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: Greta Mart 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. 

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Photo by Oleg Nanchinkin

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

rachelflowersmusic.com

Hearing is Believing is a documentary about Rachel Flowers--a rising musician who has been called a 'piano prodigy'. Flowers lost her eyesight shortly after she was born due to retinopathy of prematurity. She stated playing piano at the age of 2-and-a-half, and at age 4 was accepted to the Southern California Conservatory of Music. Hearing is Believing will be featured at the San Luis Obispo Film Festival on March 19th at 2:30 at the Historic Fremont Theater in San Luis Obispo. A concert from Flowers will follow.

Fremont Theater downtown San Luis Obispo anchor venue for 2017 SLO FILM FEST
San Luis Obispo International Film Festival

A conversation with San Luis Obispo International Film Festival Director, Wendy Eidson. A teaser of the March 14-19 festival events includes Josh Brolin recipient of the 2017 King Vidor Award; St. Patrick’s Day Surf Night featuring the premier of Between Land and Sea—a year in the life of an Irish surf town, and a tribute to Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher includes a conversation with Todd Fisher.

 

Orca breaching
NOAA

A conversation with Donna Sandstrom Executive Director of Seattle based The Whale Trail. The organization’s primary mission is identifying outstanding land based whale and orca viewing spots. More than 60 educational signs have been installed along the Pacific Coast from British Columbia through Southern California. The Whale Trail’s most recent installation project added informative signage along the California Central Coast.

In advance of her performance at the Fremont Theatre in San Luis Obispo on Saturday, March 4th, Paula Poundstone chats with Marisa Waddell about touring, pets, kids, libraries and happiness (her forthcoming book is The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness).

Brian Reynolds has a conversation about bilingual education, which was once deemed illegal in California, with Lisa Callejos from the San Luis Obispo Office of Education and parents from San Luis Obispo's Pacheco Elementary.

Wrapping With Food: Burritos

Feb 22, 2017
Carnitas Burrito at El Tapatio
Fr Ian M Delinger

Fr. Ian explores the origins of and the innovations with everybody's favorite foodstuff - The Burrito! From a college town to a farm town, Fr. Ian travels the length of the Central Coast to get to the bottom of the burrito...in more way than one.

Robin White National Park Service Superintendent at Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site
National Park Service

When I stopped in to visit with Robin White, Superintendent at Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, our conversation quickly led to tears. When I interviewed Ms. White a couple years ago, the focus was on the September 1957 events at Little Rock Central High, and lessons learned. On this visit, we changed the focus. I said, let’s talk about lessons learned, but more importantly, lessons not learned in the intervening six decades. 

Back in the latter 18th century, black players often played on baseball teams alongside whites. But segregation took an ugly turn in the dawning days of the 20th century and blacks were barred through Jim Crow laws. 

Crissa Hewitt and Steven deLuque talk with self-taught Los Osos artist Jay Bonestell about his creative path and current body of work, which he calls "magical realism." Bonestell says of his paintings and sculptures, "I attempt to convey a wistful and parallel universe that is in the world but not of the world."

January Detox Decisions!

Jan 25, 2017
Julia's Juices
Fr Ian M Delinger

We all suffer in January from the over-consumption throughout the holidays. So, I go in search of the perfect quick-fix detox!! Do I find it? Find out!


Tall Ship Lady Washington enters Morro Bay Harbor
Thomas Wilmer

Join the conversation dockside at Morro Bay Harbor with Jennifer Little of Discover Morro Bay Tourism Bureau, Mark Elterman with California Highway 1 Coast Discovery Route, and Morro Bay hotelier Joan Solu.

January and February are dubbed the “Secret Season” by local tourism industry folks.

On Issues & Ideas this week, we welcome three local women to the KCBX studio to talk about an upcoming event, an organized march in San Luis Obispo on January 21.

Like hundreds of smaller marches around the country, the Women's March San Luis Obispo is a sister march to the Women's March on Washington, happening on the day after Donald Trump's inauguration as president. Hundreds of thousands of people - not just women - are planning on making the trip to the nation's capitol to rally for human rights, equality and justice. For those who can't make the trip to DC, local organizers have created an event here. It starts at 10 a.m. in Mitchell Park in downtown San Luis Obispo. 

"One of the things that Champagne did wrong when they started putting out their marketing," says Jenna Congdon, the manager of The Station wine bar in San Luis Obispo, "is that they really put it out there as a special occasion wine."

That marketing message has worked better than those 19th century French producers could ever have imagined. 

Playing with Persimmons

Dec 21, 2016
Photo by David Fenton / Pacific Horticulture Society

It’s December, and persimmons are plentiful! Father Ian Delinger is Playing with Persimmons to discover useful ways to manage a backyard full of fruit. Anyone with a persimmon tree will be pleased with the plethora of peculiar yet palatable persimmon ideas!

Erin Inglish

On Dec. 8, 2016, KCBX’s Greta Mart welcomed Erin Inglish, a life-long San Luis Obispo County resident, musician and engineer, to the studio. Inglish recently returned from a trip to North Dakota to see for herself the gathering of native and non-native Americans trying to stop an oil pipeline from being built near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

Greta Mart: So, Erin, tell me about the trip itself, when did you leave?

Back in 1946 five year-old Jimmy Hawkins played the role of Tommy in It’s a Wonderful Life. Decades later the film was voted the most inspirational movie of all time by the American Film Institute. When it hit silver screen for Christmas season in 1946, it was a box-office flop and lost $500,000 even though it was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

Central Coast AVA: The Legend of Richard Sauret

Dec 15, 2016
Jason Lopez

Richard Sauret has grown grapes near Paso Robles, California, for nearly 70 years. He lives just a few miles from the house where he was born although, he whispers, he was technically born in a hospital in Atascadero. But that hardly takes a shine off his legend. Pictured is Richard in front of the Zinfandel vineyard he planted with his dad in the 1960s with a painting of the same view.

Ask him what grape he started planting as a kid. Zinfandel. What's his favorite wine. Zinfandel. What varietal made his vineyard one of the highest rated in the world? Yes, that grape.

Lodi, California Mayor Mark Chandler
Thomas Wilmer

Lodi, California’s Mayor Mark Chandler talks about Lodi’s 150-year history as a premier grape growing region. Chandler shares insights on “Lodi Rules” pioneering sustainable grape growing practices that became a national model, his roots at Cal Poly, water conservation and re-use, and moderating development.

Wheeler Field damage December 7th 1941
Desoto Brown Collection

Life in America and most poignantly in the Hawaiian Islands was jarringly transformed in one day, the day of the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the subsequent declaration of war by President Roosevelt. Marshall Law was declared and remained in effect throughout the war. Come along and join Bishop Museum Historian Desoto Brown as he recalls his 30 years of research about life on the island of Oahu during WWII.

Playing with Pinquitos

Nov 30, 2016
Pinquito Beans
Fr Ian M Delinger

The Central Coast's best kept food secret is the Pinquito Bean. Even if you eat Santa Maria-Style BBQ every day, you may not realize that the bean in the Ranch Beans is the Pinquito. And the beans don't travel any further than the Central Coast. Father Ian went exploring to discover where these come from, why the world doesn't know about them, and what to do with them beyond the Ranch Beans.

photo by Vanessa Plakias / SLO Life Magazine

Kristen Hazard, the owner of San Luis Obispo software company, Suntoucher, talks about her shift from consulting to selling her own, self-funded app, and what it took to "bootstrap" a startup product. She shares why helping other women in tech is important, and gives some tips to women who want to enter the industry. And she describes her philosophy of generosity in business and why her company donates one percent of its profits to conserve local land.

Bree Zender

KCBX's pioneering news director, Randol White, established the station's news department in 2014. He is now moving on to host All Things Considered for Capital Public Radio in Sacramento. KCBX Reporter Bree Zender spoke with Greta Mart, an accomplished radio journalist, who is replacing White as KCBX news director.

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 José-Luis Novo about his vision and ideas for the Symphony, and with David Hamilton, the chairman of the search committee.

American root musicians, Suzanne and Jim perform at Historic Arkansas Museum in Little Rock, Arkansas
Thomas Wilmer

  

Join the American roots music duo, Suzanne and Jim at the Historic Arkansas Museum in downtown Little Rock. The musical duo came to the museum to do a presentation about historic presidential campaign songs, from the mid 19th century to President Roosevelt’s campaign slogan and song for the 1932 election, Happy Days are Here Again.    

Mission Blue

David Helvarg is an ocean advocate and author of The Golden Shore: California's Love Affair with the Sea. He will be giving a series of speeches and book signings here on the Central Coast. The Cambria Land Trust will host Helvarg on Sunday afternoon from 3-5 on November 13, in Cambria at Vet's Hall. He'll also be signing books at Barnes & Noble Saturday afternoon November 12 and give a talk at the Central Coast Aquarium in Avila Beach the evening of November 12.

Note: This interview was edited for time and clarity.

by Denni Schnapp / Flickr

Here's your chance to share a story on the radio! It is time once again to be a part of the annual Ears On Art story sharing programs. Our theme this year is “Celebrations.”

B-17 prepares for flight at Yankee Air Museum Yipsilanti, Michigan
Thomas Wilmer

Join Correspondent, Tom Wilmer at Willow Run for a conversation with Kevin Walsh, Executive Director of the Yankee Air Museum in Yipsilanti, Michigan.

In the depths of WWII, Ford Motor Corporation opened the Willow Run Bomber plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan in 1942 on the outskirts of Detroit. 

Admiral Thomas Fargo USN Ret.
Thomas Wilmer

In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor--probably the most transformative moment in 20th century history--the island of Oahu will be hosting 11 days of events and memorials (December 1-11). Join correspondent Tom Wilmer in Oahu as he talks with four-star Admiral, Thomas Fargo, retired Commander of the Pacific Fleet, and Chairman of the Hawaii governor’s Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary Committee

Tips for beating a life-threatening cancer diagnosis

Oct 26, 2016
White House

"Your child has terminal cancer..." is a devastating statement for a parent to hear.  But, one Central Coast man says there are critical, life-saving actions that can and should be taken following that moment.

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