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Issues and Ideas
Mondays, 1:00PM - 2:00PM

Issues and Ideas is a show that features a wide variety of voices sharing their thoughts and perspectives about local people, issues and events on the Central Coast. You might hear a policy maker discussing new regulation, an artist sharing his creative process, an entrepreneur exploring sustainable business practices, or an author talking about her latest book.

Regular contributors and segments include: travel correspondent Tom Wilmer's Journeys of Discovery, Father Ian Delinger's Playing With Food, Betsey Nash's The Grape Nut, Santa Barbara correspondent Beth Thornton, Literary Reviews by Brian Reynolds, Dr. Consuelo Meux's Nonprofit Story.

Latest Episodes
  • Some of the most iconic photos in the history of rock music were taken by one man- Ed Caraeff. He was only 17 when he photographed Jimmy Hendrix, on his knees in front of his burning guitar. He spoke with KCBX's Benjamin Purper. Also Dr. Consuelo Meux sat down with Dusty Colyer-Worth and Lola White-Sanborn from SLO's GALA Pride and Diversity Center,
  • Elaine LaLanne, 96, shares tales of her incredible life journey with husband Jack LaLanne . Learn about the nonprofit PathPoint, which helps people with disabilities and mental health diagnoses find the life they choose. Also, learn to use lavender in the kitchen this summer.
  • The Mesa Trail at UC Santa Barbara is now open to the public, offering trails for recreation and opportunities for education. Author Dr. Doug Garland talks about his new book "The Tall Poppy Syndrome". Major General Laura Yeager retires after 36 years of service. Learn about mushrooms as Fr. Ian goes foraging at Fiscalini Ranch and visits with two home mushroom growers.
  • KCBX's Bettina Swigger speaks with Downtown Santa Barbara's Robin Elander about changes that are occurring in each city's core. Voters in Morro Bay will be choosing a new City Council member in June, and KCBX's Tom Wilmer spoke with the candidates. Festival Mozaic's Lloyd Tanner talks with KCBX's Dr. Consuelo Meux about the upcoming summer concert season.
  • On this episode, you'll learn about the Central Coast Autism Spectrum Center. Also, Agenda Breakdown's Kim Bisheff speaks with Cal Poly's Mike Latner about the upcoming election. The UCSB Library has the most extensive collection of early recordings on the West Coast. Finally, there are some changes at the San Luis Obispo County Library system.
  • Comedian Paula Poundstone- who will perform in Santa Barbara in May- is the national spokesperson for United for Libraries. Morro Bay Natural History Museum is chronicling WWII military activity on the Central Coast. California’s high speed rail project is tens of billions of dollars over budget. And, Fr. Ian Dellinger learns how to make a traditional borscht with a Ukrainian resident of the Central Coast.
  • The City of San Luis Obispo's General Plan is being updated, and you can participate. SLOCOG is hosting an event to discuss sustainable tourism. Atascadero is adding events and businesses to the city center, and SLO County Library has some changes in the works.
  • Historian and author Jim Gregory takes a look back to the WWII internment of Arroyo Grande residents of Japanese descent. Also, heritage resources are rescued from harm during emergencies, by the Heritage Emergency Response Team. Finally, on Playing With Food, Fr Ian cooks food for Passover.
  • Nicolina Gallante of Wilshire Health and Community Services talks about the Creative Mediation program. In the coming years, Baby Boomers will be 65 years of age and older, which will affect healthcare on the Central Coast. A racial justice documentary film produced here on the Central Coast was the catalyst for a dinner gathering, on "Playing With Food".
  • Roundabouts: people love them or hate them. This weeks edition of Agenda Breakdown looks at the reasons behind their use on the Central Coast. Also, on the Nonprofit Story, meet one of the founding teachers of Peace Academy of the Arts and Sciences.