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

This week Ears on Art visits with Los Osos based artist Ted Emrick. Ted is a sculptor working in a variety of materials with glass being one of his favorites. He loves to teach and volunteers at Morro Bay High School where last year he helped students create one of the cows for the Cow Parade, an international public art exhibit that features fiberglass cows painted, modified and decorated by local artists.

Thomas Wilmer

Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with Will King, design engineer at bicycle part manufacturer SRAM’s San Luis Obispo R&D high-tech facility. King talks with Tom about SRAM’s open house on July 20 and its involvement with World Bicycle Relief, a nonprofit organization mobilizing people through "The Power of Bicycles."

Ears on Art: Blowing Glass

Jun 21, 2018

  

This month Ears on Art visits George Jercich George, a glass blower and sculptor who lives in Los Osos. In 1976 he was hired as a lecturer in the Art and Design Department at Cal Poly. He was asked to develop a glass program which he did very successfully. Jercich provides some interesting history of the local and national ground swell of glass programs in university art departments.

The human struggle--especially for young girls--to fit in and to embrace one's unique gifts is very real. Local author Eldonna Edwards explores this struggle in her new book, This I Know. Issues and Ideas host Brian Reynolds talks with Eldonna Edwards this month about her novel that is garnering a buzz in the literary world, including a June book club selection by syndicated radio host Delilah. Set in a small Midwest town in the late 1960s and helmed by an unforgettable young protagonist, This I Know is a luminous coming-of-age story from an astonishing new voice.

Tuesday June 19 was Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day. It's a holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas and signified the emancipation of slaves throughout the United States. It came two years after President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. 

Belinda Jones and Bodie her companion road tripping along the West Coast
Courtesy Belinda Jones

 

Belinda Jones, best selling British author visits with Tom Wilmer in Morro Bay where she talks about her new book Bodie On The Road--Travels with a Rescue Pup in Dogged Pursuit of Happiness.

MindBody

Mindbody is a large health and fitness tech company headquartered in San Luis Obispo. It recently scored a pretty big name for its annual Bold Conference, an industry event for fitness, beauty and wellness business owners and professionals. The conference's keynote speaker will be former first lady Michelle Obama. 

LA County's WaterBus in Marina del Rey
Hornblower Cruises

LA County’s WaterBus is and ideal way to experience Marina del Rey harbor—the second largest man-  made yacht harbor in the world. 

Powering With Food

May 30, 2018
Monterey Waste Management Agency

Do you ever wonder if your food scraps can be put to good use? Well, now they can! Fr Ian Delinger when the a journey of organics-to-energy to discover how food waste is turned into electricity…and it’s happening right here on the Central Coast. The next episode of Playing With Food is all about Powering With Food.

The B-17 at the bottom of this photo, on a mission to Anzio, Italy, was piloted by Harold Schuchardt of Los Osos when it was shot down over Hungary. Schuchardt was captured and served out his war as a POW. Courtesy the American Air Museum
Courtesy the American Air Museum in Britain, Imperial War Museums

  

Historian Jim Gregory shares insights about his new book Central Coast Aviators in WW II. Gregory shares the stories of local men and women who served as pilots and crew during WW II. Stories include how Cal Poly State University was transformed into a Naval aviation pre-flight training center and Santa Maria’s Hancock Field trained thousands of pilots and crew.

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.

Jessica Potts, Executive Director of the Agricultural & Rural Life Museum at San Lorenzo County Park in King City, California in front of the old (circa-1903) King City train station--that was relocated to the park
Thomas Wilmer

The San Lorenzo County Park in King City, California showcases the agrarian roots of Monterey County’s Salinas Valley. 

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. 

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. 

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