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Jose Belardo of Lansing, Kansas, spent most of his career in the U.S. Public Health Service. He worked on the frontlines of disasters in places like Haiti, Colombia, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. At home with his three kids and wife, Elaine, he'd always been unfailingly reliable, so when he forgot their wedding anniversary two years in a row, they both started to worry.

"We recognized something wasn't right and pretty much attributed it to being overworked and tired," Elaine says.

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NSPR Announces New General Manager

Jun 25, 2018

Phil Wilke has been appointed the new general manager of North State Public Radio, KCHO–Chico and KFPR–Redding, joining the station at an exciting time as it begins its 50th year of broadcast service.

Wilke comes to NSPR from Las Cruces, New Mexico, where he serves as the director of membership and community outreach for KRWG Public Media, which provides public radio and television to communities in Southern New Mexico and West Texas. Prior to his time in Las Cruces, he served as media manager for Kansas Public Radio.

“I can't wait to get started at NSPR. The staff provides remarkable programming, news coverage and community outreach, and I look forward to helping the station thrive,” Wilke said.

Today our guests are Ben Ruttenburg and Samantha Francis who make up the Chico acoustic duo, The Bidwells. Ruttenburg and Francis both have strong ties to the local theatre scene here in town and have known each other as performers since childhood, but it wasn’t until they began performing together in the local cover band Decades that a stronger friendship would develop. Shortly after Francis left the group in 2016, the two musicians began learning cover songs and writing their own originals as The Bidwells. 

The lights are out for about 10,000 Pacific Gas and Electric Company customers in Chico, Redding and Red Bluff.

PG&E spokesperson Melissa Subbotin said Saturday evening that the power outages were due to a request from Cal Fire and to fire burning and damaging the utility’s equipment.

Safety patrols must be done before power can be restored. Power may not be turned back on for many customers until Sunday, Subbotin said.  

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On a dock overlooking a private lake on the outskirts of Chico, coaches from the Ability First Sports camp are teaching students adaptive water skiing. This camp is hosted at Chico State for a week every summer, and students with physical disabilities come from across the western United States to learn a number of wheelchair sports. There’s tennis, skateboarding, rugby and basketball practice. 


We talk with director and cast of Axiom Repertory Theatre's current production in Redding, "Next to Normal," the Tony-and-Pulitzer-winning musical. We also visit Chico's Blue Room Theatre to hear from the director of "TheTwilight Zone." And we talk with the owner of Chico's Vagabond Rose, about the exhibit of works by revered local artist Sal Casa (pictured here).

This is the second part of our tribute to Apollo astronaut Alan Bean. Alan was the fourth man to walk on the Moon during the Apollo 12 mission in November of 1969 four month's after Neil Armstrong's "One small step for man..." Bean was a talented and prolific painter who was also extraordinarily kind and generous as one of NASA's legendary Apollo era astronauts. We are joined by his good friend and colleague Rusty Schweickart who was one of the first astronauts to fly the lunar module on the Apollo 9 test flight along with commander Jim McDivitt. in the spring of 1969. Then Dave talks to his friend Andrew Chaikin, author of A Man on The Moon which was the basis for the Tom Hank's produced mini series on HBO, From The Earth to The Moon. Chaikin met Bean when he was a 12 year old visiting the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and later in life interviewed the astronaut extensively for his book, eventually becoming longtime friends with the astronaut. Audio highlights from the surface of the Moon and the number one pop hit from 1969 also appear on the conclusion of this special two part tribute to an American icon and hero.

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On Cultivating Place today we celebrate National Pollinator Week in the US when we’re joined by British biologist, conservationist and Professor of Biology at the University of Sussex in England, Dave Goulson. A gardener and bumblebee expert, Dave is the founder of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust dedicated to growing the awareness and appreciation for the life and importance of the bumblebees - and all insects of our world - join us! 

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When people ask me where to go or what’s worth doing, I never know what to say. What makes a memorable trip depends on who you are, and what interests you. It’s hard to make that call for someone else. So, I ask questions, to get some sense of a person’s passions and preferences, and what to them makes a great trip.

And that’s how you plan an unforgettable do-it-yourself tour. Anyone can do it, once you settle on the right idea. Just DIY. Ask yourself those questions.

Retired political science professor Michelle Shover researched 19th century Butte County for her latest book. This week join Nancy for a conversation with the author of California Standoff: Miners, Indians and Farmers at War 1850-1865.

We take you to Theatre on the Ridge in Paradise to hear from director & cast of the charming comedy "Enchanted April" about four restless Englishwomen revitalized by their stay in Italy. We also talk with the curator of the Sutter County Museum in Yuba City about the current exhibition of photos showing everyday Native American tribal life. And we talk with the new concert promoter for the Sierra Nevada Big Room in Chico.


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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?

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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