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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California Update for Friday, May 25, 2018

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• A San Francisco brewery is one of a few California breweries ordered to stop production of beer with hemp-based ingredients.

Today's reporting by Randol White.

We celebrate Bob Dylan’s birthday with selections from The Band, John Martyn, Adele, Gregg Allman and, of course, Dylan himself.

From member station KMUW, Strange Currency is hosted by Jedd Beaudoin.

This week on Art of the Song our guest is singer-songwriter, John Batdorf. John is a solo artist, and one half of the folk-rock duo Batdorf & Rodney. He’s also a successful film and television composer, session vocalist, and inspirational musician in the substance recovery community.

California Update for Thursday, May 24, 2018

May 24, 2018
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• Muslims often aren't represented in American politics, but early this week, hundreds of Muslims packed into the State Capitol to break their fast for Ramadan.

• California’s cap-and-trade program generated almost $700 million for the state in the last quarter.

Today's reporting by Ahditi Bundlamudi and Ben Bradford.

This week we feature highlights from Dale Watson’s 2018 Ameripolitan Music Awards, held in Memphis, Tennessee.

This week, hosts Nick and Helen Forster welcome the eclectic, Latin/country/jazz/rock influenced sound of Arizona-based music veterans Calexico to the eTown airwaves. Also, Texas music legend Ray Wylie Hubbard shares some great music and hilarious stories. Our eChievement Award story this week focuses on a young Detroit woman who’s found a brilliant way to provide warmth for the homeless during the bitter winters in her town. It’s a great hour of music and conversation on eTown – tonight at 10 pm!

California Update for Wednesday, May 23, 2018

May 23, 2018
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• Technology company IBM is proposing to get into the education business in California.

• Legislative Democrats have settled on their top priorities in California budget negotiations with Governor Jerry Brown.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Ben Bradford.

Rockin’ Johnny cut his teeth on the Chicago scene with the likes of Jewtown Burkes and the Taildragger. Since then he’s released 7 critically acclaimed albums, most on famed Delmark Records. Johnny led one of the most requested house bands in Chicago working with Billy Boy Arnold, Jimmie Lee Robinson, Willie Buck, Paul De Lay and many more, before relocating to California. He just released his second studio effort as a Californian, both recorded at the renowned Greaseland.

California Update for Tuesday, May 22, 2018

May 22, 2018
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• After the latest school shooting, the California Assembly has passed a bill that would allow coworkers and teachers to seek gun violence restraining orders.

• The House of Representatives continues to debate the Farm Bill, which failed to pass last Friday. Democrats and Republicans voted against it because of changes to food stamp programs.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Adhiti Bandlamudi.

Outbeat News for Monday, May 21, 2018

May 21, 2018
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• The Trump administration is rolling back the policy for housing transgender prisoners to be based on birth sex rather than gender identity. 

• Here in California, next Tuesday is Harvey Milk Day and Stoli Vodka is honoring this year’s event with a special Harvey Milk tribute bottle. 

• In Guerneville, a 55-year-old man was arrested for twice stealing the rainbow flag from the pole in the town square. 

• OutWatch Film Festival will be showing a series of LGBTQ short films as part of this year’s pride celebration on Sunday, June 3.

California Update for Monday, May 21, 2018

May 21, 2018
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• The Mental Health Services Act has long supplied the bulk of funding for California counties to prevent and treat mental illness among Medi-Cal patients. But some counties aren’t using the money.

• Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill that gives immigrants living in California illegally new protections in court cases.

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola and Ben Adler.

California Update for Friday, May 18, 2018

May 18, 2018
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• A California Assembly investigation into complaints of sexual harassment by Democrat Cristina Garcia has found the most severe allegations to be unsubstantiated.

• A new voter initiative that would allow Baby Boomers in California to save thousands of dollars in property tax if they move to pricier homes is now eligible for the November ballot.

  

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Chris Nichols.

California Update for Thursday, May 17, 2018

May 17, 2018
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• Cal State and UC students and faculty are calling for more funding for higher education. Turns out, they're getting more funding, just not as much as they asked for.

• California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has filed charges against four people behind mugshots.com.

Today's reporting by Adhiti Bandlamudi and Drew Sandsor.

California Update for Wednesday, May 16, 2018

May 16, 2018
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• Two bills in the California legislature seek to tackle a backlog of rape kits in the state.  One will count and track untested kits, the other makes the testing and submitting of kits mandatory.

• With more Californians receiving ballots in the mail this election cycle, voters might wonder what happens if they send one in without the required postage.

Today's reporting by Adhiti Bandlamudi and Ben Adler.

California Update for Tuesday, May 15, 2018

May 15, 2018
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• Efforts to legalize sports gaming in California have new momentum from Monday's U.S Supreme Court ruling. But it’ll be years, if ever, before you can legally bet on the Giants or Dodgers at your nearby casino, card room or race track—or even online.

• This year, advocates are pushing for three bills which would help undocumented immigrants get access to local business licenses, income tax credits, and healthcare.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Adhiti Bandlamudi.

Outbeat News for Monday, May 14, 2018

May 14, 2018
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• In London, 3 gay men were attacked with acid as they left a popular gay club. 

• Here in the U.S., as Pride celebration season approaches, the cities of Phoenix, Arizona and Denver, Colorado, are installing rainbow striped crosswalks in several downtown intersections. 

• In California, the State Assembly Sub Committee on Government Organization unanimously approved a bill to permanently designate June as Pride Month in the state.  This just in time as the Sonoma County Pride celebration kicks off in downtown Santa Rosa June 1st through the 3rd.

California Update for Monday, May 14, 2018

May 14, 2018
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• Governor Jerry Brown isn’t backing long-term changes to Medi-Cal or Covered California. But he has proposed some one-time allotments that could improve health services for inmates, the mentally ill and rural residents going forward.

• The revised spending plan proposed by Governor Jerry Brown Friday is drawing praise from lawmakers in both political parties for placing much of California’s projected nine billion dollar budget surplus in reserve.

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola and Ben Adler.

California Update for Friday, May 11, 2018

May 11, 2018
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• California Gov. Jerry Brown will release his revised budget proposal this morning as state revenues pour into coffers billions of dollars above projections, setting up a debate over what to do with all that extra money.

• Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order Thursday to improve the health of the state's forests. It sets aside $96 million for practices like forest thinning, controlled fires and planting trees.

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

California Update for Thursday, May 10, 2018

May 10, 2018
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• The agency that manages California's energy grid says electricity supplies will be tight this summer.

• The California Energy Commission unanimously voted Wednesday to require new homes to either have solar panels on them or to be part of a cluster of homes powered by solar.

Today's reporting by Steve Milne and Ezra David Romero.

California Governor Hopefuls Face Off In Crucial Primary Debate

May 9, 2018
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When the six leading candidates for California governor debated Tuesday night in San Jose, their tactics illustrated each campaign’s strategy as the race enters a crucial stretch.

Capital Public Radio’s Ben Adler offers up his takeaways.

If you’d like to learn more about the candidates, check out Ben’s new podcast: “California’s Next Governor.” He’ll introduce you to them in just 10 minutes each. Find it HERE or wherever you get your podcasts.

California Update for Wednesday, May 9, 2018

May 9, 2018
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• State leaders that represent the shrinking Salton Sea want the same kind of expedited action taken on restoring it as the Oroville spillway crisis had in 2017.

• Former California Governor George Deukmejian has died. He was 89 years old. He was known for his law-and-order stewardship, and his fiscal austerity earned him the nickname “the Iron Duke.”

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

Outbeat News for Monday, May 7, 2018

May 7, 2018

• Hawaii is set to become the 12th state to outlaw conversion gay conversion therapy as a practice on minors. 

• The Matthew Shepard Foundation announced that olympic athlete Adam RIppon will be honored with the Making A Difference Award. 

• San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted on a resolution to designate an in the south of market a gay leather district.

• The opening line-up for this year’s Frameline Film Festival happening June 14 through 24 has been announced.

California Update for Monday, May 7, 2018

May 7, 2018
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• California Republicans gathered over the weekend in San Diego for their state party convention, but after hearing from their two leading candidates for governor, they did not make an endorsement.

• California Republicans are defending seven seats in Congress this year. At the party's convention in San Diego, officials seemed aware of a potential voter backlash against the president.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Andrew Bowen.

California Update for Friday, May 4, 2018

May 4, 2018
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• Gymnasts who were sexually assaulted by their team doctor are supporting a bill that would require patients to be informed if the doctor they are about to see has been put on probation by the medical board.

Today's reporting by Sally Schilling.

California Update for Thursday, May 3, 2018

May 3, 2018

• Thousands of California elderly and disabled patients are not getting proper care at skilled nursing facilities in California , according to a new report by the State Auditor's office.

• Recent polls of California voters have shown major fluctuations in the top race.

Today's reporting by Randol White and Ben Bradford.

California Update for Wednesday, May 2, 2018

May 2, 2018
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• Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom says he backs the single-payer health care bill that stalled in the state Legislature last year — but not in its current form.

• California and 17 other states announced Tuesday they are suing the federal government over efforts to weaken fuel-efficiency standards for cars.

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

California Update for Tuesday, May 1, 2018

May 1, 2018
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• A Gavin Newsom for Governor TV ad claimed Newsom was "the first to take on the NRA and win." The claim ignores other gun control measures passed by prominent Californians decades before Newsom's efforts.

Find all Politifact California fact checks HERE.

•  A California Supreme Court decision is seen as a win for labor advocates, but many businesses, especially in the tech industry, are seeing it as a setback, because many of them relied on contractors as part of their gig economy.

Outbeat News for Monday, April 30, 2018

Apr 30, 2018
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• The Trump administration is set to reverse a rule that protected transgender people from discrimination by healthcare workers in favor of protecting religious freedom.  This could make getting health care more difficult for transgender people. 

• In California, the State Assembly passed a bipartisan bill last week declaring conversion therapy to be fraud and illegal to practice in the State. 

• Disney has created a new rainbow version of the famous Mickey Mouse ear hat, just in time for pride season.

California Update for Monday, April 30, 2018

Apr 30, 2018
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• New campaign finance figures show Gavin Newsom raised $4.6 million from January through late April and has $20 million in cash on hand, far more than any other candidate in the race for governor.

• Scientists think they’ve found the reason why amphibian populations across the Western United States are in decline. The culprit: imported bullfrogs used for food and pets.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols and Ezra David Romero.

California Update for Friday, April 27, 2018

Apr 27, 2018
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• Many people are tuned into the evolving case of the East Area Rapist, who terrorized dozens of women in the 1970's and 80's. But experts say that for survivors of sexual abuse, this is much more than a fascinating story.

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola.

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