Top Ten Favorites, World Music 2014

Jan 8, 2015

by: Glen Alpert - Crossing Borders on KRCB-FM, Sundays 1 to 3pm


Banning Microbeads

Dec 4, 2014

  The California legislature came within a single vote, earlier this year, of passing a bill to prohibit the use of tiny plastic microbeads in cosmetic products sold in the state. Backers of the measure are vowing to try again next year. KRCB’s science reporter Danielle Venton examines why they are a problem.

What's lacking in farm workers' health care

Dec 3, 2014

  To better meet the health needs of migrant farm workers, health care professionals will need to expand their training to include background in the social issues and conditions that affect those patients.

Health care services for migrant farm workers in California, says Seth Holmes, are sparse, overburdened and underfunded. All of which is a natural outcome from the way our for-profit medical system is structured.

Living with Migrant Farmworkers

Dec 2, 2014

  To learn about the harsh realities of a migrant farm worker’s life, researcher Seth Holmes took a first-person approach, living and working alongside them for a season.

The group of farmworkers he joined were willing enough to allow him to work and travel with them, Holmes recounts, but gaining their trust took more than five months.

Reexamining Prohibition's Legacy

Nov 13, 2014

  In the 81 years since Prohibition ended, winemaking in California and the United States has made a remarkable recovery. In fact, says documentarian Carla De Luca Worfolk, the long dry years actually set the stage for those gains.

   In researching the various ways that California’s grape growers were able to circumvent the restrictions imposed by Prohibition, filmmaker Carla De Luca Worfolk says she was most impressed to learn about the production and distribution of what were known as “wine bricks.”


  Hispanic children are 1.5 times more likely to be uninsured than other children, and a new report says California is doing better than most states in terms of outreach to their families. Chris Thomas reports.

The greenest turkey dinner? Hunt for your own

Nov 6, 2014
Flickr user Len Blumin

Want an organic, free-range, no-antibiotic turkey this Thanksgiving? Consider hunting for your own.  

In California wild turkeys are on the move: invading urban areas where they become a nuisance and expanding into northern areas at higher elevations. 

Roads Report Cites Mounting Repair Needs

Oct 30, 2014

  Sonoma County Supervisors have decided to hold off on a special election for a bond to fund road reports until next June. Meanwhile, an updated statewide report shows that this is an issue throughout California.

Implementing the FAIR Education Act

Oct 1, 2014

  A recent state law requires history, as taught in public K-12 schools, to incorporate the roles of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or disabled. A Sonoma State professor is leading the effort to suggest just how that could be done.

  For many students in California today, says Don Romesburg, a professor of Women and Gender Studies at SSU, a wider teaching of inclusion may simply reflect their world back to them, even at a young age.

DIY: California's Water Policy Choices

Sep 9, 2014

  As California’s drought continues, the range of possible responses is narrowing, while the cost for most available options is increasing. The California Water Challenge is a new interactive on-line tool intended to give us a better understanding of the choices and trade-offs that face us. Here’s a closer look at it.

The California Water Challenge website went live this morning; you can try it for yourself here.

Inside a Cannabis Dispensary

Aug 12, 2014
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  As medical marijuana use his migrated from the shadows to the sunlight, the patient experience has also become increasingly normalized. On today’s report, we walk through that process.

  In addition to running his business, Peace in Medicine owner Robert Jacob is also a member of the Sebastopol City Council. When his turn as mayor came around earlier this year, his dual role earned him worldwide media attention, at least briefly. He sees it all as a reflection of the way his trade is gradually shedding the “stoner stigma” and gaining mainstream acceptability. 

State Senate Bill Would Streamline Solar Permits

Aug 7, 2014

  A balky permitting process is deterring homeowners from installing solar systems, according to a California legislator. So he's proposed a measure to ease the process. Lori Abbott reports.

Community Power Faces Legislative Roadblock

Jun 16, 2014

  PG&E’s ballot measure to block Community-based green energy operations, such as those in Sonoma and Marin Counties, was rejected by voters in 2010. Now the utility is trying again, through a measure in the state legislature, where they have lined up some influential union support behind it.

Charting California's Place in Country Music

May 13, 2014

 California’s large and influential role in the history of country music was widely overlooked or discounted, until a local writer with roots in the Central Valley took pains to fully tell that story.

California’s influence on country music added a chapter in the 1960s, as bands like New Riders of the Purple Sage, Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen and Asleep at the Wheel, The Flying Burrito Brothers and the Eagles found ways to meld country and rock.  But in Gerald Haslam’s analysis, there were other stylistic threads emerging as well.

Mothers Seeking Paid Sick Leave

May 9, 2014

  Just in time for Mothers' Day Weekend,  a state-wide push to expand sick leave benefits for working women is getting under way. Lori Abbott has this report.

Classic Bike Rides in Northern California

Apr 20, 2014

  Northern California offers an abundance of scenic and challenging routes for bicyclists.  Now a local rider and writer has collected 75 of the best between the covers of a new guidebook.

  When it came time to winnow down the possible rides to just 75 (a number not strictly adhered to, if you count the various multi-day rides and those with several options), Oetinger says that one occasional criterion was the condition of the roadway itself.

Sonoma Ranked 12th Healthiest County in California

Apr 10, 2014

From a health reporting standpoint, the quality of life in Sonoma County is our greatest strength, but we score lowest in our collective behaviors around eating, drinking and smoking. More from that study, and local reaction to it, on today’s North Bay Report.

Evans' Bill Seeks GMO Food Labeling

Mar 30, 2014

 Two years ago, a ballot measure that would have required labeling of foods with genetically modified ingredients was narrowly defeated by California voters. Now that same issue is being debated by the state legislature, in the form of a bill authored by a local legislator.

California's Recycling Goals Also Create Jobs

Mar 21, 2014

There are a lot of good reasons for recycling. But one that doesn’t come to mind right away is an economic impact. A new study suggests that boosting recycling also increases employment, and today we take a closer look at that connection.

Read more about this issue here.

Tougher Energy Standards Coming for New Construction

Mar 4, 2014

California’s green building codes are already some of the strictest in the nation. And there are sweeping further changes on the way.

    The theme of the educational program at the Construction Technology Expo is “High Performance Buildings—Where We Are Going and How We Get There.” Architect Pete Gage says one part of the answer will be a heightened emphasis on including renewable energy generation in new buildings.

Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  Undocumented immigrants in California cannot legally drive here, and a new law that will change that doesn’t go into effect until 2015. In the meantime, local activists are calling for leniency, and Sebastopol is leading the way.

A Founding Father of California

Jan 12, 2014

 Father Junipero Serra was a man of curious contradictions, in the view of biographer Greg Orfala , a Spanish priest who saw, and served the Crown by shaping the indigenous culture into the missions that dot California, and even found merit in Native American spirituality.

Though most Californians who recognize the name of Father Serra hold a rosily favorable impression of the priest, there are some who see him as a exemplar of Spanish imperialism in the New World. Serra biographer Gregory Orfalea says neither extreme is an accurate perception of the real man.

Study: California is Failing its Children

Jan 8, 2014

  A new study finds California needs to do a better job meeting the health, education and economic needs of its children. The annual 2014 California Children's Report Card from Children Now, looks at advancements made last year as the governor and Legislature begin to plan their agendas for the year. Lori Abbott reports.

Campaign for Expanded Health Care Coverage Debuts

Aug 29, 2013

  State health officials have unveiled the first television ads that will be part of the multi-million dollar marketing campaign for California's new health insurance marketplace. Called "Covered California" the marketplace or "exchange" represents a major step in the implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act, sometimes known as Obamacare. It will become fully operational next month.  Two ads were released today, one in Spanish, and this, quite different spot in English.

CA has 21 days to submit a plan to reach the 137% cap on prison population, or face contempt of court chages.

ALSO: A bill to prevent private college loan lenders from garnishing 25-percent of a student’s wages heads to CA Senate committee.


California finally dropped out of the top ten in March.

ALSO: The Boy Scouts of America could lose tax exempt status in CA.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

• Brown melds a victory lap with Bible stories and California history as he urges lawmakers to advance his agenda.

• Both Democrat and Republican lawmakers praise Brown’s State of The State address.

• Lawmakers say more revenue from Proposition 30 should go toward freezing tuition at the state’s colleges and universities.

• In new CA legislature, moderate Democrats hold leverage.

Pauline Bartolone / Capital Public Radio Network

• Governor Brown says the state still faces uncertainty in costs from federal health care reform.

• Brown commits to Medi-Cal expansion, but questions remain about getting there.

• The California Attorney General’s office finds part of the $54 million dollars was intentionally hidden.

• California Lawmakers Vow to Provide Oversight of Medi-Cal Changes in 2013.