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Issues & Ideas: air date 10-02-2013

  • 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.

As director of programming and content, Marisa Waddell coordinates the radio programming on KCBX and KCBX HD2 and leads efforts to develop content on the KCBX website and other digital platforms. She manages the KCBX on-air staff, including the newsroom (of which she is editor-in-chief), music hosts, continuity announcers and on-air volunteers. Marisa also hosts the Thursday night Americana music program The Road Home, and contributes interviews to the weekly KCBX radio magazine Issues and Ideas and to KCBX News.
Tom Wilmer produces on-air content for Issues & Ideas airing over KCBX and is producer and host of the six-time Lowell Thomas award-winning NPR podcast Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer. Recorded live on-location across America and around the world, the podcasts feature the arts, culture, music, nature, history, science, wine & spirits, brewpubs, and the culinary arts--everything from baseball to exploring South Pacific atolls to interviewing the real Santa Claus in the Arctic.