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 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

South County Transit changes routes, logo and raises fares

Jun 8, 2016
San Luis Obispo Region Transit Authority (RTA) Facebook Page

A Central Coast transit agency is going through a bit of a makeover in an effort to bring fares up to date and adjust routes to fit demand. 

Flickr member Vox Efx

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 is Election Day in California as Central Coast voters head to the polls to pick their primary candidates for President of the United States, Congress and various supervisor seats in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Monterey Counties, among other choices. 

Jeanette Wolff

This week Ears On Art visits with two long time central coast residents, Sue McKee and Jeanette Wolff

Cal Poly graduate, Sean Christopher Weir visits with correspondent, Tom Wilmer about his book, The Mad Crush—A Memoir of Mythic Vines and Improbable Winemaking.

Thomas Wilmer

Morro Bay Maritime Museum board member, Judy Salamacha talks with correspondent, Tom Wilmer about the June 4th and 5th festivities celebrating the historic tugboat, Alma’s new home, adjacent to the Naval DSRV deep sea rescue submarine and the USCG rescue vessel.

Ken Pfeiffer Photography

Are you looking to improve your life? Feel free to go all out. 

Tips for getting over your fear of public speaking

May 18, 2016

If the idea of speaking in public makes you feel queasy, you're not alone. Public speaking tops the list of fears for many people. 

An organization that financially supports female business leaders in Santa Barbara is celebrating its 25th year, this year. 

photo by Kris King

After reviewing 134 candidates, the San Luis Obispo Symphony’s selection committee has announced five finalists for Music Director. Hear about the candidates, the selection process, and what we can expect in the coming year, as the Symphony narrows its choices to one.

Orchestra Novo Facebook Page

Ears on Art discusses the collaboration between Orchestra Novo and The Grizzly Academy. 

The student paintings created while listening to a work by Maurice Ravel will be presented simultaneously at Orchestra Novo's season finale concert on May 29.

Ears on Art” features Dennis Kehoe, a Los Osos artist of many disciplines, including painting, printmaking, and sculpture. 

Tom Wilmer

Correspondent, Tom Wilmer explores the world of fresh ocean seafood with Morro Bay Commercial fisherman and restaurant owner, Mark Tognazzini, who talks about just what constitutes “fresh”, and the local fishermen who travel as far as 1,000 miles out to sea to catch pelagic fish such as Tuna and swordfish. 

Dairy Creek Golf Course Facebook Page

A golf course in San Luis Obispo County is turning brown, not because of the drought, but because of a change to California’s prison system. 

Jennifer O'Leary

The waters of the Central Coast have seen some radical changes in recent years, including much warmer than normal temperatures, massive algae blooms, a decline in eel grass and a mass wasting disease among sea stars. 

Tom Wilmer

When Correspondent, Tom Wilmer cast off from the dock in downtown San Diego, bound for a whale watching adventure off the coast, he had no idea that meeting and visiting with the onboard naturalists would be just as fascinating as watching the whales.

mbassador Morgenthau's Story, written by Henry Morgenthau, Sr. and published in 1918. Image via Wikipedia

Host Brian Reynolds interviews Cuesta College Professor Bruce Badrigian about his Armenian roots, the history of the country and what some refer to as the "Armenian Genocide."

The Monkey Mind: That endless stream of troubling thoughts or other distracting chatter can zap confidence, preventing a person from focusing on what is truly important. 

U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

The Central Coast and California’s water situation is a source of passion for one member of Cal Poly’s Sociology Department. 

Getting a handle on food and environmental allergies

Apr 20, 2016
Ken Pfeiffer Photography

It seems like allergy season gets longer every year. Whether it’s foods or the environment, a lot of people are suffering from allergies.

Glean SLO

About one in six people in San Luis Obispo County are considered to be “food insecure.”  Learn how a local program, Glean SLO, harvests produce from farms, farmers markets, and backyards to feed local people in need. Also meet singer-songwriter Ynana Rose, who gleans, and who will be giving a benefit concert for the organization.

The Food Archivist: Facebook Page

Based on the California Central Coast, Ann-Terese Barket is on a mission to preserve family recipes. She developed the Food Archivist to assist families save and preserve ancestral recipes that historically have been passed down through the oral tradition. 

Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center

The Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center is out with a second edition of its popular book that showcases creative writing and artwork done by Central Coast students. 

The process for giving Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) has changed quite a bit over the years and there is a new push on the Central Coast to get people acquainted with the most recent version of this life-saving technique. 

The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County

Last week, The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County announced the largest land easement in the organization’s history. 

Lisa Stratton, CCBER

UCSB is embarking on a major project to turn 63 acres of a former golf course back into publicly-accessible wetlands. 

Brittany App

The Central Coast quintet, Café Musique, is about to release its fourth album, Ebb and Flow. Marisa Waddell talks with the band's violinist, Brynn Albanese and accordion player, Duane Inglish, about signing to a label, picking repertoire, the process of recording, and embracing changes in the band.

Guests:

  • Duane Inglish - accordion, banjo
  • Brynn Albanese - violin, vocals

San Luis Obispo County

  • Host: Brian Reynolds
  • Guest: Whitney Szentesi

View the San Luis Obispo County 2015 Annual Report online 

Cal Poly's Technology Park is headed for an expansion

Mar 23, 2016
Jim Dunning, Cal Poly

A project between Cal Poly and the California Central Coast Research Partnership is home to several technology-based businesses. 

Brittany App

Central Coast filmmaker Brittany App is working on her upcoming feature-length documentary film about California’s critical ongoing drought, titled 'Where There Once Was Water'.

Broadcast date: 03/09/2016

The National Parks Conservation Association was established back in 1919 just three years after the formation of the National Park Service to protect and enhance our national parks. 

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