Issues and Ideas

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. 

Ways to Connect

Host Tom Wilmer visits with Cal Poly Intern Randy Hair (Left) Virginia Scripps (Center) and Kain Tietzel, CEO of StartVR (Right) in the KCBX NPR affiliate studio in San Luis Obispo, California
KCBX

  

Kain Tietzel, CEO and founder of Sydney, Australia based Start VR talks about the newly released Atlas Obscura VR (virtual reality) hi-fidelity virtual travel experience.

Join Tietzel, Virginia Scripps with Los Angeles based Press Kitchen PR, and Cal Poly intern Randi Hair as we explore the new frontier of virtual world travel via a smart phone and headset.

Playing With Cheese!

Aug 30, 2017
Fromagerie Sophie
Fr Ian M Delinger

From a lump of mold being the most delicious food in the fridge to edible "plastic", Fr Ian explores Cheese! Glorious Cheese! Pairing cheese with wine and salami is an art in and of itself, a chore that Fr Ian is willing to undertake for the sake of good radio. Today he's Playing With Cheese.


Iconic Ragged Point sign has pointed the way for decades
Thomas Wilmer

A massive landslide this past spring sealed off Highway 1 nine miles north of the San Luis Obispo/Monterey County line. Fortunately the dramatic realm of Big Sur Country south of the slide is still open and accessible. Tom Wilmer visits with Rory Cosma at the family-owned Ragged Point Inn and Resort, located 24-miles north of Cambria. 

The Lorraine Motel, Memphis, Tennessee--frozen in time
Thomas Wilmer

Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with Faith Morris, Chief Marketing and External Affairs Officer at the National Civil Rights Museum in MemphisTennessee.

John McCutcheon performing at Garth Newel Music Center
Thomas Wilmer

Five-time Grammy Nominee John McCutcheon has produced 34 albums and plays guitar, banjo, autoharp, mountain dulcimer, fiddle and more in addition to writing music and conducting workshops around the country.

Ethel Tink Landers

Ears on Art speaks with Arroyo Grande artist Ethel Tink Landers. She creates in several different medium including painting, ceramics, etched stone, and book illustration. 

SRAM Design Engineer Will king shows off a Buffalo Bicycle
Thomas Wilmer

Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with Will King, Design Engineer at SRAM’s San Luis Obispo R&D high-tech bicycle component facility. King talks with Tom about SRAM’s involvement with World Bicycle Relief a nonprofit organization mobilizing people through The Power of Bicycles. 

Playing with Jerky

Jul 26, 2017
Beef Jerky
Fr Ian M Delinger

Until recently, beef jerky was confined to the cash register area at the convenience store or the gas station. But now, Father Ian Delinger has seen beef jerky pop up everywhere! Bigger displays in the supermarket snack section, at food & drink festivals, and even on social media. And there is a proliferation of the types of foods that are being made into jerky. Father Ian ever tries to make his own.


Ears On Art visits with Rachel Yon of Los Osos.  Her primary medium is printmaking and her impressive artistic career spans several decades. Although she may be a "retired" artist, she will never stop seeing the world through her creative eyes.

Playing In the Co-Op Part2

Jun 28, 2017
My haul from wandering the aisles of the Co-Op
Fr Ian M Delinger

In this second exploration of Food Co-Ops, Fr Ian roams the aisles to find the most intriguing foods to cook with. He dives in to play with food in his kitchen to create some delicious foods and drinks. Then he chats with the President of the Board of the emerging Paso Food Co-Op.

Photo courtesy of the San Luis Obispo Symphony

The San Luis Obispo Symphony has been searching for a new music director since the winter of 2016. After the Symphony narrowed down a list of 130 candidates, this past season the community met each of the five finalists through interviews, concerts, meetings, dinners and more. The selection process is over, and the new music director is New Zealander Andrew Sewell.

The journey of dying with Central Coast Hospice

Jun 21, 2017
Courtesy

 

Donna Borello is small, with rosy cheeks. We sat in the living room of her house in Cayucos, where her husband George spent his final few days.

Correspondent Tom Wilmer accompanies Robin Tierney onstage at the Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee
Ryman Auditorium

The Ryman Auditorium, revered as the “Mother Church” of country music, has been an anchor of the Nashville music scene for more than a century. The Country Music Hall of Fame in NashvilleTennessee is the Mother Ship where the entire history of country music is showcased in the 360,000 square-foot multi-story facility.

Franciscan Frontiersman book cover
University of Oklahoma Press

Cayucos resident Robert Kittle talks with correspondent Tom Wilmer about his new book Franciscan Frontiersmen—how Three Adventurers Charted the West, published by the University of Oklahoma Press.

Listen to Ears on Art's conversation with Henry A.J. Ramos, an artist working in Santa Margarita. He has an upcoming exhibit at Studios on the Park in Paso Robles, featurng the work of several Latino and Latina artists who are exploring the cultural impact of immigrants in America.

Historic Tennessee State Historical Commission plaque honoring Royal Studios
Thomas Wilmer

Boo Mitchell carries on the legacy of his father, Willie Mitchell, as a producer of chart-topping hits.

One of Boo Mitchell’s proudest achievements was taking home the “Record of the Year” Grammy in 2016—the first time in the history of the Grammy Awards that a Memphis-made record garnered the award.

Playing in the Co-Op

May 31, 2017
Bulk Foods
Fr Ian M Delinger

The bins of bulk foods, foods no one has ever heard of, and the shelves of superfoods so characteristic of food Co-Ops have intrigued Fr Ian since he was a young boy wandering through the aisles while his mother bought carob as a health alternative to chocolate. Fr Ian is back among the shelves of the 2 food Co-Ops on the Central Coast, with another one emerging. Fr Ian is Playing in the Co-Op in the first part of a 2-part series.


Jaya Narasimhan

Have you ever thought of the scariest moment of your life? Tobin, who is traveling on his bike along the Pacific Coast Highway, sure has. He tells of his experience missing a bus in Panama in this episode of the Strangers Mixtape.

This season the San Luis Obispo Symphony is auditioning five candidates for the position of music director. Marisa Waddell spoke with each candidate throughout the concert season and audition process from September 2016 through May 2017. In this conversation, Marisa chats with conductor Rei Hotoda about her vision and ideas for the Symphony, and with David Hamilton, the chairman of the search committee.

Ears on Art goes to the Cow Parade Auction in Santa Margarita to mix with the artists and the cows.  Artists will share their experiences of designing and painting a fiberglass cow.

M.V. Mojo crashed in to a monster wave at the Morro Bay Harbor mouth January 28, 1978 sustaining major damage and injuries
Scott J. Redd

When Terry MacRae was a student at Cal Poly State University back in the early 1970’s he had no clue that the University’s learn by doing model would lead him on a life journey where he would eventually become the CEO of Hornblower Cruises. Considered the greenest fleet in America, Hornblower employs wind and solar technology and operates the largest small passenger-vessel operation in the country.   

MacRae shares his passion for the untapped potential of waterborne ferry transportation as a viable commuting option for not only San Francisco Bay but around America.

Ears On Art, Steven and Crissa visit with Debbie Gedayloo. The project: to invite as many individuals as possible to decorate lab coats with art using their medium of choice.

John Wayne aboard the Wild Goose
Hornblower Cruises

If Hollywood icon, John Wayne were still alive he’d be 110 years old this month--but the revered yacht the Wild Goose a converted WWII minesweeper lives on, home ported in Newport Beach, California.

Join Tom Wilmer for a journey of discovery aboard the yacht Wild Goose.

In celebration of John Wayne’s birthday there’s an assortment of festivities and special cruises offered to the public.

Life's Basics: Bread & Wine

Apr 26, 2017
Bread & Wine at the Altar
Fr Ian M Delinger


Who burned down farmworker housing in Nipomo, California?

Apr 19, 2017
Randy Fuller/Latino USA

Latino USA recently reexamined the 2016 fire in Nipomo that destroyed farmworker housing under construction. 

Jaya Narasimhan

On this episode of The Strangers Mixtape, we once again grab a microphone, find a stranger, and start asking them questions about their lives. This stranger we talk to today is Amanda, who is struggling with finding her path after some significant life problems.

Jaya Narasimhan

For the past several months, KCBX contributors Rebekah Nolan and Bree Zender have been collecting interview with complete strangers. Like... we just approach them, and start asking questions about their lives. Sometimes we prompt them with cards with questions on them. And some of these stories we heard are hilarious. Some are mundane. And some are sad. But it's just random pieces of these people's lives. And lives are just kind of like that. 

Ears On Art celebrates 18 years on KCBX

Apr 12, 2017

Ears On Art celebrates 18 years on the air with selections from past shows. These will include visits with local artists as well as conversations with some who are internationally recognized. 

Playing with Fruit!

Mar 29, 2017
Fr. Ian Delinger

Five California Rare Fruit Growers joined Fr. Ian in his kitchen with their exotic fruits, grown at their homes. Kobacha, JuJuBes, Blood Oranges, Cara Cara Oranges, Passion Fruit, Chirimoya, and Farro (a grain)...and maybe a few others in there somewhere...were sliced, diced, blitzed, baked, and more importantly EATEN!! Everyone played with fruit in Fr. Ian's kitchen and shared a meal among friends, and of course with wine. This half-hour will encourage you to do some playing with rare fruits with your friends!

Pacific Wildlife Care

Pacific Wildlife Care is situated in a non-descript building behind the old PG&E power plant in Morro Bay, California. But, anywhere wounded or endangered wildlife are found on the Central Coast they are just a phone call away from rescue and rehabilitation. The organization rescues more than 3,000 wild animals, representing more than 200 different species annually.

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