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We talk with directors & castmembers from the Tennessee Williams classic "The Glass Menagerie" at Chico's Blue Room Theatre and from the science fiction play "The Man from Earth" at Redding's Riverfront Playhouse.

Saturday marks the anniversary of President Trump’s inauguration, and Sunday will mark a year since women across the nation gathered in shock, outrage and protest of a leader who rocketed to the Oval Office despite uncouth behavior and widely circulated tape boasting of groping women.

After a year of revelations rocking entertainment, the news media, sports and politics, energy and engagement among women seems to have only gathered strength.

Climate Change. It generates controversy as well as extreme weather. In this episode we talk to Josh Willis and John Morales, two atmospheric experts on the frontlines of communicating climate science. Willis won a Presidential Early Career award from Barack Obama in 2009. A frequent contributor to Blue Dot, Josh's expertise is studying the interactions between warming oceans and melting ice. John Morales isn't just your average TV meteorologist. He is one of the few elected to be a Fellow with the American Meteorological Society and had a Ph.D. in meteorology, specializing in tropical storms. That comes in handy as the Chief Meteorologist for NBC TV's Miami affiliate. Find out what it was like to literally be responsible for people's lives during Hurricanes Irma and Maria last year.

Federal fishery officials have released a draft recovery plan aimed at restoring populations of green sturgeon in California. Related to the famed producers of Russian black sea caviar, the southern population of green sturgeon, native to California, have been listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act for a dozen years.

An estimated 1,300 of the slow-growing fish remain, mainly spawning in the Sacramento, Klamath and Rogue Rivers. Green sturgeon can live half a century, and weigh up to 350 pounds. They don’t typically breed until they reach 15 years of age. 

This week on Cultivating Place, we’re celebrating the February 7th birthday of Laura Ingalls Wilder with author and historian Marta McDowell. Her newest book is"The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Frontier Landscapes That Inspired the Little House Books” (Timber Press, 2017)  – a surprising plant and environmental journey. 

Tom Hilton

We appreciate Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe this week, a chronicler of the California Gold Rush better known as Dame Shirley.

Originally from New Jersey and Massachusetts, the dame came West with her physician husband during the heady early days of California statehood. Her descriptions of life in Rich Bar and Indian Bar, gold camps on the Feather River not far from Quincy, were published in the form of letters to her sister. (A “bar” in this case is an accumulation of sand or gravel in a river exposed at low water, the easiest place to find gold.) Clappe’s history was so apt that the well-known writer Bret Harte may have “borrowed” from it, liberally, in his own work. Ever generous, Dame Shirley called these “unconscious plagiarisms.”

Housing Special Full Audio

Jan 17, 2018

Through the reporting of NSPR’s News Team, you’ll hear about the current state of our region’s housing market, from people whose rent costs them most of what they bring home on their paycheck, from students who’ve struggled to find housing while they attend Chico State, from a once homeless veteran who now has a stable roof over her head, and from the wife of a farmworker who this holiday season had a place that she and her family could call their own. 

Author and pilgrim Annie O'Neil is the director/producer of a documentary about a man named Phil who dreamed of walking the 500-mile pilgrimage across Spain to Santiago. This week join Nancy for a conversation with two local pilgrims and the author of Everyday Camino with Annie.

Located in the heART of downtown Dunsmuir, California, the Siskiyou Arts Museum strives to enrich the lives of artists, residents and visitors to Siskiyou County through exhibition, sale and interpretation of the visual, literary and performing arts by presenting programs and events that will educate, strengthen, serve and sustain our community.

California energy commission

“My name is Nick and I’m from Chico. My question is, where does the power in Butte come from and how much of it comes from renewable sources?”

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