Central Coast Voices

Thursdays, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Central Coast Voices addresses the many ramifications of change and how today's choices will affect tomorrow's community. This program is an extension and production of "Action for Healthy Communities" an organization committed to identifying and carrying out projects that will improve the quality of life in San Luis Obispo County. The show's topics and guests focus on raising public awareness through credible and valid information about local and regional concerns such as health care access, neighborhood design, the state of our education infrastructure, the economic impacts, and much more. Your hosts Kris Kington-Barker and Fred Munroe invite you to join the conversation. To participate, call 805-781-3875 during the program.

Ways to Connect

Broadcast date: 10/11/2018

Most parents will agree that one of the biggest challenges of our time is parenting  children in the Digital Age. In a recent study one-in-three parents said they have had concerns or questions about their child’s technology use in the last year. Parenting issues include struggles over video game time limits, social media safety, and internet addiction, just to name a few.

Central Coast Voices: Struggling to stay afloat

Oct 4, 2018

Broadcast date: 10/4/18

One in three households in California, over 3.3 million families—including those with income well above the Federal Poverty Level—struggle every month to meet basic needs. This is just one of the many findings published in "Struggling to Stay Afloat: The Real Cost Measure in California 2018," the new statewide report released by the United Way of California. 

Broadcast date: 9/27/2018

In 1998, The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County began its mission to provide the local community with an enduring form of local support. Today, 20 years later, this mission continues, by providing leadership and encouraging charitable giving for the issues that improve and enhance lives in the county.  In 2017 through a commitment to philanthropic leadership and the help of forward-thinking donors and community partners, they were able to distribute a record $5 million in grants and scholarships to support a variety of important work in San Luis Obispo.

Broadcast date: 9/20/2018

The Central Coast Writer’s Conference has been helping new and established writers fulfill their dreams for more than 30 years. Considered one of the best writer’s conferences in the US, the goal of the conference is to make affordable, intimate and interactive workshops, teaching skill development in numerous writing genres and offer opportunities to build relationships with authors, editors and marketing professionals.  It is an essential destination for writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers.

Broadcast date: 9/13/2018

Constitution Day is an American federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United Sates Constitution and is observed on September 17, the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787. A focus of the holiday is to engage the community in an appreciation of the Constitution so that they are imbued with an understanding and appreciation for the individual rights and civil liberties guaranteed by the Constitution. 

Broadcast date: 9/6/2018

The International Day of Peace ("Peace Day") is observed around the world each year on September 21. Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace. As defined by the United Nations, “A Culture of Peace” is a “set of values, attitudes, modes of behavior and ways of life that reject violence and prevent conflicts by tackling their root causes to solve problems through dialogue and negotiation among individuals, groups and nations.”

Broadcast date: 8/30/2018

A revolution for aging better is happening in California.
 Baby Boomers are redefining the aging process. Today, over 90% of seniors in our community want to continue to live independently in their own home. More importantly, they want to stay connected to their community, and to continue to do the things that are important in their lives. Many cannot do this without some type of support system, and in the coming years, this system will become taxed as the Baby Boomers age, and resources become strained.

Broadcast date: 8/23/18

The face of homelessness is not what was once pictured a decade ago. They can be your neighbor, friend, relative or coworker once a tragedy strikes. Homelessness affects a community in many ways and empowering fellow community members by assisting them get on their feet and become contributing members of society again is beneficial for everyone in the community.

Broadcast date: 8/16/2018

The 2016 election was marred by an unprecedented disinformation campaign from sources at home and abroad. A recent survey showed that 66 percent of people asked believed that outside groups were actively trying to plant fake news stories in the mainstream media and that it was a serious problem. Since then a central strategy of the current administration is a sustained assault on journalists and news media. In an unprecedented response today close to 350 editorial boards join the Boston Globe in affirming their commitment to a free press and the truth.

Broadcast date: 8/9/18

The job market in SLO is challenging. Much of the workforce is ‘underemployed’ and the county was recently ranked the sixth most unaffordable place to live in the United States. While tech jobs in SLO have increased 20 percent in last five years according to California Center for Jobs and the Economy, due in large part to the bustling startup scene and larger tech firms moving into the area like Amazon, local tech firms have found it challenging to source local high-skilled workers.

Broadcast date: 8/2/2018

Drag has long played a large role in the LGBTQ community. Many believe the first person to throw a brick in defense at the Stonewall Riots, which is often considered the birth of the LGBTQ movement, was a drag queen named Marsha P. Johnson. 

Celebrating Nature

Jul 26, 2018

Broadcast date: 7/26/2018

The San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden is the Gem of the Morros, a one of a kind garden dedicated to honoring and preserving our connection with nature. The garden, which started in 1989, is home to a variety of plants and when the master plan is complete, the 150-acre garden will be the only garden of its kind in the United States exclusively devoted to the ecosystems and plants of the five Mediterranean climate regions of the world. 

Broadcast date: 7/19/2018

Parents are often confronted with significant barriers to obtaining high quality child care. Among these obstacles are often low wages and high costs.  Quality of care varies greatly, and limited or unexperienced providers are frequently an issue. While many working families continue to struggle to afford the cost of care, a growing body of research shows that quality child care is important to the foundational development of children and their potential to thrive. Whether or not we help working parents in their struggle has the potential to impact our communities for years to come.

Broadcast date: 7/12/2018

Established in 1990, The Central Coast Shakespeare Festival has been committed to providing professional, entertaining productions of Shakespeare's work, as well as other timeless and classical stories ever since. The Festival provides local artists the opportunity to work alongside visiting professionals and believes in the power of theatre to change lives-- Artists and Audience's alike. Part of their mission is nurturing future theatre going audiences by presenting live theatre in a beautiful outdoor setting, which adds to the rich and varied cultural community that the Central Coast already enjoys.

Broadcast date: 7/5/2018

More than six months after the #MeToo movement began, its effects continue to be widely felt across the nation. Hardly a week goes by when another media story isn’t published. The movement which began by exposing the abuses of powerful men in the media industry, has now spread to numerous other industries and occupations, including a variety of well-known corporations and educational institutions.

Broadcast date: 6/28/2018

A number of recent polls have shown that Americans believe tone and civility in politics are getting worse. The Institute for Civility in Government defines Civility as “claiming and caring for one’s identity, needs and beliefs without degrading someone else’s in the process.”  They argue that civility is more than just politeness, but it is the hard work of staying present even with those with whom we have deep-rooted and fierce disagreements. Civility is an important prerequisite for civic action.

Broadcast date: 6/21/2018

On June 9, 2016 California’s End of Life Option Act (SB 128) went into effect, and the state became the fifth is the U.S. to permit physician-assisted suicide for the terminally ill. That means that a patient who has been diagnosed as having six months or less to live can then request life-ending medication from their physicians. The law was and remains highly controversial, and now a series of recent court rulings has placed the law in jeopardy, and its future remains uncertain.

Broadcast date: 6/14/2018

Poly Canyon Ventures  (PCV) is a San Luis Obispo-based non-profit that provides funding to Cal Poly student-run startups. It is composed of Cal Poly students and alumni who are passionate about helping startups grow and thrive on the California Central Coast. PCV is a strong proponent of socially and environmentally responsible business and investing practices, and its team works to expose these practices to Cal Poly students and the communities it interacts with.

Broadcast date: 6/7/2018 

“Chosen Families” are the networks we form around ourselves that transcend genetic bonds -- it can be an especially important part of queer experience where people are sometimes rejected by their own relatives or may feel out of place with traditional American social norms.

Broadcast date: 5/31/2018

In February, a U.S. Drought Monitor reported the majority of San Luis Obispo County was experiencing severe drought conditions. While March rain storms lifted parts of the county out of a severe drought, experts agree that all communities on the Central Coast need to be evaluating how they will make themselves more drought resilient. So what shape are our water resources in? And how can we make our County more drought resilient?

Broadcast date: 5/24/2018 

This week on Central Coast Voices in honor of the upcoming Memorial Day holiday we will visit with members of the San Luis Obispo Veterans Service Collaborative (SVSC) about how we can honor the sacrifice of Americans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces, by supporting veterans and active military and their families in our community.

Broadcast date: 5/17/2018

Building a healthy community includes finding a place of belonging, building an identity and finding personal connections that become part of our story. The Dana Adobe Nipomo Amigos has outgrown the house museum model and looked beyond to offer our community an unexpected place to find a personal connection. It provides a unique platform to understand life in California Rancho era and to appreciate and discover our connection with the stories of those who left their footprints on the land throughout time. The Dana Adobe and the 130 acres of preserved land engage the visitor in the sites ecological and cultural history and demonstrate how actions over time shape our future.

Broadcast date: 5/10/2018 

This week on Central Coast Voices we will be celebrating Mother’s Day! We hope you will join host Kris Kington Barker as we celebrate mom, as well as motherhood, the maternal bond, and parenting, as we discuss the love, strength, understanding, patience, compassion, courage and selflessness it takes to be a mom.

Broadcast date: 5/3/2018

Are you feeling stressed out by things in your life? Stress can have a variety of causes such as family problems, issues with employment, a hard time at school, financial difficulties, poor health, or even the death of a loved one. While some stress can be good for you, if stress becomes chronic it can result in anxiety, insomnia, high blood pressure and even a weakened immune system. Stress has even been shown to contribute to health conditions such as depression, obesity and heart disease. Learning healthy ways to manage stress is vital for maintaining your overall health.

Broadcast date: 4/29/2018 

This past weekend around the world individual’s and cities celebrated Earth Day, which is marked on April 22 every year. This year's Earth Day was focused on ending plastic pollution in the oceans, the land and in our bodies. 300 million tons of plastic are sold each year and that 90% of that is thrown away.  A huge percentage of those plastics end up in our landfills, our oceans, our wildlife and our bodies.  It’s with that concern, that organizations and people around the world are calling on government leaders to take the health risks of plastic seriously and asking them to ban single use plastics and non-recyclable products.

Broadcast date: 4/19/2018

Opera San Luis Obispo (OperaSLO) is the region's only professional opera company, and one of only four Grand Opera companies in the state. Productions boast full orchestras, choruses, ballet, and original, complete sets and costumes. They do this by collaborating with other non-profit organizations that share their vision of artistic excellence. Their diverse events range from elegant and intimate recital series to exciting educational experiences and spectacular grand opera and musical theatre productions.

Broadcast date: 4/12/2018 

Talking about your end of life wishes can be difficult but making sure your loved ones and doctors know what kind of medical treatment you want is a very important and necessary step in receiving quality and compassionate medical care if or when the need should arise. National Healthcare Decisions Day is dedicated to helping Americans start conversations about advance care planning, and exists to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers to take action, because avoiding these decisions can lead to unwanted care, ineffective treatments and both patient and family suffering.

Broadcast date: 4/5/2018

This week on Central Coast Voices we will be joined by U.S. Congressman Salud Carbajal who represents the 24th Congressional District of California. The District includes the entirety of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties, and a portion of Ventura County. Since assuming office in January of 2017, the Congressman has actively served the Central Coast. He is a member of both the  House Committee on Armed Services and House Committee on the Budget, as well as participates in over twenty caucuses.

Broadcast date: 3/29/2018

Have you ever wondered why practical money management isn't more commonly taught in schools? Have you ever wondered what it would take to help students be good with money? Pockets Change is a new creative way to empower students to change their financial paths, by inspiring financial capability, teaching financial literacy through the universal language of Hip Hop.

Broadcast date: 3/15/2018

Just over a month ago, 17 innocent people, high school students and staff, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, were gunned down and killed by a lone gunman, a former student at the school.  Dozens more were injured.

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