Robert Burton

November 28th, 2010

Show #144   Recorded 11/24/10   Air date  12/3/10 

Hops and Dreams:  The Story of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

Chico State University English professor Rob Burton researched the story of 2 microbrewers who started brewing beer in Chico in November 1980, and became a company of nearly 500 employees which wins awards for its energy efficiency as well as the quality of its beer.    Owner Ken Grossman continues to head the company.


Sally McNall

November 18th, 2010

Recorded 11/18/10

Where Once

Paradise resident and award-winning poet Sally McNall reads from her most recent collection plus some poems from previous collections: Trying to Write a Poem Without the Word Blood In It and How to Behave at the Zoo and Other Lessons.


Mary Volmer

November 16th, 2010

Show 152   Recorded 11/16/10   Air date  2/4/11

Crown of Dust

Author Mary Volmer was born in Grass Valley and her historical novel is set in California gold country during the time of the Gold Rush.

From the New York Times Sunday Book Review December 26, 2010:

Volmer’s gold rush yarn opens lowdown cute with, among others, a drunken preacher and a bossy innkeeper named Emaline, who grouses in salty rustic fashion like Marjorie Main’s Ma Kettle giving what-for to Pa. The tone ascends thoughtfully with the arrival of Alex Ford, a young woman disguised (quite convincingly, so it appears) as a young man. Except for a few hints, we won’t know until the tumultuous final chapters why Alex has adopted male drag to pan for gold in a California mining settlement named Motherlode. With the sort of beginner’s luck that earns her the nickname Golden Boy, she finds a mostly welcoming alternative family among the roughshod male residents of the Victoria Inn, where Emaline commands as keeper of the peace, enforcer of attendance at church on Sundays and one-woman bordello. Somewhat predictably, Alex’s androgynous allure incites homosexual panic in a repressed young immigrant from Cornwall. There are subliminal echoes of L. Frank Baum in Volmer’s mythmaking, with Motherlode as an Old West Emerald City, Emaline as the Good Witch and Alex’s punitive Gran as the defunct Bad Witch of the East. But Volmer keeps whimsy in check with a terse ­present-tense voice that invests her pioneers with piquant inner lives and a poker-faced lyricism.


Jeanne E. Clark

November 11th, 2010

show # 150  Recorded 8/28/10  Air date 1/28/11

Gorrill's Orchard

Chico State English professor Jeanne Clark's poems are about life among almond trees and walking dogs rescued and rescuing.


Katherine Leiner

November 11th, 2010

Show #141 Recorded 9/30/10  Aired 11/5/10

Growing Roots: The New Generation of Sustainable Farmers, Cooks, and Food Activists

Katherine Leiner and photographer Andrew Lipton go on a cross-country tour to present the stories and faces behind the sustainable food movement.  The author includes recipes, but this is more than a cookbook -- it is a book about relationships.


Phil Coppock

November 11th, 2010

Show #143 Recorded 10/14/10

Rubber Tuesday

Chico State writing instructor Phil Coppock collaborated with Mrs. Bower's 4th grade class at Chico Country Day School to write a story about a little boy who wakes up one morning to find things bouncing.  Through writing this story students learned to recognize and use figurative language.


Nancy Leek

November 11th, 2010

Show #145  recorded 11/11/10   Air date 12/10/10

John Bidwell: The Adventurous LIfe of a California Pioneer

Librarian Nancy Leek tells the story of Chico founding father John Bidwell from the time he was a young boy through his life as a political figure in California history.


Miranda Pope

November 11th, 2010

Show #160   Recorded 11/9/10  Air date 4/29/11

Heart of the Sky

Mira Talbott-Pope has been a resident of Butte County (Cohasset) for 35 years and worked as a psychotherapist and social worker.  At age 70 she flew to Guatemala and the following year quit working here to move to Guatemala, changing her name to "Miranda" to avoid confusion with a Spanish verb.  Her novel is based on her experiences doing volunteer work in Guatemala.


The Derelict Voice

November 11th, 2010

Show #139     Recorded 10/7/10   Air date  10/15/10

The Derelict Voice

Authors from the writers' group at the Chico Jesus Center Alex Rizo Patron, MIchael Long, and Veronica Jewar share their poetry and prose.


Scott Simon

November 10th, 2010

Show  #138  Recorded 9/17/10    Aired 10/15/10 and 5/6/11

Baby, We Were Meant for Each Other: In Praise of Adoption

Scott Simon writes the story of how he and his wife adopted two little girls from China.  He also tells success stories of other adoptees like Steve Inskeep.





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