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On this week’s Issues & Ideas, we get a tour of a former military facility off the coastal highway in Big Sur. It's been off-limits to the public until now, and it’s full of Cold War secrets. Also, we get to know JooWan Kim, the composer and pianist behind an avant-garde hip-hop orchestra from Oakland called Mik Nawooj.

On this week’s Issues & Ideas, the city of Morro Bay continues its effort to build a $126 million dollar wastewater treatment facility near the north end of South Bay Blvd. But a group of residents are putting on the brakes with a referendum campaign; the county is currently verifying signatures that could trigger a public vote.

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On this week's Issues & Ideas, we meet a Cal Poly aerospace engineering professor who has designed aircraft that hold nine world speed records. He's part of a team traveling the world for the 2019 Red Bull Air Race Championship. We speak to the newest member of the Grover Beach City Council, appointed to the city's governing body during the first city council meeting she ever attended. January 28 marked the 50th anniversary of the Santa Barbara Oil Spill, and we have a report from commemorative event. Later, we talk with a San Luis Obispo woman who launched a pedicab business, and says a fleet of the human-powered vehicles could help solve some of San Luis Obispo's traffic and parking issues. And we'll get to know the UCSB professor who recently won the National Book Award for his biography of Alain Locke, the famous "Dean" of the Harlem Renaissance.

The human struggle--especially for young girls--to fit in and to embrace one's unique gifts is very real. Local author Eldonna Edwards explores this struggle in her new book, This I Know. Issues and Ideas host Brian Reynolds talks with Eldonna Edwards this month about her novel that is garnering a buzz in the literary world, including a June book club selection by syndicated radio host Delilah. Set in a small Midwest town in the late 1960s and helmed by an unforgettable young protagonist, This I Know is a luminous coming-of-age story from an astonishing new voice.

For the better part of the last decade, award-winning photographer, author, and filmmaker Chris Burkard has continued to refine and redefine his own version of success. From his local roots to gaining international recognition, this married father of two has used his curiosity about the world and passion for lifelong learning to create a life that many would envy but few would have the energy and dedication to make it happen.

Brian Reynolds talks with Mark Arnold, author of the new novel Monster: The Early Life of Mary Shelley. It's a fictionalized telling of the story behind the woman who gave us Frankenstein.

25 years ago, Daniel Quinn published the novel, Ishmael. This revolutionary book was awarded the 1991 Turner Tomorrow Fellowship, which was established to encourage authors to seek "creative and positive solutions to global problems." Quinn's  message has transformed the lives of millions of readers who feel inspired to share the story with family, friends, neighbors and acquaintances. Listen for a conversation with Daniel Quinn about Ishmael, writing and where we go from here. An encore presentation.

Cliff Branch's new book, American Made: A Boomer's Reflection is the part biography, part retrospective on what it was like to grow up during the 50s, 60s, and 70s on California's Central Coast.

Branch was raised in Santa Barbara, went to Cal Poly for college, and began his adventures as a serial entrepreneur in San Luis Obispo.

His book candidly looks at his big successes (mail-order stereo components, hot tubs, computers, real estate) and his troubles (cocaine addiction).

The Power of Trust

Nov 3, 2014

Broadcast date: 10/27/14

Bestselling author, Ulrich Boser, shows how the emerging research on trust can improve our life and rebuild our economy.

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KCBX News Director Randol White speaks with a Santa Barbara teenager about her new book The Survival Guide to Bullying.

Ajia Mayrock breaks down the tools she used to stay positive in Junior High and High School and talks about what helped her to eventually thrive.

Tom Wilmer talks with award-winning travel journalist, Laurie McAndish King as she discusses her new book, Lost, Kidnapped, Eaten Alive and reads some selected passages.

Reforming Education

Jun 23, 2014

Educator and author, John Kuhn, articulates the need funding equality throughout the education system.

Resister

Jun 6, 2014

Resister:  When Bruce Dancis enrolled at Cornell University in 1965, he had no idea he’d become a national figure by becoming the first student to destroy his draft card.  His book titled “Resister,” tells the story of his exploits from serving 19-months in prison to respected professional journalist.