On 3/17, we visit Chico Theater Company to talk with the director and the stars of the Neil Simon hit comedy "The Odd Couple." We also talk with weaver Sandy Fisher about the Chico Flax Project which will grow a field of flax to produce fibers for making linen, a fabric that currently has to be imported from Europe.

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Petroleum runs the gamut: Oil deposits buried beneath California are wildly different, with some among the world’s dirtiest oil, and some among its’ cleanest. The difference boils down to chemistry. The report, from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, calls for using the information to help California meet its’ ambitious climate change goals.

Janet Turner Print Museum board member Mike Halldorson has written a memoir recounting his experiences in the Navy during the Vietnam war. This week join Nancy Wiegman for a conversation with this author and artist about his book Navy Daze: Coming Of Age In The 1960s Aboard A Navy Destroyer.

In some parts of the country, cold weather is threatening crops. Meanwhile, California has been so unseasonably wet that its deserts are experiencing what's called a "super bloom." After years of drought, the normally arid desert is lush.

"It just looks like a sea of flowers," says Janet Gordon, a geologist from Los Angeles.

"You got purple, red, yellows and blues," adds Joe Sheidness, visiting from San Diego.

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“Okay, Houston, we’ve had a problem here…” Those words have become part of our pop cultural history. Just like, “Houston, Tranquility Base here…the Eagle has landed.” During the halcyon days of Project Apollo in the late 1960s and early 70s, Houston was a call sign that referred to the Mission Operations Control Room at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. We will talk to Houston ourselves, though not the one you might be thinking of…Rick Houston is the author of Go Flight! An inside look at the history and culture of the legendary space center. It’s all new and all blue with a little red and white thrown in for good measure.

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It is the eve of St. Patrick’s Day and it does seem that even if you’re not Irish per se, St. Patrick’s Day brings out a little bit of Irish in us all. And while I have no interest in green beer, I do have an interest in the green of the garden. To celebrate this – today we’re pleased to be joined by Fionnuala Fallon, a horticulturist, garden writer, garden designer and organic flower farmer, and gardening correspondent for 'The Irish Times' since 2011.

California Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) speaks at a rally in support of SB 54, his bill that seeks to protect immigrants living in the state illegally from deportation.
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California Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) speaks at a rally in support of SB 54, his bill that seeks to protect immigrants living in the state illegally from deportation.

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“Awkward” only begins to describe the spot California Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León found himself in Wednesday.

At a rally outside the state Capitol for his bill that seeks to protect California immigrants from federal deportations, advocates pressured the senator not to weaken the measure.

We continue exploring California’s historic “gold country” this week, meaning those areas of the Sierra Nevada foothills that were well trod by the 1849ers, the first wave of gold seekers. This week we peek into historic hotels in storied gold rush towns. You could easily stay a weekend—or longer—at any of these establishments, given that there’s plenty to do and see nearby, and thus gradually work your way through California’s gold rush. If you tend to be cheap, camp somewhere and then stop by the hotel’s restaurant or bar to drink in the ambience, and thus support the local economy.

Marc Albert

A bold, though perhaps far-fetched plan to build a railroad link between the Sacramento Valley and Eureka wound up left on a proverbial siding after officials rejected money for a study. North State Public Radio’s Marc Albert sent this report.

We talk with art teacher Daniel Donnelly about his work with young artists at Butte College and at the Chico Art Center, introducing them to fantastic new technologies to help them create art. We also talk with Gregory Thorson of the Shasta College Theatre Department about their entertaining production of the comedy "The Foreigner."

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