A Not-So-Simple Majority - This week on This American Life

We take it for granted that the majority calls the shots. But in one NY school district, that idea — majority rules — has led to an all-out war. School board disputes are pretty common, but not like this one. This involves multimillion-dollar land deals, lawyers threatening to beat up parents, felony criminal charges, and the highest levels of state government. Meanwhile, the students are caught in the middle.

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State Senate Leader Kevin de León claimed last week that California has 10 times as many clean energy jobs as the nation has coal mining jobs. PolitiFact California found this needs some clarifications, and rated it Mostly True.

Find more fact checks from Politifact California HERE.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols.

Metropolitan Transportation Commission

For the first time in more than 35 years, the head of the Bay Area’s Metropolitan Transportation Commission is an elected official from Sonoma County:  longtime Rohnert Park city councilman and current mayor Jake MacKenzie.

Questions Loom Over Single Payer Bill After Senate Passage

Jun 5, 2017

ALSO: The California Assembly has passed an effort to create a “sanctuary state” policy for recreational marijuana.

Today's reporting by Sally Shilling and Ben Adler.

Bruce Robinson, KRCB

Smooth surface areas on some large rocks on the Sonoma Coast might be a remnant of prehistoric animals rubbing against them, but definitive evidence to justify the popular name given to these Mammoth Rocks” has been elusive.

Since he began looking into this issue, the now-retired archeologist has found several other similarly polished rock surfaces not too far from his first discovery. And after a paper Parkman wrote about his explorations was published, he heard about still more such locations in other states.

Divided California Senate Passes Single-Payer Health Care Bill

Jun 2, 2017
Rich Pedroncelli / AP

The California Senate has advanced a bill that would create a statewide single-payer health care system after more than two-and-a-half hours of debate.

Today's reporting by Ben Alder.

The United States will withdraw from the international climate agreement known as the Paris accord, President Trump announced on Thursday. He said the U.S. will negotiate either re-entering the Paris agreement or a work on a new deal that would put American workers first.  

During his campaign, Trump vowed to "cancel" U.S. participation in the deal. World leaders and business figures had recently urged him to reconsider. Ultimately, the president decided to withdraw, with the stated intention of renegotiating.  

Louis, Louis, Louis and others....The music of Louis Armstrong, Louis Jordan, and Louis Prima....and others. A live chat with drummer A. D. Adams (Louis Prima, Jr. and the Witnesses!)

We'll feature music from bands that performed at the Sacramento Music Festival over Memorial Day including Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses, and Sister Swing!

Percussion Discussion airs every Thursday night 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91!

Santa Rosa voters will decide a controversial rent control measure next Tuesday, one that has drawn big spending from the opposition and dominated political dialog for weeks. But there’s a second item on the ballot as well:  Measure D, which would set new tax rates for cannabis businesses within the city.

Here's how Santa Rosa breaks down their anticipated costs for governing legalized cannabis within the city.


For June, A Novel Idea features two novelists, whose books couldn’t be more different. Both write about the challenges of difference, of motherhood, and of finding stability in a sometimes-hostile world.  

Shanti Sekaran brings us Lucky Boy, the saga of two women, strangers and cultures apart, whose lives are connected through the life of an infant boy.  

Shelby Londyn-Heath has written The Twilight Tsunami, a raw, funny, and hard-hitting account of the lives of people involved in the child welfare system.  


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