Mark Prell

Weekday Morning and Afternoon Radio Host

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Mark Prell began his broadcast career at KRCB in 2008 as a volunteer, hosting Saturday mornings. He eventually took over as weekday Afternoon host, later taking on the duties of weekday Morning host as well. Mark continues to host the weekday Morning and Afternoon drive times, and has a lot of fun doing it. 

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The Mafia muscles in on Italian bakeries, cooking for civil rights with John T. Edge, Dan Pashman of The Sporkful on airline dining and the new fattoush.

Love is often presented as something easy, a matter of simply following your heart. But in actuality, it's rarely that effortless. Several of this week's songs reflect the sour, absurd, and heartrending aspects of intimacy: Wet, one of Robin's picks, mourns the fact that "love is not enough." Singer-songwriter John Grant muses on its absurdity in his darkly comical "Love Is Magic."  Also on the program: the classic guitar rock and pop of Montreal singer Michael Rault, the urgent music of D.C. post-punk band Flasher, and the glitchy, atmospheric electronics of Tim Hecker.

In this all-NEW Snap Judgment, put your dark glasses and trench coat on, ‘cause we’re going undercover. We proudly present “Subterfuge.”

Stories include Night At The Mirage and The Legend of Steve Davies.

Listen to Snap Judgment - storytelling with a beat - every Saturday morning at 10:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ radio.krcb.org / Comcast Cable channel 961 all over the Bay Area / Listen on the go - Download the FREE KRCB mobile App from iTunes & Google Play!

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President Donald Trump has pledged allegiance to what he calls America’s “energy dominance.” This is good news for the oil and gas industry. We examine what this means for Alaskan villagers coping with climate change, Native American artifacts in Utah, and birds flying over the U.S.

A young preacher opens a new church. A new restaurant reopens old wounds. This week, stories of people trying to build something that will last.

This American Life is heard every Friday night at 7:00 pm; repeating every Saturday morning at 9:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / Streaming @ radio.krcb.org / Comcast Cable channel 961 all over the Bay Area / On-demand with the FREE KRCB App @ iTunes App Store & Google Play!

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This week, Fred Cline and his daughter winemaker Megan Cline talk about their newest wines, a highly drinkable white blend and a red blend named Farmhouse, named after the schoolhouse at Petaluma's Green String Farm. The Clines are partners with well-known farmer Bob Canard Jr. at Green String Farm & Institute and are also widely known for both Jacuzzi Winery and the Olive Press, located within the winery.

California Update for Friday, July 13, 2018

Jul 13, 2018
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• Did Gavin Newsom separate families and deport children as San Francisco mayor? PolitiFact California examined this claim by GOP gubernatorial candidate John Cox, and found there's some truth, but it's also missing some important context.

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The new film Don't Worry He Won't Get Far on Foot is based on the life of the late cartoonist John Callahan, a paraplegic and recovered alcoholic who poked fun at people like himself.  On the next Fresh Air – Terry’s interviews with Callahan.  And we listen back to our interview with 1950s Hollywood Heartthrob Tab Hunter, who died Sunday at the age of 86. Join us.

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Many bands are proud of their hometown, but few rep their city as much as the Houston-based group The Suffers — they consider Houston's music scene and diversity to be a core part of their identity. We'll hear some of the eight-piece band's energetic R&B in a live studio performance today. And they'll share about the challenges they faced on their rise to fame, like the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and discrimination by music executives. The Suffers' conversation with host Stephen Kallao, and live music from the new album, Everything Here, on the next World Cafe.

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We take a deep dive into the vaults of Blue Note Records, the independent label that helped put artists like Thelonious Monk, Art Blakey and Jimmy Smith on the map. Flagbearer of trad jazz, bebop and the cool school, Blue Note is still at it after 79 years and has expanded its wheelhouse to include vocalists like Norah Jones, Ryan Adams and Van Morrison. We talk with producer extraordinaire and Blue Note president Don Was about the label's past and new directions.

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President Trump is in the United Kingdom fresh from a major NATO summit in which he called on allies to spend more on their national defense. He is talking with members of the royal family and Prime Minister Theresa May about various issues, including trade.

As the U.K. gets closer to leaving the European Union, it will likely need to strengthen its trading relationship with the U.S... But how strong of an ally can the U.S. be, given President Trump's tough talk on trade?

The flowers in my yard are just beautiful, but there's a cost for enjoying them - namely, that if you have any inclination toward asthma, hay fever, or other Spring- and Early-Summer-Related seasonal illnesses, here they are in spades, and not just in your yard, but up and down your street, blowing in the windows of the car and otherwise bringing on coughing, sneezing, spluttering, gasping and wheezing and all that stuff.

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Our guest this week on Art of the Song is California singer/songwriter Jack Tempchin. Perhaps best known for his collaborative work with the late Glenn Frey of the Eagles, Jack wrote their classic Peaceful Easy Feeling, and co-wrote most of the songs on Glenn’s solo album. He also wrote Slow Dancing (Swayin’ to the Music), which was a top ten hit for Johnny Rivers. In the second half of the show we’ll hear a clip from our 2012 interview with the late Glenn Frey where he talks about the process of co-writing with his friend Jack Tempchin, and others.

An investigation into Russian political interference is in full swing in the U.K.

We'll be in London talking to the man leading that investigation on the next All Things Considered from NPR News.

Hear All Things Considered weekday afternoons from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ radio.krcb.org / Comcast channel 961 throughout the Bay Area / Listen on the go - download the FREE KRCB mobile app from the App Store & Google Play!

California Update for Thursday, July 12, 2018

Jul 12, 2018
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• California hits key climate change target early.

 

• Several bills have advanced in the California state Legislature in recent weeks that are expressly designed to mitigate a change in the federal tax code that will cost higher-income Californians.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford.

Examining the FOX news/Trump White House connections. Roger Ailes' former right hand man, Bill Shine, is now the White House deputy chief of staff for communications. Shine is alleged to have helped enable a climate of sexual harrassment at FOX. A talk with Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman author of a best selling book about Ailes.  Join us.

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Neko Case made her new self-produced album, Hell-On, during a period of personal struggle, and a haunting effect comes through in the music. While recording the album in Sweden, she found out that her house in Vermont had burned down. The same day, she recorded vocals for a new song, called "Bad Luck." We'll hear about that experience in a conversation with host Talia Schlanger today. And Neko also shares about growing up in Washington State, with her parents who struggled with drugs and alcohol, and her reverence for nature.

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The United Kingdom is currently embroiled in a debate over how it should formally exit the European Union. This is all while Prime Minister Theresa May is trying to keep her government united and keep her job.

Catch Morning Edition weekday mornings from 6:00 am - 9:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ radio.krcb.org / Comcast channel 961 throughout the Bay Area / Download the FREE KRCB App @ iTunes & Google Play!

Hear new tracks from Jake Garduno this Thursday, as part of Ric's Family Update. I will be playing Jake's new 4 -song ep, Two Cents and Change.

Hear Ric on the Radio every 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at 9:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ radio.krcb.org / Comcast channel 961 throughout the Bay Area / Download the FREE KRCB App @ iTunes & Google Play!

This week on Beale Street Caravan we have southern roots artist, Shannon McNally. BSC Contributor Robert Gordon will be with us to talk about the History of Hi Records.

Beale Street Caravan can be heard Wednesday nights at 11 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ radio.krcb.org / Comcast channel 961 throughout the Bay Area / Listen on the go - download the FREE KRCB App from iTunes & Google Play!

This week on eTown, we’re joined by singer/songwriter/producer John Paul White who originally joined us back in 2011 as part of the widely popular musical duo The Civil Wars. Our longtime friends in the genre-bending Americana group Marley’s Ghost also stop in for another visit to eTown Hall’s solar-powered stage. Lots of great music and conversation with our musical guests, plus we’ll check in with a great Colorado-based organization that’s providing organic and nutritious meals in the community, regardless of someone’s ability to pay.

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• It's harvest season for avocado growers in California, but many don't have enough workers to pick the fruit.

Today's reporting by Nadine Sebai.

On the next Fresh Air, a former influential leader of the religious right and a former leader of militant anti-abortion protests, who also used to hand out 10 commandments plaques to members of congress and judges, tells us why he parted ways with the religious right. Terry talks with Rob Schenck, author of the new memoir Costly Grace.

Since they met at Boston's New England Conservatory, Lake Street Dive have been making carefully arranged music with tricky harmonies. Today, we'll revisit a recent live performance from their latest album, Free Yourself Up. The band joined host Talia Schlanger in the studio to shares stories from their early days on tour, when they travelled with a big upright bass in the front seat of their Subaru. And we'll hear what it's like to spend the fourth of July with Stephen Colbert. On the next World Cafe.

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President Trump has criticized European countries for what he calls unfair trade practices and for not paying their fair share in terms of security. As he heads to Brussels this week, he'll be facing a group of allies who are feeling alienated. What does the president's bullish style mean for the future of NATO?

Judge Brett Kavanaugh has built a career doing conservative legal work in Washington. Now he's President Trump's Supreme Court nominee.  The confirmation fight ahead...

All Things Considered airs weekday afternoons from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ radio.krcb.org / Comcast channel 961 throughout the Bay Area / Download the FREE KRCB mobile app from the App Store & Google Play!

On the next Fresh Air, how America’s jails and prisons have become de facto mental health providers. Although these institutions aren’t equipped for the job, the incarcerated mentally ill are often mistreated, and their symptoms often only get worse. Dave Davies talks with journalist Alisa Roth, author of the new book Insane: America’s Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness.

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On his new album, Be More Kind, Frank Turner sends a message about how we treat ourselves and the state of the world. He's been criticized for his political viewpoints in the past, even receiving hate mail and death threats. But the folk-punk singer-songwriter recently decided to dive back into social commentary on the new record, which features a song called "Make America Great Again." Today, we'll learn what that means to Frank in a wide-ranging political and personal conversation with host Talia Schlanger.

California Update for Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Jul 10, 2018
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• A federal judge in Sacramento has upheld California’s law shielding immigrants in the country without legal documentation.

 

• BLM says there are 127 million dead and dying trees in the state. The agency hopes to begin removing those near high traffic areas and power lines after the new year.

 

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Bob Moffitt.

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Johnny Bazzano is on tonight with new music from Ry Cooder, Eliza Gilkyson, Chuck Brodsky and John Prine.

Your Average Abalone airs on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month at 7:oo pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ radio.krcb.org  / Comcast Cable channel 961 all over the Bay Area / Download the FREE KRCB Mobile App @ iTunes & Google Play!

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