Issues and Ideas

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, 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.

Sonia Fernandez, UCSB

Broadcast date: 02/10/16

 In honor of Valentine's Day, a look closer look at marriage. A new study out of UC Santa Barbara takes a closer look at the economics of tying the knot to determine who is most likely to say ‘I Do.’   

Larry Kappen

Broadcast date: 02/03/2016

Commemorating 50 years of Montaña de Oro as a state park, 50 paintings by members of San Luis Obispo Painters of the Environment (SLOPE) will be displayed all month at the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History. Ears on Art hosts Crissa Hewitt and Steven DeLuque speak with some of the artists. Further information on the exhibit is at http://slope-painters.com/.

Tom Wilmer

Broadcast date: 02/03/2016

Correspondent Tom Wilmer takes us to Santa Clara County, site of this Sunday’s Super Bowl 50. 

Broadcast date: 1/27/16

Brian Reynolds speaks with Mary Jacka and Corrie Arellano with California Rural Legal Assistance. 

How Las Vegas became the 9th Hawaiian Island

Jan 29, 2016
Tom Wilmer

Broadcast date: 1/27/2016

Come along and join Bill Boyd, chairman of Boyd Gaming Group in Las Vegas. 

Chris Meagher, Rep. Lois Capps

This year marks the 18th and final year Congresswoman Lois Capps will represent her Central Coast constituents in Washington D.C. And as we embark on this new year we’ve asked Representative Capps to talk about her final year in office and reflect on her time serving in the House of Representatives. 

Helene Schneider for Congress

From the moment Central Coast Congresswoman Lois Capps announced her plans to retire at the end of this term, candidates looking to fill her spot began to announce their intentions to run. 

Justin Fareed for Congress

From the moment Central Coast Congresswoman Lois Capps announced her plans to retire at the end of this term, candidates looking to fill her spot began to announce their intentions to run.

Steve Isakson for Congress

From the moment Central Coast Congresswoman Lois Capps announced her plans to retire at the end of this term, candidates looking to fill her spot began to announce their intentions to run. 

Jordan Bell

Jordan Bell speaks with scholar and San Luis Obispo resident George Cotkin. He’s the author of the recent Feast of Excess: A Cultural History of the New Sensibility. They’ll discuss the book that covers icons like John Cage, Marlon Brando, and Patricia Highsmith.

Ken Pfeiffer Photography

A new year seems like a logical time for making a fresh start. Lisa Osborn speaks with Suzanne Marlow a Santa Barbara area marriage and family therapist who offers some practical ideas for weaving mindful rituals into daily life, such as expressing gratitude.

Broadcast date: 01/13/2015

For Ears on Art, Steven and Crissa visit Jim Ap-Roberts of San Luis Obispo. 

Broadcast date: 01/13/2016

Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits Virginia to talk with retired Greyhound Bus driver Harry Messimer about the heyday of American bus transportation, his stint as a driver for Freedom Riders in 1961, and his collection of Greyhound memorabilia on display at the Roanoke Museum of Transportation.

Broadcast date: 01/06/2016

Correspondent Tom Wilmer talks to journalist, author, and adjunct Cal Poly instructor, Katya Cengel about her reporting on former child soldiers in Burma, child migrants in Guatemala, and other adventures.

Jessica Paterson

Broadcast date: 01/13/16  

It hasn’t been long since the end of the UN Climate Change Summit in Paris. Just last month, the world’s leaders drafted broad goals for curbing the effects of climate change on the world’s nations. One of those goals is to pursue transformation towards sustainable development, with some specific parameters.

Broadcast date: 1/6/16

Today's guest is Kevin Christian. By day, he works for the city of San Luis Obispo, but he also finds time to create in his workshop. He’ll share why creativity is important to him and how he incorporates it at work and daily life.

Instagram: @slomakerspace

Brian Reynolds speaks with SLO County Library Director Chris Barnickel and SLO Makerspace CEO Clint Slaughter about their upcoming partnership and how this collaboration will redefine the kind of access a library card gives you and how making things can bring the community together. 

Lisa Osborn

Take a look at Santa Barbara's poetry scene with Lisa Osborn, as she speaks with Gunpowder Press publishers and emeritus Santa Barbara Poet Laureates, Chryss Yost and David Starkey in a gathering to celebrate the release of Rare Feathers, Poems on Birds and Art (Gunpowder Press 2015).

Cal Poly is accepting applications this week for a newly approved business program. The 10-month graduate program allows students to work alongside companies like Google and Walmart. Hear from Sanjiv Jaggia, Associate Dean of Graduate Programs with the Orfalea College of Business at Cal Poly, about why this new Master of Science in Business Analytic programs is more relevant than ever.

Cal Poly Universities

New Years Day is fast approaching and with it comes many local traditions including, tuning into or physically going to the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena. 

Tom Wilmer

It’s that wonderful time of the year—holiday gatherings of family, friends and feasting—yet there are some families in our Central Coast communities that are unable to provide food not to mention Christmas gifts. That’s where the 15th annual Santa Ynez Valley Christmas Basket program steps in—this year is providing 156 local needy families in the Santa Ynez Valley with hampers of food, staples, toiletries as well as hand-selected gifts.

Broadcast date: 12/2/2015

Broadcast date: 12/9/2015

 It's time for the annual Ears on Art story sharing programs. This year's theme is "The Gift is Immaterial." 

The holidays can be a difficult time for those who’ve recently lost a loved one. This season of traditions, parties, and family gatherings can be a painful reminder of the one who is not there. Hear from Hospice SLO's Director of Counseling Tony Huffaker as he speaks with Jordan Bell about grieving during the holiday season, practical measures to take during this time of year and how it's different for everyone.

Tom Wilmer

Experience the Gingerbread Wonderland and the Los Olivos Olde Fashioned Christmas celebration this Saturday, December 5! It’s free and fun for kids all ages in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley wine country community of Los Olivos. 

Lifewater International

San Luis Obispo-based Lifewater International recently brought clean, accessible drinking water to a remote village in Ethiopia and will soon do the same thing for another village in Uganda. There are also operations going on in the Congo and Malawi.

Cal Poly Music Department

Brian Reynolds speaks with Christopher Woodruff about Cal Poly bands and being a classical musician on the Central Coast. Hear pieces by these bands and some trumpet excerpts from Woodruff.

Flickr member Josh Mock

Hear from William Ostrander, director of locally-based organization Citizens Congress, about the group's efforts to implement campaign finance reform in the upcoming San Luis Obispo City Council race.

Randol White, KCBX

San Luis Obispo’s iconic downtown Thursday night farmers' market (officially called the Downtown SLO Farmers' Market) is undergoing some changes in an effort to bring it up to date and attract more locals to the weekly event. 

SLOCOG/Caltrans

Transportation funding is a real issue in California and along the Central Coast where major projects can no longer move forward because there’s just not enough money. 

Broadcast date: 11/11/15

Ears on Art presents part two of the tribute to local artist, composer, and teacher Botso Korisheli, who died in July at age 93. 

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