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November 2007

Flooding, mudslides among concerns in Ranch Fire zone

11/30/2007 10:38am    Download MP3

A new report highlights some of the concerns, and recommended steps to deal with the aftermath of the huge "Ranch" brushfire which burned more than 48,000 acres of land in Ventura, and Los Angeles counties. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story,

Santa Barbara kids learn about saving the environment

11/29/2007 10:47am    Download MP3

Glocal warming is one of the hot topics in America. But...what do our kids know ... and think about it? KCLU talks with some Santa Barbara youngsters involved in an environmental education program to get their thoughts about a problem they're going to inherit from us.

Santa Barbara County summit focuses on preschool design

11/28/2007 10:58am    Download MP3

There's been a big push in California to improve the quality of preschool educations, but experts say many preschooler facilities are poorly designed. Child care experts, and leaders in the design and building communities met in Santa Barbara County to try to help close the gap. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story,

Tiny mussels pose threat to local lakes

11/27/2007 10:02am    Download MP3

A tiny little species of mussel native to countries halfway around the world is threatening to invade Santa Barbara and Ventura County lakes, and damage our water supply. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story,

Santa Barbara native documents fogotten fight for democracy

11/26/2007 9:45am    Download MP3

Filmmaker Anthony Geist talks about his documentary "Souls without Borders" ... which looks at a little known part of history, the roll of some three thousand Americans fighting for democracy in the Spanish Civil War some 70 years ago.

Local consumers urged to beware of toy safety issues

11/21/2007 9:49am    Download MP3

With the holiday season underway ... consumer advocates are putting out a special "Buyer Beware" warning this year... Because of a number of recalls due to lead, and other dangerous materials found in toys.

New national center in Santa Barbara to support games research

11/20/2007 10:16am    Download MP3

U.C. Santa Barbara researchers say properly drafted games can play important roles as educational tools, and even get people to exercise. A new national institute established at UCSB will try to further research on the idea games can improve health, and fitness. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story,

Free drive-up flu clinic used to gauge pandemic preparedness

11/19/2007 10:10am    Download MP3

Ventura County health officials held a free drive-up flu clinic at Moorpark College to test their ability to do mass immunizations in the face of a major disease outbreak. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story,

Plans for Cold Springs Bridge suicide barrier questioned

11/16/2007 9:15am    Download MP3

Supporters say building a barrier along a scenic Santa Barbara County bridge would save lives, by discouraging people from committing suicide off of it. But...a handful of opponents are challenging the idea...questioning whether research supports it. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story,

Santa Barbara tries to lead way in eco-friendly building

11/15/2007 10:57am    Download MP3

The City of Santa Barbara is close to having some of the most stringent energy use guidelines in the State for new home, and business construction.

Mideast women united by desire for peace speak in Ventura County

11/14/2007 9:35am    Download MP3

They're three women from the Mideast....separated by religious, and political differences...but joined by a vision of peace for Israel, and the Palestinian people. KCLU talks with the women, who are coming to the South Coast on a speaking tour.

World War II flyer survived 34 combat missions, POW Camps

11/12/2007 10:38am    Download MP3

There are close to 100-thousand veterans in Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties. One Ventura County veteran survived dozens of bombing missions, being shot down, torture, and a half dozen German POW Camps before escaping to freedom.

Reading campaign targets gaps in childhood literacy

11/9/2007 10:29am    Download MP3

A pre-school child who's been read to from an early age has a vocabulary of 20,000 words by age six, and statistically does much better in school. Yet...California ranks in the bottom ten states in the nation in this area. A local effort is designed to get more parents to read to their kids.

Kristallnacht rampage against Jewish community remembered

11/8/2007 9:28am    Download MP3

November 9th is the anniversary of Kristallnacht...a series of brutal governement sactioned attacks on Jewish civilians by Nazi Germany, an event which was a precursor to the Holocaust. Some eyewitnesses who now live in Santa Barbara talk about those events in 1938.

Tom Brokaw visits Santa Barbara County

11/7/2007 9:52am    Download MP3

One of America's best known journalists speaks on the South Coast. KCLU's Lance Orozco talks with Tom Brokaw about his latest book, the state of broadcast journalism and his most memorable stories. He speaks in an open public lecture at UCSB's Campbell Hall on Sunday, November 11th, at 10AM.

Local researcher helps open door to mystery of galaxy formation

11/6/2007 9:19am    Download MP3

A research team that includes scientists from UC Santa Barbara, and CalTech has discovered unique evidence of how galaxies are formed.

Can where we live contribute to obesity?

11/5/2007 9:17am    Download MP3

We know that lack of exercise, and poor diet are among the factors in obesity. But, could where we live play a factor? Some experts think so, and met in Ventura County to talk about the connection between land use, and health. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports.

Technology and privacy...how the two sometimes collide

11/2/2007 10:07am    Download MP3

One of America's leading experts on the issue of technology, and how it affects our privacy visited the South Coast for a series of lectures at California Lutheran University. We talk with David Holtzman about his views of this sometimes controversial subject. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports.

Exhibition highlights Santa Barbara County's foster care efforts

11/1/2007 7:50am    Download MP3

A new photographic exhibition in Santa Barbara highlights some of the kids of Santa Barbara County's foster care system, and the need to find more foster care homes. More information on the programs is available at (805) 696-8959.

Progress made towards universal preschool in Ventura County

11/1/2007 7:45am    Download MP3

Educational leaders in Ventura County met to assess progress towards preschool for all four year olds in the county, and to look at how to continue to advance the effort.