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.


Eric Miller is a former "North State Voices" columnist for the Chico Enterprise-Record and Etc. Guy blogger. His stories are inspired by his life as a husband, a father of two teenage daughters, and son of adventurous parents.

After being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, poet, writer, singer, and teacher Maya Angelou came to Chico in 2011. Her interview with Nancy was originally recorded then. Dr. Angelou died on May 28, 2014, and the interview about her life and her latest book, a cookbook, was rebroadcast.

In part two of an interview with war correspondent Ann Scott Tyson and her husband Jim Gant, she tells why Osama bin Laden wanted her husband killed.

Ann Scott Tyson was a war correspondent for the Washington Post. She wrote about a U. S. Army Special Forces major named Jim Gant, and ended up marrying this charismatic and controversial commander who joins her in the interview.

Poet Brian Turner was invited to Chico by the Butte College Diversity Committee and Literary Events and the Chico State Book in Common Committee. His work has appeared on National Public Radio, the BBC, and Newshour with Jim Lehrer. He earned an MFA before serving seven years in the U. S. Army, and has written poems about his experiences in Iraq. The first collection of poems is called Here, Bullet and a second Phantom Noise.

Geoff Fricker is a photographer who has documented the Sacramento River and published his photographs in this book. An exhibit of his prints traveled from the headwaters of the Sacramento River to the Delta, starting at the Turtle Bay Museum in Redding, then to the Gateway Science Museum in Chico, and on to the California Museum in Sacramento.

Chico author Joan Goodreau describes what life was like day-to-day raising her autistic son Ian and her two daughters as a single mother. Even the "experts" have learned from Joan's descriptions of life with an autistic child.

Jennifer Read Hawthorne is author and co-author of books that have been translated into 30 languages and have sold more than 13 million copies. She was the keynote speaker at Enloe Medical Center's wellness event, "Heart of a Woman." She offers tips for living a fulfilling life.

Chico native Susan Rawlins writes poems with wit and humor about a variety of topics: baseball, words, punctuation, race driving, death, flowers, and her husband Stan.

London-born award winning novelist, playwright, and poet Fred D'Aguiar was raised in Guyana until the age of 12. His novel "Children of Paradise" is based on the facts of Jonestown, Jim Jones's utopian commune in Guyana. The novel was reviewed in the Sunday New York Times on March 9, 2014.