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Reports focusing on the latest community events and happenings along California's Central Coast.

Broadcast date: 1/19/17

An institution in San Luis Obispo County, the Great American Melodrama & Vaudeville has been presenting live professional theatre on the Central Coast, five nights a week, year-round, for more than 40 years. Performed in a classic melodramatic style, with patrons encouraged to cheer the hero and boo the villain, an evening at the Melodrama promises affordable fun and laughs for all ages.

Broadcast date: 1/12/17

On January 21, 2017, more than 2,000 individuals from all over San Luis Obispo County, as well as residents of Monterey and Santa Barbara counties, will unite in San Luis Obispo to show support for the Women’s March on Washington. They will stand together in solidarity with friends, families, and women everywhere, for the protection of women’s rights, human rights, safety and health, and to look forward to a positive future.

On Issues & Ideas this week, we welcome three local women to the KCBX studio to talk about an upcoming event, an organized march in San Luis Obispo on January 21.

Like hundreds of smaller marches around the country, the Women's March San Luis Obispo is a sister march to the Women's March on Washington, happening on the day after Donald Trump's inauguration as president. Hundreds of thousands of people - not just women - are planning on making the trip to the nation's capitol to rally for human rights, equality and justice. For those who can't make the trip to DC, local organizers have created an event here. It starts at 10 a.m. in Mitchell Park in downtown San Luis Obispo. 

Broadcast date: 1/5/17

When a person is diagnosed with a serious mental illness, the whole family is affected. How does a family cope and best offer support? NAMI’s Family to Family program is designed to help families better understand how their ill relative experiences their illness, how to best support their relative’s recovery process and how to better cope with the impact of the mental health disorder on the entire family. The program has graduated some 750 participants in Santa Barbara and is often referred to as “life-changing.”

Broadcast date: 12/22/16

While many on the Central Coast will be enjoying the warmth of the holidays over the next few weeks with family and friends, those that are homeless may be caught out in the cold. Although a 2015 Homeless Point-in-Time Census Report showed the number of homeless people in San Luis Obispo County has plunged since 2013 by 31 percent, homelessness is still a very real concern for many areas of SLO County, especially in the northern parts of the county where the problem has increased and services are lacking.

Broadcast date: 12/15/16

Every year the holidays become wrapped more in stuff and less in meaning. However,  this increased commercialization of the holiday season has come with hidden costs to our environment. Are we doing more harm than good with our altruistic consumption?  Can we shop smarter and be more mindful consumers?  How can we all do our part to conserve environmental resources and protect our planet while still taking part in the joy of holiday gift giving?

What is a SLOlio?

Dec 5, 2016

Broadcast date: 12/8/16

The definition of an “olio” is a “mixture or medley; a hodgepodge; a collection of various artistic or literary works or musical pieces; a miscellany.” SLOlio is a gathering, a collection, an “olio” of true stories and story-loving people. Creators of the monthly storytelling event in San Luis Obispo want others to think of it as a kind of a “story slam.” However way you describe it, for attendees of SLOlio, it is an opportunity to come together to celebrate good stories, told by both seasoned storytellers and those less experienced, to share their stories.

Broadcast date: 12/1/16

In the homogenous communities of the Central Coast, it can be awkward and uncomfortable to confront matters of racial justice, but given the dramatic killings of unarmed African Americans in other areas of the country, it becomes difficult to turn a blind eye to our country's institutional racism. R.A.C.E. Matters SLO County, and other like-minded individuals, have begun to advance a local dialogue around race to provide space for marginalized groups to be heard.

Historic Haas-Lilienthal Victorian circa-1887
Franklin-Habs 1960 book on Haas-Lilienthal home

San Francisco Heritage was founded in 1971 with a mandate to save a dozen Victorian homes slated for demolition. Today the non-profit is San Francisco’s leading advocacy and educational organization dedicated to architectural and cultural preservation.

The 2016 Election Wrap-Up

Nov 17, 2016

Broadcast date 11/17/16: The elections for 2016 are over, resulting in the election of Donald Trump as president, thousands of state and local officials, and numerous ballot initiatives. Residents of the Central Coast are coming to terms with our new electoral world, and trying to understand what comes next. Join host Kris Kington Barker as she speaks with political experts and newly elected politicians about what the results of the recent presidential, congressional, state, local races and ballot measures will mean for you.

Disney Stars skating at San Francisco's Embarcadero Center
Embarcadero Center

Laurie McAndish King visits with Danny Murtagh, Vice President of Engineering and Helen Han, Marketing Director, for Embarcadero Center’s owner, Boston Properties, as they discuss the upcoming official kickoff for San Francisco’s 2016 holiday season—the Winter Carnival and Lighting Ceremony at the Embarcadero Center.

Every Student Deserves Healthy Food

Nov 10, 2016

Broadcast date: 11/10/16

The focus of the Farm to School movement is to improve the connections communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by modifying food purchasing and education practices at school and education sites. This benefits students by providing them with access to healthy, local foods as well as educational opportunities in agriculture, food preparation, health and nutrition, all while supporting the local economy and contributing to active communities. 

KCBX News, Dylan Ring

The recent closures of several recycling centers in San Luis Obispo County are putting a financial and time strain on members of the area's homeless population who regularly depend on the money earned by cashing in those California Redemption Value (CRV) cans and bottles.

What you should know before anyone goes

Nov 3, 2016

Broadcast date: 11/2/16 When a loved one passes away, the grieving family and friends are often confronted with a myriad of decisions regarding the funeral. All of this must be done quickly and during a time of great emotional duress. What can be done to help ease the stress of shopping for funeral services during this difficult time?

Robin White National Park Service Superintendent at Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site
National Park Service

When I stopped in to visit with Robin White, Superintendent at Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, our conversation quickly led to tears. When I interviewed Ms. White a couple years ago, the focus was on the September 1957 events at Little Rock Central High, and lessons learned. On this visit, we changed the focus. I said, let’s talk about lessons learned, but more importantly, lessons not learned in the intervening six decades. 

SafeHouse San Francisco offers hope and safe refuge
Arwa Safdari

Jessica Li, Executive Director of SafeHouse in San Francisco talks about the tragic life of homeless prostitutes, often dependent on drug habits, years of abuse, violence, incest, and scorned by family and society.

Li explains how SafeHouse serves as a harbor of refuge. And the women are guided through counseling, nutrition education, money management, computer competency, and vocational guidance classes. 

Barry Stenger, Executive Director St. Anthony's San Francisco
St. Anthony's Foundation

Barry Stenger, Executive Director of St. Anthony’s Foundation, founded by the Franciscan Order in San Francisco 66 years ago to assist the needs of the homeless and low income citizens.

Stenger talks about the quarter century partnership with Hilton San Francisco Union Square to help the homeless and underserved.

Jo Locata, has worked fulltime at the Hilton Hotel San Francisco Union Square for the past two decades as the hotel’s fulltime Community Projects Manager. 

Broadcast date: 10/27/16

Few would deny the critical role that arts play in developing a vibrant and strong community. They have a crucial impact on our economy, and are vital to stimulating our creativity. In 2013, we found that almost half (43%) of ACTION survey respondents reported that they attended a music, dance or theater performance in the last month and that half of survey respondents were concerned about access to cultural opportunities in their community. These data illustrate the importance of the arts in our community.

Broadcast date: 10/20/16

Many experts believe that the epidemic of men’s violence and sexual assault in our country is related to what society is teaching boys about masculinity. But, this traditional “boys will be boys” mentality is beginning to change, as school campuses and community organizations are realizing that this type of unhealthy masculinity is harmful to both women and men, in many areas of their lives. Today, these groups are engaging young men and boys to build a new generation of male leaders who will model strength and masculinity, without violence, through a “Healthy Masculinity” movement to eradicate the harmful expectations and stereotypes our society teaches boys about what it means to be a man.

Broadcast date: 10/13/2016

This week Central Coast Voices will wrap up our joint project with NPR called A Nation Engaged. The final question we will be asking is: ‘What does it mean to be an American?’ Host Fred Munroe is joined by community members, Dr. Steve Lloyd-Moffett, Professor of Religious Studies at Cal Poly, Paul Georghiou, resident of San Luis Obispo County for 35 years and retired Emergency Physician, and Sam Holzer, a fourth year History major at Cal Poly, with minors in Art History and Women's & Gender Studies. They will be touching on issues of religion, ethnicity, gender and other identities that distinguish Americans as a political community.

Broadcast date: 10/6/2016

In 2015 overall crop values totaled $828,800,000 in San Luis Obispo County alone. And while recent reports show that the number of farmers in the county has grown over the years, this does not mean that farming is a prosperous enterprise for all who enter it on the Central Coast, especially small farmers which make up the majority of farms in our area. While interest in local foods and improved nutrition continues to thrive, there is still much room for improvement to sustain our local food system for our community.  Increasing profitability for small farmers is key to the health of this system.

Broadcast date: 9/29/16

With 17 measures on the California statewide ballot, for the upcoming November election, it is the longest list of state propositions on a single ballot since March of 2000. With hot button issues like marijuana legalization, the repeal of the death penalty, school funding, and gun laws before voters, just to name a few, it’s not just the decision whether to read the record setting 224-page voter guide that is daunting.

First United Methodist Church of Arroyo Grande

If you go less than a mile away from Camp Arroyo Grande, it’s like you’re in a different world.

It’s right near the Arroyo Grande Village and Highway 101. There’s lots of local businesses, gas stations. A busy street. 

Teresa Stephens at Cast Iron Grill
Thomas Wilmer

Teresa Stephens, owner of the Lubbock, Texas Cast Iron Grill recounts her fear of the homeless. She confronted her phobia and wound up embracing the homeless and made major sacrifices to feed those in need. Join correspondent Tom Wilmer at the Cast Iron Grill in downtown Lubbock as Teresa shares her poignant tale of personal sacrifice that ultimately enriched and transformed her life through serving the homeless.  

Broadcast date: 08/23/2016

As our students, K - Post Graduate, head back to school for another year of learning, tests, challenges and achievements, this is a good time to discuss the goals of the public education system and what we can, and should, expect from these institutions. And maybe more importantly, we need to talk about what not to expect a public education to offer. Tune in for a conversation about the many ways we gain knowledge that have nothing to do with a classroom. Your calls with comments and questions will be welcomed and encouraged.

Broadcast date: 08/16/2016

Sometimes it takes just one right thing said by the right person to change, or inspire the course of our lives. It also take being in the right place at the right time, having a bit of talent and the fortitude to overcome challenges to help us become who we are. Tune in for 2 conversations about the healing power of the performing arts at every age - and the importance of the community that nurtures our growth and supports our journey. One last show from the road visiting French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts in the Catskills and getting to know New York's Kristine Zbornik, actress, writer, singer and entertainer.

Broadcast date: 08/09/2016

Tune in for another show from the road! A conversation with this young family building their life outside of the social norm on an organic farm in Honesdale, Pennsylvania.

Broadcast date: 9/22/2016

This week, Central Coast Voices is participating in a national week of conversation along with other NPR Member stations called A Nation Engaged. We’re asking this question: ‘What can we do to create economic opportunity for more Americans?’

Arroyo Grande, California historian, Jim Gregory spent years researching the lives of 52 Civil War veterans who settled in Arroyo Grande in the years following the war. The culmination of Gregory’s exhaustive research is his just released book, Patriot Graves—Discovering a California Town’s Civil War Heritage.

Broadcast date: 9/15/16

Long Term Care Ombudsman advocate for residents of nursing homes, board and care homes and assisted living facilities. They work to promote the highest possible quality of life and care for all residents in long term care facilities, in addition to educating consumers and providers and resolving residents' complaints. The Administration on Aging (AoA) reports that there are more than 8,000 volunteer ombudsman nationally, and in 2014 the program investigated over 191,553 complaints on behalf of 125,642 individuals. 

Join host Kris Kington Barker as she speaks with Karen Jones, Executive Director with Long Term Care Ombudsman Services of San Luis Obispo County and Volunteer Ombudsmen about the important work they do advocating for compassionate and caring assistance for residents in long term care facilities.

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.

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