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Harriet Tubman, 1911.
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Bill Radke speaks with Ijeoma Oluo about her article in The Guardian in which she argues against placing Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill.  She also shares her reaction to the news that Prince passed away Thursday at the age of 57. 

Seattle band Tacocat performs at Mississippi Studios in Portland, Oregon on July 17, 2015.
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Bill Radke speaks with Emily Nokes from Seattle-based feminist punk band Tacocat about their decision to play a concert in Durham, North Carolina, to support the LGBTQ community.

Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam canceled their concerts after North Carolina passed a law that curbed legal protections for gay and transgender citizens.

What Song Changed Your Life?

Apr 18, 2016
Bob Boilen, Host of NPR's 'All Songs Considered'
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Jeannie Yandel speaks with Bob Boilen, host and creator of NPR's All Songs Considered, about his new book, "Your Song Changed My Life."

The romance of vinyl records.
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Kim Malcolm talks to Martin Feveyear, music producer and mixer for Jupiter Recording Studio in Seattle, about why vinyl records have withstood the rise of digital musical.

Why Would More Than 500 Artists Sample The Same Song?

Apr 10, 2016

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode What Is Original?

Bruce Springsteen has canceled his show scheduled for Sunday in North Carolina as a show of "solidarity" with the people and businesses protesting the state's recently passed HB2 law, which requires that transgender people only use bathrooms that correspond with their sex at birth.

Seattle band Tacocat performs at Mississippi Studios in Portland, Oregon on July 17, 2015.
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Bill Radke speaks with legendary Seattle DJ Marco Collins about Tacocat, a feminist punk band in Seattle. 

Margo Price knows hard times; her music practically aches with them. In the first song on her new album, she yearns to "turn back the cruel hands of time."

Over the past few years, pop songs have come to play so consistently in advertising that there are smartphone apps designed to listen and help you name that tune, and the word "sellout" has lost a lot of its bite.

As HÆLOS, Arthur Delaney, Dom Goldsmith and Lotti Benardout craft an undeniable, and ultimately danceable, blend of atmospheric synth-rock, spare electro-pop and elemental trip-hop, elevated by the trio's shared vocals.

Following last spring's Earth Not Above EP, the band is about to return with Full Circle, an album full of earthy yet emotive songs. Here's "Dust."

Set List

  • "Dust"

Watch HÆLOS' full performance on KEXP's YouTube channel.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis perform at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington in 2011.
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Just a few weeks ago we and everybody else were talking about Macklemore's new song, "White Privilege II." It's uncomfortable on purpose, almost nine minutes grappling with Black Lives Matter movement, white privilege and racial guilt. Is Macklemore's young, white audience tuning in or heading for the exits? RadioActive youth producer Nina Tran talked to fan Rachel Davey on Friday night at Macklemore and Ryan Lewis show on Capitol Hill.

Jesse Bonn, guitarist for the Maldives, performs with the band at the 2010 Ballard Seafood Fest.
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Bill Radke speaks with Seattle legendary DJ Marco Collins about three local bands that go beyond the city's image of grunge music. 

Clockwise from top, left: Kaela Jackson (senior, Garfield), Julia Tanner (sophomore, Roosevelt), Kat Pompermayer (sophomore, Northwest), Ferdos al-Haider (freshman, Franklin), Beatriz Souza (senior, Interlake), Eliana Glass (senior, Roosevelt)
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Essentially Ellington, a high school jazz festival in New York City, has released the names of 15 bands that will attend the contest finals in New York in May.

Three local high schools will be at Lincoln Center: Garfield High School and Roosevelt High School, both from Seattle, and Mount Si High School, of Snoqualmie. Those three bands also made the finals in 2015.

Clockwise from top, left: Colby Lamson-Gordon (junior, Lakeside), Susana Davidson (soph., Garfield), Bell Thompson (soph., Garfield), Lauren Martinez (Garfield), Kelly Barr-Clingan (director), Maia Nelson (sophomore, Garfield)
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Kelly Barr Clingan is a woman on a mission.

That mission is music, specifically jazz.

Barr Clingan directs the bands program at Seattle’s Washington Middle School. She also plays trombone in a Mexican band. And she teaches classes for a nonprofit organization called Seattle JazzED.

I'm not sure there's ever been a record release as confounding as the one for Kanye West's The Life Of Pablo. He's changed its title and track listing several times in as many weeks, and even up until the very moment I'm writing this, it's not 100 percent certain what will be on that final album, whenever and wherever it comes out.

Beyoncé is one of a kind — the kind of star who can drop a surprise music video and see much of the Internet and social media instantly explode.

Advice For Macklemore: Pass The Mic

Feb 3, 2016
Gyasi Ross, activist and attorney, responded to Macklemore's White Privilege II with his own song.
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Seattle rapper Macklemore is the latest in a long line of white liberals who chose to play the white savior role and speak for brown-skinned people instead of providing the platform for them to speak for themselves.

The Slants
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In 2007 Portland bassist Simon Tam wanted to start a band that celebrates his Asian heritage, and he wanted a name that captured that pride and at the same time takes back a common racial slur.

Carrie Brownstein at The Neptune Theatre.
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Musician, actor and writer Carrie Brownstein co-founded the band Sleater-Kinney and currently stars in the television series Portlandia and Transparent. She spoke with novelist Maria Semple about her new memoir, “Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl.”

Anna Tatistcheff recorded their conversation at STG’s Neptune Theatre on Nov. 6, 2015.

Please note, this talk contains unedited language of an adult nature.

Web Exclusive: Listen to the full, unedited event below

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis perform at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington in 2011.
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Bill Radke talks with musician and composer Ahamefule J. Oluo, one of several Seattle-based artists who collaborated on the new Macklemore and Ryan Lewis track, "White Privilege II."

Jonathan Nichols got a new phone number when he was in law school in Seattle. He told The Seattle Times he wanted an easy number to remember, with a local area code to help him in a job search.

Paul Guppy, Bill Radke, Erica Barnett and John Roderick.
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Why would lottery riches ruin other people's lives, but not yours? Is President Barack Obama right that we’re too partisan?

Farewell, tipping. Farewell, David Bowie. Hello, The Long Winters' John Roderick,  journalist Erica “Crank” Barnett, Washington Policy Center's Paul Guppy and host Bill Radke on Week In Review.

David Bowie, shooting his video for Rebel Rebel in AVRO's TopPop (Dutch television show) in 1974.
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Bill Radke speaks with Kurt Reighly, DJ El Toro on KEXP, about David Bowe's impact on the Seattle music scene. Bowie died Sunday at the age of 69. 

Legendary rock musician David Bowie, who influenced generations of musicians and fans, died on Sunday, two days after his 69th birthday.

Rock Icon David Bowie Dies At 69

Jan 11, 2016

Iconic rock musician David Bowie has died of cancer at age 69. The news was announced in a statement on Bowie's social media sites:

"David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer," it read.

Bowie's death was confirmed by his son, Duncan Jones, who tweeted, "Very sorry and sad to say it's true. I'll be offline for a while. Love to all."

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