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, 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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The Large Hadron Collider at CERN, located beneath the border of France and Switzerland, was restarted this spring with a goal of making scientific history—once again.

The facility achieved that goal a few years ago when researchers found evidence that the Higgs boson, or “god particle", exists.

Tom Wilmer

    

Join KCBX Travel Correspondent, Tom Wilmer, in Fredericksburg, Texas for a visit with the 33rd Commandant of the Marine Corps, Four Star General, Michael Haggee at the National Museum of the Pacific War which is also the home of the Admiral Nimitz Museum. Then head over to Quantico, Virginia for a visit with Mike Miller, the Marine Corps’ archivist and historian at the National Museum of the Marine Corps and Heritage Center.

CenCal's ACE program

May 22, 2015

KCBX Reporter Jordan Bell speaks with Bob Freeman the CEO of CenCal about their new program that helps coordinate the health needs of those now covered under the Affordable Care Act.

Ears on Art vistis with Arroyo Grande artist Toni Bouman who uses ancient Japanese silk dying techniques to create one-of-a-kind scarves, runners and pillows.

Tom Wilmer

    

Join Correspondent, Tom Wilmer as he explores the world of Chardonnay and The International Chardonnay Symposium, May 28-30, with Winemakers Eric Johnson of Talley Vineyards and Mike Sinor of Sinor La Vallee, along with Wine Director, Robin Puricello of Foremost Wine Bar & Restaurant in San Luis Obispo. You’ll hear about the amazing panel discussions, winemaker dinners and two grand tastings coming to Pismo Beach and Avila Beach, California this month.

Paul Relis was a student at UC Santa Barbara during the massive 1969 oil spill in the Santa Barbara Channel, and had a front-row seat to much of the public reaction that followed.

Relis went on to lead the Community Environmental Council, was an executive with the state EPA, and lectured for nearly two decades on Environmental Studies at his alma mater, UCSB.

You can hear Relis read from his recently published book, Out of the Wasteland, Thursday night, May 14 at Chaucer’s Bookstore in Santa Barbara starting at 7:00 p.m.

Ears On Art visits with Los Osos artist Ann Bonestell.

Working in several different materials, she currently specializes in assemblages which are inspired by images from the past and antique objects. She has work on exhibit at SLOMA through May.

Exploring Morro Bay

May 6, 2015
Tom Wilmer

At the far end of town is the Morro Bay State Park. 

Peoples' Self-Help Housing Facebook Page

Peoples' Self-Help Housing (PSHH) started 45 years ago in San Luis Obispo County, and since then has spread to Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties.

Current PSHH President John Fowler joined KCBX News Director Randol White to discuss the organization's history, as well as it's current achievements and challenges.

Fowler shared that PSHH—which has always been focuses on housing for low-income families and individuals—is considering an expansion into the much needed arena of work-force housing on the Central Coast.

Cliff Branch's new book, American Made: A Boomer's Reflection is the part biography, part retrospective on what it was like to grow up during the 50s, 60s, and 70s on California's Central Coast.

Branch was raised in Santa Barbara, went to Cal Poly for college, and began his adventures as a serial entrepreneur in San Luis Obispo.

His book candidly looks at his big successes (mail-order stereo components, hot tubs, computers, real estate) and his troubles (cocaine addiction).

Listen to a preview of the Festival Mozaic, which features a first-time collaboration with the Bach Collegium San Diego to present Bach's Mass in B minor at this summer' s festival. 

Get a video preview of the Festival Mozaic at their YouTube channel here.

Travel correspondent Tom Wilmer travels to Paso Robles to visit winemakers who will be showcasing their Cabernet Sauvignon and Red Bordeaux varietals at the Cabs of Distinction in May. 

KCBX reporter Jordan Bell speaks with members of CASA about their local efforts to help children in the community, as well as the organization's history and upcoming events.

Water Wise SB

    

Here are some helpful websites and phone numbers for getting the latest drought information in your area:

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Statistics show the most Americans are extremely lazy when it comes to creating secure, unique passwords. According to SplashData's annual list for 2014, these are the five most popular passwords found on the Internet:

  1. 12345
  2. password
  3. 12345678
  4. qwerty
  5. abc123

Easy-to-break passwords like these—and many other variations—are a weak link in your overall web security.

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