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 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.

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Central Coast Business Wrap-up
12:44 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Group works to solve problems surrounding 'workforce housing' in San Luis Obispo

The topic of workforce housing in San Luis Obispo is a hot one currently, really picking up steam during recent debate at the City Council meetings in regards to the newly approved update to the city’s general plan.

Brad Brechwald is the Principal and CEO of the Wallace Group, a Central Coast engineering and design firm. He’s also a cochair for a group working on economic solutions for the county’s housing needs, among other issues. It's one of six "cluster" groups working on various aspects of the local economy.

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San Luis Obispo County
12:23 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Fighting human trafficking on the Central Coast

San Luis Obispo County is the halfway point between Los Angeles and San Francisco making it a primary spot for human trafficking within the state. The FBI recently named California a primary destination for human trafficking. Reporter Jordan Bell speaks with Assistant District Attorney, Lee Cunningham, Director of the Victim/Witness Unit, Debbie Vallely and Rebecca Turner with Mountainbrook Community Church about their organizations' efforts to combat human trafficking in the county.

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Education
12:04 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Teacher Laurie Woodward’s Anti-Bullying insights

Credit Tom Wilmer

Award winning educator and author, Laurie Woodward speaks with Tom Wilmer about her anti-bullying peace program and books. 

As a peace consultant, she helps educators and parents teach children how to stop bullying, avoid arguments, and maintain healthy friendships.

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Politics
3:52 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Central Coast expert on Cuba discusses changes to US foreign policy

"Colors of Havana"
Credit Flickr member Anton Novoselov

Last month, the Obama Administration drastically changed decades of foreign policy guidelines for relations with Cuba.

A Washington Post poll released in late December showed nearly 75 percent of Americans support the lifting of travel restrictions to that county, and roughly 2-out-of-3 back ending a trade embargo, and improving relations.

Charles Barclay is a former U.S. diplomat in Havana and was among the key players working to free Alan Gross, the U.S. contractor released as part of the sweeping changes.

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Central Coast
11:20 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Morro Bay National Estuary celebrates its 20th Anniversary

Credit Tom Wilmer

Broadcast date: 1/14/2015  

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2015, the Morro Bay National Estuary Program is a non-regulatory, non-profit organization that brings together citizens, non-profits, government agencies, and landowners to protect and restore Morro Bay. 

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Lifestyle
11:08 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Exploring the Heartland of America: North Platte Nebraska

Credit Tom Wilmer

Travel Correspondent, Tom Wilmer reports from the Heartland of America, where he explores cool things to do and see in North Platte, Nebraska. In my opinion, the heartland of America is Nebraska and the heart of the heartland is the town of North Platte. 

Visits include Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park with Superintendent Jason Tonsfelt. David Fudge, NEBRSAKAland Days’ Executive Director shares a taste of the annual event that includes live music big-stage performances, and the legendary Buffalo Bill Rodeo, proclaimed as America’s oldest rodeo.

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Arts
10:58 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Ears on Art visits with Atascadero artist

Ears On Art visits with Atascadero artist Rick Vagnini to discuss his several art disciplines including watercolor and spray paint techniques.

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Pets & Animals
12:46 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Sea otters have a friend in the fight for their lives

Credit Flickr member andertho

    

California Sea Otters are among the threatened species fighting for their right to live. Their most staunch ally is the 'Friends of the Sea Otter' organization. Donna Cheek speaks with Advocacy Program Director, Jim Curland about the issues that jeopardize sea otters on the Central Coast of California.

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Central Coast Business Wrap-up
12:40 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

San Luis Obispo based incubator churns out success stories

Business incubators are a growing trend on the Central Coast, and one of the more successful examples is San Luis Obispo’s Hot House. KCBX News Director Randol White speaks with the woman who helps make it all work.

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Politics
12:31 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Mayor Jan Marx on San Luis Obispo's 2014

Mayor Jan Marx started her third term as mayor of San Luis Obispo this December. At the start of her new term, she and the City Council adopted a major update to the City's Land Use and Circulation Element, which details how land can be used in the city. She shares about that and other projects the city has embarked on and projects the community will see in the new year.

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Environment
11:57 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Morro Bay National Estuary celebrates its 20th Anniversary

Adrienne Harris, executive director of the Morro Bay National Estuary program
Credit Tom Wilmer

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2015, the Morro Bay National Estuary Program is a non-regulatory, non-profit organization that brings together citizens, non-profits, government agencies, and landowners to protect and restore Morro Bay.

Estuary program-staff members and volunteers conduct monitoring and research, restore natural habitats, and educate residents and visitors on how to keep Morro Bay clean and healthy.​

Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with Adrienne Harris, executive director of the Morro Bay National Estuary program for a visit on the waterfront.

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Politics
2:36 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

San Luis Obispo Supervisor-Elect discusses her take on key issues

The Oceano/Nipomo Dunes and Phillips 66 refinery as seen from Highway 1. San Luis Obispo County Supervisor-Elect for District 4, Lynn Compton, will be addressing air quality issues related to these locations early in her term.
Credit Randol White/KCBX

KCBX News Director Randol White speaks with San Luis Obispo County’s new 4th District Supervisor, Lynn Compton (R-Nipomo), about her visions and plans for her tenure.

Top issues for the politician include a new rail spur to the Phillips 66 refinery, air particulate matter generated by the Oceano/Nipomo Dunes, groundwater management, and Huasna Valley oil exploration.

Compton is a longtime resident of Nipomo and beat incumbent Supervisor Caryn Ray (D-Arroyo Grande) in the November Mid-Term Election.

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Lifestyle
2:25 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Pacific Grove's inns invite in the public during the holidays

Credit Tom Wilmer

    

Travel Correspondent, Tom Wilmer, takes us to Pacific Grove to visit the Victorian inns open to the public this season.

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Environment
11:44 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Free home energy tips as we head into the winter months

Credit Empower Central Coast

It's now December. With cooler temperatures on the way and larger energy bills along with them. However, you have access to a service that can help you make efficiency upgrades to your home and it's totally free. Learn more about the EmPower program in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties and how it could potentially save you money.

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Arts
11:17 am
Tue December 9, 2014

December Stories with Ears on Art

For the fifteenth year, Ears on Art invites listeners to tell personal stories. The theme this year is “The best handmade gift given or received.”

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