the last three decades, 94% of African-American homicide victims were murdered by other African-Americans. Hear what motivates black-on-black violence and the steps being taken to address its causes. (Sarah Sternau, Voices of Diversity, KBCS Seattle)

Music by DJ B-Girl, Daniel Anderson, 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 program 53: Killer Whales

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 NW program 53, we travel with nature writer Richard Nelson as he observes killer whales in their natural habitat. (Lisa Bush, Encounters North, KCAW Sitka, Alaska)

Music by 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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Listen Up Northwest program 52: Crime and violence

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 52: an Aboriginal Transformative Justice Society is being developed in British Columbia to assist First Nations' criminal offenders. (Stark Raven, Rabble Radio, Vancouver BC)

A high school student discusses why violence is increasing in his neighborhood and how policies in enforcement matter to him. (Logic Amen, KBCS, Bellevue Seattle)

The Portland Bad Date Line publishes a list of people who have assaulted women. Learn more about this system and how the information is being distributed (Julie Sabatier, Destination DIY, Portland)

A commentary on the City of Seattle's response to a rash of youth violence. (Logic Amen, 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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Seattle needs affordable public broadband

Reclaim the Media and other Seattle community organizations are spelling out a vision for an affordable, public-owned Internet designed by Seattle for Seattle, built to address poverty, the digital divide, environmental sustainability, the need for civic engagement, education, and many other concerns. The group is calling on the city to commit to building a public-owned, citywide fiber broadband network by 2015, ending Seattle's digital divide and leading the nation into a new era of high-speed broadband.

"Seattle has received national praise for being America's most wired city, but there is nothing approaching equality of access for low-income residents, immigrants, and many others," said Jonathan Lawson, Executive Director of Reclaim the Media. "Low-income households and people of color are about 30 percent less likely than higher income or white folks to have an Internet connection at home in Seattle. The digital divide is still here. It impacts the daily lives of thousands of people, and keeps our communities and our culture from being all they can be."

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Listen Up Northwest program 51: Northwest Native Americans today

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 51, Three Northwest Native Americans talk about what it's like to live in a region that sometimes forgets their people were ever there (Rosette Royale, KBCS-Seattle/Bellevue)

Music by Northwest artists, DJ B-Girl 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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Listen Up Northwest program 50: A Thousand Paper Cuts

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 50, A group of Asian American women discuss the pain of facing comments on a daily basis, which are loaded with presumptions or stereotypes about their identity and ethnicity. (Marie Loh, Patti Sakurai, Priya Kandaswany and Kushlani de Soyza, KBOO, Portland).

Music by 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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Before switch, RTM provides DTV converter boxes to Seattle YWCA residents

On Thursday, June 11th, organizers of Reclaim the Media's Seattle DTV Assistance center partnered with the Seattle YWCA to distribute about 100 donated digital TV converter boxes to YWCA residents who were unable to apply for the government’s $40 coupon program through regular channels.

While apartment dwellers are nominally eligible for the coupons, the YWCA residents ran into trouble when the government's coupon distribution system failed to recognize the YWCA address as a residence.

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Listen Up! Northwest program 49: Language

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 49 explores the power of language in our lives.

* Sometimes names are offensive to their native inhabitants. Hear one woman's story about her efforts to change a name that was stuck. (Sandi Billings, Moscow, ID)

* Hear about the challenges and opportunities of trying to express oneself when you live in a place where the spoken language is still foreign. (Hammad Ahmed and Emily Eagle, Seattle, WA)

Music by artists DJ B Girl, Blue Scholars, Electron Love Theory and Ulali.

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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: Small-scale farming


RTM Note: Congratulations to Listen Up! Northwest producer Yuko Kodama, who has just become a new mom! We're giving mom a break, so this week's broadcast is an encore presentation of a program originally produced last year. Listen Up! Northwest presents stories of small scale farming in our region -- the benefits and the challenges. Segments include:

* What should one think about when going into small scale farming? Some thoughts from one of our region's farmers. (Jonathan Steinman, Kootenay Coop Radio)
* A discussion about the challenges faced by local farms who want to convert from conventional to organic farming (Tom Allen, KBCS-Seattle)
* Small scale farms are asking for policy changes to cope with the increased flooding in Washington (Martha Baskin, Green Acre Radio)
* Customers at a Nelson, BC cooperative wrote letters of support to their local farmer. Find out how this started (Jonathan Steinman, Kootenay Coop Radio)

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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