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Issues & Ideas: 'Your Own Backyard,' Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance and connecting seniors

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On this week's edition of Issues & Ideas: Chris Lambert created the podcast "Your Own Backyard," about Kristin Smart and the nearly quarter-century-long unsolved case of her disappearance from San Luis Obispo's Cal Poly campus. We speak with Lambert about what's new with the podcast and its genesis. State lawmakers reconvened Monday, and are expected to introduce a pair of bills aimed at extending eviction protections for Californians. There’s one industry in California that is seeing a resurgence because of the pandemic — hunting. Meals That Connect provides free noontime meals to seniors throughout San Luis Obispo County, and you’ll get an inside look at how the organization delivers. Also, you'll get a bit of history and an update on the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance. Finally, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival has moved online, providing recommendations for film lovers stuck at home.

Carol started as a newsroom volunteer at KCBX in the summer of 2017, inspired by her daughter's internship with KCBX News. She joined the KCBX staff in January, 2018. Carol started her radio career at Cal Poly’s KCPR, then moved on to become the director of programming and a morning host at KKUS (US98). Her voice was heard on advertisements and on KSBY TV for many years as well.
Beth Thornton is a freelance reporter for KCBX, and a contributor to Issues & Ideas. She was a 2021 Data Fellow with the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism.