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, 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.

When the Inn at Morro Bay first opened back in 1960, it was affectionately known as the Golden Tee Resort Lodge, and it touted modern amenities such as in-room direct dial phones. 

Today the Inn at Morro Bay is just now completing a 3-year multi-million dollar renovation. Join correspondent Tom Wilmer reporting from the Inn where he visits with Kelly Wells, Director of Sales & Marketing.

This week Crissa Hewitt goes to Los Osos to visit with Susan and Ed Chandler two of the artists in the "ADA Art Show". She is a quilter and he draws and paints. The exhibit opens with a reception July 3 from 6-9 at The Community Foundation at 550 Dana ST. SLO.

The exhibit features works created by local artists with disAbilities (this is how they spell it) in a variety of medium including sculpture, painting, photography, and drawing. The show runs through July 30. Hours are Mon-Fri 9:00-5:00.

Tom Wilmer

    

Join Correspondent, Tom Wilmer in Benicia, California, situated 35 miles northeast of San Francisco. One of California’s oldest towns, Benicia was established a year before the 1848 Gold Rush, and it has remained a vibrant part of California’s history ever since.

Jessica Paterson

Hear our interview with local state Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson. We spoke with Jackson in April, after the California Fair Pay Act passed out the Senate Committee for Labor and Industrial Relations.

If passed, it would be the strongest equal pay law in America. The bill continues to move through the Legislature, and will be heard in the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee next week.

The southern two-thirds of the KCBX listening area falls within the 805 area code. In fact, some people refer to the portion of the Central Coast simply as “the” 805. There’s even a beer brand that pays homage to it.

This area of California is also a bit disjointed with large areas of open space or agricultural land separating population centers.

A relatively new organization—805 Connect—is working to bring those communities together in an effort to help foster economic growth.

Habitat for Humanity of San Luis Obispo County has been part of the community for nearly 20 years. They construct, rehabilitate and revitalize homes in neighborhoods for very-low to low income communities.

KCBX Reporter Jordan Bell speaks with the CEO of Habitat for Humanity, Julia Ogden, of San Luis Obispo County about how they're expanding their mission.

Tom Wilmer

Join Correspondent Tom Wilmer and PG&E Meteorologist, John Lindsey as they talk about Central Coast weather, and climate change.

Thousands of bicycle riders and support staff are passing through the Central Coast this week as part of the 14th annual AIDS LifeCycle. They’ve raised an estimated $15.5 million for services including HIV testing, medical care, and prevention campaigns.

Join Brian Reynolds with the San Luis Obispo County Library for a discussion of Bruce Lee, martial arts, elections and voting with new San Luis Obispo County Clerk Recorder Tommy Gong.

Pacific Southwest Region US Fish and Wildlife

Green energy—and the definition of that would depend on who you talk to—is a growing part of the Central Coast economy. Solar energy in particular has really taken off in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Monterey Counties.

According to Atascadero-based Solarponics, San Luis Obispo County has more solar generation per-capita than any other county in the nation. And in terms of major solar fields, the Central Coast's inland region has just about any other location beat.

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The Large Hadron Collider at CERN, located beneath the border of France and Switzerland, was restarted this spring with a goal of making scientific history—once again.

The facility achieved that goal a few years ago when researchers found evidence that the Higgs boson, or “god particle", exists.

Tom Wilmer

    

Join KCBX Travel Correspondent, Tom Wilmer, in Fredericksburg, Texas for a visit with the 33rd Commandant of the Marine Corps, Four Star General, Michael Haggee at the National Museum of the Pacific War which is also the home of the Admiral Nimitz Museum. Then head over to Quantico, Virginia for a visit with Mike Miller, the Marine Corps’ archivist and historian at the National Museum of the Marine Corps and Heritage Center.

CenCal's ACE program

May 22, 2015

KCBX Reporter Jordan Bell speaks with Bob Freeman the CEO of CenCal about their new program that helps coordinate the health needs of those now covered under the Affordable Care Act.

Ears on Art vistis with Arroyo Grande artist Toni Bouman who uses ancient Japanese silk dying techniques to create one-of-a-kind scarves, runners and pillows.

Tom Wilmer

    

Join Correspondent, Tom Wilmer as he explores the world of Chardonnay and The International Chardonnay Symposium, May 28-30, with Winemakers Eric Johnson of Talley Vineyards and Mike Sinor of Sinor La Vallee, along with Wine Director, Robin Puricello of Foremost Wine Bar & Restaurant in San Luis Obispo. You’ll hear about the amazing panel discussions, winemaker dinners and two grand tastings coming to Pismo Beach and Avila Beach, California this month.

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