Last year, state lawmakers voted to create and fund a gun violence research center at UC Davis.

Now it's open, and people on both sides of the gun debate are wondering if science can reduce firearm deaths in America.


When you look at the data, firearm deaths and car crashes take roughly the same number of lives each year.

The difference is, we know who’s most likely to die on the road, and why. For gun violence? Not so much.

“There’s no part of this problem that we understand well enough.”

We talk with director and cast from "Cheaper by the Dozen," Chico Theater Company's comic production about a family with twelve children living in the 1920s. We also talk with watercolor artist Cynthia Sexton whose paintings (including vibrant florals and geometric cityscapes) are on display at Ninth Avenue Gallery in Chico.

Transgenders have now been barred from serving in the military. Former Navy SEAL and transgender Kristin Beck asked psychologist Anne Speckhard to write her story. This week join Nancy for a conversation with the author of Warrior Princess: A U.S. Navy SEAL's Journey to Coming Out Transgender.

A recent vote by the federal government could bring real changes to anyone using a computer. The proposal would roll back net neutrality and create internet fast lanes for owners of websites willing to pay more. NSPR's Nolan Ford talked with consumer advocates, internet service providers and tech companies here in the North State about the potential impacts of new legislation.

Dave talks to Ranger Kevin Sweeney from Lassen Volcanic National Park. After the 9/11 attacks, he found himself in need of natural solace and went to Joshua Tree National park in Southern California. A business major at the time, Kevin decided to change his career and life path, volunteered for the Peace Corps and then set out to become a National Park Service Ranger. He's been at Lassen Volcanic National Park and knows the backcountry in all four seasons. He also started up the Dark Sky Festival that takes place around the time of the Perseid Meteor Shower every August.

Redding’s signature playground has reopened after an almost yearlong transformation. 

After 23 years of service, the Kids Kingdom at the Enterprise Community Park was in dire need of repair. Redding’s Community Service Director Kim Niemer says it was literally falling apart.

"We had done or best to keep it going, but it was splintering and decaying and we were going to lose it, one way or the other,” she said.

This week on Cultivating Place we hear the next in our series of Dispatches from the Home Garden, this time from a north Seattle neighborhood where artist, gardener and aspiring vermicompost farmer Emily Wilkins tends to composting worms, awkward old maidens of shrubs. She starts and ends her days in the garden with in the company of family and some of her favorite friends – the plants, the worms and all manner of winged insects. Among them, she finds relief, satisfaction, joy and that at at the end of the day having your hands in the dirt is the very best part. Join us!

Today we head up the road to Lake Tahoe in the Roaring Twenties, when the rich were very rich and no one else counted for much. Sound familiar?

National Weather Service Radar is tracking several large and severe thunderstorm cells in Northern California.

The largest one is currently active along the crest of the Mendocino Range from just west of Lake Pillsbury to an area north east of Covelo.

A smaller cell is currently over State Route 299 in the vicinity of Big Bar.

A third, larger cell is over the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area.

Heavy rain, lightning strikes and thunder, accompanied by hail as large as a quarter is possible.

Getting into and out of Chico from the north will be a major headache this weekend, as construction disrupts travel along State Route 99.  

North and southbound traffic will be shunted onto a single lane across the short, Rock Creek Bridge, just north of Chico. Caltrans expects drivers to encounter up to 20-minute delays.  

One-way traffic controls will be in place around the clock starting at 8 p.m. Friday. Caltrans is urging drivers to bypass the area if possible. Motorists can access Interstate 5 via State Route 32.