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Every morning at a supermarket called Auchun in central Paris, Magdalena Dos Santos has a rendez-vous with "Doudou," a driver from the French food bank.

Dos Santos, who runs the deli section of the store, is also in charge of supervising the store's food donations. She sets aside prepared dishes that are nearing their expiration date.

Opening a giant fridge, Dos Santos shows what else the store is giving away – yogurt, pizza, fresh fruits and vegetables, cheese.

High school students around the U.S. have been leading the calls for more gun control since the school shooting in Parkland, Fla.

Some have called them the "voice of a generation on gun control" that may be able to turn the tide of a long-simmering debate.

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We visit Chico's Blue Room Theatre to talk with directors and cast members from two different productions: the main stage show "Bug," an intense psychological thriller, and "Twilight Zone Live," the return of a favorite to the late night (10:30pm) slot.

In this episode we bid a temporary aloha to our longtime friend and surfer buddy, William Patzert. Dave is joined by former producer (and the composer/performer of Blue Dot's theme music) Matt Shilts to interview Bill, who just retired after 35 years from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. The guru of California climate forecasters, Bill Patzert has been the go to guy for news media outlets across the country from Southern California TV stations to StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson. But his favorite place to hang out and talk about his work is right here on Blue Dot. It might not be a coincidence that Matt Shilts' last time being on the show featured an interview with Bill. We are also joined by two of Bill's friends -- his NASA/JPL Oceanographer colleague Josh Willis and the Director of the Aquarium of the Pacific, Jerry Schubel.

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The healing power of gardens and nature is well known to almost anyone who gardens and has been recorded by gardeners, landscape designers and medical practitioners as far back as antiquity. This week on Cultivating Place we’re joined by Dr. Clare Cooper Marcus, a leader in the field of evidence based research, education and design of what are alternatively known as healing gardens and therapeutic landscapes.

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We head up the road this week to Sage-Grouse country. California just happens to take in the far western edge of the Great Basin, high plateaus known for sagebrush and wide open spaces. California is the far edge of home for the Greater Sage-Grouse, which lives only in the West, nibbling at and nesting in sagebrush.

In celebration of Valentine's Day, Nancy asked various community members to share their love stories old and new. This week join Nancy for these stories, plus humorist Eric Miller drops by to tell us how he needs help with Valentine's Day.

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My Father’s Purse is nonprofit that comes alongside existing organizations to help stop the abuse of women and children, especially from sex trafficking, physical abuse, and prostitution. The organization also gives money directly to low-income mothers with children in the U.S. and in Mexico. Learn more about My Father’s Purse at the North Valley Community Foundation website

We visit Redding's Old City Hall to talk with the director and cast from Axiom Repertory Theatre's current stage production, the unusual love story "Harold and Maude." we also talk with Chico Art Center's director and with three of the artists whose work is now on display there as part of the "Discovery" exhibition which showcases artists with whom many gallery-goers might not yet be familiar. 

On this episode of Blue Dot, Dave talks to fellow science communications host Ira Flatow who joined us from his home in Connecticut. The award winning host of Public Radio International's Science Friday tells us about being on the NPR staff in the early days as a science correspondent, the PBS television series he hosted for kids, Newton's Apple, his love of science and gadgets plus some tips for would be guests on the show. Ira also tells us about what it was like to play himself on the hit CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory. Dave is also joined by United States Geological Survey research scientist Francis Rengers about the recent, tragic debris flows in Montecito, California that took 20 lives. Rengers specializes in studying the impacts of wildfires and how they can lead to catastrophic erosion like what was seen following the Thomas Fire in Santa Barbara County.

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This week on Cultivating Place, we talk land and water with Hunter Ten Broeck of WaterWise Landscapes Inc. in Albuquerque, NM. No matter where we live, or how differently our land and our water supplies and sources may look, our gardens and our nature love are wholly interdependent with these two much larger elemental forces.

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We head up the road this week to the Salton Sea in Southern California’s Coachella Valley. Most people don’t make it much beyond the population centers—Palm Springs with its swimming pools, mid-century modern architecture, and groovy antique shops; luxury golf courses valley-wide, gushing with greens and water fountains; upmarket shopping in Palm Desert; and classic resorts such as Spanish-style La Quinta, near Indio, where Frank Capra of It’s A Wonderful Life fame, retreated to write that equally rad 1935 rom com It Happened One Night.

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With our new series Since You Asked, we're turning to YOU. What have you always wondered about the North State? What questions do you have about this place we call home?

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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