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Issues & Ideas: 2012 Archives

December 26, 2012: Join Brian Reynolds and Kristine Tardiff from the SLO County Library as they discuss the importance of providing positive experiences for youth through focusing on the developing of assets. The developmental assets are 40 common sense, positive experiences and qualities that help influence the choices young people make and help them become caring, responsible, successful adults. They will also be discussing some upcoming events focusing on how to build a community without bullying.

December 26, 2012: The Reluctant Therapist: Now that we are finally able to settle back and relax after a hectic season of giving and receiving, it's a good time to discuss how we can continue the spirit of service to those in need, not just over the holidays - but year round. Elizabeth Barrett, The Reluctant Therapist talks with Teri Kerchefski, Executive Director of the Child Development Center, about ways we can help children, their families, and the programs that work to support them.

December 19, 2012: Larry Rutter talks with Roger Durling, head of upcoming Santa Barbara International Film Festival; Cal Poly Professor George Cotkin about his new book on the modern day influence of Herman Melville's 150 year old novel "Moby Dick"; and, San Luis Obispo Supervisor Adam Hill about the positives and negatives of having the Tour of California bicycle race come to Avila Beach.

December 12, 2012: Gene Strohl talks with therapist and attorney Bill Eddy and psychologist and mediator Don Saposnek about their recent publication, Splitting America. The book deals with parallels the authors have discovered between what happens in "high-conflict" divorce cases and what is happening today in the political arena in America.

December 5, 2012: For low-income folks, winter can be a hard time - especially without the resources to fix a broken furnace or buy weather stripping - or even to pay the energy bill. Well, there's help for you or a neighbor who might need home energy assistance. Marisa Waddell talks with Michael Daly, an energy services outreach coordinator who offers low-flow showerheads, new furnaces, weatherization, low-energy light bulbs and lots more to local people in need.

November 28, 2012(a): Brian Reynolds and Kristine Tardiff talk with San Luis Obispo County Veteran Services Officer Dana Cummings about services provided to veterans locally.

November 28, 2012(b): Christmas gifting can be a great source of stress financially and emotionally. The Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, discusses ways to relieve that stress, including the new smART Studio - a green studio and gallery promoting creative reuses for artists of all ages - with founder Teri Kurchevski.

November 21, 2012: San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Bruce Gibson will be Larry Rutter's guest for a live interview and listener comments and questions. Among the topics of discussion will be the Coastal Commission's recent decision on seismic testing at Diablo Canyon, and other key issues the supervisors are grappling with, including the financial future of the county.

November 14, 2012(a): Join travel correspondent Tom Wilmer on the dock in Morro Bay as he visits with Margie Hurd, the owner of SLO Fresh Catch, a community supported fishery, and local fisherman and restaurant owner, Mark Tognazzini. They'll discuss the sustainable fisheries industry and how it pertains to the local consumer.

November 14, 2012(b): Jake Blair looks into a recent study from UCSB that advocates for a third classification of seafood, and how local residents can take steps to ensure that their fish eating habits aren't harmful to the environment here or abroad.

November 14, 2012(c): Crissa Hewitt and Stephen DeLuque present a variation on their annual holiday show. This year -- stories that speak to Thanksgiving. We have all been taught about the joys of being a giver, but the art of being the recipient is an amazing return gift.

October 31, 2012: There's public art all over San Luis Obispo. Brian Reynolds and Kristine Tardiff of the San Luis Obispo County Library talk about public art with Shannon Bates. She's the recreation and public art manager for the City of San Luis Obispo, which is currently featuring art on utility boxes in the city core, and is sponsoring a mural project in the atrium of the city library.

October 31, 2012: Death is one of our greatest fears - and we often speak of it only in hushed tones - as if saying it out loud might bring it our way. Join the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett and her guest, Dr. Ned Shultz, for a Halloween conversation about death, our cultural discomfort surrounding the subject, and our psychological resistance to dying.

October 24, 2012: It's our annual wine harvest show. Wine guru Archie McLaren checks in with vintner from Paso Robles, Edna Valley, Santa Barbara County and Napa Valley to learn the ups and downs and the pros and cons of this year's harvest.

October 17, 2012: Larry Rutter leads a discussion on the California state ballot propositions - and invites your phone calls. Check our website at www2.kcbx.org for a guide to the propositions from the California Report.

October 10, 2012: Marisa Waddell takes us on an audio excursion with the acorn lady of Atascadero. Acorns are falling all over California, and there's one local woman, Kathie Asdel, who harvests them to make cookies, crackers and more.

October 3, 2012: Marisa Waddell has a preview of the upcoming Central Coast Bioneers conference.

September 26, 2012: Our libraries are gearing up to train the public how to use e-book technology. San Luis Obispo County Library Director Brian Reynolds and Library Manager Kristine Tardiff talk about e-books, the technology and titles available, and how e-books have affected reading and libraries.

September 19, 2012: Meet the candidates for mayor of San Luis Obispo. Larry Rutter will moderate the debate. Candidates Steve Barasch, Donald Hedrick, and incumbent Jan Marx have all been invited to participate.

September 5, 2012: Learn about the upcoming Peace Love Story Fest as Marisa Waddell talks with storyteller and festival organizer Zette Harbour.

August 29, 2012: The Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, will be live in the studio leading a conversation about the state of our collective mental health and the ways in which our helping professions are either aiding or getting in the way of our cultural well-being. With so many social services, treatments and programs available - why are we still struggling in so many ways?

August 22, 2012 (a): Library Director Brian Reynolds talks with renowned author and environmental activist David Helvarg of the Blue Frontier Campaign and with Charmaine Coimbra of the Friends for the Elephant Seal about those unique residents of our coast - and about the health of our ocean.

August 22, 2012 (b): Marisa Waddell has a preview of the upcoming Central Coast Writers Conference at Cuesta College with poet, playwright and publisher Jack Grapes and conference director Judy Salamacha.

August 22, 2012 (c): Travel correspondent Tom Wilmer takes us to the Briscoe Center for American History in Austin, Texas, with its premier collection documenting antebellum Southern life, the largest collection of Congressional history outside of Washington, D.C., and one of the largest collections of news media and journalism, including Walter Cronkite's entire archive.

August 15, 2012: In the next week or so millions of students will be returning to school throughout much of California. Parents and students are wondering what they will find, especially given the major financial problems facing most districts. The superintendents of two of San Luis Obispo County's school districts - Jim Hogeboom of Lucia Mar and Eric Prater of San Luis Coastal will join hose Larry Rutter live in the studio to talk about what students and parents can expect that will be different when classes begin, and take listener questions and comments.

August 8, 2012 (a): Gene Strohl talks with local author and healer Suey Irvine, whose search for alternative therapies for her developmentally disabled son became a spiritual journey.

August 8, 2012 (b): Travel Correspondent Tom Wilmer gives us a preview of Sunset Magazine's Savor the Central Coast.

August 1, 2012 (a): Marisa Waddell talks with Cathy Orton of CASA - which advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the court system.

August 1, 2012 (b): Amy West has the story about Mike Sinor, his passion for winemaking and his experience doing it with the biodynamic agricultural method.

July 25, 2012: Larry Rutter hosts the show this week with a discussion of homelessness on the Central Coast. His guests are San Luis Obispo County Third District Supervisor, Adam Hill, San Luis Obispo City Manager, Katie Lichtig, and Homeless Services Coordinator for the Community Action Partnership, Dee Torres.

July 18, 2012: Brian Reynolds and Kristine Tardiff of the San Luis Obispo County Library talk with attorney, youth advocate and local author Carissa Phelps, who spent years as a runaway and prostitute before finding the strength to light the way for others.

July 11, 2012: There's a local group working to establish a self-sustaining community village of tiny homes where homeless adults can live in peace, with dignity. Hope's Village of SLO is being planned, not just by advoates for the homeless, but by local homeless individuals, too. We'll hear from the founder of Hope's Village.

June 27, 2012 (a): Andy Harp has a conversation with Festival Mozaic Music Director Scott Yoo and Executive Director Bettina Swigger about the upcoming music and events this summer.

June 27, 2012 (b): Travel correspondent Lisa Sonne visits El Paca Pastures, a working alpaca ranch in Ojai. She learns that besides being cute and gentle, alpacas have hypo-allergenic fleece, they hum, and they are an eco-friendly livestock choice.

June 27, 2012 (c): Join San Luis Obispo County Library Director Brian Reynolds as he talks with Jenn Rhodes from Friday Night Live and Dan Hartzell of the YMCA. They'll discuss bullying, and what is being done locally to help youth, families, schools and organizations take a stand against bullying - specifically with the Anti-Defamation League's "No Place for Hate" programs in the schools.

June 20, 2012: Live Call-in with the Reluctant Therapist...According to marriage and family counselor Elizabeth Barrett, we've been lulled into believing that we can, and should, trust others with our mental health and well-being. When it comes to tending to our emotional health - Barrett says it's time to take back our collective power and talk about the ways we can best serve as advocates for our own lives and the lives of those whom we love and care for.

June 13, 2012: Bob Edgar is a former Methodist minister and congressman, and current CEO of Common Cause - a national nonpartisan advocacy organization. Rich Kurrasch is a retired pastor and current executive director or the local nonprofit People of Faith for Justice. Marisa Waddell talks with both of them about an upcoming activist workshop and talk by Bob Edgar called "The Corrosive Influence of Money in Politics."

June 6, 2012: Marisa Waddell visits with nationally renowned humorist and author Polly Frost, who grew up in Santa Barbara County, and returns this month to perform her show, "How to Survive Your Adult Relationship With Your Family."

May 30, 2012: Marisa Waddell visits with the current and past presidents of the Cayucos Land Conservancy, which has preserved miles of land already, and is currently working hard to save 16-hundred hillside lots overlooking the town, and some coastal terrace and hillsides south of Cayucos.

May 30, 2012: Travel Correspondent Tom Wilmer brings us the second of two segments this month about things to see and do in Dublin, Ireland. Today we'll hear about Dublin's economy, an Irish descendants gathering planned for next year, theatre, tall ships and more.

May 24, 2012: Listen for the second of our two debates between candidates for San Luis Obispo County Supervisor. Fifth district candidates Jim Patterson and Debbie Arnold will be in our studios for an hour. Larry Rutter will moderate the debate.

May 23, 2012: Marisa Waddell has a conversation with some students from the Engineers without Borders chapter at Cal Poly about their international and local efforts -- which include improving drinking water and sanitation, and building health clinics in developing countries and planning a septic tank reuse program locally, among many other projects.

May 23, 2012: San Luis Obispo County Library Director Brian Reynolds talks with a librarian, a teacher and a couple of kids about summer reading.

May 17, 2012: A live debate between the two contenders for 3rd district supervisor in San Luis Obispo County, Adam Hill and Ed Waage.

May 16, 2012: Larry Rutter hosts a one-hour call-in show all about bicycles and cyclists today in celebration of national bike month. He'll speak with some folks from bicycle coalition and Rideshare - and he invites you to join the conversation, too. Call in to share your favorite bike route, express your concern about bikes on the road or tell about your experience riding to work.

May 9, 2012: Marisa Waddell visits with some folks who are making an effort to promote fair trade on the Central Coast and internationally.

May 9, 2012: Larry Rutter talks with train enthusiast David Wiseman about National Train Day, coming up May 12th. We'll find out about local celebrations.

May 2, 2012: Marisa Waddell has a conversation with a local rancher and the director of a local resource conservation district about how Central Coast landowners can get help supporting their own management and stewardship of their properties.

April 25, 2012: Marisa Waddell speaks with some folks from Enhancement, Inc., a local nonprofit whose purpose is to improve the quality of life for breast cancer survivors.

April 25, 2012: For National Poetry Month, San Luis Obispo County Library Director Brian Reynolds has a conversation with poets Kevin Patrick Sullivan and Jim Cushing.

April 25, 2012: Mission San Miguel is a national historic landmark that was severely damaged by the 2003 San Simeon earthquake. We'll get an update on the progress to restore the mission.

April 18, 2012: Wild Cherry Canyon is a land preservation project that could greatly expand scenic and recreational offerings on the Central Coast. Larry Rutter talks with Kara Blakeslee, who has been spearheading the effort to acquire land, and integrate it into Montana de Oro State Park.

April 18, 2012: Midwives help usher new lives into this world, and keep mothers safe, strong and informed before, during and after birth. In this program, we learn more about women who catch babies.

April 11, 2012: There's a local nonprofit doing important work promoting sustainable vineyard practices. It's the Central Coast Vineyard Team - and Marisa Waddell has a conversation with its executive director.

March 28, 2012: Marisa Waddell speaks with Alyce Crawford, family care consultant with the Coast Caregiver Resource Center and Bob Rouleau, a client of the program. Caregiver Resource Centers throughout the state offer help for unpaid caregivers of adults with cognitive disorders or other disabling conditions. The centers provide information, respite care, counseling and other support. This state-funded resource is in jeopardy of disappearing, though, because of budget cuts. This discussion covers what this resource offers, why it's important, and why it's at risk.

March 28, 2012: Mary Schiller takes listeners on an excursion to the Santa Margarita Auction Barn, where bargain hunters can bid on antiques, collectibles and other interesting items twice a month in a fast-paced, exciting atmosphere.

March 14, 2012: Pandora Nash Karner interviews Pam Delgado, from the popular band Blame Sally. The band is performing a fund-raising concert on Sunday, April 15th.

March 7, 2012: The 8th Annual Art Eco - Connections with Nature at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden is taking place March 16th from 5-7pm. This exciting event featurs numerous talented local artists working in reclaimed or natural materials.

February 29, 2012: Host Larry Rutter speaks with Bruce Serverance and Kevin Hauber, co-founders of the SLO Veteran's Home Energy Project, who share tips on how to reduce home energy costs.

February 29, 2012: Host Katherine Johnson talks with gerontologist and children's book author, Christina LeBlanc Selder, about ageism and the challenges of selecting assisted living facilities.

February 8, 2012: Andy Harp speaks with Festival Mozaic Music Director Scott Yoo about Wintermezzo Concerts, coming up February 10th - 12th.

January 25, 2012: Pandora Nash Karner talks with Executive Director of the San Luis Obispo Botanical Gardens, Mike Bush, about upcoming events at the Gardens, then she speaks with 2 time Grammy-winner Laurence Juber about his upcoming concert on Sunday, February 12th.