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 Stephen DeLuque, Crissa Hewitt, Brian Reynolds, Larry Rutter,  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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Environment
1:12 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

SLO County Air Polution Control District on Climate Change and local air quality

Brian Reynolds talks with representatives from the Air Pollution Control District of San Luis Obispo County about climate change, also about our local air quality, what affects it, and what each of us can do to improve it.

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Lifestyle
4:42 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Exploring Northeast Nebraska

Join Deb Loseke, Director of the Columbus Nebraska Platte County Convention & Visitors Bureau as she shares her insights in to why Columbus’s economic vitality is leading the pack in the Midwest, and we’ll chat with Kim Bean COO of Columbus based Tasty Toppings, manufacturers of the Midwest’s longtime favorite and revered Dorothy Lynch French salad dressing. The Genoa, Nebraska U.S. Industrial Indian School opened in 1884 and operated continuously, until the midst of the Great Depression.

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Lifestyle
4:38 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Ed Grosvenor on the demise of federally funded history projects

Edwin Grosvenor, the editor of the revered history magazine, American Heritage.  Grosvenor comes by his interest in history naturally – his family founded National Geographic 126 years ago, and ran it for most of the years since. It was Grosvenor’s grandfather Gilbert who explored Yosemite with John Muir and Stephen Mather and subsequently played a key role in establishing the National Park Service almost 100 years ago.

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Pets & Animals
4:21 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Central Coast animal lover saves senior and special needs dogs

The plight of many senior dogs in California is growing old and having decisions about life expectancy determined by someone else. Central Coast animal lover, Charlotte Meade, is doing something about it. Donna Cheek has a lively discussion with Charlotte Meade, founder of Meade Canine Rescue Foundation about her passion to save senior and special needs dogs.

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Lifestyle
3:56 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Local woman's feminism blog becomes a father-daughter discussion

    

KCBX Reporter, Jordan Bell, speaks with local woman, Victoria Billings, about her blog Feminism For My Father, about her 'brand' of feminism and current issues that affect many people.

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Arts
3:27 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Santa Barbara Teen Publishes 'survival guide' to bullying

Aija speaking to students about her new book
Credit Aija Mayrock

 

KCBX News Director Randol White speaks with a Santa Barbara teenager about her new book The Survival Guide to Bullying.

Ajia Mayrock breaks down the tools she used to stay positive in Junior High and High School and talks about what helped her to eventually thrive.

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Pets & Animals
3:08 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Donna Cheek and A.J. Fudge: Pet Trusts

A ‘Pet Trust’ will guarantee your pet’s well being once you’re gone. Leaving instructions in your estate plan, oftentimes is not enough to insure your pets are taken care of in a manner they’re used to. A conversation with Donna Cheek and local attorney A.J. Fudge about the benefits of a detailed pet trust and the peace of mind that it can bring.

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Politics
11:24 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Tips for evaluating ballot propositions before you vote

Credit Flickr member Vox Efx

Reporter Jordan Bell spoke with Marilee Hyman, President of the League of Women Voters in San Luis Obispo, about how to evaluate ballot propositions.

Hyman discusses buzz words, endorsements and more.

Election Day is November 4, 2014. The last day to register to vote in California is October 20, 2014.

More information from the San Luis Obispo League of Women Voters can be found on their website. Hyman also recommends the SmartVoter.org site.

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Arts
2:25 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Technologies old and new combine for Cal Poly photography exhibit

Part of the Photography Now exhibit at Cal Poly's University Art Gallery
Jay Thompson, Cal Poly

Cal Poly University is hosting its first Art Galley of the new school year, "Photography now" , which exhibits modern photography with a vintage twist and highlights the work of nine San Jose State photographers, most of whom attended galleries opening.

The artwork is a mix of old photography that dates back to the infancy days of before the civil war to more modern images that we're used to today.

Jeff van Kleek, the gallery coordinator for the University Art Gallery describes the show:

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Health
1:45 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

UC Santa Barbara Counseling Services for a recovering community

UCSB started school earlier this month. KCBX Reporter, Jordan Bell, met with members of the university’s Counseling and Psychological Services program to discuss what it has been like to return to school since May’s mass killing in Isla Vista.

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Arts
1:43 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Ears On Art: A visit with marble-workers in Pietrasanta

    

Ears on Art's Crissa Hewitt is in Pietrasanta, Italy for conversations with two, life-time marble workers. Pietrasanta has been a center for marble for 400 years and her two guests have been marble craftsmen since their early teens, dedicating their work to bringing to life stone, employing the creative concepts of classical and contemporary artists. She’ll share her thoughts on the town and the workers.

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Arts
1:04 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Author interview: Laurie McAndish King on her new travel stories book

Tom Wilmer (left) and Laurie McAndish King (right)

Tom Wilmer talks with award-winning travel journalist, Laurie McAndish King as she discusses her new book, Lost, Kidnapped, Eaten Alive and reads some selected passages.

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Lifestyle
6:22 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

KCBX Travel Correspondent Tom Wilmer celebrates 25 years with public radio

KCBX Travel Correspondent Tom Wilmer (right) accepting his award at Cuesta College

Travel writer Tom Wilmer is a familiar voice here on Issues and Ideas. In fact, this month, Tom celebrates 25 years of bringing you travel-related audio-logs from throughout the Central Coast and around the world.

Just this past weekend, he was the recipient of the 2014 Lillian Dean Inspiration Award during the Central Coast Writers Conference at Cuesta College. Each year the conference selects a Central Coast author who has demonstrated achievement in their field of work.

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Education
11:56 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Listen: Cal Poly President Armstrong and the state of the university

First day of the fall quarter saw a record-breaking number of enrolled students for the Cal Poly campus.
Credit Jay Thompson, Cal Poly

A record-breaking number of registered students were enrolled as Cal Poly's fall quarter got underway this September. For the first time in history, more than 20,000 students are enrolled at the university.

The previous peak enrollment at Cal Poly was prior to the recession at 19,777. It dropped as low as 18,360 in 2010 and completely rebounded this fall with 20,102, a 2.4 percent increase of 2013's 19,623.

Cal Poly President Jeffery Armstrong says the school is currently experiencing an upward trend with an improved state economy.

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Lifestyle
5:25 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Central Coast Bioneers

They're a team of UCSB scholars and activists working to inspire humans to claim responsibility for our impact on the world's climate so that we can reclaim our rights to live well and construct a future based on equity, democracy, and cooperation. 

Marisa Waddell talks with the organizer of the upcoming Central Coast Bioneers Conference along with its keynote speakers from the Climate Justice Project. The Conference is October 24th and 25th.

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