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April 12, 2013 - John Densmore

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John Densmore is the drummer for 1960’s rock band, The Doors, and author of “The Doors: Unhinged (Jim Morrison’s Legacy Goes On Trial).” Densmore will talk about the lawsuit he and the late Jim Morrison’s family filed against keyboardist Ray Manzarek and guitarist Robbie Krieger when the two launched their Doors of the 21st Century and he will discuss his resistance to using the Doors’ music in advertising.

April 19, 2013 - Anne Speckhard

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Dr. Anne Speckhard has interviewed over 400 terrorists - from Lebanon to Morocco - and was responsible for the design of the Defense Department’s “Detainee Rehabilitation Program for Islamic Terrorists.” Don’t miss a sobering look at the “psychology of terror.”

April 26, 2013 - Russ Feingold

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For eighteen years Russ Feingold represented Wisconsin in the United States Senate. Well known for leading the fight for campaign finance reform in the Senate alongside Senator John McCain, Feingold has always championed efforts to limit the influence of special interests. He was the only senator to vote against the Patriot Act, was the first to propose a timetable to exit Iraq, and has always fought against unfair trade agreements like NAFTA and against financial .

Audio Blog - Losing The Will To Live

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Before we turn up the volume on the Second Amendment. Before we trot out data proving that more guns lead to more violence — or don’t. Before we re-live every senseless mass murder and make children afraid to step into a movie theater, school or mall. Before all of this and worse — experts would be wise to examine a phenomena that has been the impetus behind so many recent attacks on innocent civilians: Long before the perpetrators reached for a weapon, they lost their desire to live. ...

Audio Blog - Revenge, Forgiveness and All Things In Between

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The court of public opinion is officially in session. Soon, the country will choose sides. Those who want Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to pay for the bombing in Boston with his life. Those who hope the government will work out a plea deal and spare us another O. J. Simpson spectacle. And those who test the outer limits of our humanity by daring to urge compassion. If you have never asked for forgiveness, then redemption is off the table. It’s the stuff movie-makers and writers fantasize a...

Author of The Watchman’s Rattle Partners With KSCO to Syndicate Popular Radio Program

The author of The Watchman’s Rattle: Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction, Rebecca Costa, will be hosting The Costa Report – one of the fastest growing talk shows in California – on two heritage radio stations beginning

March 11, 2011.

In 2010, the author agreed to produce a one-hour, weekly program called “Rattler Radio” on KNRY AM 1040 for four weeks. But following just two programs, advertising was sold out and requests to re-broadcast the program began flowing into the station. “We haven’t experienced anything like this for a long time,” commented station manager, Jim Vossen. “My guess is people are getting tired of the bullies who have taken over talk radio.”

Station owner of KSCO 1080 AM, Michael Zwerling agrees. “Suddenly, we had loyal listeners writing in to tell us they were switching over to KNRY on Friday afternoons. So we had to take a look. I’ve been in radio for thirty years and while nobody can tell you exactly what the ‘it’ factor is – she’s got it. Listeners love her enough to tune in every week.”

Beginning March 11, 2011, what began as Rattler Radio will be renamed The Costa Report. The program will broadcast on both KNRY 1240 AM and KSCO 1080 AM - allowing it to reach almost half of the state of California. In addition, Costa is in discussions with two NPR affiliates which are interested in airing the program beginning in April.

This would make The Costa Report the first real “cross-over” program between commercial AM talk radio and NPR.

How does Costa feel about becoming the new face of talk radio? “I have to admit, I never thought the book would lead to a syndicated radio show,” she said. “The truth is, I stopped listening to talk radio a long time ago – once rage-aholics began grabbing ratings and everyone jumped on that bandwagon, I turned my radio off. But maybe we can bring people like me back by mixing high-level NPR content with AM talk entertainment.”

Michael Zwerling of KSCO has agreed to manage the national syndication of The Costa Report with an immediate expansion in Seattle, Phoenix, Albuquerque, Denver and Las Vegas in mind. In addition to the first hour of “listen” radio where Costa provides a 10-minute commentary on the week’s top news story and in-depth interview with a world expert, the new format allows for a second hour for listeners to call into the program. Zwerling – long recognized as a pioneer in the radio industry – also plans on adding a third hour, called The After Show where Costa and colleagues will webcast a no- holdsbarred discussion in the KSCO “green room.” The After Show will only be available via the internet.

About Rebecca D. Costa

Rebecca Costa is a sociobiologist who offers a genetic explanation for current events, emerging trends and individual behavior. A thought-leader and provocative new voice in the mold of Thomas Friedman, Malcolm Gladwell and Jared Diamond, Costa examines “the big picture”– tracing everything from terrorism, crime on Wall Street, epidemic obesity and upheaval in the Middle East to evolutionary forces. Retiring at the zenith of her executive career in Silicon Valley, Costa spent six years researching and writing The Watchman’s Rattle: Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction. The success of Costa’s book led to a weekly radio program in 2010 called Rattler Radio. In 2011 the program was renamed and syndicated as The Costa Report. A former CEO and founder of one of the largest marketing firms in Silicon Valley (sold in 1997 to J. Walter Thompson), Costa developed an extensive track record of introducing new technologies. Her clients included industry giants such as Hewlett-Packard, Apple Computer, Oracle Corporation, Seibel Systems, 3M, Amdahl, and General Electric Corporation.

About KSCO

KSCO has served the Central Coast of California since 1947 and remains one of the last independently owned and operated radio stations in the United States. The station broadcasts the top names in syndication as well as over 87 hours-per-week of locally originated newstalk which is syndicated to 100 radio stations throughout the country. In the early 1950’s, due to its signal strength, KSCO was selected as the Emergency Broadcast System station for Central California.

About KNRY

Operating since 1935, KNRY is the oldest radio station on the Central Coast of California. The station is located on historic Cannery Row in Monterey. KNRY is widely viewed as a “Community Radio” station offering a mix of syndicated and locally produced talk and music programming including The Monterey Bay Morning Show, The Dr. Laura Show, The Ray Lucia Show, The Dennis Prager Show, The Ray Lucia Show and programs from the Business Talk Radio Network.

February 15, 2013 - Barry McCaffrey

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Barry McCaffrey served in the United States Army for 32 years and retired as a four-star General. At retirement he was the most highly decorated serving General, having been awarded three Purple Heart medals for wounds received in his four combat tours – as well as twice awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation’s second highest award for valor. For five years after leaving the military, Barry McCaffrey served as the nation’s Cabinet Officer in charge of U.S. Drug Policy.

February 22, 2013 - Christine Todd Whitman

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Governor Whitman served in the cabinet of President George W. Bush as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from 2001 until 2003. She was the 50th Governor of the State of New Jersey, serving as its first woman governor from 1994 until 2001. She is president of The Whitman Strategy Group, a consulting firm that specializes in helping companies find innovative solutions to environmental challenges. Governor Whitman wrote the 2005 New York Times best seller, “It’s My Party Too.”

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