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In this episode, Dave talks to filmmaker Mark Bender. His documentary, Eclipse Across America, was produced for and is airing on Curiosity Stream. Mark is a veteran eclipse chaser and documentary filmmaker. The film, in four parts, traces the path of the eclipse across the United States and features some of the most scenic and interesting spots that will be in or very near the path of totality. Bender talks about his use of the latest lightweight 4K HD cameras and drones that were used to produce the spectacular film and about the https://eclipsemega.movie/ project that will enlist an army of citizen scientists to create a 90 minute long look at the Sun's Corona during the eclipse. You can check out the film here: https://curiositystream.com/eclipse/

Courtesy Katharine Webster

There's something to be said for having deep and historic roots to one region – one gardening and natural history home. I have an admiration for gardeners who’ve been born and raised in the historic home territories of their families before them, who have been working their own gardens for 20, 40 or 60 years.

I have yet to live and work in the same garden for more than 7 years. And while I do envy these long tending one spot gardeners, I also see the benefits of having gardened in a wide variety of places, cultures, environments. I was born and raised at 8,000 feet in Colorado, but grew up regularly visiting extended family - and living myself - in a wide variety of environments across the country – from New York City and Boston, to the Adirondack Mountains of New York, the coast of Rhode Island, interior and coastal South Carolina, Northern Idaho, and the downtown's of Los Angeles, Seattle and St. Louis. You see my point. 

Today we’re joined by Chico folk duo, Sunday Iris. Vocalist Lisa Langley and Guitarist Dave Elke are both familiar names here in the North State. Langley has previously performed under the name Lisa Valentine, and Elke has a long history in Chico as a jazz guitarist and music educator. In fact, he was my guitar instructor nearly 17 years ago at Chico State. Oh, how the time flies...Langley and Elke recently released their debut album as Sunday Iris.

We talk with the playwright, the director & the music director from the original musical "Rodeo," opening next week at Theatre on the Ridge in Paradise. We also talk with Pat Macias, Board Chair of the Museum of Northern California Art which just opened in its permanent home, the Veteran's Memorial Hall in Chico. Macias tells about MoNCA's plan to bring arts-experiences to veterans and to homeless young people.

Two local academics have collaborated on a musical which opens at Theatre on the Ridge next Thursday. This week join Nancy for a conversation with Lynn Elliott, who wrote the book and lyrics, and Marcel Daguerre who wrote the music for their version of "Rode: the Musical."

As we count down to the big event, the Eclipse Across America on August 21, Dave talks to two people preparing for a logistical challenge to say the least. One million visitors are expected to come to Oregon to be in the 65 mile wide path of the eclipse. Shelley Hall is the Superintendent for John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. It's remote location and limited infrastructure (there is no camping in the park unit) make for a particularly challenging opportunity for park staff and visitors alike. Shelly explains how the park is preparing for a large influx of visitors and shares her concerns and aspirations for the event. Then we chat with Dave Thompson from the Oregon Department of Transportation about their messaging campaign designed to keep people safe and traffic moving. Bottom line? It won't be easy -- especially if large numbers of people try to get to the eclipse path late and leave early.

Jennifer Jewell

In life, there are generalists and there are specialists. This week on Cultivating Place, we’re speaking with botanist Dr. Ben Grady about his work with ornamental buckwheats and the upcoming Eriogonum Society conference in Weed, California.

Cal Fire

Authorities in Chico responded quickly Wednesday afternoon as a brush fire erupted on the eastern edge of town, spreading across 150 acres. 

The fire spread quickly through dry grass and shrubs near the California Park area and was 50 percent contained by nightfall.  

Aaron Lowe, a division chief with the Chico Fire Department, said officials are still trying to figure out how it started. “The ignition source of the fire is under investigation, we’re still determining the origin and cause,” he said. 

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Today we head up the road to Mono Lake, an ecological marvel on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada.

Adia White

Cal Fire Butte County is reporting on Twitter that forward progress has been stopped in the 100-acre brush fire burning east of the California Park area of Chico, and that evacuation warnings have been lifted.  They say the fire is now 30 percent contained.

Evacuation warnings were previously in place for Stilson Canyon Road, Summit Ridge Terrace and Siena Ridge Loop.

There is a road closure on Highway 32 between Bruce Road and about 3 and half miles eastward to the intersection with Humboldt Road.

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