Central Coast Voices

Thursdays, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Central Coast Voices addresses the many ramifications of change and how today's choices will affect tomorrow's community. This program is an extension and production of "Action for Healthy Communities" an organization committed to identifying and carrying out projects that will improve the quality of life in San Luis Obispo County. The show's topics and guests focus on raising public awareness through credible and valid information about local and regional concerns such as health care access, neighborhood design, the state of our education infrastructure, the economic impacts, and much more. Your hosts Kris Kington-Barker and Fred Munroe invite you to join the conversation. To participate, call 805-781-3875 during the program.

Ways to Connect

Kayla’s Story

Jan 26, 2017

Broadcast date: 1/26/2017

Donna Kelley lost her daughter, Kayla Peach, to a drug overdose in 2012. Kayla, a Templeton High School graduate, was just 24 years old at the time of her death. Kayla who had been full of life, died from a combination of alcohol and morphine pills she had been given at a house party. She was transported the next morning after not being able to be awaken, carried into the car and drove over 30 minutes to her house in Atascadero. She was then left in her bed. She was found later by a roommate unresponsive. Kayla’s story is the story of the silent but very real epidemic of addiction and substance abuse related deaths among our youth.

Broadcast date: 1/19/17

An institution in San Luis Obispo County, the Great American Melodrama & Vaudeville has been presenting live professional theatre on the Central Coast, five nights a week, year-round, for more than 40 years. Performed in a classic melodramatic style, with patrons encouraged to cheer the hero and boo the villain, an evening at the Melodrama promises affordable fun and laughs for all ages.

Broadcast date: 1/12/17

On January 21, 2017, more than 2,000 individuals from all over San Luis Obispo County, as well as residents of Monterey and Santa Barbara counties, will unite in San Luis Obispo to show support for the Women’s March on Washington. They will stand together in solidarity with friends, families, and women everywhere, for the protection of women’s rights, human rights, safety and health, and to look forward to a positive future.

Broadcast date: 1/5/17

When a person is diagnosed with a serious mental illness, the whole family is affected. How does a family cope and best offer support? NAMI’s Family to Family program is designed to help families better understand how their ill relative experiences their illness, how to best support their relative’s recovery process and how to better cope with the impact of the mental health disorder on the entire family. The program has graduated some 750 participants in Santa Barbara and is often referred to as “life-changing.”

Broadcast date: 12/22/16

While many on the Central Coast will be enjoying the warmth of the holidays over the next few weeks with family and friends, those that are homeless may be caught out in the cold. Although a 2015 Homeless Point-in-Time Census Report showed the number of homeless people in San Luis Obispo County has plunged since 2013 by 31 percent, homelessness is still a very real concern for many areas of SLO County, especially in the northern parts of the county where the problem has increased and services are lacking.

Broadcast date: 12/15/16

Every year the holidays become wrapped more in stuff and less in meaning. However,  this increased commercialization of the holiday season has come with hidden costs to our environment. Are we doing more harm than good with our altruistic consumption?  Can we shop smarter and be more mindful consumers?  How can we all do our part to conserve environmental resources and protect our planet while still taking part in the joy of holiday gift giving?

What is a SLOlio?

Dec 5, 2016

Broadcast date: 12/8/16

The definition of an “olio” is a “mixture or medley; a hodgepodge; a collection of various artistic or literary works or musical pieces; a miscellany.” SLOlio is a gathering, a collection, an “olio” of true stories and story-loving people. Creators of the monthly storytelling event in San Luis Obispo want others to think of it as a kind of a “story slam.” However way you describe it, for attendees of SLOlio, it is an opportunity to come together to celebrate good stories, told by both seasoned storytellers and those less experienced, to share their stories.

Broadcast date: 12/1/16

In the homogenous communities of the Central Coast, it can be awkward and uncomfortable to confront matters of racial justice, but given the dramatic killings of unarmed African Americans in other areas of the country, it becomes difficult to turn a blind eye to our country's institutional racism. R.A.C.E. Matters SLO County, and other like-minded individuals, have begun to advance a local dialogue around race to provide space for marginalized groups to be heard.

The 2016 Election Wrap-Up

Nov 17, 2016

Broadcast date 11/17/16: 

The elections for 2016 are over, resulting in the election of Donald Trump as president, thousands of state and local officials, and numerous ballot initiatives. Residents of the Central Coast are coming to terms with our new electoral world, and trying to understand what comes next. Join host Kris Kington Barker as she speaks with political experts and newly elected politicians about what the results of the recent presidential, congressional, state, local races and ballot measures will mean for you. Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.

Every Student Deserves Healthy Food

Nov 10, 2016

Broadcast date: 11/10/16

The focus of the Farm to School movement is to improve the connections communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by modifying food purchasing and education practices at school and education sites. This benefits students by providing them with access to healthy, local foods as well as educational opportunities in agriculture, food preparation, health and nutrition, all while supporting the local economy and contributing to active communities. 

What you should know before anyone goes

Nov 3, 2016

Broadcast date: 11/2/16

When a loved one passes away, the grieving family and friends are often confronted with a myriad of decisions regarding the funeral. All of this must be done quickly and during a time of great emotional duress. What can be done to help ease the stress of shopping for funeral services during this difficult time? Join host Kris Kington Barker as she speaks with members of the Funeral Consumer’s Alliance, Shannon Shoup, President and founder of the FCA of Southern California, as well as Advisor, Cari Leversee as they discuss its mission to promote and protect a consumer's right to choose meaningful, personalized, and affordable end-of-life arrangements. Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen

Broadcast date: 10/27/16

Few would deny the critical role that arts play in developing a vibrant and strong community. They have a crucial impact on our economy, and are vital to stimulating our creativity. In 2013, we found that almost half (43%) of ACTION survey respondents reported that they attended a music, dance or theater performance in the last month and that half of survey respondents were concerned about access to cultural opportunities in their community. These data illustrate the importance of the arts in our community.

Broadcast date: 10/20/16

Many experts believe that the epidemic of men’s violence and sexual assault in our country is related to what society is teaching boys about masculinity. But, this traditional “boys will be boys” mentality is beginning to change, as school campuses and community organizations are realizing that this type of unhealthy masculinity is harmful to both women and men, in many areas of their lives. Today, these groups are engaging young men and boys to build a new generation of male leaders who will model strength and masculinity, without violence, through a “Healthy Masculinity” movement to eradicate the harmful expectations and stereotypes our society teaches boys about what it means to be a man.

Broadcast date: 10/13/2016

This week Central Coast Voices will wrap up our joint project with NPR called A Nation Engaged. The final question we will be asking is: ‘What does it mean to be an American?’ Host Fred Munroe is joined by community members, Dr. Steve Lloyd-Moffett, Professor of Religious Studies at Cal Poly, Paul Georghiou, resident of San Luis Obispo County for 35 years and retired Emergency Physician, and Sam Holzer, a fourth year History major at Cal Poly, with minors in Art History and Women's & Gender Studies. They will be touching on issues of religion, ethnicity, gender and other identities that distinguish Americans as a political community.

Broadcast date: 10/6/2016

In 2015 overall crop values totaled $828,800,000 in San Luis Obispo County alone. And while recent reports show that the number of farmers in the county has grown over the years, this does not mean that farming is a prosperous enterprise for all who enter it on the Central Coast, especially small farmers which make up the majority of farms in our area. While interest in local foods and improved nutrition continues to thrive, there is still much room for improvement to sustain our local food system for our community.  Increasing profitability for small farmers is key to the health of this system.

Broadcast date: 9/29/16

With 17 measures on the California statewide ballot, for the upcoming November election, it is the longest list of state propositions on a single ballot since March of 2000. With hot button issues like marijuana legalization, the repeal of the death penalty, school funding, and gun laws before voters, just to name a few, it’s not just the decision whether to read the record setting 224-page voter guide that is daunting.

Broadcast date: 9/22/2016

This week, Central Coast Voices is participating in a national week of conversation along with other NPR Member stations called A Nation Engaged. We’re asking this question: ‘What can we do to create economic opportunity for more Americans?’

Broadcast date: 9/15/16

Long Term Care Ombudsman advocate for residents of nursing homes, board and care homes and assisted living facilities. They work to promote the highest possible quality of life and care for all residents in long term care facilities, in addition to educating consumers and providers and resolving residents' complaints. The Administration on Aging (AoA) reports that there are more than 8,000 volunteer ombudsman nationally, and in 2014 the program investigated over 191,553 complaints on behalf of 125,642 individuals. 

Join host Kris Kington Barker as she speaks with Karen Jones, Executive Director with Long Term Care Ombudsman Services of San Luis Obispo County and Volunteer Ombudsmen about the important work they do advocating for compassionate and caring assistance for residents in long term care facilities.

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.

Broadcast date: 9/8/16

The vision of the Wellness Kitchen and Resource Center is that everyone, regardless of their financial situation, who is dealing with a health crisis, can receive food support through their programs until they get back on their feet. What can we do to make their vision a reality and together make our community stronger?

Join host Fred Munroe as he speaks with Nancy Walker, Founder, Executive Director & Therapeutic Chef of The Wellness Kitchen and Resource Center, Jennifer Langstaff, Member of the Board of Directors and Principal of Legacy Retirement Advisors, and Sarah Highnote, Staff Member as they discuss their mission to provide Healing Foods to those in critical need along with education resources and nourishing meals for individuals wanting to regain or sustain optimal health in a supportive, healing atmosphere and the importance and necessity of their work for the community.

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.

Broadcast date: 9/1/2016

Central Coast Voices has joined NPR this week in a special reporting project, called A Nation Engaged.

With the twists and turns in the national political campaigns, and the turbulent and often traumatic news we receive from throughout the world, and too often here at home, we want to continue to help you stay and feel engaged, while providing the conversation vital to be an effective citizen.  

This week we will be exploring topics such as diplomacy, immigration, and military and asking this question: “What is America’s role in the world?" Join host Kris Kington Barker as she speaks with experts in international affairs, Alfred J. Fonzi II, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired), Shelley Hurt, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science at Cal Poly, and Robert Schaeffer, Professor, Department of Sociology at Cal Poly. We hope you will listen and be part of the conversation.

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.

Pacific Standard

Aug 19, 2016

Broadcast date: 8/25/16

Broadcast date: 8/18/2016

How does a community engage the under 40 crowd to involve them in discussion, idea sharing and to shape the future of a city’s political, business and overarching community life?

Join host Kris Kington Barker as she speaks with Ermina Karim, president and CEO of the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce, Audrey Bigelow, Member of the Founding Five for the SLO Scoop and Courtney Meznarich, a leader with SLO U40.  They will be discussing recent efforts to increase U40 (under 40) engagement in the City of San Luis Obispo.

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.

Broadcast date: 8/11/16

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) made its debut in 1993 with 18 trained volunteers to serve as advocates for 18 abused and neglected children throughout the County of San Luis Obispo. Since then more than 2,000 children have had the benefit of a CASA volunteer. In 2012, CASA reached a new milestone of 100 CASA volunteers serving more than 140 children in our community.

Join host Fred Munroe as he speaks with Cathy Orton, Resource Development Director with CASA and Pete Skarda, Advocate Supervisor with CASA as they discuss the important work that CASA does in the community to recruit, train, and supervise volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected children within the court system to ensure each and every child grows up in a safe, nurturing, and permanent home.

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.

Urban Century

Aug 3, 2016

Broadcast date: 8/4/2016

After many decades of decline due to suburban sprawl, downtown communities are being reborn. Across the country, downtowns are once again becoming vibrant, desirable destinations to live, work, and play. The documentary film Urban Century – America’s Return to Main Street, examines the current revitalization of Main Street America and the significance that downtown's play in their communities and the possibility that they may be the key to economic prosperity moving forward.

Join host Kris Kington Barker as she speaks with members of the San Luis Obispo Downtown Association, Executive Director, Dominic Tartaglia, and downtown business owner, community leader, and Economic Committee chairwoman, Jules DuRocher, owner of Jules D. They will talk about the upcoming documentary film screening of Urban Century – America’s Return to Main Street and the current revitalization of Main Street America, discuss the film and the emerging economic, residential and entertainment trends in the hearts of cities just like yours.

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.

Broadcast date: 7/28/16

In the U.S., the average fruit or vegetable can travel as much as 1,500 miles from where it was grown to your dinner plate. Eating more locally grown foods can have many benefits for not only the consumer, but also small farmers and the community. Locally grown food can help build a thriving local economy, promotes health in the community, and even benefits the soil, which can assist in ensuring a quality food system for generations to come.

Join host Fred Munroe as he speaks with Jeff Wade, with Slow Money SLO, Bob Roos, President with the North County Farmer's Market Association, and Eric Michielssen, President of the Board for the SLO Natural Foods Co-op, as they discuss the economic and agricultural importance of creating food hubs for linking small farmers to consumers, as well as other ways to increase access and promote affordability of local foods in the community. 

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.

Broadcast date: 7/21/16

We are enduring one of the most polarizing elections in recent memory.  The nominees for the major political parties are entering the election with historically low popularity, and minor party candidates are gaining support in polls.  Is this the end of the American party system as we know it?  How are these nationwide patterns impacting political competition and representation on the Central Coast?

Join host Kris Kington Barker as she speaks with political scientists Alex Keena, a Visiting Lecturer in American Politics at the University of Richmond in Virginia and Michael Latner, Director of the Cal Poly Master’s in Public Policy Program, two of the four co-authors of the new book Gerrymandering in America: The House of Representatives, the Supreme Court, and the Future of Popular Sovereignty, to discuss electoral competition and its consequences.  They will explore the evolution of our political parties, and how political institutions shape representation and sovereignty in this turbulent era. 

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.

Broadcast date: 7/14/16

Research shows that more than 80% of a child’s brain develops in his or her first three years of life. Even before a child can speak, babies learn from hearing words spoken or sung. Experts say that taking advantage of any opportunity to talk, read and sing to a child to teach them about language and its connection to the world around us can be one of the easiest and most important things you can do to help them grow up smarter, happier, and gain a brighter future.

Join host Fred Munroe as he speaks with Misty Livengood, Communications Officer, First 5 San Luis Obispo County, Children & Families Commission, Heidi Harmon, Host of Music Time at Boo Boo Records and Early Childhood Educator, and Margaret Kensinger-Klopfer the Youth Services Coordinator Librarian with the San Luis Obispo County Library System as they discuss the importance of talking, reading, and singing to children and how it can benefit early brain development and future school success.

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.

Broadcast date: 7/7/16

The documentary film In the Parlor: The Final Goodbye shares the intimate story of three individuals, who like a growing number of families are in search of a more personal and fulfilling way to say goodbye to loved ones. Rejecting the mainstream tradition of hiring funeral professionals, the documentary film examines the growing trend of families caring for their loved ones after death.

Both a critical look at the American relationship with death and an inquiry into the home death care movement, In The Parlor: The Final Goodbye takes viewers on a journey where very few have gone, and challenges us to reflect on this uncomfortable subject, which so often is hidden away and ignored.

Join host Kris Kington Barker as she speaks with Heidi Boucher, writer, producer, and director, of the documentary film, In the Parlor: The Final Goodbye as they discuss how individuals, with the support and guidance of their families, and communities, are being cared for after their death, at home.

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.

Broadcast date: 6/30/16

The vision of One Cool Earth is to create a peaceful, abundant planet with a healthy environment for all. They do this by supporting outdoor education, neighborhood gardens and community tree plantings. Real planting, they believe, takes place when ideas and youth connect, so they aim to plant the seeds of education, inspiration, and empowerment to help youth take charge of their futures.

Join host Fred Munroe as he speaks Greg Ellis-Valencia, Executive Director with One Cool Earth, and Victoria Carranza, Education Director with One Cool Earth as they discuss the value of outdoor education to student health, academics, and well-being.

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.

Broadcast Date: 6/23/16

Improving the quality of life by providing the gift of better vision and health, I Care International collaborates with community service groups, civic and government organizations, translators, and the medical and business communities, both locally and in host countries to provide eye care services to less fortunate men, women and children around the world.

Join host Kris Kington Barker as she speaks with founder of I Care International optometrist Dr. Phil Ortiz, OD, and Central Coast volunteers, Jim Patterson, Leigh Livick, and AVID student Jabnia Hernandez, about how these dedicated individuals work to change the lives of individuals one by one. 

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.

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