Fasting ‘to Get in Touch With Your Soul;’ Jewish Holiday Yom Kippur Ends ‘Days of Awe’ – Sep 29, 2017

The most important Jewish holiday of the year starts at sundown tonight. The Jewish Holiday Yom Kippur begins tonight at sundown. Reb Irwin Keller of Cotati’s Congregation Ner Shalom returns to the studio to tell news director Steve Mencher all about the “Day of Atonement.” Find links to more information about Yom Kippur on the […]

Banned Books Week Features Work Someone Thinks Should Be Hidden Away – Sep 28, 2017

It’s the middle of Banned Books Week, sponsored by a coalition of groups like librarians who fight censorship. Since 1982, a coalition of groups takes a week each year – this week – to call attention to books that are removed from shelves in school and public libraries in the United States because someone decides […]

Sonoma County Lawyers Move to Help DACA Recipients as Crisis Unfolds – Sep 27, 2017

Today we return to last week’s DACA town hall at Santa Rosa Junior College, to learn about county lawyers providing help and resources to young immigrants. Yesterday we heard from Congressman Mike Thompson, who co-hosted a town hall on immigration at Santa Rosa Junior College last week. Today we hear from others at the forum, […]

SRJC Town Hall on Immigration and DACA Provides Hope for Those at Risk – Sep 26, 2017

A town hall on DACA last week provided support for those at risk of losing their foothold in the U-S. On September 20, Santa Rosa Junior College hosted a Town Hall on DACA, with elected officials and representatives from groups who aid young immigrant “Dreamers.” Those registered to work or study under DACA are living […]

A Vietnam Vet Remembers Coming Home to Indifference – Sep 22, 2017

The Vietnam War – from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, continues on many PBS stations Sunday night. We’re reaching out to Vietnam vets in our area to tell us about their service. Ken Holybee remembers feeling confused when he returned home from serving in the army as a truck driver. Ken Holybee will take part […]

Sonoma County Launches New Mini-Grants for Educational Innovation – Sep 21, 2017

Coming up, we’ll hear from the director of innovation at the Sonoma County Office of Education. He talks about money available for “out of the box” solutions that improve learning. Grants of up to $2,500 (twenty-five-hundred dollars) will soon be available to fund innovative approaches to learning for Sonoma County students. Reporter Steve Mencher talked […]

Jewish High Holidays Begin with Blasts of Horn, Bites of Apple and Honey – Sep 20, 2017

For observant Jews, tonight begins a 9-day period of thoughtfulness, followed by a day of fasting. Beginning at sunset this evening, the Jewish Holiday Rosh Hashanah ushers in the High Holidays and the Jewish New Year. Many local congregations have a full slate of activities planned between this evening and the end of Yom Kippur […]

Vietnam Veteran Remembers a Ping, Then ‘Boom’ – Sep 19, 2017

As Ken Burns and Lynn Novick continue their documentary series about The Vietnam War, we conclude our conversation with one local veteran. Last week, we met Vietnam veteran Martin Lesinski. We heard his poetry and learned about his acute sense of responsibility for men under his command. Today he tells reporter Steve Mencher about his […]

Vietnam Veteran Recounts Battlefield Moment – Sep 15, 2017

With the PBS presentation of The Vietnam War beginning this weekend, we continue our conversation with a local veteran. Yesterday we met Vietnam veteran Martin Lesinski and heard his poem about coming to terms with his wartime experiences. We continue with that interview today. As a sergeant, Lesinski felt keenly responsible for the safety of […]

Vietnam Veteran Shares Poem ‘Combat Paper’ About Wartime and What Followed – Sep 14, 2017

A local Vietnam veteran has been working through the experiences of wartime since the 1970s. Poetry has been part of the process. Vietnam is once again pushing its way into the national conversation – courtesy of an 18-hour film by documentarians Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. It starts on many PBS stations Sunday night; KRCB […]