Arts

News focusing on the arts and culture along California's Central Coast.

Finding Your Calling

Sep 18, 2017
Photo by Jason Falchook

David Litt sings for the love of country and his job.

Carl Bernstein tries to not mess up on his first day of work at a newspaper.

Nick Baskerville gets in over his head at his first big job as a firefighter.

Vivian Huang comes face to face with her family history while treating a patient in Syria.

Cancer, Crime, and Crypts

Sep 6, 2017
Sarah Stacke

Martha Manning is filled with sorrow when cancer revisits her patient.
  Piper Kerman must serve 13 months in a women’s federal prison for a crime she committed almost a decade before.
  Chris Tombline is a young undertaker who wishes he’d taken some more psych courses.   When offensive or FCC-prohibited words appear, they are bleeped and listed in the Content Advisory. Sensitive content will be given an on-air caution and will be noted here in the description.   

The Moth Fall Fundraising Special 2017

Sep 5, 2017

Jen Lee tries to save souls and sell beauty in Target.

Tim Manley credits his mother and his imagination for keeping his spirits high while hospitalized.

Norah McLoughlin walks the Camino De Santiago.

Jonathan Ames recounts his most epic duel in college.

Megan Schellong/KCBX

There's a new youth ballet company in San Luis Obispo, striving to bring world-class instruction to young dancers and exceptional performances to Central Coast audiences. 

Camp, Cars, Cockroaches, and the Kremlin

Aug 30, 2017
Jason Falchook

Meg Wolitzer realizes she might not become the actor she's dreamed of being, but finds the freedom of self-acceptance.
Adam Gopnik and his wife move to a tiny New York City apartment and try to 'live poetically.'
Matthew Dicks tries to hide the fact that he's living out of his car after losing his job.
Andrew Solomon goes to Russia to visit artists and ends up with a front row seat to Russian democracy.

Under The Gun

Aug 27, 2017

Cheryl Della Pietra gets acquainted with gun-toting Hunter S. Thompson.

Martha Ruiz Perilla is asked to save a life or lose her own.

Boots Riley is trying to get home, but runs into problems on a naval base in San Francisco.

Big Sur's Henry Miller Library looks at branching out

Aug 25, 2017
Krista Almanzan

The Henry Miller Library is an iconic Big Sur destination. But a bridge failure and landslides left it stranded without tourists to support it. So the library moved north and set up temporary shop in Carmel. Now it’s executive director is finding reason to make that temporary location permanent. 

Bree Zender


Ivy Bottini is a feminist, actor, artist and activist. She’s probably best known for designing the logo for the National Organization for Women, or NOW. And now, she’s the subject of a new original play called InclusIVitY: The Ivy Bottini Story.

Rivalries, Hotlines, and the EPA

Aug 14, 2017
James Michael Rotz

Brian Finkelstein is working at a suicide hot line when a caller reminds him of himself.
  Peter Story and his wife are broke and in love and strategize on how to win an online wedding contest.
  Diane Kastiel decides to skip a family party rather than be scrutinized.
  Lisa Jackson explains why she decided to become an environmental engineer.

The Moth Fall Fundraising Special 2017

Aug 9, 2017

Jen Lee tries to save souls and sell beauty in Target.

Tim Manley credits his mother and his imagination for keeping his spirits high while hospitalized.

Norah McLoughlin walks the Camino De Santiago.

Jonathan Ames recounts his most epic duel in college.

Ethel Tink Landers

Ears on Art speaks with Arroyo Grande artist Ethel Tink Landers. She creates in several different medium including painting, ceramics, etched stone, and book illustration. 

Beauty Queens, the LBJ Library, and Holdups

Aug 2, 2017
Roger Ho

Tricia Coburn attends Miss Macy’s Charm School and eventually lands a modeling gig.

Sara Bird finds solace from heartbreak as a librarian at the LBJ LIbrary. 

John Lincoln is robbed twice while working the front desk of a hotel.

NOTE: When offensive or FCC-prohibited words appear, they are bleeped and listed in the Content Advisory.  Sensitive content will be given an on-air caution and will be noted here in the description.  

Where We Belong

Jul 27, 2017
Photo by Christian Leonard

Vin Shambry goes to outdoor school and feels like a kid again.

Lauren Weedman meets her biological mother.

Michelle Oberholtzer sets up a fund to help families fight home foreclosure.

Flora Diaz becomes attached to the subjects of a middle school science project.

Racine Museum of Art night scene
Racine Museum of Art

 Bruce Pepich, Executive Director and Curator of Collections at the Racine Museum of Art talks about making art relevant to the non-artist. Outreach programs where the art comes to the schools, and alluring programs where the people come to the art in Racine, Wisconsin.

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art metaphorical architecture
Tom Wilmer

Celebrating 116 years, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is the longest serving cultural organization in the city. Join Erika Monroe-Kane Director of Communications for an insider’s look at the ways the free-access museum brings art to the people and people to the art in Madison, Wisconsin

Snow White and the Screaming Meemies

Jul 19, 2017
Joseph Michael

Alana Kinarsky after moving to America with her family from Belarus, gets busted by her mother for stealing a Snow White doll from K-Mart.
Maile Meloy is scheduled to go on national TV with Martha Stewart for her first interview ever, after writing her first book.
Samuel James grows up in the foster system and finds an unlikely family.
Cheryl Hamilton encounters a suicidal man and learns that helping strangers is not as simple as wanting to.

Allin Walker & Margaret Lockwood in their Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin gallery
Thomas Wilmer

Join Margaret Lockwood and her husband Allin Walker who have been involved in the Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin art scene for more than 25 years. Their new gallery in the heart of town also serves as the home to a local theater group in addition to showcasing paintings, ceramics, mobiles, jewelry and more.  

Pole Vaulting, Comedy, and the Congo

Jul 12, 2017
Chris Council and Emily Champlin, Courtesy of the Aspen Institute

Annie Korzen has trouble letting go as her son grows up, gets engaged, and gets married.

Matthew Dicks is more concerned with beating his own high school track teammates than winning the meet.

Richard Matthew must decide whether the risks of working in war torn areas of the world are worth it.

Hari Kondabolu finally confronts a heckler after years of hearing jerks in the front row.

Glass art on display at Popelka Trenchard Glass studio in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
Thomas Wilmer

Join nationally known artists Stephanie Trenchard and Jeremy Popelka in their Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin studio for a conversation with correspondent Tom Wilmer. Stephanie and Jeremy share their personal philosophies, and their passion for creating distinctive blown and cut glass sculptures, jewelry and fine art paintings.

Ears On Art visits with Rachel Yon of Los Osos.  Her primary medium is printmaking and her impressive artistic career spans several decades. Although she may be a "retired" artist, she will never stop seeing the world through her creative eyes.

Doctors, Judgments, Dictators

Jul 5, 2017

Ali Al Abdullatif encounters the kindness of patriots.
Aidan Greene desperately tries to hide his stammer.
Chris Herbert takes a wild career detour in Public Relations
Rachel Ogilvy is forced to make a huge decision in the face of a health scare.

Gestures Great and Small

Jun 28, 2017
Photo by Jacquelin Reyna

Tim Lopez steps into the spotlight at a flair-bartending competition.

Pilar Siman takes part in a magical ballet recital.

Tom Nimen lets his mother's middle-eastern cooking shut his bullies up.

Susan Wolman turns to quilting in the aftermath of 9/11.

Jon Cayton shares hsi gratitude for his grandfather on Thanksgiving.

Deedee Lundberg takes the leap of her life on stage at a Moth GrandSLAM.

Motherlove, Money, and War

Jun 21, 2017
Jordan Silverman

Josh Axelrad has already lost many thousands of dollars gambling, but can’t resist stopping at a small casino.

Jamaica Kincaid longs for her mother’s love in Antigua.

Sebastian Junger reports on war in Afghanistan but only comprehends its full darkness after a profound personal loss.  
NOTE: When offensive or FCC-prohibited words appear, they are bleeped and listed in the Content Advisory.  Sensitive content will be given an on-air caution and will be noted here in the description. 

The Moth StorySLAM

Jun 14, 2017
Allison Evans

John Dubuc, a “man’s man," goes to a yoga retreat and gets in touch with his inner cat.
Leah Benson finds what she thought was a love letter, but instead was the translated lyrics to “I Will Survive.” 
Kathi Kinnear Hill in 60s Portland is forbidden from entering a club pool because she is black.
Tom Herndon watches his mother run a scam at O'Hare Airport.

San Luis Obispo Symphony selects new maestro

Jun 13, 2017
Courtesy of the SLO Symphony

The San Luis Obispo Symphony announced the selection of maestro Andrew Sewell as the orchestra’s next music director. 

Fathers: Daddy, Dad, Paw-Paw, Pops

Jun 8, 2017
Caroline Lacey

David Kendall inherits his love of music from his father.

Chris Myers rides out his emotions after the birth of his daughter.

Nestor Gomez struggles to pick out his baby among a group of newborns.

Karan Chopra learns to live his life by his father's example.

Amanda Hamilton Roos confesses her sins to her father, literally.  

Jack Marmorstein realizes the role he must play in his nephew's life.

Listen to Ears on Art's conversation with Henry A.J. Ramos, an artist working in Santa Margarita. He has an upcoming exhibit at Studios on the Park in Paso Robles, featurng the work of several Latino and Latina artists who are exploring the cultural impact of immigrants in America.

The Moth’s 20th Anniversary Special

Jun 2, 2017

Richie DiSalvo is mobbed-up over a calzone.

Jessi Klein turns to Google to get over a break up.

Sisonke Msimang learns how to respect both the words people say and their silences.

70-year-old SLO theater company takes a new name

May 31, 2017
SLO Rep

In May, one of region’s premier theater companies announced a major rebranding. It’s no longer the San Luis Obispo Little Theatre - the company’s new name is the San Luis Obispo Repertory Theatre, and unlike many performing arts groups these days, the SLO Rep is thriving and expanding.

Red Sox, Jerusalem, and Coming Home

May 24, 2017
Eric Becker

Jimmy Tingle bonds with his son in the midst of the first Red Sox World Series win in over 80 years.
Jason Schmidt realizes his father is not a superhero, but just a man who did his best.
Launa Lea, a worker at a community center, decides not to call the police when a sex worker pulls a knife on her.
Gretchen Waschke is evicted from her home due to her divorce.

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