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The brain is all about the survival of the being. To help us survive, during the day our brains create memories that are consolidated and adapted during Rapid Eye Movement or REM sleep. But if a trauma occurs, sometimes the brain can't consolidate and adapt memories. If this occurs repeatedly it can lead to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD. 

Today is bittersweet because this will be my final episode of the show before I leave NSPR to move to Los Angeles. Working as a producer and Music Director for the station has been the best job I’ve ever had, but after five years of service it’s time to move on…but before I do I’m thrilled to present the music of one of my favorite local songwriters, who just so happens to also be my brother, Cameron Ford. Currently releasing music under the name Free Until Midnight, Ford has been writing songs since he was in high school with his first band Panacea. It’s been a pleasure watching him grow into his new electronic sound, and we'll talk with him about his song "3 Peg Stool".

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His candidacy may be a long shot in the Democrat against Democrat battle for a U.S. Senate seat in California, but that didn’t keep Kevin de León from bringing his campaign to Butte County Thursday. 

We go to Old City Hall in Redding where Axiom Repertory Theatre is staging the Tony-nominated new comedy-drama "A Doll's House Part 2" (a sequel to Ibsen's classic).  We'll talk with the director and cast.  We also talk with Dan Corbin from the Butte College Art Department who has an exhibit of his sculptures and will have a reception where he'll be signing his new book "Kiss of the Art Gods" about his career making contemporary figure-sculptures.

In this episode, Dave interviews James R. Hansen, author of First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong -- the first and only authorized biography of Neil A. Armstrong, the commander of Apollo 11 and the first human being to set foot on another world. Hansen had unprecedented access to the famously reticent astronaut and conducted over 50 hours of deeply personal interviews and unfettered access to Armstrong's family and friends.

The five candidates vying for three seats on the Redding City Council faced off in a tight, rapid fire candidate forum Wednesday evening at the Cascade Theatre.  

 

Organized by the League of Women Voters, the event filled about half the seats of the historic movie palace, and aside from a man who planted a sign outside accusing one of the incumbents of living in the City of Shasta Lake, the evening rolled by without controversy.  

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This week on Cultivating Place, our final in the Seeds of September series we're joined by Matthew Benson of Stonegate Farm in New York's Hudson Valley, where he is his very own, very small agricultural district sowing seeds to grow other growers. Join us! 

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We visit Death Valley this week, the lowest point in North America. Death Valley’s depths are all the more impressive when you consider that the highest point in the continental U.S., Mount Whitney, is just 100 miles away, in the southern Sierra Nevada near Lone Pine.

 

To stargazers, Death Valley is the closest thing to heaven in light-blinded Southern California. To rockhounds, it’s a timeless monument to very grounded geologic grandeur. To botanists and bird-watchers, it’s a study in successful adaptation. Its vast spaces sprinkled with petroglyphs, ghost towns, mine ruins, and other enduring marks of human aspiration, to hikers and history buffs it’s one endless discovery trail. 

Award-winning poet Heather Altfield calls her collection of poetry The Disappearing Theatre. Philosophy professor Troy Jollimore received a National Book Critics Circle Award for a previous collection of his poetry. His newest book is Syllabus of Errors — Poems. This week join Nancy for a conversation with two local poets.

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Drilling work is underway at Shasta Dam where federal officials trying to determine how realistic and how expensive it would be to increase the capacity of the largest reservoir in California. The $1.4 billion plan would add another eighteen and a half feet to the dam. Any higher would create pricey issues at the Pit River Bridge. 

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