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When what you see doesn’t comport with science, with reason, with the rules you know about how the universe works; who are you going to believe?

Logic? Or your own lying eyes?

Listen to Snap Judgment - storytelling with a beat - every Saturday morning at 10:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ / Comcast Cable channel 961 all over the Bay Area / Download the FREE KRCB mobile App from iTunes & Google Play!

"You wanna read a real history book?" Matt Damon asks Robin Williams in the movie Good Will Hunting. "Read Howard Zinn's People's History of the United States. That book'll knock you on your ass."

This week on Milk Street Radio, the ethics of free ice cream samples; pork/pineapple tacos; and Whetstone Magazine travels the world; does coffee cause cancer?

We’ll meet Pakistan's Martha Stewart, learn to make pisto, and a quick yogurt sauce.

Plus, a recipe for Tacos al Pastor.

President Trump is not the first commander in chief to invoke national security as the reason behind controversial policies. But he uses it far more often than previous presidents have. A closer look on today's All Things Considered from NPR News.

Paul Balfe

If there is intelligent life elsewhere in the universe, why haven’t we heard from the extraterrestrials yet? Producer David Kestenbaum explains The Fermi Paradox to host Ira Glass. The possibility that we are alone in the universe makes David sad.

Three people grapple with the question, “Are we alone?”

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Happy July Fourth! Add some sizzle to your backyard barbecue with hot licks from the stage as we road trip from New Orleans to Butte, Montana. We start off at Preservation Hall in the French Quarter for vocal fireworks from gospel quartet the Blind Boys of Alabama and Crescent City soul singer Irma Thomas, both backed by the mojo masters of Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

The Record Company made their 2016 debut album in bass player Alex Stiff's living room in L.A. and wound up with hit songs, sold-out headlining shows, and a Grammy nomination. All on the strength of that one album, Give It Back to You. Now they've released the follow-up, called All of This Life. The trio joins host Talia Schlanger to talk about their surprising and quick rise to fame and what life has been like since. 


On the next Fresh Air -- the story of the Kellogg Brothers, who invented Corn Flakes and other breakfast cereals, and ran the Battle Creek Sanatorium, which pioneered the concept of wellness. There’s lots of surprises in the Kellogg story, relating to the 7th Day Adventists, abstinence, and eugenics.

President Trump announced tariffs on steel from foreign countries in a move that he says will help create jobs for American steelworkers. But Dennis Slater, the president of a trade association for equipment manufacturers says tariffs could cause prices for steel from the U.S. as well as steel from abroad to rise, leading to less business for a variety of American companies.

Tune in Sunday evening at 6 when Mouthful welcomes David Law, owner and co-founder, and Chris Bailey, vice president, of Gourmet Mushrooms, producer of some of the finest specialty mushrooms not only in Sonoma County but the country and the world. Gourmet Mushrooms was founded in Sebastopol in the late 1970s and has blossomed into one of our most important agricultural businesses.

It's all about mushrooms on Mouthful, Smart Talk About Food, Wine & Farming with host Michele Anna Jordan.

Kernan Coleman

Hi, friends. I'm writing after just coming back from downtown Santa Rosa, where several thousand people have been assembling to protest our government's incredibly cruel treatment of immigrant children and their parents. After substantial grumbling over the actions of Trump (Not My President), it appears that the citizens of this country are not about to let the immigrant children slide. There are actions of this sort all over the United States today, and even in other countries, I believe.

Tonight enjoy special guest Cricket Karen. Conversations about music, listening to her live original tunes, and maybe even hearing about the coolness of her name. Chirp! Chirp! Host Jon Gonzales will be spinning a healthy diet of local music via the airwaves. Songwriters from Mendo to Marin and back!

We consider it part of our mission at Art of the Song and the Standing O Project to raise awareness of people who are using music in unique ways to change the world. The Brothers Koren, Isaac and Thorald, are such luminaries, using music as a vehicle for personal growth. With a successful career as a band known as The Kin, playing to arenas of 20,000 fans, opening for the likes of Coldplay & Pink, The Brothers Koren now specialize in taking individuals and groups through a process of songwriting and singing as personal transformation with their program The Songwriter’s Journey.

The County of Sonoma encourages residents to participate in upcoming workshops that will gather public input to shape the Recovery and Resiliency Plan to ensure the safety, livelihoods, and economic prosperity of the residents of Sonoma County.

“Sonoma County will recover from these devastating fires, but we cannot do it alone,” said Board of Supervisors Chair James Gore. “We invite community members from every corner of the County to come to the table and share your ideas about what actions will help lead to a successful recovery and resilient future.”

California Update for Thursday, July 5, 2018

Jul 5, 2018
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

• Firefighters in California are scrambling to control the state’s largest wildfire of the year that has ravaged nearly 86,000 acres.


• The White House made the baseless claim California Sen. Kamala Harris is "supporting MS-13." PolitiFact California rated this Pants On Fire.

Find all Politifact California fact checks HERE.

Today's reporting by Nadine Sebai and Chris Nichols.


On the next Fresh Air, a look back at the Supreme Court term with New York Times reporter, Adam Liptak. He'll talk about important decisions that didn’t get much attention, as well as those that did. And we'll hear about Justice Kennedy's retirement. 

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real carry the country rock torch for a new generation – From all-out rockers to tender ballads, and lyrics full of humor and heartache. Lukas is the son of Willie Nelson, who the band has opened for many times, and they've also collaborated on records with Neil Young, including his latest one, The Visitor. We'll hear how they landed that gig, and it wasn't by having a famous father, as Lukas tells host Talia Schlanger. We're revisiting Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real's in-studio performance, on this encore edition of the World Cafe.

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In the mid-term elections, a handful of candidates who are embracing far left policies like single-payer health care have won Democratic primaries. Democratic establishment leaders, like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, have indicated that these platforms may win seats in some districts -- but not all. And if the Democratic Party does win back control of the House, it could be with members who have a wide range of policy views, that could prove challenging to bring together.

This week on Beale Street Caravan we have soul music legend and Fat Possum Records recording artist, Don Bryant. Plus, BSC Contributor Robert Gordon will be with us to talk about the History of Hi Records.

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!

It’s an eclectic encore broadcast this week as we revisit our show featuring hip-hop artist and community activist Brother Ali, who shares his unique take on rap music, as well as stories on his background, what it was like growing up with albinism, and his musical quest to spread a positive message through music. Also with us is long-time friend of the show, Chuck Prophet, plus a check in with Laura Tenenbaum, a scientist from NASA, to hear about the challenges and triumphs the organization has experienced over the last few years.

California Update for Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Jul 4, 2018

• Protests at ICE facilities in California are expected to continue as demonstrators and politicians speak out against current Trump Administration policies.


• All the fires burning in Northern California have health officials on alert. Air quality agencies want everyone to reduce the time they spend outdoors when smoke is present.

Today's reporting by Randol White and Ezra David Romero.

You only have one chance to make a first impression, and these artists nailed it. On today's special edition of the World Cafe, the theme is Album 1, Side 1, Song 1. Join host Stephen Kallao as he plays the opening track from debut albums that left lasting impressions on the music world. Songs like "Don't Know Why" by Norah Jones, R.E.M.'s "Radio Free Europe," and Violent Femmes' "Blister in the Sun". It's an Independence Day playlist of some of the best musical beginnings. On the next World Cafe.

Peter Figen

On the next Fresh Air - for the July 4th holiday, we go deep in our archive for some great American roots music.  We’ll listen back to a 1988 interview with the revered folk and bluegrass guitarist and singer, the late Doc Watson.  And we’ll hear his 1989 Fresh Air concert.

The Supreme Court has made major decisions in recent years on a variety of issues affecting electoral politics, including campaign finance, gerrymandering, voter identification laws, and interpretation of the Voting Rights Act. President Trump's pick for a Supreme Court could have a big impact on how elections are run in the United States, and as a result, how future leaders are elected. We'll look at how the Supreme Court could affect voting rights throughout the country on the next Morning Edition from NPR News.

California Update for Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Jul 3, 2018

• As Republicans attempt to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, Democrats in Congress are looking for ways to protect Californians who’ve come to rely heavily on the landmark health bill.

• CAL FIRE worries about hot temperatures and fireworks as the number of acres burned this year doubles in just the last three days.

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola and Bob Moffitt.

We talk with Michael McFaul, who served as the U. S. ambassador to Russia under President Obama.  He'll talk about the upcoming Trump/Putin summit, and what McFaul’s experience was like in the room with Putin.  Putin blamed McFaul and Hillary Clinton for the protests surrounding Putin’s 3rd election as President. 

Scott Newton

Since his 2004 debut, Ray LaMontagne has been releasing intimate albums that feel like you're listening in on a private moment. And in some ways, you truly are. The singer-songwriter is generally known to keep his personal life personal, which makes his recent visit to the World Cafe so special. He joins host Talia Schlanger to tell stories about his family – He met his now wife, Sarah, when they were kids who both had rocky home lives. Plus, Ray performs music from his new album, Part of the Light, live.

The Stray Birds, Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill, Jon Stickley Trio, Brian Dunne, and Corey Shields all on this week's Mountain Stage.

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!


On the next Fresh Air  - Terry talks with rapper, producer, screenwriter and film director Boots Riley.  He’s the son of grassroots activists, and frontman for The Coup, a hip hop band whose members describe themselves as “a revolutionary music collective.”  Riley’s new film Sorry to Bother You, starring Atlanta’s Lakeith Stanfield, is a social satire inspired by his time as a telemarketer.

Two veteran songwriters find fertile common ground on the next World Cafe. The Blasters’ Dave Alvin and Flatlander Jimmie Dale Gilmore have a new album called Downey to Lubbock. They'll play live with a full band and tell stories about their musical roots on the next World Cafe.

World Cafe airs every weekday at 2:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @  / Comcast Cable channel 961 all over the Bay Area / Download the FREE KRCB Mobile App @ iTunes & Google Play!