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Today we head up the road to the North Coast college town of Arcata and its annual celebration of both Kumamoto and Pacific oysters, mainstays of Humboldt Bay’s immensely successful aquaculture industry. It’s good to talk up top-notch local products. And it’s great to be able to boast about local water quality, which growing robust oysters implies. Oysters thrive—and can safely be farmed for human consumption—only in clean, healthy, protected waters. In California that means the northern reaches of Humboldt Bay, also known as Arcata Bay. Much of the south bay is unavailable for aquaculture, protected as the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Preserve, home to hundreds of local and migrant bird species and other wildlife—a destination also well worth your time.

NSPR News Brief: June 14

Jun 14, 2017

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Budget deal: There’s more money for education and indigent health care in the upcoming state budget, with spending plans scheduled for a vote tomorrow. Republicans were excluded from final negotiations, but were nevertheless successful in pushing a boost in Medi-Cal reimbursement rates.  

Where in the North State can you see a Grammy Award-winning musician perform to a room of just 40 people? Cottonwood, California, apparently. Last week, NSPR sent Nolan Ford to learn about this small concert venue and its dedicated music community.

NSPR News Brief: June 13

Jun 13, 2017

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Budget nearing reality: With a deadline just days away legislators and Governor Jerry Brown are hammering out the final details of the state’s annual budget. Among the fine print: increased funding for primary and secondary schools, along with the 23-campus California State University system, meanwhile the University of California’s Office of the President will see it’s spending separated from UC’s overall budget following a blistering state audit of the UCOP’s spending. 

Architect of the Capitol

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee at 11:30 a.m. today, as the investigation continues into Russian attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election. Sessions is expected to take questions about his recusal from the Russia investigation, his own meetings with Russian officials, and what if anything he knew about a private Oval Office meeting between President Trump and fired FBI Director James Comey. Here is live video of his testimony, plus Sessions' prepared opening statement to the committee, annotated by NPR journalists.

Today’s guests traveled all the way from Knoxville, Tennessee to perform their indie/roots-rock sound for fans in the North State. Led by the songwriting of Cruz Contreras, The Black Lillies initially formed in 2009. What started as a group of friends getting together on weeknights, drinking whiskey and comparing songs, has grown into an acclaimed Americana act with two Independent Music Awards and more appearances at the Grand Ole Opry than any other independent band.

NSPR News Brief: June 12

Jun 12, 2017

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Our guest is CSU Chico musical-theatre professor Matthew Miller who talks with host Tom Kinnee about Broadway's Tony Awards (to be given out Sunday night). We play songs from the four shows nominated for Best New Musical, and Matthew & Tom will comment on them.


NSPR News Brief: June 9

Jun 9, 2017

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Budget deal near: Breaking with tradition, legislators and the governor appear close to a deal on the state budget with nearly a week left before the constitutional deadline. After-school programs, higher education, dental care for Medi-Cal patients, and a state “Earned-Income Tax Credit,” appear headed for bumps in funding. Medi-Cal reimbursement rates remain a subject of discussion.  

The scientific names of birds can be more entertaining than you might think. Ornithologist Roger Lederer and former English professor Carol Burr teamed up to write a book called Latin for Bird Lovers. Anderson author Bob Madgic writes about the Sacramento River in his book, The Sacramento: A Transcendental River. This week join Nancy for a conversation with the authors of two books about nature.