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• A breakdown of the propositions that will appear on the November ballot.

Find a complete list of all twelve ballot initiatives HERE.


• California has some tricky regulations around products containing CBD, an ingredient derived from the marijuana plant. A bill on the governor’s desk could make a newly approved epilepsy medication easier to access.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols and Sammy Caiola.

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From legends like Buck Owens, Lucinda Williams, and Merle Haggard, to current torchbearers Sam Outlaw and Jade Jackson, California country has deep roots and an enduring influence.

HearThe Bluegrass Situation Radio Hour every Monday at 9:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ / Comcast Cable channel 961 all over the Bay Area / the FREE KRCB App @ iTunes & Google Play!  

The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning which is in effect from 11:00 pm Friday to 11:00 pm Saturday. A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions comprised of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures are either occurring now or will shortly.

Andrew Collins was a crooked cop. Over 60 cases of his were overturned when the truth came out. He was thrown in prison, where he turned over a new leaf. But he lives in such a small town, that now that he's out, it’s hard to avoid bumping into people whose lives he ruined. What that's like for him and the people in that town, this week on This American Life

A timely encore presentation of Rosemary Manchester in conversation with Brad Herzog, collaborator on Carolyn Goodman’s memoir, My Mantelpiece: a Memoir of Survival and Social Justice. Goodman, who died in 2007, was the mother of Andy Goodman, who in 1964 along with James Earl Chaney and Michael Schwerner, was murdered in Mississippi while trying to register black voters. Carolyn turned her son’s death into a mission to educate, communicate, and take action against injustice.

That's right. I'm going to pretend I'm absolutely sure that the "Spirits" show will occur on Friday, June 29th, beginning at 8PM. Maybe I'd better stop referring to it as "Spirits", and just go ahead with "alcohol" or maybe even "booze". At any rate, it will include a rare collection of tipplers from all over the known world. Hopefully, I won't sabotage myself by talking way too much about the cup that cheers. Once again, friends, I swear to you that my palate has been clear of both vino veritas and the other kind for a decade and counting.

Frankie Boots stops by this morning at 10 to talk about living in NOLA and new recordings. Frankie Boots  performs at Toad in the Hole in Santa Rosa tonight.


David Lunning performs tonight in Cloverdale for "Friday Night Live at the Plaza." He stops by this morning at 11 for a chat with Brian and maybe a song, or two.

California Update for Friday, June 29, 2018

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• California cities and counties are now banned from new soda and sugary-drink tax increases for the next 12 years after state lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown rushed a bill into law Thursday in exchange for the withdrawal of a November ballot measure.


• Californians will vote on abolishing Daylight Saving Time.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Drew Sandsor.

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Renowned music critic and author Robert Hilburn has released the new biography, Paul Simon: The Life. The book follows Simon's enduring career, exploring the stories behind pivotal moments like the breakout hit "The Sound of Silence," and his 1986 comeback solo album, Graceland.

We're talking about one of the greatest American songwriters today on the World Cafe. 

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On the next Fresh Air, we remember former Poet laureate Donald Hall, who died Saturday at the age of 89.  Many of his poems were about his wife, poet Jane Kenyon, and his sense of loss when she died. We'll listen back to an excerpt of Terry’s interview with Kenyon and Hall, as well as excerpts of later interviews with Hall, after her death.

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On the next Morning Edition from NPR News, President Trump promised he would appoint conservative judges. The retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy gives him the chance to do it for the second time. Democrats are signaling they'll fight the president's nomination.

In this very personal show, Ric takes us on a journey from his earliest musical experiences (Bob Dylan, ELO, Steely Dan) to his impressionable teen years (Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, REM) and concluding with his post-college years (Polvo, Royal Trux, Fugazi.) Along the way, we will discuss the memory-forming power of music and how music acts as milestone markers in our lives.

California Update for Thursday, June 28, 2018

Jun 28, 2018
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• The California budget signed Wednesday by Governor Jerry Brown includes several pieces intended to help address the state’s homelessness crisis.


• An often overlooked part of retiring U-S Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s legacy is the mark he made on California’s prison system. 

Today's stories written by Ben Adler.

Amanda Ann Platt & the Honeycutters perform the Kate Wolf Music Festival this weekend. They join Brian in Studio A this morning. We'll also hear from Isabel Garson with the Entertainment Calendar. 

Morning Music starts at 9 am.

On the next Fresh Air we hear from reporter Jonathan Blitzer, who covers immigration for The New Yorker. He is reporting from El Paso, where he’s spoken to women who were separated from their children at the border.  We’ll talk about the immigration crisis—the one that he says has been created by the Trump administration.

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The Trump administration faces a challenge: reuniting the migrant families it separated. A federal judge said the government must reunite more than two thousand immigrant kids with their families. But there are questions about how the process will work... and whether the government can get it done in time.


From the BSC vault, we'll hear an archived performance and interview with Rufus and Carla Thomas.

Beale Street Caravan airs Wednesday nights at 11 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ / Comcast channel 961 throughout the Bay Area / Download the FREE KRCB App @ iTunes & Google Play!


In this week’s ‘back by popular demand’ broadcast, eTown turns on the southern charm as the crew heads to Athens, Georgia for a very special installment of our ‘eTown on the road’ ongoing series. We’ll be coming to you from the legendary Georgia Theater, joined by both a local musical group Cicada Rhythm and our longtime eTown friend (and singer/songwriter extraordinaire) JJ Grey. We’ll have lots of great music, plus a conversation with a local woman whose Georgia-based nonprofit organization provides books to low-income children in the area.

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President Trump says the U-S needs new laws to cut down on illegal immigration. But illegal border crossings are actually down since 2000.

Meanwhile, asylum cases are up.

All Things Considered can be heard weekday afternoons from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ / Comcast channel 961 throughout the Bay Area / Download the FREE KRCB mobile app from the App Store & Google Play!

W. Kamau Bell has a new Netflix stand-up comedy special called Private School Negro.  His CNN series United Shades of America is in its third season. And he has a new web miniseries investigating his ancestry and turning up some big surprises—including one about his white great-great-grandfather.

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Nathaniel Rateliff and his 7-piece band, The Night Sweats, got their big break in 2015 when they performed "S.O.B." on The Tonight Show, and the song went platinum. On this encore edition of the World Cafe, they join host Talia Schlanger in the studio to share about some of the tough conversations that inspired their latest album, Tearing at the Seams. And we'll hear what happened to Nathaniel's faith and his relationship to music after losing his religious father at a young age. Plus, an explosive live performance.

California Update for Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Jun 27, 2018
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• The Supreme Court struck down California’s Reproductive Fact Act Tuesday, siding with anti-abortion groups who argued the policy tread on free speech.


• An initiative that would allow Internet users to learn what companies like Facebook and Google know about them — and stop the sharing or selling of their data — has qualified for California’s November ballot.


Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Sammy Caiola

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This week on Friends of the Blues,  music from John Lee Hooker, Albert King, Valerie Wellington, and Albert Castiglia. Also, Kim Wilson, Hash Brown’s Texas Blues Revue f/ Sam Myers & ZuZu Bollin, Tommy Castro, and Tab Benoit.

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

As Mexico prepares for elections, the country faces an unprecedented wave of political violence. More than 100 candidates and campaign workers have been killed this election season.

All Things Considered can be heard weekday afternoons from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ / Comcast channel 961 throughout the Bay Area / Download the FREE KRCB mobile app from the App Store & Google Play!

Host Terry Gross talks with journalist Alissa Quart, author of the new book Squeezed.  And we hear from Frank Newsome, who sings acapella hymns in a style that’s one of the oldest American music traditions. He’s a former Virginia coal miner who now has black lung disease. Join us. 


The Ruen Brothers channel 1950s rock n roll on their debut album, All My Shades of Blue. After years spent honing their skills in the pubs of Northern England, the brothers recently traveled to Malibu to record with legendary producer Rick Rubin, receiving some extra help from famous musicians like Lana Del Rey and Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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• California lawmakers hope voters will free up $2 billion in housing bonds for the homeless that have been stalled in court.


• The Red Cross has set up a shelter due to the Pawnee Fire in Lake County that has forced three-thousand people to evacuate.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Drew Sandsor.

On this week’s Mountain Stage, Shemekia Copeland, John Németh & The Blue Dreamers, Bridget Kearney, T Sisters, and Edward David Anderson.

Mountain Stage can be heard every Monday night at 10:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ / 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!

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On the next Fresh Air the ongoing crisis with contaminated water and lead poisoning in Flint, Michigan. Terry Gross talks with pediatrician and public health advocate Mona Hanna Attisha, about the research that led her to sound the alarm back in 2015.  Nearly three years later, she still doesn’t drink tap water there.  She’s now the director of an initiative to deal with the crisis.


We’re bringing the funk – specifically we’re bringing the sound of GO-GO -  to the world café with Rare Essence, one of the pioneers of go-go music, from the city where it was born: Washington DC. they’ve been making music for over four decades. We’ll talk about the origins of Go Go music, why call and response is a MUST and have one heck of a dance party.