Sonoma County Leaders Discuss Challenging the Status Quo – September 11, 2019

How progressive is Sonoma County? Barbie Robinson, Director of the Department of Health Services, shares her opinion during a panel discussion.

The local non-profit, California Human Development held a panel discussion with North Bay Women leaders last month. In this excerpt from the panel, Barbie Robinson, the Director of the Sonoma County Department of Health Services, was asked how she disrupts the status quo.

Two of the participants from that panel, Supervisor Lynda Hopkins and Karen Demarest of the Sonoma County Community Foundation will be joining us on Sunday night for our next edition of Connect the Bay — Closing the Gap, Conversations with Women Leaders. We will also be joined by School Board Trustee Stephanie Manieri and Sonoma State Chief of Staff Jerlena Griffin-Desta. Send questions for these guests to The show will also feature Co-founder of United Farm Workers Dolores Huerta and Speaker Nancy Pelosi. 

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(Photo: Elizabeth Gore listens as Barbie Robinson makes a point – Steve Mencher)

Sonoma County Leaders Discuss Sexism in Politics During Panel – September 10, 2019

Supervisor Lynda Hopkins is tired of being asked, “How can you do your job with kids?” She talked about why this question is problematic during a panel discussion about women in leadership at the Paradise Ridge Winery at the end of August. The panel was hosted by the non-profit California Human Development and moderated by Karen Demarest from the Community Foundation of Sonoma County. In this excerpt from the panel, Demarest talks with Hopkins about how to overcome sexism in politics.

Lynda Hopkins and Karen Demarest will be joining us for our live TV show Connect the Bay: Erasing the Gap, Conversations with Women Leaders. Watch the show this Sunday at 5 p.m. on KRCB TV Channel 22.

Study Shows Climate Change Could Decimate Oyster Habitat – September 6, 2019

California oyster growers are looking for ways to protect the industry from climate change.

Research from the University of California at Davis published last month shows that climate change is especially bad news…if you like to eat oysters. KRCB’s Adia White visited Hog Island Oyster Company on Tomales Bay to find out why.

To learn more about how oysters will be affected by climate change visit

(Photo: Sarah Stierch [CC BY 4.0])

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The Terrorists Hunter Reveal TV Preview – August 5, 2019

Director Ann Shin started out wanting to make a documentary about female spies. But the film she ended up making, wasn’t what she expected.

This Saturday on KRCB TV 22, we’re premiering Reveal TV, from The Center for Investigative Reporting. The first documentary, “The Terrorist Hunter,” tells the story of Rita Katz, who co-founded her own private intelligence company.  But Katz’s legacy is also surrounded by controversy. Director of the film Ann Shin talked with KRCB’s Adia White from her office in Canada.

“The Terrorist Hunter” airs Saturday at 8 p.m. on KRCB TV 22. For a link to watch the film online visit

(Photo courtesy of Reveal)

A Local Response to President Trump’s Claim of Jewish Disloyalty – September 4, 2019

When President Donald Trump said that Jews who don’t support him were “disloyal,” alarm bells went off in Jewish communities throughout the U.S.

To some, this brought up the shadow of anti-Semitism. The supposed dual loyalty of Jews has long been used as a weapon against them. One local spiritual leader, Reb. Irwin Keller, responded with a poem…

The complete conversation between Reb. Irwin Keller of Ner Shalom in Cotati and News Director Steve Mencher is at

Housing Insecurity Related to the Tubb’s Fire is Taking a Toll on Youth’s Health – September 3, 2019

In the aftermath of the Tubbs fire, thousands in Sonoma County remain at risk of homelessness. KRCB’s Adia White looks into how housing insecurity is affecting the health of youth in the North Bay.              

This story was supported by a grant from the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism. To learn more about the impacts of the Tubbs fire on health, visit

(Photo: SkySat satellite image of the aftermath of the Tubbs Fire in the Coffey Park neighborhood of Santa Rosa, California – CC BY-SA 4.0)

California Exploring Use of Controlled Burns to Prevent Bigger Fires – August 30, 2019

As California continues to suffer from devastating wildfires, the state is looking to an ancient method of prevention.

Over the past two years, California has been devastated by the worst wildfires in its history. As those fires continue to grow in frequency and intensity, the state has begun to fight fire with fire.  Felicity Barringer, editor and lead writer at the Bill Lane Center for the American West talked with KRCB’s Adia White about the benefits of controlled burns.

To hear a story about how Native Americans use prescribed burns, listen to episode 2 of our podcast, Living Downstream, “Firing Forests to Save Them.” Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts, or at

(Photo: Fire stimulates new life at Pepperwood Preserve – Debra Utacia Krol)

Three Years In, Legal Cannabis Still Causing Fights – August 29, 2019

When pot was used in secret, the pungent smoke was often a giveaway. Today, the odor is an issue again. This time, it’s the skunky smell of growing cannabis.

California voters approved adult use of cannabis in 2016. But pot remains subject to a crazy quilt of local ordinances and rules. Supervisor Lynda Hopkins likens regulating cannabis to building a plane while flying it. She spoke with KRCB’s Nate Charles.

To hear more cannabis stories, visit our website,

(Photo: Jennifer Martin [CC BY-SA 4.0])

Rainer Navarro Becomes New Police Chief of Santa Rosa – August 28, 2019

After 27 years working as a beat cop, detective and commander at the Santa Rosa Police Department, Rainer Navarro became the new police chief of Santa Rosa. He is the first Latino police chief of the department.

KRCB’s Adia White asks Navarro what’s different about him.

Navarro says his priority is community policing. He also says he wants to focus on transparency, accountability and leveraging technology. You can read more about him on our website

(Photo: Santa Rosa Police Chief Rainer Navarro – Adia White/NCPM)

Changes in Math Education Cause Anxiety Among Parents – August 27, 2019

Changes in how math is taught can prove challenging for parents trying to help their kids with homework.

It’s August and kids in Sonoma County are back in school. But, as students seek help with their math homework, parents are often stumped. Math in the modern age is taught differently, and that makes it harder for adults to help. NPR “Math Guy” Keith Devlin shares his thoughts on this dilemma with KRCB News Director Steve Mencher.

To find links to more of Keith Devlin’s work, visit

(Photo: Keith Devlin – Richard Ressman [CC BY-SA 3.0])