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Arts Arisin’

Off Air

Hosts: Richard Carver, Josh Wapp, Bessie Wapp

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Blake Parker Road Show

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Canadian Voices

Currently Off Air - Archived episodes are available at canadianvoices.org

Through a series of one-hour audio programmes, Canadian Voices presents radio, internet, and podcast listeners the opportunity to hear talks by Canadian authors, academics, activists, artists, and thought-provoking citizens who explore ideas and events that characterize our country. Topics range from cultural diversity, climate change, urban planning and media analysis, to politics, art, education, and literature. The Canadian Voices series is distinct from much public and current affairs radio programming in that each of the featured speakers is a Canadian, the series is produced in Canada, by Canadians, and focuses on topics that are of interest to Canadians.

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Check This Out

Every two weeks on Monday at 8:30am (alternates with "Novel Ideas")

A show about all things Library: readers’ advisories, secrets revealed, bibliophiliac discussion from analog to digital, and the ever-evolving landscape of reading and knowledge.

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Host: Anne DeGrace

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Chinese Feed

After 27 chapters of Chinese Feed’s previous cycle about my life in China, I learned that all along I had been broadcasting from the former Laundry of Infinite Achievements – generally referred to as a Chinese laundry. Rather late, also politically dubious but - as I have found since - not surprising, what with Nelson’s official silence about local Chinese, the lack of an officially recorded local history and this non-history not taught in Nelson’s schools. So – Heritage City what. This new closer-to-home cycle of Chinese Feed is my acknowledgment of those Chinese who - against tremendous odds - contributed greatly to putting British Columbia and Nelson on the map! You didn’t know?

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Deconstructing Dinner

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www.deconstructingdinner.ca Deconstructing Dinner has been designed to dispense and discuss current food issues. The program assists listeners in making more educated choices when purchasing food either for the kitchen or at restaurants. The syndicated program airs predominantly on radio stations across Canada and also appears on stations around the world. With food occupying such a significant element of our lives, understanding the implications of our food choices can create a real sense of empowerment and self-determination. The media plays a key role in keeping Canadians informed, and the recurring topics we see being covered on a daily basis are increasingly hiding these implications from the public eye. As a result, we are rapidly losing sight of the most important facet of our existence - feeding ourselves. In effect, many of the common themes throughout the media can often be traced back to our need for food, and especially to the lack of attention we pay to this need. We have come a long way in a short amount of time from the age when our days were filled hunting and gathering our sustenance. Conveniences now abound, it has become increasingly possible to put food in our body without barely raising a finger or an eyebrow. This lifestyle of convenience leaves very little time to reflect on the history behind the food we purchase and the impact these purchases have on ourselves, communities, and the well-being of this planet. There are countless numbers of individuals, groups, non-governmental organizations, educational institutions, businesses, and branches of government that are pushing towards creating more sustainable food systems. Yet to this date, the media has played a minor role in tying these people together and broadcasting this important information to the people that matter most - you! Deconstructing Dinner reports on current issues throughout the world of food, with a primary focus on local, regional and provincial issues. The show is not restricted to only current affairs, but probes into the processes and actions to which we have all become so accustomed throughout our daily routine, and “deconstructs” them to achieve a more discriminating awareness.

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Exploring The Iron Muse

Exploring The Iron Muse originally aired on CJLY's labour and social justice show The Rank And File Voice.

The year was 1963.  In Quebec, the FLQ set off a bomb and killed a guy.  In the United States, the Civil Rights Movement was in full swing, Iron Man debuted in the pages of Marvel Comics, and JFK was assassinated.  The UK was in the grips of the Profumo Affair, the Beatles released their first two albums, and a small London label called Topic Records released an LP which would prove to be one of their most successful.  The album was called “The Iron Muse—A Panorama Of Industrial Folk Song”. and a panorama it was—six different singers singing songs about life in and around the mines, mills, and factories of northern Britain.  There were songs of young love and fatal disaster; songs of bitter hardship and nostalgic elegy; songs which told of determined struggle and songs which told ribald jokes.  The newest song was three years old and oldest song predated the industrial revolution.  And there were instrumentals as well, dance tunes beloved by coal hewers and jute spinners alike.  For many folk music aficionados, The Iron Muse came as a revelation, for it showed them that folk song wasn’t restricted to medieval ballads about lovelorn princes and enchanted maidens.  Folk songs were still being made by real men and women about the real concerns of their ordinary and sometimes extraordinary daily lives. Exploring The Iron Muse was created by Bob “the Postman” Stubbs, a retired communications system interface technician.  To check out his songs click here.

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Host: Bob the Postman

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Footloose Armchair


Tales of travel to unusual and ordinary destinations; both distant and close to home.

Host: David Everest

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Hedge School of the Air

Host: Judy and David

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It’s a Wonderful Life

“It’s a Wonderful Life” was performed before a studio audience on November 25th, 2011 at the Bosun Hall in New Denver (as a benefit for the Bosun Hall renovations) and, again, on November 27 at the Vallican WholeCommunity Centre (as a benefit by the Grassroots Grandmas for the Steven Lewis Foundation). The play was adapted for radio by Phillip Grecian from Frank Capra’s classic movie of the same name. This performance was directed by Judith Ceroli and produced by Susie O’Donnell. Musical acompanyment was by Aiko Jackson. Voices of the characters were: Barry Barker, Ruby Truly, Mathew Fry, Shelly Thring, Al Arnett, Hank Hastings, Judy Wapp, and Jeff Pilsner. Sound Effects were by Susie O’Donnell and David Everest. Technical Assistant was Rob Plasket and the recording engineer was David Burgess. It was edited for broadcast by David Everest.

Kootenay Morning

Wednesday and Friday at 8 am and 5 pm

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Hosts: Anthony Sanna, Stephanie Myers, Neil Sorochan, Terry Brennan, Andrew Creighton

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Land Before Crime

Wednesday at 10 pm

Meli Melo

Friday at 10 am and Sunday at 10 am

Méli-Mélo the French Show! Hosts: Prudence, Lyne, et Alex Airs: les vendredis à 10 h en reprise les dimanches à 10h De la musique francophone à faire danser et chanter? Certainement! Des nouveautés ainsi que des mélodies rétros? Constamment! Un petit quelque chose pour vous faire sourire? Toujours! Bonne écoute! Demandes spéciales? 250-352-3516

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Hosts: Alex, Prudence, Lyne

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Mir Centre Lectures

Kootenay Co-op Radio is pleased announce an informal partnership with Selkirk College’s Mir Centre for Peace, in which KCR offers an online archive of audio recordings of the Mir Lecture Series. Please visit the Mir Centre Website, for details on the series.

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Novel Ideas

Alternating Mondays at 8:30 am

Hosts: Samara Nicholl, Natasha Guillo

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Old Growth - A Radio Series about Life after 65

Produced by Bill Metcalfe for Kootenay Co-Op Radio in Nelson B.C. in October, 2011, funded by a New Horizons For Seniors grant.

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Host: Bill Metcalfe

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Radio Camp

KCR’s Summer Youth Radio Camp

Radio Free Kaslo

Friday at 11 am and repeated Monday at 8 am

Coming at you from the true north, strong and free.  Radio for dreamers. To hear podcast episodes of Radio Free Kaslo, please visit Randy’s website, the Nirvana Chronicles.

Host: Randy Morse

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Red Fish, Blue Fish

Saturday at 3 pm

Hosts: Cristin Horkoff, Curtis Bending

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Rendez-vous de la Francophonie

The annual celebration of the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie has finally begun!  Continuing until March 22, Canadians from sea to sea are being brought together to celebrate our country’s French heritage and culture, and to recognize the contributions of Francophone and Acadian communities in a shared joie de vivre.


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Sex, Drugs, How we Roll

Monday at 7 pm

ANKORS education on air.  Connecting you with sexual health and harm reduction.

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Host: H Kori Doty

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Shared Edges

alternating Fridays at 11:30 am

News and documentaries from campus and community radio stations across Canada.

Host: Catherine Fisher

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Shift Happens

Tuesday at 2 pm and Sunday at 3 pm

A special interest / current events program that focuses on the positive shifts that are happening and those that need to happen locally, nationally and globally. For show podcasts go to shifthappens.media

Hosts: Jeff Pilsner, Ana Bokstrom

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Sinixt Radio

Fridays at 11:30 am


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Hosts: Catherine Fisher, Taress Alexis, Catherine Fisher

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Sinixt Stories: Ancestral Roots, Cultural Seeds

Alternating Fridays at 11:30 am

Sinixt Stories: Ancestral Roots, Cultural Seeds invites listeners to experience Indigenous Sinixt Culture through traditional and contemporary Sinixt stories and discussions about those stories.  Sinixt storytellers and knowledge-keepers Marilyn James and Taress Alexis take us on 22 captivating and informative journeys, each show illuminating different aspects of this ancient culture.  Join them to meet the trickster Snk̓lip and the other Animal Beings who people the stories of the captikʷɬ, the Sinixt oral history.  Though the Sinixt continue their deep ancestral relationship with their homeland at the headwaters of the Columbia River, they were declared extinct by the Canadian government in 1956. Sinixt Stories:  Ancestral Roots, Cultural Seeds is one step on the Sinixt journey to reclaim their rights and responsibilities in their x̌aʔx̌aʔ tum xúlaʔxʷ – their sacred homeland. This series was produced by Catherine Fisher with the assistance of the Blood of Life collective including Marilyn James, Taress Alexis, Axel McGown, K.L. Kivi, Amber Santos and Alison Christie.  The work of the Blood of Life collective has been funded by the Canada Council for the Arts Aboriginal Storytelling Program, the BC Council for the Arts and the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance of the Columbia Basin Trust.  Thanks to the vital support of the Nelson and District Women’s Centre and Kootenay Co-op Radio. You can follow the ongoing work of the Blood of Life Collective on our Facebook page.

Stand and Deliver

Mondays @ 6pm

Stand and Deliver, a journey into the human spirit. A weekly radio show on Kootenay Co-op Radio. Mondays, 6pm. http://www.facebook.com/StandandDeliverRadio

Host: Mike and Anthony

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Sticking It To The Man

This series aired on the Rank And File Voice between 2007 and 2011.

STICKING IT TO THE MAN Oppression.  Rebellion.  Repression.  Reform.  And back to oppression again.  This is the tragic sequence played out year after year in the struggle between the strong few and the weak many.  This is the treadmill which drives the great machine of social progress.  Famous insurrections.  Infamous atrocities.  Lost causes.  Working-class heroes.  Sticking It To The Man tells the stories and shares the songs. These pieces were created by Bob the Postman for The Rank And File Voice, a labour-issues talk show on CJLY.  For more from Bob, click here.

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Tale Spinners

Friday at 1 pm and Monday at 11 pm

Tales from all around the world with Mary Mortimer & Wendy Nelson

Hosts: Wendy Nelson, Mary Mortimer

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The 100 Mile Ideas Diet

Off Air - Archives available here

Join host Anna Planedin to hear tasty ideas and coffee shop dialogue from the CIEL conversation cafe series at Oso Negro. The 100 Mile Ideas Diet is a series of conversation cafés organized by the Centre for Innovative and Entrepreneurial Leadership (CIEL). The series’ purpose is to link people with the richness of expertise that resides locally. The series is about networking, sparking inspiration, and making innovative ideas accessible. To find out more about CIEL, visit http://www.theciel.com/ The series takes place from March until July of 2009 at Oso Negro in Nelson, BC. The series is sponsored by the Columbia Basin Trust, the Nelson and District Credit Union, Kootenay Co-op Radio, the Nelson Daily News, Oso Negro, Radiant Audio and Otter Books. 

The EcoCentric

Tuesday at 12 Noon and Sunday at 9 am

The EcoCentric is a weekly radio talk show focused on current environmental issues from the West Kootenay region of BC and beyond. The show features interviews with activists, experts, government and industry providing information and a variety of perspectives on environmental topics.The program’s scope includes environmental news, politics and science as well as conservation, climate change, food security, social issues, and more. The EcoCentric is run by a team of four people who work with the West Kootenay EcoSociety, a non-profit environmental organization based in Nelson, BC. Facebook Page

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Hosts: Keith Wiley, Rachel Mackenzie

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