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In this week’s ‘back by popular demand’  broadcast/podcast, Punch Brothers’ band member and banjo impresario Noam Pikelny shares some of his original songs from his latest  CD as a solo artist. Also with us is the Miami-based “sacred steel” band The Lee Boys, who bring their powerhouse, gospel-influenced sound to eTown’s solar-powered stage.

It’s all about food. Suzanne Lang talks with Adam Federman on his book Fasting and Feasting, the Life of Visionary Food Writer Patience Gray. Gray became somewhat of a cult figure when she published Honey from a Weed in 1986. 

Also featured is Elaine Khosrova, a gastronomic rock star who specializes in stories about food history and culture, and Suzanne talks with Elaine about her book,  Butter, a Rich History

To celebrate the release of Bruce Holbert’s third novel, Whiskey, here is a reprise of two previous conversations between Bruce and Suzanne M Lang on the release of his first novel, Lonesome Animals, followed by the truly amazing The Hour of Lead. Bruce is a gritty and poetic writer who explores character and landscape with a unique voice. We’ll feature a conversation about Whiskey on a future episode, but this show will bring you up to speed on the emergence of Bruce Holbert.  

Anna Parini

Writer Starlee Kine on what makes the perfect break-up song and whether really sad music can actually make you feel better. Plus, an eight-year-old author of a book about divorce, and other stories from the heart of heartbreak.  

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Join KRCB-FM for WORLD CAFÉ weekdays at 2 pm – here is this week’s schedule:  

Monday, April 30th – Chick Corea  

Chick Corea is one of the greatest living piano players. On the next World Cafe He tells stories about performing with Miles Davis, watching Thelonious Monk play and collaborating with legendary drummer Steve Gadd on their latest album. Chick Corea, seated at the piano on Monday's World Cafe.   

Tuesday, May 1st – Anderson East  

Suzanne Lang talks with two of the world's most celebrated animal writers, Sy Montgomery and Elizabeth Marshall Thomas. They have collaborated on a book of essays. Sy and Liz are also good friends and practically next door neighbors. Join us as we talk about the minds, lives, and mysteries of animals …in the wild and in our homes. 

It’s A Novel Idea. Sunday at 4 on KRCB-FM Radio 91.

This month on A Novel Idea:

Featured are two novelists whose books hit big this year. 

Fierce Kingdom is a thriller of a book by Gin Phillips, which takes place over the course of three hours in a zoo that is under attack by gunmen, and where a woman and her young son are trapped; ultimately this is a story of motherhood.  

On this month's program WordTemple host Katherine Hastings revisits interviews and readings with three poets — John Hart, Fred Ostrander and Bob Hicok.  
 

Deconstructing Libertarianism

Sep 28, 2016

Libertarianism is a political ideology that has undergone some internal, rather severe, revisions in recent years which have moved it well away from its philosophical origins. A locally produced analytical anthology examines what Libertarianism means today. 

Three of the authors will be on hand to talk about their contributions to Uncivil Liberties, at a special book event in Sonoma Friday evening. For details, click here.

"Your Song Changed My Life"

May 8, 2016
NPR

From established stars to promising newcomers, there always seems to be one key song from their early years that was a turning point in their musical life. But the connection between that song and their later creative output is not always clear, as Bob Boilen has discovered, and documented.

  For life-long music lover Bob Boilen, talking with artists he admired about the songs that were a key, early influence for them was a pathway to a deeper understanding of their music.

One unexpected but insightful example came from a  well-known jam band guitarist.

Updating 'The Wine Bible'

Nov 26, 2015

  Fifteen years ago, St. Helena wine writer Karen MacNeill published the first edition of The Wine Bible. She’s now updated it to incorporate a world of changes.

   Beyond extension sections focused on varietals and a global roster of wine-growing regions, Karen MacNeill also addresses a number of questions about buying, storing and serving wine in her updated volume. Also a few myths, such as whether or not women are more perceptive tasters.

The scenic splendor and abundant wildlife are just part of the story of the Sonoma Coast in Simone Wilson’s new book. Her focus is also on the people who love it.

Simone Wilson has been exploring the Sonoma County coast for several decades, and has a number of favorite spots that she regularly returns to.

Re-introducing Medicinal Herbs

Nov 11, 2015

After a lifetime of studying, growing, and teaching the use of medicinal herbs, Rosemary Gladstar is going back to basics in her latest book.

After working with medicinal herbs for more than 40 years now, Rosemary Gladstar is more convinced than ever of their importance and efficacy.

Tune in to A Novel Idea, this Sunday, April 5th at 4pm PT -
 

John C. Hampsey’s boyhood memoir, Kaufman’s Hill standsout as a personal reflection that reads like a good novel.The story is set in the mid-sixties during that marked transition in urban landscapes and in race and culture. John’s voice is unique and compelling and he joins Suzanne Lang in conversation this Sunday, April 5th at 4pm PT. John’s engaged in a book tour around the country; find out more at www.johnchampsey.com .