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America was built on the idea of protecting religious liberty. But what happens when religious groups take advantage of these special freedoms to make money, skirt rules or hurt children? We revisit an hour of Reveal that explores the tricky territory of religious freedom and how different groups have exploited this loophole.  

Our guest this week on Art of the Song is pop/folk singer/songwriter Kina Grannis.  Kina first rose to fame by winning the Doritos Superbowl songwriting contest in 2008.  Since then, her YouTube videos have received more than 99 million views and have propelled her to become one of YouTube's most popular artists.  Her recent music reflects a maturity in songwriting and artistry and documents a period of growth and change in Kina's personal life.  The music is dark and driving, sweet and soaring, melancholy, humble, heartfelt and hopeful.

When we want to know something, we ask questions, but what happens when a question doesn't have a clear answer? Host Guy Raz explores the spirit of inquiry and the paths it leads us down.

Across the country, thousands of public schools are within 500 feet of pollution-choked roads like highways and truck routes. Next time on Reveal, we investigate the high levels of exhaust surrounding U.S. schools and how the bad air is affecting the millions of children who are breathing it in.  

Reveal is the Peabody Award-winning investigative journalism program for public radio from The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX.  

In February the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence from the Russian River Order will talk with us about their organization and the many projects they have planned for this year.  The Sisters are an amazing gift to the west county community and they do a tremendous amount of fund raising for many valuable non-profits in Sonoma County.   We'll also talk with Dr. Tim Seelig who is the conductor of the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus.  The Chorus is celebrating its 40th birthday this year and are planning a trip through the south this fall to educate, inform, and entertain.  Dr.

This month on WordTemple:

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This week American Routes brings you music from the festival stage and the clubs of South Louisiana. We visit some of our favorite nighttime musical haunts in New Orleans and spend time with guitar man Ernie Vincent and jazz historian Bruce Raeburn. Then, allons à  Lafayette for the Festivals Acadiens et Creoles, south Louisiana's annual celebration of Cajun and Creole music, food and culture. We'll hear classic performances from the early days of the festival, talk with founder and scholar Barry Ancelet and sample some of the sights and sounds from the festival grounds.

  • Something Completely Different!  
  • Date & Time: Feb. 14, 7-9 PM  
  • Location:  KRCB-FM (91.1, 90.9, on line @ KRCB.org, w/app @iTunes store)  
     

 

Saturday February 11th - The Reverend Shawn Amos stops by KRCB-FM Radio 91 to visit with Doug Jayne on Our Roots Are Showing at 3:30 pm.

We human beings think we run the world, that we’ve got things under control. And then an animal shows up, and things don’t go as planned. We have stories this week where seals, wolves and a moose drop in and show us who isn't boss.

Music, Comics & Collecting Records: R. Crumb & Jerry Zolten  

This week on American Routes - we spin some shellac and wax nostalgic with the iconic cartoonist, musician and record collector Robert Crumb, who’ll share with us his love of musical times gone by. Then we talk to educator and vinyl aficionado Jerry Zolten about the story of Paramount Records, started by a furniture manufacturer, whose recorded legacy is now contained in two swank suitcases.  

American Routes airs every Friday at 12:00 pm noon on KRCB-FM Radio 91  

Join KRCB-FM tonight at 8:00 pm for a special 2-hour concert by Band of Heathens! It was recorded live in the Abbey at Hopmonk Tavern in Sebastopol, this past October, and is hosted by KRCB-FM's Brian Griffith. Band of Heathens has a new album out now called "Duende" - and you can check them out here

For February’s Word By Word: Conversations With Writers, host Gil Mansergh welcomes the award-winning novelist and writing teacher, Joshua Mohr, whose literary memoir Sirens has just been released.

On the radio with Doug Jayne this week - LIVE! In Studio A:

Jody Domingue

Monday 2/6 - 11am: from Austin, Paul Cauthen

Wednesday 2/8: CD releases from Oddjob Ensemble

and Dixie Giants 

When we go online, we present a digital version of ourselves. How do we transform when we interact inside our screens? In this episode, TED speakers explore the expanding role of our “second selves.”  

This month on A Novel Idea: 
 

Elite North Koreans struggle to protect themselves and their families in the face of a paraonoid, tyrannical regime in award winning journalist, Paul H.B. Shin’s espionage thriller, Half Life. Suzanne M. Lang talks with Shin about the novel, set in 1997, during the period when famine was devastating North Korea and there were a series of high profile defections. 
 

  Sunday evening at 6 pm, Nancy Wang returns to Mouthful to talk about this year's upcoming Redwood Empire Chinese Association Lunar New Year Celebration, and Evan Wiig stops by to talk about the Barn Raiser and Dancing taking place at Shone Farm.

 

  This week on Milk Street Radio, we get up close and personal with Nigella Lawson. “You know the whole guilt thing I never quite get,” says Lawson. “One of the things I’m asked most often when I’m interviewed is, 'What is your guilty pleasure?' And I get rather prissy and I always say to everyone, 'Look, if you feel guilty about pleasure, you don’t deserve to have pleasure.” Also on today's show, we make a quick Tuesday night meal with Lidia Bastianich and bring you a revolutionary approach to foolproof pie dough.

Join Brian on the Radio Friday morning, February 3rd, in the 11:00 am hour when recording artist, Forestville native, former American Idol contestant, and all-around good guy, David Luning stops by!

 

This week on REVEAL:

In 1988, two powerful explosions shook Kansas City, Missouri, killing six firefighters. Nine years later, five people were convicted of arson and sent to prison for life – but were they innocent? Reveal investigates problems in the case and whether federal agents pressured witnesses to lie. This month, one of the defendants will make his case for freedom before a federal judge.
 

 In this second edition of How Many Roads? Bob Dylan's Back Pages, we'll rejoin the great American wordsmith by listening to his work from the last 25 years. We won't forget the historic and ancient roots of his modern sounds, from the Old Testament to the Civil Rights movement. We'll hear from collaborators and friends, Mavis Staples and Joan Baez, and from Kris Kristofferson who overheard Dylan's recording sessions while working as a custodian in Nashville.

"It's Working Out Very Nicely," - This week, This American Life talks to people whose lives were affected by the president’s executive order on immigration. And we ask: The chaos of the rollout, the vague language that left travelers in airports, people in refugee camps, and government officials confused about how to interpret the order—was this incompetence? Or was it intentional?

 

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Our guest this week on Art of the Song is California singer/songwriter Jack Tempchin. Perhaps best known for his collaborative work with the late Glenn Frey of the Eagles, Jack wrote their classic Peaceful Easy Feeling, and co-wrote most of the songs on Glenn’s solo album. He also wrote Slow Dancing (Swayin’ to the Music) which was a top ten hit for Johnny Rivers. In the second half of the show we’ll hear a clip from our 2012 interview with the late Glenn Frey where he talks about the process of co-writing with his friend Jack Tempchin, and others.

Date & Time: Jan. 31, 7-9PM  
 Location:  KRCB-FM (91.1, 90.9, on line @ KRCB.org, w/app @iTunes store  

Dollar photo courtesy of Paul and Esther Grachan

We asked listeners to send us their best coincidence stories, and we got more than 1,300 submissions! There were so many good ones we decided to make a whole show about them. From a chance encounter at a bus station to a romantic dollar bill to a baffling apparition in a college shower stall.

This American Life airs every Friday at 7:00 pm; and repeats every Saturday morning at 9:00 am on KRCB-FM. 

Friday at noon - American Routes cruises the musical map of Detroit, catching the sights and sounds of the Motor City. From Hamtramck to Dearborn, we'll meet the proud people who made the cars and played the bars. Jazz modernist Yusef Lateef tells of his time on the assembly line. Smokey Robinson talks about growing up with Motown's future stars. We'll learn how to construct a hit record from Motown studio insiders, then visit a raccoon hunters club, known for bluegrass jams. Plus rockabilly stars, dream cars and polka bands... all from Detroit.

Robert Lunceford from SonoMusette will be stopping by at 1pm on Thursday, January 26th, to chat with Doug Jayne about their upcoming concert at Occidental Center for the Arts on Saturday January 28th.

www.sonomusette.com

 

Please be sure to tune in to KRCB-FM Radio 91, Friday morning between 9 am and noon, January 20th - when Michaela Anne stops by Studio A to chat with Brian in the Morning about some upcoming area shows, and maybe to sing a song or two!
 

www.michaelaanne.com

Please be sure to tune in to KRCB-FM Radio 91, Thursday Morning - January 19th - when Ismay and a special guest stop by Studio A to chat with Brian in the Morning about upcoming shows in the area, and maybe play a song or two!

www.ismaymusic.com

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