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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This week, eTown welcomes the eclectic, LA-based psychedelic soul group, Chicano Batman, for some solar-powered musical goodness. Also joining us for her first visit is folk singer/songwriter, BettySoo. There will be plenty of great music, collaboration and conversation with our visiting artists this week, plus a great eChievement Award story about a Colorado-based organization that provides free housing, transportation and food for families affected by immigrant detention.

On the Mexico side of the Texas border, President Trump's immigration policies are driving up the prices that human smugglers can charge.

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!

California Update for Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Aug 1, 2018
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• Following nine years of research, the state's water board has proposed to increase water flows in the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary. The board says this will prevent an ecological crisis including the total collapse of fisheries.

Today's reporting by Nadine Sebai and Ezra David Romero.

• More than half a million heavy-duty trucks made by Cummins will be recalled nationwide due to excessive emissions

Today's reporting by Nadine Sebai and Ezra David Romero.

There’s a lot we don’t know about whales; like the fact that they’ve descended from four-legged creatures the size of dogs who walked on land. Marine mammal paleontologist Nick Pyenson says there’s more to know about these enormous animals the size of dinosaurs that live in today’s oceans. Pyenson’s new book is Spying on Whales.

Nedda Afsari

Since her 2009 breakout record, Actor, St. Vincent has been making experimental indie rock for an exuberant fan base, and landed a Grammy for her 2014 self-titled album. Her latest, called Masseduction, was released last year, and she visited the Cafe to perform beautiful acoustic versions of some of the new music. We'll hear that live studio session, and a conversation about pills, depression, and paparazzi. St. Vincent is host Talia Schlanger's guest, on this encore edition of the World Cafe.

Sgt. Quince Lanford / Army

We'll look at what it means for North Korea to send the remains of fallen American soldiers from the Korean War

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The trial for President Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, kicks off today on allegations of bank and tax fraud.

Plus, the State Department has settled a lawsuit that allows the printing of 3D guns.

California Update for Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Jul 31, 2018
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• Fire crews are having some success keeping the Carr Fire from returning to the city of Redding.


• As California lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown debate who should pay for the billions of dollars in wildfire damages striking the state, Californians might wonder how much government help is available to rebuild their homes. The answer? Not much.

Today's reporting by April Ehrlich (Jefferson Public Radio) and Ben Adler.


Tony Shalhoub has been nominated for an Emmy for his performance in the Amazon comedy series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Shaloub also starred in the TV series Monk, and the film Big Night.  

Hear Fresh Air weekdays at 4:00 pm on KRCB-FM. (Fresh Air also repeats Tuesday through Friday at 12:00 am)! / streaming @ / Comcast channel 961 throughout the Bay Area / Download the FREE KRCB App @ iTunes & Google Play!

In the year and a half since her last World Cafe visit, Amanda Shires has been busy. She won Emerging Artist of the Year at the Americana Music Awards, raised a toddler, finished her Masters of Fine Arts, and found time to record her new album, To The Sunset. She joins host Talia Schlanger today to discuss the Nashville music scene, and she tells about the time she called a radio station to give them a piece of her mind after hearing a steady stream of only male voices.

Susan Walsh / AP

As the trial of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort begins, what impact will it have on the ongoing Mueller investigation, and on President Trump? Manafort is accused of financial fraud and tax evasion, and his conviction could have implications for alleged election interference and collusion with Russia.

On Tuesday, July 31, 2018, a second active shooter training exercise will be held at Piner High School in Santa Rosa starting at 8:30am and ending at approximately 5:00pm.

“Last week’s training was very productive for us,” explains SRPD Sergeant Robert Reynolds. “This second exercise will give us the opportunity to rotate even more staff through the scenarios.”

The Lake County Sheriff has Issued an Advisory Evacuation for Lucerne, Paradise Valley, and Mendocino National Forest in Lake County.

The Lake County Sheriff's Office has issued a Mandatory Evacuation Notice for Kelseyville & Finley areas.  The Mandatory Evacuation Area is North of the Lake-Sonoma-Mendocino County Line, east of Highland Springs Road, South of the Lake and West of Bottle Rock Road and Clear Lake State Park including the communities of Finley & Kelseyville.   Currently the areas of Soda Bay, Riviera Heights, Buckingham, Riviera West and the Clearlake Riviera are not part of the mandatory evacuation order.  

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In the year since deadly protests in Charlottesville, dozens of Confederate monuments have come down. But in many cities, the fight isn't over when the statues are removed.

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!

  Mountain Stage with special guest host Joni Deutsch feat. Marcus King Band, Kishi Bashi with strings, Tristen, Tyler Childers and Caroline Spence.

Mountain Stage can be heard every Monday night at 10:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ / 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!

• Former Press Secretary Sean Spicer has a new tell-all book that spills the beans on the Trump administration’s true beliefs about the LGBT community.


• Guerneville men have been found guilty of stealing the pride flag from the downtown plaza.  Both received probation and community service hours cleaning the river. 


• The annual Lazy Bear weekend starts this Wednesday in Guerneville.  Keep your eye out for bears, cubs, and otters arriving in Guerneville from all over the country.

California Update for Monday, July 30, 2018

Jul 30, 2018

• In Redding, anxious residents waited for word about their homes and—in at least one case—loved ones.

Today's reporting by Bob Moffitt.

Stanley Clarke joins host Kallao on the World Cafe. He’s a master of both the acoustic and electric bass, and in the ‘70s, he helped pioneer jazz-fusion with Chick Corea in Return to Forever. On his new record, The Message, Clarke teams up with younger jazz musicians to create an album full of influences, from classical, to rock, and even hip-hop. We’ll hear great stories about his friends Keith Richards and Tom Petty, and how he conveys emotion as an instrumental artist.

Michael Scott Moore talks with Dave Davies about his two and half years of captivity. He was beaten, considered suicide, attempted escape, and was eventually released. after his mother raised 1.6 million dollars in ransom.  He has a new memoir, The Desert & the Sea. Join us.

San Francisco’s City Lights Bookstore, the landmark independent bookstore founded in 1953 by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Peter D. Martin, recently featured rising author Bruce Holbert in conversation with KRCB’s Suzanne M. Lang in an evening hosted by Peter Maravelis. Holbert’s latest novel is Whiskey —“A gut-punch of a bleak family saga that satisfies on many levels.” says Kirkus Reviews.

Alex Brandon / AP

Federal agencies are working to stop foreign interference in the midterm elections. With another apparent Russian hack attempt on one of this Fall's most vulnerable Democrats, and little direction from the White House, just how much can be done by U-S intelligence to protect our democracy?

The County of Sonoma encourages residents to participate in upcoming workshops that will gather public input to shape the Recovery and Resiliency Plan to ensure the safety, livelihoods, and economic prosperity of the residents of Sonoma County.

“Sonoma County will recover from these devastating fires, but we cannot do it alone,” said Board of Supervisors Chair James Gore. “We invite community members from every corner of the County to come to the table and share your ideas about what actions will help lead to a successful recovery and resilient future.”

Milk Street

This week on Milk Street Radio, are supermarket leafy greens dangerous? Also, inside Brooklyn's Aska Restaurant, and olive oil bundt cake from Italy. Plus, a recipe for Orange-Anise Bundt Cake (Ciambella).

Hear Milk Street Radio 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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Should all speech, even the most offensive, be allowed on college campuses? And is hearing from those we deeply disagree with ... worth it?

Hear TED Radio Hour Sunday mornings at 9:00 am on KRCB-FM. / streaming @ / Comcast channel 961 throughout the Bay Area / Download the FREE KRCB App @ iTunes & Google Play!

Can changing our consciousness hold off the climate apocalypse? When we think about the enormity of climate change and what it’s doing to our planet, it’s easy to get overwhelmed, even shut down, by despair. But is despair such a bad place to be? Or could it be the one thing that finally spurs us to action? A conversation about climate change, spirituality and the human condition in unsettling times.

Nearly three-quarters of a century after the close of World War II, Reveal investigates what U.S. leaders knew
about an American war crime: the murder of dozens of German soldiers in the Belgian town of Chenogne.

This investigation features:
Vivid interviews with a 93-year-old veteran who witnessed the event.
Conversations with historians and the last surviving prosecutor from the Nuremberg Trials.
An analysis of formerly confidential military records.

Tune in Sunday evening at 6 when Mouthful explores the growing cider business in Sonoma County and previews all the delicious options for our upcoming cider week, August 3rd – 11th.

It's all about cider on Mouthful, Smart Talk About Food, Wine & Farming in the North Bay and Beyond, with host Michele Anna Jordan.

Listen for selections from Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon as well as music from Jethro Tull's War Child. 

Just a few years before he got the internship at NPR that started him in radio, our host Ira Glass had another career. He performed magic at children's birthday parties. A powerful sense of embarrassment has prevented him from ever doing an episode on the subject, but when he learned that producer David Kestenbaum was also a kid conjurer, they decided to dive in together.