There's a conference coming this month that will feature social, scientific, and environmental innovators from many disciplines to share breakthrough solutions to environmental, scientific and social challenges. It's the Central Coast Bioneers Conference, coming at the end of October. Marisa Waddell talks with the conference organizer, and the CEO of a company whose goal is to create a global community of people helping each other to repair things instead of throwing things away.
Also, travel correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with Cuba expert Christopher P. Baker about what Cuba is like for American visitors since President Obama created a new license category for travelers that allows any U.S. citizen to travel to Cuba. It's called "People to People," and its purpose is to encourage cultural exchange and to encourage Americans to act as "Citizen Ambassadors.
Marisa Waddell has had a life-long love affair with public radio. Her mom tells her that she was listening to Chicago's WFMT in the womb. As a child she listened to KPFK and KCRW in Los Angeles and then KCBX from about the 6th grade on. Marisa began as a volunteer classical music host and weekend announcer on KCBX at age 19, while studying broadcasting at Cuesta Community College. She worked at commercial station KKUS in San Luis Obispo and then received her bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications and Film from San Diego State University. While in San Diego Marisa was the weekday afternoon classical music announcer at KPBS FM. On her return to San Luis Obispo in 1990, she became the classical music director at KCBX . She also produced, wrote, edited and hosted a local issues radio magazine, "Audio Excursions," and contributed news stories to the statewide news program, "The California Report."
Host of the Lowell Thomas Award-winning NPR digital media travel show, Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer, Wilmer has also produced the on-air travel show for KCBX since 1989. Wilmer also served as digital-media travel host for KRML in Carmel, Calif 2015-2017.