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Nancy's Bookshelf
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Each week host Nancy Wiegman talks to local, regional and national writers about their latest projects. Nancy's Bookshelf airs on NSPR Fridays at 10 a.m.
 
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Blue Dot
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Blue Dot, named after Carl Sagan's famous speech about our place in the universe, features interviews with guests from all over the regional, national and worldwide scientific communities. Host Dave Schlom leads discussions about the issues science is helping us address with experts who shed light on climate change, space exploration, astronomy, technology and much more. Dave asks us to remember: from deep space, we all live on a pale, blue dot.
 
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After Paradise
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Hosted by Tess Vigeland, veteran journalist and former anchor for American Public Media’s “Marketplace,” “After Paradise” is dedicated to post-Camp Fire recovery information. Each weekday, Tess and the NSPR News Team will bring you the latest from government officials, rescue organizations, financial planners, trauma experts and local reporters.
 
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Shasta Serenade
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On Shasta Serenade, host Barry Hazle mixes up an eclectic brew of Americana, blues, rockabilly, folk, bluegrass and timeless standards from his perch in Oak Run.
 
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Blue Dot
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Blue Dot, named after Carl Sagan's famous speech about our place in the universe, features interviews with guests from all over the regional, national and worldwide scientific communities. Host Dave Schlom leads discussions about the issues science is helping us address with experts who shed light on climate change, space exploration, astronomy, technology and much more. Dave asks us to remember: from deep space, we all live on a pale, blue dot. Blue Dot is engineered, co-produced and co-hos ...
 
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In this episode, we explore the amazing story of the Western Flyer, the fishing boat immortalized by John Steinbeck in his 1940 book The Log From The Sea of Cortez. Fresh off the success and controversy surrounding The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck and his best friend and mentor in the newly emerging science of ecology, marine biologist Ed Rickett ...…
 
Chico physician Dr. Kelley Otani combines what he learned in his medical training with healing practices from other sources. The principles in his book, Paradox of Conscious Healing, have been tested by his patients. He is joined in the studio with some of his patients who survived the Camp Fire on November 2019. Dr. R. Kelley Otani is a board- ...…
 
In 2012 Chico Neurosurgeon Jeffrey Lobosky published It’s Enough to Make You Sick: The Failure of the American Health Care System and a Prescription for the Cure. Since then Dr. Lobosky has continued to research solutions and brings us an update.By Nancy Wiegman.
 
Dave talks to longtime friend of the program, Josh Willis, the Principal Investigator for NASA's OMG (Oceans Melting Greenland) program. Josh was flying missions over the places where the glacial ice sheets meet the sea all summer and was joined by several major media outlets (like NBC with Al Roker pictured above) that highlighted the pace at ...…
 
Geralynne Rader recounts the events of November 8, 2019 when she was serving her community of Paradise as a police volunteer. Journalist Kathryn Reed has loved Lake Tahoe since she was a child. She put together a hiking guide to the trails, The Dirt Around Lake Tahoe: Must-Do Scenic Hikes for everyone who likes to explore the outdoors. Author a ...…
 
On this Best of Blue Dot we revisit our Father's Day episode that featured three pairs of father's and their kids that went on to careers in science. One of our pairs was famed planetary scientist Alan Stern (Principal Investigator for the New Horizons mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt) and his father Leonard. Leonard Stern passed away on Se ...…
 
For more than 10 years, award-winning journalist and New York Times best-selling author Naomi Klein has documented the movement of the climate crisis from future threat to burning emergency. She makes the case for a green new deal in her book, On Fire . Medical doctor and clown Patch Adams integrated laughter and creativity into healing. He wro ...…
 
Dave investigates the idea that the boundary between the North American and Pacific tectonic plates may be in the process of "stepping" eastward from the San Andreas Fault to the so called "Walker Lane." He visits with Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology tectonics expert Jim Faulds, who is one of the leading proponents of the new theory. We take ...…
 
The first guest, Randy Crawford, who lives in a straw bale house in Chico, describes the benefits of living in a straw bale house. Author John Sweringen compiled a guide to building straw bale houses, Straw Bale Building Details: An Illustrated Guide for Design and Construction . Joining John is workshop presenter Jenna Yu.…
 
Dave traveled to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) earlier this summer where he learned about many of the institute's scientific programs. In this episode we look at the use of sound to study the oceans and the life that inhabits them. MacArthur Foundation Fellow Kelly Benoit Bird uses sonar for her MBARI research to study ho ...…
 
On the anniversary of 9/11, Commentator Richard Parker has some thoughts about that event in US history. In 2012 Chico Neurosurgeon Jeffrey Lobosky published I t’s Enough to Make You Sick: The Failure of the American Health Care System and a Prescription for the Cure . Since then Dr. Lobosky has continued to research solutions and brings us an ...…
 
Lassen Volcanic National Park is the latest addition to the University of California Natural Reserve System. The 41 units of the UCNRS represent virtually every ecosystem in this ecologically diverse state and make it the largest university affiliated preserve system in the world. Dave talks to UC Davis's Jeffrey Clary, who will be charged with ...…
 
Butte College Anthropology instructor Mike Findlay is a scholar who has contributed to research in Asian-American culture and Mesoamerican Studies. He is the author of “A Survey of Language and Culture: Linguistic Anthropology and Cross-Cultural Communication,” which includes a chapter on taboo words.…
 
Dave talks to kindred spirits on this episode of the Dot. First up is fellow broad/podcaster Kara Miller. Her Boston based show Innovation Hub from WGBH looks at the myriad ways in which human beings innovate from technology and art to core concepts of morality and being. Meet the poets. Karla K. Morton and Alan Birkelbach with Lisa Carver on t ...…
 
Joe Wills served as spokesman for Chico State University as director of Public Affairs from 1997 until he retired in 2016. He now is a licensed marriage and family therapist, and has written a story collection. “Fables That Found Me: Tales of Torment and Healing from Soul (or Some Other Place)” is a collection of stories that blends magical rea ...…
 
We examine the complex series of fault ruptures and earthquakes that struck near Ridgecrest in Southern California over the July 4 weekend of 2019. A 6.4 magnitude temblor on the evening of July 4 was followed by in even bigger magnitude 7.1 event just over 24 hours later that may have been triggered in a process called cross faulting during th ...…
 
Prolific photographer-writer Douglas Keister more typically photographs and writes about cemeteries, but has also written novels, and now a memoir. In Heart-Land: Growing Up in the Middle of Everything, Keister looks back at his childhood growing up in Lincoln, Nebraska, as the middle child, in the middle of the century, in the middle of the co ...…
 
In this episode Dave visits with Stockton Rush, founder and CEO of OceanGate in Everett, Washington. The company is working on an ambitious plan to make the deep ocean accessible to paying customers as well as scientists starting with a set of expeditions next year to visit the most famous of all shipwrecks -- RMS Titanic. Rush seems like a cha ...…
 
Shelli Renée Joye received a degree in Electrical Engineering, then pursued a contemplative practice with a Buddhist meditation master. She moved to Shingletown from San Francisco to live in a quiet natural setting and write a dissertation. Among the seven books that she has published is a new book, Developing Supersensible Perception.…
 
A few degrees of planetary warming may not sound alarming but it is. A few microseconds of error don't sound like much but they can mean the difference between navigating a spacecraft successfully to Mars, or not. In this episode Dave talks to Drew Shindell about a web article called " A Degree of Concern: Why Global Temperatures Matter ." Writ ...…
 
In his book Smart & Solo: The blueprint for efficient and enjoyable solo travel, Randell Green provides a guide for solo travelers. He provides insights and tips on how to plan your next adventure, how to maximize transportation and lodging, and how to follow his “emerald rule“ when traveling. About Randell Carlton Green : As a dual citizen of ...…
 
In this very special episode, we pay tribute to two legends: Dr. Christopher Columbus Kraft Jr. and NASA's historic Mission Operations Control Room number 2 (aka MOCR 2). Dr. Kraft passed away on July 22, two days after America celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. Kraft was the man who literally invented the concept of ...…
 
August 5, 2019 is the 200th birthday of founding father John Bidwell. In honor of this event Nancy’s Bookshelf is rebroadcasting an interview with history professor Michael Magliari, coauthor of John Bidwell and California: the Life and Writing of a Pioneer, 1841-1900. In this book Prof Magliari combines narrative with extensive use of Bidwell’ ...…
 
Dave talks to Gideon Bradshaw and Andrew Cohen, the BBC filmmakers behind the new NOVA series The Planets on PBS. Part of the "Summer of Space" on PBS, the series features state of the art science combined with cinematic effects featured on major Hollywood films from the special effects artists who created The Curious Case of Benjamin Button an ...…
 
J.R Henson is a fourth generation Paradise resident and survivor of the Camp Fire. Storytelling has been apart of his family roots from both sides of the family and one of his ancestors, James Russell Lowell was a well known poet. Henson started publishing his writings last year. Unseasonable is his second collection of essays.…
 
Fred Haise was made famous by the movie Apollo 13, in which he was portrayed by Bill Paxton in the story of the most famous Apollo mission other than Apollo 11. But he was also a member of the Apollo 11 team, serving as back up lunar module pilot in case something happened to Buzz Aldrin prior to the flight. Dave talks to Fred about what it was ...…
 
Written by environmentalist Casson Trenor, Umijoo: The Wondrous Tale of a Curious Girl and her Journey Under the Sea, is a story about love, responsibility, and balance. Umijoo aims to educate and inspire a new generation of ocean defenders. About Casson Trenor: Casson Trenor is a strategic campaigns expert that specializes in environmental cau ...…
 
The Summer of Apollo 11 continues! Find out what Dave's first and second favorite movies of all time are, spoiler alert, one of them is the topic of this show! Dave talks to Australian filmmaker Rob Sitch. His 2000 movie The Dish starred Sam Neill ( Jurassic Park ) and Patrick Warburton ( Seinfeld and A Series of Unfortunate Events ). It tells ...…
 
Many of weatherman Mike Graf’s children’s books are trips to National Parks with a fictional family. In his latest book, Scientists in National Parks: Sequoia and Kings Canyon, readers learn how the giant sequoias were discovered, logged, and how they have since been protected. When eagles recently adopted a hawklet, eagle-watcher Terri Lhuilli ...…
 
Robert Stone's three part documentary, Chasing The Moon, airs July 8-10 on the PBS history series The American Experience. After previewing the epic series, Dave interviewed Robert and the pair had an in depth conversation on the project from genesis to final cut. They also discuss the cultural meaning of the Moon landing as we look back at it ...…
 
Dave learns about fighting fire with fire in this episode as he talks to CSU Chico Professor of Geography Don Hankins. Dr. Hankins teaches a course called "Pyrogeography" examining the role of fire on both landscapes and the communities that inhabit them. Hankins is a firm believer in the importance of using prescribed burning techniques to con ...…
 
Award-winning poet Heather Altfield calls her collection of poetry The Disappearing Theatre. Philosophy professor Troy Jollimore received a National Book Critics Circle Award for a previous collection of his poetry. His newest book is Syllabus of Errors — Poems. This week join Nancy for a conversation with two local poets.…
 
Darwen says the book he wrote, “From Profits to Prosperity,” is one no traditionally educated economist would have dared to write. He has a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, and his book is about engineering economic prosperity for all. Alisse Waterston’s book, My Father’s Wars, is an anthropologist’s account of her father’s journey ac ...…
 
It's our Father's Day episode! Interviews with scientists and their Dads as Dave talks to planetary scientist David Grinspoon and his father Lester (who also happens to be a world class professor of psychiatry from Harvard University Medical School), his favorite YouTube science communicator Dianna Cowern, aka "Physics Girl" and her tree farmin ...…
 
When retired professor Sherry Leonard was married to a mining engineer some years ago, they lived in northern Chile in the Atacama Desert. Her novel, Atacama, is a fictionalized version of her experiences those five years. Chico singer/songwriter Garrett Gray describes how he came to write the lyrics to the songs on his first album, “Five Winds”.…
 
Dave meets with a kindred soul as Archaeologist and California State University Chico Anthropology Department Professor Lisa Westwood joins him in Studio C to talk about the archaeology of the space age. She's the lead author of the book The Final Mission: Preserving NASA's Apollo Sites with co-authors Beth O'Leary and Milford Wayne Donaldson.…
 
Jonathan Balcombe is a biologist and animal behavior expert. In his bestseller endorsed by the Dalai Lama, What a Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins, Jonathan Balcombe shows that fish have feelings and deserve consideration.By Nancy Wiegman.
 
The award winning documentary The Biggest Little Farm is the focus of Dave's conversation with filmmaker turned farmer John Chester. He along with his wife Molly and their rescue dog Todd moved from a Los Angeles apartment onto a rundown 200 acre piece of property in Moorpark, Calif. With the help of their mentor Alan York, they set out to reha ...…
 
In our ongoing series of looks back at Project Apollo 50 years later, we examine the Apollo 10 mission. Dave talks to two of his childhood heroes -- Lieutenant General Thomas Stafford, the commander of Apollo 10 and last surviving crew member (crewmates Gene Cernan and John Young passed away in 2017 and 2018 respectively) and one of the legenda ...…
 
Tonight on “After Paradise” it’s been 6 months since the Camp Fire started. This week, North State Public Radio commemorates the anniversary with a special one-hour program. We’ll check in with officials and those who were displaced about how their lives have changed since the fire and what life holds for them going forward.…
 
RVs, mother-in-law units, couches, spare rooms — six months after the Camp Fire those who were displaced are still scrambling for housing, living wherever they can. NSPR’s Marc Albert went to the Matador Motel in Chico where he met Lorrie Peters Summers whose been living with her family in a room there since the fire.…
 
The deadly wildfire that tore through Paradise six months ago is in the distant past to most of us. But thousands of people displaced by the Camp Fire are still piecing their lives back together, many, trying to find a permanent place to live. Reporter Pauline Bartolone has the story of one family that’s trying to find peace while they’re in ho ...…
 
Thousands of people fled the Ridge November 8, 2018. In one day the population of the neighboring City of Chico exploded. In terms of shelter, Chico was already in a housing crisis before the fire, now that’s been exacerbated as those who were displaced search for any type of dwelling to live in that they can find. Ed Mayer is the Executive Dir ...…
 
Paradise Mayor Jody Jones became one of the most visible faces after the fire as a spokeswoman for her town. She and her husband lost their home on Nighty Lane. NSPR's Tess Vigeland met up with Jones at her burned out property to hear her story of recovery.By Tess Vigeland.
 
Towering, shade-giving Ponderosas were as emblematic of Paradise as its Dogtown Nugget and Gold Rush origin, which is probably why so many of you have written in with questions about trees. We have answered specific questions about what to do if you have burned trees on your property and whether native species will be removed if they pose a haz ...…
 
Back in the gold rush area, a fifty-four pound gold nugget was found in a small community on the ridge. It was named after the town where it was found and is known as the Dogtown Nugget. At the time, the discovery made headlines across the nation. And the Town of Paradise has been celebrating it for years.…
 
Six months since the Camp Fire struck, officials in Butte County told KQED's Michelle Wiley that some students are experiencing the same mental health issues they had just after the fire. And they need more counselors to support them. Pamela Beeman had been retired for five years when she got the call from Butte County.…
 
This week we get our regular update from government officials and they also answer your questions about debris removal, rebuilding and housing. Earlier this morning NSPR’s Marc Albert spoke with Rebeca Kelly of FEMA, Justin Jacobs of CalOES, Casey Hatcher of Butte County and Colette Curtis from the Town of Paradise to get the latest.…
 
Tonight on “After Paradise” it’s been 25 weeks since the Camp Fire started. We first get our regular update from Butte County, the Town of Paradise, FEMA and CalOES. We also go to Paradise and hear from residents who celebrated Gold Nugget Days over the weekend. The annual tradition was held Saturday for the first time since the Camp Fire. We a ...…
 
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