Issues and Ideas

Issues & Ideas is a radio magazine of issues, people, places and events in our community (oh, and ideas, too!). You might hear a conversation with a scientist doing cutting edge research at UCSB, or join a discussion with your local school district superintendents. You might take an audio tour of a sculptor's studio or learn about a nearby getaway for locals. Contributors include KCBX News, Stephen DeLuque, Crissa Hewitt, Brian Reynolds, Marisa Waddell, travel correspondent Tom Wilmer and others.  Issues and Ideas features Ears On Art the 1st and 2nd Wednesdays of every month at 1:30 p.m., with hosts Crissa Hewitt & Steven deLuque.

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A Central Coast nonprofit, set up initially by the County of Santa Barbara to help residents improve the efficiency of their homes, has grown to include San Luis Obispo and Ventura Counties.

Habitat for Humanity for San Luis Obispo County, Facebook

A Habitat for Humanity project in Paso Robles is such a success that it’s becoming an example for the organization of how to best use resources. 

Bike SLO County

San Luis Obispo County Library Volunteer Brian Reynolds speaks with Bike SLO County leaders Dan Revoir and Vanessa Davis.

San Luis Obispo

The southern half of California—including a large chunk of the Central Coast—continues to struggle with extreme drought conditions. Technically, much of the area is listed as D4 by the U.S. Drought Monitor, the most serious of levels.

San Luis Obispo

KCBX Volunteer Kim Bisheff interviews San Luis Obispo Public Works Director Daryl Grigsby about the adoption of the Land Use Circulation Element (LUCE) and how the City plans to move forward with its guidelines.

View the interactive bicycle planning map and others

The circulation element, which the City passed in 2014, calls for significant increases in non-motorized transportation.

KCBX

Correspondent, Tom Wilmer visits with San Luis Obispo, California based author, Kendra Aronson about her new book, The San Luis Obispo Farmers’ Market Cookbook: Simple Seasonal Recipes & Short Stories from the Central Coast of California. The cookbook features 196 pages of 60 seasonal recipes and 40 short stories.

Thomas Wilmer

Correspondent Tom Wilmer reports from Chattanooga. Come along and join the conversation with passionate music lover, Mary Howard Ade. She moved here from New York City to work as the Chattanooga Convention & Visitors Bureau’s full-time Music Marketing Manager

Live music has been an integral ingredient in the cultural fabric of Chattanooga since the founding of the riverfront town in 1839. Bessie Smith, born in Chattanooga in 1892, was fondly nicknamed "Empress of the Blues" and became America’s #1 blues performer throughout the 1920s and 30s.

Thomas Wilmer / Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, Nancy Darga, Detroit, auto

  Correspondent Tom Wilmer reports from Detroit Michigan at the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, Henry Ford’s first purpose-built auto assembly factory constructed in 1904--This where the Model T was born and sparked the advent of the age of the automobile. 

Thomas Wilmer

Join Correspondent Tom Wilmer in Detroit, Michigan at Hitsville U.S.A., the birthplace of Motown Records. The Motown Sound— It’s been described as a marriage of saintly and secular music, melding the syncopation and improvisation of the jazz be-bop movement.

Thomas Wilmer

Phillip Cooley saw opportunity in a 30,000 square-foot abandoned, derelict printing plant in downtown Detroit’s Westside Corktown neighborhood.

Cooley purchased the foreclosed building for $100,000 in 2011 with a vision to provide low-cost commercial incubator workspaces for startups that could not afford market-rate workspaces, along with small businesses struggling to grow on limited budgets. 

Thomas Wilmer

The Santa Lucia mountain range delineates the boundary of the California Central Coast’s maritime influenced grape growing region. Head a couple miles inland from the ridge tops of the Santa Lucia’s and you’ll suddenly find yourself far from the cooling influences of the summertime fog, and cooling ocean breezes.

Thomas Wilmer

    

 In search of solutions to the extreme threat to California’s forests and watersheds, correspondent Tom Wilmer met with Bob Kingman, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy’s Assistant Executive Officer in Auburn, California. He then visits with Sean O’Brien in San Luis Obispo about urban forested Monterey Pines in conjunction with Cal Fire in Cambria.

San Luis Obispo Region Transit Authority (RTA) Facebook Page

A Central Coast transit agency is going through a bit of a makeover in an effort to bring fares up to date and adjust routes to fit demand. 

Flickr member Vox Efx

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 is Election Day in California as Central Coast voters head to the polls to pick their primary candidates for President of the United States, Congress and various supervisor seats in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Monterey Counties, among other choices. 

Jeanette Wolff

This week Ears On Art visits with two long time central coast residents, Sue McKee and Jeanette Wolff

Cal Poly graduate, Sean Christopher Weir visits with correspondent, Tom Wilmer about his book, The Mad Crush—A Memoir of Mythic Vines and Improbable Winemaking.

Thomas Wilmer

An innovator in the passenger vessel industry, Terry MacRae, is the Chairman and CEO of Hornblower Cruises & Events. In addition to crafting the only fleet of hybrid vessels in North America, MacRae has built an empire of more than 70 yachts in the last 35 years.

NPS PIO Alexandra Picavet
Thomas Wilmer

Even though Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary has been closed since 1963, the myth, legend, and lore of the infamous Rock that housed prisoners such as Al “Scarface” Capone, the “Birdman of Alcatraz”, and “Machine Gun” Kelly has grown exponentially over the past half century.

NPS Superintendent, Chris Lehnertz
Thomas Wilmer

There are 29 National Recreation Areas across America. One of the most distinctive is the Golden Gate National Recreation Area that includes 80,000 acres of ecologically and historically significant destinations around the San Francisco Bay Area.

Robert Luke
Thomas Wilmer

Robert Luke, assigned prisoner number 1118AZ, arrived at Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary on April 14th 1954 and was paroled on April 29th 1959. It was the smell of fresh mown grass wafting across the island from somewhere in San Francisco that spurred him to go the straight and narrow path.

Thomas Wilmer

Morro Bay Maritime Museum board member, Judy Salamacha talks with correspondent, Tom Wilmer about the June 4th and 5th festivities celebrating the historic tugboat, Alma’s new home, adjacent to the Naval DSRV deep sea rescue submarine and the USCG rescue vessel.

Join correspondent, Tom Wilmer in Santa Barbara, California for a visit with film director, Max Barbakow.

Ken Pfeiffer Photography

Are you looking to improve your life? Feel free to go all out. 

Tips for getting over your fear of public speaking

May 18, 2016

If the idea of speaking in public makes you feel queasy, you're not alone. Public speaking tops the list of fears for many people. 

An organization that financially supports female business leaders in Santa Barbara is celebrating its 25th year, this year. 

Orchestra Novo Facebook Page

Ears on Art discusses the collaboration between Orchestra Novo and The Grizzly Academy. 

The student paintings created while listening to a work by Maurice Ravel will be presented simultaneously at Orchestra Novo's season finale concert on May 29.

Ears on Art” features Dennis Kehoe, a Los Osos artist of many disciplines, including painting, printmaking, and sculpture. 

Tom Wilmer

Correspondent, Tom Wilmer explores the world of fresh ocean seafood with Morro Bay Commercial fisherman and restaurant owner, Mark Tognazzini, who talks about just what constitutes “fresh”, and the local fishermen who travel as far as 1,000 miles out to sea to catch pelagic fish such as Tuna and swordfish. 

Dairy Creek Golf Course Facebook Page

A golf course in San Luis Obispo County is turning brown, not because of the drought, but because of a change to California’s prison system. 

Jennifer O'Leary

The waters of the Central Coast have seen some radical changes in recent years, including much warmer than normal temperatures, massive algae blooms, a decline in eel grass and a mass wasting disease among sea stars. 

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