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North Korea is frequently in the news these days, but how much do we know about our history with this country during the early 1950s? On the anniversary of the start of the Korean War, two local authors offer their perspectives: historian James Matray because he studied it; and Alan Guzzetti because he lived it. This week join Nancy for a look back at this forgotten war.

In this week's episode, Dave talks with Kate Fullam, the communications director for The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. It's a completely unscripted and natural conversation about her work at the center in general and The Flame Challenge in particular. The Flame Challenge is designed for scientists to create a four-minute video or write a short essay on a theme. This year's was "What is Energy?" What makes the contest so unique is that the contestants have to be scientists and they have to make their content accessible to an 11-year-old. And guest what? Eleven-year-olds also judge the contest!

This week on Cultivating Place, a conversation with a home gardener who has moved not just gardens, but continents and hemispheres. As we just reached the height of sunlight with our summer solstice, she eased into her winter. She shares a gardening story of learning, community and adaptability. Pen Pender is a gardener, mother, wife, voracious reader, community activist, bee keeper, cook and novice potter living near Mt. Macedon in Victoria, Australia.

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Today we head Up the Road to the heart of the State of Jefferson and its once (and possibly future) capital, Yreka.

There’s something profoundly different about a place proud to be in a constant state of rebellion. In the bigger picture that place would be California, which has considered more than 200 different independence proposals since statehood in 1850. Some of the first serious attempts to break away came from thoroughly dissed Los Angeles, still a dusty cowtown when the streets of San Francisco were almost literally paved with gold, after the gold rush.

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Today we’re joined by alt-rock troubadour, Cygne. Although Laura Meyer is based out of Santa Cruz, it seems rare that you’ll ever actually find her there. After ten years of studying violin, Meyer set out on her first solo European tour and has been out on the road ever since. Her experiences abroad ended up leading to much of the inspiration behind her latest album, Let It Breathe. 

We talk with directors and actors from two current North State musical productions: "Chicago" at Chico Theater Company, and "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" at Reddng's Old City Hall, staged by Axiom Repertory Theatre.

 

The latest book by Anderson author Bob Madgic is Ebby's Tale, the uplifting story of a rescued dog's journey from a shelter to the musical stage. Former Orland teacher Jane King illustrated her book about a fox in their family. This week join Nancy for a conversation with the authors of two books about canine family members.

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It’s harvest season for peas and peaches, among other North State crops, and thousands of migrant farmworkers have come to the area to work in the fields for the season. They’ll stay until November, and many bring their families with them. NSPR reporter Adia White tells us how Williams Unified School District is adapting to their nomadic lifestyle to help students graduate.

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Dave talks to Dave Hill, emeritus scientist for the United States Geological Survey and Margaret Mangan, director of the California Volcano Observatory. They talk about the history of volcanic unrest at Long Valley Caldera near Mammoth Lakes in the eastern Sierra Nevada. A series of earthquakes in the late '70s and 1980, coupled with the eruption of Mt. Saint Helens in May of 1980, led USGS scientists to issue volcanic hazard warnings. When picked up by the LA Times, the story caused social and political challenges for the scientists and community members. To this day, the Caldera remains a region of geologic activity.

Photos courtesy of Floret Flower Farm.

 

Next week – June 28 to July 4 – our country is celebrating American Flowers Week, celebrating American-grown flowers in 50 states. In celebration, Debra Prinzing, the founder of what’s known as the Slow Flowers LLC — who we interviewed last July — has organized a Slow Flowers Summit in Seattle, Washington on Sunday, July 2. There will be speakers and activities – shared food, shared flowers and shared philosophy. It’s been called a TED Talk day for flower lovers. For more information on the summit, please visit Jewellgarden.com for links. 

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