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.

Ways to Connect

Join host Brian Reynolds in a conversation with Jill Bolster-White, Executive Director of the Transitions/Mental Health Association. Listen to a discussion concerning mental health issues, including insurance coverage, how mental illnesses are different from disabilities, and the stigma still attached to mental health issues despite historical gains in the mental health arena.

Michael Dawes/Flickr

Summer is around the corner. If you're someone who enjoys sports on the ocean, the Coast Guard would like you to take a few precautions before you get out on the water. KCBX's Tyler Pratt recently sat down with Petty Officer Cory Mendenhall to talk about paddleboardand kayak safety.

Courtesy of Brigit Binns

As part of our series focusing on interesting people living and working on the Central Coast, we recently invited a Paso Robles couple to the KCBX studio. Casey Biggs is a well-known actor with a lengthy resume of stage, film and television roles. He's also famous on the Central Coast for being the Paso Wine Man.

Tyler Pratt/KCBX

NASA successfully launched a spacecraft to Mars from Vandenberg Air Force base on Saturday. It was the first ever interplanetary launch from the West Coast, and if all goes according to plan, just before Thanksgiving the Insight mission will land on Mars and begin drilling down into the surface. The mission's goal? To learn more about how rocky planets form.

Andy and Phyllis D'Arrigo
The D'Arrigo Foundation

Tom Wilmer reports from Salinas Valley where he visits with 90-something Andy D’Arrigo, patriarch of the family run agriculture business D’Arrigo Brothers. It was Andy who served as the model for the company brand created back in 1927 when he was two years old. Andy’s childhood face still adorns the label 80 years later. 

Ears on Art: Wire works and printmaking

May 2, 2018

On May 2 we meet with Beverly Brown, a local artist who works wonder with wire. She will be a participant in the Open Studios Art Tour bonus weekend taking place May 5 and 6 throughout the county. Details at ARTS Obispo.org.  

And on May 9 we talk about printmaking with Mae Wilson. Making use of several printmaking techniques, Mae explores imagery that ranges from fantasy to every day objects.

CLassic Moorish and Mission Revival influences abound at the classic- Julia Morgan designed Hacienda
Thomas Wilmer

William Randolph Heart’s old ranch headquarters was constructed in 1930.

Located a mere 11 miles as the crow flies from Hearst Castle. Hearst and architect Julia Morgan’s classic, Moorish/Mission Revival structure, dubbed the Hacienda or Milpitas Ranch House, was sold to the U.S. Army in 1940.

The Hacienda initially served as operations headquarters for Fort Hunter Liggett until the base facilities were constructed in the dawning days of WWII.

Imagine going from juvenile hall to julienne vegetables! The Drummond Culinary Academy invites at-risk teenagers to learn valuable skills in the culinary and restaurant industries that will be useful for the rest of their lives. Fr Ian Delinger gets alongside those who are learning and growing by Playing With Food. Part of Issues & Ideas on Wednesday March 25 at 1pm.

For this month's segment of The Library, Brian Reynolds speaks with Dashka Slater, the author of a new, critically-acclaimed true crime novel for young adults called “The 57 Bus.” It’s a complex and layered tale about two teens – a white girl and a black boy – whose lives intersect with painful consequences. This work sparks discussions about identity, community, and what it means to achieve justice.

In November of 2016, Monterey County voters passed Measure Z. That's a citizen's initiative to ban hydraulic fracturing and limit new oil drilling within the county's borders. Seven other California counties have similar bans. 

Now residents in San Luis Obispo County are hoping to qualify their own anti-fracking initiative for the November's ballot. KCBX's Greta Mart invited two leaders from Protect SLO County to the studio to learn more about the planned measure and what it hopes to accomplish.

Playing with Food: Learning and growing

Apr 25, 2018
Shilo and his assistants prepped 3 hotel pans of enchiladas, all made from scratch.
Fr Ian M Delinger

Imagine going from juvenile hall to julienne vegetables! The Drummond Culinary Academy invites at-risk teenagers to learn valuable skills in the culinary and restaurant industries that will be useful for the rest of their lives. Fr Ian Delinger gets alongside those who are learning and growing by Playing With Food.

Tyler Pratt/KCBX

Racially-inflammatory behavior at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo has become a focal point over the past week and a half, stemming from an incident regarding a student wearing blackface at a campus fraternity party.

On Tuesday Cal Poly's president announced that he was suspending all Greek life on campus - indefinitely. That affects all official activities of fraternities and sororities. The administration also hired a campus diversity specialist, enacted new diversity initiatives, and touted some that are already in place. 

Ford Research lab
Thomas Wilmer

Your new Ford might just come equipped with repurposed U.S. currency, flax, wheat, agave fibers, and a litany of organic auto parts. 

Ears on Art celebrates its 19th anniversary with highlights from the archives. On April 4, we will feature some of our out-of-area guests, and April 11, we will showcase a few of the local artists who have joined us in conversation about their art. This month we begin a shorter format for the show. This is part of the revamping of the hour-long "Issues and Ideas," which will now feature an increased variety of segments.

Issues & Ideas: #FreeTheCSU

Apr 4, 2018

On Wednesday, April 4th, California State University students along with faculty and elected officials gathered on the steps of the capitol in Sacramento. They asked for increased state funding for the CSU and and would ultimately like to see free public higher education in California. It was called #FreetheCSU. Issues and Ideas host Tyler Pratt spoke with Cal Poly students Mick Bruckner, Kelsey Zazanis, and Dominic Scialabba before they took off for Sacramento about what it means to "Free the CSU."

Samantha Payette (left) with Shanny Covey, co-owner of Luna Red in San Luis Obispo, California
Thomas Wilmer

The San Luis Obispo restaurant industry is facing increasing costs on multiple fronts. Current and impending issues include a rise in minimum wage to $15 per hour, a regional labor shortage, mandated health care, sick leave, along with rising food costs. Restaurant owners are brainstorming ways to modify their business models, including instituting a service charge or surcharge.

Jack Rutberg Gallery

In this two-part March series of Ears on Art, Crissa Hewitt talks with Francisco Zuniga's son, Ariel Zuniga, about his father's work. For several years, Ariel has been cataloguing and documenting his father's  work. Jack Rutberg shares some thoughts as well. 

Tyler Pratt\KCBX

San Luis Obispo’s Cal Poly is hosting the Association of Western Forestry Clubs Logging Conclave this week, or as it’s more casually known: timbersports - the largest collegiate timbersports competition west of the Mississippi.

Mission College Prep student Cayden Wemple performs in the KCBX studios in San Luis Obispo
Thomas Wilmer

Cayden Wemple is a passionate indie-folk singer/songwriter and a senior at Mission College Prep in San Luis Obispo. Wemple describes his songwriting techniques and practices. He also shares insights about how he draws inspiration for his songs from the political world around him. 

Playing with Food: Blending with beard's bananas

Mar 28, 2018
Bananas
Fr Ian M Delinger

Did you know that there are bananas growing on the Central Coast? When I think about banana plantations, I think about warm, tropical places like Panama, Ecuador, or maybe Hawai’i for somewhere in the United States. But we have bananas right here on the Central Coast. Father Ian Delinger explored a banana plantation in Goleta that has been in existence since 1978, and was inspired to go bananas in the kitchen yet again with Central Coast produce, and Blending with Beard's Bananas.

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." 

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! 

Issues & Ideas: Tackling air pollution in Mongolia

Mar 7, 2018
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. 

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.

Playing with Food: 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.

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