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.

 

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.

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.

Author Jordan Fisher Smith spent 21 years as a park ranger and wrote a memoir about working under the waterline of the long-delayed Auburn Dam. He will be speaking at the Lake Oroville Visitor's Center next Wednesday. This week join Nancy for a conversation with the author of Nature Noir: A Park Ranger's Patrol in the Sierra.

In his debut novel, The Secret Watcher of Summit Avenue, Mark Morlock creatively imagines the history of a Victorian house and its four generations. Author David Allee tells the story of a different Victorian house in his historical novel, The Good Serpent Orphanage. This week join host Nancy Wiegman for the stories of two turn of the century houses and their residents.

Part time TV weatherman Mike Graf writes adventures stories for kids filled with facts about plants and animals in our National Parks. This week join host Nancy Wiegman for an adventure in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks with the fictional Parker family.

Author Wick Humble tells us how to restore the popular Datsun Z-Car. His mother Ida Grace Armor is a library volunteer and avid listener to North State Public Radio. This week join Nancy for a conversation with this Chico author and his mother who soon celebrates her 100th birthday.

This Saturday, award-winning author Amanda Eyre Ward will be at the spring benefit for the Jesus Center in Chico. Her novel about motherhood is called The Nearness of You. If you are a fan of Tarzan, you won't want to miss Paradise bookseller David Lemmo, author of Tarzan: Jungle King of Pop Culture.

Journalist and award-winning author Andrew Lam is a featured writer at the 6th annual WordSpring Creative Conference on the Butte College campus this Saturday. This week join Nancy for a conversation with Andrew Lam, author of Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora

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