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In this episode of Edible North State, Earl Bloor shares highlights from his trip to the Edible Communities Institute conference in New York City.

After being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, poet, writer, singer, and teacher Maya Angelou came to Chico in 2011. Her interview with Nancy was originally recorded then. Dr. Angelou died on May 28, 2014, and the interview about her life and her latest book, a cookbook, was rebroadcast.

Roger Lederer and Carol Burr : Latin For Bird Lovers

Jun 4, 2014

Chico husband and wife retired professors Roger Lederer and Carol Burr combined their knowledge of birds and their knowledge of words to create a fascinating book about the scientific names of birds and where these names come from. Ornithologist Roger recites the full scientific name of the common hoopoe, whose name Upupa epops imitates its call. Their book includes interesting facts about feathers and beaks, and why Ian Fleming named James Bond after a real ornithologist. The book was reviewed in the Wall Street Journal on May 25, 2014.

In part two of an interview with war correspondent Ann Scott Tyson and her husband Jim Gant, she tells why Osama bin Laden wanted her husband killed.

Ann Scott Tyson was a war correspondent for the Washington Post. She wrote about a U. S. Army Special Forces major named Jim Gant, and ended up marrying this charismatic and controversial commander who joins her in the interview.

On this episode of The Practical Gardener, part of the From the Ground Up series, Pam Geisel talks about pruning and what makes a good gardener. 

Poet Brian Turner was invited to Chico by the Butte College Diversity Committee and Literary Events and the Chico State Book in Common Committee. His work has appeared on National Public Radio, the BBC, and Newshour with Jim Lehrer. He earned an MFA before serving seven years in the U. S. Army, and has written poems about his experiences in Iraq. The first collection of poems is called Here, Bullet and a second Phantom Noise.

In this episode of Edible North State, Earl Bloor speaks with Lucas RossMerz, the executive director of the Sacramento River Preservation Trust, about the North State's water supply.

Geoff Fricker is a photographer who has documented the Sacramento River and published his photographs in this book. An exhibit of his prints traveled from the headwaters of the Sacramento River to the Delta, starting at the Turtle Bay Museum in Redding, then to the Gateway Science Museum in Chico, and on to the California Museum in Sacramento.

Chico author Joan Goodreau describes what life was like day-to-day raising her autistic son Ian and her two daughters as a single mother. Even the "experts" have learned from Joan's descriptions of life with an autistic child.


Programming Changes

Changes are coming to North State Public Radio’s program lineup this January, including the addition of new shows.

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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