books http://kvpr.org en New Book Chronicles 'Hidden History' Of The Sierra Nevada http://kvpr.org/post/new-book-chronicles-hidden-history-sierra-nevada <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">California’s isn’t just home to internationally renowned gems like Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks – it’s also a place that’s rich in its own human history. And while many stories, like the Gold Rush and </span>Hetch<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Hetchy<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> are well known, a new book seeks to document the “hidden history” of the Sierra. Tue, 20 May 2014 16:07:00 +0000 Joe Moore 32905 at http://kvpr.org New Book Chronicles 'Hidden History' Of The Sierra Nevada New Biography Paints Complex Picture Of Cesar Chavez http://kvpr.org/post/new-biography-paints-complex-picture-cesar-chavez <p>Charismatic, &nbsp;controversial, courageous and complicated. Those are just a few words that could sum up the life of the late civil rights leader and farm labor activist Cesar Chavez. Now over 20 years after his death, a new biography seeks to provide fresh insight into a man who is an inspiration for millions. The book is called <a href="http://crusadesofcesarchavez.com/">“The Crusades of Cesar Chavez”</a> by <a href="http://twitter.com/miriampawel">Miriam Pawel</a>, who joined us on Valley Edition to talk about Chavez the man and Chavez the myth.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 02:13:24 +0000 Joe Moore 30243 at http://kvpr.org New Biography Paints Complex Picture Of Cesar Chavez Is Bakersfield Really America's "Least Literate" City? Local Author Raises Questions http://kvpr.org/post/bakersfield-really-americas-least-literate-city-local-author-raises-questions <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Cities like Merced Fresno and Bakersfield all share one common thread, other than being major stops on Highway 99. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 16:04:17 +0000 Joe Moore 29851 at http://kvpr.org Is Bakersfield Really America's "Least Literate" City? Local Author Raises Questions 'Buck 'Em!' Brings New Insights Into The Life And Music Of Buck Owens http://kvpr.org/post/buck-em-brings-new-insights-life-and-music-buck-owens <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Buck Owens was one of the giants of country music, helping to define a rough and ready sound that will forever be linked with the city that Owens called home – Bakersfield. While Owens died in 2006, his legacy lives on. Now a new book titled <a href="http://www.halleonardbooks.com/product/viewproduct.do?itemid=333129&amp;lid=3&amp;seriesfeature=&amp;menuid=9343&amp;subsiteid=168&amp;">“Buck 'Em: The Autobiography of Buck Owens”</a> tells his story. Sat, 11 Jan 2014 02:10:03 +0000 Joe Moore 27013 at http://kvpr.org 'Buck 'Em!' Brings New Insights Into The Life And Music Of Buck Owens Author Interview: Seth Holmes Talks About Farmworkers' "Broken Bodies" http://kvpr.org/post/author-interview-seth-holmes-talks-about-farmworkers-broken-bodies <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the House and Senate continue to struggle to find common ground on the issue of immigration reform, one University of California, Berkeley professor is working to bring new insights into a significant group of undocumented immigrants here in California and throughout the west – those who pick the food we eat every day.</span></p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 22:05:29 +0000 Joe Moore 20995 at http://kvpr.org Author Interview: Seth Holmes Talks About Farmworkers' "Broken Bodies" Author Interview: Tim Z. Hernandez Talks About New Novel, Kerouac's "Mexican Girl" http://kvpr.org/post/author-interview-tim-z-hernandez-talks-about-new-novel-kerouacs-mexican-girl <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Author Tim Z. Wed, 28 Aug 2013 00:35:40 +0000 Joe Moore 20679 at http://kvpr.org Author Interview: Tim Z. Hernandez Talks About New Novel, Kerouac's "Mexican Girl" Betancourt Seeks Balance Between Environment, Ag in 'Ten Reasons' http://kvpr.org/post/betancourt-seeks-balance-between-environment-ag-ten-reasons <p>Kerman farmer Paul Betancourt&nbsp;says it's time to Californians to abandon that idea that a healthy environment and a healthy agriculture economy can't co-exist. His new book "Ten Reasons: Finding Balance on Environmental Issues" seeks to find solutions that are both economically practical and environmentally beneficial.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 18:04:29 +0000 Joe Moore 19959 at http://kvpr.org Betancourt Seeks Balance Between Environment, Ag in 'Ten Reasons' How Will Global Warming Impact the San Joaquin Valley? http://kvpr.org/post/how-will-global-warming-impact-san-joaquin-valley <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rising global temperatures aren’t just an international concern, they’re also an important local issue, especially when it comes to public health. How will climate change affect everything from rates of asthma and valley fever to wildfires and natural disasters?</span></p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 17:39:29 +0000 Joe Moore 19956 at http://kvpr.org How Will Global Warming Impact the San Joaquin Valley? Valley Public Radio Launches Public Radio Book Club http://kvpr.org/post/valley-public-radio-launches-public-radio-book-club <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today we're introducing Homegrown, Valley Public Radio's book club about the Central Valley.</span></p><p>We will read books that shine a light on distinct issues, communities and experiences in the region. We'll air in-depth interviews with authors and panel discussions with local experts about the books. You can listen for the segments on Valley Edition and see online features at KVPR.org.</p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 17:55:28 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 16968 at http://kvpr.org Valley Public Radio Launches Public Radio Book Club Photographer Joel Pickford Documents Hmong Refugees in 'Soul Calling' http://kvpr.org/post/photographer-joel-pickford-documents-hmong-refugees-soul-calling <p>Local photographer Joel&nbsp;Pickford's <a href="http://joelpickford.com/g_hmong-project.php">new book</a> "Soul Calling: A Photographic Journey Through The Hmong Diaspora" is an intimate look into the world of the Hmong people.</p> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 20:45:11 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 4163 at http://kvpr.org Photographer Joel Pickford Documents Hmong Refugees in 'Soul Calling' On Valley Edition: Leaving California; Kids on the Farm; California Reads http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-leaving-california-kids-farm-california-reads <p>This week on Valley Edition, we look at the changing demographics of California, which is now a net exporter of people to other states. How did the California dream turn out to be a nightmare for so many? We talk to some residents who&#39;ve left, and also to experts who are using the newly revised population estimates to plan the state&#39;s future. We also talk about the role of kids on family farms, and learn about the California Reads program taking place in Kern County.</p><p><strong>Valley Edition for May 1, 2012:</strong></p> Tue, 01 May 2012 20:59:37 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 1143 at http://kvpr.org On Valley Edition: Fresno SPCA Controversy; Rural Poverty; World Book Night http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-fresno-spca-controversy-rural-poverty-world-book-night <p>This week on Valley Edition, we hear from the Central California SPCA&nbsp;and hear why they are walking away from a decades old contract to provide animal control services to the City and County of Fresno. We&#39;ll also talk about how some residents of rural Valley communities live in &quot;third-world&quot; conditions and what some people are trying to do to change that situation. And we close the program with a discussion of world book night, a new event that is coming to Fresno.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 10 Apr 2012 21:24:37 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 1150 at http://kvpr.org On Valley Edition: Pet Overpopulation; Measure B for Fresno Libraries http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-pet-overpopulation-measure-b-fresno-libraries <p>This week on Valley Edition we talk about the problem of pet overpopulation in the Valley, and learn what groups are doing to help spay and neuter more cats and dogs. We&#39;ll also learn more about the future of Fresno County&#39;s public library system which will be placing an extension of the sales tax known as Measure B before voters on the November ballot.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Valley Edition for February 14, 2012</strong></p> Tue, 14 Feb 2012 22:38:42 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 1159 at http://kvpr.org Valley Bookstores Adapt to New Era http://kvpr.org/post/valley-bookstores-adapt-new-era <p>For some, the closing of Borders bookstores seemed to signal another nail in the coffin for book lovers. Another reminder of the fragile state of an industry being taken over by technology, e-readers and Amazon.com. But in Fresno and other San Joaquin Valley towns, some independent bookstores are not only doing okay, some are actually thriving. Valley Public Radio&#39;s Juanita Stevenson reports.</p> Wed, 03 Aug 2011 00:56:00 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 779 at http://kvpr.org Valley Bookstores Adapt to New Era On Valley Edition: Redistricting California; Valley Bookstores Adapt to New Reality http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-redistricting-california-valley-bookstores-adapt-new-reality <p><strong>Segment 1: Redistricting Fresno County</strong> Wed, 03 Aug 2011 00:23:58 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 1210 at http://kvpr.org