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After a Japanese man was killed early Sunday in a car crash involving a U.S. service member, U.S. forces in Japan are prohibited indefinitely from purchasing or drinking alcohol.

When President Trump announced Monday that the U.S. intends to designate North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism, he said the U.S. will also announce the imposition of additional sanctions on Pyongyang.

The Trump administration is increasingly using economic sanctions to try to influence behavior, but experts warn the strategy doesn't always work — and can backfire.

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Large plumes of smoke are rising in the vicinity of Shasta Reservoir where a vehicle fire has forced the closure of Interstate 5 in both directions.

First reported just before 11:30 this morning, the blaze has grown to 20 acres in size. Units from the US Forest Service and Cal Fire are on scene.

Authorities said that sparks from an earlier vehicle fire some distance north ignited a load of hay being hauled by a big rig. The big rig eventually became fully engulfed in flames. The fire spread to nearby vegetation.

Walk Woof Wag is a fundraiser for Chico Animal Shelter, our local shelter in Chico, California that houses stray and surrendered animals that need a loving paw up. Monies generated by Walk Woof Wag go directly to Chico Animal Shelter’s medical fund so that animals needing veterinary treatment can get necessary care.

U.S. Department of Agriculture

“Hi, my name is Beverly Thomassian and I want to know what pesticides they are spraying on the almond orchards throughout the year and if they’re harmful to the humans living adjacent to the orchards.”

This was something I also wondered since moving to Chico several years ago. Fortunately, California keeps meticulous data on which pesticides are used throughout the state. I was able to find the top five pesticides used on almonds in Beverly’s neighborhood with the state’s Agricultural Pesticide Mapping Tool. They’re Ziram, Oryzalin, Glyphosate, Paraquat Dichloride, and Clarified Hydrochloric extract.

Today our guest is Portland songwriter, Anna Tivel. Anna grew up in rural Washington playing the fiddle and writing poetry. In her early 20s she began writing her own songs and eventually relocated to Portland to continue development of her career as a folk musician. While traveling to promote her latest album, "Small Believer," Anna stopped by the NSPR studios to talk about her music and perform a new tune off that record called “Dark Chandelier.”

We visit the Black Box Theatre at Butte College to talk with the director and the cast from Butte's production of "Urinetown," a funny tuneful bizarre Tony-winning musical about a future in which everyone is forced to pay to pee. We also talk with representatives from MoNCA (Museum of Northern California Art) about their retrospective exhibit of artwork by the late James Kuiper, an icon of the Chico visual arts scene.

Redding author Steve Westall takes us to a tropical paradise of love and joy in his novel New Hope Island. In his book, Garbology, author Ed Humes tells the story of local company Chico Bag, and writes about an island of 38 million pieces of plastic garbage floating in the Pacific Ocean. This week, join Nancy for conversations about two very different islands.

Marc Albert

“My name is Josh Hegg and I had a question. When I first moved to Chico, a big point that everyone made was that Bidwell Park was the third largest municipal park in the country, so I’m curious where Bidwell Park actually stands in terms of park size in comparison to the rest of the country and where that rumor started and if it holds any merit at all.” 

Dave talks to Kathryn Miles, author of Quakeland. In her new book, the journalist explores the less obvious threats due to seismicity than the usual "California and the west are earthquake country," point of view. In fact, most of the U.S. is shockingly vulnerable to earthquakes that could cost lives and damage an increasingly fragile infrastructure. Explore the deepest mine in the country and discover, along with our guest, how little we understand the inner workings of our own planet.

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.”

Tom Hilton

Today we head up the road to Manzanar National Historic Landmark, a US government “relocation camp” on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada, some six miles south of Independence. At first the sparse landscape says little about the devastation experienced by Japanese Americans held under armed guard here during World War II. But stay awhile. There are many, many stories. The longer you stay, the more this sad landscape speaks.  

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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.

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