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The Myth Of The American Yam

It's yam-time, also known as Thanksgiving week... when family cooks start dusting off their favorite candied yam recipes. Meanwhile, California sweetpotato growers are cooking up a way to rebrand this holiday tradition.

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For Many Native Americans, Fall Is The Least Wonderful Time Of The Year

"Do Indians celebrate Thanksgiving?" I am asked this question at least once every fall. Which, by the way, is too many times. The answer is that my family (though I can't speak for the other 5 million Indigenous people in America) doesn't. Not the "brave-pilgrims-and-friendly-savages" version of the holiday, anyway. Twenty or 30 of us might gather under the same roof to share a meal. We'll thank the creator for our blessings. But that could be true of any Thursday night in a Wampanoag house....

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Dovetail Gallery, downtown Healdsburg, California
THOMAS WILMER

Patricia Kirkish, owner of the Dovetail Collection Gallery in downtown Healdsburg, California talks about the unique collection of handcrafted furniture, glass, pottery, and unique 3-D paintings. 

The Myth Of The American Yam

Nov 22, 2017
Ben Adler/Capital Public Radio

It's yam-time, also known as Thanksgiving week... when family cooks start dusting off their favorite candied yam recipes. Meanwhile, California sweetpotato growers are cooking up a way to rebrand this holiday tradition. 

Bree Zender

Have you ever thought about a sticker being a piece of art? Most people don’t until they experience them on a deeper level, according to Maureen Vazquez, owner of Pipsticks, a sticker store she opened up earlier this year in San Luis Obispo.

What if there isn't a lot to be thankful for? Should you give up your seat at the table or hide out,
so as not to bring others down? Tune in for a conversation about some of the challenges associated with this traditional family holiday and how to find hints of gratitude even when you're just not "feeling it."

Are animal sounds speech or music? Researchers trying to find out

Nov 20, 2017
Courtesy of UC Merced

Ever hear birds chirp and wonder if they’re talking to each other? Cognitive scientists at University of California at Merced can now answer that question, using a new method for sound analysis. And when they listened closely, they found that some animal speech patterns were a lot like our own.

Jordan Winery cellars, Alexander Valley
Thomas Wilmer

Tom and Sally Jordan pioneered producing Bordeaux-style California Cabernet Sauvignon in Alexander Valley back in the early 1970s. Join Tom and Sally’s son, John Jordan and Chef Knoll for a visit at the winery. 

Bree Zender/KCBX News

When Christie Macias' child came out as transgender at age 11, the first visit with their Santa Barbara pediatrician was not as supportive as she would have liked.

Valley Fever cases spike in Central Coast counties

Nov 16, 2017
USDA/Lance Cheung

The number of new Valley Fever cases in California is on path to make 2017 a record-breaking year. 

Dustin Valette chef at Valette Restaurant, Healdsburg. Cailfornia
THOMAS WILMER

The path of destruction of the October 2017 Northern California wildfires that destroyed thousands of homes and more than 25 wineries was indiscriminate. For example, the town of Healdsburg in Sonoma County was spared, but none-the-less there’s not a soul who was not directly affected. 

Rachel Showalter

Over the past two years, Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo has been working to develop a comprehensive Zero Waste program. Cal Poly has been acting under state mandates and California State University system policy to improve the consumer waste diversion rate - or the amount of consumer trash that goes to the local landfill.  

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