Mark Prell

Weekday Morning and Afternoon Radio Host


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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If you want to know what people are really thinking, don't look at their Facebook or Twitter posts -- look at what they're searching for on Google.

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

On the next Fresh Air – community service rather than jail for non-violent offenses. Terry Gross talks with Julian Adler, director of policy and research at the Center for Court Innovation, and Judge Victoria Pratt about ways to reduce mass incarceration. Judge Pratt used to preside at a community Court Program in Newark that provides alternatives to jail to low-level offenders. Join us.

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A decade after the housing collapse in the U.S., a new crisis has emerged. Americans who want to buy, or even rent, are being priced out of the market due to the limited supply of new homes - and lots of demand. All week, we'll examine what's being done to solve America's new housing crisis, from high priced coastal cities to the rural heartland. 

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Brooklyn-based artist Serpentwithfeet has released an intriguing first album, called soil. Ideas about love, sexuality, and identity are all entwined in his music, which blends classical training with his church choir upbringing. And he's one of the most emotionally generous singers around according to Bjork, who's a fan. We'll hear his story today in a conversation with host Talia Schlanger, and Serpentwithfeet performs some of his experimental pop, live in the studio.

This week on Milk Street Radio, The Gefilte Manifesto – Jewish home cooking you will love. Also, Dan Pashman on the Library of Congress Cooking Club; author Matt Goulding with Insider's Italy: An Off-The-Grid Travel Guide; plus a recipe for Taiwanese grilled corn.

Milk Street Radio can be heard Sunday nights at 7:00 pm on KRCB-FM. / streaming @ / Comcast channel 961 throughout the Bay Area / Download the FREE KRCB App @ iTunes & Google Play!

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We recently put out a call asking listeners to share their thoughts about the songs on Courtney Barnett's latest album, Tell Me How You Really Feel, and other tracks from her rich lyrical catalog. On this week's show, we share some of those listener stories and thoughts, and Courtney talks about what inspires her, the creative process and how her music can be interpreted.

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Deep in the backroads of central Florida, hidden between trees dripping with Spanish moss, sits the campus of an infamous center for the developmentally disabled. Its story shows what can happen when families have nowhere else to find care for their loved ones.

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This Sunday evening at 6, it's a doubleheader on Mouthful, as we explore the upcoming Gravenstein Apple Fair and Broadway Under the Stars with Worth Our Weight Culinary Apprenticeship Program. Special guests include WOW's executive director Evelyn Cheatham, Jimtown Store's Carrie Brown, Jim "Mr. Music" Corbett and several others. This Sunday at 6 p.m. on Mouthful, Smart Talk About Food, Wine & Farming with host Michele Anna Jordan, on KRCB FM Radio 91.

Jonah Raskin has a large and ranging body of non-fiction books and articles and now has come out with a detective fiction of a different order, Dark Land, Dark Mirror.

A Novel Idea with Suzanne Lang airs Sunday afternoons at 4:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ / Comcast channel 961 throughout the Bay Area / Download the FREE KRCB App @ iTunes & Google Play!


National security adviser John Bolton (from left), Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, FBI Director Christopher Wray, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and chief of U.S. Cyber Command Gen. Paul M. Nakasone attend a press briefing on election security at the White House on Thursday. Mark Wilson/Getty ImagesCredit Mark Wilson / Getty ImagesEdit | Remove


After a car trip (there and back) to and from Oregon and Santa Rosa, I find myself neither older nor wiser, still smelling the smoke from the horrendous fires in Redding that we drove through, trembling in the aftermath of a family get-together and ready to spend two hours this Friday evening listening to three of my all-time favorite musical groups.

Now... I'm no musical historian, so I can't recite chapter, verse, birthdate, religion of baptism, extent of education and all that stuff, so... for what it's worth... the groups are:

California Update for Friday, August 3, 2018

Aug 3, 2018
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• To fully repeal Obama-era car emissions standards, the Trump administration first must strip California of a long-held right.

• With large leads in both polls and fundraising, Democrat Gavin Newsom is signaling that he’ll only hold one general election debate against Republican John Cox in the California governor’s race.

Today' reporting by Ben Bradford and Ben Adler.

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This week on This American Life: Sometimes criminals return to the scene of their misdeeds to try to make things right, to try to undo the past. Bobby, a former addict, returned to the scene where he robbed and conned coach little league.

Better Call Saul begins Season 4 on AMC Monday. On the next Fresh Air we feature interviews with the show's star Bob Odenkirk who plays Saul, Giancarlo Esposito who plays drug kingpin Gus Fring; Peter Gould, the show's co-creator, and Jonathan Banks, who plays Mike, who was a cop before he was a fixer. Join us.

On his new album Out of the Blues, Boz Scaggs pays tribute to the blues music he first fell in love with growing up in Oklahoma and Texas. Boz tells the story of seeing his first concert – Ray Charles, and shares what it was like when his family recently lost their home in the California wildfires. Plus Boz and his band perform live.

We hit the open road to hear tales of adventure and woe from honky-tonkers and hobos, train-hoppers and busking bohemians. En route we talk with Washington folk singer Brandi Carlile, who dropped out of high school to cut it as a touring musician, and New Orleans' Meschiya Lake, about her journey from circus performer to jazz chanteuse.

Best known for his work with the hit-making duo Hall & Oates, John Oates has 6 solo albums to his credit. Born in New York City, his family moved to a small town outside of Philadelphia, PA in the early 1950s. Soaking up the sounds of the 60s, he was influenced by multiple styles including folk, bluegrass, delta blues, and ragtime, while also immersing himself in R&B legends. We spoke with John after the release of Arkansas.

Enjoy special guest Randall Sequeira of the Dream Farmers on KRCB's North Bay Songwriters Radio Show! Señor Sequeira will offer his musical blend in studio via his acoustic trio, and vocally meander on about what's good in his music world, which is expansive indeed. Veteran musician live! And you will receive a healthy mix of North Bay musical artistry through and through, from Kate Wolf to the locals on the scene, to Tom Waits. Oh my!

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The war in Afghanistan has gone on for nearly seventeen years, the longest in American history.  Now, the U.S. has reportedly met with the Taliban to discuss the possibility of peace talks, and perhaps, an end to the war. Is it wise for the Trump administration to be negotiating with the Taliban?  Or could talks, like so much in the long conflict, lead nowhere?

On Friday, August 3, 2018, the final active shooter training exercise will take place at Piner High School in Santa Rosa starting at 8:30am and ending at approximately 5:00pm.

“This training has proven to be invaluable and has greatly prepared all of us for an active shooter incident,” explains SRPD Sergeant Robert Reynolds. “The police department, fire department and our EMS partners will continue to work together in the future. A special thank you to the Santa Rosa City Schools for their support and allowing us to use Piner High School as the training site.”

NWS Sacramento

The Mendocino Complex fires have consumed 110,166 acres and destroyed a combined 14 residences and 24 outbuildings. 12,200 structures remain under threat. The larger of the two fires, the Ranch Fire, is burning northeast of Ukiah and is 33 percent contained. The River Fire is burning near Hopland is 50 percent contained.

The National Weather Service in Sacramento has issued a Red Flag Warning, which is in effect from 11:000 am Friday to 11:00 pm PDT Saturday. The Fire Weather Watch is no longer in effect. A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.

Ahead of the midterms, Democrats are trying to unite the party under a clear message. We'll talk with the three people charged with crafting that message 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 @ / 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, August 2, 2018

Aug 2, 2018
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• Governor Brown advocates for limiting power companies’ liability when their equipment causes the fires.


• Women’s health groups in California say expecting mothers with low-risk pregnancies should think twice before opting for a caesarean section.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Sammy Caiola.

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ProPublica and Frontline PBS correspondent A.C. Thompson spent months investigating white supremacist organizations and their members who came to the Unite the Right rally last year ready for battle--one of them an active duty marine. Thompson’s reporting appears online and in a Frontline documentary Tuesday.

The name Rainbow Kitten Surprise is your first hint that the five-piece experimental rock band oozes creativity and energy. Hailing from Boone, North Carolina, they found a huge audience on the internet before even leaving their hometown, thanks to some successful songs. Now, the band is a hit on the festival circuit, as well, getting rave reviews for their electrifying live shows. We'll hear some of that in today's live studio session, and Rainbow Kitten Surprise talk with Nashville correspondent Ann Powers about their new album, How To: Friend, Love, Freefall. On the next World Cafe.

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Earlier this week, U-S Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials referred to the facilities holding migrant children as 'summer camp'.  But the Trump administration is still feeling the heat for its 'zero tolerance' stance, not only from immigration rights advocates but also on Capitol Hill.  With migrant children still separated from their parents, deportations, and various reports of mistreatment at immigrant youth shelters, the disorder at the border seems far from over.  

This week we feature a hometown performance by the North Mississippi Allstars – Luther Dickinson and Cody Dickinson – at the Levitt Shell in Midtown, Memphis. Their roots run deep here; we talk about how they are woven into fabric of Memphis music culture, including their history with the Beale Street Caravan program! Also on the episode, BSC contributor Robert Gordon returns to continue his series on the History of Hi Records.

River Fire (Mendocino Complex) Incident Information:

Last Updated: August 01, 2018 @ 7:28 am          
Date/Time Started:      July 27, 2018 1:01 pm

County: Mendocino County
Location: Old River Rd, near Mile Marker Post 7.9, Hopland
Acres Burned: 31,898 acres
Containment: 38%

Structures Threatened:            12,200
Structures Destroyed:
10 Residences and 1 Outbuilding


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Carr Fire Incident Information:

Last Updated: August 1, 2018 @ 7:53 am
Location: Shasta County, Hwy 299 and Carr Powerhouse Rd, Whiskeytown

Acres Burned: 115,538 acres

Containment: 35%