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.


Paradise author Stephen Arrington was a codefendant in a cocaine conspiracy trial with car designer John DeLorean. For years, Steve was on a waiting list for a presidential pardon, which was finally granted just before President Obama left office. Stephen tells us the story of how he went from convict to crusader, which was even covered by NBC News.

The conflict over hydraulic mining forms the basis for a historical novel, The Road To Cherokee, written by Butte County's first woman attorney, the late Mary Ray King. This week, join host Nancy Wiegman for a conversation with two editors of this book, Nancy Leek and Ron Womack.

Novelist Marie Sutro was inspired to write Dark Associations by listening to stories of her dad's experience as an undercover cop  in the San Francisco police department. Clinical psychologist Matthew McKay wrote Seeking Jordan after his son was murdered in San Francisco. Join Nancy as she explores very different stories of murder in San Francisco.

Castella poet and singer Paula Amen Judah recalls events in her childhood, narratives of joy and distress, in her collection of poems, Añoranza — Spanish for yearning, longing. Singer, songwriter, and poet Jeremy Gerard and his band, The Rugs have a new album, "Arrow and Bow." Dan Barnett, book reviewer for the Chico Enterprise-Record, reads a favorite poem from "Syllabus of Errors," the latest collection by Chico State philosophy professor and award-winning poet Troy Jollimore.

Eric Miller is a freelance writer who writes about family life. He reads a Christmas story and a New Year's story, plus "The Dork" which was published in Hockey Player Magazine this month. Chico Enterprise-Record book reviewer Dan Barnett reads from his favorite books on local history which were published this past year.

In her coffee table book, Special Delivery, Marcia Myers traces the history of the postal service from Pony Express, air mail, mailboxes, stamps, famous pen pals, and the  Newspaper editor's reply, "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus."

Physicist Paul Wallace is also a minister and believes that science and religion can coexist. He is author of Stars Beneath Us: Finding God in the Evolving Cosmos. Local author Greg Cootsona is a member of the Chico Triad, a discussion group on philosophy, theology, and science. He teaches in the Department of Religious Studies at Chico State.

Storyteller Fred Setterberg helps us remember California's time of innocence and boom after World War II. He writes about the lives of his parents and the postwar dreams of a working class California suburb in Lunch Bucket Paradise: A True-Life Novel

Retired dentist Mike Paull heard stories at a small airport diner called the Sky Kitchen Cafe in San Carlos, California, where local pilots gathered to exchange friendship and conversation. He tells twelve of these stories in Tales From the Sky Kitchen Cafe

After working at Microsoft and Amazon in Seattle, Stanislav Fritz left the corporate world to write and create small press in Redding, New Libri Press. Author and publisher Stasha Fritz talks about the state of the publishing industry today. From north of Redding, Shane Weissman, AKA "Professor Shane," recites from his collection of Nifty Nursery Rhymes and Twisted Tales including "Voice Mail", "Computer Reboot", and "Captain Kirk".

In her memoir, Journey Into Grace: Tales of a Psychic Paramedic, Sarah K. Grace shares experiences from over a decade of working as a paramedic, interwoven with the evolution of her psychic gifts.