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As the promise of summer rises with the heat index, we explore the world of daydreams, nostalgia, fantasy and future selves. Time travel with songwriting scenester Eric Andersen back to his days hanging with the Beats at City Lights bookstore and Greenwich Village’s folk music scene, train-riding across Canada with Janis Joplin, Buddy Guy and the Grateful Dead and tripping out on music and hallucinogens.

California Update for Friday, June 8, 2018

Jun 8, 2018
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• A California budget proposal would cut a program which provides discounts to hospitals that serve low income patients.

Today's reporting by Adhiti Bundlamudi.

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Robert Finley's musical career spans over 50 years, but he didn't release his first album until the age of 62. When Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys saw a performance, he knew he had to work with Finley, a guy he calls: "The Best Soul Singer Alive." We'll trace his path from growing up in Louisiana, to leading an army band in Europe during the 70's. Plus he'll perform live. 

Our guest this week on Art of the Song is Canadian singer/composer Loreena McKennitt. In a career spanning three decades, Loreena’s “eclectic Celtic” music has won critical acclaim worldwide and gold, platinum and multi-platinum status in fifteen countries across four continents.

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On today’s Fresh Air, actor Nick Offerman.  He's co-starring in the new film Hearts Beat Loud, playing a single father who starts a band with his daughter before she heads off to college.  Offerman became well known for his role as Ron Swanson, the macho libertarian on the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation, for which he received the Television Critics Association Award for individual achievement in Comedy.   He also had a part in the film The Founder, and played Karl Weathers in the FX series Fargo.  Offerman is married to actress Megan Mullally who co-stars in Will & Grace.

• California has the highest number of LGBTQ elected officials in the country, and following last night's primary, at least ten more advance to November - or won their race outright. Three of the candidates could make history.
 

• California’s legal marijuana policies are changing. Starting today [Wednesday], businesses only need one license to sell both medical and recreational pot.

Today's reporting by Randol White and Sammy Caiola.

This week on the Caravan we have Members Only: A Tribute to Bobby Blue Bland. Produced by Memphis musician Rodd Bland, son of the late blues icon, the tribute is held at B. B. King’s Blues Club on Beale Street during Blues Music Awards weekend. Special guests include Sugar Ray Raiford, Mike Ledbetter, Ashton Riker, Andy Duncanson, John Nemeth, and Tom Wurth.

BSC contributor Jim Spake also returns to continue his series, “Crazy About the Saxophone”, on the legendary sidemen that played rock’s original lead instrument.

It’s a special encore broadcast this week, featuring two-time Grammy Award winner and legendary singer/songwriter Rodney Crowell to the solar-powered stage at eTown Hall. Rodney joins forces with eTown host Nick Forster and the eTown house band to share music from his recent collection of recordings entitled Close Ties. Also joining us is talented Texas singer/songwriter Robert Ellis. Plus there’s a great eChievement Award story about an Illinois woman who founded an organization that provides shoes and other vital necessities to people in need around the world.

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On today’s Fresh Air, Clint Watts worked for the US Army and the FBI in counterintelligence but says he’s done some of his best work as a private citizen, on social media with a home computer and credit cards. He’s tracked jihadists and Russian actors meddling in American politics, and he testified to Congress on how to strengthen American Democracy.

His book is called Messing with the Enemy.

California Update for Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Jun 6, 2018
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• It’ll be Democrat Gavin Newsom against Republican John Cox this fall in the California governor’s race. It's the general election contest that both candidates wanted.

Find more local election results HERE.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler.

Johnny Tucker started playing in the local clubs of Fresno during the early 60’s with his family band. Later, he cut his teeth as a drummer for Phillip Walker. This put Johnny on the road and he would later work with Floyd Dixon, Robert Cray, Johnny Otis, Lowell Folson, Johnny Copeland and many more.  In the late 90’s he cut a studio album with James Thomas before launching a solo career with the release of “Why You Lookin’ at Me” some years later.

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On today’s Fresh Air, former White House staffer Ben Rhodes.  He was a speechwriter, and deputy national security adviser to President Obama. He’s written a memoir about his eight years in the White House called The World As It Is: A Memoir of the Obama White House. He talks about some intense moments with the President including the response to the Arab Spring and the controversy surrounding the Bengazi attack. He also talks about the 2016 election and President Obama’s reaction to Donald Trump’s victory.

• Voters will cast ballots in national, state, and local races today, as well as on state propositions and local measures.

• Tuesday’s primary elections in California hold unusual national importance.

Today's reporting by Drew Sansor and Ben Bradford.

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This week we’ve got new music from Laura Veirs, Mipso, and Old Crow Medicine Show, plus we’re excited to announce details on a new Americana and Roots music festival happening this September in England, The Long Road Festival in Leicestershire.

HearThe Bluegrass Situation Radio Hour every Monday at 9:00 pm 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!  

Margo Price, Solas, Dead Man Winter (feat. Dave Simonett from Trampled By Turtles), The Company Stores, and Jonny Fritz on Mountain Stage.

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!  

Today, former Major league baseball first baseman Keith Hernandez.  He played on World Series teams with the Cardinals and Mets, and made a memorable appearance on Seinfeld. His new memoir is about learning baseball, and about his struggles trying to make it in the game. Also, Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews El Maquech, the new album by trumpeter Adam O'Farrill's quartet Stranger Days.  O'Farrill is the grandson of Afro-Cuban jazz composer Chico O'Farrill and son of pianist and leader of the Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra Arturo O'Farrill.

Outbeat News for Monday, June 4, 2018

Jun 4, 2018

• The State of Connecticut became the first to legally require that transgender inmates be housed and housed based on their gender and to be clothed and addressed using the name and pronouns corresponding to the prisoners gender identity. 

• The California Assembly passed a bill this week requiring LGBT awareness training for law enforcement officers and dispatchers in the State. 

California Update for Monday, June 4, 2018

Jun 4, 2018
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• A California lawmaker faces a recall election Tuesday that could strip Democrats of their supermajority in the state Legislature.

 

• No proposition currently in front of California voters has a stranger story than Proposition 70. It would amend the state constitution to change one vote in the Legislature next decade.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Ben Bradford.

In the immortal words of Howard Beale, the TV anchor played by Peter Finch, in the classic film Network,  “Things are bad, they’re worse than bad. I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore. Things have got to change.” If you are feeling that way you’re not alone. In facing adversity some choose to do nothing and sit on their hands, others rise to the moment and resist.

In this hour of Blue Dimensions, "Passion Reverence Transcendence," a new album celebrating the music of McCoy Tyner from pianist Benito Gonzalez, percussionist Gerry Gibbs, and bassist Essiet Okon Essiet. We'll hear two Tyner compositions and one written by Tyner's most famous collaborator, John Coltrane.

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This week on Folk Alley, in hour one, an exclusive in-studio Session with the duo Anna & Elizabeth performing songs from their new album, 'The Invisible Comes To Us'; new music from William Prince, Gretchen Peters, The Jayhawks, and an advance single by Eliza Gilkyson, from her upcoming release, 'Secularia' due out in July; plus favorites from The Decemberists, Rob Ickes, and more.

Neuroanatomist Dr. James Fallon studies the most dangerous kind of person: the psychopath. His job is to get up close and personal with the mind of the psychopath so that we can better understand what makes them tick. He treats their brains with the cold calculation of a scientist at work. But in the process, things get mighty personal.

That story and others this week.

Molly FitzSimons tells the story of her father starting over. After 25 years in the same zip code, as an executive in the same company, he moved to Los Angeles and tried to start over in a new life with a new venture: A cable channel, with no people, no talking, no plots, but lots and lots of puppies.Molly FitzSimons tells the story of her father starting over.

We hit up Preservation Hall in the French Quarter for a potent dose of trad jazz, as bandleader and fourth-generation Creole musician Charlie Gabriel tells of his Caribbean roots, jazz funerals, and New Orleans’ hybrid rhythms. Then we head to the Lonestar state to hear the reworking of jazz into Texas swing, as played by the Quebe Sisters. The fiddling siblings tell of their sheltered upbringing outside Ft. Worth and their fiery baptism into western swing.

California Update for Thursday, May 31, 2018

May 31, 2018
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• Families of children with disabilities say they aren’t getting the nursing care that they’re entitled to through Medi-Cal. They filed a class-action lawsuit against the state of California last week.

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola.

This week on the program we have Mellotron Variations. An instrumental project built around one of the most unique instruments ever conceived.

We’ll also hear from rock and roll veteran, and sideman to the stars, Hunt Sales.

BSC contributor Jim Spake is back with us to continue his series, "Crazy About a Saxophone"  on the legendary sidemen that played rock’s original lead instrument.

California Update for Tuesday, May 29, 2018

May 29, 2018
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• Cows don’t usually eat seaweed. But researchers at UC Davis want to change that in an effort to get the animals to burp smaller amounts of greenhouse gases.

• California has 13 new state laws on the books so far this year. They range from minor technical changes to responses to some of the year’s most prominent issues.

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

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Monday, May 28th – Memorial Day Mix

On this Memorial Day edition of the Café, we’re pairing up different versions of songs and asking, “which came first?” You might be surprised to find out who first performed “Ring of Fire”, and how Jeff Beck could have beaten Stevie Wonder to the punch with his recording of “Superstition” if only his album hadn’t been delayed.  
 

Tuesday, May 29th – Encore: Mary Gauthier

California Update for Monday, May 28, 2018

May 28, 2018
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• Republican candidate for governor John Cox levied three attacks at GOP rival Travis Allen in a recent TV campaign ad. PolitiFact California examined those claims and placed ratings on each.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols.

California Update for Friday, May 25, 2018

May 25, 2018
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• A San Francisco brewery is one of a few California breweries ordered to stop production of beer with hemp-based ingredients.

Today's reporting by Randol White.

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