Rock-A-Barry Weekend

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It’s the last weekend of the month folks and we turn the Shasta Serenade into the Rock-a-Barry Weekend Show. We’ll be playing Rock n’ Roll, R&B, Country Music and Pop from the 1940s into the 70s. This month we catch up on a few birthdays that I missed, like Linda Ronstadt’s 70th, doowopper, now blues man, Dion DiMucci, 50s-60s crooner Jerry Vale, Marvin Rainwater and Bobby Day, just to name a few. Join us for the party.

This week we visit the Healing Arts Gallery in Chico to talk with five cancer survivors who put together the current exhibit of visual art and poetry by and for cancer patients. We also listen to music and dialogue from the 1954 Audrey Hepburn romantic-comedy "Sabrina" -- Chico Theater Company is currently staging "Sabrina Fair," the original play on which the movie was based.

Chico author Wick Humble's book gives the history of the popular Datsun Z-Car, and how to restore the Datsun 240Z, 260Z, and 280Z. How to Manage a Contested Divorce by divorce attorney Hamid Naraghi details how to take charge of your case in or out or court, with or without an attorney.

Gross Science

On today's Blue Dot (Matt's last one), Bill Patzert, NASA Oceanographer and climatologist gives us the scoop on the state of our warming oceans, and what it's doing to our climate. We're also rolling out two new recurring features.

The first is "Science on the Tube," wherein Dave and his correspondents speak with folks making science videos on the Internet. This week it's Anna Rothschild of the PBS Digital Studios show Gross Science.

You'll also hear the first installment of "Blue Dot Goes to the Cinema." When a movie comes out that piques the interest of science geeks everywhere, Dave will give his critique and rating — out of four Blue Dots.

Stefani Bittner / Homestead Design Collective


Sometimes when you use the word garden – people immediately conjure up images of the ornamental perennial border. Other people, however, conjure up colorful visions of the summer vegetable garden – beginning to groan this time of year under the abundance and literal weight of the summer harvest of tomatoes, peppers, corn, zucchini and so on. 

2015 file photo / Matt Shilts / NSPR

Northern California has been largely spared by the fire gods this year. But our luck may soon run out.

Along with refilling nearly empty reservoirs, winter rains significantly raised soil moisture across the North State. That suppressed early season wildfires, but also powered thick carpets of emerald grass to cover the landscape.

A month of summer temperatures though, changes everything.

Up the Road: Old Sac

Jul 27, 2016
Photo by jnjmoreno / Flickr, Creative Commons

Today we continue exploring the heart of the Sacramento Valley. Comparing it to New York, the Big Apple, some people fondly call Sacramento the Big Tomato—a wry reference to the area’s agricultural wealth. But the California Gold Rush planted that seed. Early California ranching, farming, and other businesses developed to mine the miners, with their almost endless demand for food and supplies. So much more cost-effective to grow it or make it nearby than ship it around South America’s Cape Horn.

A little more greenery will spring up in two local communities.

Both Biggs and Live Oak will each receive more than $400,000 in state grants to spruce up public parks according to the state Department of Housing and Community Development.

Biggs city planner Scott Friend says it leaves local officials with options.

“Site acquisition costs, or physical park equipment,” Friend said.

That could mean anything from picnic tables and benches to basketball courts, playground equipment and a new pocket park.

Based out of Mississippi, Paul Thorn originally lived the life of a professional boxer before building a career as a musician. Since his debut in 1997, Thorn has had two albums on the Top 100 Billboard charts and he’s shared the stage with iconic performers including Sting, Huey Lewis & The News, and John Prine. Paul Thorn will perform his second consecutive sold out show this evening at the Sierra Nevada Big Room in Chico. If you didn’t get a ticket to the show, you can stream it online at beginning at 730PM.

This week we’re joined by folk/bluegrass band, Caitlin Jemma & The Goodness. Based out of Eugene, Oregon the acoustic five-piece has released three albums and been actively touring the country since their formation in 2012.


Lassen National Park Audio Tour

Taking a summer trip to Lassen Park? Delve into the park's 100-year history with this roadside audio tour, voiced by Dave Schlom and collaboratively produced by park staff, volunteers, and NSPR.

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A hot air balloon carrying at least 16 people crashed in central Texas after catching fire, and the Caldwell County Sheriff said "it does not appear there were any survivors."

Sheriff Daniel C. Law said in a statement that "investigators are determining the number and identities of victims at this time."

The Democratic National Convention is over. Here are some of the big takeaways from a week in Philadelphia that had more suspense and drama than expected.

The Democrats Are Really, Really Good At This

Just like Barack Obama's two conventions, this one was flawlessly choreographed. Even the revolt of the Bernie Bros had a more-or-less happy ending.

As tens of thousands of politicians, party delegates and protesters swept through the City of Brotherly Love this week for the Democratic National Convention, dozens of homeless Philadelphians and out-of-towners pitched tents on a grassy lot.

They were part of a protest over the four days of the convention organized by Cheri Honkala, a Philadelphia-based activist with the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign.

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