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7th Avenue Project: Yael Kohen: The Rise of Women in Comedy

It’s taken decades, but women are finally catching up to men in the comedy business, with A-list stars like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Sarah Silverman and Kristen Wiig. Have women comics achieved true equality? And if so, why’d it take so friggin’ long? We talk to Yael Kohen about her oral history, We Killed: The Rise of Women in American Comedy. (Originally aired in 2012)

‘Fresh Air’ Remembers Jazz Composer Gerald Wilson

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Gerald Wilson in 2009, at the Monterey Jazz Festival. Photo: Stephen Laufer / KUSP

Gerald Wilson in 2009, at the Monterey Jazz Festival. Photo: Stephen Laufer / KUSP

Gerald Wilson, who was also a trumpet player, wrote the arrangements for such greats as Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Charles. He died Monday at 96 years old. He spoke with Terry Gross in 2006.

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Genre Breaking Laura Nyro Tribute

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Note: Billy Childs performs at MJF, Saturday Sept 20th, with: “Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro”, including special guests Shawn Colvin, Lisa Fischer, Becca Stevens, and Quartet San Francisco.

Photo: Courtesy of Monterey Jazz Festival.

Photo: Courtesy of Monterey Jazz Festival.

The late Laura Nyro penned hits, including “And When I Die” and “Save the Country.”

NPR’s Scott Simon speaks with composer Billy Childs about his new album of tributes, Reimagining Laura Nyro.

See transcript below:

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In the Wake of Die-Off Lots of Baby Sea Stars

starfishJ.D. Hillard | KUSP News

After most species of sea stars suffered massive die-offs in 2013, researchers say there’s some hope for recovery.

Scientists still don’t understand why sea stars from Mexico to Canada started dying off. But the disease, which is called “sea star wasting syndrome” has affected most species and in many locations killed off a majority of sea stars, says Peter Raimondi, who studies marine ecology at Long Marine Lab in Santa Cruz.

“It’s unlikely you’ll go to a location and not find any sea stars but the numbers are fractions of what they used to be.”

The ailment begins with tissue death – parts of the sea star may fall off. Then bacterial infections kill the animal.

Now Raimondi says there’s a chance sea stars may recover. He and other scientists have seen the largest number of baby sea stars they’ve ever seen. That goes especially for a site near Raimondi’s lab.

“We’ve seen more babies in the last 6 months than we’ve seen in the last 15 years combined. ”

Raimondi cautions that the large birth year doesn’t necessarily promise a return to normal populations. These new sea stars could still get the disease.

“The comeback would be when these individuals actually make it through to the adult stage.”

He says that would take a few years, once this year’s babies reach maturity.

 

Interview: Musician Harvey Wainapel

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KUSP’s Jeff Dayton Johnson recently spoke with reedman Harvey Wainapel (listen above) about his long love affair with Brazilian music and his new CD Amigos Brasileiros Vol. 2.  Harvey Wainapel will be appearing at Kuumbwa Jazz in Santa Cruz on Thursday, September 4th at 7 pm More info at kuumbwajazz.org

Wainapel also appears at the 2014 Monterey Jazz Festival September 19th, with Claudia Villela, exploring the  the work of João Gilberto and Stan Getz.

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Watsonville Adds Water Restrictions

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A scene like like could lead to a $500 fine. Courtesy of Stephen Laufer

A scene like like could lead to a $500 fine. Courtesy of Stephen Laufer

J.D. Hillard | KUSP News
This week Watsonville’s City Council approved new restrictions on water use following an emergency mandate issued by Governor Jerry Brown last month.

The emergency measure was aimed at reducing outdoor water use in urban areas. A lot of water districts have a variety of restrictions already, the mandate specifies all districts have to adopt measures such as prohibiting watering that causes runoff or washing cars without a nozzle that shuts off.

In order to comply Watsonville adopted the mandated limit for outdoor watering: no more than two days per week for less than 15 minutes.

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At Farming Workshop: Drought and Salty Wells

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By Wes Sims | KUSP News

During droughts cities tell residents to stop watering outside. Farms don’t have that option. This drought highlights the challenge growers face maintaining agriculture while preserving water supplies. It’s become part of the curriculum for a program that educates community leaders about local agricultural issues.
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Increase of Small Wildfires in San Lorenzo Valley

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This morning firefighters extinguished a blaze they described as being of suspicious origin… in the forests of the San Lorenzo Valley. That region has seen an uptick in small wildfires recently.

Late last night, firefighters had received a report of smoke in the redwood forest near the north boundary of U.C. Santa Cruz’s campus and Henry Cowell Redwood state park. The night was foggy and they were at first unable to find the source. Then this morning, they found about two tenths of an acre of undergrowth and duff burning. Calfire Chief Rob Sherman says the blaze definitely was started by a human. “There was no lightning in the area there was no electrical,” he says.

Recently the San Lorenzo valley has seen more than the usual number of wildfires mostly started accidentally. “We had one start from a marijuana grow, we’ve had campfires we’ve had a whole gamut of human caused fires.” Here there was no evidence of a campfire or other accidental source. Now Calfire is looking into the possibility this morning’s fire was intentionally lit.

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Look Past the Smell: Anchovies Feed an Ecosystem

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Last week millions of anchovies swam in the Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor and then died due to lack of oxygen. Beaches in Aptos also saw anchovy die-offs.

KUSP’s Adia White reports the die-off is a by-product of a periodic boom in the coastal anchovy population that is a boon for marine life.

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Environmental Groups Criticize Proposed Desalination Rule

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As numerous coastal communities face dwindling water supplies, state regulators Wednesday discussed how to keep proposed desalination plants from sucking marine life into intake pipes or damaging habitat with toxic brine.

As many as 15 coastal communities have proposals or plans in various stages of development for desalination to augment water supplies.

The State Water Resources Control Board is considering a proposed regulation that would require plants to draw their water from wells under the floor of the Pacific and dilute brine - the main waste created by desalination – before it goes back into the ocean.  The code does allow a project to use another method if geology or other conditions make these wells impossible.

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