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.


What does it mean to be wise? Retired Butte College administrator Peggy Jennings-Severe explored this question with three generations of her family. They share their advice for leading a meaningful and honorable life. This week join Nancy for a conversation with the author of Life Talks: Wisdoms.

You may think that cults are bizarre groups that only strange people inhabit, but sociologist Janja Lalich says that by studying cults we can learn about our place in the world. This week join Nancy for a conversation with a cult survivor about her book, Escaping Utopia: Growing Up in a Cult, Getting Out, and Starting Over.

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Award-winning investigative journalist Mary Roach writes humorously about weird science. In her latest book she examines the curious science of humans at war. She will be in Laxson Auditorium on the Chico State Campus on February 5th. This week join Nancy for a conversation with the best-selling New York Times author of Grunt.

Author and pilgrim Annie O'Neil is the director/producer of a documentary about a man named Phil who dreamed of walking the 500-mile pilgrimage across Spain to Santiago. This week join Nancy for a conversation with two local pilgrims and the author of Everyday Camino with Annie.

In his weekly column "Biblio File," Chico Enterprise-Record book reviewer Dan Barnett has been featuring works by local authors for 30 years. This week join Nancy and Barnett for a look back at the books of 2017 by North State writers.

A recent meta-analysis revealed that calcium supplements confer no protection against bone fractures. In his book, Building Bone Vitality, Michael Castleman describes what does protect our bones. In Often Overlooked, local poet J.E. Mathews journeys through her memories of childhood to middle age. This week join Nancy for conversations with these two authors, plus a visit from Shane Weissman.

If your New Year's resolutions include dietary changes, author Jackie Day says a plant-based diet will transform your home, your diet, and you. Local author and meditation teacher Lani Muelrath also urges us to try a plant-based diet. This week join Nancy for a conversation with two vegan experts.

Paradise writer T.E. Watson has made his reputation writing award-winning books for children, but he has written his latest book for would-be authors. This week join Nancy for tips on writings and publishing by the author of Light and Stone.

The latest book by librarian Nancy Leek is the story of the first American woman to come to California over the Sierra Nevada mountains. Author Teresa Jordan was selected to tell a story on the Moth Radio Hour recently. Her book is The Year of Living Virtuously. This week join Nancy for conversations with storytellers.

Paradise author Stephen Arrington recently won a national award for his true-crime memoir, In DeLorean's Shadow. English professor Robert Burton was born in England and has written short stories whose characters, some historical, some fictional, live in London.