Issues and Ideas

Issues and Ideas is a show that features a wide variety of voices sharing their thoughts and perspectives about local people, issues and events on the Central Coast. You might hear a policy maker discussing new regulation, an artist sharing his creative process, an entrepreneur exploring sustainable business practices, or an author talking about her latest book.

Regular contributors and segments include: Greta Mart with KCBX News, Stephen DeLuque and Crissa Hewitt's Ears On Art, travel correspondent Tom Wilmer's Journeys of Discovery, Brian Reynolds, Marisa Waddell, and others. 

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April is National Poetry Month at County of SLO Public Libraries. Join Brian Reynolds as he talks with local poet Toni Stern where they explore topics on creativity, inspiration, independent authorship, and the art of poetry. Stern, songwriter for Carole King, examines the breadth and boundaries of family, place, language, and self in her second volume of poetry, As Close As I Can.  

Courtesy of John Astaire

Recently a world premiere took place at Cal Poly's Performing Arts Center, as part of the Wind Bands Winter Concert on March 3, 2018. The university's 65-member wind orchestra and 60-member wind ensemble, conducted by Christopher J. Woodruff, presented a program of music relating to a theme of "Earth and Sky." 

Issues And Ideas - March 9, 2018

Mar 8, 2018

On this week's Issues and Ideas we'll get some Ears on Art. Crissa Hewitt dives into the work of famed sculptor Francisco Zúñiga through an interview with his son who has spent years cataloging and documenting his father's work. We'll also explore Central Coast U.S. army base Fort Hunter Liggett through two stories from Journeys of Discovery's Tom Wilmer and KCBX's news director Greta Mart. We'll also learn about what some men at a local university are doing to support the #MeToo movement. And KCBX's Rachel Duchak gets some world travel tips, from Bangkok, Thailand! 

Children peek out from inside a traditional Mongolian round felt tent or ger in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
katya Cengel

Cal Poly Adjunct Professor, Katya Cengel reports from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia--long known as the land of the eternal blue sky, but rapid urban migration is changing that.

The once nomadic population increasingly  now lives in cities with approximately 45 percent of the population, or one million people, living in the capital of Ulaanbaatar. 

Professional Playing With Food

Feb 28, 2018
Bag of food
Fr Ian M Delinger

Imagine playing with food as your job! Father Ian met up with the Nutrition Program Manager at the Food Bank of SLO County whose job it is to develop tasty and nutritious recipes from the food that is distributed through the Food Bank. Father Ian follows the process from the grocery bag to the stove to the distribution center with this tasty creation.

Sandi Twist talks SUP with correspondent Tom Wilmer on the docks in Morro Bay, California
Jennifer Little

A visit with Sandi Twist, owner of The Paddleboard Company, fittingly located on the waterfront in Morro Bay. Twist walks about the explosive popularity of stand-up paddling (SUP) for both the curious and serious.

Judy Philbin talks with the leaders of, and a participant in a new Cuesta College program called Cabaret 805, a singing and performing class where students learn to perform cabaret-style music, work with live instrumentalists, and refine their performance skills before a live audience in a concert setting.

The heart of Skid Row in the heart of Los Angeles
Thomas Wilmer

Skid Row in Los Angeles is home to more than 2,000 homeless who sleep on the streets, in doorways, alleys, under bridges, and on streetcars. Skid Row is just a slice of a larger population of homeless in Los Angeles County with a total homeless population of around 60,000. And this does not include the cities of Glendale, Pasadena, and Long Beach—three of the County’s larger towns.

This month, Ears on Art visits with Kate Froman, a San Luis Obispo fiber artist. For four decades, Kate has been creating art pieces using cotton, silk- even garden clippings. Wearable art, quilts, and wall hangings show a body of work full of color, imagination, and quality craftsmanship.

Creating with Cannabis

Feb 5, 2018
Fr Ian M Delinger

As of January 1, the sale, purchase, and possession of marijuana and its products became legal in California. This prompted the “Playing With Food” Crew to flirt with the idea of Creating With Cannabis! Will Father Ian Delinger create an elaborate feast with cannabis? For sure, some issues and ideas are explored.

Back in the latter 18th century, black players often played on baseball teams alongside whites. But segregation took an ugly turn in the dawning days of the 20th century and blacks were barred through Jim Crow laws. 

Stax Museum in Memphis, Tennessee
Thomas Wilmer

Tim Sampson Communications Director for the Soulsville Foundation talks about the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, the genesis of “Soulsville”, the astounding Stax Music Academy, and Soulsville Charter School. Tiffany Harmon shares the story of Rock & Roll birthplace at Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee.

Tom Wilmer (left) with Mo Mao at symposium in Chengdu, China
David Laing

Correspondent Tom Wilmer met Mo Mao at a symposium in Chengdu, China a year ago. After returning home Mo and Tom kept up their friendship via Instagram—and that’s how Mo came to America to visit with Wilmer in Morro Bay. Mo serves as the Municipal Foreign Exchange Project Manager for the city of Chengdu (population 16M) in the Southwestern province of Sichuan adjacent to Tibet.

Gilles Toucas

Judy Philbin, host of Pacific Standard Time on KCBX, chats with singer Michael Feinstein, who is considered the Ambassador of the Great American Songbook. Feinstein is coming to San Luis Obispo on January 26th, 2018, and gives us a sneak preview of his upcoming Frank Sinatra tribute at the PAC. Plus, he tells stories about his friendship with Ira Gershwin, and how he fell in love with the great song standards.

John Sepulvado KQED California Report Host

KQED's California Report host John Sepulvado shares his passion for building relationships with NPR affiliate stations across the state. 

Creating With Kiwi

Dec 28, 2017
Bright green Kiwi grown right here on the Central Coast!
Fr Ian M Delinger

Did you know that Kiwi fruit grows on the Central Coast? Did you know that it grows on a vine, not a tree? Fr Ian Delinger didn’t know either of those fun facts, so he went out to discover the highs and lows of kiwi farming. When he returns from the vineyards, he gets back in his kitchen and does some creating with kiwi.

Brian Reynolds talks with Mark Arnold, author of the new novel Monster: The Early Life of Mary Shelley. It's a fictionalized telling of the story behind the woman who gave us Frankenstein.

The historic adobe at Talley Vineyards in Arroyo Grande Valley
Tom Wilmer

Brian Talley’s grandfather started farming in the Arroyo Grande Valley back in 1948. It was Brian’s dad who planted grapes in the early 1980s and eventually started producing wine as well, and as they say, the rest is history. 

Hal Wilson of Santa Margarita shares his Father Christmas tales, stories written over the years to share with his young children. A bear, an octopus, and a penguin are sure to bring a smile with their takes on life at the North Pole.

Travel correspondent Tom Wilmer visits Healdsburg California and talks with local business owners about the economic recovery of their community following the devastating fires earlier this year.

Crissa Hewitt interviews art historian Herbert Cole on the art of African mothers.

Marge Calhoun was a legend in the surfing world. A resident of Morro Bay before her death in early September, Calhoun was one of the sport’s early pioneers, becoming the first female world champion to win the Makaha International in Hawaii.

Brian Reynolds interviews Rick London, CEO of United Way SLO and Chair of the Board of Directors Hans Poschman to discuss the history and leadership of the United Way.

Other People Playing With Food

Nov 29, 2017
Chris McIntyre of 3 Flies On A Knife prepares his Tumeric Loaves
Fr Ian M Delinger

“There are people who play with food in their kitchens and get paid to do it! Cottage Food Operators changed the game in artisan foods on the Central Coast. Fr Ian Delinger goes right into the homes and kitchens of some of the Central Coast’s most delicious entrepreneurial efforts. ‘Other People Playing With Food’ is part of this week’s ‘Issues & Ideas’.”

Dramatic open spaces define the new San Luis Obispo Airport

After two years of construction, the new $39 million San Luis Obispo Airport opened on November 1. The county's Director of Airports, Kevin Bumen, talks with correspondent Tom Wilmer about the attributes of the new terminal, enhanced parking, and the fast-changing world of commercial aviation as it impacts San Luis Obispo. 

Playing With Pizza

Oct 25, 2017
SLO Fire Chief and his wood-fired pizza oven
Fr Ian M Delinger

Fr. Ian Delinger is “Playing With Pizza.” A wood-fired oven is an item that may or may not be something one would think a Fire Chief would have—shouldn’t he be putting out fires instead of starting them—or is he the safest person to start that fire? SLO Fire Chief Garret Olson has a passion for pizza. He invited Fr. Ian into his home pizzeria for a pizza tutorial and a look into the life of a firefighter.

KCBX's Bree Zender speaks with Linda Wilson and Mara Purl about their involvement in the production of the play 'Becoming Julia Morgan.'

1919 Green Bay Packers team

Brenda Krainik and Candy Conard in Green Bay, Wisconsin share the back-story of how the Green Bay Packers came to be America’s only non-profit NFL team. More than 360,000 fans are ardent shareholders, and the concession stands at Lambeau Field are operated by local non-profit organizations. Brenda also shares insights about cool things to do and see in the little town of Green Bay—with the world’s most passionate football fans.

Central Coast AVA: The legend of Richard Sauret

Oct 2, 2017
Jason Lopez

Richard Sauret died Saturday night, September 30, 2017, in an automobile accident on Highway 101 and Wellsona Road. He was 82.  Sauret had been in the process of retiring from grape growing.

Issues and Ideas Producer Brian Reynolds speaks with Charlie Shoemake, a jazz vibraphonist and educator.