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The details of how North Korea will participate in the upcoming Winter Olympics in South Korea are still being worked out — but the two countries say their athletes will march together at the opening ceremony, under a unification flag.

The two countries will also form a unified women's hockey team to compete at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in February, NPR's Elise Hu reports from Seoul. In addition, North Korea will send a cheering squad of 230 people to support athletes who make the trip.

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Located in the heART of downtown Dunsmuir, California, the Siskiyou Arts Museum strives to enrich the lives of artists, residents and visitors to Siskiyou County through exhibition, sale and interpretation of the visual, literary and performing arts by presenting programs and events that will educate, strengthen, serve and sustain our community.

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“My name is Nick and I’m from Chico. My question is, where does the power in Butte come from and how much of it comes from renewable sources?”

We talk with a representative from the Healing Arts gallery at Chico's Enloe Cancer Center which displays art by cancer survivors (two of whom we'll talk with). We also talk with the president of 1078 Gallery (which has been homeless for several months) about its pop-up exhibit at the Museum of Northern California Art and about the event in January to raise funds to remodel 1078's soon-to-be new home in Chico. We also talk with two artists who'll perform at the fundraiser.

For the debut episode of our new hour-long Blue Dot format, Dave talks to David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg, the filmmakers behind Bill Nye: Science Guy. The film ambitiously follows Nye over the course of a year as he debates creationist Ken Ham and takes on climate change denier Joe Bastardi. The film takes us on a journey from the persona that was created on the iconic Bill Nye The Science Guy television series to the man behind the bowtie. Find out what it was like to be in the whirlwind that is the life of one of America's most popular science communicators. 

This week on Cultivating Place, our next in the occasional series of Dispatches from the Home Garden — this time through the lens of a regional newspaper's gardening columnist. Every region needs a paper and at least one regionally knowledgeable gardening columnist. Laura Christman was that person in Redding, California, for the many years of her long career.

She's an avid home gardener and in our conversation, we explore the meaning of gardening through this particular lens of shared stories in a given time and place.

She writes: "Perhaps you are familiar with the term 'gardening.' It is a tangle of weirdness. Turns out there's more to it than growing a lovely lawn or prolific pepper plant."

Her book "Planet Pomegranate" is a collection of columns written for the Home & Garden section of the Record Searchlight, the daily newspaper in Redding. "The pieces are a mix of conversations, observation, reflections and frustrations…..and pomegranates." Join us!

Gov. Jerry Brown presents his California budget proposal at the state Capitol on January 10, 2018.
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Gov. Jerry Brown presents his California budget proposal at the state Capitol on January 10, 2018.

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Gov. Jerry Brown was in full professor mode as he unveiled chart after giant chart on Wednesday morning inside the Capitol, laying out California’s financial situation and his plans for the coming year.

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We head up the road this week to Downieville, known these days for its northern gold-country charm and the annual Downieville Classic point-to-point mountain bike race, a 29-mile gold-rush-era route from Sierra City to Downieville.

In his weekly column "Biblio File," Chico Enterprise-Record book reviewer Dan Barnett has been featuring works by local authors for 30 years. This week join Nancy and Barnett for a look back at the books of 2017 by North State writers.

Irlen Syndrome is a visual processing disorder that affects 1 in 5 individuals. The Irlen Method is a non-invasive, drug-free therapy that improves the brain’s ability to process visual information, using colored filters to relieve headaches and visual distortions. 

The Irlen Ambassadors Charitable Fund exists to raise awareness of Irlen syndrome, and to raise funds to pay for the lab fees for low-income individuals.

United Farm Workers President Arturo Rodriguez (left) embraces Asm. Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) after the Assembly approved her AB 1066 on Monday, Aug. 29, 2016.
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United Farm Workers President Arturo Rodriguez (left) embraces Asm. Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) after the Assembly approved her AB 1066 on Monday, Aug. 29, 2016.

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The latest proposal from a California lawmaker in response to the #MeToo and We Said Enough movements strikes at one of the Legislature's most sacred cows: the “at-will” employment of its staff.

In fact, Asm. Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher wants to give the Legislature’s more than 2,000 employees the right to unionize.

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Programming Changes

Changes are coming to North State Public Radio’s program lineup this January, including the addition of new shows.

With our new series Since You Asked, we're turning to YOU. What have you always wondered about the North State? What questions do you have about this place we call home?

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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