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Novelist Tom Perrotta’s book Mrs. Fletcher, now out in paperback, is about how a single mother and her son are both transformed when he goes off to college. Perrotta’s previous novels Election and Little Children were both adapted to film.  His book The Leftovers, about the people left behind after many others have instantly disappeared in what may or may not be the Rapture, was adapted into a popular HBO series.

California Update for Friday, June 1, 2018

Jun 1, 2018
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• A new law signed by President Donald Trump Wednesday gives dying patients the right to request experimental drugs. Opponents say the policy gives patients false hope and interrupts the government's drug-vetting process.

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola.

Johnny Rawls released his latest studio effort for Cat Food Records called "Waiting for the Train." Rawls is a Southern Mississippi soul-blues legend who cut his teeth with ZZ Hill, and Joe Tex before becoming O.V. Wright’s band leader. After O.V.’s death he led Little Johnny Taylor’s band before launching a solo career and scoring several hit records, Red Cadillac and Lucy (Get Juicy).

Mountain Stage welcomes back NRBQ, Kat Edmonson and Lindsay Lou, with first time appearances from The Matchsellers and The Wooks.

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!  

This week on Art of the Song our guest is singer-songwriter, John Batdorf. John is a solo artist, and one half of the folk-rock duo Batdorf & Rodney. He’s also a successful film and television composer, session vocalist, and inspirational musician in the substance recovery community.

This week, hosts Nick and Helen Forster welcome the eclectic, Latin/country/jazz/rock influenced sound of Arizona-based music veterans Calexico to the eTown airwaves. Also, Texas music legend Ray Wylie Hubbard shares some great music and hilarious stories. Our eChievement Award story this week focuses on a young Detroit woman who’s found a brilliant way to provide warmth for the homeless during the bitter winters in her town. It’s a great hour of music and conversation on eTown – tonight at 10 pm!

Outbeat News for Monday, May 14, 2018

May 14, 2018
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• In London, 3 gay men were attacked with acid as they left a popular gay club. 

• Here in the U.S., as Pride celebration season approaches, the cities of Phoenix, Arizona and Denver, Colorado, are installing rainbow striped crosswalks in several downtown intersections. 

• In California, the State Assembly Sub Committee on Government Organization unanimously approved a bill to permanently designate June as Pride Month in the state.  This just in time as the Sonoma County Pride celebration kicks off in downtown Santa Rosa June 1st through the 3rd.

California Update for Thursday, May 10, 2018

May 10, 2018
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• The agency that manages California's energy grid says electricity supplies will be tight this summer.

• The California Energy Commission unanimously voted Wednesday to require new homes to either have solar panels on them or to be part of a cluster of homes powered by solar.

Today's reporting by Steve Milne and Ezra David Romero.

Outbeat News for Monday, April 30, 2018

Apr 30, 2018
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• The Trump administration is set to reverse a rule that protected transgender people from discrimination by healthcare workers in favor of protecting religious freedom.  This could make getting health care more difficult for transgender people. 

• In California, the State Assembly passed a bipartisan bill last week declaring conversion therapy to be fraud and illegal to practice in the State. 

• Disney has created a new rainbow version of the famous Mickey Mouse ear hat, just in time for pride season.

California Update for Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Mar 27, 2018
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• Following President Trump's move to place tariffs on Chinese steel and aluminum exports, China says it may retaliate by levying 2 billion dollars in tariffs on U.S. agricultural exports.What does that mean for California pistachio growers?

Today's reporting by Julia Mitric.

California Update for Thursday, March 22, 2018

Mar 22, 2018
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• Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Ohio Governor John Kasich headlined the first event for a group of California Republicans trying to push the party in a more moderate direction.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford.

California Update for Friday, March 9, 2018

Mar 9, 2018
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• The California state Senator known as "Huggy Bear" is no longer allowed to initiate hugs, but can keep his job.

• This year's flu vaccine wasn't entirely effective against the early-season influenza A, but it may help with the influenza B strain that emerged more recently.

Today's reporting by Bob Moffitt and Sammy Caiola.

Outbeat Radio News for Monday, February 26, 2018

Feb 26, 2018
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• Canadian Eric Radford became the first out gay male athlete to take a gold medal at the Winter Olympics last week.  But Out and proud American skier Gus Kenworthy stole the headlines after NBC broadcast Kenworthy kissing his boyfriend after a qualifying run on the slopes. 

• A new dating website titled Trump Dating launched last week that prohibits gay and bisexual people from participating.  The site says that good relationships are founded on common patriotic and political viewpoints. 

California Update for Monday, February 26, 2018

Feb 26, 2018
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• Delegates from the California Democratic Party over the weekend made no endorsement in the U.S. Senate race. But state Senate leader Kevin de León finished far ahead of longtime incumbent Dianne Feinstein.

• Tony Mendoza sought the party's endorsement for the state Senate seat he resigned from days earlier. Meanwhile, pre-existing party rules forced an endorsement of Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, who's under investigation for sexual misconduct.

Today's reporting by Andrew Bowen (KPBS) and Ben Adler.

California Update for Monday, February 19, 2018

Feb 19, 2018
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• California’s recreational marijuana shops would be limited in their ability to sell customer data to other companies under a bill introduced at the state Capitol.

For more on the topic, visit politifact.com/california.

• New voter registration figures released Friday by the Secretary of State's office show the number of Californians identifying as “no party preference” has nearly caught up with registered Republicans.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols and Ben Adler.

California Update for Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Feb 14, 2018
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• The Immigrant Worker Protection Act went into effect back on January 1st. It was designed to help employers deal with ICE agents. However, there has been confusion on the part of employers about whether the Act forces them to break federal law.

Today's reporting by Randol White.

California Update for Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Feb 7, 2018
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• An initiative to fundamentally change how Californians elect their lawmakers will not appear on the 2018 ballot.

• California is once again suing the Trump Administration, joining New York and eight other states in a case about water.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford.

California Update for Thursday, February 1, 2018

Feb 1, 2018
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• President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he supports a national Right to Try policy, which would help terminally ill patients access experimental drugs more easily.

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola.

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• Wedding bells began to ring for same-sex couples in Australia last week.  Two couples tied the knot in ceremonies happening just moments after midnight. 

• Here in the U.S, the Human Rights Campaign released the 2017 state equality index report.  Many state legislatures across the country considered sweeping anti-LGBT laws to allow wholesale discrimination, including some that attack marriage equality and transgender youth. The good news is that California is among the 13 top rated states in the report. 

California Update for Friday, January 12, 2018

Jan 12, 2018
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• A bill that would have expanded the use of rent control in California fell one vote shy of passing the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee.

• Three California gas-fired energy plants could be replaced with giant batteries. The proposal calls for PG&E to find clean energy alternatives for two Calpine-owned gas-fired plants in Sutter County and one in San Jose.

Today's reporting by Sally Schilling and Ezra David Romero.

California Update for Thursday, January 4, 2018

Jan 4, 2018
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• Alicia Lewis co-authored the #WeSaidEnough letter --signed in October by more than 140 women who work at the California State Capitol. The letter was a show of support for the national #metoo movement. Lewis was fired from her job a week later.

• A law that goes into effect on January 1st requires new and remodeled pools in California to have an additional safety layer to protect children from drowning.

Find more new California laws going into effect this month HERE.

California Update for Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Jan 3, 2018
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• The state Senate left a female Fellow in the Sen. Tony Mendoza’s office for six weeks after receiving a sexual misconduct complaint. It’s the latest concern—but far from the only one—of critics who question the HR credentials of Senate leadership.

Find Ben Adler's full investigation HERE.

Even the best laid plans can go catastrophically wrong when humans get involved. This week, people bungle simple operations on some of the most dangerous weapons in the world. 

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