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.

In her career as a humorist, former Miss North Carolina Jeanne Robertson has written three books encouraging all of us to develop our sense of humor. Also, local humorist Eric Miller will be dropping by before co-hosting Butte County's 11th annual Trivia Bee. This week join Nancy for stories from two writers who see the humorous side of life.

Today our guests are Canadian folk-rock band, Kacy & Clayton. Cousins Kacy Anderson and Clayton Linthicum both grew up only a couple miles apart in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. Both songwriters are from musical families and had collaborated in previous bands along with Kacy’s sisters, but eventually decided to pursue music more seriously as a duo. Living in an isolated part of Canada without much of a developed music scene pushed the band to hit the road as touring performers early in their career, and they’ve since toured across the entire country as well as parts of the United Kingdom. 

On a special Veterans' Day edition of Nancy's Bookshelf, Oroville native Marianne Aleck traces the history of her French mother and Greek father in her memoir, The Liberty Club. This week join Nancy for World War II stories from both a soldier's perspective and those who were under German rule.

This week, Dave is joined by special cohost Kate Fullam from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. Kate and Dave interview Sara MacSorley. Her new coloring book Super Cool Scientists, profiles a diverse array of women scientists. The coloring book is designed to engage girls in thinking of scientific careers as possible futures for them. Super cool ones! This program is the second of an ongoing collaboration with the Alda Center based at Stony Brook University in New York.

In this week of the Day of the Dead, award-winning author Pam Houston describes a sky burial she witnessed in Tibet. In her new book, The Mindful Vegan, local author and meditation teacher Lani Muelrath urges us to make mindful food choices.

Dave talks to Jess McIver. Dr. McIver is an astrophysicist with the LIGO gravitational wave detection observatory. She's been deeply involved in the first detections of gravitational waves from a black hole (which won a Nobel Prize for Physics earlier this fall) and the recent detection of the collision of two neutron stars. The collision produced not only gravitational waves, but bursts of electromagnetic radiation across the spectrum observed by telescopes around the world and in space. The observations have thrilled the astronomical community, releasing a torrent of research that will likely change how we view the Universe.

Today our guest is Portland songwriter, Anna Tivel. Anna grew up in rural Washington playing the fiddle and writing poetry. In her early 20s she began writing her own songs and eventually relocated to Portland to continue development of her career as a folk musician. While traveling to promote her latest album, "Small Believer," Anna stopped by the NSPR studios to talk about her music and perform a new tune off that record called “Dark Chandelier.”

Redding author Steve Westall takes us to a tropical paradise of love and joy in his novel New Hope Island. In his book, Garbology, author Ed Humes tells the story of local company Chico Bag, and writes about an island of 38 million pieces of plastic garbage floating in the Pacific Ocean. This week, join Nancy for conversations about two very different islands.

Dave talks to Kathryn Miles, author of Quakeland. In her new book, the journalist explores the less obvious threats due to seismicity than the usual "California and the west are earthquake country," point of view. In fact, most of the U.S. is shockingly vulnerable to earthquakes that could cost lives and damage an increasingly fragile infrastructure. Explore the deepest mine in the country and discover, along with our guest, how little we understand the inner workings of our own planet.

The Redding Civic Auditorium is featuring “A Night With Janis Joplin” this Sunday.  Local author Laura Joplin wrote a book about her famous sister, Love, Janis. This week join Nancy for a look back at the life of rock icon Janis Joplin, plus a conversation with noted astronomer Tyler Nordgren, author of Stars Above, Earth Below: A Guide to Astronomy in the National Parks.

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