NSPR News Brief: June 12

Jun 12, 2017

Here's your daily briefing...

Our guest is CSU Chico musical-theatre professor Matthew Miller who talks with host Tom Kinnee about Broadway's Tony Awards (to be given out Sunday night). We play songs from the four shows nominated for Best New Musical, and Matthew & Tom will comment on them.

 

NSPR News Brief: June 9

Jun 9, 2017

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Budget deal near: Breaking with tradition, legislators and the governor appear close to a deal on the state budget with nearly a week left before the constitutional deadline. After-school programs, higher education, dental care for Medi-Cal patients, and a state “Earned-Income Tax Credit,” appear headed for bumps in funding. Medi-Cal reimbursement rates remain a subject of discussion.  

The scientific names of birds can be more entertaining than you might think. Ornithologist Roger Lederer and former English professor Carol Burr teamed up to write a book called Latin for Bird Lovers. Anderson author Bob Madgic writes about the Sacramento River in his book, The Sacramento: A Transcendental River. This week join Nancy for a conversation with the authors of two books about nature.

Merced County Housing Authority

Though the Trump administration continues cracking down on immigration, the effort appears to have little impact on the number of migrant farmworkers arriving in the North State. Thousands, both undocumented and on temporary work visas, are now arriving for the summer picking season. North State Public Radio reporter Adia White looks at how they’re able to make a home here, before leaving again in the fall.

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It’s the start of the picking season, and the population of Sutter County spikes as thousands of migrant farmworkers come to the area to work.

NSPR News Brief: June 8

Jun 8, 2017

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Chinese Partnering with California: Governor Jerry Brown has signed several “memorandums of understanding” with Chinese officials aimed at jointly developing cleaner technology. The agreements are non-binding, but could lead to greater cooperation.

Dave talks to Time Magazine's Science Editor Jeffrey Kluger about his new book, Apollo 8: The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon. His previous book, Apollo 13 was co-written with Jim Lovell, who was an astronaut on both missions. Apollo 8 takes place during the dramatic events of 1968 against the backdrop of the Vietnam War, the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy and riots at the Democratic Connvention in Chicago. After the traumatic events of that turbulent year, the first mission to the Moon comes with a television transmission from lunar orbit on Christmas Eve. As one citizen wrote in a telegram to the crew, "You saved 1968."

This week on Cultivating Place we hear the story of the first 15 years of the Edible Communities – the umbrella name of the many publishers who bring you the edible communities publications across the US and Canada. Fifteen years ago, two women who cared about food, Tracey Ryder and Carole Topalian, published a 16-page, one-color newsletter to help connect the farmers in their area to the food-lovers in their area.

Former FBI Director James Comey is testifying before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence this week, speaking publicly for the first time since he was fired by President Trump nearly a month ago. On Thursday, June 8, Senators are expected to press Comey on the circumstances surrounding his dismissal as well as the investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. election.

Photo by Nathan Hughes Hamilton

Today we head up the road to Shasta or Old Shasta, a ghost town and state historic park flanking the highway just a few miles west of Redding. Beyond Old Shasta—not to be confused with Mount Shasta, the town on the mountain farther north—the highway becomes quite an adventure, narrow and winding. (Watch for oncoming shadows, most likely fully loaded logging trucks.) This isn’t everyone’s favorite road to the coast.

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