This week we visit Chico's Blue Room Theatre to talk with the writer/director (as well as several cast-members) from "Good With Faces," the wildly absurdist dark mystery/comedy currently on stage in its world-premiere production. We also talk with painter Lenn Goldmann and historian Michele Shover. Golmann's landscape of upper Bidwell Park is featured on Shover's new book about early-California conflicts involving miners, native Americans and farmers.


Graham Nash and Shane Fontayne stopped by North State Public Radio to perform some new songs as well as a couple classics before their show at Laxson Auditorium on the Chico State campus.

North State author Jim Barrett retired after 30 years in law enforcement and wrote a book, Ma Duncan, about Ventura County's "Trial of the Century" from 1959. In this episode we explore the shocking true story of the last female executed in the state of California.

We are saddened to share the news that Barry Hazle Sr., former host of The Shasta Serenade, passed away unexpectedly this morning.

Stefani Bittner, Homestead Design Collective

Sometimes when you use the word garden – people immediately conjure up images of the ornamental perennial border, other people however conjure up colorful visions of the summer vegetable garden. In July of 2016, we were joined by Stefani Bittner of Homestead Design Collective discussing her work as ornamental edible landscape designer. Early in 2017, her most recent and beautiful book, Harvest, was published by  10 Speed Press. Stefani co-wrote Harvest – Unexpected Projects Using 47 Extraordinary garden Plants with Alethea Harampolis.

Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

Today is the 4th and — what is scheduled to be — final day of the confirmation hearing for Judge Neil Gorsuch. Testifying about the Supreme Court nominee will be experts and outside groups. Gorsuch himself will not be taking questions, or in the hearing room.

Those expected to speak on his behalf are judges and former law clerks he has worked with, along with some law school professors and other attorneys. Witnesses called by Democrats, who have concerns about Gorsuch, include other law professors, and representatives from women's and environmental groups.

Today we're joined by Massachusetts songwriter, Heather Maloney. Heather’s music first arrived at the NSPR doorstep in the form of an EP titled “Woodstock” that she recorded accompanied by the folk band, Darlingside. The album features a beautiful cover of the classic Joni Mitchell song, and showcases Heather’s impressive talent as a vocal artist. In addition to this collaboration album, Heather also has a flourishing solo career with three recordings behind her including her latest release, Making Me Break.

NSPR News Brief: March 20

Mar 20, 2017

Here's your daily briefing...

Big Oil: Keep Cap & Trade: One of the major trade groups representing the oil industry wants California’s Cap & Trade carbon reduction program re-authorized before it expires in 2020. Industry officials with the Western States Petroleum Association haven’t exactly gone green though, they’re worried that without it, state officials could simply impose pollution limits.

Marc Albert

Congressman Doug LaMalfa ran into a buzz saw of criticism at a highly anticipated town hall meeting in Grass Valley Saturday.

One would expect a more welcome reception for a congressman who easily cake-walks to re-election. But despite the proximity of Beale Air Force base and the many armed forces retirees in the region, friendly faces were few and far between.

On 3/17, we visit Chico Theater Company to talk with the director and the stars of the Neil Simon hit comedy "The Odd Couple." We also talk with weaver Sandy Fisher about the Chico Flax Project which will grow a field of flax to produce fibers for making linen, a fabric that currently has to be imported from Europe.