NSPR News Brief: Dec. 5

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The Shasta Serenade

Dec 3, 2016

This week’s Shasta Serenade is a mix of the older and the new music from folks like John Prine, Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, The Eagles, and even Jim Croce. I also mixed in The Cactus Blossoms, Bronwynne Brent, Coty Hogue, Kelly McRae and many more. As always, two hours of a very eclectic mix of Americana.  


This week we talk with the director and actors from the comedy "Ever Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some)" at Chico Theater Company. We also talk with the curator and one of the artists from the Chico Art Center's Winter Art Show & Sale which opens this weekend.

After working at Microsoft and Amazon in Seattle, Stanislav Fritz left the corporate world to write and create small press in Redding, New Libri Press. Author and publisher Stasha Fritz talks about the state of the publishing industry today. From north of Redding, Shane Weissman, AKA "Professor Shane," recites from his collection of Nifty Nursery Rhymes and Twisted Tales including "Voice Mail", "Computer Reboot", and "Captain Kirk".

NSPR News Brief: Dec. 2

Dec 2, 2016
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The first flu death this season of a person younger than 65 was reported by the California Department of Public Health Thursday. The death occurred in Southern California.

CDPH says each year the flu causes millions to get sick and hundreds of thousands to be hospitalized in the US. In California this year, there have been 11 confirmed flu-associated cases requiring intensive care unit treatment and five flu outbreaks. The health agency says while flu activity usually starts in October, it’s the highest between December and February.

It launched from Cape Canaveral in 1997 and entered orbit around Saturn in 2004. Now, after nearly two decades exploring the ringed planet as our most distant scientific outpost, the Cassini orbiter is about to embark on its final journey – a death plunge into Saturn. 

NSPR News Brief: Dec. 1

Dec 1, 2016
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Clarkson Potter, 2014

The term “herbal” refers to far more than a soothing tea or tasty spice. An herbal is a book or otherwise codified collection of knowledge about the use of plants for food or medicine. Dating back as far as ancient Egypt, Sumer and China, there are more herbals published every year. On Cultivating Place this week, I’m joined by Stephen Orr, editor-in-chief of Better Homes & Gardens and author of "The New American Herbal," published by Clarkson Potter/Random House in 2014. 

Photo by Ian Sane

Lately we’ve been talking about fall, which puts us in mind of harvest—the season we like to think we’re reaping what we’ve sown, at least if things go well with us.

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