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Erik Fitzpatrick

Today we head Up the Road to Memorial Day weekend and one of the most amazing events anywhere. Almost 50 years ago, when it first got rolling, it was known—take a breath—as the World Championship Great Arcata to Ferndale Cross-Country Kinetic Sculpture Race. This moving tribute to “form over substance” has honored its exuberant roots as it evolved into the 42-mile Kinetic Grand Championship. Less officially it’s called “the triathlon of the art world,” meaning that both bodies of art and artists’ bodies are publicly put to the test.

Songs From SXSW: Part 4

May 22, 2017
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Today we conclude our four-part series recapping this year’s South By Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas. On our final day of the festival we did something a little different and traveled outside the main downtown area to an unofficial music showcase hosted by two young Austinites who also recently launched their own label, Mutual Friends Records.

NSPR News Brief: May 22

May 22, 2017

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We talk with two of the many top local musicians who'll appear in "An Evening of Leonard Cohen Music" at the Blue Room Theatre in Chico. (We'll hear our guests perform two of the songs live in the NSPR studio.)  We will also talk with several ceramists (graduates from the CSU Chico ceramic-art program) currently showing their quirky innovative creations at Chico's 1078 Gallery.

Part time TV weatherman Mike Graf writes adventures stories for kids filled with facts about plants and animals in our National Parks. This week join host Nancy Wiegman for an adventure in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks with the fictional Parker family.

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Dave talks to film makers Michael Barnett and Michael Mahaffie about their new Netflix documentary The Mars GenerationTheir film traces the past and future of the United States Space Program by following a group of young people attending Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama. Many of them have attended Space Camp numerous times and are using their experiences to try and set themselves up to be a part of future missions to Mars from astronauts to flight directors, engineers and software designers. How did the United States go from the most powerful space faring nation on Earth in the late 1960s to a country that can't even get its own astronauts to the International Space Station without hitching a ride with the Russians? The young Americans in this inspiring film want to change that equation.

NSPR News Brief: May 18

May 18, 2017

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Napolitano complex?: University of California President Janet Napolitano will likely face some serious grilling today as she goes before the Board of Regents after an audit identified a $175 million dollar secret reserve fund and the auditor accused Napolitano of interfering with the financial investigation.  

Melinda Benson-Valavanis is a floral designer and owner of MCreations in Chico, CA. She recently committed her business to participating in a project called re-bloom – in which she accepts the flowers from a wedding or other large event after the event is over and and re-purposes them for distribution to people and communities who might need a bit of floral energy and cheer in their lives.

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We head up the road this week to Angel’s Camp, where—in a sense—Mark Twain got his start as a writer and humorist.

Songs From SXSW: Part 3

May 15, 2017

On our second-to-last night of South By Southwest, we enjoyed a special showcase celebrating the Greenwich Village folk revolution and music of the 1960s. Hosted by musician Richard Barone, the event featured artists such as Elvis Perkins, Peter Lewis, Joolz Jones, and Johanna Warren covering songs penned by some of the most iconic songwriters of the era.

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