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Cultivating Place

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Jennifer Jewell’s Cultivating Place: Conversations on Natural History and the Human Impulse to Garden is a weekly public radio podcast on gardens and gardening as integral to our natural and cultural literacy.


Blue Dot

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Dave Schlom’s Blue Dot, named after Carl Sagan's famous speech about our place in the universe, features interviews with guests from all over the regional, national, and worldwide scientific communities.


Listener Testimonials

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Are you a big NSPR fan? We want to hear from you! Call 530-898-4433 and leave us a voicemail professing your love. But first: take a look at this toolkit for details and tips.


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Save the Date

Oct. 7, 9–11 a.m.
Retirement Reception for
Mike Birdsill

Oct. 11–14
Fall Membership Drive

Nov. 12
An Evening With David Sedaris


Community Calendar
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Submit your organization’s events to our Community Calendar, also serving as our online PSA submission form. Be sure to follow our guidelines.


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Goodbye Car Talk, Hello Marketplace Weekend
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It's time to say goodbye to Click and Clack. The Best of Car Talk will be leaving North State Public Radio's airwaves at the end of September. It will be replaced starting October 1, 2016, with American Public Media's Marketplace Weekend. NPR announced this summer that The Best of Car Talk would be ending production in fall 2017. In many ways, The Best of Car Talk is the best of public radio—honest, authentic, original, warm, interactive, broadly welcoming, and unforgettable. Learn more about the transition from Car Talk to Marketplace Weekend.

Join Us As We Fall Into Winter
  Fall Into Winter, the NSPR Fall Pledge Drive begins soon  

It's been a hot, hot summer, and we sure are ready for the changing season. Join North State Public Radio as we Fall Into Winter with our biannual membership drive, October 11–14, 2016.

We're giving away prizes that will make your fall a memorable one, plus a winter trip for two to St. Paul, Minnesota, to attend A Prairie Home Companion with Chris Thile in person. This grand prize includes a tour of the historic Fitzgerald Theater and the studios of American Public Media, $1,000 airfare, three nights’ lodging, and a $100 gift card for some warm clothing.

Stay tuned for more details!

We'd like to thank all of our Sustaining Members for their steadfast support of North State Public Radio. As a Sustainer, you are entered into every one of our terrific drawings, including our Early Bird drawings for an iPad Mini from NorCal Wireless and a stay-and-soak for two at the Miyazaki Bath House in Walnut Grove. Contest rules are posted on our website.

Get ahead of the game by making your annual gift now if you haven’t already, and enjoy the membership drive!

Ongoing updates on the fall drive, including information about giveaways, special content, and more, will be available at mynspr.org.

Staff Farewell: Mike Birdsill
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North State Public Radio’s Chief Engineer Mike Birdsill will be retiring at the end of this month after 29 years with the station.

NSPR’s longest-tenured staff member, Birdsill has been instrumental in the growth of the station, spearheading the work to build KFPR in Redding, to establish translators throughout the North State, and to design and build NSPR’s current facilities at 35 Main Street in Chico.

Birdsill first came to Chico in 1983—after years of working in commercial radio—in pursuit of a master’s degree in electrical engineering at Chico State. He expected to spend about five years here, earn his second degree and then move on to do consulting work. “But that didn’t quite work out,” he said with a laugh as he sat in one of NSPR’s studios more than three decades later. “You know, life gets in the way, your situation changes.” Continue reading our profile of Mike Birdsill.

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