Bad Astronomy


Phil Plait pens Bad Astronomy for Slate and is an all-around science guy. He hosted the astronomy season of Crash Course on YouTube and regularly takes on pseudo-science.  

Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio

For more than 25 years, Julie Moir Messervy has inspired gardeners, readers and thinkers with her garden designs and her garden philosophy. She inspired host Jennifer Jewell years ago when she first read her book “The Inward Garden.”  In our interview we hear about her education as a gardener, her seminal work as a designer and some of her deeply held beliefs, including that “deep within each of us lies a garden.”

California Department of Public Health

When you enter a hospital you want to leave healthier than you went in.

It looks like California hospitals are doing better on that front. A new report released Wednesday by the California Department of Public Health shows that overall healthcare associated infections, or HAIs, are down in the state; 19,200 were reported in 2014.

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Following a fatal officer-involved shooting, a former Paradise police officer has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Pacific Institute

The Oakland, Calif.-based Pacific Institute says reduced hydroelectricity generation, due to the drought in California, has increased costs to electric ratepayers and increased greenhouse gas pollution.

"The four-year drought in California has had harsh economic and environmental impacts," says Peter Gleick, Pacific Institute president and the report’s author.

Gleick says the increase in electricity costs is more than $2.0 billion during the October 2011 - September 2015 severe drought. 

California State University

The California Faculty Association has set dates for a possible strike at 23 California State University campuses.  

The Association represents 26,000 employees on CSU campuses.

Contract negotiations between the CFA and the California State University system have reached an impasse.

The CFA wants a 5 percent general salary increase for all faculty. CSU has offered 2 percent.

Potential strike dates are April 13-15 and April 18-19.

The CFA voted in October to authorize a strike if negotiations fail.

The salary talks started in May 2014.

This week on Songs From Studio C, I’m joined by the Uncle Dad’s Art Collective, who will be bringing a big show to Laxson Auditorium this Saturday night – a tribute to Queen’s "A Night At The Opera," which brings together some of the North State’s finest musicians, dancers, and visual artists to present a re-imagination of the classic 1975 album. Unfortunately the show is sold out, but the good news is you can watch a stripped-down version of "Killer Queen" right here.


This week on the Shasta Serenade we cover a few of the artists coming to the North State: Claire Lynch, Nu-Blu, The Dead Winter Carpenters, T Sisters, Michael Cleveland and the Flamekeepers and Darlingside. And, I round-out the show with my usual eclectic taste in Americana music.

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Accusing officials of stalling, two local men announced they filed legal documents Friday seeking justice in the wake of a fatal officer-involved shooting that occurred in Paradise in November.

Flanked by more than 100 supporters and onlookers, activists Kevin Haddock and Robert Cheney produced copies of a 16-count complaint they said was filed with the Grand Jury.

“Cops like to say, ‘Well, we’re the biggest gang in town,’” Cheney said. “Well, they forgot about one gang, the ‘We the People’ gang. We’re bigger than them.”

This week on Weekend Showcase we talk with Debra Lucero, coordinator of the 5th Annual Chico Silent Film Festival.  You'll hear about the fascinating line-up of rarely seen films showing Saturday & Sunday at the Chico Women's Club, projected in 16mm film and accompanied by live music played on a restored Steinway grand piano. We also talk with artist Peter Jodaitis who has an exhibit at Chico's 1078 Gallery, displaying works from throughout his 50-year career.  Many times, the subjects of his artwork come from great works of literature.


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NSPR is pleased to sponsor the 4th Annual Local Nursery Crawl, Friday, Feb. 26, and Saturday, Feb. 27.

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