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According to MRC Data's 2021 U.S. Year-End Report, the big winners of 2021 were Morgan Wallen, Adele, world music, old favorites and vinyl. The annual report is presented in collaboration with Billboard.

Wallen's bad-boy behavior likely helped sales of his release, Dangerous: The Double Album. The album was the top seller across genres, with 3.2 million units sold. In February, 2021 Wallen was caught on video using a racial slur. About four months earlier, Saturday Night Livecanceled his debut appearance when he was caught violating the show's COVID protocols. But in 2021 they invited him back. As Stephen Thompson of NPR Music put it, "Wallen has long had a 'repeatedly arrested outside Kid Rock's bar' vibe to him, although to be fair, he's only been arrested outside Kid Rock's bar once."

UK pop star Adele charmed millions of fans around the world with 30. In its first week, the singer's fourth studio album sold 839,000 copies, making it the highest album sales debut in four years. In separate record-breaking news, Adele made music history in 2021 when she became the first female artist to have an album spend 10 consecutive years on the Billboard Top 200. That album, 21, was released a decade ago.

Other noteworthy points from the MRC Data report:

- World music "saw a 17.4% rise* in total consumption year-over-year in 2021." According to MRC Data, "global genres like K-pop and Afro-Pop reached larger than ever audiences in the U.S. courtesy of blockbuster hits like BTS' 'Butter' and Wizkid's 'Essence,' respectively."

- Vinyl albums surpassed CDs for the first time since 1991, the year MRC Data started measuring music sales. But don't get your hopes up for selling that old phonograph: Digital music sales dwarf LPs by a long shot.

This year's MRC Data report also includes some predictions. P-MRC CEO Rob Jonas writes that, in addition to recapping the year's most-consumed songs and albums, "we also zoomed out to showcase 10 big-picture trends that we think will continue to have a major impact on the ever-changing landscape of
music consumption in the coming year." Among those trends:

- Streaming isn't just for Gen Z: "...millennial music listeners outpace them in a few notable territories — including the U.K. and Latin America. Among boomers, Mexico has the highest concentration of weekly music streamers, with 75%. Japan, where physical CD sales are still popular, has the lowest with 34%."

- A new love for old favorites from the catalog: "Audio on-demand streaming reached a new single-year high of 988.1 billion streams in 2021, which included a notable decline in yearly audio streams of Current music (which decreased 19.4%). For the first time since MRC Data began measuring streaming data, music fans spent more time with Catalog (which was up 29.4% this year).

- Music and video game synergies will continue: "After artists like Travis Scott, J Balvin and Lil Nas X kicked off a virtual concert craze in 2020 with platforms Fortnite and Roblox, music and gaming integrations continued to pick up steam in 2021 and helped drive consumption of the artists' catalogs."

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Postcards from Sonoma County...
        ... What people are talking about, direct from the locals.
 
Each week, our correspondents from all over Sonoma County check in with a weekly "postcard" of what people are talking about in their area. Not always "news," but still worthy of a mention. It's our way to give voice to communities that may not make it into the everyday news cycle.
 
We play these in a random rotation throughout the week. Each postcard airs from Sunday morning at midnight through Saturday at 11:59:59 pm.
 
We archive all our postcards here. Have a listen!
 

Week of July 31, 2022
 
Greetings from Forestville
 
Greetings from the Lower Russian River
 
Greetings from Penngrove
 
Greetings from Petaluma
 
Greetings from Rohnert Park
 
More greetings from Petaluma
 

Week of July 24, 2022
 
Greetings from the Lower Russian River
 
Greetings from Rohnert Park
 
Greetings from Sebastopol
 

Week of July 17, 2022
 
Greetings from the Lower Russian River
 
Greetings from Rohnert Park
 
Greetings from Sebastopol
 

Week of July 10, 2022
 
Greetings from the Lower Russian River
 
Greetings from Rohnert Park
 
Greetings from Sebastopol
 
 

Week of July 3, 2022
 
Greetings from Petaluma
 

Week of June 26, 2022
 
Greetings from the Lower Russian River
 
Greetings from Rohnert Park
 
Greetings from Sebastopol
 
More Greetings from Rohnert Park
 
 

Week of June 19, 2022
 
Greetings from Cotati
 
Greetings from the Lower Russian River
 
Greetings from Sebastopol
 

Week of June 12, 2022
 
Greetings from Cotati
 
Greetings from the Lower Russian River
 
Greetings from Rohnert Park
 
Greetings from Sebastopol
 

Week of June 5, 2022
 
Greetings from the Lower Russian River
 
Greetings from Rohnert Park
 

Week of May 29, 2022
 
Greetings from The Lower Russian River
 
Greetings from Rohnert Park
 
Greetings from Sebastopol
 

Week of May 22, 2022
 
Greetings from the Lower Russian River
 
Greetings from Rohnert Park
 
Greetings from Sebastopol
 

Week of May 15, 2022
 
Greetings from the Lower Russian River
 
Greetings from Rohnert Park
 
Greetings from Sebastopol
 
More Greetings from the Lower Russian River
 

Week of May 8, 2022
 
Greetings from Glen Ellen
 
Greetings from Healdsburg
 
Greetings from Rohnert Park
 

Week of May 1, 2022
 
Greetings from the Lower Russian River
 
Greetings from Occidental
 

Week of April 24, 2022
 
Greetings from the Lower Russian River
 
Greetings from Rohnert Park
 

Week of April 17, 2022
 
Greetings from Petaluma
 
Greetings from Rohnert Park
 
Greetings from Sebastopol
 
Greetings from Tomales
 

Week of April 10, 2022
 
Greetings from the Lower Russian River
 
Greetings from Petaluma
 
Greetings from Rohnert Park
 
Greetings from Sebastopol
 
 

Week of April 3, 2022
 
 
Greetings from Petaluma
 
 
Greetings from Rohnert Park
 
 
More greetings from Sebastopol
 
  
Greetings from the Lower Russian River
 
  
Greetings from Healdsburg
 
 
Greetings from Sebastopol
 
 
 
 

Week of Sunday, March 27, 2022
 
Greetings from the Lower Russian River
 
 
Greetings from Rohnert Park
 
 
Greetings from Sebastopol
 
 
More greetings from Sebastopol
 
 
Greetings from Healdsburg
 
 
Greetings from Petaluma
 
 
 

Week of Sunday, March 20, 2022
 
Greetings from the Lower Russian River
 
 
Greetings from Healdsburg
 
 
Greetings from Rohnert Park
 
 
Greetings from Sebastopol
 
 
Greetings from Petaluma
 
 
 

Week of Sunday, March 13, 2022:
 
Greetings from the Lower Russian River
 
 
Greetings from Healdsburg
 
 
Greetings from Rohnert Park
 
 
Greetings from Petaluma
 
 
 

Week of Sunday, March 6, 2022:
 
Greetings from the Lower Russian River
 
 
Greetings from Petaluma
 
 
Greetings from Rohnert Park
 
 
Greetings from Sebastopol
 
 
 
 
 

Week of Sunday, February 27, 2022:
 
Greetings from Healdsburg
 
 
Greetings from the Lower Russian River
 
 
Greetings from Petaluma
 
 
Greetings from Rohnert Park
 
 
More greetings from Rohnert Park
 
 
 

Week of Sunday, February 20, 2022:
 
Greetings from the Lower Russian River
 
 
Greetings from Healdsburg
 
 
Greetings from Windsor
 
 
Greetings from Rohnert Park
 
 
Greetings from Petaluma
 
 
 
 

Week of Sunday, February 6, 2022:
 
Greetings from Rohnert Park
 
 
Greetings from Sebastopol
 
 
Greetings from Healdsburg
 
 
Greetings from the Lower Russian River
 
 
Greetings from Petaluma
 
 
 

Week of Sunday, January 30, 2022:
 
Greetings from Healdsburg
 
 
Greetings from the Lower Russian River
 
 
Greetings from Rohnert Park
 
 
More greetings from Rohnert Park
 
 
Greetings from Windsor
 
 
Greetings from Petaluma
 
 
Greetings from Sebastopol
 
 

Week of Sunday, January 23rd, 2022:
 
Greetings from the Lower Russian River
 
 
Greetings from Windsor
 
 
Greetings from Petaluma
 
 
Greetings from Healdsburg
 
 
Greetings from Rohnert Park
 
 
Greetings from Sebastopol
 
 
 
 

Week of Sunday, January 16, 2022:
 
Greetings from the Lower Russian River
 
 
Greetings from Rohnert Park
 
 
Greetings from Sebastopol
 
 
Greetings from Petaluma
 
 
Greetings from Windsor
 
 
Greetings from Healdsburg
 
 
 
 

 Week of Sunday, January 9th, 2022:
 
Greetings from Healdsburg
 
 
Greetings from the Lower Russian River
 
 
Greetings from Petaluma
 
 
Greetings from Rohnert Park
 
 
Greetings from Sebastopol
 
 
Greetings from Windsor
 
 
 
 

 
Week of Sunday, January 2nd, 2022:
 
Greetings from the Lower Russian River
 
 
Greetings from Petaluma
 
 
Greetings from Rohnert Park
 
 
Greetings from Windsor
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Savoring Sonoma shorts with Clark Wolf
Clark Wolf publicityClark Wolf is a nationally recognized, James Beard Award-winning food and restaurant consultant, author, and columnist who now lives in what he calls “the Eden of All the Earth," in a 100-year-old logger’s cabin in the Redwoods of Sonoma County.
 
Savoring Sonoma is a weekly 60-second snapshot of what's importantly delicious in Sonoma County.
Each week, you'll hear two new episodes.
 
Episodes are archived here.
 
Week of July 17, 2022
Salad
Gravensteins
 
Week of July 10, 2022
Outdoor grilling
Tomatoes
 
Week of July 3, 2022
Lavender
Plums & prunes
 
Week of June 19, 2022
Plums
Major peaches
 
Week of June 12, 2022
Melons
Squash blossoms
 
Week of June 5, 2022
Purple foods
You-pick
 
Week of May 29, 2022
Cherries
Peaches
 
Week of May 22, 2022
Mulberries
Apricots
 
Week of May 15, 2022
Parsley/herb salad
Lettuces
 
Week of May 8, 2022
Waffles
James Beard
 
Week of May 1, 2022
Kohlrabi
Cauliflower
 
Week of April 24, 2022
Dry Farming
Rhubarb
 
Week of April 17, 2022
Fava beans
Earth Day 2022
 
Week of April 10, 2022
Watercress
Romaine
 
 Week of April 3, 2022
Farmer's Markets
Strawberries
 
 
 
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Artichokes_Wk13b
 
 
Radishes_Wk12a
 
 
Snow Peas & Shoots_Wk12b
 
 
Pixie Tangerines_Wk11a
 
 
After Fat Friday_Wk11b
 
 
Asparagus_Wk10a
 
 
Morell Mushrooms_Wk10b
 
 
Root Vegetables_Wk9a
 
 
Fondue_Wk9b
 
 
  Mac & Cheese_Wk8a
 
 
  Cherries_Wk8b
 
 
Wk7b_Veggie starts
 
 
Wk7a_Honey
 
 
Wk6_Roses
 
 
Wk5a_Meyer Lemons
 
 
Wk5b_Ice Cream in Winter
 
 
  Wk4a_Arugula
 
 
Wk4b_Mustard Greens
 
 
Persimmons
 
 
Sonoma County cheeses
 
 
Joys of fermentation
 
 
Winter squash
 
 
Pomegranates
 
 
Dungeness crab 2
 
 
Olive oil
 
 
Local Sonoma County meats
 
 
Mushrooms
 
 
Bodega Red potatoes
 
 
Local eggs
 
 
Dungeness crab
 
 
Should healthy food cost more?
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The Sonoma County ArtBeat
                                      With Satri Pencak
 
 
Satri picSatri Pencak is an independent art curator with an M.A. in Art History. She writes about the visual arts for her website, www.satripencak.com, her Facebook Blog, and other publications.
 
Satri loves knowing what’s going on in the art world and sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm with others.
 
All episodes are archived here:
 
Week of July 31, 2022
 
Week of July 24, 2022
 
Week of July 17, 2022
 
 
Week of July 10, 2022
 
Week of July 3, 2022
 
Week of June 26, 2022
 
Week of June 19, 2022
 
Week of June 12, 2022
 
Week of June 5, 2022
 
Week of May 29, 2022
 
Week of May 22, 2022
 
Week of May 15, 2022
 
Week of May 8, 2022
 
Week of May 1, 2022
 
Week of April 24, 2022
 
Week of April 17, 2022
 
 Week of April 10, 2022
 
 
Week of April 3, 2022
 
 
Week of March 27, 2022
 
 
  Week of March 20, 2022
 
 
Week of March13, 2022
 
 
 Week of March 6, 2022
 

 Week of February 27, 2022
 
 
  Week of February 20, 2022
 
 
  Week of February 13, 2022
 
 
Week of February 6, 2022
 
 
Week of January 30, 2022
 
 
Week of January 23, 2022
 
 
 
 
Week of December 19, 2021
 
 
Week or January 2, 2022
 
 
Week of January 9, 2022
 
 
Week of January 16, 2022
 
 
 
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Sonoma County news stories featuring the latest in breaking news, county government, elections, environment, cultural happenings, and updates on your communities, from Petaluma to Cloverdale, and from Sonoma to Bodega Bay, and everyplace in between.

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farm trails logoWelcome to Farm Tales.
               Stories from and about Sonoma County Farm Trails members.
 
 
Celebrating farms forever in Sonoma County.
 
For more information visit farmtrails.org.
 
 
 
 
 
Hear archived tales below!

 
Dry Creek Peach - Gayle Okumura Sullivan
 
 
 
Boring Farm - Rachel Boring
 
 
Monte-Bellaria Farm
 
 
Sun Ray Farm - Maggie La Rochelle
 
 
Freestone Ranch - Misty Gay
 

Redwood Hill Farms - Jennifer Bice
 
 
Lala's Jam Bar and Urban Farmstand - Leslie Goodrich
 
 
Cambria Gardens Sebastopol - Garth Watson
 
 
Wiseacre Farm - Farmer Tiffany 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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