Mark Prell

Weekday Morning and Afternoon Radio Host

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Mark Prell began his broadcast career at KRCB FM Radio 91 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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Mimi Sheraton, the first woman restaurant critic at The New York Times, doesn't trust anonymous crowd-sourced reviews and says that authentic food is in the eye of the eater. Also on this week's show: The near-death of Tex-Mex; how to make a simple Tuscan beef and pepper stew; a new theory of wine; and a recipe for a Moroccan Nutella.

The U.S. Senate is holding a cloture vote today Friday, October 5th, to close debate on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court. This is not the confirmation vote itself, but it is a key indicator of whether Republicans have the necessary votes to approve Kavanaugh as the replacement for retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. Watch the proceedings live.

We’ll sample the sabor latino in American music. Join us for conversation with Los Lobos on their mix of American pop and Mexican traditions. We’ll visit Los Cenzontles, a community arts center in San Francisco dedicated to the teaching of Mexican music, and drop by a Philadelphia radio show spinning salsa hits for the neighborhood. Then, we’ll sit in with pianist and bandleader Oscar Hernández of the Spanish Harlem Orchestra for some Nuyorican beats and salsa moves. Plus a special performance by San Antonio's queen of the conjunto accordion, Eva Ybarra.

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I must confess...the next Something Completely Different has little or nothing to do with politics or the upcoming election. Wait a minute...after scanning down my playlist for the Secrets and Lies extravaganza, I do find one song with political overtones - - Bruce Springsteeen's American Skin (41 Shots) - - but really only overtones. Not one song that's actually about the professional falsehood brokers and clandestine secret keepers that have infected our sad country (wait a minute! Scratch out that "sad".

They could look normal…

Hold normal conversations…

Do everything you expect…

And still have a secret…

On the next Snap Judgment

The “Weight of the World.”

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

As the debate over a Supreme Court nominee rages on, we'll go to West Virginia to hear how the issue is playing out for a Red State Democrat up for reelection.

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

Serious data breaches and the Russian disinformation campaign in 2016 have put Facebook and its founder, Mark Zuckerberg, under scrutiny as the mid-term elections approach. Dave talks with New Yorker staff writer Evan Osnos about how Facebook became vulnerable to spreading disinformation. Join us.

Ray LaMontagne is known for keeping his personal life quite personal, but on the next World Cafe, he opens up about his music, his family and his childhood. We'll hear an intimate conversation and gorgeous live performances of songs from Ray LaMontagne's new album, Part Of The Light, on the next World Cafe.  

You can hear World Cafe Weekdays at 2:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ norcalpublicmedia.org  / Comcast Cable channel 961 all over the Bay Area / Download the FREE KRCB Mobile App @ iTunes & Google Play!

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The White House sees the new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico as a vindication of President Trump's tough negotiating tactics.  The President claims his hard line on tariffs was the biggest reason behind the new deal.  But are the benefits worth the cost?

This week brings a special encore broadcast featuring renowned singer/songwriter and avid environmental activist Jack Johnson. Jack shares some of his recent music as well as a few old favorites. Canadian The Weather Station (folk artist Tamara Lindeman) joins us as well. And we’ll hear from enviro-filmmaker Jeff Orlowski who discusses his latest film, Chasing Coral, which documents the pressing danger to the world’s crucial ecosystems housed in declining coral reefs. It's a climate-themed eTown classic, direct from eTown’s solar-powered performance space – eTown Hall.

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On Sunday, Brazilians vote for their next president. Polls suggest they're not happy with the choices. Women are protesting the leading candidate with the hashtag "Not Him."

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

This week we feature St Paul and The Broken Bones in a performance at the 2017 Mighty Mississippi Music Festival, and Dr. Barbara Ching begins a new series exploring the connection between country music and the blues.

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

Filmmaker Tamara Jenkins. She’ll talk about her new film “Private Life.” It’s about a couple, in their 40’s, trying to have a baby through any means necessary:  fertility drugs, in vitro fertilization, egg donor and adoption.  The film stars Kathryn Hahn and Paul Giametti.  The film opens in theaters and starts streaming on Netflix on Friday October 5th. Jenkins also wrote and directed the comedy The Slums of Beverly Hills and the film The Savages.

Dolly Parton, Devendra Banhart, and They Might Be Giants all contributed original songs to a new compilation of music inspired by the amendments to the Constitution. The album is the brainchild of public radio host Jad Abumrad from Radiolab and More Perfect. Jad joins Talia Schlanger to talk and spin tunes on the next World Cafe.

On Wednesday's Morning Edition from N-P-R News, China has plans to build a brand new city from scratch on Morocco’s coast, a place where Chinese hope to export to Africa and Europe. But the project has run into one obstacle after another, and shows why building an empire isn’t easy, even for China.

KBBF and KRCB FM invite you to a free event to commemorate the days of last October when our community went through what was at that time the worst wildfire in California's history.

If you would like to tell your story of those days, please get in touch with us. We will have food, drinks and live music. The event starts at 6, but starting at 7 the event will be broadcast live by KBBF and also KRCB FM.

Don't miss the FREE event, commemorating the North Bay Fires of 2017.

Tuesday, October 2 from 6 pm - 8 pm at the Carpenter's Hall, 1706 Corby Avenue, Santa Rosa.

Drinking water around the country is polluted with a potentially harmful group of chemicals. The Trump Administration is working on a plan to regulate them.

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

Michael Lewis is the author of bestselling books The Big Short and Moneyball. He talks with Terry about his new book, The Fifth Risk. It looks at the federal government under President Trump, by focusing on Trump’s departments of energy, agriculture and commerce, and how unprepared they are now to deal with urgent risks.

Dessa’s latest album was inspired by a unique experiment. She recruited a team of scientists to locate the spot in her brain responsible for a longstanding heartache and then worked to get rid of that feeling. She talks about that, being a responsible rapper, and working with Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda on the next World Cafe.

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President Trump is celebrating a new free trade deal with Mexico and Canada. But will Congress agree to ratify the deal?  And will the tariffs that remain in place keep things tense between the U-S and Canada?  How trade may be changing on the next Morning Edition from N-P-R News.

This week on Mountain Stage, performances by:

Jeff Daniels and the Ben Daniels Band

Dawn Landes

Lucy Wainwright Roche

The Handsome Family

Kevin Gordon

Mountain Stage with Larry Groce can be heard every Monday night at 10:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ radio.krcb.org / Comcast Cable channel 961 all over the Bay Area / Download our free KRCB App for your iOS or Android device from the App Store & Google Play!

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A year ago, a gunman opened fire on a country music festival in Las Vegas.  He killed 58 people and wounded hundreds more physical and mentally. We'll hear from one survivor who helps others confront the aftermath of their near-death experiences.

Aaron Lee Tasjan is a singer-songwriter with an unconventional Nashville sound and a new album, Karma for Cheap. He joins host Stephen Kallao to talk about his album’s message of positive unity, what being labeled Americana in 2018 means, and whether he thinks substance use helps his songwriting.

World Cafe airs Thursday at 3:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ norcalpublicmedia.org  / Comcast Cable channel 961 all over the Bay Area / Download the FREE KRCB Mobile App @ iTunes & Google Play!

On the next Fresh Air –the challenges of investigating Russian interference in the election and connections between the Trump campaign and Russia.  Terry talks with Washington Post reporter Greg Miller, who broke several related stories, and shared a Pulitzer prize this year.  Now he has a book called The Apprentice:  Trump, Russia, and the Subversion of American Democracy.  Join us.

Social media companies may be unprepared to support their growing role as providers of news. Russian online influence operations caught American law enforcement off guard in 2016, and with midterm elections approaching, experts are expecting a spike in foreign disinformation.  How can American voters identify fake information online?

Tiana Timmerberg

Aaron Lee Tasjan is a singer-songwriter out of Nashville, but when you think Americana his sound might not be what comes to mind. His third studio album, Karma for Cheap, is a collection of reactionary songs to the climate of 2018 and how he views the political cacophony. He joins host Stephen Kallao to talk about his album’s positive message of unity, what being labeled Americana in 2018 means, and whether he thinks substance use helps his songwriting. All this, on the next World Cafe. 

Ina Garten is a Messy Cook: The Hidden World of the Barefoot Contessa

Also on this week's show: Up with pomegranate molasses; sheet-pan roasted chicken; J. Kenji López-Alt investigates the science of baking pizza at home; and why Australian cuisine is the most diverse, adventurous on the planet!

The latest phase of Capitalism, neoliberalism, has left a train wreck in its wake. It’s produced a new Gilded Age. The gap between theoretical Capitalism and its actual workings is jaw dropping. The chasm is a far cry from the courses in economics taught in colleges and universities. We are told the system relies on the market. In fact, it depends heavily on government intervention. When the big capitalists are in trouble states are there to bail them out. Really existing Capitalism works for the few at the expense of the many. Look at the Trump tax cut.

We asked listeners to send us their best coincidence stories, and we got more than 1,300 submissions! There were so many good ones we decided to make a whole show about them. From a chance encounter at a bus station to a romantic dollar bill to a baffling apparition in a college shower stall.

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court in a testy hearing today. The full Senate is slated to vote as early as next week on his confirmation.

Plus, more than 13,000 immigrants, mostly Chinese, may be at risk of being deported. These are people who were all granted asylum years ago...but the government is now scrutinizing their cases.

And, educators say sexual violence education in K-12 settings must address perpetrators.

Join Audie Cornish and Mary Louise Kelly, for All Things Considered.

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