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.

Grass Valley author J. Jaye Gold says that the circumstances we find ourselves in have all the components we need for learning. This week join nancy for a conversation with the author of Justin Time: Autobiographical Stories from an American Spiritual Master.

  Full audio from Sunday's town hall meeting can be found at the bottom of this story. 

Sunday afternoon at the El Rey Theatre the Women’s March Chico and Our Revolution Chico organizations hosted a town hall gathering to meet the candidates running for US Senate. About 40 people gathered to hear from the three candidates who showed up – Pat Harris, David Hildebrand, and John Parker. Incumbents Dianne Feinstein and Kevin De Leon were invited but did not attend along with candidates Alison Hartson and John Melendez. NSPR’s Nolan Ford was there and has the story.

photo by Laura DeAngelis

Today our guest is Sacramento songwriter, Noah Clark. Clark first became known in the North State area as a drummer for the indie-rock band Brilliant Red Lights. After touring the country and putting out two albums, the band called it quits with one final blowout show at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco. Clark has moved on to writing his own original pop/rock songs, which he performs under the moniker Noah Clark and the Homewrecking Crew. We talk with Clark about his songwriting and the transition from supporting musician to frontman.

In this episode we talk defense. Planetary defense. From one of the worst of all possible natural diasters, an asteroid impact. Dave talks to Lindley Johnson, NASA's "Planetary Defense Officer" from HQ in Washington, Paul Chodas (an expert on calculating asteroid orbits) and Physicist Megan Bruck Syal from the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory in Pasadena. Johnson and Syal are involved in HAMMER ( Hypervelocity Asteroid Mitigation Mission for Emergency Response), a mission designed to actually deflect an asteroid on a collision course with Earth. One thing that all of our guests mentioned: "This isn't like the movie Armageddon" and while we get that, we also felt the need for a little Aerosmith in the show, and you don't want to miss a thing...so listen and enjoy while contemplating the worst of all possible natural calamities.

When former grant writer Mary K. Jensen traveled the world with her husband Rudy, he had a rule for every situation. She has written these down in a memoir, Rudy's Rules for Travel: Life Lessons from Around the Globe. This week join Nancy for a conversation about how a marriage of opposites survived world travel.

Chico author Jan Condon writes books introducing children to the existence of gut flora. Paradise author David Lemmo wrote and illustrated a book of Frankenstein stories. This weekend he will be participating in the bicentennial of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein at the San Diego Comic Fest. This week join Nancy for conversations with two authors of children's books.

In this episode of Blue Dot, Dave talks to Jennifer Strauss from the UC Berkeley Seismology Lab and Ken Hudnut from the United States Geological Survey. Both are deeply involved in the April 18, 2018 roll out of the "Haywired Scenario" a scientifically accurate modeling of a Magnitude 6.8 earthquake on the Hayward Fault. Our conversation revolves around the new technology called Shake Alert. Using seismic monitoring all over the state (especially in quake prone areas such as the Bay area and Southern California), scientists have developed a system to use the early arrival seismic waves, p-waves, to alert us to the imminent shaking that will follow in a matter of seconds. The early warning system can be used on computers and smart phones to let us know how long we have to brace for the hard shaking of a major earthquake. The system will also be used by transportation systems like BART and utility systems like PG&E to best safeguard our infrastructure when the next "Big One" inevitably hits somewhere in California.

We talk with local musician Jake Sprecher about a big event coming to Chico next weekend called Valley Fever. On Friday April 20th and Saturday April 21st there will be over 20 bands performing at various venues across the downtown area, but make no mistake - this is NOT a music festival.

We talk with two comedians from the hoard of funny-folk who'll take over town to perform stand-up in many different venues for the fourth annual Chico Comedy Festival. We'll also talk with painter Amber Palmer and several of her fellow artists about events planned for this summer including plein air (outdoor) art-creation activities and art exhibitions at several Chico locations.

Chico State Spanish professor Denise Minor's first book was about being a language teacher. In a new book, she shares the challenges of raising a child with special needs. This week join Nancy for a conversation with the author of No Screaming Jelly Beans: Trying to Pursue A Career While Raising A Son With Autism.

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