Bruce Robinson

  As the election season heats up, the Sebastopol Grange and the Farmer’s Guild took a different approach to hosting a candidate’s forum on April 12. With three candidates for the Fifth Supervisorial District on hand—Noreen Evans, Linda Hopkins and Tim Sergent—the evening was structured to be informal, and in a way, participatory, as you will hear in our recording of the event., which is hosted by KRCB News Director Bruce Robinson.

Embracing Corporate Entrepreneurialism

Apr 7, 2016
United Nations

Dell Computers has a workforce of 100,000 people in 160 different countries. So they look for entrepreneurial ideas both externally and within.

The “triple bottom line” (people, planet and profit) is increasingly at the core of entrepreneurialism all over the world, observes Elizabeth Gore, leaving new businesses in the United States, to some degree, in the unfamiliar position of playing catch-up.

Documentary Seeks Support for Ukrainian Nationalists

Apr 6, 2016

  Ignored by most Americans, fighting is still going on in Ukraine. A touring documentary wants to draw attention to the nationalist roots of that conflict.

Teteyana Mokvyts, a native Ukrainian, moved to Santa Rosa with her son in 2002. But even though she remains far from her homeland, she tries to aid the nationalist cause from here.

The Ukrainians will be shown, free of charge, at the Rialto cinemas in Sebastopol  Thursday evening, April 7,  at 7 pm. You can see the trailer for the film below.

Geyserville 3rd Grader's Story Gets 'Pirated'

Apr 5, 2016
Kristin Munselle

Madeleine Munselle is a 9 year-old 3rd grader from the Alexander Valley. She is also the author of a lively short story that is being adapted for the stage by a touring theater company that is heading this way.

Madeleine is already at work on her next story, “A Clue to the Truth.” The Story Pirates will perform at the LBC on Sunday, April 10th at 3 pm. 

Living With Parkinson's Disease

Apr 4, 2016

  Living with Parkinson’s Disease isn’t easy, but sometimes the progression of the neuro-degenerative disease can be slowed down for years. We hear from someone who is doing that on today’s North Bay Report.

For most people, getting a Parkinson’s diagnosis would be devastating news. But his case, says Evan henry, was a little different.

  Exercise is widely considered one of the most effective responses to Parkinson’s Disease, says Henry. And that can take many forms. 

Non-Lethal Predator Controls for North Bay Ranchers

Mar 23, 2016

  Predators, especially coyotes, pose a clear hazard to sheep and other livestock in the North Bay. But an advocate for non-lethal controls cites both cost savings and environmental benefits in that approach.

Not only are attempts to eradicate common livestock predators, such as wolves and coyotes, rarely successful, says Keli Hendricks of Project Coyote, but they can have counterproductive consequences.

Living with Faults in the North Bay

Mar 22, 2016

For thousands of years, present-day Sonoma County has straddled some major fault lines. In 1906, that resulted in a historic earthquake, which caused more damage in Santa Rosa than San Francisco. So, 110 years later, how much better prepared are we?

The Covert Forces that Shaped Our Political Present

Mar 19, 2016

As director of the CIA during the early Cold War years, Allen Dulles was at the center of some of the most consequential moments in American History. And, writer David Talbot argues, our nation is the worse for that.

   The core conflicts between Dulles and Kennedy—which have echoed along partisan lines down through the decades since—have their roots, David Talbot says, in two radically different world views.

Economic Concerns Dominate Food Forum

Mar 17, 2016

Five years after Sonoma County’s first Food Forum laid the foundation for the county’s Food Action Plan, a second session yesterday focused on the economic forces that challenge farmers and the long-term prospects for sustainable local agriculture.

High costs for both land and housing in Sonoma County are hurting small and new would-be farmers, notes Agriculture Commissioner Tony Linegar. And he’s got a suggestion to help ease that bind.

Forum Spotlights Drug Abuse Rates, Treatment Needs

Mar 8, 2016

  Substance abuse is growing across California and in the North Bay—especially among young people—leaving resources for treatment far outstripped.

Sonoma County’s figures also show that 29% of patients get their opioid prescriptions from multiple doctors, and five percent use four or more separate prescribers and pharmacies. Melissa Stafford Jones, Regional Director for the US Dept. of Health & Human Services,  notes that California now has a resource for doc tors to help curtail that.

  The basic rules of grammar were established hundreds of years ago. Yet arguments over certain details persist, and common mistakes abound, even proliferating into the digital age. But there are defenders of the age-old standards, even here in Sonoma County, and we meet one of them on today’s North Bay Report.

Formal language standards often have a rough time in some areas of the virtual world of websites and social media. But even there, Miller observes, sloppy writing and imprecise usage can have negative consequences.

Protest and Politics at Annual Business Event

Jan 27, 2016
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  The presentation of the annual State of Sonoma County Report was enlivened this year by boisterous protests from a crowd of county workers unhappy with ongoing contract negotiations. But that wasn’t the biggest news to come out of the event.

Tracing Evolution's Limits

Jan 26, 2016

Evolution has been shaping life forms on planet earth for millions of years. Yet there are some entirely plausible—even probable—creatures that have never existing. Today we hear from a man who studies the question, “why not?” 

Gary Vermeij will be the featured speaker at the “Science Buzz Café” gathering in Sebastopol tonight. Find details about the event here.

Promoting the Social Marketing of Wine

Dec 3, 2015

  The 4th Annual North Coast Wine Industry Expo drew a record crowd to the Sonoma County Fairgrounds yesterday. Beyond the 600+ vendors filling the two largest buildings, the event featured a series of panels, beginning with an assessment of the State of the North Coast Wine Industry.

Activism as a Key to Improving Latinos’ Health

Oct 15, 2015

  Improving community health requires political participation. That was the theme of this year’s Latino Health Conference, which used the Portrait  of Sonoma County as its starting point.

At the Forum, Dr. George Flores from the California Endowment also noted the critical importance of reaching out to the current generation of Latino youth.

  One way to increase such engagement, suggested Oscar Chavez, is to take a cross-generational approach.

Goji Berries Take Root in Sonoma County

Oct 12, 2015
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  A century and a half after they were first introduced to California, Chinese Gogi berries are getting a fresh start, with their anti-oxidant benefits front and center. They’re now being grown at a single location in Sonoma County.

In their native China, Goji berries are grown on outdoor farms, but Jay Jensen isn't sure that would ever be practical in California.

An Introduction to the Theremin

Sep 9, 2015

  The Occidental Arts & Ecology Center’s annual fall Chataqua revue features an eclectic array of local performers. This year, they include local actor, writer and mime Eliot Fintushul playing an unusual electronic instrument called a Theremin. He explains and demonstrates how it works in this archival North Bay Report from 2007.

Tickets for the current OAEC Chataqua performances can be purchased here, as long as any remain available.

Bees Still Facing Multiple Threats

Sep 8, 2015
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

In its fourth year at the Santa Rosa Fairgrounds, the National Heirloom Expo is bigger and more diverse than ever. And in addition to the vast array of fruits and vegetables on display, attention is being paid to the tiny animals that make all that abundance possible -- bees.

The Heirloom Expo continues through Thursday evening at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Follow these links to find a schedule of speakers and  musical performances and other special activities.

An 'Opportunity Fair' for Young Workers

Jul 30, 2015
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  More than just a summer job, The Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corp is grooming its participants for the broader workforce, and providing access to numerous possible future career paths.

The Next Generation of Food

Jun 30, 2015


  A website offering positive reinforcement for close-to-home food choices is out to bolster the economic viability of local agriculture.

When Evan Wiig, Director of the Farmers Guild in the North Bay, talks about their new Follow the Rooster campaign, an example he likes to cite is the little Estero Café in Valley Ford.

 Although the Farmers Guild has labeled their new efforts the Next Generation of Food, it’s not really about demographics at all, observes Terry Garrett, co-manager of Go Local.

AIDS Memorial Quilts on Display in Santa Rosa

Jun 11, 2015
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  A small sample of the thousands of AIDS quilts made to memorialize those who died of the disease will be on display at a temple in Santa Rosa on Sunday, along with three newly made local additions to the collection.

The AIDS Memorial Quilt display at Shomrei Torah, 2600 Bennett Valley Road in Santa Rosa will be open to the public, free of charge, on Sunday June 14, 10 am to 6 pm.

  Seeing the quilts on display is one kind of experience; making one is quite another. Sue Smith describes the process as she and her family did it.

Spreading the Word About Soil

Jun 4, 2015

  Dirt is ancient, alive, and essential to agriculture. But it is not necessarily eternal. And that can be a big problem.

North Bay Bountiful is a new focused programming initiative being introduced this month. As with our ongoing Health Connections reporting, it will include radio, television, web and community-based components to tell stories that are unique to our region, our food system, and our way of life. Learn more about it here.

Responding to Pollution's Health Impacts

May 13, 2015
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  Science has shown that the trigger for cancer and other serious illnesses is often exposure to something harmful in the world around us. But translating that knowledge into protective public policy remains difficult. In this report, we hear from someone deeply engaged in that struggle.

New Tools for Financing Sustainability

Apr 30, 2015

  The 10th annual Sustainable Enterprise Conference this week examined ways to finance endeavors that align with indivuals' personal values. The options are expanding.

  In discussing “Capital for a Sustainable Future” the theme for this year’s Sustainable Enterprise Conference, economic analyst Marco Vangelisti outlined four emerging trends that will shape the American economy in the near future.

Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences

Apr 23, 2015

  ACEs—Adverse Childhood Experiences—have been identified as a frequent root cause of poor health and bad behaviors. Now, efforts to lessen their long-term consequences are beginning to take hold.

   Recently, Jane Stevens has applied her journalism skills and background to the creation of a pair of online resources about ACES. The website Aces Too High, she explains, is intended for the general public, while ACES Connection is meant for social service and other professionals.

The Native People of the Sonoma Coast

Apr 22, 2015

  The Sonoma County coast has been populated for at least 8000 years, and life for the native people there didn’t change much over most of that time.

  Local archeologist  Tom Origer will lead a workshop on the Archeology and History of the Sonoma Coast on Saturday, April 25, 9-2  at the Bodega Bay Fire Station, sponsored by the Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods.

Charting Local Adaptations to Climate Change

Apr 8, 2015

Extreme weather is here, so how do we deal with it? That was the subject of a day-long Forum held at Sonoma State Wednesday, titled “Resilience in a Changing Climate.”

The Annual State of the County Report on KRCB FM

Jan 22, 2015

  Supervisor Susan Gorin presented the annual State of the County Report this morning at the Doubletree Hotel in Rohnert Park, and KRCB was there to record it, as you can hear below.

And you can see that missing video from Gorin's address here.

Forum to Offer 'Perspectives in Immigration'

Jan 14, 2015

  US immigration policy is a complex and fluid subject, affecting the entire north bay population, but in widely differing ways. A public forum Thursday night is out to educate those who may not think it has a bearing on them. 

The free public forum begins at 6:30 pm; it’s being held in the Glaser Center in downtown Santa Rosa. Part of the program is a showing of a short video profile of two Santa Rosa youths (see it below) which was co-produced by Santa Rosa immigration lawyer Christopher Kerosky. He offers this summary of it.

Revisiting San Francisco's 1915 World's Fair

Jan 13, 2015

  Exactly 100 years ago, San Francisco played host to a spectacular international event, an opulent World’s Fair now documented in a newly published illustrated history.

  Author and historian Laura Ackley grew interested in the PPIE while studying environmental design at the University of California in 1987. She has since collected many photographs, documents and artifacts from the 1915 event. So she has some clear ideas about where she would begin, if given a change to go back in time to attend the Exhibition.