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Tom Ashbrook, host of NPR's On Point, comes to Spokane on September 22 to tape an upcoming program as part of his "Listening To America" Tour. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Bing Crosby Theater.

Tom will lead a talk with local panelists about our changing climate, wildfires, and how the Trump presidency is dealing with these challenges. Afterwards, he'll answer audience questions about his career and hosting a daily talk show.

The evening event is part fundraiser, part Thank-You Event to Underwriters and Volunteers for SPR. KSFC airs On Point airs weekdays on KSFC 91.9 FM at 8 a.m. (repeats at 10 p.m.) and 9 a.m. (repeats at 4 p.m.). KPBX 91.1 FM broadcasts the "Week In The News" wrap-up at 11 a.m. Saturdays.

Thanks to SPR's Event Donors: MTR Communications, Northern Quest Resort & Casino, Vino! A Wine Shop, and Sam Rodell, Architects.

On Saturday, September 23, SPR staff and volunteers will host a record drop-off day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Bring your gently used items down to 1229 N Monroe where staff and volunteers will be standing by to help.  Please park along the Fire Station on Sharp, or in the parking cutout on Monroe in front of the Kirby Vacuum shop.

The next SPR Record Sale is still several months away, but we know that summer is a great time to sort through boxes in the garage and do some downsizing. We appreciate you thinking of us with your gently used recording and video items! We will still have our big donation day in February as well.

How & What to Give to the KPBX Recordings & Videos Sale:

We accept equipment, vinyl records, 78 RPM records, 45 RPM singles, compact discs, DVD and Blu-ray discs, cassette tape, eight-track cartridges, reel-to-reel tapes, commercial VHS and Beta tapes, and sealed blank tapes. See details below.

We CANNOT accept home-recorded cassette tapes or CD-R recordings due to copyright issues.

Tim Mueller

Grammy award-winning BeauSoleil returns to Spokane Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. Proceeds benefit SPR. Tickets available at TicketsWest.com, 800.325.SEAT, the Fox Box Office, or 509.624.1200.

Smithsonian Institute Says BeauSoleil's Cajun Sound Envelops The Heart of Americana Culture 

Fiddler and vocalist Michael Doucet’s Louisiana band entertains with a unique blend of zydeco, western swing, calypso, blues, and traditional New Orleans jazz. Doucet formed BeauSoleil in 1977. The group has performed in all 50 states and 33 countries and have released over two dozen albums. In 1997, BeauSoleil’s “L’Amour Ou la Folie” became the first Cajun record to win a Grammy. They were a frequent guest on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, and he calls BeauSoleil “the best Cajun band in the world.” 

Born near Lafayette in 1951, Michael Doucet grew up with a variety of musical influences and started playing music at the age of 6. In addition to violin and vocals, Doucet also plays guitar, mandolin and accordion. Doucet is acclaimed for his innovative approach to Cajun music which has brought the traditional genre new relevance. Doucet received the National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, recognizing artistic excellence, cultural authenticity and an artist's contributions. This is the highest honor in U.S. folk and traditional arts.

Thanks to Event Donors: The Cleaning Authority, Design Spike, North Division Bicycle Shop, and Strong Solutions.

What better way to start the fall than with an Oktoberfest! This free KPBX Kids Concert celebrates the dance and music of Bavaria at River Park Square at 1 p.m. The hour-long free concert features the low brass quartet, SPARC.

Sometimes spelled “Octoberfest” this traditional German festival celebrates much more than the autumn harvest. It’s an explosion of traditional music, folk dancing, cultural expression, and (for adults) beer.

Stephen Voss / NPR

Former NPR foreign correspondent Anne Garrels visits Spokane on Nov. 15 to give some fundraiser for SPR at the Bing. She plans to share some of the experiences from her most recent book, Putin Country: A Journey into the Real Russia and share her unique perspective on reporting and international conflicts.

Tickets for the evening event are now on sale at TicketsWest.com, TicketsWest outlets, and 1-800-325-SEAT. Student tickets are available. Proceeds benefit Spokane Public Radio.

NPR Reports by Anne Garrels

Garrels began her journalism career because of an interest in Russia. Before joining NPR in 1986 she was ABC’s chief correspondent in Moscow and Central America. She went on to set up NPR’s bureau in Moscow – the first fully-functioning overseas bureau for the young radio network. She arrived in Baghdad six months before the 2003 U.S. invasion, stayed during the U.S. bombing campaign and continued to cover Iraq for the next six years. 

Over a span of 20 years, Garrels followed residents of Chelyabinsk, a military-industrial center in Russia’s eastern half. She compares the industrial parts to Detroit and the nuclear military zones as Hanford. 

As Garrels told Fresh Air’s Dave Davies, the areas outside of Moscow suffered near-economic collapse in the 1990s, but Putin represented prosperity and stability.

“Americans who feel they don't know where their country is going or that the country is … no longer ‘great’ – well, it was sort of the same syndrome in Russia. And most importantly, for a good 10 years, Russians lived with each passing year dramatically better than they had before,” she said in an interview when the book first came out.

Read or listen to Fresh Air interview with Anne Garrels

Her first book, Naked in Baghdad, was a much more personal telling of her experience as one of the last Western journalists in that city during the Iraq War. For NPR, she covered conflicts and wars throughout the Middle East and Eastern Europe, including Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.

Both books will be available in the lobby during the event, courtesy of Auntie's Bookstore. Garrels will autograph books after her talk and Q&A session with SPR Program Director Doug Nadvornick.

Thanks to Event Donors: Dodson's Jewelers, The Journal of Business, WSU Foley Institute, and Sam Rodell, Architects.