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Spring Membership Drive

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Thanks to a generous $20,000 matching grant from the Steve Harrison and Linda Zorn Foundation and over 1,000 member pledges, the NSPR Spring Membership Drive successfully met its funding goals to continue to support the public radio programming you enjoy every day on NSPR. If you missed your opportunity to support great public radio, head to our online giving form and make a gift or sign up to become a Sustaining Member.

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Remembering Barry Hazle Sr.

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As many of you have heard, Barry Hazle Sr., former host of The Shasta Serenade, passed away unexpectedly on March 23. Hazle was an esteemed member of the North State Public Radio family for more than 20 years before retiring in January this year. We’ve put together a special show to honor Hazle’s memory, which aired on April 1, 2017, and features a conversation with his wife, Maline Hazle, and some of his all-time favorite music. On behalf of all of us here at NSPR, we are so grateful for the years of dedication and creative effort Barry provided for our listeners. The tribute show is available in the NSPR Shasta Serenade archive.

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Programming Changes

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We are excited to have added Acoustic Café to our Saturday afternoon lineup of Americana, roots, and indie music programs. From noon to 2 p.m., hear the latest from today’s songwriting greats on this eclectic show hosted by Rob Reinhart.

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Save the Date

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June 24
Dinner Party Download hosts “Look Up and Listen” event at Lassen Volcanic National Park.

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Oroville Dam Crisis Turns All Eyes Toward North State
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While many people were preparing to watch the Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12, or listening to weekend All Things Considered on North State Public Radio, a single Emergency Alert System notification was heard at about 4:50 p.m. calling for mandatory evacuations of the city of Oroville and other low-lying areas of Butte County.

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea, acting on information from the state Department of Water Resources, issued the order after erosion began to threaten the Oroville Dam’s emergency spillway, an overflow channel—essentially a barren hillside—that was being used for the first time in the dam’s 48-year history. The previous day, water in the reservoir had exceeded its maximum height of 901 feet due to the combination of wet weather and unexpected damage to the dam’s main concrete spillway. Officials feared an imminent failure of the emergency spillway, which would send a 30-foot wall of water toward communities downstream.

The evacuation orders would grow to the adjacent counties of Yuba and Sutter, encompassing areas all along the Feather River and affecting roughly 188,000 people. NSPR station staff immediately went all hands on deck to break from regular programming and alert and update the public.

The NSPR team brought those affected immediate emergency information about evacuations and road closures, and later hourly updates on lake levels. We also brought in special correspondent Adia White—who reported from evacuation shelters—and collaborated with our partners at Capital Public Radio in Sacramento and KQED in the Bay Area, sharing audio, contacts, stories, and more to provide our Northern California communities with comprehensive coverage.

When the emergency evacuation order was downgraded to an evacuation warning, we produced a 30-minute special report on what that meant for those returning to their homes. And even now, though the evacuation warnings have all been lifted, we continue to explore how this crisis came to be and what challenges remain as DWR works to repair the dam’s broken spillway before next year’s rainy season. NSPR’s complete and ongoing Oroville Dam coverage is available at mynspr.org.

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Staff Profile: Jennifer Jewell
Host of Cultivating Place
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What do working with a one-ring circus, for an encyclopedia, and as a public radio host have in common?

For Jennifer Jewell, host of NSPR’s Cultivating Place: Conversations on Natural History and the Human Impulse to Garden, they have all been jobs where every day is different, and in which education is central.

But the last of the three has allowed Jewell the chance to integrate the subject matter that is her true passion: horticulture.

Her half-hour-long show on NSPR, Cultivating Place, is the culmination of Jewell’s lifelong love of plants and their importance, and her drive to expose as wide of an audience as possible to conversations that explore natural history’s role in our culture.
Read more about Jennifer Jewell

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NPR One: Handpicked Stories Based on What You Like
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This winter, North State Public Radio became fully integrated with the NPR One app, a new digital listening app that blends NPR and Member Station news reporting into a rich, localized, on-demand experience.

It is primarily a local/national newsmagazine experience, but enabled with digital capabilities that allow user customization, such as skipping, pausing, and favoriting. NPR One is part of NPR's plans to build a transformative digital listening platform that will make public radio content available wherever people tune in.

As of January, NPR One users who designate North State Public Radio as their local station will be able to listen to our morning newscasts every weekday following the national newscast within the app. We have also started pushing segmented audio from programs such as Up the Road and Common Ground for Common Good to NPR One. Additionally, you can access our longer podcasts including Blue Dot and Cultivating Place via the app’s Explore tab.

Search your mobile device’s app store to find NPR One and start listening. Questions? Email nsprsocial@csuchico.edu.

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