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President Trump led an incendiary rally at which he ripped at cultural divides, played to white grievance, defended himself by stretching the truth or leaving out key facts, attacked members of his own party and the media, played the victim and threatened apocalyptic political consequences — all the while doing so by ignoring political norms and sensitivities.

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As the debate rages over what role Confederate monuments do — and should — play in commemorating U.S. history, Jennifer Allen says we can learn a lot from Germany.

Allen is a professor of German history at Yale University, and she specializes in something called memory politics.

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It’s that time of year when students head back to school. Tonight we interview Chico State President Gayle E. Hutchinson and Butte College President Samia Yaqub about what they're excited about for the new academic year, the challenges facing their institutions, and the state of higher education in our region, statewide, and nationally.

Not one to pass up a once-in-a-lifetime event, especially one involving science, Dave Schlom, host of NSPR’s astronomy and science program Blue Dot, was in Kimberly, Oregon, on Monday to witness the total solar eclipse. Dave graciously agreed to provide some narration of the spectacle, which is interspersed with live safety warnings. 

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Locals poured out of homes and buildings across Northern California to watch, with the proper eye protection of course, Monday’s celestial spectacle.  

While tens of thousands from across the Pacific Coast converged on a roughly 90-mile swath of Oregon in the path of totality, many more stayed away, fearing biblical traffic, privation, coastal fog or wildfire smoke.  

NSPR’s Jonathan Coke used Amtrak to avoid all that, riding the rails as far as Lincoln, Nebraska, to view the eclipse.  

Lawsuits against the proposed Delta tunnels, California’s biggest infrastructure project in a generation are inundating courts as local governments, environmental groups and fishing interests seek to block the project ahead of a deadline. NSPR’s Marc Albert reports: 

Butte County-based AquAlliance and ten other groups filed a lawsuit accusing the state Department of Water Resources of producing a faulty environmental assessment of the project’s impacts.  

Barbara Vlamis is executive director of AquAlliance. 

Ten forest service smokejumpers parachuted into action in the Mendocino National Forest Monday, hoping to suppress a lightning sparked fire before it spreads. 

The one-acre Harvey Fire is burning in Tehama County, about 20 miles northwest of Paskenta. The blaze is burning in the Yolla Bolly-Middle Eel Wilderness Area. Crews battling the fire say it could grow quickly due to a large amount of fuel in the fire’s path. Officials are also concerns that incoming weather could produce more lightning sparked fires.    

This week our musical guest is Oregon folk duo, Lake Toba. Guitarist Kyle McGonegle and banjoist Liat Lis first met in Eugene three years ago through mutual friends and immediately started playing music together. The two musicians were previously members of the folk/bluegrass band Caitlin Jemma & The Goodness who were featured on the show last year, but have since set off to perform their own original songs. Lake Toba released their debut album earlier this year.

The excitement has been building for weeks and weeks. On Monday, August 21st the solar eclipse will finally be here. It will darken the skies along a path from Oregon to South Carolina. It's the first eclipse that will be seen from coast to coast in 99 years. Millions will don special glasses or watch through pinhole projectors. Eclipse enthusiasts say totality never disappoints. Follow this live updating map tracking the position of the eclipse across the United States.

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It is indeed dark during the day as a total solar eclipse makes its way from Oregon to South Carolina. Eleven states are in the path of total darkness. Follow the astronomical phenomenon's journey across America along with NPR journalists and others experiencing the eclipse.

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We talk with the talented troupe of teen thespians at Chico's Blue Room Theatre. They're writing, directing and performing a collection of original short plays under the overall title "I'm Dead . . . What's Your Story?" These funny/frightening plays (presented this weekend only) are based on urban legends. We also talk with Erin Wells from the Chico Art Center about the current project which invites people of all ages and levels of art-experience to put paint, clay or wood-carvings on 12X12 inch canvases to create artwork which will be exhibited at the Center in September.

Redding author Deborah Gilson has been writing since she was 7 years old when her mother typed her dictated stories. She continues to write true stories of her animals, her family, her loves and losses. This week join Nancy for a conversation with the author of Born to Write.

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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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