Brian Reynolds

Host of Issues and Ideas

Brian was born in Visalia, CA, and spent many years in the Central Valley before leaving for college at UC Berkeley. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from UCB, and two Master’s degrees (UCLA and CSU Chico…Library Science and Public Administration). He lived abroad for two years in Spanish-speaking countries (Spain and Nicaragua) and is fluent in Spanish. He spent his career as a public librarian, serving as a Library Director for over 30 years. He retired from the Director position at the SLO County Library in 2013.

Brian has always been interested in radio and has produced, narrated, and performed on a variety of radio programs. He is particularly interested in Low Power FM radio and its potential for community building. Brian is married to Diane, They have two married sons and two grand daughters.

4:26 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Cuesta College Book of the Year

Guests from the SLO County library and Cuesta College library discuss 

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12:22 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Veteran's Writing Project

Brian Reynolds speaks with guests will be Jim Galvez, who served as a corpsman in a Medical Unit, and Tom Patchel, with the Veterans' Writing Project.

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12:50 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Author Interview: Odell Bennett Lee

Brian Reynolds speaks with Odell Bennett Lee, local Author of The Formative Years of an African-American Spy: A Memoir la lead into Black History Month at San Luis Obispo County Libraries.

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3:34 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Central Coast Writers Conference

Broadcast date: 8/27/14

Brian Reynolds talks with author, playwright and novelist Victoria Zackheim about her upcoming appearance with novelist Anne Perry at the 30th annual Central Coast Writers Conference in September.

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Cultural event
3:49 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Obon Festival

Broadcast date: 7/30/2014

Brian Reynolds interviews the organizers of a cultural institution on the Central Coast.  We’ll hear from Obon Festival event coordinator Tom Nishikawa, and members of the Imichi Taiko Performance Drumming and Odori Dance Company as they prepare to present Japanese and Buddhist Culture to our community.

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3:53 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Los Osos Library Children's Craft Faire

Brian Reynolds speaks with new Los Osos Librarian, Chase McMunn and families from Los Osos who are planning the sixth annual Los Osos Library Children’s Craft Faire. Last year the event was attended by over 500 visitors. Learn what it takes to put on one of the biggest children's events in the San Luis Obispo County Library system, and why this event helps parents and children start thinking about their pocketbooks at an early age.

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Community Parks
1:46 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

New Park For All Children

Brian Reynolds talks with Paul Ready and Russ Lovell as they prepare to embark on the creation of a 33 acre park that will accommodate children with all physical abilities. Learn how this pursuit was started and how close Jack’s Helping Hands are to reaching their goal.

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1:26 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Changes in Local Libraries

Three libraries in San Luis Obispo County are expanding, or have recently expanded.  Brian Reynolds visits with the San Luis Obispo Friends of the Library to find out what's in store for us as a result of library growth.

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6:26 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Orange is the New Black

Brian Reynolds interviews three librarians from SLO County Libraries and Cuesta College, who share insight into the Cuesta College Book of the Year, Orange is the New Black.  They'll talk about upcoming events surrounding the Book of the Year celebrations, discuss issues of incarceration, and how community reading experiences bring people together and create opportunities to share ideas and engage in conversation.

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12:00 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Proof of Guilt

Cal Poly Professor Kathleen Cairns talks with Brian Reynolds about her book Proof of Guilt: Barbara Graham and the Politics of Executing Women in America.

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Horse Training, Love's Jazz and Art Center
12:00 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Issues & Ideas: air date 01-22-2014

Local author Gary Williams has a new book out that recounts his adventures as a horse and dog trainer, and contract cowboy. Marisa Waddell talks with him about the valuable lessons he's learned along the way.

Also, Travel Correspondent Tom Wilmer takes us to the north side of Omaha, Nebraska, a hub of American jazz and blues since the 1920s, where he visits Love's Jazz and Art Center.

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Olive Oil , Parrots, Local Bookstores
12:00 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Issues & Ideas: air date 11-27-2013

This is Kiwi, a rescued parrot. Her dad, Marty Johnson, talks with Donna Cheek today on Issues and Ideas about the millions of parrots living in the U.S. as pets.
Credit Marisa Waddell
  • Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with the owners of Olea Farm in Templeton, to learn about California's distinctive olive oils.  We'll learn what the term "extra-virgin, first press" really means, and what some of the differences are between European and California olive oils.
  • Also, it is estimated that 10 to 40 million parrots live in the United States as pets.
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