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3:00 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Sphinx restoration nearly complete for Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes excavation project

Restoration artists work on a recently-excavated portion of a sphinx statue dating back to a 1920s Hollywood film set.
Credit Randol White/KCBX

A major restoration project is underway behind a nondescript garage door at a home on the Nipomo Mesa. The large space was donated to the nearby Dunes Center as a location to work on a big chunk of a sphinx statue, buried along with other Hollywood set pieces under the sands of the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes for the better part of a century.

Restoration artist Amy Higgins travels up the coast from her home in Los Angeles to do this highly detailed work.

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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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9:19 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Why I Am An Atheist Who Believes in God

Broadcast date: 12/1/14

Film director turned best-selling author, Frank Schaeffer, provides a paradox with his latest book: Why I Am An Atheist Who Believes in God.

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11:12 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Solvang: Time Magazine’s “Most Christmassy Town”

Credit Tom Wilmer

Founded as a Danish colony more than 100 years ago, Solvang has been a popular year round destination for tourists who come to experience a taste of Denmark right here on the California Central Coast. 

When the Marissa Waddell, the program manager at NPR affiliate, KCBX, told me that Solvang was recently named by Time Magazine as one America’s Most Christmassy towns, well I just had to find out for myself just why this quaint Danish village is in close company with other Most Christmassy contenders such as Santa Claus, Indiana, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles. 

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Lifestyle
1:46 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Bob Jones Trail expansion still a few years off, but plans are moving forward

A portion of the completed Bob Jones Trail near Avila Beach.
Credit Clara Knapp

A long-awaited addition to the Bob Jones Trail, also called the “City to the Sea Trail,” finished another round of public review on Monday.

The popular San Luis Obispo County trail was first envisioned more than two decades ago, as an eight-mile-long, stand-alone, multi-use path connecting San Luis Obispo with Avila Beach. But to date, only a portion of that dream has been realized. 

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1:23 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

What it takes to grow those cranberries your serving this Thanksgiving

Credit Tom Wilmer

Listen to Tom's story here.

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5:56 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Thanksgiving travel predicted to be busiest in years, especially in California

Travelers file onto the tarmac to board a flight at San Luis Obispo County Municipal Airport (SBP).
Credit Randol White - KCBX News

Two of the busiest airports in the nation are expected to be right here in California during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Some experts predict this year will be the busiest for air travel since the start of the recession.

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4:01 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

The Power of Words

Broadcast date: 11/3/2014

Every day we use analogies to express our thoughts, convince others, and share stories.  Most of the time, we’re not even aware of what we’re doing − taking shortcuts.

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2:45 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

WWII Veteran 'Honor Flights' to Washington D.C.

Credit Tom Wilmer

Honor Flight’s primary mission is to escort WWII veterans from around the country to visit the iconic war memorials in Washington D.C. The first Honor Flight occurred in May, 2005 when a group of private pilots, at their own expense, flew a handful of Vets to Washington D.C. 

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4:42 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Exploring Northeast Nebraska

Join Deb Loseke, Director of the Columbus Nebraska Platte County Convention & Visitors Bureau as she shares her insights in to why Columbus’s economic vitality is leading the pack in the Midwest, and we’ll chat with Kim Bean COO of Columbus based Tasty Toppings, manufacturers of the Midwest’s longtime favorite and revered Dorothy Lynch French salad dressing. The Genoa, Nebraska U.S. Industrial Indian School opened in 1884 and operated continuously, until the midst of the Great Depression.

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4:38 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Ed Grosvenor on the demise of federally funded history projects

Edwin Grosvenor, the editor of the revered history magazine, American Heritage.  Grosvenor comes by his interest in history naturally – his family founded National Geographic 126 years ago, and ran it for most of the years since. It was Grosvenor’s grandfather Gilbert who explored Yosemite with John Muir and Stephen Mather and subsequently played a key role in establishing the National Park Service almost 100 years ago.

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3:56 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Local woman's feminism blog becomes a father-daughter discussion

    

KCBX Reporter, Jordan Bell, speaks with local woman, Victoria Billings, about her blog Feminism For My Father, about her 'brand' of feminism and current issues that affect many people.

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3:06 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Divorced with Children

Broadcast date: 09/22/14

Karen Bonnell, provides an insightful look at the challenges of raising children in two homes. Bonnell and co-author, Kristin Little, address parents’ questions about the emotional impact of separation, conflict grief and recovery. Their book, The Co-Parents’ Handbook.

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6:22 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

KCBX Travel Correspondent Tom Wilmer celebrates 25 years with public radio

KCBX Travel Correspondent Tom Wilmer (right) accepting his award at Cuesta College

Travel writer Tom Wilmer is a familiar voice here on Issues and Ideas. In fact, this month, Tom celebrates 25 years of bringing you travel-related audio-logs from throughout the Central Coast and around the world.

Just this past weekend, he was the recipient of the 2014 Lillian Dean Inspiration Award during the Central Coast Writers Conference at Cuesta College. Each year the conference selects a Central Coast author who has demonstrated achievement in their field of work.

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5:25 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Central Coast Bioneers

They're a team of UCSB scholars and activists working to inspire humans to claim responsibility for our impact on the world's climate so that we can reclaim our rights to live well and construct a future based on equity, democracy, and cooperation. 

Marisa Waddell talks with the organizer of the upcoming Central Coast Bioneers Conference along with its keynote speakers from the Climate Justice Project. The Conference is October 24th and 25th.

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