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Poet, performer, visual artist and rock-and-roll icon Patti Smith performs on this week's Mountain Stage.  

You can hear Patti Smith & Family's entire performance, plus sets from Van William, Mollie O'Brien & Rich Moore feat. Lucy & Brigid Moore, Robbie Fulks and a special Tribute to Little Jimmy Dickens featuring Tim O'Brien, Charlie McCoy, and more, on this week's new episode of Mountain Stage with Larry Groce. 

A girl signs up for a class. A couple hires an accountant. A group of co-workers decides to pool their money and buy a couple of lottery tickets. In the beginning, they're full of hope and optimism...and then something turns. Stories of good ideas gone bad.  

California Update for Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Mar 21, 2018
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• The California Senate will swear in its first ever female leader Wednesday — and its first openly gay leader too. San Diego Democrat Toni Atkins takes the oath as Senate President pro Tem at a unique moment for the state.

• In San Francisco Wednesday the nation's first-ever court hearing on the science of climate change will take place. Major oil companies will answer questions like what created the ice age and what are the sources that cause the planet to warm.

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

California Update for Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Mar 20, 2018
Andrew Harnik / AP

• The nation’s top court will consider whether a California abortion law violates freedom of speech rights of anti-abortion advocates.

• The Chief Justice of California's Supreme Court turned her attention from the state's judicial system to the national stage in her remarks before the legislature Monday.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Julia Mitric.

The KRCB-FM Radio 91 "Spring Fundraiser" has begun, and runs through Saturday, March 24!

Outbeat Radio News for Monday, March 19, 2018

Mar 19, 2018

• After threats of protest by the anti-LGBT Westboro Baptist Church, students at Missouri’s John Burroughs Prep school rallied around a fellow students and football start who came out as gay last fall and staged a counter protest. 

• A federal court in Maryland ruled that schools must allow access to restrooms and locker rooms for transgender students based on their gender identity and that failure to do so violates Title IX and the Equal Protection Clause. 

California Update for Monday, March 19, 2018

Mar 19, 2018
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• Some groups want doctors to be trained on how to ask patients about gun ownership, others say it's inappropriate.

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola.


On Margo Price’s first album, 2016’s Midwest Farmer’s Daughter, she shared incredibly personal stories of pawning her wedding ring, spending a weekend in jail and losing a child. On Friday's World Cafe, hear the next chapter - Margo reflects on how her life has changed since the wild success of her debut, and the more political stories that inspired her latest release All American Made. 

You can hear World Cafe with host Talia Schlanger every weekday at 2:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91!

We’re on the road again, dialed into high-flying honky-tonk as we cruise through Texas cotton patches and Midwestern pastures of plenty. Starting off in Illinois farm country, we meet up with Margo Price, who followed her dreams of songwriting to Nashville, Tennessee. She put her name on the map with songs about growing up in rural America, and has since dug in her heels while singing about a landscape of gender and economic inequities.

California Update for Friday, March 16, 2018

Mar 16, 2018
Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

• California isn’t moving to a single-payer health care system anytime soon. So a coalition of liberal advocacy groups is calling for policy actions this year to achieve statewide universal coverage under California’s current health care system.

• Lawmakers think the underground pot market is growing. That’s why a new bill would eliminate taxes on cultivating cannabis and drop the excise tax from 15 to 11 percent for three years.

Today's reporting by Ban Adler and Ezra David Romero.

Unsigned musicians: Don’t scroll past this opportunity. The @nprmusic #TinyDeskContest is still running! Enter before March 25:

Deadline is March 25th!

Fantastic Negrito! Tank & the Bangas! __________________ - maybe your band could fill in the blank? Could another Bay Area unsigned band be next? Maybe even someone from the North Bay?

The KRCB-FM Radio 91 "Spring Fundraiser" is fast approaching - it begins this Saturday, March 17 at 2:00 pm! 

When: Tuesday March 13th – 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Where: KRCB-FM (91.1FM/90.9FM; online @; Comcast Cable 961; and the FREE KRCB App available in iTunes and Google Play)

In this week’s encore broadcast, Grammy Award-winning bluegrass outfit Steep Canyon Rangers bring their energetic sound back to eTown to share music from their recent collection of songs, fittingly titled Radio.

Here is what to listen for on World Cafe this week:

Monday, March 12th – Siddhartha Khosla  

The hit NBC TV show “This Is Us” wraps up its second season Tuesday night. We talk to the guy who underscores the drama - the show’s composer. He’s also the frontman of the indie band Goldspot. His name is Siddhartha Khosla, and he’s our guest on Monday's World Cafe.  


Tuesday March 13th – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club 

Outbeat Radio News for Monday, March 12, 2018

Mar 12, 2018
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• An Ohio judge took away custody of a 17-year-old transgender teen away from her parents because the parents refused to authorize hormone therapy based on their religious beliefs.  The teen will live with her grandparents and continue her transition from female to male. 

• NBC news reports Santa Rosa has the 2nd highest percentage of same-sex married couples in the nation. 

• Sonoma County Pride is planning this year’s celebration in downtown Santa Rosa, June 1 through 3 and they are looking for volunteers.

California Update for Monday, March 12, 2018

Mar 12, 2018
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• The California Senate threatened to suspend or expel one lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct — but issued a letter of admonishment to another. The first senator, Tony Mendoza, resigned. The second, Bob Hertzberg, continues to serve.

• The cost of the bullet train just rose another 20 percent to $77 billion. The new CEO of the High-Speed Rail Authority also revealed in a biennial report that the time frame to complete the project has been pushed back to 2033.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Chris Nichols.

Wildfires raged across Northern California in October, burning through the state’s famed Napa and Sonoma wine regions. In all, more than 170 blazes ripped across an area the size of Maryland and Delaware combined. Scores awoke to flames at their doors, and 44 people were killed in the deadliest fire event in state history.  

William Warby

Inspiration for this week's show came from the Neo-Futurists, whose long-running Chicago show promises 30 plays in 60 minutes every single weekend. 

You can hear This American Life every Friday night at 7:00 pm, and repeating every Saturday morning at 9:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91!

The great Texas river city is a mix of Mexican, German, Anglo and African American cultures, among others. Home to the Texas Conjunto Festival and the International Accordion Festival, San Antonio is best known for Tex-Mex or Téjano music played by squeeze box masters like Flaco Jiménez, Narciso Martinez and Mingo Saldivar among many.

This week on Ric on the Radio: Prog Heaven. All your favorite progressive rock bands in one place! ELP, Yes, Genesis, Gentle Giant, Rush, King Crimson, PFM, Pink Floyd, Curved Air and more! Get your odd time signatures and extended suites on! 

You can hear Ric on the Radio usually every 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at 9:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91!

California Update for Thursday, March 8, 2018

Mar 8, 2018
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• Some veterans are being blocked from using right to die law. Advocates for the law may bring a legal challenge to the California Department of Veterans Affairs if they don't change their policies.

• California added another 35,000 jobs in January according to new data out today – and the state’s unemployment rate has once again dropped to a record low.

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola and Ben Adler.

California Update for Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Mar 7, 2018
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

• The director of the California Senate Fellows Program is no longer employed after an investigation into whether he failed to report sexual misconduct allegations against a student Fellow.


• The Trump administration will sue California over policies designed to protect immigrants who arrived illegally from deportation.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Ben Bradford.

This week we unlock the Beale Street Caravan vault to remember Blues legend, James Milton Campbell Jr. -- better known as Little Milton. You'll hear a mix of performances and interviews from our archives, plus Dr. Barbara Ching returns with her series exploring the connection between country music and the Blues. 

Hear Beale Street Caravan every Tuesday night at 11:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91!

When: Tuesday March 6th, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm  

Where: KRCB-FM (91.1 FM & 90.9 FM; online @; Comcast Cable channel 961; with the FREE KRCB App @ iTunes and Google Play) 

That's right...TIME is on its way to your radio. Remember Johnny Ray? (Long time ago!) He sang The Little White Cloud that Cried? Listen in next Tuesday for his As Time Goes By

California Update for Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Mar 6, 2018

• While the Supreme Court considers whether gerrymandering is unconstitutional, a California expert says the state's redistricting approach is generally fair and competitive.

• Snow levels across the Sierra Nevada are now about 37 percent of normal. Storms over the last week boosted the number by 15 percent.

Today's reporting by Julia Mitric and Ezra David Romero.

This week on Folk Alley, in honor of Women's History Month, it's an encore broadcast of a show first heard in August 2017 featuring songs by artists who made NPR Music's 'Turning The Tables: The 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women' list. We spotlight our favorite folk, roots, and Americana artists who made the cut including: The Roches, Iris DeMent, Dixie Chicks, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Cassandra Wilson, Bonnie Raitt, Nina Simone, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Gillian Welch, Mavis Staples, Joan Baez, Bobbie Gentry, and much more.

Your Average Abalone, with host Johnny Bazzano, is an underwater adventure diving into the musical currents of folk, bluegrass, alternative country, singer songwriter, americana and more.  Johnny has hosted Your Average Abalone since KRCB first began broadcasting in 1994. 

Your Average Abalone airs on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month at 7:oo pm. 

• The Pentagon accepts the first transgender person into the United State military pursuant to a court order, despite an order by President Trump. 

• The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a decision in Arizona granting parental rights to a lesbian and said states could not limit rights of same-sex couples that are currently provided to opposite-sex couples. 

• And in New York, a court of appeals ruled that discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.