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In the 1990s, a reading strategy called “balanced literacy” took over CA public schools. The problem? Kids didn’t learn to read. Now, phonics is making a comeback.

In the 1990s, a reading strategy called “balanced literacy” took over CA public schools. The problem? Kids didn’t learn to read. Now, phonics is making a comeback.

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Laura Karpman, first time Oscar nominee for her “American Fiction” score takes the guest DJ seat. Plus, New Music Friday.

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The latest film releases include Drive-Away Dolls, About Dry Grasses, Perfect Days,  and Io Capitano.

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Faye Webster definitely has a signature sound and her ears are pretty big too, as she has enjoyed watching the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra .

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As Congressman Adam Schiff eyes a promotion to the Senate, 15 candidates are vying to replace him in the House. Who are the top contenders ahead of the primary?

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Devon Gilfillian comes alive and Brainstory give us another sweet soul appetizer ahead of new LP “Sounds Good.”

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Fritzi Horstman, founder of the Compassion Prison Project, works with incarcerated individuals to heal childhood trauma and promote peace within the California prison system.

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