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A congressional candidate in Florida drew a little ridicule this week.

Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera, who is one of three Republicans and eight Democrats running in Florida's 27th congressional district, has said that she was taken aboard a spaceship when she was seven years old.

She does not mean at Disney World.

On most days from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Mary Grimes can be found pacing along a crowded street in Orlando, Fla., with clipboards in both hands.

"Can I have five minutes of your time?" the 58-year-old says to a parade of passers-by. Those who are in a rush, she quickly wishes well; the others, Grimes directs to a blue and yellow form, reciting her spiel and soliciting a signature from each.

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We talk with one of the coordinators of the Open Studios Art Tour and with some of the artists. The event this weekend invites the public to visit an array of artists in their personal workspaces in Chico and Oroville. We also visit Redding's Old City Hall where Axiom Repertory Theatre is currently performing "The Rocky Horror Show, Live." We talk with the director and the cast.

An Australia-based timber company announced plans to purchase 170,000 acres of Northern California forest from Oregon-based Roseburg Forest Products for an undisclosed sum.

The Australian firm, New Forests, intends to transfer the land to a subsidiary, Shasta Cascade Timberlands LLC. The area, described as stretching from Redding to Mount Shasta, is made up of stands of Douglas fir, ponderosa pine and other conifers.I

This week on Cultivating Place we’re joined by Uk based garden designer Jinny Blom, whose new book is entitled “The Thoughtful Gardener: an intelligent approach to garden design”. After 17 years and more than 250 gardens designed around the globe, Jinny shares with us her thoughtful, creative, musical and heartfelt perspective and process. Join us!

Federal disaster aid will be available to victims of recent and ongoing wildfires in eight California counties. The funds are in addition to state assistance.

Victims who suffered a financial loss in Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Sonoma or Yuba Counties can apply online or by telephone at 800-621-3362.

Today our guest is Bay Area soul/party band, Midtown Social. Earlier this year, with support from their strong hometown community, the group won a coveted performance slot at this year’s High Sierra Music Festival, and has been on the rise ever since. Midtown Social is comprised of nine separate musicians who all favor collaboration and a “family band” approach to songwriting, as opposed to just one person calling the shots. To quote the band, their music is "guaranteed to make you sweat just as much as it makes you think."

We hear from directors & actors involved with two musicals currently on stage in Chico. "Heathers" is based on the 80s movie, a wickedly dark satire of high school life. "American Idiot" is based on the album by Green Day, an edgy rock outcry giving voice to angry contemporary youths.

Rebecca and Glenn Kyler

Tales of frantic escapes, towering flames, fear, loss and deliverance have the nation in awe of California’s ongoing wildfires.

Four days after the fires broke out, the situation remains frenetic. California Governor Jerry Brown summed up the urgency before a bill signing ceremony Thursday. “Some places are beginning to be contained, but the fires are burning, the winds can come up — they’re not as calm as we’d like them to be, and so, the next couple of days, very, very serious,” he said.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Matt Richtel wrote A Deadly Wandering, a nonfiction narrative that was selected as this year's Book in Common. It is a mystery and a landmark investigation that explores the science of attention in the digital age. This week join Nancy for a conversation with a reporter who is coming to Laxson Auditorium on the Chico State campus on October 24th.

On this episode of Blue Dot, Dave talks to Gleb Raygorodetsky about his new book "The Archipelago of Hope." In it, the National Geographic correspondent and scientist tells the stories of six indigenous peoples from around the world.

For the past two decades Raygorodetsky has lived with and documented people like the Skolt Sami of Finland, the Nenets and Altai of Russia, the Karen of Myanmar and the Tla-o-qui-aht of British Columbia. These peoples don't debate the existence of human-induced climate change. They have been living with its effects for decades. Pushed to the edge by industrial civilization and its effects on our climate, these resilient peoples have learned to work with the ecosystems of their ancient homelands rather than the extractive model of modern society.

What can we learn from these people that can help us to pass on a livable world to our children's children? That's the central question explored in "The Archipelago of Hope."

Jennifer Jewell

No matter where you live, the native plants of that area help define the beauty, history and meaning of all life there – from the soil, to the birds and bugs and mammals – four legged and two legged. On Cultivating Place this week we’re joined by the California Native Plant Society to hear more about the state of our native plants and their upcoming Conservation Conference Jan. 30-Feb. 3, 2018. Join us!

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There’s still time to head up the road for a late-summer adventure. Plan a trip with help from this new map of California destinations featured by Kim Weir on her show Up the Road on NSPR.

On Cultivating Place, we speak with people passionate about plants, gardens, and natural history. We explore what gardens mean to us and how they speak to us.

Blue Dot, named after Carl Sagan's famous speech about our place in the universe, features interviews with guests from all over the regional, national and worldwide scientific communities.

Each week host Nancy Wiegman talks to local, regional and national writers about their latest projects. Co-produced by Nolan Ford, Nancy's Bookshelf airs Fridays from 10 to 11 a.m.

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