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Death and Dying - June 14, 2017

Join us this week for a conversation about death and dying; a life event that can use more discussion. Heather Burke, co-founder of the Death Cafe in Anacortes, and Nancy Ward, a death midwife who also offers http://www.sacredendings.com/ end-of-life services called Sacred Endings, share their perspectives.

http://deathcafe.com/deathcafe/3613/ - Anacortes

http://www.sacredendings.com/

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Year End Special - December 28, 2016

Dave McConnell hosts a year end special radio magazine.

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Holiday Special - December 21, 2016

Dave McConnell puts together a radio magazine - commentary, information and songs about Christmas.

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Amy Goodman In Mount Vernon - Octoper 19, 2016

Amy Goodman, host on Democracy Now!, spoke at the Lincoln Theatre, in Mount Vernon WA, in May of 2016, mid-way through a nationwide tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of Democracy Now! Dave McConnell presents portions of that presentation

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Labor Day 2016 - August 31, 2016

Dave McConnell put together a Labor Day Special of music and commentary focusing on the War on the Workers.

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Year End Special - December 27, 2015

Dave McConnell hosts a year end special radio magazine - closing with John Lennon's hope for a peaceful world - Imagine.

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Labor Day Special - August 26, 2015

Anne Feeney, Dana Lyons and Pete Seeger all wrote and sang about labor issues. Dave McConnell hosts this Speak Up! Speak Out! program playing and talking about some of their songs.

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July 4th Special - July 1, 2015

A radio magazine for the Fourth of July; commentary by Michael Parenti and Logic Amen, music by Dana Lyons, Phil Ochs, John Prine and Jimi Hendrix.

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Downwind with Sarah A Fox - April 15, 2015

Jodie talks with Sarah Alisabeth Fox, author of the recently released book
Downwind: A Peoples' History of the Nuclear West, about the history of
uranium mining and nuclear testing in the Four Corners region during the
Cold War, and the impacts of that radiation fallout on the communities
downwind.

http://www.downwindhistory.com

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Rosie the Riveter and 9th Anniversary of Speak up! Speak out! - March 11, 2015

As hosts and producers of Speak up! Speak out! celebrate our 9th Anniversary on the air, we also celebrate International Women's Day, which is how we started. Listen in as jim justice speaks with Georgie Kunkel, a Rosie the Riveter during World War II, retired teacher, active freelance writer and activist for women's rights. Hear Bellingham singer songwriter Linda Allen's song, Rosie the Riveter, Revisited. jim also speaks with Cindy Payne, Executive Director of Washington Women in Trades to learn about their work assisting and celebrating women in trade work.

Washington Women in Trades - http://www.wawomenintrades.com/

Georgie Bright Kunkel -
http://northwestprimetime.com/news/2014/feb/28/preserving-womens-history/
http://www.westseattleherald.com/2014/08/14/features/georgie-bright-kunkel-living-life-fullest

Washington State Historical Society -
http://www.washingtonhistory.org/research/whc/oralhistory/

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End of Year Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting - December 31, 2014

At the end of each year FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting), makes its PU-litizer Awards for the 'stinkiest news reporting' of the year. Host Dave McConnell highlights these awards and comments on the media in general

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Christmas Special - December 24, 2014

This is our annual Christmas Special - commentary, humor, observations and music.

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Writing A Death Plan - October 15, 2014

Tonight's SUSO show presents elements from Bellingham death midwife Ashley Benem's workshop during The Art of Death Exhibition in October. The presentation looks at the context of death and dying in America, and walks people through the process of creating a Death Plan, to help friends and family support your wishes during end of life.

http://www.benemsbodyworks.com/
http://www.deathandcoffee.com/

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Elizabeth Murray on Gaza - August 13, 2014

Dave talks with Elizabeth Murray, Deputy National Intelligence Officer for the Near East. Elizabeth has been in Gaza and talks knowledgeably about the current invasion and bombardment of the area. She gives a historical perspective not found in the corporate media.

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July 4, 2014 Special - July 2, 2014

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Governmental Intelligence Policy and Whistle-blowers - Feburary 19, 2014

Dave McConnell talks with Elizabeth Murray, who retired to Bellingham, WA, after serving as Deputy National Intelligence Officer for the Near East in the National Intelligence Council. Elizabeth described the role of intelligence officers in governmental policy making decisions and also underscored the importance of 'whistle-blowers' in our current atmosphere of unnecessary government secrecy.

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Trans-Pacific Partnership and Fast Track legislation - February 12, 2014

jim justice talks with Dianne Foster, a Bellingham citizen activist and a member of the Bellingham Occupy TPP working group, and Kristen Beifus, Board member and former Executive Director of Washington Fair Trade Coalition, about Fast Track and (TPP) Trans-Pacific Partnership (a trade agreement being negotiated) known as "NAFTA on Steroids"

Public Citizen - http://www.citizen.org/TPP

Washington Fair Trade Coalition - http://washingtonfairtrade.org

http://www.facebook.com/ExposeTheTPP

Witness For Peace - http://www.witnessforpeace.org/section.php?id=99

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Ryan Walters - Policy and Good Planning - February 5, 2014

SUSO host Jodie Buller catches up with Ryan Walters, who is an Anacortes City Council member, and a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Skagit County, about his work for the county, including his time as the County's Sustainability Administrator. The conversation also covers the kind of policy that helps produce good planning, the story of Tethys, and where Anacortes is at with its visioning process for the future of the city's growth, especially along the waterfront.

http://www.ryanwalters.org/

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"Clearly Now, the Rain," a memoir - January 15, 2014

Eli Hastings is the author of "Clearly Now, the Rain," a memoir of his 10 year long relationship starting in college, with a talented and troubled young woman, struggling with mental illness and drug addiction. The relationship ends with her death at age 27. Hastings shares his story of the lessons he learned about how to love other people from his friend and lover. Eli Hastings now works with the Pongo Teen Writing Project in Seattle, a program which uses writing as a tool to help troubled youth in juvenile detention.

http://www.elihastings.com

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New Year's Special - January 1, 2014

Dave McConnell has put together another New Year's special; a look at how the New Year is celebrated in other places and other times; recalling the Christmas Truce of 1914 and a plea for peace for everyone.

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Christmas Special 2013 - December 25, 2013

Dave McConnell hosts what has become a Christmas tradition on Speak Up! Speak Out! - an audio magazine of information, observation and music related to Christmas. Logic Amen takes a look at Christmas from a Black man's point of view, Cheryl-Ann Milsap and Mary Finch talk about their Christmas experiences, we hear some of the legends and lore of the season, and we listen to a couple of unusual Christmas songs.

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Natural Burial with Brian Flowers - November 27, 2013

SUSO's Jodie Buller talks with Brian Flowers, Funeral Director and Green Burial Coordinator for Moles Farewell Tributes in Ferndale, about what Natural Burial means, and what a meaningful experience it can be for families and loved ones, as well as the ecological aspects and standards involved in Green Burial. During the interview, Brian recommends a website that helps to walk families through the conversation about end of life wishes, and mentions how important it is to tell your loved ones how you want to be buried and celebrated, Before it is time, so that they do not have to make these decisions from the ground level up, during grieving: http://www.theconversationproject.org

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Ray McGovern on American Empire and whistle blowers - November 13, 2013

Dave McConnell recorded Ray McGovern, retired CIA officer, when he made a presentation at the Garden Street UMC in Bellingham on October 22, 2013. This Speak Up! Speak Out! program presents two lengthy segments of that recording. The first is a discussion of the American Empire; the second is McGovern's take on the role of whistle blowers - and the public - in curtailing government behavior that goes against the U.S. constitution.

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The Next Big One - October 2, 2013

Dave talks with Sandi Doughton, author of "Full Rip 9.0; The Next Big Earthquake in the Pacific Northwest." Sandi talks about the detective work that led to the knowledge that the last big one was at 9pm on January 26, 1700. The average interval for the last 10,000 years has been 250 years. We're overdue - and it will be devastating. We can survive - as individuals and as a society - if we prepare.

Resources: Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup: crew.org CREW formed in the late 1990s to address the regional nature of earthquake hazards in the Pacific Northwest.

Also, check out Resilient Washington reports: http://emd.wa.gov/about/SeismicSafetyCommittee.shtml

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Cycling in Skagit County - May 22, 2013

Dave McConnell talks with Liz McNett Crowell, Healthy Communities Coordinator at Skagit Valley Hospital, and avid cyclist, about cycling in our area: off road possibilities and plans; safety on streets, highways and multiple use paths; rules of the road for cyclists - which are the same as for any other vehicle; education in schools and communities; and law enforcement.

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Vietnam Today - January 9, 2013

Ted Maloney, Director of Global Initiatives at Skagit Valley College talks with Dave about two recent trips to Vietnam; trips that included crawling through the Ku Chi Tunnels, visiting museums dedicated to memories of the Vietnam War; taking part in door to door surveys in a mountain village - but most importantly, meeting, getting to know, and coming to enjoy the people and the country. Reflections on war and its aftermaths - and recoveries - round out the conversation.

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2012 Year End Special December 26, 2012

This year end special highlights favorite programs from the past year with four short segments: Ginny's interview with Christie Stewart-Stein of North Sound Alliance; Dave's interview with Lynn Fouquette about the nature of Gender; Jodie's interview with Terry Belcoe, Bill Hinkel, and Debra Lancaster focusing on a movement called 'One Community. One Voice; and jim's interview with Jeanne Crump and Peter Browning about Health Care facilities in Skagit County.

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Fund Drive - October 10, 2012

Members of the Speak Up! Speak Out! collective - Ginny, jim, Jodie and Dave - share some short pieces from recent shows and talk about upcoming events and shows. Recorded during the 2012 Fall membership drive for KSVR and KSVU.

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Film: Shift Change - September 26, 2012

SUSO host and producer jim talks about a new film, Shift Change: Putting Democracy to Work, with film producer Melissa Young of Moving Images known in Skagit for their film, Good Food, and associate producer and Moving Images Board member, Tony Harrah. Shift Change looks at employee-owned cooperative business enterprises in North America, as well as in the Basque region of Spain. Ever heard of Mondragon in Spain? It is a cooperative founded in 1956 with 125 companies and over 83,000 worker owners in Basque country which is thriving and serving as a model for others seeking an alternative in our sour economy and beyond. It's Putting Democracy to Work!

Shift Change closes out a film series at the Skagit Valley Food Co-op in Mount Vernon which will run Tuesday evenings at 6:30 PM in October, starting Oct. 9. The first 3 films make up Teddy Bear Films' Globalization Trilogy: Store Wars, China Blue, and Bitter Seeds. More information can be found about the series and the films at Skagit Food Co-op under events. Associate producer, Tony Harrah, will be on hand on Oct. 30 when Shift Change: Putting Democracy to Work will debut in Skagit. It will be at the Pickford on Nov. 3rd.

Shift Change - http://shiftchange.org

Cooperatives included in the film:
Mondragon - Basque Country, Spain http://www.mondragon-corporation.com/ENG.aspx
Evergreen Cooperatives - Cleveland Ohio http://evergreencooperatives.com/
Arizmendi Coops - San Francisco - (6 bakeries, 30 years old) http://www.arizmendi.coop/
Equal Exchange, Boston MA
Isthmus Engineering and Manufacturing in Madison, WI
TeamWorks Green Gardening, San Jose, CA

Looking ahead (subject to change): Oct. 3rd - Move to Amend; Oct. 10 & 17 live - fund drive - various topics; 24 Sedro-Woolley Library District initiative; 31 Dana Lyons

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Globalfest at Skagit Valley College - February 1, 2012

Dave talks with Ted Maloney about the 2012 Globalfest at Skagit Valley College; and in some detail about Lisa Shannon, the founder of Run For Congo Women and keynote speaker for the kick-off event for Globalfest.

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Viva Mexico - January 11, 2012

Dave talks with Daniela Contreras, producer of the film "Viva Mexico" about the film, the economic, political and social situation in Mexico.

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VOICE - Voicing Our Ideas - June 8, 2011

Dave talks with Lisa Mitchel and three Mount Vernon High School juniors about VOICE - Voicing Our Ideas; Challenging Everyone - an youth driven organization that addresses issues for young people in the Skagit Valley - and beyond.

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A Tribute to Jerry Sommerseth - April 27, 2011

As Jerry Sommerseth lies in Harborview Hospital's intensive care unit recovering from a fall in his home, jim talks with a variety of people about how they know Jerry and what they know of him. Among the speakers are Marilyn Kallshian of Central United Methodist Church, Elinor Nakis, Consuelo Guandique, and those who have stood vigil with him at the courthouse: Bud Meyer, John Knudsen, Jim Johnson, Marilyn Kinney, Ginny Darvill, Irma Bode, and John, the peace wizard.

Sunday, May 1 is the 24th Annual Farmworkers Solidarity March. Jerry won't be out of the hospital, so the call has gone out to those who know him to join the march for him. Meet at Maiben Park in Burlington at 10:30 AM. March to Skagit Valley College's Pavilion where a meal will be served and a speakers will make presentations.

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Dr. Ernest Tutt - January 26, 2011

Dr. Ernest Tutt of Skagit Valley College talks about his re-enactments
of the speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. and others; as well as
exploring the nature of racism and responses to it.

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2010 Census - March 24, 2010

This week on Speak up! Speak out! jim talks with Denie Luna, Media Specialist for the 2010 Census to find out the specifics about how the 2010 Census is attempting to reach the undercounted communities, a bit of census history and how one can track the census returns by zip code. jim also talks with Jeanne Youngquist, Skagit County Auditor, and/or Gabrielle Clay, Outreach Coordinator for Elections in the Auditor's office. They give the impact on our electoral system. Will Skagit County get a Spanish ballot as required by law if a language group reaches 5% of the total population? If per the census Washington State is allotted a 10th Congress person, who does the redistricting and how is it done? Also joining Speak up! Speak out! is Karen Parnell, Deputy Director of Skagit Co Community Action Agency to talk more specifically about the local impact of program funds based on the census.

http://2010census.gov - One can track census form return and much more

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A Different Mount Vernon, WA - September 9,2009

Mount Vernon, Washington has been in the news recently ? gaining notoriety for bringing a "native son" to town to receive a key to the city and have a day named after him, Glenn Beck Day. Today we talk with residents in Skagit County about why this is happening and to give a different view, a local spin, of the town in rural Skagit County an hour north of Seattle.

Joining in the conversation are Mike Urban, a business owner and City Council member; Georgiann Dustin, Executive Director of the Mount Vernon Downtown Association, a historical Main Street District; Alberto Candivi, a restaurant owner in downtown Mount Vernon; Kathy Reim, chair of Skagit PFLAG (Parents, Friends & Family of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender); Steve Crider, a local activist involved in the arts community who also has strong sustainability interests; and Jerome Edge, a young, black/Native man who has another radio show on KSVR.

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Christian Fascism, Part 2 - November 24, 2008
Part 2 of our interview with Reverend Rich Lang on "Christian Fascism." In this segment, Rev. Lang discusses the biblical narratives which fundamentalist Christian thought use as its foundation, some of the reasons for the popularity of these churches, and the biblical narratives progressive Christians draw on to support a very different world view.

Rev. Rich Lang is the pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church in Seattle. Visit their website at http://www.tumseattle.org for more information and links to articles by Rev. Lang.

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Christian Fascism - November 19, 2008
Reverend Rich Lang discusses what he terms "Christian Fascism": the fundamentalist Christian movement which preaches an end times theology and supports the political policies of the neoconservatives. He explains the genesis of this theologic movement, and how it is used to serve the purposes of fettered capitalism and American empire. Rev. Rich Lang is the pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church in Seattle. Visit their website at http://www.tumseattle.org for more information and links to articles by Rev. Lang.

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SedroWoolley Transfer Station Conflict - September 10, 2008
Mary McGoffin describes the conflict over the proposed siting of a trash transfer and recycling station across the street from the SedroWoolley High School.

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