“Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks”, presents the sixth annual “Mole and Mariachi Festival!” The event features a mole tasting and competition - as well as food, music, artisan crafts and more! Proceeds from the festival support educational programs, visitor services and park restoration. The 6th annual Mole and Mariachi Festival - 11am to 5pm Saturday September 8th at Santa Cruz Mission Adobe State Park, in downtown Santa Cruz. For more information visit thatsmypark.org

Erika Mahoney

It’s getting harder to recycle plastic bags. A growing number of waste management districts in California have stopped accepting them as recyclables. The district serving the Monterey region is one of the latest to do so.

Broadcast Sunday August 12, 2018 at 4pm:

Eight out of 10 children born in America today will never know a night sky dark enough to see the Milky Way. In our modern world, where nights are getting brighter, most of us no longer experience true darkness. Paul Bogard (James Madison University) is the author of the new book “The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in the Age of Artificial Light.” He believes we now suffer from light pollution and that the lack of darkness at night is affecting our physical, mental, and spiritual health. Plus: When women compare themselves to other people, they actually lose IQ points. Read Montague (Virginia Tech) completed a study that suggests being in groups can have a dumbing-down effect on certain individuals.

Erika Mahoney

Work is underway on a local passenger rail project. It will create commuter train service from Salinas.

Krista Almanzan

Deportations and forced family separations constitute a public health crisis.  That’s according to a policy statement that comes out in the upcoming American Journal of Community Psychology. 

Brandt Bates

A national rolling hunger strike has arrived in Santa Cruz. It’s trying to draw attention to immigrant children still separated from their parents under the Trump Administration's zero-tolerance policy.  

Erika Mahoney

Kids attend all sorts of camps during summer. Camp Grace brings together maximum security inmates and their children for one week. It runs in several California state prisons with dreams of expanding.

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Broadcast Sunday August 5, 2018 at 4pm:

When Louis Armstrong died in July of 1971, his friend Duke Ellington summed up Louis's genius by saying, “Louis Armstrong was born poor... died rich... and never hurt anyone in between." Author Gary Giddins discusses Louis Armstrong’s life in music. Many seminal Armstrong recordings are featured.