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California Update for Thursday, June 21, 2018

Jun 21, 2018
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• A push for California to establish its own “net neutrality” doctrine, after the Trump administration rescinded federal rules, has technically advanced in the state Legislature. But the bill’s author says his proposal has been “eviscerated."

• The hostile takeover of the net neutrality bill isn’t the first time the California Legislature has obliterated a measure without an author’s consent. But similar power plays in recent years haven't always worked.

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Terry Gross talks with Vanity Fair writer Emily Jane Fox, who spent the past year investigating Ivanka Trump and her siblings.  Her book Born Trump:  Inside America’s First Family, includes intimate portraits of Trump’s older children, who didn’t expect their father to win the 2016 election.  

World Cafe turns it up to 11 with Derek Smalls, bassist of the seminal hard rock band Spinal Tap. Smalls is striking out on his own, with a new reflective solo record in the vein of David Bowie’s Blackstar and Leonard Cohen’s You Want it Darker. It's called Smalls Change: Meditations Upon Ageing, and features rock legends like David Crosby and Donald Fagan. He joins host Stephen Kallao to share about the new music and the documentary that made him famous. On the next World Cafe.

Some former employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs say that they worked in a toxic office culture where it was often unsafe to call out wrongdoing. A bill passed into law last year was supposed to change all that, creating a new Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection, but critics say that it doesn't have enough staffing, or enforcement power, to act on it's investigations.

We have a lot in store for you this week on BSC! First, we have The Bo-Keys performing in Studio A of the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. We sit down and talk with Floyd Newman, a founding member of The Memphis Horns. Then we head to the Beale Street Music Fest and catch a set from BSC perennial, Reba Russell.

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President Trump is threatening to impose tariffs on almost every Chinese product that comes into the U-S. We'll look at the impact that could have on American companies and consumers on the next on All Things Considered from NPR News.

California Update for Wednesday, June 30, 2018

Jun 20, 2018
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• A bill that would change when California police officers may choose to use deadly force is moving forward in the state Senate, despite opposition from law enforcement.

 

• Just as the Thomas Fire—the largest wildfire to burn in the California's modern history—is fully cleaned up, state agencies are preparing for the upcoming fire season.

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

It’s an hour packed full of great songwriting and storytelling on the airwaves this week with singer/songwriter/guitarist/poet Dave Alvin and singer/songwriter/actor Jimmie Dale Gilmore. We dig deep into the songbooks of each artist, and hear some great road stories and insights into the many influences that have shaped their musical styles. Jimmie and Dave will perform both solo and together, inviting their old friend and past musical collaborator Nick Forster to join in. Find out what happens when three life-long musical friends take the stage in this week’s special episode.

On the next Fresh Air – writer Stephen McCauley will talk with Terry about his new novel My Ex Life. It’s a comedy about a couple whose marriage ended 30 years ago when the husband came out of the closet. They pick up their friendship as her marriage crumbles and his boyfriend has left him. Join us.

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Recent polls show that a majority of voters in the U-S are against President Trump's policy of separating children from families that illegally cross the border seeking asylum. Although a majority of Republican voters still support it. We'll hear from pollsters who analyze whether this base of support could be enough to help Republicans keep control of Congress on the next Morning Edition.

Bettye LaVette's career has seen ups and downs – From releasing her first single at 16, to struggling with failed record deals while her peers got rich, to the renewed interest fans seem to have for Bettye now. But throughout her career, her singular voice has been a constant. Now 72 years old, she returns with Things Have Changed, an album that breathes new life and soul into twelve classic Bob Dylan songs. She joins host Talia Schlanger,

Little Walter, Bay Pauley Band, Maria Muldaur with Dr. John, David Sanborn, and Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin’ Alter Boys. Plus new music from Mississippi Blues Child.

Friends of the Blues can be heard Tuesday nights at 9:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ radio.krcb.org  / Comcast Cable channel 961 all over the Bay Area / Download the FREE KRCB mobile app from the App Store & Google Play!  

Under a program begun more than a decade before Trump took office, all first-time illegal border crossers were prosecuted. It was meant to be a deterrent. But public defenders, federal judges, and an inspector general's report say it fell short.

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Remembering the legendary Eddy Clearwater (1935 – 2018). Born in Mississippi, raised in Alabama and entered the blues scene in the early 1950’s Chicago behind Magic Sam before cutting sides for his uncle, Houston Harrington on the small Atomic-H label.

California Update for Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Jun 19, 2018

• After a noisy push for single-payer health care divided California Democrats last year and spawned months of hearings and discussions, the new state budget contains little to mark that debate.

 

• A voter initiative that would repeal California's rent control law, and allow cities to craft their own, more expansive rent control rules, has qualified for the November ballot.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Chris Nichols.

Dave Davies talks with David Sanger, author of The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age.  He writes about the Russian hacking of the DNC; digital sabotage from Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea; and how the U.S. is trying to defend itself. Sanger is a national security correspondent for the New York Times. 

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Bermuda Triangle is Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard, and rising solo performers Becca Mancari and Jesse Lafser. They formed a Nashville supergroup, who have already played sold-out shows across the country, despite only releasing two songs. In a conversation with host Ann Powers, we'll hear how the trio started playing together, passing a guitar and harmonizing on porches. And they perform live. 

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The Inspector General of the Department of Justice, Michael Horowitz, released a report last week that examined allegations of political bias within the F-B-I. The investigation came after text messages sent by one F-B-I agent before the 2016 election was seen by many as a sign of bias against then-candidate Donald Trump. Monday, Horowitz, along with F-B-I director Christopher Wray took questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee about those findings, and the inspector general meets the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday.

'Brain Balance' is a kind of alternative therapy program for kids with disorders like autism and A-D-H-D. It's popular, with over one hundred locations around the country. And it makes big claims about being able to correct certain developmental and learning disorders without medication.

An investigation into the science behind those claims on the next on All Things Considered from NPR News.

On the next Mountain Stage, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Mandolin Orange, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Rorey Carroll and Tim O'Brien.

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 the BGS Radio Hour we’ve got songs written and/or performed by brothers - everyone from The Stanley Brothers, to the Louvin Brothers, right up to Dawes and of course, the Beach Boys, we set aside all sibling rivalries to focus exclusively on the music.

HearThe Bluegrass Situation Radio Hour every Monday at 9:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ radio.krcb.org / Comcast channel 961 all over the Bay Area / Download the FREE KRCB mobile app @ iTunes & Google Play!  

Outbeat News for Monday, June 18, 2018

Jun 18, 2018

• The owner of a hardware store in Tennessee wants everyone to know that he doesn’t like gay people and that they are not welcome in his store. 

 

• Following this month’s Supreme Court ruling on religious freedom, the Human Rights Campaign launched a new “Open To All Campaign” for business owners to welcome LGBTQ people into their stores. 

 

• Locally, Pride celebrations continue with the San Francisco Pride celebration happening this weekend

Outbeat News can be heard Sunday nights at 8:00 pm as part of Outbeat Radio on KRCB FM Radio 91.

California Update for Monday, June 18, 2018

Jun 18, 2018
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• Californian’s next budget does not include a new charge on water users to fund safe drinking water in rural communities. But that proposal is still alive.

 

• The California Legislature is unveiling a sweeping new overhaul of how it would investigate sexual harassment complaints against everyone from lawmakers to interns.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Ben Adler.

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John Prine talks with Terry about his life and music. His new album, The Tree of Forgiveness, is his first in 13 years.  Prine’s first album came out in 1971, when he was just 24 and working as a mailman.  Several of those songs became classics, including Angel from Montgomery, Sam Stone and Paradise.

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Phoebe Bridgers has one of those voices that can make the loudest room go silent. After hearing her sing, Ryan Adams wanted to produce her debut EP. Since then, he’s given her good advice and a guitar – both of which she uses in a live performance on the next encore edition of the World Cafe.

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In an agreement with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, President Trump announced that he will bring an end to joint military exercises with South Korea. Doing so signals a change to an alliance that dates back decades. Many of United States allies are now wondering what this means for other long-kept agreements and institutions. How President Trump is changing the world order this morning on Morning Edition from NPR News.

This week on Milk Street Radio, we interview Brad Leone, star of Bon Appetit's "Its Alive with Brad”; introduce our recipe for Salmon Chraimeh; learn to toast grains; and Dan Pashman of the Sporkful on the geometry of a pizza slice.

Hosted by Christopher Kimball 

Hear Milk Street Radio Sunday nights at 7:00 pm on KRCB-FM. / streaming @ radio.krcb.org / Comcast channel 961 throughout the Bay Area / Download the FREE KRCB App @ iTunes & Google Play!

Humorist Will Rogers used to quip: "I'm not a member of any organized political party. I'm a Democrat." We can all have a good chuckle at that. But the deep problems with politics in the U.S. are too serious to laugh at. The Democratic Party has in recent decades abandoned to a great extent its New Deal social welfare roots. The party of Roosevelt and Truman has embraced Wall Street bankers, hedge fund managers and financiers. The interests of corporations and the business class have immiserated the working class.

Over the course of our lives, we shed parts of our old selves, embrace new ones, and redefine who we are. This hour, TED speakers explore ideas about the experiences that shape the person we become.

Hear TED Radio Hour Sunday mornings at 9:00 am on KRCB-FM. / streaming @ radio.krcb.org / Comcast channel 961 throughout the Bay Area / Download the FREE KRCB App @ iTunes & Google Play!

The new climate reality means that even those living on a hill will be affected by flooding in the valley, and those living in the North will be affected by droughts in the South. There are many factors to consider how you will be affected by climate change.

“I think this question of inequity is also really, really important,” states Katharine Mach. “And the flipside of that is that wealth is not necessarily protection.”

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