Researchers looking into whether a shorter course of antibiotics would treat young children's ear infections as well as a longer course found that not only was the shorter treatment less effective but it didn't reduce antibiotic resistance or side effects.

Gambia's president is defiantly refusing to cede power despite his loss at the polls earlier this month, as regional and international leaders are ratcheting up the pressure on him to step down.

"This country has been independent since 1965. And they want me to leave my country? Who are they to tell me to leave my country?" Yahya Jammeh said in a speech at the African Bar Associated on Tuesday night. "I will not be intimidated by any power in this world."

Gov. John Kasich signed Ohio's "campus carry" bill into law this week, making it legal to carry a concealed weapon at day care facilities and on college campuses. Kasich also signed a bill that bars cities and counties from setting their own minimum wage rates.

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.

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My guest on this program is writer Chris Jennings, author of Paradise Now: The Story of American Utopianism, which tells the story of five interrelated utopian movements following the Enlightenment, revealing their relevance to both their time and our own.

What's happening in the North Pacific Ocean?

Aug 10, 2017

In the last three years, we've had El Niño, "The Blob," and when they merged, “El Blobiño!”  Those conditions led to the Wreck of the Cassin's Auklet, the Domoic Acid outbreak that wiped out the Dungeness Crab season, the collapse of the Kelp forests, and more.  On The Ecology Hour, we talk with Dr. William Sydeman of The Farallon Institute and get an update on what has happened and what we can expect going forward. 

This show aired on Tuesday August 8, and is available for streaming or download from the KZYX Jukebox.

Jay Riestenberg: Article V Convention of States

Aug 5, 2017

Jay Riestenberg is Campaigns & States Media Strategist for Common Cause, a nonpartisan grassroots organization founded in 1970 dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy. They are opposed to an Article V Constitutional Convention of the States, which has never been convened since 1787. Organizations, such as the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) & the Tea Party, along with billionaires such as the Koch brothers & The Mercer family have already garnered 27 of the 34 state legislatures required for such a convention to be called.

Station News

Welcome to the KZYX tech blog. Here I hope to provide periodic updates on the technical state of the station, inject a bit of humor now and then and maybe answer some of the more commonly asked technical questions. I hope not to be too techno-jargonish and will try to give timelines and links to more information whenever possible. Thanks, Rich Culbertson

Today I'd like to follow up a bit on how our signal gets to your ears. 

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KZYX relies on you for survival, and now more than ever, listeners make it all happen.

Make the leap from listener to listener-supporter. If you're already a member, consider making an additional donation or becoming a sustaining member. And finally, encourage your friends and neighbors to support locally owned and operated community radio, KZYX.

Jeffrey Parker

Mendocino Community College on August 9 celebrated its new Coast Center in Fort Bragg, acquired in a years-long process from College of the Redwoods. The College will offer a range of courses and tele-courses in addition to its longstanding fine woodworking program. Tune in for a tour with KZYX reporter Sarah Reith. 

Jeffrey Parker

Mendocino County Third District Supervisor Georgeanne Croskey, appointed by the governor to the long-untended seat in May, said Wednesday that she will serve out her appointive term but not seek an elective mandate when it runs out in December 2018.

“I am a mother, a wife, and a public servant,” Croskey said in a statement issued by the county executive's office. “I love my family and I love serving the Third District. However, my husband and children need me to be a wife and mother first. It is with great regret that I will be leaving this position and Mendocino County.”

The Ukiah Latitude Observatory held a star party at the observatory park Thursday, August 27, 2017. Reporter Sarah Reith captured the views in this audio portrait of the event.  

National Weather Service

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat advisory Monday through Wednesday this week for inland portions of Mendocino, Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity counties. Interior valley temperatures are expected to range from 100 to 110 degrees.  Areas closer to the coast should see temperature ranges from 70 to 100 degrees.  

Sheri Quinn

  One of the most remote, rugged and secret treasures of Mendocino County is the Sinkyone Wilderness State Park located on what's called The Lost Coast, because of the lack of major road and highway access. This coastline lined with chandalier redwood trees, is also often hidden by blankets of fog. The 7,500 acre park has been considered a "wild west" at times and now the state has increased patrols and is planning improvements to the park.  

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My guest on this program is writer Chris Jennings, author of Paradise Now: The Story of American Utopianism, which tells the story of five interrelated utopian movements following the Enlightenment, revealing their relevance to both their time and our own.