Lucinda Williams and more on New Releases, Tuesday at 11 am, Wednesday at 7 pm

Catch our New Releases Hour with Brian and Doug, Tuesdays at 11 am and Wednesdays at 7 pm. Lucinda Williams: The Ghosts of Highway 20. We've all heard about the iconic vibe of Route 66, the neon lights on Broadway, and the ocean air of the Pacific Coast Highway. But there are untold stories emanating from countless blue highways across the land like Interstate 20, which cuts a 1500-mile swath from South Carolina to Texas, and cuts deep into the spirit of those who've spent their lives...
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The Black Panthers may have been the most polarizing political movement in 1960s America. Current Santa Rosa resident Elbert “Big Man” Howard was one of their founding members, and recounts some of the group’s early history in today’s report. 

Big Man Howard is also interviewed in the recent documentary film, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of The Revolution (see the trailer below). He’ll be on hand to answer questions following a free public screening of the film at the Rialto Cinemas in Sebastopol, Monday night at 7 pm

Study Links Oil And Gas Activity in California To Earthquakes

Feb 5, 2016

  ALSO: El Niño, which helped increase precipitation in California last month, is taking a break. Forecasters say the next 10 days will be drier and warmer.

Today's reporting by Amy Quinton and Ed Joyce.

 Join us this Tuesday night on Beale Street Caravan and discover The Motel Mirrors.  Their sound is warm and familiar like your neighborhood watering hole. Call it hillbilly, rockabilly, dive bar rock 'n' roll—call it whatever you want, this Memphis-spun  collaboration between John Paul Keith, Amy LaVere, and Will Sexton are a melting pot of influences and extraordinary musicianship.

Where and when to go see and hear great music in the North Bay!

In Search Of... TED Talks? Sunday at 9 am

Feb 4, 2016

How far would you go to find something that's just out of reach, or maybe, not even real? In this hour, TED speakers tell stories about searching for elusive sea-creatures and distant aliens.

1) Will we find ET in the next 25 years? Seth Shostak, senior astronomer at SETI, says yes. He explains that new technologies and the laws of probability make the breakthrough likely.

2) Humans have been looking for the giant squid for decades. Oceanographer Edith Widder shares how innovative technology helped her capture the squid on video for the first time.

Community Colleges Offer Upbeat Message On Student Success

Feb 4, 2016
Department of Toxic Substances Control

  ALSO: A new report finds the agency that oversees hazardous waste in California can’t keep up with its responsibilities.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford.


Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  SMART Trains are now making frequent but irregular test runs, creating changes and possible risks along the railroad tracks as they ramp up to starting regular runs later in the year.

   Jennifer Welch is SMART’s new Chief of Police, and for now, represents the entire department. She explains why such a position is needed by the transit operation.

Presidential Authority to Declare National Monuments Upheld

Feb 3, 2016

  Southern California environmentalists are relieved by a Senate vote yesterday that could have blocked the creation of three new National Monuments there. Suzanne Potter reports.

Water Conservation Continues Downward Slide

Feb 3, 2016
Courtesy / California Department of Water Resources

  ALSO: The latest measurement of Sierra Nevada snowpack Tuesday showed storms are making a difference - so far - this winter.

Today's reporting by Amy Quinton and Ed Joyce.

Sonoma County

  A commercial center, new county offices, major street improvements, a sizable park and a variety of new homes and apartments are anticipated in the redevelopment of 117 acres around Santa Rosa’s old Community Hospital buildings. County supervisors unanimously approved a big step toward that vision Tuesday afternoon.

  Due to steep slopes and other considerations, only about a third of the entire Chanate campus is deemed suitable for building. But those sites are ripe for higher housing densities, notes Supervisor David Rabbitt.