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).
February 10, 2020: Civics Education, Are Snohomish County High Schools Passing the Test?
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.
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.
January 13, 2020
(Segment 1 podcast, 31 minutes) The 2020 Washington State legislative session runs from January 13 thorough March 12. League Moderator Karen Crowley talks with Ann Murphy, Lobby Team Chair for the League of Women Voters Washington. They discuss the League's legislative agenda and how it may play out against the focus of our representatives in Olympia this session. Wondering how to track a bill in real time? Karen and Ann walk you through a mini-tutorial on how to use the website leg.wa.gov. Fire up your preferred digital device and follow along.
(Segment 2 podcast, 12 minutes) Next, Karen talks with Kate Lunceford, Action Chair for the Snohomish County League. Learn what the Action Chair does and how you can receive real-time action alerts about issues the League is tracking in Snohomish County.
(Segment 2 podcast, 14 minutes) Finally, Karen talks with Catherine Ahl, Education Issues Chair. Do you know the difference between a school bond and levy? Get schooled about “which does what,” in preparation for casting your vote in the special election on February 11, 2020.
December 9, 2019
For our final program of the year, League member and moderator Karen Crowley brings two perspectives to get us through the holiday season, ‘"Let’s Talk Turkey" about stressful conversations around the family dinner table, with Bill Doherty, co-founder of Better Angels, a group that guides people to see if they could respectfully disagree and find any common ground. Next Terry Lippincott shares her story of Giving Circles, organized in the city of Snohomish, with a group of individuals who make monthly donations to non-profit organizations they have vetted, to improve life in the County and sometimes beyond. Finally, we hear parting thoughts from League member Michelle Valentine who has been a volunteer engineer for our radio program since 2000 and passes the baton as she moves on to other activities in the League. (Click on the portion of the program you would like to hear.)
Karen Madsen introduces our special program—our first radio play based on the 1995 production of “Failure is Impossible” by Rosemary H. Knower. The radio play was adapted for the U.S. 19th Amendment 2020 Centennial year by LWVSC members Vicki Roberts-Gassler and Kay Dichter. It is performed by: V. Roberts-Gassler, S. Gassler, S. Renhard, P. Renhard, R. Ireland, K. Madsen, P. Keiley-Tyler, P. Busch, B. Mitchell-Szwec, L. Carpenter, S. Sluis, and F. Gage. Additionally our League is donating books to local elementary schools. You'll hear a reading of Around America to Win the Vote: Two Suffragists, a Kitten, and 10,000 Miles (author Mara Rockliff) read by Rita Ireland with additional comments by Karen Crowley.
League moderator Karen Madsen begins the program with the seventh in our series of Centennial Minutes, featuring a woman who made a difference in obtaining the right for women to vote in the United States. Next is Snohomish County Auditor Carolyn Weikel describing the new VoteWA.gov software update used across the state to improve the accuracy and security of our election process. Finally we hear about one of the important races in the Snohomish County General Election, 2019, County Council Position 2, with candidates Megan Dunn and Anna Rohrbaugh vying for that seat. The two candidates take questions on immigration, property rights, budgeting, the opioid epidemic, and other issues they'll face as newly elected County Council members.