This week on Valley Edition our reporting team discusses how Valley air quality may affect our genes, a library vending machine that dispenses books, hockey in the region and much more.
Starting off the program, Valley Public Radio Reporter Rebecca Plevin reports on the issue of pollution and how it relates to our health. She explores the question of whether pollution is affecting Valley residents at cellular level.
Also in the program, Valley Edition Host Joe Moore takes on the topic of the history and future of hockey in Central California. Joining him are Fresno Bee Sports Columnist Marek Warszawski and Bakersfield Californian Condors and Racing Reporter Mike Griffith.
Later, FM89’s Ezra David Romero shares a report on how Tulare County is combatting illiteracy with technology. He reports that officials with the Tulare County Library system are now using a different sort of technology to help improve literacy and help kids develop a lifelong love of reading.
Ending the program, Moore is joined by author and organic farmer Mas Masumoto and Jackie Kegley with the Kegley Institute of Ethics to talk about the California State University, Bakersfield event “If Steinbeck was a farmer.” Nobel Prize winning author John Steinbeck was widely known for what is considered his best work, The Grapes of Wrath, as well as other social novels dealing with the economic problems of rural labor. This event delves to answer the question what would his writing portrayed “If Steinbeck was a Farmer?” For more information visit: http://www.cs.csub.edu/~donna/kie/.