California "Geniuses," Music Discovery, and a Kombucha Crackdown

Two California scientists were among the winners of the MacArthur Genius Grants announced yesterday.

Then, a two-part look at California’s recent criminal justice reforms: what’s it like for a person when his or her felony conviction is downgraded later to a misdemeanor? And what happens to DNA collected from felons after their crimes have been downgraded?

Next, KCRW D.J. Chris Douridas tells the unusual story of how he helped popularize a foreign band.

And finally, is kombucha tea a health friend or foe?

Banner Image: A glass of kombucha; Credit: Michael Coté