Issues and Ideas

Issues & 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 and Bree Zender 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

  • Alzheimer's Disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, and more than 5-million Americans are living with the disease. Marisa Waddell talks with two experts about the disease, its warning signs, and what resources are available if you or a loved one has Alzheimer's.
  • Also, there's an agriculture company in Salinas known as "Andy Boy," named after a toddler in the 1920's who is now 89 years old. Andrew D'Arrigo's family is credited with introducing broccoli and green celery as a commercial crop to America.

  • September is National Preparedness Month. Marisa Waddell talks with local Red Cross Executive Director Loren Avila about what we can do in our own homes and businesses to be ready for emergencies and disasters.
  • A best-kept-secret on the Central Coast is King City's San Lorenzo County Park. Join correspondent, Tom Wilmer for a visit with Jessica Potts, Executive Director of the park's Monterey County Agricultural & Rural Life Museum.

Part one of a discussion with artist Barry Frantz.

Issues & Ideas: air date 08-28-2013

Aug 28, 2013

  • There's a new federally-mandated fishery management system on the west coast called Catch Shares -- and it's making both fishermen and environmentalists happy.

Issues & Ideas: air date 08-21-2013

Aug 21, 2013

  • Karen Pelland has a story about a Santa Barbara County non-profit that helps women get out of and recover from domestic violence.
  • Marisa Waddell talks with the director of the Central Coast Writer's Conference and a literary agent about the world of publishing and writing in the digital age,
  • and Leslie Westbrook takes us on a tour of Santa Barbara's Funk Zone -- a longtime haven for artists that is being gentrified, and transforming into a hip place to hang out, drink wine and beer, and listen to music.

Issues & Ideas: air date 08-14-2013

Aug 14, 2013

America in the Fall—Exploration Destinations. When summer vacation ends and the kids are back in school…that’s when many empty nesters hit the road to explore new destinations both close to home and around the country. Correspondent, Tom Wilmer, shares a sampler of intriguing things to see and do, including: The Booker T. Washington National Monument in Virginia. A visit to Spaceport America in New Mexico where Virgin Galactic is transforming space travel with planned sub-orbital flights for tourists and the cost to play is no longer limited to the rich and famous.

Hosts Steven and Crissa continue their discussion about the new interdisciplinary experiential event collaborative PRIME pARTicle productions. Timo Beckwith will return and will be joined by Academy Award nominated animator James Satoru Straus who is a core member of PRIME pARTicle. This is the first time we have explored the discipline of animation and are excited to do so. Tune in and learn how it and the many other arts disciplines will work together to create a unique art happening.

Marisa Waddell talks with young author, Dori Stone, about her new novel, Growing Home, and her vision for a rural community farm and urban garden center on the Central Coast. Dori has been named Author of the Year by Common Ground Worldwide.

Also, Travel Correspondent, Tom Wilmer, gets tips from third generation Californian Leslie Westbrook, whose latest book is the Insider's Guide to Santa Barbara.

Steven deLuque and Crissa Hewitt meet with Timo Beckwith and Billy Clayton of Prime Particle Productions. They bring together visual and performing artists with a wide range of skills to produce cutting-edge art experiences in natural and man-made settings. By creating free public events, they hope to help all of us enjoy the vast, yet personal, world of creativity.

  • Host Larry Rutter talks law, theater, and farm-fresh food on this week’s edition. Guests include the winner of the Distinguished Jurist Award for 2013 from California Women Lawyers, retired SLO Superior Court Judge, the Honorable Teresa Estrada-Mullaney.

Issues and Ideas: air date 07-24-2013

Jul 24, 2013

  • On the next Issues and Ideas, Brian Reynolds talks with Stacey Hunt and Michael Jencks of Ecologistics, a non-profit set up to create a resilient and healthy community for the residents of San Luis Obispo County that strives for sustainability, both economically and environmentally.
  • Reporter, Jake Blair, asks shark and conservation experts about the increase in shark sightings and interactions off the Central Coast.

Marisa Waddell has a preview of the Festival Mozaic with Music Director, Scott Yoo, and Executive Director, Bettina Swigger. We’ll hear about the wide variety of concerts, special events, a world premier, and how the festival is using social media.

Steven and Crissa visit with former central coast resident Mark Beck who currently has a show of his paintings at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art titled "Tyranny of Beauty". Mark currently lives in Albuquerque and his works can be found in private and corporate collections throughout the world.

Crissa Hewitt talks with Beth Mott, Education Coordinator of the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, about children’s art classes, the learning process, the value of art in people’s lives, and how to engage students so that art becomes an integrated part of their lives.

Crissa Hewitt and Steven deLuque explore the exciting world of visual arts on Ears on Art.

Crissa Hewitt and Steven Deluque bring us another edition of Ears on Art. It's part two of a program featuring photographer Joe Schwartz.

Crissa Hewitt and Steven Deluque bring us another edition of Ears on Art. It's part one of a program featuring photographer Joe Schwartz. Joe was a member of the Photo League of New York, a social activist organization that began in the 1930s. This program is from our archives and is presented as a memorial to this amazing artist who died in March, just three months shy of his 100th birthday. His black and white candid images captured the bitter realities of poverty and segregation while also documenting blacks, whites, and Jews working in harmony.

December 4, 2013: Correspondent, Tom Wilmer visits with Walter Heath about the Morro Bay In Bloom volunteer project.

December 26, 2012: Join Brian Reynolds and Kristine Tardiff from the SLO County Library as they discuss the importance of providing positive experiences for youth through focusing on the developing of assets. The developmental assets are 40 common sense, positive experiences and qualities that help influence the choices young people make and help them become caring, responsible, successful adults. They will also be discussing some upcoming events focusing on how to build a community without bullying.

Audio archives are not available online for shows prior to 2012. For an audio copy of an older show, please contact us with your specific request.

December 28, 2011: Larry Rutter spends an hour with former San Luis Obispo City Manager Ken Hampian. They discuss Mr. Hampian's recent time spent in the city of Bell.

December 14, 2011: Host Pandora Nash-Karner talks with Hilda Zacarias about the local offerings of VITA - The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program.

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