We talk with some of the Chico artists who are inviting the public to come visit them in their workspaces during the Open Studios Art Tour. And we talk with director & cast from the current production by Redding's Axiom Repertory Theatre -- "Into the Woods," the Stephen Sondheim musical about characters out of different fairy tales mixing & colliding.

Shasta College Spanish instructor Ann Sittig gathered oral histories of Mayan women living in Nebraska and working in meatpacking plants.  She published these stories in a book, The Mayans Among Us: Migrant Women and Meatpacking on the Great Plains.

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Oct 20, 2016

Union seeks strike authorization - Local 1000 of the Service Employees International Union, the largest bargaining unit among state employees said it would seek a strike authorization vote from members. Union leaders say they can’t accept the state’s most recent offer, which included pay raises of less than three percent annually. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the consumer price index has risen 1.5 percent over the past year.

He was a giant among planetary scientists of the 20th century. He revolutionized our understanding of the role of cosmic impacts in the evolution of the solar system, including Earth. His ashes are on The Moon and he has a fascinating connection to the home of this show – Chico, California. Gene Shoemaker has been described as the father of planetary science. Perhaps that title is a bit much for any one person, but he certainly played a central role in our modern understanding of the intersection of astronomy and geology. He was a great person and tremendous teacher, I feel lucky to have briefly known him. 

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I don't know about you, but for me the garden grounds me, at the same time that it liberates me. Being out in nature - in the garden or on the trail - opens my mind and heart, settles me down while simultaneously teaching me about and connecting me to nature, science and humanity. For some, the combination of grounding, expansion and liberation that can be gleaned from a greater understanding and connection to the natural world is crucial and valuable in even more immediate ways. 

NSPR News Brief: Oct. 19

Oct 19, 2016

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The Redding City Council talked groundwater last night – particularly how to move ahead with sustainable management of the region’s aquifer.

In 2014 Governor Jerry Brown mandated that the State Water Resources Control Board require agencies that sit over groundwater basins come up with a plan to ensure the sustainability of each aquifer.

A Butte County Jury convicted former Paradise Police Officer Patrick Feaster of involuntary manslaughter Tuesday, in connection with the shooting of a motorist a year ago.

The victim, 26-year-old Andrew Thomas, was paralyzed after Feaster shot him in the neck. He died three weeks later.

The jury deliberated for less than 24 hours.

Feaster fired the round as Thomas was trying to climb out of his overturned vehicle. Thomas’s estranged wife, Darien Ehorn, died at the scene.

NSPR News Brief: Oct. 18

Oct 18, 2016

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Striking professors reached a tentative three-year contract Friday with the state of Pennsylvania. Faculty members had gone on strike Wednesday at 14 public colleges and universities across the state, according to Katie Meyers of NPR member station WITF.

A federal appeals court in San Francisco heard arguments Friday in a case testing whether a person in another country has any protection under the U.S. Constitution when he has been harmed by an agent of the United States government.

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