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President Trump said on Wednesday he will be signing an executive order to address his controversial zero-tolerance immigration policy that has resulted in thousands of family separations and brought criticism from Democrats and Republicans.

"We're going to keep families together but we still have to maintain toughness or our country will be overrun by people, by crime, by all of the things that we don't stand for and that we don't want," Trump said.

The Refugees The World Barely Pays Attention To

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This month, diplomats from around the world met in New York and Geneva to hash out a pair of new global agreements that aim to lay out new guidelines for how countries should deal with an unprecedented surge in the number of displaced people, which has now reached 65.6 million worldwide.

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Our guest is one of the northstate's favorite singer-songwriters, Hannah Jane Kile. She'll talk about her songwriting & performing career, about the two new albums she's about to release and about her northstate concerts to celebrate the albums' release. Hannah & members of her band will be performing for us in the NSPR/KCHO studio, singing three of her new songs.

photo by Dave Schlom

The Sacramento River flows from its headwaters above Shasta Dam to the Pacific Ocean through the Delta and out the Golden Gate. It is one of the most diverse and productive fisheries in the world. In this episode we examine the anadromous fishery in particular. Anadromous fish are those that spawn in fresh water but spend most of their lives in the ocean like the imperiled Chinook salmon. But we also check out other species of game fish that live in the river like green sturgeon, striped bass and rainbow trout.


Photo courtesy of Southern Connecticut State University

Entryways of Civility, Pathways of Kindness: A Reflection and Social Justice Garden on the Campus of Southern Connecticut University in New Haven, CT. Originally conceived to celebrate the lives and lights of four women Alumnae of Southern Connecticut State University who were killed while trying to protect the students in their care during the course of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT in 2012. In honor of the intentions of the upcoming Memorial Day weekend and the power of gardens to make the world a better place, we hear more about this new and powerful garden on Cultivating Place this week. Join us.

Jack Liu


We head up the road this week to remember Berkeley-born Ursula K. Le Guin, award-winning novelist, poet, essayist, and science fiction writer, who died at age 88 in January of 2018. A wonderful companion on California road trips if there ever was one. Since I heard the news I feel I’ve been mourning a long-time friend. I know I will miss having her in the world—my world, this world—for a very long time.

Special Forces soldier and CIA operative Roberto Cesar Montiel made history for 35 years. Author Jeremy Shonick researched the events of this man's life for a work of historical fiction about the rise of America's Special Forces. This week join Nancy for a conversation with the author of Cesar's Wars.

June 5th is California's primary election and challengers across California's 1st, 2nd and 3rd congressional districts have emerged to try to take the place of those already sitting in seats at the U.S. House of Representatives. 

The NSPR News Team reached out to all of the region's congressional challengers and incumbents to ask their opinions on a variety of issues. Listen to the full interviews by district.   


We head up the road this week to brand-new Mojave Trails National Monument, 1.6 million acres in the south state’s vast desert that serve as a wildlife corridor connecting Mojave National Preserve and Joshua Tree National Park; that preserve unique desert wildlands as well as General George Patton’s WWII-era desert training camps for troops heading to North Africa; and that protect the largest stretch of ghost towns along historic Route 66, which—with some effort—you can still follow, more or less, to its memorable end at the Santa Monica Pier. (Most of you boomers will remember the early-1960s Route 66 TV show with cool ex-GIs Todd and Buz, not to mention Todd’s Corvette, loosely inspired by Jack Kerouac’s On the Road—though I have a hard time imagining Kerouac in a Corvette. Before that, Route 66 was the how most Okies and Arkies fleeing the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression got to California.) Get the larger story at the California Route 66 Museum in Victorville.

Bruce Damonte


From schools and potholes to deputies, libraries and ambulance service, voters in a dozen North State jurisdictions will determine the fate of local tax measures, in less than three weeks. With generally frugal local voters counties and cities may have a tough time making their case….North State Public Radio’s Marc Albert has our story. 

We talk with representatives from exhibits at Art Centers in both Chico and Paradise. We visit with dance anthropologist Fleur Williams, one of the jurors for "Bodies in Motion," a photography show at Chico Art Center, featuring artistic photos of a variety of different kinds of dance. We also chat with Nancy Sowarby, one of the artists contributing works to June's "Water Media" exhibition at Paradise Art Center.

For the 100th episode of Blue Dot we go volcanic! Dave interviews Erik Klemetti, Professor of Geosciences at Denison University in Ohio. Klemetti is an expert volcanologist who writes about volcanoes for the Discover Magazine blog Rocky Planet. We'll talk about the ongoing and unfolding saga of the Kilauea Volcano's eruptions on the big island of Hawaii. In the second half of the show, we visit with three California State University Chico students who are doing volcanology research as undergraduate students under the guidance of Professor of Geosciences at CSU Chico, Rachel Teasdale. Two of the students, Amy Robson and Angie Rodriguez, are researching the hydrothermal system at Lassen Volcanic National Park and Evan Davis is modeling a lava flow emplacement on Mars. Dave also talks to their mentor about the value of having undergraduate students do high level scientific research projects.


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?

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.

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.

Each week host Nancy Wiegman talks to local, regional and national writers about their latest projects.

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.

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