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: 12/03/15

Join host Kris Kington Barker as she speaks with Henry Fersko-Weiss, LCSW, founder of the International End of Life Doula Association (INELDA), as they discuss the role of doulas in serving the dying and their families, and how they are able to enrich hospice end of life care.

A real cost measure

Nov 17, 2015

Broadcast date: 11/19/15

Almost 1 in 3 San Luis Obispo County households are struggling to meet their basic needs, according to a report, was released recently by United Ways of California. 

Broadcast date: 11/12/15

Broadcast date: 11/5/15

The mission of Cal Poly’s Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CIE) is to transform motivated students into resourceful, entrepreneurial and innovative leaders. 

Broadcast date: 10/29/15

Predicting the weather can be a challenging business. NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, asserts the El Niño that developed last spring is among the strongest recorded events since the 1950s. Forecasters believe El Niño will dramatically impact the weather and climate over the United States, especially in the coming winter months.

Broadcast date: 10/22/15

Although Alzheimer’s disease was first identified more than 100 years ago, and research has revealed a great deal about the devastating disease, much is yet to be discovered about how the disease can be prevented, slowed or stopped. 

Broadcast date: 10/15/15

In today’s world we are living longer lives, but often are diagnosed with many more complex health conditions. In times of need, individuals often turn to family members for their care and support, and so the numbers of family caregivers is not only increasing, but becoming more challenging too. The National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC) estimates 43.5 million adults in the United States have provided unpaid care to an adult or a child in the prior 12 months.

Broadcast date: 10/8/15

In 2014 the release of a report claiming that instances of certain types of cancer were on the increase in San Luis Obispo County, spurred Ecologistics, a local non-profit to action. Concerned that certain segments of the population who had no access to health care might not be able to get critical, early detection screening the board of the non-profit began work towards an innovative solution. 

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

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