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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Water Issues and Drought
12:40 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Central Coast water restrictions and expert gardening tips

Credit Water Wise SB

    

Here are some helpful websites and phone numbers for getting the latest drought information in your area:

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Science & Technology
11:52 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Password generator designed by Cal Poly professor creates secure combos that are easy to remember

Credit Flickr member Liz Foreman

Statistics show the most Americans are extremely lazy when it comes to creating secure, unique passwords. According to SplashData's annual list for 2014, these are the five most popular passwords found on the Internet:

  1. 12345
  2. password
  3. 12345678
  4. qwerty
  5. abc123

Easy-to-break passwords like these—and many other variations—are a weak link in your overall web security.

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Arts
8:12 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Chris Beland on 'Becoming Beland', new album and donating a kidney

Jordan Bell is joined by local musician Chris Beland and his daughter Harmony for a conversation about Beland's new album, donating a kidney to a friend and how finding his father has influenced his music career.

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Education
2:07 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Meet your local college and university presidents

In the fall of 2014, KCBX News interviewed nearly every leader of the colleges and universities on the Central Coast. Our goal was to hear their visions for the campuses, find out what's new and on the horizon, and discover how they plan to deal with ongoing challenges.

The presidents of (from north to south) Hartnell, Cuesta, Cal Poly, Allan Hancock, and Santa Barbara City College all participated in our interview series. Use the interactive map to hear each one. 

We were unsuccessful in our efforts to book an interview with UC Santa Barbara's Chancellor Yang.

People and Entertainment
1:55 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Ira Glass on 'Reinventing Radio'

KCBX Reporter Jordan Bell talks with Ira Glass, the host of This American Life, about his upcoming talk in San Luis Obispo, the recent surge of successful podcasts and the future of radio.

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Lifestyle
1:44 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Santa Rosa’s Historic Railroad Square District & Healdsburg

Credit Tom Wilmer

Correspondent, Tom Wilmer reports from The Hotel La Rose, located in the heart of Santa Rosa. The La Rose, located in the heart of the old town historic Railroad District, has been welcoming guests since 1907. Jeff Whitehead, general manager, shares insider tips about nearby activities, and the historic hotels architectural charms. Wilmer then heads over to the Hand Fan Museum in downtown Healdsburg. It’s the only hand fan museum in America and one of only three in the world.

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Arts
10:04 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Ears on Art celebrates sixteenth anniversary with Earthsea Pottery

Ears On Art celebrates our sixteenth anniversary this month with a visit with artists Michael Miller and Peggy Vrana , a husband/wife team whose medium is clay. Their studio Earthsea Pottery in Cambria is where they create wheel thrown works individually and in collaboration. Their work can be seen at Amphora Gallery in Cambria, a business that they own with two other clay artist couples. April 4th is the opening for the Teapot Show. Details are available at amphoragallery.com

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Education
6:21 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Local high school robotics team headed to world champs

Team 973, The Greybots
Credit Greybots.com

Team 973 'The Greybots' from Atascadero High School recently qualified for the world championship competition in St. Louis, Mo. 

KCBX Reporter Jordan Bell speaks with the team captains of 973 about their experiences on the team and what this year's competition has in store. 

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Lifestyle
6:06 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Amador County: California's Gold Country

Credit Tom Wilmer

  

    

Join Travel Correspondent, Tom Wilmer as he discovers cool things to do and see in Amador County in the heart of California’s Gold Country. We’ll visit with Annette Reiser at the historic circa-1852 National Hotel in Jackson CA. And then we’ll meet Maureen Funk, Executive Director of the Amador Council of Tourism for an insiders look at cool things to do and see, from dining and antiquing to wine tasting in the county with the State’s oldest Zinfandel plantings, dating from the 1860s.

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Agriculture
2:43 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Gardening tips to help ease your Central Coast allergies

Credit Thomas Ogren

Thomas Ogren considers himself a life-long plant geek. He's been gardening since age five, and by age seven, he began grafting trees.

The San Luis Obispo resident continued with his passion for horticulture as a professor for more than 20 years.

When Orgen and his wife moved to the Central Coast, he says he wanted to make their yard allergy-friendly, to help with her allergies. His many years of research on that front eventually led to his new book The Allergy-Fighting Garden.

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Business
4:00 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Specialized manufacturing plays growing role in Central Coast economy

Lab work and testing being done at Trust Automation in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Credit Ty Safreno, Trust Automation

The specialized manufacturing sector of the San Luis Obispo County economy accounts for 2.27 percent of the jobs in the area, but according to number from the Economic Vitality Corporation (EVC), those jobs come with an average pay-scale higher then most other industries — $65,855.

While relatively small, the sector is growing. The latest numbers show it grew seven percent from 2008 to 2014.

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Ty Safreno, CEO and co-owner of Trust Automation, Inc., is the co-chair of EVC's Specialized Manufacturing Council.

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Wine Country
4:36 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Solvang's Garagiste Festival

Credit Tom Wilmer

    

Come along and join Tom Wilmer at Larner Vineyard in Santa Ynez Valley.

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Arts
4:26 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Cuesta College Book of the Year

Guests from the SLO County library and Cuesta College library discuss 

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Lifestyle
10:26 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Montserrat W.I.’s Irish Legacy & Dublin’s St. Paddy’s Fest

Credit Tom Wilmer

The only country outside of Ireland that celebrates St. Patrick’s Day as a national holiday is the petite isle of Montserrat in the midst of the Eastern Caribbean. The British Overseas Territory’s flag is emblazoned with the Irish Harp and the words Erin, with an obligatory Union Jack in a corner. Pass through customs and your passport is stamped with a green Irish Clover.

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Business
10:45 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Developers explain the inspiration behind historic Long-Bonetti Ranch project in SLO

Artist rendering of the finished SLO Public Market on the historic Long-Bonetti Ranch property in San Luis Obispo.
Credit PB Companies

The recent passage of the City of San Luis Obispo’s update to the General Plan—known as the LUCE, or Land Use and Circulation Elements—opened the door for several large development projects to move forward.

One of the those is a $16.5 million project that sits at the intersection of South Higuera and Tank Farm Road, called the SLO Public Market.

Some long-time locals may know the parcel as the historic Long-Bonetti Ranch.

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