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In more than three decades of work, Doug Jones has carved out a niche in the acting world by playing strange and otherworldly creatures. He was a demonic superhero in Hellboy and a monster with an appetite for children in Pan's Labyrinth.

But there was one storyline that proved elusive: Jones says, "I never saw romantic leading male [stories] coming with any creature roles."

Fifty years ago Monday, when Fred Rogers showed up on national public television as the host of what then was a brand new children's show called Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, TV was a lot different. PBS wasn't even a network then — not by that name, anyway — and aside from CBS, NBC and ABC, there were only a few independent local channels to watch, if that.

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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.

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.

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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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