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 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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Agriculture
2:43 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Gardening tips to help ease your Central Coast allergies

Credit Thomas Ogren

Thomas Ogren considers himself a life-long plant geek. He's been gardening since age five, and by age seven, he began grafting trees.

The San Luis Obispo resident continued with his passion for horticulture as a professor for more than 20 years.

When Orgen and his wife moved to the Central Coast, he says he wanted to make their yard allergy-friendly, to help with her allergies. His many years of research on that front eventually led to his new book The Allergy-Fighting Garden.

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Business
4:00 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Specialized manufacturing plays growing role in Central Coast economy

Lab work and testing being done at Trust Automation in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Credit Ty Safreno, Trust Automation

The specialized manufacturing sector of the San Luis Obispo County economy accounts for 2.27 percent of the jobs in the area, but according to number from the Economic Vitality Corporation (EVC), those jobs come with an average pay-scale higher then most other industries — $65,855.

While relatively small, the sector is growing. The latest numbers show it grew seven percent from 2008 to 2014.

GUESTS:

Ty Safreno, CEO and co-owner of Trust Automation, Inc., is the co-chair of EVC's Specialized Manufacturing Council.

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Wine Country
4:36 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Solvang's Garagiste Festival

Credit Tom Wilmer

    

Come along and join Tom Wilmer at Larner Vineyard in Santa Ynez Valley.

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Arts
4:26 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Cuesta College Book of the Year

Guests from the SLO County library and Cuesta College library discuss 

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Lifestyle
10:26 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Montserrat W.I.’s Irish Legacy & Dublin’s St. Paddy’s Fest

Credit Tom Wilmer

The only country outside of Ireland that celebrates St. Patrick’s Day as a national holiday is the petite isle of Montserrat in the midst of the Eastern Caribbean. The British Overseas Territory’s flag is emblazoned with the Irish Harp and the words Erin, with an obligatory Union Jack in a corner. Pass through customs and your passport is stamped with a green Irish Clover.

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Business
10:45 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Developers explain the inspiration behind historic Long-Bonetti Ranch project in SLO

Artist rendering of the finished SLO Public Market on the historic Long-Bonetti Ranch property in San Luis Obispo.
Credit PB Companies

The recent passage of the City of San Luis Obispo’s update to the General Plan—known as the LUCE, or Land Use and Circulation Elements—opened the door for several large development projects to move forward.

One of the those is a $16.5 million project that sits at the intersection of South Higuera and Tank Farm Road, called the SLO Public Market.

Some long-time locals may know the parcel as the historic Long-Bonetti Ranch.

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Arts
4:20 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Sculptor Bella Feldman at the SLOMA

This month, “Ears On Art” re-airs a two-part interview with nationally known sculptor Bella Feldman. This spring, she’ll be the juror for the California Slam, a statewide sculpture competition which will be exhibited at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art.

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Music
2:44 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

SLO Symphony Spring Concert Preview

Marisa Waddell chats with Michael Nowak, the music director of the San Luis Obispo Symphony, about the orchestra's upcoming "Subscriber's Choice" concert, featuring the Candide Overture by Leonard Bernstein, Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copeland and the "Organ" Symphony No. 3 by Camille Saint-Saens. Hear excerpts from the music, and commentary from Nowak about each work.

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Music
2:38 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Blues Legend Kenney Neal plays and shares story with Tom Wilmer

Credit Tom Wilmer

Neal Plays Santa Barbara Blues Society March 21st.

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Health
2:29 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Spreading the word: it's National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month, and the Coastal Tri-Counties Dietetic Association is spreading the word. 

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Community
12:22 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Veteran's Writing Project

Brian Reynolds speaks with guests will be Jim Galvez, who served as a corpsman in a Medical Unit, and Tom Patchel, with the Veterans' Writing Project.

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Pets & Animals
12:16 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

New Life K9s

Donna Cheek talks with a local veteran about how his dog has profoundly changed his life. And Training Director Nicole Hern explains New Life K9s, a new program in San Luis Obispo that provides free service dogs to veterans in need.

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Arts
12:08 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Author Interview: John Hampsey's Kaufman's Hill

Professor John Hampsey teaches Romantic and Classical Literature at Cal Poly. He speaks with Jordan Bell about his newly released memoir of his boyhood, Kaufman’s Hill

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Arts
3:44 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Ancient art of marbling with Sharon Gellerman

Ears On Art visits with Los Osos artist Sharon Gellerman. She creates colorful silk scarves using the ancient art of marbling. Pigments are floated on a special liquid onto which the silk strip is gently placed and quickly removed. The patterns are beautifully organic. Her website is ColorVibeDesigns.com

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Health
1:43 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Central Coast organization gives the gift of sight to people around the world

Cataract removal on older patients is one of the top procedures performed by SEE International, sometimes restoring sight to people who haven't been able to see in years.
Credit SEE International

Eye doctors on the Central Coast are donating their time and services to give the gift of sight to children overseas in developing countries.

For the past four decades, a Santa Barbara-based non-profit organization has helped hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world. Also, many people may not know that SEE International also helps out at home by offering free eye care to uninsured residents who otherwise may not have access to affordable vision correction. 

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