Nolan Ford

Music Director, Producer, Midday Host

Nolan Ford is the Music Director for North State Public Radio. After graduating with a Media Arts degree from Chico State University in 2004, he accepted a part-time position with Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. The job's flexible scheduling presented Nolan with the opportunity to travel and perform music all across the West Coast with his first rock band, the secret stolen. A love of the arts bloomed into an obsession. Following five glorious years with SNBC, Nolan returned to CSUC and received a mathematics teaching credential in 2009. After several years of teaching middle and high school math, he accepted a position as Managing Editor for Chico arts/entertainment weekly, The SynthesisCurrently, Nolan can be heard on-air as the local midday host for NSPR, and also produces several programs for the station including Blue Dot, Nancy's Bookshelf, and Songs From Studio C. In his spare time, Nolan continues to travel and perform with various musical projects.

For the 100th episode of Blue Dot we go volcanic! Dave interviews Erik Klemetti, Professor of Geosciences at Denison University in Ohio. Klemetti is an expert volcanologist who writes about volcanoes for the Discover Magazine blog Rocky Planet. We'll talk about the ongoing and unfolding saga of the Kilauea Volcano's eruptions on the big island of Hawaii. In the second half of the show, we visit with three California State University Chico students who are doing volcanology research as undergraduate students under the guidance of Professor of Geosciences at CSU Chico, Rachel Teasdale. Two of the students, Amy Robson and Angie Rodriguez, are researching the hydrothermal system at Lassen Volcanic National Park and Evan Davis is modeling a lava flow emplacement on Mars. Dave also talks to their mentor about the value of having undergraduate students do high level scientific research projects.

Motivational speaker Noah Johnson has created programs in youth centers and juvenile detention centers to inspire and motivate young men to overcome adversity and thrive. This week join Nancy for a conversation with the author of Boys VS Men: The Definition Of A Man. Also on the show, we talk with author Terry Richardson about his book, This Is How We Do It.

photo by Sesar Sanchez

Today our guest is Chico songwriter, Kirk Williams. Williams performs under the moniker, Lish Bills, a nickname he picked up from his coworkers at The Music Connection. Before entering the world of acoustic music, Williams was well-known as one of the most talented local metal musicians from bands like Brain In A Cage, Blood Of Cain, Touch Fuzzy Get Dizzy and Armed For Apocalypse. We ask him what it's like transitioning from the two musical styles.

Dave talks to Alan Stern and David Grinspoon, coauthors of Chasing Pluto: Inside The Epic First Mission to Pluto. When Voyager 2 flew by Neptune in 1989, it closed out the golden age of solar system exploration. But it left one unexplored body: Pluto. Stern was part of a group of scientists known as "The Pluto Underground." For years the proposed, lobbied and planned for a robotic mission to what was then, "the ninth planet." The mission that would be eventually called New Horizons went through decades of starts and stops. The story of how this mission ultimately succeeded in July 2015 is a triumphant tale of perseverence.

When America's pioneers headed west, the women of a wagon train had to provide food. How did pioneers in the old west do that? North State writer Gail Jenner looked into this question for her latest book. This week join Nancy for a conversation with the author of Sourdough Biscuits and Pioneer Pies: The Old West Baking Book.

In this episode Dave visits with Adam Weymouth, author of the new book Kings of The Yukon. In it, he describes taking an epic trip down the length of the Yukon River in a canoe. His purpose is to learn about the longest Chinook or "King" salmon run in the world. As Adam leaves the spawning grounds at the headwaters, the salmon are entering the mouth of the river from the Bering Sea 2000 miles away. Somewhere along the way, the powerful swimmers and the human paddler will meet. As he journeys through Canada and Alaska, Weymouth learns more about both the imperiled salmon and the people who depend upon the salmon for their livelihoods and sustenance. The arcane world of fishing regulations from both the Unites States in Canada often conflicts with the ancient practices of the native people as well as the commercial fisherman profiled in the story. Add in the impacts of environmental degradation and what ensues is a gripping story about one of the last great salmon runs on the planet.

Lyme Awareness

May 3, 2018

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month – and one thing you may not be currently be aware of is that Lyme disease is on the rise. NSPR’s Nolan Ford tells us more about the illness and why we’re seeing more cases throughout the country.

Grass Valley author J. Jaye Gold says that the circumstances we find ourselves in have all the components we need for learning. This week join nancy for a conversation with the author of Justin Time: Autobiographical Stories from an American Spiritual Master.

  Full audio from Sunday's town hall meeting can be found at the bottom of this story. 

Sunday afternoon at the El Rey Theatre the Women’s March Chico and Our Revolution Chico organizations hosted a town hall gathering to meet the candidates running for US Senate. About 40 people gathered to hear from the three candidates who showed up – Pat Harris, David Hildebrand, and John Parker. Incumbents Dianne Feinstein and Kevin De Leon were invited but did not attend along with candidates Alison Hartson and John Melendez. NSPR’s Nolan Ford was there and has the story.

photo by Laura DeAngelis

Today our guest is Sacramento songwriter, Noah Clark. Clark first became known in the North State area as a drummer for the indie-rock band Brilliant Red Lights. After touring the country and putting out two albums, the band called it quits with one final blowout show at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco. Clark has moved on to writing his own original pop/rock songs, which he performs under the moniker Noah Clark and the Homewrecking Crew. We talk with Clark about his songwriting and the transition from supporting musician to frontman.

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