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.

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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. 

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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!

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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.

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

Jun 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.

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.