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Misner & Smith's new CD Headwaters is out now, and you're invited to the album release party in Berkeley at Freight & Salvage this Friday night! KRCB is filming for an upcoming TV show!  

This week, eTown welcomes legendary Grammy Award-winning country singer/songwriter Marty Stuart, along with his virtuosic band – The Fabulous Superlatives. Marty shares lots of music from his group’s latest release, Way Out West, as well as insightful conversation about his storied career as a recording artist, television personality and one time son-in-law to Johnny Cash.

Historical fiction radiates into the present with two novels featured on A Novel Idea. Join Suzanne M. Lang in conversations with Susan Sherman on her novel about mystics and Marie Curie, If You Are There and David Boling, whose novel is The Lost History of Stars, set during brutal Boar Wars in South Africa and told through the experiences of a fourteen year-old girl.  
 

Hear A Novel Idea, Sunday September 3rd at 4:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91!  

This week’s episode of Mountain Stage with Larry Groce marks the show’s first trip to the steel city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. You’ll hear a set from respected singers and songwriters Billy Bragg and Joe Henry, whose latest album celebrates the wide-open romance of the American railroad. You’ll also hear from acoustic folk-blues master Chris Smither, newcomer Kia Kater, atmospheric chamber folk from LAU, and Houston-based singer-songwriter Robert Ellis.  

Hear Mountain Stage every Saturday at 12:00 pm noon on KRCB-FM Radio 91!

 

“How do you move from a place of simply trying to stop bad things and asking instead how would you make products and services in a sustainable manner?” asks managing partner of Ecosystem Investment Partners, Adam Davis. Now that the trouble with pollution has been internalized, we need the economy to follow. Is is possible to protect profits and the planet? Despite claims that a win for the environment is a loss for the economy, corporations are finding innovative ways to have it both ways.

This week on Ric on the Radio, it's Summer Rock Festival 2017! This is Ric's second summer rock festival. Like last year's show, the lineup features bands who are currently playing the festival circuit. If you didn't make it to one of the over 160 summer music festivals in the U.S., do not fear, Ric's Summer Rock Festival is sure to help you get your lollapalooza on. This year's show features co-headliners Kings Of Leon and Cage The Elephant, along with a great supporting cast: Phoenix, Bon Iver, Broken Social Scene, Hippo Campus and Silversun Pickups. Aug. 31, 9-11pm on KRCB fm 91.1.

For Labor Day weekend, we take a break from the grind with a sonic salute to the heroic “Factory Girl” and those all too familiar with the “Workin' Man Blues.” We explore the pains and joys of labor with tunes about coal miners, undertakers, chain gangs, and paydays. We hear a tribute to Cesar Chavez and the 1969 farm workers strike in Delano, CA. And we time travel with Lord Invader to 1940s Brooklyn to attend the West Indian Labor Day Carnival.

Our guest this week on Art of the Song is Dan Navarro. Dan started his career as a songwriter, most often with Eric Lowen, for artists as diverse as Pat Benatar (the Grammy-nominated “We Belong”), The Bangles, Jackson Browne, Keb’ Mo’, The Temptations, Dionne Warwick and many more. In the 1990s, Dan recorded and toured with Eric Lowen in the acclaimed acoustic duo Lowen & Navarro until Eric’s retirement in 2009. Dan has since transitioned into a growing solo career, increasingly in demand on the national concert circuit.

When: Tuesday August 29th; 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm  
Where: KRCB-FM (91.1, 90.9; on line @ KRCB.org; w/app @iTunes store and Google Play; Comcast 961)  

Roland says:

In HOUR ONE of Folk Alley, new music from Ben Sollee, Jason Wilber, David Rawlings, Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer; we'll feature songs to help heal the divide with Martin Sexton, Mavis Staples, North Mississippi Allstars; an exclusive in-studio session from the 2017 30A Songwriters Festival with Texas songwriter - Robert Ellis; plus favorites from Red Horse, The Sparrow Quartet, The Civil Wars, Jason Isbell, and many more.

After four lawyers fail to get an innocent man out of prison, his friend takes on the case himself. He becomes a do-it-yourself investigator. He learns to read court records, he tracks down hard-to-find witnesses, he gets the real murderer to come forward with his story. In the end, he's able to accomplish all sorts of things the police and the professionals can't.  

Hear this episode of This American Life Friday night at 7:00 pm, and repeating Saturday morning at 9:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91!

This week on American Routes, we’ll ride along with fiddler and singer Alison Krauss on her journey through bluegrass and country, from small-town Illinois all the way to Nashville. Then it's Hurray for the Riff Raff, a New Orleans folk band fronted by Alynda Segarra, whose roots are in the Bronx. Segarra tells of her own time traveling as a teenager and what has inspired her to reconnect with her Puerto Rican heritage. En route we’ll hear tunes from Chuck Berry, Bob Wills, Nina Simone and Tom Waits.  

KRCB-FM Radio 91 presents Amy Helm, with Levi Parham, Sunday night September 3rd at the Mystic Theatre in Petaluma!  

This week on Something Completely Different:  "Something Completely Aged"  
 
When:  Tuesday, August 22nd; 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm  
Where: KRCB-FM (91.1, 90.9, on line @ KRCB.org, Comcast 961, w/app @iTunes store and Google Play)

Maybe I'll consider putting together a Senior Citizens are Completely Different hour. No, no, not all those old songs that you and/or your father and/or his father used to sing whilst gathered around the Victrola. What do you mean, What's a Victrola?  

Follow the 2017 Solar Eclipse with NASA TV!

The excitement has been building for weeks and weeks. On Monday, August 21st the solar eclipse will finally be here. It will darken the skies along a path from Oregon to South Carolina. It's the first eclipse that will be seen from coast to coast in 99 years. Millions will don special glasses or watch through pinhole projectors. Eclipse enthusiasts say totality never disappoints. Follow this live updating map tracking the position of the eclipse across the United States. 

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Courtesy of Romeo Durscher/NASA

It is indeed dark during the day as a total solar eclipse makes its way from Oregon to South Carolina. Eleven states are in the path of total darkness. Follow the astronomical phenomenon's journey across America along with NPR journalists and others experiencing the eclipse.
 

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Not Dark Yet was recorded in Los Angeles in the summer of 2016. The album provides a potent look at the sisters' individual and collective artistry through eclectic song choices from writers ranging from the Louvin Brothers, Nick Cave, Kurt Cobain, and back to Jessie Colter. Shelby and Allison wrap their arms around the past, plant their feet in the present, and nod toward what's around the bend with a co-written 'Is It Too Much' to close out the ten-song set.

Here are the artists to listen for this week on World Cafe:  

Monday, August 21, 2017  

Before they had record deals, Jay-Z, DMX, Busta Rhymes and hundreds of others performed on an overnight college-radio show in New York.  The hosts of that show are back with a new NPR podcast, What's Good with Stretch and Bobbito.  Stretch & Bobbito on the next World Cafe.   
 

Tuesday August 22, 2017: 

In the wake of the protests by neo-Nazis and white supremacists that turned deadly in Charlottesville, Virginia, President Donald Trump has come under fire for not immediately and clearly condemning American racists. It’s not the first time. Trump and those close to him have often played down the threat of violence committed by white supremacists across the country.  

This week, through interviews with key Trump supporters and advisers, we explore if we should have seen Charlottesville coming and if we should expect more race-based clashes on the way.  

This week on This American Life:  

One of our producers, Neil Drumming, has recently become fascinated with Afrofuturism. It's more than sci-fi. It’s a way of looking at black culture that’s fantastic, creative, and oddly hopeful—which feels especially urgent during a time without a lot of optimism.  

Listen to This American Life Friday nights at 7:00 pm, and repeating Saturday morning at 9:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91!

Yes...I know...I know I promised...but...what I mean is...wait a minute...I'm...I'm...I'm KEEPING MY PROMISE! Yes, no more three group Somethings...after this one.  

And, unlike most of the Something shows, this one is almost exclusively Twenty-First Century! And they are as follows, and in this order:  

GREAT AMERICAN TAXI. You'll thrill to hear deathless tunes like Fuzzy Little Hippy Girl, Maud Only Knows and Radiation Blues.  

Here is what's in store for your ears this week on World Cafe with host Talia Schlanger:  

Monday, August 14, 2017  

For more than fifty years, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band has kept the pulse of New Orleans' musical traditions strong, but the rhythms of their latest album So It Is are infused with inspiration from the band's recent trip to Cuba. Preservation Hall Jazz Band delivers an explosive performance guaranteed to make you move on the next World Cafe.  

 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017  

Jason Eady joins us in the studio Tuesday 8/15 to talk about his new release 'Daylight and Dark', and play a tune or two.  Recorded in Nashville, Jason's sixth release is "a collection of real stories populated with real characters."  A songwriter in the tradition of Don Williams and Merle Haggard, both cited as big influences, he is the real deal, a storyteller.  

Listen Tuesday 8/15 at noon on KRCB-FM Radio 91!

 

August 11, 2017
 

David Rawlings: Poor David's Almanack on CD (on LP in a few weeks)  
 

August 4, 2017  

Randy Newman: Dark Matter on CD  

July 21, 2017

Chris Robinson Brotherhood: Barefoot in the Head  
 

Favorite stories by our longtime contributor and friend David Rakoff.   

David Rakoff died on August 9, 2012. He’d appeared on This American Life 25 times, first in 1996, during the third month of the show; his last appearance was just a few weeks before he died. He was on the program so often that in putting together this week’s show, we realized we could tell a lot of his life story, simply through things he said on the show. So this week we do just that, with excerpts from some of his favorite stories over the years.

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