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We talk with two comedians from the hoard of funny-folk who'll take over town to perform stand-up in many different venues for the fourth annual Chico Comedy Festival. We'll also talk with painter Amber Palmer and several of her fellow artists about events planned for this summer including plein air (outdoor) art-creation activities and art exhibitions at several Chico locations.

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Grow what you love, it’s advice we’re given early in our gardening adventures as to how to choose what to plant, to tend and to pray over. Grow the food you love to eat, grow the flowers you love to look at or smell, grow the tree whose canopy you’d like to rest beneath. "Grow what you love" is also the title of Emily Murphy’s new book. A Northern Californian gardener, mother, educator and optimist – Emily’s my guest on Cultivating Place this week. Join us. 

The newly rebuilt Oroville spillway may get its first real test in coming days. The Department of Water Resources says it will open the spillway gates if the lake level rises beyond a certain point with the incoming storm. It would be the first time water is sent down the reconstructed concrete chute since the original broke apart during last year’s emergency.  

 

Christopher Michel

We head up the road this week to Joshua Tree, about an hour north of Coachella Valley and party-central Palm Springs. But if you’re going you’ll need to put pedal to the metal—or bike shoes to the pedal metal—quite soon, because by June it gets hot, an average high of 100-plus through the summer. Speaking of the plus side: In summer, you can grab a prime camp spot even on weekends without a reservation.

Chico State Spanish professor Denise Minor's first book was about being a language teacher. In a new book, she shares the challenges of raising a child with special needs. This week join Nancy for a conversation with the author of No Screaming Jelly Beans: Trying to Pursue A Career While Raising A Son With Autism.

Today our guest is Seattle songwriter Sera Cahoone. Originally from Colorado, Cahoone’s interest in music began as a drummer performing around town with various Blues bands. When she turned 21, an opportunity presented itself to relocate to Seattle where she would continue to pursue music as a drummer alongside the famous indie rock group, Band of Horses. In 2006 Cahoone began releasing her own songs that caught the attention of Seattle’s indie-rock station KEXP as well as NPR Music, and it wasn’t long before she was signed to Sub Pop Records. With the release of Cahoone’s latest album, she decided to spend more time on the road as a solo performer instead of performing with a full band. We talk with her about how that experience has changed her as a musician.

This week we talk with Steven Schwartz (former host of "The Opera Attic" on NSPR) who'll tell us about "A Night of Jewish Music," an event in Chico at which Schwartz will be singing Jewish songs accompanied by a klesmer band. We also talk with a mother/daughter team of painters who are currently displaying their vibrant works at the Orland Art Center. 

Big Wave Dave talks surfing! Featuring a conversation between San Francisco Chronicle sportswriter Bruce Jenkins and retired NASA Oceanographer Bill Patzert, we dive deep under the swells of the world of big waves with an emphasis on Mavericks -- the biggest surf wave on the west coast located in Half Moon Bay. The conversation wraps up reminiscing about Bruce Brown's The Endless Summer and a campaign for surfer license plates as a tribute to the classic film. Mark Sponsler rides big waves like Mavericks and has a website called Stormsurf that forecasts wave conditions for surfers -- he shares his insights on waves -- what makes the perfect surfing wave? We also talk to Surfer Magazine staff photographer Frank Quirarte who takes his camera into the big break at Mavericks on a personal water craft and rescues surfers trapped in the cauldron of whitewater. Finally, a bonus segment listening to surf guitar and surf music with music historian and guitar collector John Biscuti.

Adia White

“Hi, this is Fran Bart and my question is why are there roosters and chickens, lots of them, in the parking lot of Starbucks in Yuba City. It's a big parking lot, like a big mini mall and there's a Starbucks there. It's on Highway 99 in Yuba City, and so I'm just wondering why all those chickens and roosters are running around the parking lot there. Anyway, thank you very much. Bye.”

 

 


 

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Have you ever thought: that is just what the mountains taste like? That is just what the forest or the ocean must taste like? For wildcrafter Pascal Baudar, author of The New Wildcrafted Cuisine and The Wildcrafting Brewer, from Chelsea Green Publishing, what his place tastes like in a specific season is at the heart of his food and garden. Baudar works as a wild-food researcher, wild brewer, and instructor in traditional food preservation techniques. 

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