Program Showcase

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August 23, 2019--John Haschak is Mendocino County’s 3rd District Supervisor. He was sworn in with Ted Williams of the 5th District in January of 2019, and before that he had 29 years in the classroom, as a Spanish teacher and teacher of English language development, at all grade levels. He was president of the local teacher’s union in Willits for 18 years, the Willits Teachers Association, and involved at all levels of California Teachers association and the NEA, National Education Association.

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August 20, 2019--2nd District Supervisor John McCowen joined host Alicia Bales in the Philo studio after an all-day meeting of the Board of Supervisors, where a declaration was passed to observe Indigenous People's day in Mendocino County.  He talked about the meeting, discussed his priorities on the board, and answered questions from callers.

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August 12, 2019--5th District Supervisor Ted Williams returns to the KZYX airwaves, this time joining Alicia Bales at the Fort Bragg Studio, to talk about Measure V and the County Budget process, with calls from listeners.

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Ted Williams is the Mendocino County Supervisor for the 5th District. He was sworn in on January 8, 2019. On July 30th he joined host Alicia Bales in the Philo studio for the first of two open lines shows to talk about county issues and his first eight months on the job, and answered questions from callers.

Promise of Paradise Episode 38: Charlie Acker

Aug 22, 2019

August 22, 2019 -- Charlie Acker came to Mendocino County with his brother in 1975, and established himself as an environmentalist, EMT, and fire chief in Elk. He credits the simple lifestyle that was possible in those years with allowing him to pursue his interest in developing water systems without being saddled with debt. The back-to-the-landers had the right idea, he says, but he's not sure the influence will hold, now, when we need it the most.

To hear this interview with Christopher Leonard about his book, KOCHLAND: The Secret History of Koch Industries & Corporate Power in America, click on this link:

I cohost the Farm and Garden Show third Monday edition (occasionally a different week) with Jaye Alison Moscariello, from 11:05 until noon.  We started hosting in November 2012.  When I moved to Mendocino County from Boston in 2003 I worked at Shenoa as head gardener and would revise what I was doing when I’d hear some tips on Sara McCamant and Linda MacElwee’s show.  When two hosts retired in rapid succession I figured it was time to pay it forward.  Jaye agreed to do it with me.  We had just moved to a mountain property where we were setting up a permaculture farm on the two acres we coul

Farm & Garden: John Kempf "We Can Solve Climate Change Really Fast"

Aug 19, 2019

Click here to listen to John Kempf on the Farm & Garden show, hosted by Bill Taylor and Jaye Alison Moscariello.

Promise of Paradise Episode 37: Anica Williams

Aug 16, 2019
Anica Williams

August 15, 2019 — Today we’ll hear from Anica Williams, who was born in Elk in 1975, and raised on a ten-acre parcel her parents bought for $10,000.

Her upbringing by back-to-the-landers is simultaneously classic and unique. She recalls life in the wooden castle, her one-of-a-kind outlaw father, and sometimes feeling like the Beverly Hillbillies, with laughter and clear-eyed affection.

Her father and some of his contemporaries have passed away now, and their children are heading into middle age. Things just seem so much tamer these days.

To hear this interview with Kris Newby about her book, BITTEN: The Secret History of Lyme Disease & Biological Weapons, click on this link:

Promise of Paradise Episode 36: Mac Magruder

Aug 11, 2019
Magruder Ranch

August 8, 2029 — Today we’ll hear from Mac Magruder, who still lives on the ranch his great-grandfather bought in 1919. Mac went off to college and returned to the family ranch to find the old neighborhood full of back to the landers. He married one of them, my co-host Kate, but he’s still ambivalent about the environmental impacts of the movement.

First interview by Bob Bushansky with 2nd District Congressperson, Jared Huffman talking about what is happening in Washington, and the District.

Michael Brown talks about why people often vote against their own best interests.

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Purple Sea Urchin populations have exploded along the northern California coast, creating "urchin barrens" where all the algae has been eaten - including Giant Kelp and Bull Kelp - leading to the loss of most of the vital "kelp forest" habitat. Why is this happening?   

Promise of Paradise Episode 35: Karen Rizzolo

Aug 2, 2019
Contributed by Karen Rizzolo

This is Kate Magruder with Promise of Paradise, 

back to the land oral histories of Mendocino County.  

Today we’ll be hearing from Karen Rizzolo of Potter Valley.

Karen came to Potter Valley in 1975 with her future first husband, Don Buickerood.  

She was 21.  

Like thousands of young folks around the United States, 

they’d been poring over issues of Mother Earth News,  

looking for a place in the country they could call home.