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On this episode of The Practical Gardener, Pam Geisel talks about homegrown tomato plants.

Jennifer Read Hawthorne is author and co-author of books that have been translated into 30 languages and have sold more than 13 million copies. She was the keynote speaker at Enloe Medical Center's wellness event, "Heart of a Woman." She offers tips for living a fulfilling life.

Chico native Susan Rawlins writes poems with wit and humor about a variety of topics: baseball, words, punctuation, race driving, death, flowers, and her husband Stan.

London-born award winning novelist, playwright, and poet Fred D'Aguiar was raised in Guyana until the age of 12. His novel "Children of Paradise" is based on the facts of Jonestown, Jim Jones's utopian commune in Guyana. The novel was reviewed in the Sunday New York Times on March 9, 2014.

Sociology professor Tony Waters uses sociological explanations to describe how the school system in the United States developed and why reform is a constant. His book describes the persistence of educational inequality, child development, and the nature of bureaucracy.

In 1966 psychologist Ken Holden was hired as a consultant to help gubernatorial candidate Ronald Reagan improve his speech-making skills. He and a fellow clinical psychologist spent three days with Reagan away from the press and the candidate's "handlers" getting to know the future president and coaching him.

Local author Erin Lindsay McCabe was inspired by the letters of Sarah Rosetta Wakeman, a private in the 153rd New York State Volunteers, a woman who fought in the Civil War dressed as a man. The author created a fictional character, Rosetta Wakefield, who follows her husband Jeremiah into battle. In researching her historical novel, Erin McCabe visited battlefields such as Antietam.

Durham resident Frank Fox was born in Oklahoma where times were hard during the days of the Dust Bowl. He was an orphan and his life had many ups and downs over the years, but through it all he felt protected by God as if inside a bubble. In 1949 he married his wife Juanita and they have shared a life together for 65 years.

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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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