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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So I've already answered a question that's been popular in discussion of this upcoming Something Completely Different show, namely...are these your four favorite women? Not really. I think I may have met Joanne Rand sometime, but questions like these have become more and more difficult to figure out. Let's say...I've heard a lot of all four, though I'm far from being a completist for even one of them. I do know that 

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Stories about one person single-handedly taking charge of a situation gone wrong—including one man's mission to rescue two kids who were kidnapped by alleged murderers and taken to Mexico, and another about a professor's mission to keep the educators of a liberal arts college from extinction.

Ry Cooder has been playing music for fifty years, with everybody from The Rolling Stones to Neil Young, and made some pretty impressive albums along the way. He’s found inspiration from gospel and blues, but also some of his own personal revelations. He joins the World Cafe to play some songs from his new album, Prodigal Son, and to talk about how he first started listening to music, how he was inspired by a talent scout in his early career, and how he brings his beliefs into his music.

Heated Supreme Court hearings, an explosive book, and an even more explosive anonymous op-ed. Putting a wrap on a tumultuous week in Politics.

All Things Considered from NPR News 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!

Finn Murphy has logged over a million miles hauling people's belongings across the country.  His memoir, now in paperback, is filled with insights about life on the road, the subculture of truckers and the attachment people have to their possessions. Join us.

We're on the road again, dialed into high-flying honky tonk as we cruise through Texas cotton patches and Midwestern pastures of plenty. Starting off in Illinois farm country, we meet up with Margo Price, who followed her dreams of songwriting to Nashville, Tennessee. She put her name on the map with songs about growing up in rural America, and has since dug in her heels while singing about a landscape of gender and economic inequities.

The confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill have been contentious. Now Senators must decide Brett Kavanaugh's fate.  Did Democrats press hard enough on issues like abortion, gun violence and labor rights?  Or is Kavanaugh's path clear to a party-line confirmation to the Supreme Court?

Tonight at 9 pm! Get a good dose of special guest Timothy O'Neil and his beastly bruthas, live in studio on KRCB's North Bay Songwriters Radio Show. He and the boys will be singing some of his crafty tunes, as well as giddying up on the mic to tell us about all the TOB's newest project and future gigs. And, of course, a healthy stew of 'locals only' diddies to fill out the big pot of North Bay audio artistry.

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The Trump administration's zero tolerance border policy has meant some parents were deported without their children. We'll meet ACLU lawyers trying to track those parents down, on the next on All Things Considered from NPR News

Norm Eisen was President Obama’s ethics czar, and Obama’s ambassador to the Czech Republic. Eisen also cofounded CREW, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, which has filed legal challenges against the president alleging ethics violations. Eisen’s new book is about his years as ambassador and the spread of illiberalism. Join us.


A disarming young talent named Sunny War recently joined host Talia Schlanger in the studio. She busked for the better part of a decade on Venice Beach, where she sported a tall mohawk and hung out with people she calls gutter punks. We’ll hear about the drugs that were part of that scene, and the near-death experience that landed her in rehab in a sober living facility. Plus, a bluesy solo guitar performance of songs from her new album, With The Sun. On this encore edition of the World Cafe. 

Scientists have discovered bacteria that attack and kill germs. Now they're trying to harness them to treat infections and protect us from disease. It's also a line of research that could be put to use in the event of a germ-warfare attack.  Plus, the latest on the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearings.

This week we feature Fat Possum recording artist, Liz Brasher, who recently moved to Memphis and is celebrating the release of her latest album, Outcast. Pat Mitchell sits down with Liz for an in-depth interview, and we continue our series with Dr. Barbara Ching exploring the connection between country music and the blues.

We’re joined this week by Celtic/world musician Loreena McKennitt. McKennitt’s ‘eclectic Celtic’ music has received critical acclaim worldwide, and gold, platinum and multi-platinum sales awards in 15 countries across four continents. Also with us is folk-pop singer/songwriter Greg Laswell. Plus a conversation with eChievement Award winner Sue Lee, founder of the Sock It To ’em Sock Campaign that aims to cover the feet of as many of those in need as possible before each new year. Their motto, “We’re taking socks to the streets!”

Reporter April Ryan is known for confrontations with White House press secretaries.  She reveals the personal and professional toll of covering the Trump administration.

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!

Former Senator and Secretary of State John Kerry has written a new memoir. He'll talk about how the swift boat campaign against him became a turning point in the use of falsehoods against a candidate. He'll also discuss Russian interference in the election, his reaction to President Trump pulling out of the Iran nuclear agreement, and how he nearly asked John McCain to be his running mate. Join us. 

You may know Wayne Kramer for his time playing guitar for the radical rock group MC5, who broke up in 1972. It’s been 50 years since the release of their legendary album Kick Out the Jams, and to celebrate, Wayne will be joining host Stephen Kallao to talk about what that album title means to him. He’ll also discuss the rise of MC5 and how their success came with accusations of “selling out,” and will share a bit about his new memoir, called “The Hard Stuff: Dope, Crime, the MC5, and My Life of Impossibilities." 

Day Two of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings could be Democrats' last chance to challenge Brett Kavanaugh on everything from the power of the presidency to his views on gun control and abortion. Progressive activists are frustrated that Democrats have struggled so far to undermine Kavanaugh's nomination. Is the fight to block him from the Supreme Court a lost cause?

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is set to face a second round of questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. He’s expected to be questioned about his views on previous Supreme Court cases, as well as a range of policy issues. Kavanaugh is also likely to be questioned about his work on Ken Starr’s independent counsel investigation of former President Bill Clinton, and his time working in the White House under former President George W. Bush.

Live coverage resumes Thursday morning at 6:30 am PDT.

President Trump's nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh could change the course of the Supreme Court. We'll break down day one of his confirmation hearings on the next on All Things Considered.

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!

Khalidah Brohi grew up in a tribal region of Pakistan. Her mother was forced into marriage at the age of nine. Khalida’s cousin was the victim of an honor killing. Khalida was the first girl in her village to go to school. Her new memoir, I Should Have Honor, is about her childhood and how she became a women’s rights activist. Join us.

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Juno Award winner Matt Mays has been on the road for nearly two decades, wowing audiences with his amazing rock growl. He’s got a new record, called Once Upon a Hell of a Time, and this Fall, he'll release an acoustic version of the album, called Twice Upon a Hell of a Time. We'll hear both styles in a live studio performance today. And Matt shares stories from his career with host Talia Schlanger, from surfing Canada’s east coast in Winter, to playing Toronto's legendary Horseshoe Tavern.

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President Trump's second Supreme Court nominee would pull the court to the right. Brett Kavanaugh could set up the most dominant majority on the court in eighty years. Democrats say they're ready for sparks to fly. Supreme Court confirmation hearings begin on Morning Edition from N-P-R News. 

Performances by Robert Cray Band, Luther Dickinson feat. Sharde Thomas, Sonny Landreth, and Amy Speace.

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!

Facebook now discloses who is paying for ads, to fight against foreign powers trying to influence elections. But is it enough?

Transparency on Social Media, on the Next All Things Considered

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On the next Fresh Air--the Emmy nominees series concludes with Issa Rae, who’s been nominated for her starring role in her HBO series Insecure; Peter Morgan, creator and writer of the historical drama series The Crown, nominated for 13 Emmys; ... And with Trevor Noah, host of The Daily Show, nominated for two Emmys. Join us.

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World Cafe is produced by WXPN, and each Summer the Philadelphia station presents the three-day XPoNential Music Festival. This year's lineup featured heavy-hitters like Phoebe Bridgers, Josh Ritter, and Darlingside, among many others. And today, host Talia Schlanger shares all the performance highlights! Including an incredible three song set of covers by Margo Price. Then in the second hour, we say goodbye to Summer with an hour-long playlist of songs about Fall, back to school, and the changing of seasons. On the next World Cafe.

Each year, relatives of Americans missing in action from the Korean War gather in Washington on a mission to bring closure to their families.  This year was different - the largest gathering ever, prompted by renewed cooperation between the US and North Korea. Now there's optimism that family members can finally say their proper goodbyes.

This week on Milk Street Radio, why foods go viral; new ways with miso; wine boot camp; and sumac meets tomatoes with a recipe for Tomato-Herb Salad with Sumac

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!

Death is a subject we tend to avoid... but could there be a way to talk about it so we can embrace it rather than fear it? Host Guy Raz talks to TED speakers about death and what it means to die well.

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!