Magazine on the Air producers Karen Crowley, Pam Somers, and Chad Kinsel at KSER
Magazine on the Air producers Karen Crowley, Pam Somers, and Chad Kinsel at KSER

On the second Monday of the month, at 6 p.m., the League of Women Voters of Snohomish County produces a KSER 90.7 radio program about issues of importance to the voters of Snohomish County. (If you can't get good reception on KSER 90.7 FM, try KXIR 89.9 FM Freeland.)

The last six months of this "Magazine on the Air" are archived here, for your listening. If you want to hear an older LWVSC program, email us, lwvsnohomishcounty(at)gmail.com, attention Karen Crowley. You can purchase a CD of the program for $2 (production, handling, and mailing).

July 14, 2020

County Council District 4 Candidates Forum, moderated by Karen Madsen, with three of the four candidates for Snohomish County Council District 4 participating: Amber King, Jared Mead, and Delia O'Malley. Candidate Brenda Carrington did not participate.

Segment 1 podcast (30 minutes)  Discussion of each candidate's qualifications and the major responsibilities of the office. Questions asked also address appropriate responses to the pandemic, measures to address issues of injustice and inequality, voter turnout, and transportation priorities.

Segment 2 podcast (27 minutes) Questions on a wide range of topics including homelessness, civil discourse, global warming, vesting policies, environmental lessons learned from COVID-19, and racism. Each candidate concludes by addressing an issue of personal importance.

July 13, 2020

Legislative District 44 Candidates Forum

Segment 1 podcast (26 minutes) Candidates Mark James, April Berg, and Ann Anderson answer questions about their professional qualifications for office, their views of the major responsibilities of the position, the role this elected position should play in responding to the current pandemic, the measures each supports for dealing with recurring injustice and inequity in police actions against minorities, approaches to generating revenue for the state in the wake of the pandemic, gaps each sees in voting access for all citizens, and approaches to prioritizing funding for transportation projects.

Segment 2 podcast (18 minutes) Candidates Mark James, April Berg, and Ann Anderson respond to questions about approaches to tackling the problems of homelessness, teaching civil discourse skills in schools, government actions for economic recovery that can also reduce global warming, environmental lessons learned from the Covid-19 stay-at-home lockdown, and location of high-density housing near services such as groceries within reasonable travel distances.

Segment 3 podcast (12 minutes) Candidates continue to respond to questions about equity and racism, and what issues each would first tackle if elected.

June 8, 2020

Power to the People—Who Says?

Our program this month takes up the issue of political power from three different perspectives. We look at the Census, Recall process, and the Electoral College.

Segment 1 podcast (13 minutes) Update on the 2020 Census with Vanesa Gutierrez, Snohomish County Community Relations Manager and Staff Lead for the Complete Count Committee.

Segment 2 podcast (14 minutes) Snohomish County Auditor Garth Fell explains the recall process in Washington State.

Segment 3 podcast (27 minutes) We explore the roots and reality of the Electoral College with Maria Montalvo.

May 11, 2020

How the League is working to expand voting rights, both nationally and in Washington State.

Segment 1 podcast, 26 minutes. Part 1 of interview with Jessica Jones Capparell, Policy and Legislative Affairs Senior Manager for LWVUS.

Segment 2 podcast, 11 minutes. Second part of interview with Jessica Jones Capparell.

Segment 3 podcast, 15 minutes. State Senator Marko Liias (21st District) discusses the recently passed VOTE Act, a successful effort to involve and encourage young voters here in Washington State.

April 13, 2020

You got elected! How’s that going for you?

Have you ever considered running for office? How would you mount your campaign? What is the work really like? Meet two local representatives and hear their stories. Then learn about the Everett Essentials civics education classes.

Segment 1 podcast, 23 minutes. Karen Crowley talks with first-time City of Lynnwood Council member Julietta Altamirano Crosby and with Anji Jorstad, newly elected to City Council Position 5 in Lake Stevens.

Segment 2 podcast, 23 minutes. Conversation with Julietta and Anji continues.

Segment 3 podcast, 12 minutes. Interview with Wendy McClure, Coordinator of the Office of Neighborhoods, who explains the Everett Essentials series of classes.

March 9, 2020

The Census—What is it? Why does it matter? How will it impact you? What do you need to know to participate in the count?

Karen Crowley talks with Alison McCaffree, Garth Fell, and Ben Young.  (A big thank-you to our editors and producers for this show: Pam Somers and Chad Kinsel.)

Segment 1 podcast, 20 minutes. Interview with Alison McCaffree, Executive Director of Politics of the Possible in Action and League of Women Voters Redistricting Chair, exploring the relationship between the Census and our voting districts.

Segment 2 podcast, 13 minutes. Interview with Garth Fell, Snohomish County Auditor.

Segment 3 podcast, 25 minutes.  Interview with Ben Young, Director of Marketing and Grants for C3, a key partner on the Complete Count Committee.

February 10, 2020

Civics Education, Are Snohomish County High Schools Passing the Test?

(Segment 1 podcast, 11 minutes)

Washington State law pre-registers our students to vote at age 16, facilitating the transition to full voter at age 18. What are we doing to prepare these nascent citizens? Quite a lot, it turns out. Our State has mandated civics education in our K-12 system for some time. In many schools, this education is included as part of other social studies curricula. Best practices point to a better way. Starting with the 2020-21 school year, high schools in Washington State will be required to provide a half credit, stand-alone civics course. What does this mean for our local high school students and teachers? Will this new requirement create change for the better? How? In this program, League Moderator Karen Crowley talks with Catherine Ahl, Education Issues Chair for the League of Women Voters Washington. They discuss the legislation - what it requires and the resources being provided...or not.

(Segment 2 podcast, 45 minutes)

Here's a lively discussion about civics education at two Snohomish County high schools. Karen Crowley talks with Kaci Cowan, Civics Education teacher at Snohomish High School and Adie Grass, a senior in her class. From Edmonds-Woodway High School, we welcome Martin Louie, who teaches Civics, Economics and World Problems.