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The Rocky Mountains Have A Dust Problem

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A menace lurks beneath the snow high up in the southern Rocky Mountains: Dust. Lots and lots of dust.

This dust speeds up spring water runoff, causing intense melting and streams to peak weeks earlier than usual — which wrecks havoc throughout the alpine ecosystem. Water managers and fire forecasters alike are sounding the alarm about the consequences of less water flowing in streams and reservoirs.

At first glance the dust seems innocuous. How could something so simple undermine water infrastructure, stress wildlife and lengthen the wildfire season all at once?

Liuba Grechen Shirley has a son who's almost two and a daughter who's almost four. And until recently, the stay-at-home mom and freelance consultant had her childcare routine down.

"The bulk of the child care during the day was up to me," she said. And when she had work to do, she'd get help with watching the kids — but it was free.

"My mother is a teacher. She comes home at 3:30 every afternoon, and she would watch my children from 3:30 on, and that's when I'd start consulting," Grechen Shirley said.

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Mental health crisis counselors hit the streets alongside police in Chico for the first time Tuesday under an agreement with county officials.

Proud of the program but tempering expectations, Chico Police Chief Michael O’Brien said the teams aren’t a panacea. The teams won’t be available 24/7 nor are they a response to recent officer involved shootings O’Brien said.

We visit Chico's Blue Room Theatre to talk with the director and with the star of "The Village Bike," a dark comedy for mature audiences, about sexuality, desire and human relationships. We also talk with artist Christine Mac Shane about her TV series on KIXE northstate public television, which teaches us step by step how to create paintings.

On this episode Dave is joined by co-host Kate Fullam as they interview Florence Williams, author of The Nature Fix: How Nature makes us Happier, Healthier and more Creative. The second half of the show features an in depth look at Naturebridge at Yosemite, a program that connects young people to nature on its grandest stage. Dave talks to Kristina Rylands, former Naturebridge participant who is now the head of the program. Nolan Ford visits with Ana Bachman from the McConnell Foundation, which funds high school students from Northern California to attend Naturebridge. Finally, Dave visits with a former student, Nicole Curiel, who attended the Yosemite program in 2016.

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Nurturing – that’s what comes to mind when I think of the work of Blanca Diaz also known as Mama Maiz. Blanca is a practicing doula and herbalist whose work takes her around the country teaching and practicing plant based healing. She nurtures new mothers as they prepare to bring new life into our world, and she nurtures plants for their wisdom, healing and beauty. She nurtures community from the ground up sharing, as she says: “what she has been called and given permission to share.”

In his new book, Mere Science and Christian Faith, theologian Greg Cootsona argues against the idea that science and faith are inherently antagonistic. This week join Nancy for a conversation with a former pastor and author about bridging the divide between science and faith.

Today we’re joined by The T Sisters. The Americana/folk band is based out of Oakland and made up of sisters Erika, Chloe and Rachel. The T Sisters began singing together at a very young age. Every summer for about seven years the girls would attend a performing arts camp that provided a low-pressure environment to get their first taste of singing and dancing with friends. Recently the band released an EP they recorded at the Tiny Telephone studio in San Francisco. The T Sisters will perform in Oakland on Friday, April 13th.

We visit Redding's Riverfront Playhouse to talk with directors and actors from "Jack of Diamonds," a comedy about a group of retirees who concoct a creative revenge against a con man. We also visit Chico's A Beautiful Life gallery to talk with featured artist Richard Whitehead about his colorful, often abstract paintings inspired by his travels to Santa Fe and Italy.

  

Before the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, the signature temblor in the Bay Area occurred on October 21, 1868. That rupture of a major fault, 150 years ago has drawn the attention of scientists concerned that a magnitude 6.5+ quake is due for the densely populated East Bay. Dave is joined by USGS Geophysicist Ken Hudnut as they interview two leading experts on the Hayward Fault: David Schwartz and Tom Brocher. It's a fascinating and frightening discussion of the "ticking seismic time bomb" beneath the East Bay.

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Maria Failla is the host of Bloom & Grow Radio – a unique podcast from New York City designed specifically for indoor plant people, urban jungle dwellers, houseplant enthusiasts and succulent killers alike. This week on Cultivating Place Maria shares her journey of learning more about the care and keeping of her plants and herself. Join us! 

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