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California Update for Monday, May 21, 2018

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• The Mental Health Services Act has long supplied the bulk of funding for California counties to prevent and treat mental illness among Medi-Cal patients. But some counties aren’t using the money.

• Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill that gives immigrants living in California illegally new protections in court cases.

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola and Ben Adler.

Adam Maida

Cryptic messages on a cell phone. A teeter totter at a construction site. These are some of the clues people find when they revisit scenes to try and make sense of a death. “Forensics for Beginners” 

Hear This American Life every Friday night at 7:00 pm; repeating every Saturday morning at 9:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ radio.krcb.org / Comcast Cable channel 961 all over the Bay Area / on demand with the FREE KRCB App @ iTunes & Google Play! 

California Update for Friday, May 18, 2018

May 18, 2018
Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

• A California Assembly investigation into complaints of sexual harassment by Democrat Cristina Garcia has found the most severe allegations to be unsubstantiated.

• A new voter initiative that would allow Baby Boomers in California to save thousands of dollars in property tax if they move to pricier homes is now eligible for the November ballot.

  

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Chris Nichols.

Jason Baldwin

Tonight at 9pm, join special guest David Petri and Jon Gonzales for a sweet night of live on-air acoustic lovin', along with a smattering of songs written by local songwriters from the North Bay!  

Our guest this week on Art of the Song is three-time Woody Guthrie Award winning singer/songwriter, KC Clifford. Music has always been a guiding force in KC’s life, and her talent and love of performing on stage revealed itself at an early age. She was two when she first sang in public and composed her first song at age seven. KC Clifford studied opera at the prestigious Indiana University School of Music, but found her true voice in folk music while earning a degree in vocal performance at Belmont University in Nashville.

Listen to Connections with Michelle Stewart - now on every Thursday night from 7 pm to 9 pm. Michelle plays a wide variety of music spanning many decades and styles. It's not uncommon to hear Patsy Cline and Bruno Mars in the same show. Occasionally Connections follows a theme for two hours, and other times it's a fun surprise.  

California Update for Thursday, May 17, 2018

May 17, 2018
Ben Bradford / Capital Public Radio

• Cal State and UC students and faculty are calling for more funding for higher education. Turns out, they're getting more funding, just not as much as they asked for.

• California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has filed charges against four people behind mugshots.com.

Today's reporting by Adhiti Bandlamudi and Drew Sandsor.

In this week’s ‘back by popular demand’  broadcast/podcast, Punch Brothers’ band member and banjo impresario Noam Pikelny shares some of his original songs from his latest  CD as a solo artist. Also with us is the Miami-based “sacred steel” band The Lee Boys, who bring their powerhouse, gospel-influenced sound to eTown’s solar-powered stage.

It’s all about food. Suzanne Lang talks with Adam Federman on his book Fasting and Feasting, the Life of Visionary Food Writer Patience Gray. Gray became somewhat of a cult figure when she published Honey from a Weed in 1986. 

Also featured is Elaine Khosrova, a gastronomic rock star who specializes in stories about food history and culture, and Suzanne talks with Elaine about her book,  Butter, a Rich History

To celebrate the release of Bruce Holbert’s third novel, Whiskey, here is a reprise of two previous conversations between Bruce and Suzanne M Lang on the release of his first novel, Lonesome Animals, followed by the truly amazing The Hour of Lead. Bruce is a gritty and poetic writer who explores character and landscape with a unique voice. We’ll feature a conversation about Whiskey on a future episode, but this show will bring you up to speed on the emergence of Bruce Holbert.  

California Update for Wednesday, May 16, 2018

May 16, 2018
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

• Two bills in the California legislature seek to tackle a backlog of rape kits in the state.  One will count and track untested kits, the other makes the testing and submitting of kits mandatory.

• With more Californians receiving ballots in the mail this election cycle, voters might wonder what happens if they send one in without the required postage.

Today's reporting by Adhiti Bandlamudi and Ben Adler.

Anson Funderburgh is a blues guitar master who is best known as the band leader for the Texas hallmarks Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets. Recently he’s been part of the Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue and touring with the Andy T Band. Stephanie Tice is a blues producer, promoter and vlogger who recently released two commercial projects, Howlin at Greaseland all-star compilation and the Rockin’ Johnny studio album.  

California Update for Tuesday, May 15, 2018

May 15, 2018
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• Efforts to legalize sports gaming in California have new momentum from Monday's U.S Supreme Court ruling. But it’ll be years, if ever, before you can legally bet on the Giants or Dodgers at your nearby casino, card room or race track—or even online.

• This year, advocates are pushing for three bills which would help undocumented immigrants get access to local business licenses, income tax credits, and healthcare.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Adhiti Bandlamudi.

Here is who to listen for this week on World Cafe with host Talia Schlanger: 

Monday, May 14th – Caroline Rose 
 

Caroline Rose's new album is a dramatic departure from the alt-country sound of her first two albums. On Loner, her razor-sharp wit and smart lyrics tackle subjects like single motherhood to fighting the patriarchy. We'll discuss that, her sonic evolution, and ambitions as a producer.   

Tuesday, May 15th – Lindi Ortega 
 

California Update for Monday, May 14, 2018

May 14, 2018
Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

• Governor Jerry Brown isn’t backing long-term changes to Medi-Cal or Covered California. But he has proposed some one-time allotments that could improve health services for inmates, the mentally ill and rural residents going forward.

• The revised spending plan proposed by Governor Jerry Brown Friday is drawing praise from lawmakers in both political parties for placing much of California’s projected nine billion dollar budget surplus in reserve.

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola and Ben Adler.

When: Friday night @ 8:00 pm
Where: KRCB-FM Radio 91 (91.1 FM & 90.9 FM; streaming online at krcb.org; all over the Bay Area on Comcast Cable channel 961; and on the FREE KRCB App available in iTunes and Google Play)

From the mind of Roland Jacopetti:

Anna Parini

Writer Starlee Kine on what makes the perfect break-up song and whether really sad music can actually make you feel better. Plus, an eight-year-old author of a book about divorce, and other stories from the heart of heartbreak.  

Hear This American Life every Friday night at 7:00 pm; repeating every Saturday morning at 9:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ radio.krcb.org / Comcast Cable channel 961 all over the Bay Area / on demand with the FREE KRCB App @ iTunes & Google Play! 

California Update for Friday, May 11, 2018

May 11, 2018
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

• California Gov. Jerry Brown will release his revised budget proposal this morning as state revenues pour into coffers billions of dollars above projections, setting up a debate over what to do with all that extra money.

• Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order Thursday to improve the health of the state's forests. It sets aside $96 million for practices like forest thinning, controlled fires and planting trees.

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

This week on Ric on the Radio: 1984. An in-depth look at one of those seminal years in rock history. Like 1967, or 1977, so many great albums were released in 1984. We'll hear from Lou Reed, The Raincoats, The Gun Club, Box of Frogs, Let's Active, REM, Minutemen, Husker Du, Meat Puppets, Echo & the Bunnymen, The Bangles, XTC, The Smiths, Pretenders, Van Halen, Metallica, Julian Lennon, Spinal Tap and more!

Check out the "Blues Day" programs every Tuesday night, beginning at 7:00 pm, on KRCB-FM Radio 91:

7:00 pm - Lady Spins the Blues with host Mary Carroll

9:00 pm - Friends of the Blues with hosts James "Skyy Dobro" Walker  or D'Arcy "Shuffle Shoes the Blues Guru" Ballinger

11:00 pm - Blues America with host Drew Verbis

California Update for Wednesday, May 9, 2018

May 9, 2018
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• State leaders that represent the shrinking Salton Sea want the same kind of expedited action taken on restoring it as the Oroville spillway crisis had in 2017.

• Former California Governor George Deukmejian has died. He was 89 years old. He was known for his law-and-order stewardship, and his fiscal austerity earned him the nickname “the Iron Duke.”

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

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Join KRCBKQEDNPR Music and Lagunitas Brewing Company for a celebration of the Tiny Desk Contest community in Petaluma! This event will feature a live performance by 2018 Tiny Desk Contest winner Naia Izumi, as well as some of our favorite local artists who entered the Contest this year: 

*La Misa Negra
*Eki Shola
*SOL Development 

Mud Morganfield is the eldest son of the legendary Muddy Waters. He has never lived in the country; he was born and raised in the inner city of Chicago during the Motown era making his path into the blues much different from his famous father. When he commands the stage the similarities of his powerful vocals with that of his father is uncanny; giving blues fans a sense that the spirit of Muddy Waters is alive. In 2015, Mud earned a Blues Music Award for his album, ‘For Pops.’ Mud celebrates the release of his fourth studio effort, ‘They Call Me Mud’ on Severn records.

Tonight on Lady Spins the Blues - we will be honoring Candye Kane, an amazing blues singer who, after courageously fighting pancreatic cancer for eight years, was taken from us in 2016. In her 54 years, she exemplified the struggles and triumphs of the human spirit in overcoming numerous obstacles to become not only a great artist, but also a great human being. 

Join us tonight from 7:00 to 9:00 on KRCB-FM for a musical tribute to a blues singer whose life was, ultimately, an inspiring tale of survival, redemption and inspiration.

Mountain Stage with Larry Groce travels to the campus of Radford University in Radford, VA for this week’s episode. We’ll hear performances by folk music mainstay John Gorka, award-winning Nashville singer and songwriter Shawn Camp, plus emerging Toronto folk-rockers The Weather Station and Virginia songwriters Scott Miller and Dori Freeman.  

This week on The BGS Radio Hour we’ve got an interview with Tyler Mahan Coe, host and producer of the Cocaine & Rhinestones podcast, arguably the best podcast about country music there ever was, and we celebrate our Artist of the Month for May - the one and only John Prine.

California Update for Monday, May 7, 2018

May 7, 2018
Andrew Bowen / Capital Public Radio

• California Republicans gathered over the weekend in San Diego for their state party convention, but after hearing from their two leading candidates for governor, they did not make an endorsement.

• California Republicans are defending seven seats in Congress this year. At the party's convention in San Diego, officials seemed aware of a potential voter backlash against the president.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Andrew Bowen.

When a young man is told is he going deaf, he sets out on a challenge to memorize the songs that defined his life. He had no idea that those songs would come back to him in the most unexpected way.

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 / the FREE KRCB App @ iTunes & Google Play!  

Leigh Guldig

This week on This American Life: Conservative students don't feel like their ideas are welcome on campus. So they're fighting back. We go to Nebraska, where one skirmish spins out of control. 

Hear This American Life every Friday night at 7:00 pm; repeating every Saturday morning at 9:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ radio.krcb.org / Comcast Cable channel 961 all over the Bay Area / on demand with the FREE KRCB App @ iTunes & Google Play!  

Lake Street Dive "Free Yourself Up" - CD of the week

May 4, 2018

The title of the Brooklyn-out of Boston based quartet is certainly appropriate.  Lake Street Dive have freed themselves by self-producing this release. After working with super producer Dave Cobb on the last project, "Side Pony", the band decided to go at this one from within. "We were at the helm of every decision being made," says bassist Bridget Kearney,"I think it led to a record that we're all really happy with because it sounds the way we wanted it to sound." Ten new songs to give us all a chance to escape the unending news cycle. 

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