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How not to fix America’s schools

Posted October 2, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

When Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced on Oprah in 2010 that he would donate $100 Million to overhaul the Newark, NJ school system, it seemed like a major victory for Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Governor Chris Christie. But, that media blast was as good as it got for this star-studded trio. At every turn, they faced opposition in their plans to expand charter schools and revise teacher contracts.
Dale …

Politics, Santa Barbara »

Further localized local politics

Posted October 2, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

Next week, City Council election ballots will be sent out to residents living in the Eastside, Westside, and Mesa districts. This is the first time in almost 50 years that Santa Barbara will select their city council members by district rather than a citywide election. To talk about this change, KCRW’s Jonathan Bastian sat down with two political commentators ingrained in the issue, journalists …

Food, Santa Barbara »

Meet at the market: the challenge of the month

Posted October 2, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

Each week we meet up with Katie Hershfelt of Cultivate Events as she chats with farmers, chefs and shoppers at the Santa Barbara Certified Farmers’ Market.
Starting in October, you may see some people walking around town wearing pins that say “Eat Drink Local Challenge.” Katie met up with Krista Harris, editor of Edible Santa Barbara and the founder of the challenge. Plus, she found a challenge “newbie.”

Krista’s tips …

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A charged, buzzing border

Posted October 1, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

The U.S.-Mexican border is a highly charged area. One Santa Barbara artist is taking that charge to a more literal level. In her most recent installation, called Border Control, Yara El-Sherbini uses a classic game called Buzz wire to wrestle with physical, social and political border issues. KCRW’s Jonathan Bastian stopped by the Museum of Contemporary Art to speak with El-Sherbini about her playful take …

Food, News, Santa Barbara »

When one foodie door closes, another opens

Posted September 30, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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There’s some good foodie news, and some bad foodie news.
The bad news is a couple well loved restaurants closed their doors these past couple weeks. We said farewell to Sojourner Cafe and Arch Rock Fish. You’ll be missed.
But, the good news is some new ones are opening up, and others are gaining well-deserved notoriety.
To fill us in on it all, Matt Kettmann, editor at the Santa Barbara Independent and Wine Enthusiast stopped …

Arts & Culture, Santa Barbara »

A well rooted roots trio

Posted September 29, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

He has won 14 Grammys, racked up numerous Country Music Awards and was the youngest artist to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry back in 1982. Over his 50 year career, Ricky Skaggs has stayed true to his bluegrass roots while pushing musical boundaries. He performs tonight at the Granada Theater alongside his wife, Sharon White and another Americana legend, Ry Cooder.
KCRW’s Larry Perel …

Environment, Santa Barbara »

How to fish a protected ocean

Posted September 25, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

In 2003, California established thirteen Marine Protected Areas around the Channel Islands. Referred to as “MPAs,” they were designed to study and restore marine life. But, restoring meant banning all commercial fishing, or “fisheries,” from operating within the protected areas.
Scientists have gradually been collecting data about the impact of these MPAs. Last week, experts with UCSB’s Marine Science Institute released a comprehensive 10-year study.
By all …

Arts & Culture, Santa Barbara »

A multi-sensory experience of isolation

Posted September 24, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]

A new exhibition at Santa Barbara City College’s Atkinson Gallery captures what it’s like to be a child in solitary confinement. UCSB professor Richard Ross is a photographer, but his latest project, Isolated, includes sound, touch and, in many ways, social activism. KCRW’s Larry Perel met up with Ross a couple days before his show opens.

Isolated runs from September 25th to December 4th, 2015.
Opening Reception:
Friday, …

Food, Santa Barbara »

Let’s go Dutch

Posted September 23, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

Sometimes the best spots to grab dinner and a beer in Santa Barbara have been hiding under our noses for years.
That’s the case with the restaurant Matt Kettmann raved about this week. He’s the editor at the Santa Barbara Independent and Wine Enthusiast. The Dutch Garden might not be for the vegetarian or gluten-free crowd, but for those who enjoy Belgian brews, checkered tablecloths and …

Arts & Culture, News, Santa Barbara »

Sainthood for Junipero Serra, California’s controversial founding father

Posted September 21, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

One of the acts on Pope Francis’ agenda important act on his agenda while he’s here is to bestow sainthood on Father Junipero Serra, the Spanish priest who founded California’s mission system in the 18th Century.
Orange County’s Mission San Juan Capistrano is a reminder of the time of Juniper Serra. The ten acre site includes manicured gardens, gracious stone arcades, and atmospheric 18th Century chapels (ancient by Southern …

Issues, Politics, Santa Barbara »

Short term rentals, long term consequences

Posted September 18, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]

Few issues have elicited such polarizing responses in Santa Barbara as that of short-term housing. Defined as rentals under 30 days, short-term rentals have become a more affordable, and often roomier alternative to traditional hotels. Companies like AirBNB and V.R.B.O, which facilitate these rentals, are now commonly used when vacationers plan their next trip.
As the trend grew, more and more short term rentals opened up in …

Food, News, Santa Barbara »

Meet at the market: the state of our soil

Posted September 18, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]

Each week we meet up with Katie Hershfelt of Cultivate Events as she chats with farmers, chefs and shoppers at the Santa Barbara Certified Farmers’ Market.
This week, donned in her Fermentation Festival pickle suit, she spoke with Alison Hensley of Los Olivos Roots Organic Farm about the state of our soil.

Alison’s tips for nutrient rich soil:

Cover your crops. Bare soil dries up and loses nutrients. For home gardeners, Alison recommends …

Food, Santa Barbara »

What about a bite in Goleta?

Posted September 16, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]

It’s no surprise. Santa Barbara is known as a foodie city. But, what about its neighbor to the west? Goleta, a town long overshadowed by Santa Barbara’s culinary prestige, has recently entered the scene.
Matt Kettmann, editor at the Santa Barbara Independent and Wine Enthusiast, stopped by to tell us of some newly emerging hot spots.

Matt’s Goleta picks this week:

M.Special Brewery (Building C, 6860 Cortona …

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An odd musical pairing, at first

Posted September 15, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

There’s an interesting duo coming to town. Two instruments you might not think go together.
Jazz piano, and banjo.
If you have your doubts, take a closer listen. Renowned banjo player Béla Fleck is coming to the Lobero Theater tonight to play with pianist Chick Corea. The two have had a longstanding relationship on stage. KCRW’s Jonathan Bastian caught up with Fleck before the show.

“I have a mission …

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So, you think you can dance salsa?

Posted September 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

There’s music coming from an art gallery on lower State Street on Tuesday nights. Everyone’s welcome. You can come with a partner, a friend, or solo. For $5 (or a buck, if you’re a student), you, yes you, can learn to dance salsa.
Monica Dabos, the founder of Yes You Can Dance Salsa, aims to create an alcohol free experience that brings together all ages, backgrounds …

Food, Santa Barbara »

Meet at the market: fermented, with a twist

Posted September 11, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

Each week we meet up with Katie Hershfelt of Cultivate Events as she chats with farmers, chefs and shoppers at the Santa Barbara Certified Farmers’ Market.
This week, she took a field trip up State Street to the Good Lion‘s Screaming Pickle Fermented Cocktail Competition. To kick off the upcoming Santa Barbara Fermentation Festival, six amateur bartenders went neck and neck to create the best cocktail using Cutler’s Artisan Spirits and at least …

Food, Santa Barbara »

The ever evasive $10 meal in Santa Barbara

Posted September 9, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

School is back in session, which might cause some folks in Santa Barbara to tighten their budget. Fortunately, a couple affordable restaurant options are popping up. Matt Kettmann, editor at the Santa Barbara Independent and Wine Enthusiast, stopped by this week to talk about two restaurants offering dishes ten bucks or less.

Matt’s picks this week:

Globe (18 E. Cota St.) looks like a lounge and …

Arts & Culture, Santa Barbara »

Local author spotlight: Sue Grafton and X

Posted September 8, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

You may have heard of the Alphabet series. The mystery novels about detective Kinsey Millhone not only hit the New York Times Bestseller list as soon as they’re published, but are each set in the fair city of Santa Barbara (known in the books as Santa Teresa). And, despite her humility, author Sue Grafton is a local celebrity. A line curved out the door and around the corner …

Food, Santa Barbara »

Meet at the market: a rare find

Posted September 4, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

Each week we meet up with Katie Hershfelt of Cultivate Events as she chats with farmers, chefs and shoppers at the Santa Barbara Certified Farmers’ Market.
This week, she caught up with Jay Ruskey, owner of Goodland Organics. This Goleta farm grows rare and exotic fruits you won’t find at neighboring stands. Katie asked how you eat these intriguing yet intimidating fruits, and what unique projects he’s got in the works.

Here …

Food, Santa Barbara »

A grape to call our own

Posted September 2, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]

Yes, that’s whatit looks like. A UFO is beaming down on this Bonny Doon Le Cigare Volant 2011 wine label. Matt Kettmann, editor at the Santa Barbara Independent and Wine Enthusiast came in to give the backstory on this eccentric wine, and the creative winemaker who aspires to develop California’s own grape varietals.

The wine was created by Randall Grahm, who recently sold his Big House Winery brand …

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