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KUSP's public affair program, featuring local news, public affairs, arts and interviews.

KUSP's public affair program, featuring local news, public affairs, arts and interviews.


Santa Cruz, CA


KUSP's public affair program, featuring local news, public affairs, arts and interviews.






203 8th Avenue Santa Cruz, CA 95062 (831) 476-2800


American Radio Works – Keyboard College

How Technology is Influencing Higher Education| By Stephen Smith | APM - Digital technologies and the Internet are changing how many Americans go to college. From online learning to simulation programs to smart-machine mentors, the 21st-century student will be taught in fundamentally new ways. In this documentary, Stephen Smith asks whether these innovations can help [...]


Getting the US Off Oil

In this week’s show we discuss Woody Guthrie a hundred years after his birth. Woody Guthrie’s daughter Nora discusses the folksinger’s legacy. And Amory Lovins, Chairman and chief scientist at the Rocky Mountain Institute has a plan he hopes could ween the United states off its dependence on oil. He spoke with Kelly O’Brien producer [...]


Political Art; an Original Play From Cabrillo Stage

Rick Kleffel takes us through another offering from the Cabrillo Stage, the professional musical theatre company that performs at Cabrillo College’s Crocker theatre. We hear some songs and speak with the cast of the original play Escaping Queens. Also, in this political season, words are flying building camps and backing up points of view. Though [...]


Upward Bound – Supporting the College Dreams of Low Income and First Genera

We hear from an artist who’s setting out to draw the world’s guitar fans for a festival in Santa Cruz; Pajaro valley serves as a laboratory for water conservation technology; we review the latest album from Patti Smith and the film Intouchables. At the top of the show, the summer session just ended for Math [...]


The Campaign for the Henry Miller Library; Fuel From Algae

Dennis Morton reviews the new film people like us, Jeff Dayton Johnson give us a look at a groundbreaking new jazz album inspired by the civil rights movement, two montery Bay area artists have created a book to teach the Alphabet and a bit about being human and Kirby Scudder speaks with Henry Miller Library [...]


From Cole Porter to the Fringe

By J.D. Hillard Theater season has hit with a vengeance. Tonight we’ll hear from some of the team putting on Anything Goes, one of several Cabrillo Stage shows this summer. First, Sana Cruz is taking a page from Edinburgh Scotland – Right now we’re in the midst of more than 100 performances in the town’s [...]


Biodynamic Wine Making

You can listen to this program above. Also visit Amy West’s feature on Randall Grahm’s Untamed Garden.


Fact Checking Bag Bans and Medi-Cal Expands Under ACA

By J.D. Hillard In this week’s talk of the bay: Monterey Bay area’s Medi-Cal administator, Central California Alliance for Health may add as many as 30,000 news clients now that the supreme court has approved the Affordable Care Act; we fact check some claims by an opponent of plastic bag bans; and land trusts are [...]


The Changing Structure of the Food Safety Net; Eugene Smith’s Final Season

This is a re-broadcast of the March 20, 2012 program. The Watsonville Community Band performed at the White House and taken its show around the world. For the last 7 years its been conducted by Eugene Smith, a member of the band since 1966. Smith has announced he’s retiring from the band. KUSP’s Wes Sims [...]


Three Parts: Sculpture Richard MacDonald, Otter Murder Mystery, Viral Video

A Sculptor of Monuments, Richard MacDonald Sea Otter Deaths Lead Scientists to Toxic Algae Outbreak High Schoolers Learn to Shape Policy


The Coastal Watershed Council – On Fighting Water Pollution, Plus Other Sel

KUSP Rick Kleffel interviews the Greg Pepping,Executive Director of theCoastal WatershedCouncil. Also on the program is a reduce on the past Grammy winning Orchestre National de Jazz from France, and an archived film review by David Anthony of Beats, Rhymes and Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest.


An Election Overview; Santa Cruz and the Doobies

By J.D. Hillard The Doobie Brothers continue their long career with a steady schedule of touring. One of the band’s founders Pat Simmons spoke with KUSP’s Kirby Scudder ahead of their recent performance at the Santa Cruz Blues Festival. Tuesday offers voters around the Monterey Bay region the privilege to choose county Supervisors or to [...]


Considerations From 75 River / Tannery Grand Open

By J.D. Hillard In today’s program, Santa Cruz’s live-work facility for artists has grown, Rick Kleffel will speak with former Talk of the Bay host, now Tannery Arts Center executive director Rachel Anne Goodman and others. First, last autumn in the weeks before Occupy Santa Cruz was evicted from the soccer field near Santa Cruz [...]


Cycling Stories for Pros and High School Students and Movie on Gov. Pat Bro

With the Tour of California bike race in town this week, your host interviews Jim Langley (writer for Road Bike Rider) about aspects of the local Stage 2 course that runs through the heart of the Santa Cruz mountains. Also listen to a feature by writer Amy West, about the growing popularity of mountain biking [...]


Nora Guthrie on Woody’s Affect on Culture

By J.D. Hillard Bike week begins tomorrow – the semiannual celebration of cycling. Cyclists get free coffee in Santa Cruz County. Monterey County businesses are competing for the most bike friendly workplace award. And on Thursday all around the Monterey Bay cyclists will be served breakfast. Piet Canin, a long time organizer of bike week [...]


Drought Restrictions In Place; Changes Coming to Your Ballot

Gail Pellerin, head election official for Santa Cruz County discusses how the new top-two primary and new district lines will effect the June elections. A Soquel Creek Water District official explains new drought restrictions. Also: from KUSP’s Solutions in Education, an innovation by a small school in Oakland that could aid parent involvement in lower-income [...]


Big Basin Grows

Little Basin, the former Hewlett Packard retreat site has opened as an addition to Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Also in the show: Santa Cruz County is one month into a new policy that changes how residents get groceries home; And Graeme Divine worked on some of the most popular video games in recent [...]


A Sustainable Transportation Future

In this week’s Talk of the Bay Dennis Morton reviews Salmon fishing in the Yemen and Jeff Dayton Johnson introduces us to three new albums demonstrating the relationships between jazz and traditional Moroccan music. First we look at an effort to plan for a transportation future that facilitates economic growth while improving the environment and [...]


100th First Friday; Stricter Lead Regulations, Digital Birth

Santa Cruz celebrates its 100th art tour. Kirby Scudder, one of the events’ founders takes us back to the beginning. Also Ken Burson offers a look at a computer game to help low income couples prepare for birth and Meghan Rosen reports on at the continuing hazard of lead in the environment and new stricter [...]