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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.

Unprecedented – Never to Happen Again. This Zen idiom refers specifically to the transient nature of time and each and every moment no matter how seemingly mundane. This sacredness in the everyday is at the heart of our Dispatches from the Home Garden this week when we visit an American tea garden in Tivoli, New York.  Join us!

Motivational speaker Noah Johnson has created programs in youth centers and juvenile detention centers to inspire and motivate young men to overcome adversity and thrive. This week join Nancy for a conversation with the author of Boys VS Men: The Definition Of A Man. Also on the show, we talk with author Terry Richardson about his book, This Is How We Do It.

Todd Lappin

 

This week we’re heading out to the 24 Hours of LeMons endurance car race at Thunderhill Raceway just west of Willows, a free-wheeling parody of France’s 24 Hours of LeMans. LeMons is best described as “the Burning Man of car races.” Just plain wrench-monkey fun, folks, with lots of NASA and sundry other engineers here, not to mention creative Silicon Valley computer jockeys. (Thunderhill is owned by San Francisco’s branch of the Sports Car Club of America, so how can you keep the city folks away?) On a good day, expect to see such things as flying pigs, backhoes, upside-down sports cars, and even the Starship Enterprise out there lapping the track.

 

 

photo by Sesar Sanchez

Today our guest is Chico songwriter, Kirk Williams. Williams performs under the moniker, Lish Bills, a nickname he picked up from his coworkers at The Music Connection. Before entering the world of acoustic music, Williams was well-known as one of the most talented local metal musicians from bands like Brain In A Cage, Blood Of Cain, Touch Fuzzy Get Dizzy and Armed For Apocalypse. We ask him what it's like transitioning from the two musical styles.

We talk with artists from Chico's big visual-art event of the spring season, Art at the Matador. We also talk with director & cast from the Blue Room Theatre's production of "Glengarry Glen Ross" by David Mamet. And we talk with maestro Scott Seaton about the North State Symphony concerts this weekend in Redding & Chico.

Dave talks to Alan Stern and David Grinspoon, coauthors of Chasing Pluto: Inside The Epic First Mission to Pluto. When Voyager 2 flew by Neptune in 1989, it closed out the golden age of solar system exploration. But it left one unexplored body: Pluto. Stern was part of a group of scientists known as "The Pluto Underground." For years the proposed, lobbied and planned for a robotic mission to what was then, "the ninth planet." The mission that would be eventually called New Horizons went through decades of starts and stops. The story of how this mission ultimately succeeded in July 2015 is a triumphant tale of perseverence.

Five candidates competing for two seats on Butte County’s Board of Supervisors faced off in a sedate and largely civil forum Wednesday evening in Chico. Though representing different points on the political spectrum, and despite some past acrimony, there were considerable points of agreement about priorities, and the challenges facing local government. NSPR’s Marc Albert reports.  

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