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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5:56 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

It's official, Pismo Preserve now owned by Land Conservancy of SLO County

Credit SLO Land Conservancy

The 900-acre parcel of land comprising the hills overlooking Pismo Beach officially became known as the Pismo Preserve Tuesday morning.

The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County says it closed escrow and took ownership of the property at 10:00 a.m.

The organization raised $12.3 million this year to buy the land and make improvements, plus it finalized all the paperwork to switch it over to public use.

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3:35 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

The locally made foods featured during Sunset Savor the Central Coast

Broadcast date: 9/3/14

KCBX Travel Correspondent Tom Wilmer interviews the local chefs behind the artisanal foods to be showcased during this year’s Sunset's Savor the Central Coast.  Learn their secrets for turning fresh, local ingredients into food specialties worthy of this signature California event.

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5:53 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Santa Barbara Police plan crackdown on skateboarders in the downtown core

Credit Flickr member Naoki Tomeno

The City of Santa Barbara says complaints are coming in by the hundreds over skateboarders who hit pedestrians on sidewalks or cause traffic problems in the streets.

As a result, the city's police officers will start cracking down on those who violate the rules within the downtown corridor.

The Santa Barbara Police Department says skateboarding is not a crime and is allowed on the vast majority of city sidewalks, parkways, and at a free beachfront skate park.

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2:49 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Fire rings to be pulled early this year from Port San Luis beaches

Credit Flickr member Michael Newton

The ongoing drought will soon affect your ability to enjoy a fire at a popular spot in San Luis Obispo County for toasting marshmallows and listening to the waves.

The fire rings will be removed following this coming Labor Day Weekend at Olde Port Beach within the Port San Luis Harbor District in an effort to reduce wildfire risk.

The concern is over hot, windy weather that could blow embers onto the adjacent hillsides.

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3:39 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Pacifica, CA

Broadcast date: 8/6/14

There's a place up Highway One, just outside of San Francisco, that is the fourth richest area in the world for marine mammal life, according to the National Marine Sanctuaries of the West Coast.  Pacifica California boasts some breathtaking panoramic vistas, hiking trails and expansive beaches plus a rich cultural heritage and bohemian personality. Travel correspondent, Molly Blaisdell takes us to Pacifica, to discover why it's a destination worth discovering.

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3:33 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

A Shady Past

Broadcast date: 8/4/14

When most Americans look into their ancestries, they don’t want to see a negative side that includes slavery.  In his book, Tomlinson Hill, journalist Chris Tomlinson exposes his family's past, and the problematic history of racial relations in America.

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4:56 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch is spruced up and ready for possible sale

Michael Jackson's former Neverland ranch as seen from the air in 2009.
Credit Flickr member Kyle Harmon

Michael Jackson's former Neverland Ranch could soon be listed on the local real estate market. A representative for the investment firm that currently owns the property tells KCBX that putting the ranch up for sale is now under consideration.

The nearly 2700 acre parcel just outside of Los Olivos in Santa Barbara County was acquired by Colony Capital LLC back in 2008, about a year before Jackson's death.  

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6:01 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Old Spanish Fiesta Days underway in Santa Barbara

Part of the Fiesta parade, 2013
Credit Facebook: Old Spanish Days Fiesta

Santa Barbarans will spend the next five days celebrating the city's Spanish heritage, as the 90th annual Fiesta got underway on Wednesday morning.

Spanish, Mexican, and American food, entertainment, and shopping will be available at the El Mercados set up now through Sunday in the downtown.

Another highlight is the annual Fiesta Historical Parade which kicks off Friday at noon and should run a couple of hours, according to organizers.

Will Powers is in charge of the parade's horses, which are a big part of the event.

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2:34 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Local and fresh food options part of California Mid-State Fair fare

A 15C cheese platter is prepared in advance for the day.
Credit Heather Young

Courtesy of the Paso Robles Daily News

Several food vendors cater to ‘food-challenged’ visitors

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5:00 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

San Luis Obispo continues to ride wave of "best places" lists

Downtown San Luis Obispo near Mission Plaza.
Credit Flickr member Josh Mock

The City of San Luis Obispo continues to grow in popularity as a travel destination, which could in part be attributed to its impressive rankings on several national "best" lists this year.

Most recently, the city was named one of the top swimming communities by USA Swimming, the national governing body for the sport.

It was named also the friendliest small town by real estate blog Movoto and it made's best places to live list.

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4:24 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Adventures Cross Country

Travel correspondent Tom Wilmer explores the programs of Adventures Cross-Country, which provides high school students with community service opportunities combined with learning and adventure travel programs to destinations in America and around the world.

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3:38 pm
Fri June 6, 2014


Resister:  When Bruce Dancis enrolled at Cornell University in 1965, he had no idea he’d become a national figure by becoming the first student to destroy his draft card.  His book titled “Resister,” tells the story of his exploits from serving 19-months in prison to respected professional journalist.

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