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.

Retired political science professor Michelle Shover researched 19th century Butte County for her latest book. This week join Nancy for a conversation with the author of California Standoff: Miners, Indians and Farmers at War 1850-1865.

We take you to Theatre on the Ridge in Paradise to hear from director & cast of the charming comedy "Enchanted April" about four restless Englishwomen revitalized by their stay in Italy. We also talk with the curator of the Sutter County Museum in Yuba City about the current exhibition of photos showing everyday Native American tribal life. And we talk with the new concert promoter for the Sierra Nevada Big Room in Chico.

In this first installment of a two part look at the life and career of Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean we hear from two very special astronaut friends. Alan Bean devoted his life to creating masterful oil paintings depicting many aspects of the Apollo Moon landings. Bean passed away at age 86 on May 26, 2018. We talk to his longtime friend, fellow Apollo astronaut Walt Cunningham who flew the very first test of the Apollo Command and Service module in Earth orbit -- Apollo 7. Then we talk to a current member of the NASA astronaut corps, Karen Nyberg, who was befriended by Bean and shared his love of art. Join us as we celebrate the fourth man to set foot on the Moon, Alan Bean.

Award-winning author T.E. Watson draws ideas for his many children's books from his own imagination, but his book Going West is a true story told by a 12-year-old girl who made the journey to California in 1852. This week join Nancy for a conversation with prolific author T.E. Watson.

Today our guests in studio make up the San Francisco rock band, Meant To Bend. Guitarist Aamir Mauladad and drummer Nathan Driver have been playing music together since they were high school students in San Diego. After relocating to San Francisco a couple years ago and meeting bass guitarist Gaku Kelliher, Meant To Bend started to become an active presence in venues across the Bay Area. We talk with the band about their songwriting. Meant To Bend just released their debut EP titled Minimum Frowny, which can be found anywhere you stream music online.

The commonly accepted solution to weight loss is to eat less and exercise more. Not so says weight loss coach and author Michelle Hastie. Her approach may sound too good to be true. This week join Nancy for a conversation with the author of Have Your Cake and Be Happy, Too: A Joyful Approach to Weight Loss.

photo by Emily O'Neill

Today we are revisiting an episode of the show featuring North State songwriter Hannah Jane Kile. At the time of this recording Kile had just released her second full-length album, and this Friday she will return to Chico for a show where she’ll release not one but two brand new full albums. 

photo by Dave Schlom

The Sacramento River flows from its headwaters above Shasta Dam to the Pacific Ocean through the Delta and out the Golden Gate. It is one of the most diverse and productive fisheries in the world. In this episode we examine the anadromous fishery in particular. Anadromous fish are those that spawn in fresh water but spend most of their lives in the ocean like the imperiled Chinook salmon. But we also check out other species of game fish that live in the river like green sturgeon, striped bass and rainbow trout.

  

Special Forces soldier and CIA operative Roberto Cesar Montiel made history for 35 years. Author Jeremy Shonick researched the events of this man's life for a work of historical fiction about the rise of America's Special Forces. This week join Nancy for a conversation with the author of Cesar's Wars.

June 5th is California's primary election and challengers across California's 1st, 2nd and 3rd congressional districts have emerged to try to take the place of those already sitting in seats at the U.S. House of Representatives. 

The NSPR News Team reached out to all of the region's congressional challengers and incumbents to ask their opinions on a variety of issues. Listen to the full interviews by district.   

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