Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Longtime California public television host Huell Howser has died at age 67. His assistant confirmed to NPR member station KPCC that Howser died on Sunday at his home.

The host of popular programs such as "California's Gold" and "California's Golden Parks" was known for his folksy, unpretentious style, while visiting historic and scenic sites across the state.

On this edition of Valley Writers Read, author Jon Frank brings us a story about the adventures of mountain climbing in Yosemite Valley. 

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear a story by local author C.B. Mosher, titled, "Descent Into Heaven." Listen for a story about how the author and his family explore the beauty of the headwaters of the Amazon River. 

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear local author Larry Hill's short story "The Night We Read Carver." Listen for a story about a writer who takes his girlfriend and protege to a conference where she turns the tables on him. 

This week on Valley Writers Read, we feature two stories by local authors. First, we hear a story by Howard Hendrix titled, "American Bacon." Listen as a neighbor recruits the author to help slaughter a hog. We close the program with Sharon Patterson's "Ant Climbs a Molehill Guarded by a Camel," where an enlisted man struggles to advance in rank.

On this edition of Valley Writers Read, author James Varner shares with listeners some anecdotes of growing up in the Bakersfield area with his story, "Memories of Growing Up With Friends."

On this edition of Valley Writers Read, James Varner shares some personal anecdotes of growing up in the Bakersfield area with "Memories of Growing Up With Friends". 

On this edition of Valley Writers Read, we hear James Benelli's story about a CPA named Henry, who becomes bored with his job, wife and lifestyle, in "The Wonderful World of Accounting."

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear a story by local author Valerie Schultz, titled "Brevis."  Join us as we hear how a daughter takes on the difficult task of caring for her belligerent father, whose health is deteriorating. 

On this edition of Valley Writers Read, Oscar G. Williams introduces listeners to a view of the world-as seen through the eyes of a canine with his story "I Scooter."

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear two stories by local authors. "Fault Lines" by Anne DaVigo chronicles a family's move from near the San Andreas Fault to Fresno. The second story, "Who Spanked J.R. Jr.?" by Lucille Apcar, talks about a teacher who disciplines the son of a powerful judge. 

This week on Valley Writers Read, host Franz Weinschenk shares his fascinating memoir titled "Brooklyn." We'll hear about his family fleeing Germany as Jewish refugees before World War Two, eventually settling in Brooklyn, N.Y.

On this edition of Valley Writers Read, author Hope Nisly shares with listeners her poignant and moving experiences as an intake receptionist at an emergency shelter in Oakland.

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear the works of two local authors. The first story, Joe Hemphill's "A Good Ending to a Story", describes a man with cerebral palsy who refuses to resume his physical therapy. And in the second story, Bill McDougle's "Bertha in Stillwell", the life of a woman named Bertha is chronicled as she grows up in Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl era.  

On this edition of Valley Writers Read, local author Janet Nichols Lynch reads her story Racing California. Join us as we hear about an avid bicyclist contemplates turning pro.

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