North State Public Radio

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KCHO FM 91.7 and KFPR 88.9 are non-commercial non-profit organizations which are a service of California State University, Chico. We provide listeners with a vast assortment of programs reaching a diverse listening audience. We are affiliated with National Public Radio (NPR) and Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). This allows us to bring our listeners informative, educational and entertaining programs.

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68 Pieces

Conversations exploring where science and pop culture collide. Hosted by Dave Schlom with audio production by Matt Fidler.

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A 5-part series deeply exploring of the California wildfire problem. Public Radio Veteran, Matt Fidler, combines on-location interviews with experts who understand wildfire the best, and NPR-style story telling to give listeners a non-political perspective on how to best approach a problem that is becoming increasingly destructive and deadly.

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102 Pieces

Essential connections exist between nature, our gardens, and our places in both. Through thoughtful conversations with growers, gardeners, naturalists, scientists, artists and thinkers, Cultivating Place: Conversations on Natural History and the Human Impulse to Garden is a weekly public radio program and podcast that explores what we mean when we garden.

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22 Pieces

A 4 minute self-contained module; Up the Road is dedicated to sustaining the California story, and to deepening your connection to this unique and amazing place. Each week Up the Road shares stories about the land, its natural history, its people, the lives they have lived, the stories they have told over the centuries, the stories they are creating right now. The stories that keep us all here, that create California’s ecology of home.


Latest Pieces

Caption: Dr. James Lewis and Smokey
On the first episode of California Burning, we explore the history of the Forestry Department, and how a series of unprecedented wildfires lead to ...

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  • Added: Sep 27, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 14
Caption: Leonard and Alan Stern
On this Best of Blue Dot we revisit our Father's Day episode that featured three pairs of father's and their kids that went on to careers in scienc...

  • Added: Sep 25, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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"Loss is the twin of love" – so writes Margaret Renkl in her human and moving memoir of place, plants, people and life entitled "Late Migrations – ...

  • Added: Sep 25, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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This week we head up the road to visit the Farallon Islands some 30 miles west of San Francisco Bay’s Golden Gate, the largest U.S. seabird rookery...

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  • Added: Sep 24, 2019
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Dave investigates the idea that the boundary between the North American and Pacific tectonic plates may be in the process of "stepping" eastward fr...

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  • Added: Sep 20, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: courtesy of Dean Kuipers, all rights reserved
Dean Kuipers has studied and written about the field of environmental politics and the human-nature relationship for decades. His most recent book ...

  • Added: Sep 19, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Draft horses got it done—and still get it done, Credit: Bernard Spragg
Are you now, or have you ever been, or have you ever known someone who was, horse crazy? That’s part of my own autobiography. But these days farmer...

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  • Added: Sep 19, 2019
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Photo by Kim Fulton Bennett of Dave Schlom in the control room of the MBARI Research Vessel Rachel Carson
Dave traveled to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) earlier this summer where he learned about many of the institute's scientific...

Bought by KAZU and KWMR


  • Added: Sep 12, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
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Baylor Chapman loves plants and she’s spent a good part of her career helping people to learn about, see, love and care for plants wherever people ...

  • Added: Sep 11, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Bigfoot statue in Happy Camp, by artists Cheryl Wainwright of Happy Camp and Ralph Starritt of Yreka., Credit: Photo by Linda JM
These shorter days are perfect for heading up the road. Fewer fellow travelers, fall colors, cooler weather but not yet wet. This week we road-trip...

  • Added: Sep 10, 2019
  • Length: 04:00