Nancy Wiegman

Host, Nancy's Bookshelf

Nancy Wiegman has a master's degree in French linguistics from Indiana University and taught yoga and foreign languages at CSU Fresno and the College of Charleston before moving to Chico in 1990.

For seven years she acted and danced in productions such as Singin' in the Rain, Mary Poppins, The Real Inspector Hound, Biloxi Blues, and Steel Magnolias.

In 1999, Nancy was named Outstanding Woman of Chico and received a Maggie Award in 2002.

She directs the yoga program at Chico Sports Club and has been teaching yoga there since 1994.

She became a classical announcer at KCHO in 1990 and often hosted the hourlong call-in show "I-5 LIVE!" on North State Public Radio, occasionally Weekend Showcase, and started Nancy's Bookshelf in July of 2007 after producing a series of four-minutes spots called "Health Desk," which aired during All Things Considered.

Nancy is also a certified pilgrim, having walked sections of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Spain and France many times beginning in 2005.

 

Local researcher Maris Thompson collected stories of immigration in the German American Midwest during World War I. Award-winning NPR journalist Tom Gjelten talked to immigrant families in Virginia for his book A Nation of Nations. This week join Nancy for immigration stories past and present.

Award-winning cameraman and producer Tim Ortman has written a memoir about his years working overseas for NBC when TV news reporting was at its zenith. This week join Nancy for a conversation with the author of Newsreal: A View Through The Lens When...

Standup comedian Paula Poundstone is a popular panelist on NPR's weekly news quiz show, "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me," and will be bringing her improvisational humor to Laxson Auditorium in Chico on September 21st.

Growing up in Northern California, each of today's two guests developed a passion for the outdoors. Wildlife biologist and photographer Jeffrey Rich has compiled a visual essay of America's national bird. His new book is Bald Eagles in the Wild. Former columnist for the Chico News & Review John Soares has hiked the trails of Northern California since he was five years old. His guidebook 100 Classic Hikes in Northern California is in its 4th edition, and he also has a new book, Day Hiking: Mount Shasta, Lassen and Trinity Alps Regions.

Attorney Bryan Stevenson was featured in a recent issue of Time magazine as an agent of change in the south. After Harvard law school, he went to the south to advocate for prisoners facing execution - almost all of whom were black. He is the executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, and titled his best-selling memoir Just Mercy. Local author Lani Muelrath gives us a 30-day plan for finding health, balance, peace and happiness in her book The Mindful Vegan. She encourages us to shed old thinking patterns and live more joyfully with food.

Many people in the North State have walked, or dream of walking, the medieval pilgrimage route across northern Spain to the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela. Now over a million pilgrims from across the world travel to Spain to walk the Camino, and about a fifth of them receive their certificate of completion when they arrive in Santiago. Two such pilgrims are Nancy's guests today. Kurt Koontz wrote of his pilgrimage in his book A Million Steps. Terrence Callery also wrote about his 500-mile pilgrimage will tell us about his adventure on the Camino de Santiago.

Throughout his life, Paradise author Garth Nielsen has participated in Native American ceremonies and talked to traditional elders. As an adult he was adopted by an Iroquois woman. His first book was a collection of essays about what he learned, and it described his personal discovery. After this first book, Odyssey of a Spiritual Nomad, he published a second collection of stories called Petroglyphs.

Palo Cedo author Steven Callan learned a love of nature from his game warden father, and Steve himself had a 30-year career as a wildlife protection officer for the California Department of Fish and Game conducting investigations that thwarted outlaws and saved wildlife. This week join Nancy for a conversation with the author of The Game Warden's Son.

Today's guests are husband/wife authors who share an interest in nature. Ornothologist Roger Lederer co-wrote Latin for Bird Lovers with his wife, retired English professor Carol Burr. Co-authors Roger and Helen Ekins collaborated on a trail guide to the flumes and trails of Paradise.

Retired political science professor Michelle Shover researched 19th century Butte County for her latest book. This week join Nancy for a conversation with the author of California Standoff: Miners, Indians and Farmers at War 1850-1865.

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