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Two California writers who both had long non-literary careers before publishing these heralded first works join Suzanne M. Lang in conversation. 

Barbara Ridley’s When It’s Over is a sweeping historical fiction set during WWII that exposes elements of that war and on European refugees that resonates today …and is a pretty good love story too. 

Laurie Ann Doyle’s collection of short stories, World Gone Missing, is a loving homage to Northern California and twelve searing tales of loss, love, and what goes missing.  Sunday at 4pm PT – it’s A Novel Idea

Gabriel Hongsdusit for Reveal

Bernard Madoff may be a fading memory from the past, but for reporter Steve Fishman, the fallen financier’s story holds lessons for today. Madoff masterminded one of the biggest Ponzi schemes in history, duping thousands of investors out of tens of billions of dollars. 

His scam rocked Wall Street for years. In this episode of Reveal, we trace the rise and fall of Madoff through Fishman, who spent years interviewing investors, regulators and even Madoff himself from inside federal prison. 

Reveal airs every Saturday morning at 8:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91. 

We take a deep dive into the vaults of Blue Note Records, the independent label that helped put artists like Thelonious Monk, Art Blakey and Jimmy Smith on the map.  

Flagbearer of trad jazz, bebop and the cool school, Blue Note is still at it after 79 years and has expanded its wheelhouse to include vocalists like Norah Jones, Ryan Adams and Van Morrison. 

In this politically charged climate, it feels like you have to be super careful with your language, no matter who you are or what side you're on. 

Stories about people who say the “wrong” thing and suffer the consequences, including a very conservative Republican from Louisiana who's lambasted for being too liberal.  

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

California Update for Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Jan 31, 2018
Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

• The California state Senate is attempting to circumvent a change in the federal tax overhaul that they say targets blue states.

• The California Senate has approved a bill that would allow judges to send criminal defendants suffering from mental disorders to treatment instead of trial.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Ben Adler.

California Update for Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Jan 30, 2018

• The California Senate has voted to impose its own version of net neutrality on the state.

• The Department of Water Resources announced today that contractors who receive water from the State Water Project will get more than originally thought.

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

President Donald Trump is scheduled to give his first State of the Union address on January 30th, 2018, to a joint session of Congress. One year into the Trump administration, the Speaker of the House has extended the traditional invitation to the president to "take account of the progress we have made" and "lay out the work that still remains to be done." 

NPR News and KRCB-FM will air the president's speech and the Democratic Party response by Representative Joe Kennedy (MA).   

On this week's show we'll hear progressive singer/songwriters Kree Woods out of Nashville, TN and Molly Bancroft, originally from the Southlands now living in Michigan... Americana/roots with Brigitte DeMeyer and Boston area new grass band Joy Kills Sorrow... alternative singer/songwriter from Athens, GA Lera Lynn... and from Brooklyn, Emily Zuzik... then we'll finish up the hour with two classic covers - The Cowboy Junkies performing "Sweet Jane," and Patti Smith with Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit". That's all coming up on the next Women In Music.

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

Monday, January 29th – Dustbowl Revival & HR2: globalFEST 2-Way  

The Dusbtowl Revival is a high-octane bluegrass meets soul, New Orleans meets Memphis conglomerate made up of 8 musicians. The Dustbowl Revival join us for a live performance, or more accurately, a big party on the next World Cafe. Plus, David Dye reports back on his favorite international musical finds from this year’s globalFEST showcase.  


Three San Francisco high school seniors try to make sense adulthood. We spend a year with them as they fight for their futures, in a rapidly changing city.   

Snap Judgment, storytelling with a beat.  

Listen to Snap Judgment Saturday mornings at 10:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91!

In 1912 a four-year-old boy named Bobby Dunbar went missing in a swamp in Louisiana. Eight months later, he was found in the hands of a wandering handyman in Mississippi. In 2004, Bobby Dunbar's granddaughter discovered a secret beneath the legend of her grandfather's kidnapping, a secret whose revelation would divide her own family, bring redemption to another, and become the answer to a third family's century-old prayer. 

This American Life airs every Friday at 7:00 pm, and repeats every Saturday morning at 9:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91!

California Update for Friday, January 26, 2018

Jan 26, 2018
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

• California's longest-serving governor gave his final State of the State address to lawmakers Thursday. Capital Public Radio’s reporters have this round-up.

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

California Update for Thursday, January 25, 2018

Jan 25, 2018
Gregory Bull / AP

• The U.S. Department of Justice is threatening to subpoena California and several cities within it over sanctuary policies.

• Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to strike less of the "resistance" tone he took in last year's State of the State just four days after President Trump's inauguration. Instead, look for Brown to focus on climate change and the criminal justice system.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Ben Adler.

Sonoma County Clerk, William F. Rousseau, is urging residents displaced by the October 2017 wildfires to update their mailing address with the Registrar of Voters so that they receive voting materials for upcoming elections. 

“We want to help voters who may have been impacted by the wildfires understand how to update their voter registration. With thousands of voters displaced by the recent wildfires, we want to ensure that everyone who wishes to participate in the upcoming elections is given the opportunity to do so,” said William F. Rousseau, Sonoma County Clerk. 

This week, Ric presents Jethro Tull: Remixes, Outtakes, Live. Jethro Tull combined hard rock, progressive rock and British folk to create one of the most distinctive bodies of work in rock history. Most of the "classic" Tull albums (from 1968's This Was to 1978's Heavy Horses) have received the deluxe/bonus/rarities treatment. We'll delve deep into these rarely heard tracks, including outstanding remixes by Steven Wilson, of Porcupine Tree.

Hear Ric on the Radio Thursday January 25th, 9-11pm, on KRCB-FM Radio 91!

Supervisors seek public input to guide recovery efforts at three upcoming workshops

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors invites community members to attend and provide input to guide post-fire recovery efforts at three upcoming public workshops. Each workshop will focus on a different topic, including Housing, Natural Resources, Economic Development, Health and Human Services, and Infrastructure. 

Topic areas will be discussed on the following dates:  

California Update for Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Jan 24, 2018

• The Trump administration launched a new tariff on the solar industry Tuesday over concerns that foreign imports of solar parts are taking away from business from U.S. manufacturers.

• University of California Regents are scheduled to vote on a 2.5 percent tuition increase Wednesday — the second consecutive hike after a six-year freeze.

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

It's no use yelling "Someone call me a doctor!" because, in this particular time in our country, all I'd get would be a chorus of "O.K.! You're a doctor!" Very funny.  

California Update for Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Jan 23, 2018
David McNew / Getty Images

• The number of Valley Fever cases in California has reached its highest since the state began tracking the disease. Public health officials, patient groups and now lawmakers are looking for new ways to prevent and diagnose it.

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola.

Juan Carlos Quindos

Here is the music to listen for this week on World Cafe:  

Monday, January 22nd – The Dream Syndicate

Last year the Dream Syndicate released their first album since they split almost 30 years ago. We’ll talk with band leader Steve Wynn about their reunion, and their early days touring with REM and U2. The Dream Syndicate performs live on the next World Cafe.  

Tuesday, January 23rd – NEEDLE DROP: Cozy Winter Songs  

Matt Rota for Reveal

The #MeToo movement has swept from Hollywood to Capitol Hill. The careers of powerful men ended as women spoke out against workplace harassment and assault. On this episode of Reveal, we look at what happens when the people involved aren’t celebrities or powerful. We team up with KQED, the UC Berkeley Investigative Reporting Program, FRONTLINE and Univision to investigate sexual violence against female janitors.

Hear REVEAL every Saturday morning at 8:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91!

Kirsten Luce for The Marshall Project

This week on This American Life: A year into Trump’s presidency, stories chronicling the sometimes hard, often bad, decisions politicians from both parties are making.  

Hear This American Life every Friday night at 7:00 pm; repeating Saturday mornings at 9:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91!

Tonight on Rhythm & Roots:

Mark Nicholas presents part 2 of "I Hear Dead People," his tribute to those who passed.  In addition to musical guests like: Greg Allman, Glenn Campbell, and Barbara Cook, he'll also honor some of the funny people in the entertainment world like:  Don Rickles, Bill Dana, who played Jose Jiminez, and Dick Orkin.  Who was Dick Orkin? 

Tune in to KRCB tonight at 8PM and find out!

Here is who to listen for this week on WORLD CAFE:

Monday, January 15: Lizz Wright 

Soul and gospel singer Lizz Wright delivers some of the finest musicianship we've heard on the Café, as she covers songs made famous by Nina Simone, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Glen Campbell. Those versions appear on Wright's new covers album called Grace, and boy does she deliver on the ideals of grace for Martin Luther King Day on World Café. 


Tuesday, January 16: Remembering Delores O'Riordan  

New Public Service Announcement: Price Gouging Is Not Only Wrong, It's Illegal 

When: January 25, 2018 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm  
Where: Santa Rosa High School Gymnasium 
1235 Mendocino Avenue - Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Chris Hyde / Getty Images

• Wedding bells began to ring for same-sex couples in Australia last week.  Two couples tied the knot in ceremonies happening just moments after midnight. 

• Here in the U.S, the Human Rights Campaign released the 2017 state equality index report.  Many state legislatures across the country considered sweeping anti-LGBT laws to allow wholesale discrimination, including some that attack marriage equality and transgender youth. The good news is that California is among the 13 top rated states in the report. 

California Update for Friday, January 12, 2018

Jan 12, 2018
Sally Schilling / Capital Public Radio

• A bill that would have expanded the use of rent control in California fell one vote shy of passing the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee.

• Three California gas-fired energy plants could be replaced with giant batteries. The proposal calls for PG&E to find clean energy alternatives for two Calpine-owned gas-fired plants in Sutter County and one in San Jose.

Today's reporting by Sally Schilling and Ezra David Romero.

This week on Percussion Discussion with host Jim Laveroni - the focus will be on 30's, 40's and 50's drummer Gene Krupa. Jim is celebrating Krupa's birthday a bit early, since it is January 15th. Krupa would have been 109 years old! Gene Krupa is Jim's favorite - so check him out this week. 

Listen to Percussion Discussion every Thursday night at 7:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91!