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 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

Gilles Toucas

Judy Philbin, host of Pacific Standard Time on KCBX, chats with singer Michael Feinstein, who is considered the Ambassador of the Great American Songbook. Feinstein is coming to San Luis Obispo on January 26th, 2018, and gives us a sneak preview of his upcoming Frank Sinatra tribute at the PAC. Plus, he tells stories about his friendship with Ira Gershwin, and how he fell in love with the great song standards.

John Sepulvado KQED California Report Host
KQED

KQED's California Report host John Sepulvado shares his passion for building relationships with NPR affiliate stations across the state. 

Creating With Kiwi

Dec 28, 2017
Bright green Kiwi grown right here on the Central Coast!
Fr Ian M Delinger

Did you know that Kiwi fruit grows on the Central Coast? Did you know that it grows on a vine, not a tree? Fr Ian Delinger didn’t know either of those fun facts, so he went out to discover the highs and lows of kiwi farming. When he returns from the vineyards, he gets back in his kitchen and does some creating with kiwi.

Brian Reynolds talks with Mark Arnold, author of the new novel Monster: The Early Life of Mary Shelley. It's a fictionalized telling of the story behind the woman who gave us Frankenstein.

The historic adobe at Talley Vineyards in Arroyo Grande Valley
Tom Wilmer

Brian Talley’s grandfather started farming in the Arroyo Grande Valley back in 1948. It was Brian’s dad who planted grapes in the early 1980s and eventually started producing wine as well, and as they say, the rest is history. 

Hal Wilson of Santa Margarita shares his Father Christmas tales, stories written over the years to share with his young children. A bear, an octopus, and a penguin are sure to bring a smile with their takes on life at the North Pole.

Travel correspondent Tom Wilmer visits Healdsburg California and talks with local business owners about the economic recovery of their community following the devastating fires earlier this year.

Crissa Hewitt interviews art historian Herbert Cole on the art of African mothers.

Marge Calhoun was a legend in the surfing world. A resident of Morro Bay before her death in early September, Calhoun was one of the sport’s early pioneers, becoming the first female world champion to win the Makaha International in Hawaii.

Brian Reynolds interviews Rick London, CEO of United Way SLO and Chair of the Board of Directors Hans Poschman to discuss the history and leadership of the United Way.

Other People Playing With Food

Nov 29, 2017
Chris McIntyre of 3 Flies On A Knife prepares his Tumeric Loaves
Fr Ian M Delinger

“There are people who play with food in their kitchens and get paid to do it! Cottage Food Operators changed the game in artisan foods on the Central Coast. Fr Ian Delinger goes right into the homes and kitchens of some of the Central Coast’s most delicious entrepreneurial efforts. ‘Other People Playing With Food’ is part of this week’s ‘Issues & Ideas’.”

Dramatic open spaces define the new San Luis Obispo Airport
THOMAS WILMER

After two years of construction, the new $39 million San Luis Obispo Airport opened on November 1. The county's Director of Airports, Kevin Bumen, talks with correspondent Tom Wilmer about the attributes of the new terminal, enhanced parking, and the fast-changing world of commercial aviation as it impacts San Luis Obispo. 

Playing With Pizza

Oct 25, 2017
SLO Fire Chief and his wood-fired pizza oven
Fr Ian M Delinger

Fr. Ian Delinger is “Playing With Pizza.” A wood-fired oven is an item that may or may not be something one would think a Fire Chief would have—shouldn’t he be putting out fires instead of starting them—or is he the safest person to start that fire? SLO Fire Chief Garret Olson has a passion for pizza. He invited Fr. Ian into his home pizzeria for a pizza tutorial and a look into the life of a firefighter.

KCBX's Bree Zender speaks with Linda Wilson and Mara Purl about their involvement in the production of the play 'Becoming Julia Morgan.'

1919 Green Bay Packers team
www.packers.com

Brenda Krainik and Candy Conard in Green Bay, Wisconsin share the back-story of how the Green Bay Packers came to be America’s only non-profit NFL team. More than 360,000 fans are ardent shareholders, and the concession stands at Lambeau Field are operated by local non-profit organizations. Brenda also shares insights about cool things to do and see in the little town of Green Bay—with the world’s most passionate football fans.

Central Coast AVA: The legend of Richard Sauret

Oct 2, 2017
Jason Lopez

Richard Sauret died Saturday night, September 30, 2017, in an automobile accident on Highway 101 and Wellsona Road. He was 82.  Sauret had been in the process of retiring from grape growing.

Issues and Ideas Producer Brian Reynolds speaks with Charlie Shoemake, a jazz vibraphonist and educator.

Playing in the Grove: Avocados

Sep 27, 2017
California Avocados on show!!!
Fr Ian M Delinger

It’s Avocado Season on the Central Coast, and Morro Bay is taking advantage of that. Fr Ian headed straight for the Avocado & Margarita Festival when the special event “Taste of the Grove” was offering the best of the avocado offerings.

The freshest avocados were turned into the freshest culinary creations: appetizers, main courses and desserts. Listen to Issues & Ideas on Wednesday, September 27 at 1pm to share in the appetizing avocados in “Playing with Food”.

Rock Harbor Marketing

Rock Harbor Marketing owner and social media marketer, Travis Ford, based in Morro Bay, California talks about the current social media landscape and how to manage the multiplicity of business options--from the best social business platform to scheduling posts. 

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. 

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.

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