Nolan Ford

Music Director, Producer, Midday Host

Nolan Ford is the Music Director for North State Public Radio. After graduating with a Media Arts degree from Chico State University in 2004, he accepted a part-time position with Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. The job's flexible scheduling presented Nolan with the opportunity to travel and perform music all across the West Coast with his first rock band, the secret stolen. A love of the arts bloomed into an obsession. Following five glorious years with SNBC, Nolan returned to CSUC and received a mathematics teaching credential in 2009. After several years of teaching middle and high school math, he accepted a position as Managing Editor for Chico arts/entertainment weekly, The SynthesisCurrently, Nolan can be heard on-air as the local midday host for NSPR, and also produces several programs for the station including Blue Dot, Nancy's Bookshelf, and Songs From Studio C. In his spare time, Nolan continues to travel and perform with various musical projects.

Photo by Kacey Gardener

Rabbit Wilde is an Americana/folk-rock quartet based out of Bellingham, Washington. They just released their new full-length album, The Heartland, and recently completed a string of performances at the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. We discuss the band's experience putting this album together as well as the inspiration behind their song, "Porcelain Frame".

Grossology by Silvia Branzei-Velasquez — Microbiologist Sylvia Branzei has written five books on the science of gross things. Her books on Grossology are the inspiration for an exhibit at Gateway Science Museum.

The United States and Terrorism: An Ironic Perspective by Ron Hirschbein — Retired professor Hirschbein says the United States rationalizes its own terrorist actions and dodges the terrorism label.  

Strategic Terror: The Politics and Ethics of Aerial Bombardment by Beau Grosscup — Retired professor Grosscup recounts the history of aerial bombardment of civilian populations throughout the 20th century and up to the present day, and how terrorism is a politically loaded concept.

Ross Heinemann or as he’s known on stage, “Forgettable Ross,” was one of many artists in the North State to submit a video to NPR’s annual Tiny Desk Concert Contest. Ross’ video was voted by NSPR listeners as their regional favorite. This week on Songs From Studio C, we talk with the Dunsmuir musician about his songwriting, the contest, and his humble moniker.

"Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host" with Ira Glass: Ira Glass' show in Laxson Auditorium combines real narratives by the radio host of "This American Life" with dance.

Woman on the Verge of Paradise by Robyn Alana Engels: Chico social worker and community activist Robyn Engels recounts humorous tales of her failed love life.

Photo by Curtis Pope

This week's guest on Songs From Studio C is local songwriter, Aamir Malik (also known as Paktuckia). We discuss the inspiration behind his latest song "The Darkside Within Man" as well as his passion for traditional Irish music and some upcoming performances surrounding St. Patrick's Day.

Helga Ruge, who passed away on January 25, 2016, was a long-time supporter of the arts in Chico and especially the North State Symphony. This is a rebroadcast of her interviews on Nancy's Bookshelf. At the end of the hour, Chico Enterprise-Record book reviewer Dan Barnett says a few words about e-newsletters. 

Mattie Celi by M. Elizabeth Schaefer 

This novel about a child in foster care is loosely based on Mary Schaefer's life as a foster child in Southern California. Mary's careers have included beautician, singer/keyboard player, and radio personality. Now retired from the Department of Defense Naval Engineering Station and living in Stirling City, she took writing courses and wrote her first novel. She reads selections from her book like the scene with a creepy foster mother who had a mysterious green door inside her house that was kept locked.

Margaritifer Basin by Greg Gates

Red Bluff author Greg Gates has an MA in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School. He spent 15 years in the United States Navy as a surface warfare officer and is a Vietnam veteran. He now spends his time writing, and has published the first of three Margaritifer Basin novels. Margaritifer Basin is a science fiction novel that chronicles the settlement of the planet Mars.

For the last 10 years, John Craigie has been a frequent visitor to the North State, performing his signature folk songs that often blend humor with sincere emotive content. Craigie’s live shows are also known for the comedic storytelling that takes place between his songs, which regularly leads to loud belly laughs from his delighted fans.

The Spirituality of Age: A Seeker's Guide to Growing Older by Robert Weber 

Dr. Weber is a former Jesuit who is now a professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School. He is coauthor of The Spirituality of Age, a compassionate guide to transforming aging into spiritual growth.

Creative Schools: A Grassroots Revolution That's Transforming Education by Sir Ken Robinson

Sir Ken Robinson lived and worked in England before moving to the United States in 2001. He urges schools and colleges everywhere to rethink their basic assumptions about intelligence and achievement. He asks: Why is it essential to promote creativity? Can creativity be developed? If so, how? He says education wastes more talent than it saves, and makes suggestions as to what schools and colleges should do.