Matt Fidler

Producer

Matt Fidler is a producer and sound designer with over 15 years’ experience producing nationally distributed public radio programs. He has worked for shows such as Freakonomics Radio, Selected Shorts, Studio 360, The New Yorker Radio Hour and The Takeaway. In 2017, Matt launched the language podcast Very Bad Words, hitting the #28 spot in the iTunes podcast charts.

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To kick off our California island tour, this week we head up the road to visit the Farallon Islands some 30 miles west of San Francisco’s Golden Gate. These wild granite islands and sea stacks, distance geological relations of the Sierra Nevada, are also known by mariners as the Devil’s Teeth Islands, out of respect for their deadly shoals. Many ships have run aground in these unfriendly, roiling waters. Native Americans from around the Bay knew them as the Islands of the Dead, where the spirits of the dead could abide.

But life—abundant, wild, sea-going life—is the defining feature of the Farallon Islands, which Bay Area natives also knew.

For more than 10 years, award-winning journalist and New York Times best-selling author Naomi Klein has documented the movement of the climate crisis from future threat to burning emergency. She makes the case for a green new deal in her book, On Fire.

Medical doctor and clown Patch Adams integrated laughter and creativity into healing. He wrote about our health care system in his book, Gesundheit!.

Jim Faulds


Dave investigates the idea that the boundary between the North American and Pacific tectonic plates may be in the process of "stepping" eastward from the San Andreas Fault to the so called "Walker Lane." He visits with Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology tectonics expert Jim Faulds, who is one of the leading proponents of the new theory. 

 

We take a virtual geologic field trip from the Gulf of California, up through the Eastern California Shear Zone (where the July 4-5 Ridgecrest earthquakes rocked the high desert) and up one of the most scenic highways in the world -- Highway 395 east of the Sierra Nevada. 

Dean Kuipers

Dean Kuipers has studied and written about the field of environmental politics and the human-nature relationship for decades. 

His most recent book "The Deer Camp" is a memoir of both place and people - recounting how restoring a piece of land with his father and his brothers also restored their family bonds and abiding love. He joins Cultivating Place this week to share more - LISTEN IN!

 

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The first guest, Randy Crawford, who lives in a straw bale house in Chico, describes the benefits of living in a straw bale house.

 

Author John Sweringen compiled a guide to building straw bale houses, Straw Bale Building Details: An Illustrated Guide for Design and Construction. Joining John is workshop presenter Jenna Yu.

Kim Fulton Bennett


Dave traveled to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) earlier this summer where he learned about many of the institute's scientific programs.

 

In this episode we look at the use of sound to study the oceans and the life that inhabits them. MacArthur Foundation Fellow Kelly Benoit Bird uses sonar for her MBARI research to study how animals find food sources in the vast oceanic environment. 

Sophie de Lignerolles


Baylor Chapman loves plants and she’s spent a good part of her career helping people to learn about, see, love and care for plants wherever people might need them – in their homes, offices, work spaces, apartments. She believes they make us healthier, happier, better people and I agree. 

 

As students return to dorms and workers return to offices post summer – Baylor joins Cultivating Place this week to encourage us to tend toward more green – stay with us!

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This a perfect time for heading up the road, what with fewer fellow travelers, fall colors, and cool weather that’s not yet wet.

For autumn road trips, California classics include Hwy. 1 along the coast, just about any stretch from Santa Barbara north, and U.S. 395 along the eastern Sierra Nevada, from Mammoth to Lone Pine to Lake Tahoe, with so many stunning stops in between. 

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On the anniversary of 9/11, Commentator Richard Parker has some thoughts about that event in US history.

 

In 2012 Chico Neurosurgeon Jeffrey Lobosky published It’s Enough to Make You Sick: The Failure of the American Health Care System and a Prescription for the Cure.   

 

Since then Dr. Lobosky has continued to research solutions and brings us an update.

Lassen Volcanic National Park is the latest addition to the University of California Natural Reserve System. The 41 units of the UCNRS represent virtually every ecosystem in this ecologically diverse state and make it the largest university affiliated preserve system in the world. 

Dave talks to UC Davis's Jeffrey Clary, who will be charged with administering the Lassen Field Station and park Superintendent Jim Richardson as they discuss how and why Lassen Park, one of the most scientifically valuable units in the National Park System, was chosen as a field site for UC researchers and their students.

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