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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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. 

Tom Wilmer

When Correspondent, Tom Wilmer cast off from the dock in downtown San Diego, bound for a whale watching adventure off the coast, he had no idea that meeting and visiting with the onboard naturalists would be just as fascinating as watching the whales.

mbassador Morgenthau's Story, written by Henry Morgenthau, Sr. and published in 1918. Image via Wikipedia

Host Brian Reynolds interviews Cuesta College Professor Bruce Badrigian about his Armenian roots, the history of the country and what some refer to as the "Armenian Genocide."

The Monkey Mind: That endless stream of troubling thoughts or other distracting chatter can zap confidence, preventing a person from focusing on what is truly important. 

U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

The Central Coast and California’s water situation is a source of passion for one member of Cal Poly’s Sociology Department. 

Getting a handle on food and environmental allergies

Apr 20, 2016
Ken Pfeiffer Photography

It seems like allergy season gets longer every year. Whether it’s foods or the environment, a lot of people are suffering from allergies.

Glean SLO

About one in six people in San Luis Obispo County are considered to be “food insecure.”  Learn how a local program, Glean SLO, harvests produce from farms, farmers markets, and backyards to feed local people in need. Also meet singer-songwriter Ynana Rose, who gleans, and who will be giving a benefit concert for the organization.

The Food Archivist: Facebook Page

Based on the California Central Coast, Ann-Terese Barket is on a mission to preserve family recipes. She developed the Food Archivist to assist families save and preserve ancestral recipes that historically have been passed down through the oral tradition. 

Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center

The Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center is out with a second edition of its popular book that showcases creative writing and artwork done by Central Coast students. 

The process for giving Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) has changed quite a bit over the years and there is a new push on the Central Coast to get people acquainted with the most recent version of this life-saving technique. 

The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County

Last week, The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County announced the largest land easement in the organization’s history. 

Lisa Stratton, CCBER

UCSB is embarking on a major project to turn 63 acres of a former golf course back into publicly-accessible wetlands. 

Brittany App

The Central Coast quintet, Café Musique, is about to release its fourth album, Ebb and Flow. Marisa Waddell talks with the band's violinist, Brynn Albanese and accordion player, Duane Inglish, about signing to a label, picking repertoire, the process of recording, and embracing changes in the band.

Guests:

  • Duane Inglish - accordion, banjo
  • Brynn Albanese - violin, vocals
San Luis Obispo County

  • Host: Brian Reynolds
  • Guest: Whitney Szentesi

View the San Luis Obispo County 2015 Annual Report online 

Cal Poly's Technology Park is headed for an expansion

Mar 23, 2016
Jim Dunning, Cal Poly

A project between Cal Poly and the California Central Coast Research Partnership is home to several technology-based businesses. 

Brittany App

Central Coast filmmaker Brittany App is working on her upcoming feature-length documentary film about California’s critical ongoing drought, titled 'Where There Once Was Water'.

Broadcast date: 03/09/2016

The National Parks Conservation Association was established back in 1919 just three years after the formation of the National Park Service to protect and enhance our national parks. 

Dr. Susan Swadener

For National Nutrition Month, hear from Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Dr. Susan Swadener and Registered Dietitian Megan Coats with Cal Poly Campus Dining about the campaign to inform the public about healthful eating and lifestyle and about their work as registered dietitians. 

Broadcast date: 03/02/2016, 03/09/2016

Crissa Hewitt and Steven deLuque talk with Grover Beach watercolor painter Roseanne Seitz. 

nancylcohen.com

  Jordan Bell speaks with historian and author Nancy L. Cohen, who asks why America still hasn’t elected a woman president. Her latest book is Breakthrough: The Making of America’s First Woman President.

Ken Pfeiffer Photography

Orchid experts and enthusiasts from around the world are coming to the Central Coast this weekend for the 71st Santa Barbara International Orchid Show. KCBX's Lisa Osborn speaks with George Hatfield, president of this year's show, who calls the event 'the Disneyland of orchids' because it offers something for everyone.

Broadcast date: 02/24/16

Brian Reynolds speaks with librarians from the Cuesta College and San Luis Obispo County Libraries about the Cuesta book of the year, The Barbarian Nurseries, by Hector Tobar.

Thanks to Shawn Thorpe for editing help this week.

slomylifelens.com

There’s an art project on display on the Central Coast that aims to show what it’s life to live in an expensive area on an extremely limited budget. A number of people considered to be living in financial stress in San Luis Obispo County were given a cameras to document their day-to-day experiences for a project called "My Life Lens."

John Uebersax

Randol White: This is Issues and Ideas on KCBX Central Coast public radio. I'm Randol White. From the moment Central Coast Congresswoman Lois Capps announced her plans to retire at the end of this term, candidates looking to fill her spot began to announce intentions to run. KCBX is inviting each registered candidate onto Issues and Ideas in order to share their visions for the 24th Congressional District, which includes all of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties, as well as a portion of Ventura County in the Los Padres National Forest.

Traffic 411

The federal government recently awarded Los Olivos its own American Viticultural Area, recognizing it as a wine-grape growing region distinct from its surroundings. Lisa Osborn speaks with local vintners about the new AVA designation.

Visit San Luis Obispo County

San Luis Obispo County’s tourism arm is undertaking an expensive, first-of-its-kind campaign for the area, aimed at pulling in visitors from California’s big metro areas, as well as the large urban centers of Las Vegas and Phoenix.

Broadcast date: 02/10/2016

Correspondent Tom Wilmer speaks with Jeff Dunster in Waikiki about the Reforestation Initiative: its roots, vision and efforts on the flanks of Mauna Kea on the Big Island, and upcoming projects on Oahu. 

Sonia Fernandez, UCSB

Broadcast date: 02/10/16

 In honor of Valentine's Day, a look closer look at marriage. A new study out of UC Santa Barbara takes a closer look at the economics of tying the knot to determine who is most likely to say ‘I Do.’   

Larry Kappen

Broadcast date: 02/03/2016

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Commemorating 50 years of Montaña de Oro as a state park, 50 paintings by members of San Luis Obispo Painters of the Environment (SLOPE) will be displayed all month at the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History. Ears on Art hosts Crissa Hewitt and Steven DeLuque speak with some of the artists. Further information on the exhibit is at http://slope-painters.com/.

Tom Wilmer

Broadcast date: 02/03/2016

Correspondent Tom Wilmer takes us to Santa Clara County, site of this Sunday’s Super Bowl 50. 

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