Issues and Ideas

Issues & 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: Randol White and Bree Zender 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

Matt Rz

Matt Ritter is a professor of biology at Cal Poly and an author of several natural history books. And he's going to be at the Deep Ecology Collaboratory on October 21-23 at Rancho El Chorro in San Luis Obispo. You can check out more details at

A Spirit Ed Journey

Oct 19, 2016
Vodka & Moonshine
Fr Ian M Delinger

On today's "Playing With Food" for "Issues & Ideas", the emerging craft spirits industry leads to an educational adventure along the Central Coast, and some exploration in the kitchen as with vodka and moonshine. 


Last month, a group of 375 of the world’s top scientists signed onto a letter designed to draw attention to the risks of climate change. 

Crissa Hewitt and Steven deLuque explore the art of fused glass with Stephanie Wilbanks.


NPR's hit podcast, Hidden Brain, explores the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior. There's several new episodes coming out this fall. KCBX's Bree Zender sat down with Shankar Vedantam, Hidden Brain's host and creator, to talk about making the podcast.

Oaks at Ojai entry
Thomas Wilmer

Modern Aerobic exercise was the brainchild of Sheila Cluff back in 1959. Ms. Cluff was teaching middle school P.E. in Ottawa, Canada when she devised a plan to enthuse her students by putting skating routines to music.

San Luis Obispo Blues' coach Dan Marple
Katya Cengel

From tying up teammates on buses to sleeping on the side of the road, life in baseball's minor leagues isn't easy. Join NPR podcast Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer associate producer Katya Cengel in a conversation with San Luis Obispo Blues' coach Dan Marple. 

Ears On Art talks with local painter Jason Towne and car restorer Gene Kruger discuss their work and talk about their special Art After Dark exhibit.  

This coming season, the San Luis Obispo Symphony will audition five candidates for the position of music director. Marisa Waddell will speak with each one through May 2017. In this conversation, she chats with Maestro Andrew Sewell about his vision and ideas for the Symphony, and with David Hamilton, the chairman of the search committee.

Kodak Corporation

  Host of the NPR Podcast, Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer met up with Georgia Durante, at of all places, a summer camp for kids run by St. Vincent de Paul in the hills above Santa Barbara, California where she talks about her best selling book, The Company She Keeps chronicling her amazing life journey. 

Georgia Durante grew up in Rochester, New York, and her modeling career commenced when she was just 13 years old.

Chocolate: Uncovered!

Sep 29, 2016
Chocolate Bacon Cheeseburger
Fr Ian M Delinger

The debut of "Playing With Food" for "Issues & Ideas" explores the world of chocolate and uncovers its surprising diversity that can be played with in your own kitchen...if you are adventurous enough.

First United Methodist Church of Arroyo Grande

If you go less than a mile away from Camp Arroyo Grande, it’s like you’re in a different world.

It’s right near the Arroyo Grande Village and Highway 101. There’s lots of local businesses, gas stations. A busy street. 

KCBX News, Randol White

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It's no surprise that housing on the Central Coast is expensive making it hard for young people to afford to live here and for businesses to attract and retain a solid workforce. 

Arroyo Grande, California historian, Jim Gregory spent years researching the lives of 52 Civil War veterans who settled in Arroyo Grande in the years following the war. The culmination of Gregory’s exhaustive research is his just released book, Patriot Graves—Discovering a California Town’s Civil War Heritage.

Heather O'Connor -

A conversation with Heather O’Connor, a Morro Bay artist who specializes in the illustration of birds and other animals. 

International Baccalaureate

Brian Reynolds explores the International Baccalaureate Programs at Grover Beach Elementary School. His guests are James Snyder, the principal of Grover Beach Elementary and Petra Reynolds, Grover Beach Elementary's International Baccalaureate Coordinator.

Courtesy of Confused Girl In the City

 When Giovanna Silvestre was 27, she was a bit lost in life. She had moved to Los Angeles from San Luis Obispo to work in the entertainment industry. And she decided that wasn’t what she wanted to do with her life.

U.S. Navy submarine rescue vessel at Morro Bay
Thomas Wilmer

Larry Newland, Executive Director of the Morro Bay Maritime Museum Association talks about the new museum facility on the Embarcadero, scheduled to open in 2017. He also talks about the historic vessels on display. 

Thomas Wilmer

Skateboarding has a long and complex history.

It has evolved from a little known hobby, practiced by California teenagers in the 1970s, to a popular international sport. 

Perla Batalla performing live in Ojai CA
Claud Mann

NPR podcast host, Tom Wilmer met up with Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Perla Batalla in Ojai, California. Come along and join Perla as she shares her musical journey through life. 

Marisa Waddell

Our KCBX microphones were embedded at this year's Live Oak Music Festival where Reporter Rebekah Nolan heard some incredible stories and sounds. 

In this piece, she shares much of what she heard and introduces you to those who founded the Festival, and those who say their lives have been forever changed because of it. 

Dena Gershon

This month, Ears On Art, visits with Dena Gershon, an artist who works with fiber in wonderfully inventive ways. 

Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County

We often think of helping out local food pantries during the year-end holiday season...but summertime is when children and families rely on them most. Hear how the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County works to make sure children and other food-insecure groups have enough healthy foods to eat this August and why it’s such a critical time of year.

Thomas Wilmer

Join correspondent Tom Wilmer reporting from St. Vincent de Paul’s summer camp, Circle V Ranch Camp located just across the road from the entry to Santa Barbara County’s Lake Cachuma Park.

John Flandrick / Flandricka Photography

Learn how variety makes the Central Coast the perfect place for a 31-year-old wine event. Marisa Waddell talks with Archie McLaren, founder and chairman of the Central Coast Wine Classic (Aug. 10-14, 2016), which raises thousands of dollars for area non-profits. The Wine Classic has recently expanded many of its events into Santa Barbara.

Ears On Art visits with cartoonist and painter Jerry Scott. 

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Events for San Luis Obispo’s Pride week start Wednesday night and run through Sunday when the 20th Anniversary Pride in the Plaza takes place, celebrating the local LGBT community. 

Ritz Carlton

Sometimes, even though a chef has earned their place among the world's finest culinary artists, a handful remain humble, with an innocence and unflagging sense of discovery. And this is exactly the case with Michael Rotondo, Chef de Cuisine at San Francisco’s Parrallel 37, the Ritz Carlton’s award-winning restaurant.

Join correspondent, Tom Wilmer in Santa Barbara, California for a visit with film director, Max Barbakow.

John DeGRazio

If you’re planning a visit to Yosemite National Park, a guided hiking adventure is an excellent way to maximize your experience. YExplore Yosemite Adventures offers an array of customized backcountry explorations, from day hikes to multi-day backpack treks. Specialized hikes include wildflowers, birding, and snowshoeing.