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League of Women Voters Special: 2016 Pros and Cons of the Ballot InitiativesSunday, October 30 at 8 am Feeling overwhelmed by the long list of state ballot initiatives? All 17 of them! Then don’t…


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Sonoma Inspired: Art Inspired Naturally by the North Bay

KRCB North Bay Public Media is proud to present a unique series of videos that explore art and artistry in Sonoma County. View artwork inspired by the breathtaking scenery of our region and learn…

North Bay News

EVs Circle the Globe in 80 Days

For his summer vacation his year, Alan Soule took a trip around the world—literally—behind the wheel of his electric car.

Unnatural Causes examines health concerns beyond mere medicine

KRCB-TV is partnering with the Sonoma County Department of Health to present Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? This four-part series highlights the socioeconomic factors that play a role in causing poorer health. The series started on Tuesday, September 23 at 9 pm and subsequent episodes will air the following three Tuesday evenings at 9.
KRCB is taking this opportunity to try to start a dialogue in our community about the influence that poverty and racism might play in making the people who live here sicker, and what we can do to change that. So we went to a few local leaders who work on health and poverty issues to ask them what they felt the major challenges were facing our community. We also asked some people on the street about their opinions of the intersection of poverty and health.

You've come this far - we invite you take another step: get involved in the local discussion.

Here are a few ways:

Get involved with some of the organizations working locally on health care access, reducing or equalizing the effects of poverty, or stopping racism:

Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County
Sonoma County Living Wage Coalition
Redwood Empire Food Bank
Sonoma County Health Access Coalition
Sonoma County Office of Education
Sonoma County Department of Public Health

Learn more:

Unnatural Causes web site (for video clips, more information, interactive activities and more)
MacArthur Foundation Study: Reaching for a Healthier Life
Health statistics in Sonoma County from the Sonoma County Department of Public Health

We also urge you to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your thoughts on the episode. We'll post some of the best responses on the web site, and might mention some on-air!

April 15 - In Sickness and in Wealth
This is a story about health, but it’s not about doctors or drugs. Set mostly in Louisville, Kentucky, it’s a detective story out to solve the mystery of what’s stalking and killing so many Americans before their time. The program uncovers the connections between healthy bodies and healthy bank accounts - and why residents of so many other nations, including many poorer countries, live longer and healthier lives. Solutions, evidence suggests, may lie not in more pills but in more equality.

April 22 - When the Bough Breaks / Becoming American
African-American infant mortality rates remain twice as high as white Americans regardless of education level. Investigators are circling in on how the chronic stress of racism throughout a life can become a risk factor embedded in the body. Recent Mexican immigrants, on the other hand, though poorer, tend to be healthier than the average American. But the longer they’re here, the worse their relative health becomes. Is there something about life in America that is harming their health? Conversely, what
is protective about new immigrant communities that we can learn from?

April 29 - Bad Sugar / Place Matters
Bad Sugar/Place Matters travels to the O’odham Indian reservations of southern Arizona where residents are marked not just by poverty but with the dubious distinction of perhaps the highest rates of Type 2 diabetes in the world. While public attention has been focused on risky behaviors and genes, evidence increasingly points to a link between chronic disease and “futurelessness.” The program also looks at a new approach to health—one rooted in communities regaining control over their destiny.

May 6 - Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?
Collateral Damage/Not Just A Paycheck Mainlanders view the Pacific Islands as a paradise, but diabetes, cardiovascular and kidney diseases and tuberculosis are taking a toll on the Pacific Islander population. In the Marshall Islands and in the unlikely spot of Springdale, AR, this program shows how globalization is affecting health—often in unanticipated ways.


           NHK Available on KRCB 22.3, Comcast Ch. 817

North Bay News

Agencies Warn Of Flooding Potential In California

ALSO: California voters who oppose the plastic bag industry may accidentally cast ballots against their views.

Botanical Artists Capture the Diversity of Alcatraz Gardens

For a dozen years, volunteers have been working diligently to restore the historic gardens on Alcatraz Island.

Life Inside the Beach Boys

It’s been half a century since the Beach Boys were at their peak in the 1960s, yet their music endures and surviving members of the band maintain a busy concert schedule.

POLITIFACT CA: Fact-Checking Claims From California's 7th Congressional District Debate

Fact checks from Rep. Ami Bera and Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones during this week's 7th Congressional District debate.

The Sea Forager's Guide to the Northern California Coast

Our coast is home to dozens of varieties of strange, often elusive, sometimes slimy, yet almost always somehow edible sea life.


Music News

Something Completely Heroic: Tuesday at 7 pm

To the extent that all of us have gone through the bizarre horrors how that was the three Clinton/Trump fiascos, I just know it'll be a great relief to spend some time with music about people who…
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Lil Wayne's Rikers Island Memoir Only Tells Half The Story

Lil Wayne's prison memoir, Gone Til November, is — like his two Sorry 4 The Wait mixtapes — framed as a stopgap offering to quell fan's appetites during an unexpectedly prolonged wait between…
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Run The Jewels Announces New Album, Shares 'Talk To Me'

Run The Jewels has always been heavy as hell, a hip-hop duo that can hang with leather-clad metalheads as much as the club. Killer Mike and El-P just dropped "Talk To Me," the first single from RTJ3…
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Drake Shares Three New Songs, Announces 'More Life'

Drake has released three new songs. The Canadian rapper and singer debuted "Two Birds, One Stone," "Sneakin'" and "Fake Love" Sunday night on his Beats 1 radio program. The tracks are being released…
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Drake Shares New Songs, Announces 'More Life'

Drake has released three new songs. The Canadian rapper and singer debuted "Two Birds, One Stone," "Sneakin'" and "Fake Love" Sunday night on his Beats 1 radio program. The tracks are being released…


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