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Prescription Pets has been bringing the healing power of pets to communities in Northern California since the year 2000. Their volunteer pet partner teams are trained for animal-assisted activities and animal-assisted therapy, and as “Read With Me” teams. Learn more at www.prescriptionpets.org

From a potential sales tax increase in Oroville to making showers available to those experiencing homelessness in Redding, elected officials are set to consider a number of weighty issues around the region this evening.

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In Oroville the discussion will be purely conceptual, but a bump in the sales tax rate may be on its way.

Jack Berry is an Oroville city council member.

“Well, it’s pretty much up in the air right now,” Berry said.

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Today our guest is one of my personal favorite musicians, Tim Bluhm. Bluhm first started writing songs in Chico back in the early ‘90s along with his college friend Greg Loiacono. Together they formed one of Chico’s most popular rock bands, The Mother Hips. Now, after over two decades of recording albums and touring the country, The Hips’ music continues to resonate with the North State community and beyond. About two years ago Bluhm suffered a terrible paragliding accident that he’s been slowly recovering from ever since. We talk about how that experience has changed him. The Mother Hips will tour across California next month and plan to release a new album on June 8th through Blue Rose Music.

We visit Chico's Blue Room Theatre to talk with directors and cast members from two different productions: the main stage show "Bug," an intense psychological thriller, and "Twilight Zone Live," the return of a favorite to the late night (10:30pm) slot.

In this episode we bid a temporary aloha to our longtime friend and surfer buddy, William Patzert. Dave is joined by former producer (and the composer/performer of Blue Dot's theme music) Matt Shilts to interview Bill, who just retired after 35 years from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. The guru of California climate forecasters, Bill Patzert has been the go to guy for news media outlets across the country from Southern California TV stations to StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson. But his favorite place to hang out and talk about his work is right here on Blue Dot. It might not be a coincidence that Matt Shilts' last time being on the show featured an interview with Bill. We are also joined by two of Bill's friends -- his NASA/JPL Oceanographer colleague Josh Willis and the Director of the Aquarium of the Pacific, Jerry Schubel.

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The healing power of gardens and nature is well known to almost anyone who gardens and has been recorded by gardeners, landscape designers and medical practitioners as far back as antiquity. This week on Cultivating Place we’re joined by Dr. Clare Cooper Marcus, a leader in the field of evidence based research, education and design of what are alternatively known as healing gardens and therapeutic landscapes.

In celebration of Valentine's Day, Nancy asked various community members to share their love stories old and new. This week join Nancy for these stories, plus humorist Eric Miller drops by to tell us how he needs help with Valentine's Day.

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My Father’s Purse is nonprofit that comes alongside existing organizations to help stop the abuse of women and children, especially from sex trafficking, physical abuse, and prostitution. The organization also gives money directly to low-income mothers with children in the U.S. and in Mexico. Learn more about My Father’s Purse at the North Valley Community Foundation website

We visit Redding's Old City Hall to talk with the director and cast from Axiom Repertory Theatre's current stage production, the unusual love story "Harold and Maude." we also talk with Chico Art Center's director and with three of the artists whose work is now on display there as part of the "Discovery" exhibition which showcases artists with whom many gallery-goers might not yet be familiar. 

On this episode of Blue Dot, Dave talks to fellow science communications host Ira Flatow who joined us from his home in Connecticut. The award winning host of Public Radio International's Science Friday tells us about being on the NPR staff in the early days as a science correspondent, the PBS television series he hosted for kids, Newton's Apple, his love of science and gadgets plus some tips for would be guests on the show. Ira also tells us about what it was like to play himself on the hit CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory. Dave is also joined by United States Geological Survey research scientist Francis Rengers about the recent, tragic debris flows in Montecito, California that took 20 lives. Rengers specializes in studying the impacts of wildfires and how they can lead to catastrophic erosion like what was seen following the Thomas Fire in Santa Barbara County.

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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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