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Your favorite new artists of 2018 (so far) are largely genre-defying. From the whimsical, idiosyncratic pop collective Superorganism to the Sudanese-inspired violin, electronics and hip-hop beats of Sudan Archives, the bands most mentioned in last week's listener poll largely defy categorization. They borrow indiscriminately, playing with influences and synthesizing disparate sounds, all the while exposing the arbitrariness of music classifications.

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A lot of things can make it difficult to raise a child, but what if you have to do it from the inside of a prison? Snap proudly presents Ear Hustle's "Thick Glass.”

Listen to Snap Judgment - storytelling with a beat - every Saturday morning at 10:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ radio.krcb.org / Comcast Cable channel 961 all over the Bay Area / Download the FREE KRCB mobile App from iTunes & Google Play!

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Democrats are pretty united in how they feel about President Trump. But they’re wrestling with each other over what their party is, and what it stands for. In this year's pivotal midterms, before Democrats slug it out with Republicans, they’re slugging it out with each other.

On the next Fresh Air - The secret doomsday plans in case of nuclear attack to maintain the continuity of government.  Terry Gross talks with Garret Graff, author of the book Raven Rock: The Story of the U.S, Government’s Secret Plan to Save Itself--While the Rest of Us Die.  It’s now out in paperback. 

Performing as Kississippi, Zoe Reynolds crafts confident, emotional songs about love and loss. Her music is inspired by the songwriting style of Liz Phair and the emotionally-charged work of Dashboard Confessional – who, in a dream come true, invited Kississippi to open for them on a recent tour. On the next World Cafe, Zoe joins host Talia Schlanger to perform a solo set and discuss her radiant debut album, Sunset Blush.

California Update for Friday, June 22, 2018

Jun 22, 2018
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• Proponents of an initiative headed for the November ballot that would give Californians new Internet privacy rights have reached a deal with state lawmakers.

 

• A bill that moves California toward eliminating daylight saving time is on its way to the Governor’s desk. Proponents of the change say shifting the clock is bad for our health.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Sammy Caiola.

To kick off the summer season, American Routes is riding the airwaves to exotic destinations, swinging and surfing to all manner of beachside rhythms from the Beach Boys, Toots and the Maytals, Wilco, and the Kinks. We also stay home to bask in the sultry heat of "Summertime," composed by George Gershwin and novelist Dubose Heyward in 1934 for the opera Porgy and Bess. It's one of the most covered tunes in the American songbook with over thirty thousand renditions. We'll hear takes from Janis Joplin, Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Sam Cooke, and the Zombies.

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Polls show that President Trump's policy of separating children from migrant families at the southern border was opposed by a majority of American voters, but supported by most Republicans. This week, President Trump reversed that policy - signing an executive order that would require migrant families to be detained together.

The House could vote on TWO immigration bills, but neither one appears likely to pass.

Republicans are split and Democrats are angry over family separation. What's next for immigration legislation on the next on All Things Considered from NPR News.

California Update for Thursday, June 21, 2018

Jun 21, 2018
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• A push for California to establish its own “net neutrality” doctrine, after the Trump administration rescinded federal rules, has technically advanced in the state Legislature. But the bill’s author says his proposal has been “eviscerated."

• The hostile takeover of the net neutrality bill isn’t the first time the California Legislature has obliterated a measure without an author’s consent. But similar power plays in recent years haven't always worked.

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Terry Gross talks with Vanity Fair writer Emily Jane Fox, who spent the past year investigating Ivanka Trump and her siblings.  Her book Born Trump:  Inside America’s First Family, includes intimate portraits of Trump’s older children, who didn’t expect their father to win the 2016 election.  

World Cafe turns it up to 11 with Derek Smalls, bassist of the seminal hard rock band Spinal Tap. Smalls is striking out on his own, with a new reflective solo record in the vein of David Bowie’s Blackstar and Leonard Cohen’s You Want it Darker. It's called Smalls Change: Meditations Upon Ageing, and features rock legends like David Crosby and Donald Fagan. He joins host Stephen Kallao to share about the new music and the documentary that made him famous. On the next World Cafe.

Some former employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs say that they worked in a toxic office culture where it was often unsafe to call out wrongdoing. A bill passed into law last year was supposed to change all that, creating a new Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection, but critics say that it doesn't have enough staffing, or enforcement power, to act on it's investigations.

We have a lot in store for you this week on BSC! First, we have The Bo-Keys performing in Studio A of the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. We sit down and talk with Floyd Newman, a founding member of The Memphis Horns. Then we head to the Beale Street Music Fest and catch a set from BSC perennial, Reba Russell.

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President Trump is threatening to impose tariffs on almost every Chinese product that comes into the U-S. We'll look at the impact that could have on American companies and consumers on the next on All Things Considered from NPR News.

California Update for Wednesday, June 30, 2018

Jun 20, 2018
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• A bill that would change when California police officers may choose to use deadly force is moving forward in the state Senate, despite opposition from law enforcement.

 

• Just as the Thomas Fire—the largest wildfire to burn in the California's modern history—is fully cleaned up, state agencies are preparing for the upcoming fire season.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Ezra David Romero.

It’s an hour packed full of great songwriting and storytelling on the airwaves this week with singer/songwriter/guitarist/poet Dave Alvin and singer/songwriter/actor Jimmie Dale Gilmore. We dig deep into the songbooks of each artist, and hear some great road stories and insights into the many influences that have shaped their musical styles. Jimmie and Dave will perform both solo and together, inviting their old friend and past musical collaborator Nick Forster to join in. Find out what happens when three life-long musical friends take the stage in this week’s special episode.

On the next Fresh Air – writer Stephen McCauley will talk with Terry about his new novel My Ex Life. It’s a comedy about a couple whose marriage ended 30 years ago when the husband came out of the closet. They pick up their friendship as her marriage crumbles and his boyfriend has left him. Join us.

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Recent polls show that a majority of voters in the U-S are against President Trump's policy of separating children from families that illegally cross the border seeking asylum. Although a majority of Republican voters still support it. We'll hear from pollsters who analyze whether this base of support could be enough to help Republicans keep control of Congress on the next Morning Edition.

Bettye LaVette's career has seen ups and downs – From releasing her first single at 16, to struggling with failed record deals while her peers got rich, to the renewed interest fans seem to have for Bettye now. But throughout her career, her singular voice has been a constant. Now 72 years old, she returns with Things Have Changed, an album that breathes new life and soul into twelve classic Bob Dylan songs. She joins host Talia Schlanger,

Little Walter, Bay Pauley Band, Maria Muldaur with Dr. John, David Sanborn, and Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin’ Alter Boys. Plus new music from Mississippi Blues Child.

Friends of the Blues can be heard Tuesday nights at 9:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ radio.krcb.org  / Comcast Cable channel 961 all over the Bay Area / Download the FREE KRCB mobile app from the App Store & Google Play!  

Under a program begun more than a decade before Trump took office, all first-time illegal border crossers were prosecuted. It was meant to be a deterrent. But public defenders, federal judges, and an inspector general's report say it fell short.

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Remembering the legendary Eddy Clearwater (1935 – 2018). Born in Mississippi, raised in Alabama and entered the blues scene in the early 1950’s Chicago behind Magic Sam before cutting sides for his uncle, Houston Harrington on the small Atomic-H label.

California Update for Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Jun 19, 2018

• After a noisy push for single-payer health care divided California Democrats last year and spawned months of hearings and discussions, the new state budget contains little to mark that debate.

 

• A voter initiative that would repeal California's rent control law, and allow cities to craft their own, more expansive rent control rules, has qualified for the November ballot.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Chris Nichols.

Dave Davies talks with David Sanger, author of The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age.  He writes about the Russian hacking of the DNC; digital sabotage from Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea; and how the U.S. is trying to defend itself. Sanger is a national security correspondent for the New York Times. 

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Bermuda Triangle is Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard, and rising solo performers Becca Mancari and Jesse Lafser. They formed a Nashville supergroup, who have already played sold-out shows across the country, despite only releasing two songs. In a conversation with host Ann Powers, we'll hear how the trio started playing together, passing a guitar and harmonizing on porches. And they perform live. 

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The Inspector General of the Department of Justice, Michael Horowitz, released a report last week that examined allegations of political bias within the F-B-I. The investigation came after text messages sent by one F-B-I agent before the 2016 election was seen by many as a sign of bias against then-candidate Donald Trump. Monday, Horowitz, along with F-B-I director Christopher Wray took questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee about those findings, and the inspector general meets the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday.

'Brain Balance' is a kind of alternative therapy program for kids with disorders like autism and A-D-H-D. It's popular, with over one hundred locations around the country. And it makes big claims about being able to correct certain developmental and learning disorders without medication.

An investigation into the science behind those claims on the next on All Things Considered from NPR News.

On the next Mountain Stage, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Mandolin Orange, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Rorey Carroll and Tim O'Brien.

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

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