Issues and Ideas

Wednesdays, 1:00PM - 2:00PM

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, Donna Cheek,  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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Community
12:22 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Veteran's Writing Project

Brian Reynolds speaks with guests will be Jim Galvez, who served as a corpsman in a Medical Unit, and Tom Patchel, with the Veterans' Writing Project.

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Pets & Animals
12:16 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

New Life K9s

Donna Cheek talks with a local veteran about how his dog has profoundly changed his life. And Training Director Nicole Hern explains New Life K9s, a new program in San Luis Obispo that provides free service dogs to veterans in need.

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Arts
12:08 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Author Interview: John Hampsey's Kaufman's Hill

Professor John Hampsey teaches Romantic and Classical Literature at Cal Poly. He speaks with Jordan Bell about his newly released memoir of his boyhood, Kaufman’s Hill

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Arts
3:44 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Ancient art of marbling with Sharon Gellerman

Ears On Art visits with Los Osos artist Sharon Gellerman. She creates colorful silk scarves using the ancient art of marbling. Pigments are floated on a special liquid onto which the silk strip is gently placed and quickly removed. The patterns are beautifully organic. Her website is ColorVibeDesigns.com

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Health
1:43 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Central Coast organization gives the gift of sight to people around the world

Cataract removal on older patients is one of the top procedures performed by SEE International, sometimes restoring sight to people who haven't been able to see in years.
Credit SEE International

Eye doctors on the Central Coast are donating their time and services to give the gift of sight to children overseas in developing countries.

For the past four decades, a Santa Barbara-based non-profit organization has helped hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world. Also, many people may not know that SEE International also helps out at home by offering free eye care to uninsured residents who otherwise may not have access to affordable vision correction. 

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Arts
1:38 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Laura Deutsch and 'Writing from the Senses'

Tom Wilmer visits with author Laura Deutsch to discuss her new book Writing from the Senses. Laura shares the secret of great writing and shows how to tap into engaging material to bring your writing alive.

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Arts
7:06 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Ears on Art visits with shattered glass sculptor

Ears On Art visits with Jennifer Stang Eickemeyer, an artist who makes never-seen-before sculptures out of broken glass. Using her own carved wood core, the shards of glass are attached to create a surface that shows off the form and catches light. The sculptures are depictions of nature including animals and plants. Take a look at shatteredglasssculptures.com

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People and Entertainment
12:00 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

A Conversation with Don George Editor of BBC’s Words & Wanderlust

Don George in Bali
Credit Tom Wilmer

Honored to be a guest speaker in Don George’s journalism class at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California, I seized the opportunity to interview Mr. George after class. Don George wrote the book on travel writing, literally. 

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Health
11:44 am
Thu February 5, 2015

LISTEN: California 'right-to-die' bill explained by Central Coast Senator

Central Coast Public Radio's Randol White speaks with the local politician who introduced a "Right to Die" bill in Sacramento recently. Hear why State Senator Bill Monning believes now is the right time to get this passed, and how the law would work.

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Health
11:44 am
Thu February 5, 2015

LISTEN: California 'right-to-die' bill explained by Central Coast Senator

Central Coast Public Radio's Randol White speaks with the local politician who introduced a "Right to Die" bill in Sacramento recently. Hear why State Senator Bill Monning believes now is the right time to get this passed, and how the law would work.

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Education
1:18 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Students seek to start a conversation about sexual assault

A recent string of sexual assaults reported by Cal Poly students has left all greek life on social probation and one fraternity is no longer recognized by the university. Two students, Hannah Poplack and Nadine Leffler wrote a 'letter to the editor' of their school's newspaper in response an article about the university's disciplinary action. 

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Arts
12:50 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Author Interview: Odell Bennett Lee

Brian Reynolds speaks with Odell Bennett Lee, local Author of The Formative Years of an African-American Spy: A Memoir la lead into Black History Month at San Luis Obispo County Libraries.

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Pets & Animals
12:46 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

A fed bear is a dead bear

Allowing bears to eat from your garbage cans, fruit trees or camp site is not a good idea, because bears become dependent and keep coming back. Wildlife Biologist, Rocky Thompson shares with Donna Cheek the importance of eliminating attractants, how to hike safely, and other ways we can all become more “bear aware”.

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Central Coast Business Wrap-up
12:44 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Group works to solve problems surrounding 'workforce housing' in San Luis Obispo

The topic of workforce housing in San Luis Obispo is a hot one currently, really picking up steam during recent debate at the City Council meetings in regards to the newly approved update to the city’s general plan.

Brad Brechwald is the Principal and CEO of the Wallace Group, a Central Coast engineering and design firm. He’s also a cochair for a group working on economic solutions for the county’s housing needs, among other issues. It's one of six "cluster" groups working on various aspects of the local economy.

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San Luis Obispo County
12:23 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Fighting human trafficking on the Central Coast

San Luis Obispo County is the halfway point between Los Angeles and San Francisco making it a primary spot for human trafficking within the state. The FBI recently named California a primary destination for human trafficking. Reporter Jordan Bell speaks with Assistant District Attorney, Lee Cunningham, Director of the Victim/Witness Unit, Debbie Vallely and Rebecca Turner with Mountainbrook Community Church about their organizations' efforts to combat human trafficking in the county.

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