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 Stephen DeLuque, Crissa Hewitt, Brian Reynolds, Larry Rutter,  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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Lifestyle
6:22 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

KCBX Travel Correspondent Tom Wilmer celebrates 25 years with public radio

KCBX Travel Correspondent Tom Wilmer (right) accepting his award at Cuesta College

Travel writer Tom Wilmer is a familiar voice here on Issues and Ideas. In fact, this month, Tom celebrates 25 years of bringing you travel-related audio-logs from throughout the Central Coast and around the world.

Just this past weekend, he was the recipient of the 2014 Lillian Dean Inspiration Award during the Central Coast Writers Conference at Cuesta College. Each year the conference selects a Central Coast author who has demonstrated achievement in their field of work.

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Education
11:56 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Listen: Cal Poly President Armstrong and the state of the university

First day of the fall quarter saw a record-breaking number of enrolled students for the Cal Poly campus.
Credit Jay Thompson, Cal Poly

A record-breaking number of registered students were enrolled as Cal Poly's fall quarter got underway this September. For the first time in history, more than 20,000 students are enrolled at the university.

The previous peak enrollment at Cal Poly was prior to the recession at 19,777. It dropped as low as 18,360 in 2010 and completely rebounded this fall with 20,102, a 2.4 percent increase of 2013's 19,623.

Cal Poly President Jeffery Armstrong says the school is currently experiencing an upward trend with an improved state economy.

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Lifestyle
5:25 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Central Coast Bioneers

They're a team of UCSB scholars and activists working to inspire humans to claim responsibility for our impact on the world's climate so that we can reclaim our rights to live well and construct a future based on equity, democracy, and cooperation. 

Marisa Waddell talks with the organizer of the upcoming Central Coast Bioneers Conference along with its keynote speakers from the Climate Justice Project. The Conference is October 24th and 25th.

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Central Coast
5:22 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

The Art, Drink and Gentrification of Santa Barbara's Funk Zone

A rendering of the Santa Barbara Funk Zone proposed "Artist Village."
Mesa Lane Partners

Santa Barbara's Funk Zone is a district just off of lower State Street between Highway 101 and the beach. It has gained attention in recent years because of its artsy mix of residents and businesses. However, some are worried that gentrification could ruin, the very essence that makes this neighborhood attractive. 

In August 2013, we aired a Funk Zone focus piece by KCBX reporter, Leslie Westbrook. This week she won a Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism award for the piece from the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation.

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Water Issues and Drought
2:14 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Cambria's emergency water solution moves forward with a strong mix of community opinion

Credit KCBX News

The residents of Cambria are among the most severely impacted by the ongoing drought conditions on California's Central Coast.

Unlike most other locations, the Cambria Community Services District (CCSD) has a single source for its water supply. Should the local wells run dry, the district would be forced to truck in fresh supplies, which was the fear heading into this fall and winter.

Conservation on the part of residents and businesses however has helped to maintain well levels, putting off such a scenario for the immediate future.

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Art
3:49 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Ears On Art

Broadcast date: 9/10/14

Ears on Art brings us part-two of their conversation with Carol Sauvion, founder and owner of Freehand Gallery in Los Angeles. She’s the creator and executive director of the award winning PBS series "Craft in America."

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Arts
3:47 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Central Coast Writers Conference

Broadcast date: 9/10/14

Marisa Waddell talks with author, business coach and inspirational speaker Don Maruska, who will give a presentation at the upcoming Central Coast Writers Conference.  Don reveals three keys to help us take charge of our talent, and thrive in our businesses, organizations and lives.

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Education
3:44 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Cuesta College banking on November bond measure, celebrating Promise Program.

Credit Cuesta College

Broadcast date: 9/10/14

This is part four of our ongoing conversations with the men and women in charge of the Central Coast's public colleges and universities.

Dr. Gil Stork is the president of Cuesta College. He speaks with News Director Randol White about the college district's upcoming $275 million bond measure. Also discussed is how the new Promise Program is working for incoming San Luis Obispo County high school graduates.

Dr. Stork's audio was captured at Cuesta's KGUR studios courtesy of John Arno and Michael Larson.

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Art
3:39 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Dimensions: An Exhibition of Fine Craft

Broadcast date: 9/3/14

Ears on Art visits with Carol Sauvion, founder and owner of Freehand Gallery in Los Angeles and creator and executive director of the award winning PBS series "Craft in America."  She recently selected works for the juried show "Dimensions: An Exhibition of Fine Craft," which opens this Friday at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art.

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Lifestyle
3:35 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

The locally made foods featured during Sunset Savor the Central Coast

Broadcast date: 9/3/14

KCBX Travel Correspondent Tom Wilmer interviews the local chefs behind the artisanal foods to be showcased during this year’s Sunset's Savor the Central Coast.  Learn their secrets for turning fresh, local ingredients into food specialties worthy of this signature California event.

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Education
3:34 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Allan Hancock College works to offer four year degree, expand ag offerings

An example of new buildings added to the Allan Hancock College campuses through Measure I bond funds.
Credit Allan Hancock College

It’s part three of our ongoing conversations with the men and women in charge of the Central Coast's public colleges and universities. 

President of Allan Hancock College, Dr. Kevin Walthers, speaks with News Director Randol White about the direction that institution is now taking, including a growing viticulture department and the expansion of its satellite facilities.

Broadcast date: 9/3/14

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Art
3:34 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Central Coast Writers Conference

Broadcast date: 8/27/14

Brian Reynolds talks with author, playwright and novelist Victoria Zackheim about her upcoming appearance with novelist Anne Perry at the 30th annual Central Coast Writers Conference in September.

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Central Coast
3:32 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Via Dei Colori: Sidewalk Chalk festival

Broadcast date: 8/27/14

We’ll learn about San Luis Obispo’s annual sidewalk chalk art festival held in Mission Plaza. Long known as the I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival… this year it has a new name Via Dei Colori. We’ll hear a bit about its history and also how local architects and children benefit from the event.

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Mental Health
3:30 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

Broadcast date: 8/27/14

Veterans can get help from an unlikely source by spending time with horses.  Donna Cheek learns about the process from equine assisted psychotherapist Patrice Wichmann and a veteran who shares a heartfelt experience with this form of therapy that changed her life forever.

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Education
3:28 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Hartnell College

Broadcast date: 8/27/14

 

We will continue our series of conversations with the leaders of the Central Coast’s public colleges and universities. This week KCBX, News Director, Randol White, speaks with Dr. Willard Lewallen about the challenges Hartnell College in Salinas is facing and the school’s plans for the future

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