Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State, is taken and in ruins.

U.S. troops and civilian aid workers are in the Syrian city, helping local officials restore basic services such as food, water and electricity.

But the recapture of ISIS-held territory in Iraq and Syria is only a partial win for U.S. policy. After seven years of civil war, the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad remains in power. The other U.S. objectives — the end of the Assad regime, a new Syrian constitution and democratic elections — remain unfulfilled.

Astronomers in California are building the largest digital camera in the world. It will go on a giant telescope taking shape in Chile called the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope.

LSST is different from most large telescopes. Instead of staring at a tiny patch of the sky and taking essentially one snapshot in time, LSST will take a panorama of every part of the sky...and it will do so over and over and over. The idea is to see what's moving or changing in the heavens.

It's tough getting old, and that goes as much for giant pandas as people.

Veterinarians at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., say Tian Tian, an adult male panda, received laser treatment and acupuncture for what they initially thought was a touch of arthritis in his left shoulder.

During the exam earlier this week while the 20-year-old Tian Tian (pronounced t-YEN t-YEN) was under anesthesia, vets also took blood and urine samples and performed X-rays.

Senior White House adviser and son-in-law to the president Jared Kushner failed to hand over to Senate investigators emails concerning contacts with WikiLeaks and a "Russian backdoor overture," according to a letter sent by two senior lawmakers.

The letter, released Thursday by Sen. Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and its ranking Democrat, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, says Kushner failed to turn over "September 2016 email communications to Mr. Kushner concerning WikiLeaks" and other emails pertaining to a "Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite."

Jeffrey Parker

One of the bigger shocks of the Redwood Complex Fire was the collapse of both landline and cell phone service and internet in Willits and other areas distant from the fire zone.

On Mendocino Works on Wednesday 15 November at 7 p.m., we investigated what caused these cascading outages, asked what you can do to prepare for the next disaster, and exploreed what local firms are doing to improve telecoms in a rural region that the big companies prefer to ignore.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE FULL BROADCAST

Updated at 6:55 p.m. ET

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday that President Trump believes the allegations of sexual misconduct and sexual assault against Alabama GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore are "very troubling and should be taken seriously" but stopped short of calling on him to step aside as other national Republican leaders have.

"He believes the people of Alabama should make the decision of who their next senator is going to be," said Sanders, who added later that she didn't expect Trump to campaign for Moore.

Deadly Floods Devastate Western Greek Cities

Nov 16, 2017

At least 15 people are dead and a dozen injured after overnight downpours caused sudden and catastrophic flooding in cities outside Athens, according to Reuters. In western cities like Mandra, Nea Peramos and Megara, citizens lost homes, cars and businesses. Forecasters expect more rain tonight.

Addiction specialists caution against reading too much into a new study released this week that compares two popular medications for opioid addiction. This much-anticipated research is the largest study so far to directly compare the widely used treatment Suboxone with relative newcomer Vivitrol.

Researchers who compared the two drugs found them equally effective once treatment started. But there are fundamental differences in the way treatment begins, which makes these findings difficult to interpret.

In 1963, Alfred Hitchcock had a huge amount of power in Hollywood. That's when he plucked actress Tippi Hedren from relative obscurity to star in his new movie, The Birds. It was a big break for Hedren.

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Property owners who lost homes or had other structures destroyed by the October firestorms can have their properties cleaned of any hazardous waste and debris at no out-of-pocket cost through a program being offered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. However, they must act quickly. The state of California’s Office of Emergency Services has set the deadline to sign up for the program by 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, 2017.

Broadband Alliance of Mendocino County

The Broadband Alliance of Mendocino County held a public outreach meeting on Friday, November 2, 2017 to discuss the importance of communications during emergencies such as the recent Redwood Valley fire. You can listen to Reporter Sarah Reith's coverage of this meeting. 

We hear from the Sanitation District Board candidates of

   the November 7, 2017 election.  

We hear from the Sanitation District Board candidates of

   the November 7, 2017 election.  

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Tickets are selling fast, but there are still some left - so don't put it off any longer, call the Little River Inn at 937-5942 or stop by the front desk. This will be a great night! Heard regularly on Oak & Thorn, the Syncopaths bring a fresh, contemporary spin to music and songs rooted in the Scottish, Irish, and American folk traditions. They create a "chamber folk" sound with fiddle and mandolin, rich vocals, and unexpected colors and rhythms from the piano and bodhrán.

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Featured on Radiogram 11/22/17 (& some links)

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Here are a couple of links to the audio sources for current & recent pieces heard on Radiogram:

Kim, by Rudyard Kipling, chapter 1.... this version is read by Adrien Praetzellis, downloaded from Librivox  Kim is a fabulous adventure story set in India during the former British Empire. It tells the story of a street-wise but (in typical Kipling fashion) highly moral Anglo-Indian boy who becomes enmeshed the “the Great Game” -– the competition between Britain and Russia for control over Asia.

 

Jeffrey Parker

One of the bigger shocks of the Redwood Complex Fire was the collapse of both landline and cell phone service and internet in Willits and other areas distant from the fire zone.

On Mendocino Works on Wednesday 15 November at 7 p.m., we investigated what caused these cascading outages, asked what you can do to prepare for the next disaster, and exploreed what local firms are doing to improve telecoms in a rural region that the big companies prefer to ignore.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE FULL BROADCAST

Dean Baker - Sensible Economics

Nov 15, 2017

To hear this interview with Dean Baker, click on this link: https://forthright.media/2017/11/15/dean-baker-sensible-economics/

Dean Baker co-founded The Center for Economic and Policy Research in 1999. He is frequently cited in economics reporting in major media outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, CNBC, and NPR. He writes a weekly column for the Guardian Unlimited (UK), the Huffington Post, TruthOut, and his blog, Beat the Press, features commentary on economic reporting.

CASA

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. We are currently featuring CASA of Lake and Mendocino County (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children).

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