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.

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Hailing from Olympia, Washington and with banjos in tow, Palmer T. Lee and Kendl Winter have been spreading their country sound across the nation since their formation in 2013. SPIN magazine describes The Lowest Pair as a “sultry country duo” and Paste magazine identified them as one of the best under-the-radar Americana duos today. In 2013, the band received further acclaim, placing third in the Minnesota State Duet Championship.

In her book Strangers Together: How My Son's Autism Changed My Life, Joan Goodreau recounts stories that help both parents and professionals better understand the reality of living with autism.

Gundrun Mouw was born in Europe during World War II. Some of her fascinating life is fictionalized in her novel, From Ashes Into Light. Her background is in poetry, and she is also a yoga teacher.

Novelist and poet Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is in Chico for Butte College's fifth annual WordSpring creative writing conference, which is open to the public as well as high school and college students. Her award-winning collection of short stories, Arranged Marriage, explores the immigrant experience in the United States.

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This week on Songs From Studio C we're joined by San Francisco bluegrass act Hot Buttered Rum, who will be making their way through the North State this Wednesday. The band needed to get back on the road in a hurry so our conversation was brief, but we discussed their refined approach to touring as well as the inspiration behind the new song, "Weary Ways."

Palo Cedro resident Steve Callan had a 30-year career as a wildlife protection officer for the California Department of Fish and Game. He conducted some of the most successful wildlife investigations in California history and collected his true stories in a suspenseful and often humorous book, Badges, Bears, and Eagles. Steve has now written a second collection of stories, The Game Warden's Son, which includes stories about growing up as the son of a game warden.

The first guest is retired Chico State English professor Brooks Thorlaksson who teaches a class on the Book in Common for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. She discusses this year's selection, Just Mercy, by best selling author Bryan Stevenson. Attorney Stevenson founded the nonprofit Equal Justice Initiative committed to fighting poverty and challenging racial discrimination in the criminal justice system and is Nancy's second guest. The third guest is also an attorney and author. Carissa Phelps wrote Runaway Girl and is a survivor of human trafficking. She offers a free training seminar on human trafficking April 12 on the Chico State campus.    

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Rabbit Wilde is an Americana/folk-rock quartet based out of Bellingham, Washington. They just released their new full-length album, The Heartland, and recently completed a string of performances at the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. We discuss the band's experience putting this album together as well as the inspiration behind their song, "Porcelain Frame".

Grossology by Silvia Branzei-Velasquez — Microbiologist Sylvia Branzei has written five books on the science of gross things. Her books on Grossology are the inspiration for an exhibit at Gateway Science Museum.

The United States and Terrorism: An Ironic Perspective by Ron Hirschbein — Retired professor Hirschbein says the United States rationalizes its own terrorist actions and dodges the terrorism label.  

Strategic Terror: The Politics and Ethics of Aerial Bombardment by Beau Grosscup — Retired professor Grosscup recounts the history of aerial bombardment of civilian populations throughout the 20th century and up to the present day, and how terrorism is a politically loaded concept.

Ross Heinemann or as he’s known on stage, “Forgettable Ross,” was one of many artists in the North State to submit a video to NPR’s annual Tiny Desk Concert Contest. Ross’ video was voted by NSPR listeners as their regional favorite. This week on Songs From Studio C, we talk with the Dunsmuir musician about his songwriting, the contest, and his humble moniker.