Travel to Exotic Summer Destinations on the Next American Routes – Today at Noon

To kick off the summer season, American Routes is riding the airwaves to exotic destinations, swinging and surfing to all manner of beachside rhythms from the Beach Boys, Toots and the Maytals, Wilco, and the Kinks. We also stay home to bask in the sultry heat of "Summertime," composed by George Gershwin and novelist Dubose Heyward in 1934 for the opera Porgy and Bess. It's one of the most covered tunes in the American songbook with over thirty thousand renditions. We'll hear takes from Janis...

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California Update for Thursday, June 21, 2018

Jun 21, 2018
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• A push for California to establish its own “net neutrality” doctrine, after the Trump administration rescinded federal rules, has technically advanced in the state Legislature. But the bill’s author says his proposal has been “eviscerated."

• The hostile takeover of the net neutrality bill isn’t the first time the California Legislature has obliterated a measure without an author’s consent. But similar power plays in recent years haven't always worked.

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Terry Gross talks with Vanity Fair writer Emily Jane Fox, who spent the past year investigating Ivanka Trump and her siblings.  Her book Born Trump:  Inside America’s First Family, includes intimate portraits of Trump’s older children, who didn’t expect their father to win the 2016 election.  

World Cafe turns it up to 11 with Derek Smalls, bassist of the seminal hard rock band Spinal Tap. Smalls is striking out on his own, with a new reflective solo record in the vein of David Bowie’s Blackstar and Leonard Cohen’s You Want it Darker. It's called Smalls Change: Meditations Upon Ageing, and features rock legends like David Crosby and Donald Fagan. He joins host Stephen Kallao to share about the new music and the documentary that made him famous. On the next World Cafe.

Happy First Day of Summer, Said the Mosquito

Jun 21, 2018
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Happy first day of summer. Mosquitoes are expected to be worse than usual this season, and you may be surprised about how that is connected to October's wildfires. Adia White has a report.

Learn about controlling mosquitoes from the Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District

Some former employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs say that they worked in a toxic office culture where it was often unsafe to call out wrongdoing. A bill passed into law last year was supposed to change all that, creating a new Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection, but critics say that it doesn't have enough staffing, or enforcement power, to act on it's investigations.

We have a lot in store for you this week on BSC! First, we have The Bo-Keys performing in Studio A of the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. We sit down and talk with Floyd Newman, a founding member of The Memphis Horns. Then we head to the Beale Street Music Fest and catch a set from BSC perennial, Reba Russell.

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President Trump is threatening to impose tariffs on almost every Chinese product that comes into the U-S. We'll look at the impact that could have on American companies and consumers on the next on All Things Considered from NPR News.

California Update for Wednesday, June 30, 2018

Jun 20, 2018
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• A bill that would change when California police officers may choose to use deadly force is moving forward in the state Senate, despite opposition from law enforcement.

 

• Just as the Thomas Fire—the largest wildfire to burn in the California's modern history—is fully cleaned up, state agencies are preparing for the upcoming fire season.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Ezra David Romero.

It’s an hour packed full of great songwriting and storytelling on the airwaves this week with singer/songwriter/guitarist/poet Dave Alvin and singer/songwriter/actor Jimmie Dale Gilmore. We dig deep into the songbooks of each artist, and hear some great road stories and insights into the many influences that have shaped their musical styles. Jimmie and Dave will perform both solo and together, inviting their old friend and past musical collaborator Nick Forster to join in. Find out what happens when three life-long musical friends take the stage in this week’s special episode.

On the next Fresh Air – writer Stephen McCauley will talk with Terry about his new novel My Ex Life. It’s a comedy about a couple whose marriage ended 30 years ago when the husband came out of the closet. They pick up their friendship as her marriage crumbles and his boyfriend has left him. Join us.

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