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5:52 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Indian Ambassador To U.S. Takes Interest In Central California

Indian Ambassador to the U.S. Nirupama Rao visited Fresno State's memorial garden on her tour of the region.
Ezra Romero Valley Public Radio

It’s not every day that an ambassador from a foreign nation visits Fresno. But on Thursday the Indian ambassador to the United States paid a visit to Fresno State. 

Indian Ambassador to the United States Nirupama Rao visited Fresno for several reasons: to strengthen U.S. – India ties.

"Trade, business and investment ties between economies such as ours..."

The large Indian population in the San Joaquin Valley:

“I see so many friends from the Punjab region of India sitting amongst us..."

And because Rep. Jim Costa asked her to.

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Community
2:45 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Jamie Oliver's Mobile Kitchen, Healthy Cooking Classes To Roll Into The Valley

Jamie Oliver's big rig teaching kitchen will travel through the San Joaquin Valley.
Credit David Loftus / www.JamieOliver.com

The star of this year’s Big Fresno Fair may not be a musical act. Celebrity chef and social activist Jamie Oliver’s big rig teaching kitchen will roll into the fair in October.

Through a partnership between the Jamie Oliver Foundation and The California Endowment, Oliver’s mobile kitchen will also make stops throughout the San Joaquin Valley, from Kern County to Merced County, between September and March 2014.

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Community
12:00 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Fresno Nonprofit Aids Afghan Women, Infants with New Hospital

Physcians work with a newborn at Afshar Hospital's neonatal unit in Kabul.
AMOR - American Medical Overseas Relief

Right now in Afghanistan, infants who otherwise might die are getting a new chance at life at Ashfar Hospital in Kabul. The 24 bed neonatal department is the latest addition to the facility that first opened in 2009. It was constructed by a Fresno based non-profit organization called AMOR, which stands for American Medical Overseas Relief.  The NGO also runs the facility, which provides health care services for thousands of Afghans.

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Community
11:39 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Faith Based Group Calls For Cap On Fresno Payday Lenders

Josie De La Fuente successfully paid off a payday loan with assistance from a Fresno based financial literacy instiute at Fresno Pacific Seminary.
Ezra Romero Valley Public Radio

Josie De La Fuente and her 30-year-old son live in a small two bedroom apartment in Southeast Fresno.

Just over a year ago, she joined the ranks of the thousands who turn to short term high interest loans to make ends meet.

She says taking out payday loan ensnared her.

“Imagine me getting a payday loan,” De La Fuente says. “Paying a 300 dollar loan and with all the bills that I have. You know the car payment, the apartment the rent and all that stuff. It’s not gonna help me and I’m not gonna have any money left with all of that.”

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Community
12:24 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

The Three Ingredients Of A Successful Ice Cream Shop

Superior Dairy's scoops have remained enormous. Susan Wang, co-owner of the Valley scoop shop, says the scoops have grown in size.
Ezra Romero Valley Public Radio

Valley Public Radio reporters Rebecca Plevin and Ezra Romero teamed up to look at three ice cream shops that have remained popular and successful across generations. They identified three factors that have allowed these shops to stand the test of time.

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Community
11:27 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Homemade Ice Cream Exploits Range From Traumatic to Tasty

Reporter Rebecca Plevin makes ice cream at home, following recipes from three popular cookbooks.
Credit Rebecca Plevin / Valley Public Radio

I’m a self-professed ice cream lover. I like visiting local scoop shops and purchasing locally produced ice cream.

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Community
12:10 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Searching For the 'Perfect Peach' with the Masumoto Family

The new book "The Perfect Peach" by the Masumoto family
Ten Speed Press

Without a doubt one of the best parts of summer in the San Joaquin Valley has to be fresh stonefruit from valley orchards. Ripe, juicy and delicious, the valley’s peaches, plums, apricots and nectarines are the envy of the rest of the country. And perhaps no one has done more to boost the profile of our local peaches, and in such a poetic way than our guest today– Del Rey organic farmer and writer David Mas Masumoto. Peaches from his 80 acre farm appear on menus of some of the world's finest restaurants, and his writing has won numerous awards.

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Community
10:55 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Valley Public Radio Launches Public Radio Book Club

'The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down' is the first book in Valley Public Radio's Homegrown book club.

Today we're introducing Homegrown, Valley Public Radio's book club about the Central Valley.

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.

We also want to hear your questions and comments about the book. You can connect with us through Facebook, Twitter or e-mail, and our website, KVPR.org. Just search "Homegrown."

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Community
10:00 am
Mon June 17, 2013

The Sound of Eating of 'The Perfect Peach'

David Mas Masumoto, his daughter Nikiko and wife Marcy joined us to share their idea of "The Perfect Peach"
Credit Ezra Romero / Valley Public Radio

Eating a ripe peach is a sensory delight, from the aroma of the fruit to the flavor of the nectar and texture of the skin. But what about the sound of eating the perfect peach?

We asked David Mas Masumoto, his wife Marcy and daughter Nikiko, the authors of the new book "The Perfect Peach" to talk about their new book on FM89's Valley Edition, and to share with our listeners one of the more memorable sounds of summer. You can hear the interview Tuesday at 9:00 AM on Valley Edition, but here's a short preview.

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Community
2:41 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Valley Public Radio Hosts Paleta Party

Come enjoy a paleta -- a Latin American ice pop -- with Valley Public Radio during Art Hop on June 6 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The party is at La Reina de Michoacan, located at 720 E. Belmont Ave. in Fresno.

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Summer Scoop
1:28 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Dipped Cone Delight: Foster's Unites Generations, Community in Dinuba

Joe Moore Valley Public Radio

For generations, residents of small towns in the San Joaquin Valley have gathered at Foster's Freeze. Sure, people love Foster's soft-serve ice cream, especially once it's dipped in chocolate. But why has this chain withstood the test of time in rural communities and continues to be the place people flock to to celebrate after the big football game or graduation night? To kick off our new series Summer Scoop, Valley Public Radio's Rebecca Plevin examines the role of this ice cream shop in the Valley's small towns.

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Community
5:34 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Eight Things That Have Changed Since the Last Time Fresno State Had A New President

Incoming Fresno State President Joseph Castro
Credit Fresno State

A lot has happened in Central California since the last time Fresno State had a new president. On Tuesday, the California State University Board of Trustees  selected Hanford native Joseph Castro as the eighth president of Fresno State. He will replace the soon-to-retire John Welty, who has led the university since August of 1991. We thought we'd take a look back at how much Fresno has changed over the past 22 years.

1) The city grew. A lot.

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Community
11:34 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Tamejavi Event To Celebrate Valley's Diverse Cultures

'No Longer Strangers,' the Tamejavi Culture and Arts Series Grand Finale, will take place May 18 at the Tower Theater in Fresno.
Credit www.Tamejavi.org

The first Tamejavi Fellowship Cultural Organizing Program will present ‘No Longer Strangers,’ the grand finale of the Tamejavi Culture and Arts Series, at the Tower Theater in Fresno on Saturday (May 18) at 6 p.m. Myrna Martinez, with the American Friends Service Committee, and fellow Pov Xyooj, join Valley Edition to discuss the event.

Martinez says the presentation will be a multimedia event, featuring traditional musical instruments, dancing, and spoken word performances. She says the event will combine and elevate the stories of the Valley’s diverse immigrant communities.

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Community
4:12 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

'Maker' Re-Creates Victorian Era Downtown Fresno With Cardboard

The centerpiece of John Rupe's cardboard city is the old Fresno County Courthouse, which was demolished in 1966.
Joe Moore Valley Public Radio

John Rupe doesn't have a time machine. But he does have laminated cardboard, glue and thin sheets of copper - just enough to take a trip back in time to a Fresno that hasn't existed for over nearly a century. That year is 1900. 

Rupe has always loved Downtown Fresno. 

"I explored," Rupe said. "I was in Hotel Fresno in the 80's and it was vacant back then... I was in the Sun-Maid Raisin plant before it was demolished and the Republican Newspaper building, which has been demolished too."

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Community
5:44 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Fresno Runner Recounts Experience at Boston Marathon

Brad Castillo, right, was less than half a mile from the Boston Marathon finish line when the bombs exploded. He's pictured with his brother-in-law and fellow runner, Phillip Gonzalez.
Brad Castillo

For 17 years, Fresno resident Brad Castillo had strived to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

On Monday, he was less than half a mile away from the finish line – or, at his pace, about four minutes away from realizing his dream – when the mass of runners stopped. At that point, Castillo didn’t know there had been two explosions at the finish line.

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Valley History
2:12 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

How Jackie Robinson Almost Became A Fresno State Bulldog

Baseball great Jackie Robinson was recruited by Fresno State in 1939.
Credit http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/robinson/ / Library of Congress - public domain

Before he broke baseball's color barrier in 1947 for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Jackie Robinson nearly wound up as multi-sport star for the Fresno State Bulldogs.

In a move that would likely run afoul of today's NCAA recruiting regulations, the school offered the star a number of incentives in an attempt to lure Robinson to the campus, including a new set of tires for his aging 1931 Plymouth.

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Community
3:37 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Young Couple Calls For 'No More Slumlords'

Sergio and Ashley Cortes are starting a multimedia organization called 'No More Slumlords.'
Rebecca Plevin Valley Public Radio

Sergio and Ashley Cortes knock on a door in a run-down apartment building near downtown Fresno.

Sergio Cortes greets the young woman that cautiously cracks open the door. Ashley Cortes stands behind her husband, clasping a clipboard, ready to take notes.

“We’re basically doing canvassing of apartment complexes owned by JD Homes, and we want to talk to the tenants to see if they have any problems with JD Homes, like any stuff that’s not being fixed, anything that’s broken,” Sergio Cortes says.

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Military
9:51 am
Tue March 5, 2013

California National Guard Troops Preparing for Deployment to Afghanistan

Fifty California Guard troops and fifty from Nevada and Washington will take up medevac operations as part of Operation Enduring Freedom
Credit Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

The California Army National Guard is deploying about 50 soldiers as part of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.  

About a hundred medics, pilots and mechanics from California, Nevada, and Washington are flying out today. This is the third such deployment for Sylvester Wilson. He’s from Rancho Cordova, near Sacramento.

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Community
9:07 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Coalinga 'Deportee' Plane Crash Sparks Search, 65 Years Later

Carlos Rascon, director of cemeteries for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno walks past the grave of the 28 'deportees'
Rebecca Plevin Valley Public Radio

Author Tim Z. Hernandez was digging through old newspapers at the Fresno County library when a dramatic headline from the late 1940s captured his attention.

“I stumbled upon this headline that said, ‘100 people see a ship plunge to the earth’ or something like that. It was just really a captivating headline. I instantly realized after reading it that it had to be tied into Woody Guthrie’s song, says Hernandez. 

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