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Zadie Smith is justly celebrated for her chameleon-like gifts as a writer. In novels like White Teeth and On Beauty she's ventured deeply into the lives of a multi-racial assortment of immigrants to Great Britain and the United States. Her characters run the gamut from aspirational working-class kids, self-important academics, pensioners, young dancers and, to date, one Chinese-Jewish Londoner with a fixation on Golden Age Hollywood.

The NCAA has confirmed the University of Louisville must give up its 2013 national championship in men's basketball, denying the school's appeal of a decision last year that penalized the Cardinals' program for "arranging striptease dances and sex acts for prospects, student-athletes and others."

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On this episode of The Practical Gardener, Pam Geisel talks about winter and fall vegetables.  

Maralee Wofford (pen name Maralee Lowder) writes novels about the Old Mortuary in Dunsmuir, California which has converted into an inn. The building is thought to be haunted and ghosts have been seen there. 

When local author David Allee lived in Hawaii, he heard of haunted places there and has written a historical novel based on what he learned.

On this episode of The Practical Gardener, Pam Geisel answers a listener question about how to achieve worm-free apples.

Eric Miller is a former "North State Voices" columnist for the Chico Enterprise-Record and Etc. Guy blogger. His stories are inspired by his life as a husband, a father of two teenage daughters, and son of adventurous parents.

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. 

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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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