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The excitement has been building for weeks and weeks. On Monday, August 21st the solar eclipse will finally be here. It will darken the skies along a path from Oregon to South Carolina. It's the first eclipse that will be seen from coast to coast in 99 years. Millions will don special glasses or watch through pinhole projectors. Eclipse enthusiasts say totality never disappoints. Follow this live updating map tracking the position of the eclipse across the United States. 

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Courtesy of Romeo Durscher/NASA

It is indeed dark during the day as a total solar eclipse makes its way from Oregon to South Carolina. Eleven states are in the path of total darkness. Follow the astronomical phenomenon's journey across America along with NPR journalists and others experiencing the eclipse.
 

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Not Dark Yet was recorded in Los Angeles in the summer of 2016. The album provides a potent look at the sisters' individual and collective artistry through eclectic song choices from writers ranging from the Louvin Brothers, Nick Cave, Kurt Cobain, and back to Jessie Colter. Shelby and Allison wrap their arms around the past, plant their feet in the present, and nod toward what's around the bend with a co-written 'Is It Too Much' to close out the ten-song set.

In the wake of the protests by neo-Nazis and white supremacists that turned deadly in Charlottesville, Virginia, President Donald Trump has come under fire for not immediately and clearly condemning American racists. It’s not the first time. Trump and those close to him have often played down the threat of violence committed by white supremacists across the country.  

This week, through interviews with key Trump supporters and advisers, we explore if we should have seen Charlottesville coming and if we should expect more race-based clashes on the way.  

This week on This American Life:  

One of our producers, Neil Drumming, has recently become fascinated with Afrofuturism. It's more than sci-fi. It’s a way of looking at black culture that’s fantastic, creative, and oddly hopeful—which feels especially urgent during a time without a lot of optimism.  

Listen to This American Life Friday nights at 7:00 pm, and repeating Saturday morning at 9:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91!

When: August 8 - September 8th 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm  

Where:  KRCB-FM (91.1, 90.9, on line @ KRCB.org, Comcast 961,  w/app @iTunes store and Google Play)  

Once Roland (that's meeeee!) gets an idea in his head, it can be very difficult to change to a different idea - - at least, that's what my mother used to tell me. So...in the last couple of weeks, I've become addicted to Something Completely Different shows that feature three musical groups or individuals that somehow fit together - - and, yes, the operant word is "somehow".  

Tune in Sunday evening, July 30th at 6:00 pm, when Mouthful welcomes back Carmen Snyder, executive director of FarmTrails, and several others to talk about summer's sweetest little fair, the Gravenstein Apple Fair, which this year has expanded to include our precious pollinators and their luscious gift of honey.

North Bay Bike Sharing Seeks Grant Funding

Jun 27, 2017

Bicycle sharing hubs could be installed at central points, from Santa Rosa to Larkspur, under a bi-county proposal being submitted to the regional Metropolitan Transportation Commission. Bruce Robinson takes a look ahead.

Details about how the program will work will depend on which one of several vendors is selected to operate it for the counties. But Bjorn Greipenberg of the Marin County Bicycle Coalition says there are two primary models currently in use.

Join us Monday morning as Ben Morrison stops by Studio A - at KRCB-FM Radio 91 - for a chat and some music with Brian!

When Psychedelia Flowered in the North Bay

Dec 13, 2016
History Museum of Sonoma County

As the 50th anniversary of San Francisco's “Summer of Love” approaches, a new exhibit at the Sonoma County Museum examines that how era played out in the North Bay.

The North Bay was a low-key, out-of-town "incubator" for musicians from the San Francisco scene, observes Eric Stanley, curator for the History Museum of Sonoma  County.

Primary Votes Set Political Races for November

Jun 8, 2016

  The fields were narrowed in California’s contested electoral even in races that have established a clear front-runner. That was mostly the case for incumbents, some of whom face ongoing challenges from members of the same party.

When and where to see and hear great LOCAL music in the North Bay!

Ballot Measure Eyed for Wetlands Restoration

Jan 12, 2016
Save the Bay

  The price for restoring thousands of acres of wetlands around San Francisco Bay runs into many millions of dollars. But the costs of not doing that work could be even greater. 

Placing the proposed parcel tax on the ballot in June, not November, is a decision based on careful political consideration, explains Sam Schuchat, Executive Officer of the California Coastal Conservancy.

With a secure source for major funding, the trend toward larger wetland restoration projects could be continued and expanded, suggests Letitia Grenier, from the San Francisco Estuary Institute.

Byte

  

  At most workplaces, breakroom food options are processed, carb-heavy, stale and limited. Byte is a North Bay start-up that is out to change all of that.

  Because of the healthful selection of food they offer, Byte founder and CEO Megan Mokri says their service meshes well with workplace wellness programs.

Cricket Speeds Up, Gains Popularity in the North Bay

Oct 29, 2015
Napa Valley Cricket Club

  Playing cricket requires a bat and ball, and the ability to throw, catch and hit—just enough similarities to help the sport find a toehold in the North Bay.

  The Sonoma Gullies are one of three teams now active in the North Bay's Last Man Stands cricket games. The team takes its name from a Hindi word for “alleyway,” where kids will often play pick-up games in India. Team member Anu Shah says the local team also grew from informal beginnings.

On Sunday, June 14th, Gil Mansergh hosts a special Grateful Dead version of Word By Word Conversations With Writers on North Bay Public Media KRCB-FM. His guest is librarian and cultural historian David Dodd, author of a massive book with the rather long title: The Complete Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics: The Collected Lyrics of Robert Hunter and John Barlow, Lyrics to All Original Songs With Selected Traditional and Cover Songs.

This Sunday at 6 p.m., Mouthful holds a freewheeling conversation with host Michele Anna Jordan, engineer Mike Young and you! That's right, Mouthful wants you to weigh in with a phone call, a Facebook post or an email with your request, question or opinion. Topics to be explored include newly-released cookbooks, the county's current harvest of fruit and vegetables and a stunning documentary on the wild salmon of North America, along with anything you want to talk about.

During our KRCB-FM Radio 91 "Spring FUNds Drive" - we have some of the hardest tickets to get: 3-day passes to Bottle Rock Napa Valley 2015! These 3-day general admission passes are SOLD OUT! But - we have 2 pairs! These hard-to-get tickets could be yours - with your donation of $600.00 per pair. 

The North Bay’s Tight Housing Market Assessed

Apr 21, 2015
DTZ

Rental vacancies across the North Bay are at record lows these days, and some regional housing market observers say that’s not likely to change any time soon.

  Garrick Brown, regional vice president of research for the international commercial real estate services company DTZ, expects the Bay Area’s tight housing market will continue to put pressure on employers. Especially, he predicts for workers in the Millennial generation, whose attraction to urban centers may wane as they age.

SMART's First Railcars Arrive

Apr 6, 2015
SMART

 

   The public unveiling Tuesday morning in Cotati of the first SMART railroad cars is a significant milestone in the lengthy process of getting the new commuter line up and running.

In addition to these first two railcars, another dozen SMART cars are being built, and will be delivered over the next few months. The total price for all 14:  $57 million dollars. That’s a big number, but Fudge says it was a bargain.

Encouraging EV Adoption

Oct 23, 2014

Renewable power sources and wider use of electric cars are radically reshaping the energy business, in ways that are just beginning to take hold, with California and the North Bay at the forefront.

Tourism could be another avenue toward wider adoption of electric vehicles. Plans to support that in Sonoma County have been gradually getting rolled out for some time now, says David Worthington, the county's vehicle fleet manager. But right now, electric car rentals are an important missing link.

Innovation Week Showcases Entreprenural Creativity

Sep 17, 2014

  It’s Innovation Week in the North Bay, when businesses and other groups show off their best new ideas. The big finish is a competition on Friday, in which some promising inventors and entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to win both public support, and backing from angel investor groups.

Find details about the Innovation Competition, including the full list of entrants, here.

'North Bay Made' Tries to Make an Impact

Jul 25, 2014

A new program to promote products made in six Northern California counties is struggling to gain traction, while the more established Go Local campaign says North Bay Made is an unnecessary duplication of their efforts.

Climate Riders Heading for North Bay

May 16, 2014

  Bicyclists from all over the country are converging on the Bay Area this weekend for a new regional Climate Ride. In past years, the group has passed through Sonoma County on the way from Humboldt County to San Francisco; this year, they’re starting in the city and heading our way, then looping through the Napa Valley on the way to finish at the state capitol. Bruce Robinson has more.

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