Bruce Robinson

Radio News Director & On Air Host

Bruce Robinson is KRCB-FM News Director and host of Flashback, heard Fridays at 7pm. Bruce can be reached at (707) 584-2012, or email bruce_robinson@krcb.org

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 A well-known quote from Luther Burbank provides the title for “Santa Rosa: The Chosen Spot of all the Earth.” And most of the rest of the concise new video history of the city is locally sourced as well.

The process of making this film has also had a ripple effect benefiting the local history collections for area libraries and museums, explains Don Silverek.

Sonoma County Regional Parks

The second of a trio of three-day kayak trips down the full length of the Russian River wrapped up today, as the participating stakeholders made landfall at Steelhead Beach near Forestville. Riverkeeper Don McEnhill is helping guide the floating conference, and he paused earlier today to discuss the changing political climate that is reshaping the environmental issues in the River's middle reach. 

  Carl Hiaasen’s latest novel mocks reality TV, restaurant inspection standards, product liability lawyers, and beach restoration opportunists. But he insists that it’s all rooted in the skewed reality of contemporary south Florida.

Carl Hiaasen’s writings also include several books for younger readers, the most recent one being, Skink. He recalls being surprised when it was suggested that he pitch something to that audience, but with a little key guidance, he found a second niche.

  The kayak tour of the Russian River, organized by LandPaths and Supervisor James Gore, back on the water again today, continuing from the Alexander Valley on to Healdsburg. A large and varied flotilla of river stakeholders are taking part, not just conservation and environmental group members, but also government regulators and agriculture representatives. Among that last category is Steve Knudsen, Communications Director for the Sonoma County Farm Bureau, who talked with KRCB News Director Bruce Robinson about his takeaways from the extended descent of the river’s length.

  Herbalists have long recognized numerous and varied medicinal uses for many of the plants we think of as weeds. But that’s not all they are good for, argues Katrina Blair, Durango, Colorado ‘s defender of wild weeds.

  Blair's fascination with wild plants of all sorts began while she was still quite young, an epiphany she recalls quite clearly.

katrina Blair and her colleague,Tyler VanGemert, will present a workshop on "The Chi of Edible Weeds" at the Yoga Society of San Francisco on Friday afternoon at 3 pm. Details and reservations at (970) 247-1233.

Dry Creek Rancheria

  The kayak tour of the Russian River, organized by LandPaths and Supervisor James Gore, is continuing this week, today through Friday. The group, which LandPaths Executive Director Craig Anderson has called “a floating conference” resumed this morning in Cloverdale. Anderson checked in with KRCB News Director Bruce Robinson from midstream earlier this afternoon with an update.

Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  The Heirloom Expo, a colorful celebration of old, rare, exotic and bountiful produce, returned to the fairgrounds in Santa Rosa yesterday, with scores of vendors and nearly as many speakers. We hear from one of them on today’s North Bay report.

  All of the abundance and diversity of fruit that can be grown around the Bay Area tends to belie the fact that very little of it is actually native to the region, explains John Valenzuela.

The National Heirloom Exo continues through Thursday.

NOAA

As a weak salmon season follows the closure of much of last year’s crab season, the beleaguered north coast fishing fleet is hoping for better conditions this winter. And they’re not the only ones who are being cautiously optimistic.

Filmmakers Benjamin Drummond and Sara Joy Steele examine the state  of the Pacific coast crab fishery in their short documentary, High Hopes:  The Future of the Dungeness Crab, winner of this year's Yale Environment 360 video contest.  Watch it here:

Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  The official opening of a small new park at the site of the future Roseland Village complex offers further tangible evidence of bigger and better things to come.

    Caryl Hart, director of Sonoma County Regional Parks says that providing a free, outdoor exercise facility was a priority as they planned the new parkette.

  Sonoma County Superior Court has issued a warning of a recent telephone scam that uses a threat of missed jury duty to attempt to scare people into sending money to the caller.

According to the court’s warning, “the caller claims to be a representative of law enforcement and tells the victim that there is a warrant out for their arrest due to failure to appear for jury service. The caller indicates the only remedy to clear the warrant requires the victim to load the money into a credit card and submit it to the caller.”

  As cannabis transitions into a full-fledged industry, some of the big challenges that producers and purveyors face lie in the legal realm of intellectual property, such as trademarks and patents.

   One way in which legal uncertainly lingers around cannabis, says Santa Rosa attorney Danny Zlatnik, depends on whether it is ultimately regulated only for medicinal uses, or if recreational use become sanctioned. The latter situation would create a more relaxed environment, he explains, while categorizing cannabis as a medical compound could greatly complicate matters.

Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  Dining out with children who get overstimulated or impatient can present challenges for any parent; even more so for parents of children on the autism spectrum. A new program, being introduced in a few Santa Rosa area restaurants, is addressing that situation.

  Most of the public access to the Russian River lies along its lower section. But this week, a group of river stakeholders, are kayaking through that upper reach, an outing organized and led by LandPaths and the Russian Riverkeeper. It was instigated by Sonoma County Supervisor James Gore, to bring attention to the river as a whole, on a larger scale. For the participants, today has been a day off the water in Hopland, filled with “tributary” events about that portion of the watershed.

  A  local grass-roots interfaith effort to countermand anti-Islam rhetoric is gaining momentum, support, and recognition.

The "Friendship Not Fear" letter is still collecting signatures online here. David Hoffman, chair of the Interfaith Council of Sonoma County outlines its message.

Russian Riverkeeper

  Most of the public access to the Russian River lies along its lower section. But this week, a group of river stakeholders, are kayaking through that upper reach, an outing instigated by Sonoma County Supervisor James Gore. Craig Anderson, Executive Director of LandPaths is a co-leader of the current four-day trip, and he gave us this summary of the high points from their second day on the water.

Russian Riverkeeper

  The Russian River is the primary water way in the North Bay, but for most of its length, it flows quietly out of sight. This week, a group of river stakeholders, organized by LandPaths and Supervisor James Gore, are beginning a firsthand exploration of the waterway by kayak. Russian Riverkeeper Don McEnhill is leading the group, and checked in with KRCB to tell us about what they saw today.

Katie McMurran

Bolinas-based composer Suzanne Ciani has achieved success and earned five Grammy nominations for her New Age piano music – but her body of work goes far beyond that one category. Ciani was an early pioneer of the Buchla – an unusual electronic instrument developed here in the Bay Area in the 1960’s. Now thanks to renewed interest… and a recent music reissue… Ciani finds herself returning to her analog electronic sounds. Katie McMurran has her story.

Ciani made the recording below  in Paris in 1971.

Nicolas Grizzle, SSU

  Dr. Judy Sakaki, the newly installed 7th president of Sonoma State University, greeted the campus community yesterday at the annual convocation, which marks the beginning of the new academic year. 

Dr. Sakaki addressed the convocation for more than 30 minutes, during which she also introduced the new members of her administration. You can hear her speech in its entirety below.

Garbiel Ng

  Increasing acidity in the world’s oceans is affecting far more than coral reefs. A local researcher is studying how changing pH in seawater may alter the balance of life in tide pools along the North Coast.

Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  With new legislation at last providing uniform statewide guidelines for medical marijuana in California, and the possibility of legalizing recreational use on the November ballot, cannabis is attaining new visibility in the business community. But that is accompanied by a great deal of uncertainty, which was a big part of the discussion at a Cannabis Impact conference in Rohnert Park this week.

Routes For Youth

  An important early member of KRCB’s growth and development passed away this week. Dyan Ellis Foster was the first Volunteer Coordinator for Chanel 22 Public Television, but had moved on to other creative social and educational projects by the time Radio 91 signed on. One of those was the creation of an innovative charter school, the Arts and Ethics Academy. She talked about it with News Director Bruce Robinson as the doors were about to open in August of 2007.

  Legal or not, there are right ways and wrong ways to grow cannabis outdoors A new document from Mendocino County covers them in detail.  Reporter Valerie Kim has details.

Available in both English and Spanish versions, the Growers Guide can be downloaded here.

Brad Templeton

  Petaluma artist David Best began building temples almost by accident, first for Burning Man and now other places as well, as he seeks ways to expand their healing power into the world at large.

  In creating his temples, Sculptor David Best asserts that there is one quality he does not strive for.

Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  From the neck up, she is 26 feet tall, with a head-full of fire-breathing snakes. It’s the Burning Man version of Medusa, the attention-commanding creation of Petaluma artist Kevin Clark.

Behind the mask and beneath the flaming snakeheads, medusa also offers a communal space, explains the man who (with considerable help) made her.

  Once playwright David Beckman decided that his new play about Shakespeare would find the Bard suffering from writer’s block, it was up to the Santa Rosa writer to find his own words to tell that story.

With his story line roughed out, Santa Rosa playwright David Beckman then had to construct the dialog that would tell that story. And he  often found that the characters he was working with had already said something appropriate for his new scenes.

Re-Thinking Cement

Aug 9, 2016
Encyclopedia Brittanica

  One of the most common building blocks in the developed world—cement—is also hugely polluting. So a Petaluma businessman is working to scale up an alternative to it.

Sonoma Cast Stone

  In their perpetual quest for new and better winemaking tools and methods, some Northern California vintners have been turning to something that is almost as old as wine itself.

  Jack Kerouac’s On The Road had a literary antecedent written by another Jack 50 years earlier, The Road by Jack London. London scholar Jonah Raskin discussed the similarities in themes and in the two authors’ lives with Bruce Robinson back in September 2007, in this story from the North Bay Report archives.

As a writer, Jack London wielded his pen as a prolific and passionate novelist, journalist and essayist. He also became a skilled user of another tool—the camera, and his photojournalism was first compiled and published in 2011, when this story from the North Bay Report archives was first broadcast.

Jack London Historical Society

  The craft and cunning of competition, age versus youth, and “the allure of the game”—these were recurring themes in Jack London’s writing, especially when the subject was sports.

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