This week we find out about Artisme, a new multifaceted program of classes y o immerse participants in a diversity of artnaking --- body movement, creative writing, theater & visual-art creation. We talk to the founder of the program and to two of the instructors. We slso listen to music from and talk about the details of "The Twilight Zone Live!" at Chico's Blue Room Theatre through this Sunday.

Chico author Glynda-Lee Hoffmann has written two books on the Qabalah and the brain:  The Secret Dowry of Eve: Women’s Role in the Development of Consciousness, and The Genesis Code: Your Key to Unlocking Hidden Genius. She also offers a suggestion for reading about the brain’s plasticity.


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Or how about three? Son Nghiem, Eric Larour and Ala Khazendar give us the scoop on how scientists gather this crucial data, and what it's telling them about our changing climate.

Humble Roots Nursery

Kristin Currin is owner and founder with her husband Drew Merritt of Humble Roots Native Plant Nursery in Mosier, Oregon.

Situated at the interface between temperate rain forest, the Great Basin and the Columbia River Gorge, Humble Roots has a mission to inspire gardeners, nature lovers and conservationists to deepen their relationship with native plants. 

“Native Plants are 1 million times more interesting than any petunia — they are breathtaking,” Kristin tells us with passion. 

Earlier this week, the Redding City Council put off a vote to fund a plan to address homelessness.

The Redding Continuum of Care on Homelessness is a signature issue for Councilwoman Kristen Shreder who asked the council to put up $65,000 a year for the next two years to fund the project. The council seemed receptive to the idea, but the majority decided to wait and see what Shasta County, Anderson and Shasta Lake do first.

The Shasta Serenade

Jul 16, 2016

This week’s Shasta Serenade is crammed with new releases and music new to the Serenade.

We have music from Austin-based The Deer and their new album, “Tempest & Rapture,” and Seattle-based Evening Bell will release a new album August 12 entitled “Dying Star.”

Teddy Thompson and Kelly Jones have released a fantastic album, “Little Windows.”

Plus, you’re going to hear from Frankie Lee, I Draw Slow, Paul Burch, Cyndi Lauper (her new country album, “Detour”), and one of my favorite new releases, “Honest Life,” from Courtney Marie Andrews.

We spend time talking up concerts and The Summer Music & Arts Festival, July 23 in Manton, and we also explore the Fall Strawberry Music Festival coming September 1-4 in Tuolumne City at the new and developing festival site located at the old Westside lumber mill.  

On this week's Weekend Showcase, your next stop: The Twilight Zone! Dolores Mitchell talks with the lead actors and the director (Tom Kinnee) from the show that's onstage at Chico's Blue Room Theatre July 21-24, "The Twilight Zone Live," an adaptation of a classic episode of the original TZ series. In "Jess-Belle," a young Appalachian woman strikes a bargain with a witch—and pays a terrible supernatural price.

Retired Butte College English teacher Neal Snidow explored his family's history in words and photographs. 

Gary Sitton was one of the first professors to teach computer sciences at Chico State University and helped found the Gateway Science Museum. He was also a successful entrepreneur, and wrote this book of tips for beginning entrepreneurs. Gary Sitton died in October 2015, a few months after this interview originally aired.  



The Dawn spacecraft is pretty cool (we've thought so for a long time). Using its ion propulsion system, it's studied Vesta and now Ceres, the two largest objects in the Asteroid Belt between Mars and Jupiter. The craft and its Earthbound crew are this year's winners of the Collier Trophy, awarded for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America. 

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Cultivating Place this week welcomes Debra Prinzing, the producer of, the online directory to American flower farms, and florists, shops and studios who source domestic and local flowers. 

I would be surprised if most people I spoke to today — pretty much no matter where I might be in the US — were not familiar with the term slow food. 

Are you familiar with the term and movement known as Slow Flowers? 


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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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