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On 8/3 we visit Theatre on the Ridge in Paradise to talk with the writer-director and the cast from the current production "Radioland's Back to the Beach," a variety show in the style of an old-time radio broadcast, including songs, comedy, serial chapters with wild characters and an audience-interactive game-show.

    

The Dot goes deep Blue on this episode as we explore the mysterious and immense submarine canyon that lies below the surface of Monterey Bay. Monterey is known for its famed Monterey Bay Aquarium but did you know it also has a separate scientific research center? Based in Moss Landing at the very head of the Submarine Canyon, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) is one of the world's leading oceanographic and marine biology/ecology research centers. Dave is joined by geologist Charles Paull along with fellow MBARI researchers James Barry and Bruce Robison plus robotic submarine operator Craig Dawe as we explore the deep waters of California's central coast.

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Leslie Bennett is a garden designer of both English and Jamaican descent working out of Oakland, CA. With a Jamaican-born husband, a two year old son, and knowledgeable, passionate views about the importance of cultural heritage, on cultivating Place this week, Leslie shares her journey navigating the marriage of beauty, function, cultural property and the radical activism of gardening. Join us!

For photos visit cultivatingplace.com. The show is available as a podcast on SoundCloudiTunesGoogle Play and Stitcher

Nearly a dozen government agencies and aid organizations will gather together under a single roof in Redding starting Thursday, aiming to provide answers and get victims of the Carr Fire back on their feet. 

 

 Bethel Church Redding and the Salvation Army are providing meals, food, bedding, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene products and items for babies and toddlers to victims of the Carr Fire. 

 

With parts of the city in ruins, elected leaders gathering this morning to proclaim a local emergency in Redding. The designation will suspend competitive bidding requirements, allowing expedited repairs.

According to City Attorney Barry DeWalt, declaring a local emergency will also make it easier for Redding to receive state aid, along with federal funds, should they be made available.

Brad Alexander, a spokesman for the state Office of Emergency Services said officials’ primary concern has been fighting the fire, evacuations and restoring electricity once danger passes.

A community meeting about the Carr Fire took place at 4 p.m. Monday, July 30th at the Redding Civic Auditorium. You can watch the full viedo of the meeting by clicking here. 

At the meeting officials said that Cal Fire Damage Inspection Specialists have provided affected community members with a live damage assesment map. It can be found at https://tinyurl.com/carrfirestructuremap.

Dave visits with Karla K. Morton and Alan Birkelbach, two poets laureate from Texas. In 2013, Karla herd a speaker talk about the 2016 centennial of the National Parks and decided to do something meaningful to celebrate it. She invited her fellow poet laureate Alan to join her on a quest to share the parks through the lens of poetry by visiting all 60 parks together. Their journey is nearly at the halfway point as of this interview. Journey through what Wallace Stegner called "the best idea America ever had," our national parks and yes, you will hear some lovely poems!

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CalFire is reporting that 536 structures have been destroyed in the Carr Fire. Five people have been killed, including two children. Officials are still assessing the number of destroyed and damaged homes. Currently 5,000 still remain threatened. The Carr Fire is currently the 18th most destructive wildfire that’s happened in California in the last 15 years. It’s nearly 90,000 acres and still 5 percent contained.

The following places are taking monetary donations for victims of the Carr Fire:

We talk with the director and cast from "The Wolves," a Pulitzer Prize nominated drama about nine young women on a high school soccer team, facing the pressures and exhilarations of life. The play is produced by Slow Theatre (the organization that also puts together Chico's popular theatrical event the Butcher Shop). "The Wolves" will be on stage the first weekend in August at 1078 Gallery in its brand new location on Park Avenue in Chico.

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Ways To Donate To Victims Of The Carr Fire And Mendocino Complex

The Carr Fire is one of the most destructive wildfires in California's history. The Mendocino Complex is one of the largest. Learn what you can do to help victims of these Northern California fires.

Blue Dot, named after Carl Sagan's famous speech about our place in the universe, features interviews with guests from all over the regional, national and worldwide scientific communities.

On Cultivating Place, we speak with people passionate about plants, gardens, and natural history. We explore what gardens mean to us and how they speak to us.

Each week host Nancy Wiegman talks to local, regional and national writers about their latest projects.

There’s still time to head up the road for a late-summer adventure. Plan a trip with help from this new map of California destinations featured by Kim Weir on her show Up the Road on NSPR.

With our new series Since You Asked, we're turning to YOU. What have you always wondered about the North State? What questions do you have about this place we call home?

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