What does it mean to be wise? Retired Butte College administrator Peggy Jennings-Severe explored this question with three generations of her family. They share their advice for leading a meaningful and honorable life. This week join Nancy for a conversation with the author of Life Talks: Wisdoms.

Last night the Chico City Council approved a deal assigning county mental health counselors to the police department, advanced a low-income housing project and moved forward with plan to relocate a major provider of homeless services.

Following negotiations with Butte County officials, the council approved a plan to assign two mental health counselors to the Chico police, with the aim of responding to calls involving persons suffering a mental break.

Michael O’Brien is chief of police.

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Mt Shasta Nordic is a community-based non-profit partner of Shasta Regional Community Foundation that strives to inspire a passion for Nordic skiing by providing marked backcountry and groomed Nordic trails to a broad range of skiers in the Northern California/Southern Oregon region. Learn more at

We talk with director and cast from California Regional Theatre's production of the large-scale musical based on the Victor Hugo classic "The Hunchback of Notre Dame." This show features a full orchestra, an elaborate set and a large cast. You'll also hear from San-Francisco-based artist Jerry Frost whose paintings (now displayed at Chico's Snidle Gallery) reflect on Frost's native American heritage and combine figures with words and surreal elements.

Blue Dot: Ann Druyan

Feb 2, 2018

In this episode of Blue Dot, Dave is joined by Kate Fullam to interview Ann Druyan. Ann was the Creative Director of the Voyager Interstellar Message Project. She co-wrote ‘COSMOS: A Personal Voyage’ with her late husband Carl Sagan. She was awarded the Emmy and Peabody awards for ‘COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey. In this wide ranging discussion we'll hear about Ann's relationship with her late husband the creation of the reboot of Cosmos on Fox Television and the release of the catalog of books by Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan on Audible last year. A second season, Cosmos: Possible Worlds is in production with Druyan and the rest of the Cosmos team and will be on Fox in 2019. The second half of the show features a report from Sheryl Hosler, The Roving Naturalist from YouTube. Sheryl will tell us about the strange an interesting lives of parasitic sea lice.

Photo used courtesy of Loree Bohl

Danger: Home gardener, garden communicator and blogger Loree Bohl, loves a garden with stand-out foliage and  bold form. But pay attention to where you’re going, or as her mail carrier and her little dog Lila both know - it can be dangerous out there! As Loree writes on her blog: "Nice plants are boring – my love is for plants that can hurt you. Agave, yucca, anything with a spike or spur!” Join us for the next in our series of Dispatches from the Home Garden on Cultivating Place. 

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We head Up the Road this week to the Nord Country School in tiny Nord, California. This spot in the road just northwest of Chico, central to cattle, fruit tree, and nut ranches, puts on some of the best community events anywhere. When was the last time you went to a pie auction? The next one is coming right up, Saturday night at the Chico Elks Club, and you won’t want to miss it. Tickets are still available through the school, or online through EventBrite.

It may be mid-winter, but Cal Fire officials are urging the public to prepare for the blazing days of summer and fall. And fire season is no joke.

California fire victims have asked for nearly $12 billion in reimbursement from insurance companies just from fires occurring between October and December, according to figures released Wednesday by California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones.

You may think that cults are bizarre groups that only strange people inhabit, but sociologist Janja Lalich says that by studying cults we can learn about our place in the world. This week join Nancy for a conversation with a cult survivor about her book, Escaping Utopia: Growing Up in a Cult, Getting Out, and Starting Over.

Calling for cooperation and united purpose, while still throwing red meat to core supporters, President Trump earned high praise from local Republican leaders and scorn from local Democrats as he delivered his first State of the Union Address Tuesday.

For Congressman Doug LaMalfa who represents most of the North State's interior, President Trump hit all the high notes.

“All in all it was, I think a really great effort tonight and I think laid things out in a common sense manner,” he said. 

Meanwhile Democrats heard much to be alarmed over.