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January 25, 2020

The Year of the Rat: A Joyful Celebration

The Chinese Lunar Year of the Rat begins on January 25, 2020.  Its commemoration is rich with traditions and rituals observed in everything from food to clothing.  Ancestors are honored, and peace and happiness are bestowed on family and friends.  The history, rituals, and traditions of Chinese New Year are celebrated alongside traditional Chinese music in this one hour special.
Ring in Chinese New Year with The Year of the Rat: A Joyful Celebration, hosted and produced by Dr. Wanda Yang Temko.

January 18, 2020

Ida B. Wells' Battle to Uncover the Truth: A Humankind Special

Born to enslaved parents on a Mississippi plantation during the Civil War, Ida B. Wells emerged as a powerful investigative journalist. She overcame death threats and published widely in her quest to document the domestic terrorism against African Americans that came to be known as lynching. Ida Wells published the first major study of that crime.

A close associate of Frederick Douglass, she helped to found the NAACP and advocated the right to vote for women and black Americans. Her amazing life story is finally gaining recognition, nearly 90 years after her death.

January 11, 2020

Vaping: What You Don't Know Can Kill You

In the summer of 2019, troubling reports circulated throughout the country that people were being injured and dying after vaping, usually connected to black market THC products. More information surfaced in November of 2019 that a key cause of these injuires and deaths was a substance called Vitamin E acetate.
But the timing of this epidemic also turned a spotlight on the broader question of how vaping companies, aided by Big Tobacco, were trying to hook a new generation on nicotine, by making vaping seem like a safe, candy-coated alternative to cigarettes. We now know that this isn't the case. Vaping nicotine is dangerous for young people, and we learn why in talking with health officials, high school administrators and kids themselves.

January 4, 2020

The 2019 Musicians Memorial Special

Each year we lose more greats from the music world. Music historian Paul Ingles presents 2019's edition of the Musician's Memorial Special featuring music and tributes to Dr. John, Art Neville, Ric Ocasek, Little Feat's Paul Barrere, Ginger Baker, Leon Redbone, Dave Bartholomew, Nibsey Hussle, Eddie Money, Roky Erickson, Clydie King and many more.

Brian is a Spokane native who has been interested in sound technology ever since playing with a reel-to-reel deck as a kid. He learned radio broadcasting on KSFC, before it was part of Spokane Public Radio but still was part of the broadcasting program at Spokane Falls Community College. Brian also studied radio at Clatsop Community College in Astoria, Oregon, where he featured new age and fusion jazz on his own show. He admits that at heart he is a news junkie, which fits in well with his work Saturday mornings as regional host for NPR's Morning Edition.
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