Imagine living in a world where you need cash to buy virtually everything — from food to clothes to a new home. Yet you have no cash. The best you can do is stand in line at the bank for hours in the hope of withdrawing a small amount of paper money.

Maybe you could use a smartphone to pay for goods — only you're too poor to afford one.

Welcome to India, land of the cash crunch.

Two Brazilian companies accused of a massive bribery scheme will pay more than $3.5 billion in fines to U.S. and Brazilian authorities.

For patients with serious brain injuries, there's a strong link between sleep patterns and recovery.

A study of 30 patients hospitalized for moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries found that sleep quality and brain function improved in tandem, researchers reported Wednesday in the journal Neurology.

Doctors have long known that black people are more likely than white people to suffer from diseases such as high blood pressure. A study suggests that racial discrimination may be playing a role in a surprising way.

The study, which involved 150 African-Americans living in Tallahassee, Fla., found that knowing someone who had experienced racial discrimination was associated with genetic markers that may affect risk for high blood pressure.

It's become a tradition in the NFL for players to go out for an exorbitantly expensive meal to welcome rookies — and then stick them with the bill.

Houston Texans safety K.J. Dillon fell victim to such a stunt Monday night at a Pappas restaurant. The tab was a whopping $16,255.20.

To glance at some of the political news this week, you'd think it was October.

Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta did Meet the Press over the weekend to talk about Russia hacking the DNC's emails.

Hillary Clinton aide Brian Fallon took to Twitter on Tuesday to question the FBI's investigation into Clinton's emails.

Officials blame a bath lotion used as a liquor substitute in Russia for an outbreak of alcohol poisoning that has now killed 61 people, according to state-run media. As the death toll mounts, President Vladimir Putin plans to cut excise taxes on alcohol, in an effort to cut the demand for surrogate options.

Carola Garcia-Calvo spends her days poring over Islamic State propaganda. It's part of her job as a global terrorism analyst at Madrid's Elcano Royal Institute, a think tank.

Recently, she has noticed a shift.

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Tensions are rising in the Democratic Republic of Congo as the government cracks down on demonstrations against President Joseph Kabila extending his term past his constitutional two-term limit.

Human Rights Watch says it documented at least 26 deaths during protests Tuesday in multiple cities and called the country a "powder keg." It said it is still verifying the number of dead.

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New Year's At The Dispensary

Jan 2, 2018

Jan 2, 2018 -- Recreational cannabis sales became legal in some parts of California on January 1, 2018. Two dispensaries in Ukiah got their temporary licenses under the emergency regulations that went into effect that day: Revolution Emporium and Kure Wellness, both on the north end of town. 

We'll visit both of them, and see how they brought in the new year.

Interview With Local Nursery Owner Ron Edwards

Dec 28, 2017

Dec 28, 2017 -- We're continuing our series of interviews with people in the cannabis industry, preparing for changes in the new year.  Today we'll hear from Ron Edwards, who runs CK Nursery just north of Willits.  Edwards' strategy is to prepare his business as scrupulously as he can, so that he can sell it in a few years. Click on the link below to hear him talk about his plans and his analysis.

Interview With Local Grower Susan Schindler

Dec 27, 2017

Dec 27, 2017 -- In November, I took a walk in Potter Valley with local cannabis cultivator Susan Schindler. This story is loosely divided into two parts. In the first half, we visit Schindler's medical cannabis garden, which was damaged by high winds during the October firestorms. The plants then died from lack of water during the evacuation of Potter Valley. I also took the opportunity to talk with Schindler about her preparations for the next phase of legalization, and how the fire affected her decisions.

Kevin Joe / CDFW

  Red abalone across the North Coast are clinging to life on the rocky reefs.  They are starving and dying in alarming numbers. In response, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife closed the 2018 recreational abalone fishery from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco to the Oregon border. Environmental scientist Cynthia Catton is working with a team of scientists on solutions.  

Carleton E. Watkins, River View, Cathedral Rock, Yosemite, 1861. [J. Paul Getty Museum]

Visiting America's National Parks could get tougher in 2018 if the Trump administration's policy to increase park fees is approved.  The policy cuts into the foundation of American Conservation. Writer and historian Tyler Green explores the history of national parks and the implications of such a policy. 

More Local News

Station News

The next Mendocino County Public Broadcasting Board Of Directors will take place at the Willits Library at 6PM. As always there will be time for public comment. Please come out.

MCPB BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

AGENDA

Monday, January 8, 2018

6 PM

Willits Public Library

390 East Commercial St.

Willits

 

CALL TO ORDER

ROLL CALL

APPROVE MINUTES OF LAST MEETING

MEETING PARAMETERS

Program Showcase

If you enjoy my weekly 90 second New Music Of The Week, you'll love Music Music Without Borders 2017 in review. All my faves from the last year. Tune in at 10am Monday January 1st.

Stress and the cannabis permitting process

Dec 20, 2017

HOW ARE YOU COPING WITH STRESS AND THE CANNABIS PERMITTING PROCESS? That's the topic of the next Cannabis Hour, Thursday, Dec. 28, at 9 a.m. on KZYX. Nursery owner Ron Edwards and cultivator Corinne Powell will join host Jane Futcher and social worker and Flow Kana VP Amanda Reiman to share strategies for dealing with the feelings and forces creating stress in the cannabis community and beyond. Are the regulations providing the viable pathway to legalization promised by the county and state? Please join us and call in with your stresses and/or strategies at 707 895-2448 at 9:40 a.m.

audio links for Radiogram, last week's show, 12/13

Dec 15, 2017

Here are links to my sources for some of the audio heard on last week's program, 12/13/17:

La Nona Kanta

What Realistic Film Dialogue Sounds Like

Kim by Rudyard Kipling

&, of course, there is our Jukebox...

Radiogram is archived for streaming online:

jukebox.kzyx.org

Child & Family Services

In collaboration with Mendocino County's child and family service organizations, KZYX is running regular Public Service Announcements (PSAs) highlighting a different agency each month. For the month of January, 2018, we are featuring the Positive Parenting Program, in conjunction with raise&Shine and First Five Mendocino.

Contact information:

raise&Shine.org — (707) 462-1233