Nancy Wiegman

Host, Nancy's Bookshelf

Nancy Wiegman has a master's degree in French linguistics from Indiana University and taught yoga and foreign languages at CSU Fresno and the College of Charleston before moving to Chico in 1990.

For seven years she acted and danced in productions such as Singin' in the Rain, Mary Poppins, The Real Inspector Hound, Biloxi Blues, and Steel Magnolias.

In 1999, Nancy was named Outstanding Woman of Chico and received a Maggie Award in 2002.

She directs the yoga program at Chico Sports Club and has been teaching yoga there since 1994.

She became a classical announcer at KCHO in 1990 and often hosted the hourlong call-in show "I-5 LIVE!" on North State Public Radio, occasionally Weekend Showcase, and started Nancy's Bookshelf in July of 2007 after producing a series of four-minutes spots called "Health Desk," which aired during All Things Considered.

Nancy is also a certified pilgrim, having walked sections of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Spain and France many times beginning in 2005.

 

Redding author Deborah Gilson has been writing since she was 7 years old when her mother typed her dictated stories. She continues to write true stories of her animals, her family, her loves and losses. This week join Nancy for a conversation with the author of Born to Write.

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.

The work of photographers, visual artists, and poets inspired award-winning Chico author Rob Davidson's latest collection of fiction, Spectators: Flash Fiction. This week join Nancy for conversations with a professor of creative writing about his short fiction. 

Research has shown that simple humming can reduce stress, heart rate, and blood pressure, and enhance sleep. This week join Nancy for a conversation with Andi and Jonathan Goldman, authors of The Humming Effect: Sound Healing for Health and Happiness.

Two local academics have collaborated on a musical which opens at Theatre on the Ridge next Thursday. This week join Nancy for a conversation with Lynn Elliott, who wrote the book and lyrics, and Marcel Daguerre who wrote the music for their version of "Rode: the Musical."

As Nancy's Bookshelf enters its 11th year on North State Public Radio, we hear from two of Nancy's early guests. Both were Chico State professors at the time — one since retired, and the other is now a newly-appointed dean. This week join Nancy for a conversation with author Kate McCarthy, and celebrate Bastille Day with wine expert Marian Baldy.

Author and photographer Douglas Keister has a new book of architecture, Storybook Style: America's Whimsical Homes of the 1920s, which features five homes in Chico. He also writes novels, and his latest, The Sleepy Hollow Mystery, is the third in his Chick Corbett series. This week join Nancy for a conversation with prolific author Douglas Keister.

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.

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.

There is much we don't know about California's buried past. Author Tony Platt wrote a book about the plundering of Native American graves. Local writer Rich Nidever researched the story of a Native American woman left on one of the channel islands of Southern California. This week join Nancy for a look at little-known stories from California's history.

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