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

Broadcast date: 10/1/15

Reins of H.O.P.E. empowers clients to improve communication and problem solving skills, build confidence and trust in self and relationships and decrease mental health issues with the help of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP). 

Broadcast date: 9/24/15 

Join host Fred Munroe as he speaks with Joshua Erdman, Softec President and Senior Consultant at TekTegrity, Stewart Morse, Vice President of Softec and Director of Operations for OPEN-LINE, 

Broadcast date: 9/17/15

As a nation are we spending too little where it matters most? The “Raising of America,” a new and compelling documentary special, seeks to spark a first-ever national conversation about how conditions faced by children and families during infancy and the early years—can literally alter the developing brain and affect a child’s future success—in school and life. 

Broadcast date: 9/10/2015

The cardiovascular diseases, heart disease and stroke, are the No. 2 and No. 3 causes of death in San Luis Obispo County. Experts with the American Heart Association suggest that as the average life expectancy continues to increase, deaths from heart disease, stroke, and heart failure will increase in the coming years. Do you know the warning signs? 

Broadcast date: 9/3/2015

Confidence in government’s ability to solve basic problems is at or near an all-time low, and voting across the Central Coast resulted in a near record low turnout in the 2014 elections. 

Broadcast: 8/27/2015

According to the last ACTION survey close to half (48%) of all adults in San Luis Obispo County were overweight or obese, and nearly 10% of children were overweight for their age, an increase from 7% in 2003. Since the 1980s, there has been a massive increase in overweight and obesity in all age, race, and education groups. 

Broadcast date: 8/20/15

The Central Coast Writer’s Conference has been helping new and established writers fulfill their dreams for 31 years. 


Broadcast date: 8/13/2015

As another election cycle approaches, citizens on the Central Coast have a number of important choices to make that will help determine the fate of our community and the nation as a whole. 

Broadcast date: 8/6/2015

The Central Coast relies heavily on roads, bridges, highways and transit systems to get people to work and school, take goods to and from our area, and bring travelers to see what local treasures we have to offer. 

Broadcast date: 7/30/2015

A Promotora is a lay Hispanic/Latino community member who is offered special training so that they can provide basic health education in their community.

Broadcast date: 7/23/2015

People of Faith for Justice are an interfaith alliance in San Luis Obispo County, dedicated to promoting peace and justice for all.

Broadcast date: 7/16/2015

Parents are often confronted with significant barriers to obtaining high quality child care. Among these obstacles are often low wages and high costs.  

Broadcast date: 7/9/2015

An overwhelming 90 percent of California voters support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. So where is California and the nation headed with comprehensive immigration reform?

The Odyssey Project

Jul 1, 2015

Broadcast date: 7/2/2015

How can Homer’s Odyssey help incarcerated youth?  The Odyssey Project is a collaborative theater process. It takes youth from a juvenile detention facility in Santa Barbara County and pairs them with undergraduate students from UC Santa Barbara. 

Broadcast date: 6/25/2015

The National Institute for Health defines autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as “a range of complex neurodevelopment disorders, characterized by social impairments, communication difficulties, and restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior.”

Broadcast date: 6/18/2015

As we prepare to celebrate the historic passage of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) more than 25 years ago, although much progress has been made, much remains to be done.

Broadcast date: 6/11/2015

Although there are a number of valuable career mentoring programs for youth on the Central Coast, there are none quite like this one. Through aviation education and mentoring, a Different Point of View shows students a world they’ve never seen before.

Broadcast date: 6/4/2015

Breastfeeding has many benefits: it can help in bonding with a baby, it provides cost savings for a family, and it offers both mother and baby a number of important health benefits. Although the choice of whether or not to breastfeed is a very personal one, for moms who choose to breastfeed, supporting this decision can have far reaching benefits.

Broadcast date: 5/28/2015

For most pregnant women, the labor and birth of a new child can be a time of both fear and joy. Although most women have positive birth experiences, for those who have had a difficult or traumatic birth, and, or who suffer from postpartum depression, this usually joyful time can be filled with pain, depression, and loneliness.

Broadcast date: 5/21/2015

Broadcast date: 5/14/2015

Mental illness, such as depression, is very common in older adults. Mental illness in an older adult can go untreated and unnoticed because people often dismiss it as a normal part of aging, or at times symptoms are associated with other medical conditions.  

Host Fred Munroe will be speaking with Dana Cummings, the Veterans Services Officer with the County of San Luis Obispo Department of Veterans Services about the many benefits and programs they have available and the upcoming Stand Down event benefitting homeless/at-risk veterans. Joining them is Janna Nichols Executive Director of 5Cities Homeless Coalition. She shares information on resources and support for homeless communities in San Luis Obispo County. 

Stand Down, for those veterans who are homeless/at risk or looking for work

Stand Down

May 6, 2015

Broadcast date: 5/07/2015

San Luis Obispo County has a growing number of homeless. In January 2014, HUD reported that San Luis Obispo County had the 3rd largest unsheltered homeless population in the country. At the last point in time count there were over 200 homeless veterans in our community, with hundreds more at risk.

Broadcast date: 4/30/2015

Broadcast date: 4/23/2015

Climate change is real and it is happening now. There is clear scientific consensus and understanding of the cause and effect relationships. It has already begun to adversely affect the economy, health and global social stability, and humans are mainly responsible for it. The problem is serious, but experts believe it is solvable, not with expensive new technology, but with political will and by taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The longer we wait the more expensive and difficult it will be to solve.

Broadcast date: 4/23/2015

Climate change: The problem is serious, but experts believe it is solvable, not with expensive new technology, but with political will and by taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The longer we wait the more expensive and difficult it will be to solve.

Broadcast date: 4/16/2015

Hepatitis C is a silent disease. 

Broadcast date: 4/9/2015

The purpose of public art is not only to enrich the community and improve our quality of life through its ability to enrich an environment, but also to ignite the imagination, encourage thought and to prompt discourse. Public art benefits the community through placemaking, bringing people together, and can be used as a tool in economic development.

Broadcast date: 4/2/2015

Child abuse and neglect can be found in families across the social and economic spectrum. Why does child abuse occur?

Social isolation, financial stress, poverty, substance abuse, and domestic violence are all factors that can lead to adults abusing children.  ACTION reports in San Luis Obispo County although there has been a 12% decrease in cases of child abuse from 2006 to 2012, the rate of cases was still higher than the state rate in 2012.

Broadcast date: 3/26/2015

People of Faith for Justice are an interfaith alliance in San Luis Obispo County, dedicated to promoting peace and justice for all. 

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