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33: A message from the Future of Paradise

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46: Remembering Carey Wilson 1954 - 2022
The planet lost one of it's finest artistic reflections on Tuesday, September 27th with the death of Carey Wilson. It was always a joy spending time with my friend Carey Wilson. With his gentle smile and carefree laugh, augmenting well crafted words. Remembering Carey Wilson features the music, poetry and spoken word of a man who will always be my favorite Chico Culture Vulture. With the musical and witty genius of Jeffy Bee as he recalls some of his favorite memories with Carey when he was the drummer in Jeffy's band Biggs Roller. Jeffy also performs Tractor, an original song inspired by Carey's love of tractors. Listeners are also treated to two Biggs Roller songs featuring Carey Wilson on drums. With Guillermo Mash reading a dozen of the Facebook posts loving on Carey since his death on Tuesday, September 27th. The show concludes with a phone conversation with Carey, Guillermo Mash, Rob Davidson, Carey's Creative Writing professor when he was in the graduate program at Chico State. It's a real treat to hear Carey read a dozen of his poems at the beginning of the ending segment. The bulk of the Remembering Carey Wilson episode was culled from two Imagining Community shows Carey contributed to -- In Concert with Water from September, 2021 and the Carey Wilson Appreciation Show from June of 2022.
September 29, 2022
45: Bill Russell (part 2 of 3)
Hello, Guillermo Mash welcoming you to part 2 of a special Imagining Community series on the legendary life and times of Bill Russell. As aired on the KZFR 90.1FM Peace and Social Justice Show. Listen to Part 1 on the Imagining Community podcast available on your favorite podcasting platform. William Felton Russell, Feb-12-1934 to Jul-31-2022, had his #6 Boston Celtics jersey permanently retired across the entire NBA on Aug-11-2022. A first in the 76-year history of the league. For the 2022-2023 NBA basketball season every player in the league will wear a commemorative patch for Russell and every NBA arena will have the Boston Celtic's shamrock with Russell's #6 at center court. His endurable basketball accomplishments tended to overshadow his humble civil and human rights advocacy that culminated with him being honored with a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011. Todays segment features highlights from the last two hours of Bill Russell's 3-hour interview in May of 2013 for the Civil Rights history project. It covers a lot of ground, just as the life of this extraordinary man did. Our Imagining Community Series concludes on October 7th as Cory Himp Hunt interviews me about the series, where I'll share my personal experience with racism. It will be a raw and unfiltered view of what I saw, what I did and what I regret about the racism and intolerance that permeated my childhood and early adult life. Including the last time I used the N-word. It's vital to me that this series moves forward the message and actions of Russell locally, and helps raise awareness and action for equal treatment and respect for all.
September 19, 2022
44: Bill Russell (part 1 of 3)
William Felton Russell, Feb-12-1934 to Jul-31-2022, had his #6 Boston Celtics jersey permanently retired across the entire NBA on Aug-11-2022. A first in the 76-year history of the league. Russell was most famous for being the winningest champion in United States major sports history. He won 11 NBA titles in 13-years, two NCAA basketball championships and an Olympic Gold Medal. He was also the first African American head coach of a major professional sports team in the modern era. His endurable basketball accomplishments tended to overshadow his humble civil and human rights advocacy that culminated with him being honored with a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011. As a lifelong Boston Celtics fan I'm keenly aware of Bill Russell's persona of respect, and justice for all! Bill Russell stood with Muhammad Ali, walked with MLK and rests among the giants of our times. He was a man who walked the walk with joyful sorrow, and sorrowful joy. “Boston itself was a flea market of racism. It had all varieties, old and new. The city had corrupt, city hall-crony racists, brick-throwing, send-’em-back-to-Africa racists, and in the university areas phony radical-chic racists. . . . Other than that, I liked the city.” ― Bill Russell The intent of this Part 1 segment it to introduce and reacquaint our listeners with the incalculable impacts Russell had in every space he occupied. We start with a radio edit of the official National Basketball Association "In Memoriam " video published on August 1st. Bill Russell was an astounding story teller, with one hell of a life experience to share. The Civil Rights History Project, from the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American history and Culture, interviewed Bill Russell in May of 2013. The 3+ hour video interview is deeply insightful, raw and personal. Like the man himself. We end the part 1 segment with a 12-minute portion. We urge our listeners to stream the full The Civil Rights History Project interview with Bill Russell via
August 12, 2022
43: Addison Winslow reporting from Collingwood Garden in Toledo, Ohio
Addison Winslow, raised, rooted and renting in Chico, converses with fellow urban renewal activists Nick Botek and Terry Burton at a coffee shop across the street from Collingwood Garden in Toledo, Ohio. As broadcast on the KZFR 90.1FM Ecotopia program, August 7, 2018. 00:00 - Show introduction with Ecotopia guest host Guillermo Mash. 02:27 - Interview lead-in - How urban agriculture is transforming Detroit , by "Fearless Farmer," Davita Davison for Ted Talks, 2018 15:27 -- Addison Winslow on location with Nick Botek and Terry A. Burton.
August 07, 2022
42: Jesi Naomi's Water Show
One of the most popular and engaging Imagining Community KZFR Studio #416 musical creations featuring the music and curations of Jesi Naomi. With live portions recorded on the North Fork of the Feather River in Belden, California and Big Chico Creek on the Campus of Chico State. Originally aired April 2021 during Imagining Community's year-long series on water.
August 01, 2022
37: What a Long Strange Trip it's Been
As aired, February 3, 2002, on Guillermo Mash's final Public Affairs broadcast on KZFR 90.1FM. With colorful and insightful commentary on letters, editorials, guest comments and essays I penned for the CN&R, Chico Enterprise Record and the Humboldt Edge. With special call-in guest Alex Brown, Chico City Council member.
July 27, 2022
41: CHAT Everhart Village groundbreaking
A Without a Roof special segment: The July, 13 2022 groundbreaking ceremony for Chico Housing Action Team's exciting new tiny home village. The show leads with three Without a Roof vignettes, circa 2013, of houseless human beings suffering mental illness on the streets of Chico, providing a context for the desperate need for emergency shelter projects such as Everhart Village. Includes the entire ceremony with attendee interviews by Guillermo Mash for KZFR 90.1 FM.
July 14, 2022
40: Sisko Lives Forum
A tribute to the life and times of Chico Artist David Michael Sisk, aka "Sisko", who was Born on October 7th, 1945 and died March 21st, 2021 of a heart attack on the North Rim trail of Upper Bidwell Park in Chico, California. The forum consisted of Sisko's wife Beth Sisk, local artist and dear friend Dylan Tellesen and Sisko's daughter Brae Sisk. After the forum a handful of attendees shared memories and words of inspiration on the impact Sisko had in their lives. Recorded at the "Sisko Lives" art exhibit at the Museum of Northern California Art on Thursday, May 26, 2022. The youtube video of the event can be viewed at >>>
May 31, 2022
39: Bob Trausch Appreciation Show on KZFR 90.1FM
"I was a wanderer a long time. For some reason Chico grabbed me. I just have a love for this community, and it's manifested in many different ways. Part of it is wanting to make Chico a better place for all people, and listening to all voices." -- Robert Trausch A special KZFR 90.1FM studio #416 appreciating Bob Trausch, a dear friend of KZFR 90.1FM and the community at large. With music by Van Morrison and Janis Joplin with live musical performances by John Michael-Sun, August Bullock, Anna Kurnizki, Ann-Dan Cassamajor and Anna Meehan. With testimonials and love by KZFR General Manager Grant Parks, show host Guillermo Mash, Susan Dobra, Stacey Perry-Wear, Bill Kurnizki and, of course, the one, the only, Robert Trausch. As aired on People Powered Radio -- Saturday, April 30, 2022 Pictures from the show >>>
May 11, 2022
38: Jess Mercer with Art on Wheels and the Key Project
A special post Camp Fire episode broadcast on KZFR 90.1FM in May of 2019, featuring local artist and educator Jess Mercer. -- "Every school has it's own energy and cultural. I just try to work with that. I'm not just there for the kids but the staff as well to offer them relief and something positive. For four hours on a Monday we do something different; which is called celebrate joy, be present and just njoy each other's company." -- Jess Mercer
April 15, 2022
36: Writing for Donuts Vol2
"My journey in life is to find peace. Peace is what keeps people sane. Loyalty and love are the precious objects of peace." -- Shadow, from the book Writing for Donuts, Volume 2 I produced a Writing for Donuts expose ( for KZFR 90.1FM which aired Wednesday, January 12th on the Writing on Air program. Once curated into the worthiness it deserved, I listened to it over and over. You see, some of the youth who wrote for donuts are my friends. Precious friends who I share time and stories -- with the earnest care nestled within as a runaway in 1976. As much as their experience converges and diverges with mine, the essence is the same. Making ones way as a teenager. Some of the wisest words I have read are, "be the person you needed when you were a child." Being the person I myself needed is the most precious actuation of loyalty and love I have given to bear. One of those friends is Olivia who high-fived me when I told her I was a runaway at 16. "Me too," she said. Years later she named here first vehicle Guillermo, after me. Another is Kyle, who once told me he couldn't believe he had a friend like me. I stopped walking and looked him in the eye, "I feel the same about you." Guillermo Mash on behalf of KZFR and Writing on Air, thanks all the voices who contributed to this radio segment and to the 104 writers featured in the book. A, Aaron, Adam, Alex Jury, Alexa B, Alexander Wolf, Amanda C, Angel, Anonymous, Ashley, Bre H-W, Brelyn, Buggy, Carrington Forbes, Cedra T, Coral D, Courtnie B, Death, Dennis G, Donna A, Dr Jones (aka doughboy), E, EIT, Emporer Augustus the Elitist, Figs, Flying Spirit, Gabi, Gaby R, Girl, Gypsy, Hati, Hezi (Aka Heather S), HG, Jace, Jackson NJ, James, Jaymi, Jimmy V, Joe, Jose, Joseph, Joseph Franke, Josh, JR, Justin, Justin F, Justin Fernandez, Justin R, Kay, Kim S, Krystal Gatewood, Kyle, Kyle M, Kyle T, Lily, Loredana, Lucia, M, Malinda, Mama bear, Manalo G, Maxson, Mike R, Moose, Natalie Stowe, Nick, Prudence and Adam, Purple Dragon, Robert H, Robert L, Rocco W, Ross, S, Sandwhich, Sara Clifton, Shadow, Shae, Shaun P, Shawn Pope, Shelley, Sho Thao, Siena, Skorase, Skorase Spyglass, Sky, Spencer Douglas Hines, Stefanie, Summer, Sweet, Talara, Taylor K, That one Girl, The son you used to know, Tim L, Tyler, Unknown, Veronica, Vivian, Will, Will F, Zachary Foster, Zak, Zane S Writing for Donuts volumes one and two are available at the Bookstore, 118 Main Street in Chico.
January 11, 2022
35: Solutions Across The Divide
"Best practices comes out of many minds." -- Bob Trausch, co-founder of Chico Housing Action Team (CHAT), on solutions founded on listening to, and collaborating with, the entire community. Solutions Across the Divide, Thursday, January 6, 2022 on KZFR 90.1FM. Produced and hosted by Bill (Guillermo) Mash, featuring a talking across the divide conversation with Chico News and Review Editor, Jason Cassidy and Enterprise Record Editor, Mike Wolcott. "I think there are some solutions to be found in this town. Cuz there are a lot of people who care that are really smart people." -- Mike Wolcott "A big part of it is to getting people in the same room together. It's really hard to call somebody a name, or even to identify a person as an enemy or a problem. The divide can be bridged by just being in the same room." -- Jason Cassidy We also feature conversational prompts from clips featuring the insights and wisdom of Bob Trausch, and Justin Lee author of Talking Across the Divide: how to communicate with people you disagree with and maybe change the world. Lee, a gay christian, has spent more than twenty years building bridges between conservatives and progressives. "Sincere people can be wrong, and wrong people can be sincere. I know it sounds simple, but it's more powerful than you think." -- Justin Lee
January 05, 2022
34: Chico Neighborhoods with Addison Winslow
Guillermo Mash from Imagining Community coffee chats with life-long, mid-twenties-aged, Addison Winslow who shares his extensive knowledge of the neighborhoods of Chico, California. All within the context of Strong Towns and Not Just Bikes, two popular, apolitical research organizations that shed light on what makes for a safe, happy and thriving community. 
December 04, 2021
33: A message from the Future of Paradise
We set the tone with three Paradise, California residents displaced by the Camp Fire, passionately speaking from the podium of the climate chaos action outside the San Francisco office of BlackRock Corporation. Followed by the audio portion of "A message from the future of Paradise", concluding with, Allen Myers, the Filmmaker and Executive Director of Regenerating Paradise. Plz like, follow and share Imagining Community as we bring you the stories that make our collective imaginations sparkle and engage.
November 08, 2021
32: Butte 350 Blackrock #DefundClimateChaos
Guillermo Mash welcoming you to a special Imagining Community segment on the October 29th, 2021 defund climate chaos action outside the San Fransisco office of BlackRock Corporation. From KQED: Climate demonstrators gathered outside the San Francisco headquarters of investment management company BlackRock on Friday, as part of a global day of action. Demonstrators came out to demand financial institutions end their funding of corporations perpetuating climate destruction — actions took place in at least 100 cities around the world in an effort to "defund climate chaos." The worldwide day of action was timed ahead of COP26, the United Nations climate conference beginning in Glasgow on Sunday. BlackRock, Inc. is an American multinational investment management corporation based in New York City. Founded in 1988, initially as a risk management and fixed income institutional asset manager, BlackRock is the world's largest asset manager, with US$9.46 trillion in assets under management as of 2021. BlackRock operates globally with 70 offices in 30 countries and clients in 100 countries. A contingent of Butte County residents including , filmmaker Allen Myers, Camp Fire survivor Carrie Max, Micro-biologist Wendy McCall, PHD candidate Meleiza Figueroa, Mary Kay Benson with Butte 350 and muralist and Traditional Ecological Educator Ali Meders-Knight stood tall in painting an "Indigenous Leadership ~ Climate Action Now" mural outside BlackRock's San Francisco office. Blackrock is the largest investor of fossil fuel projects and PG&E, which caused the wildfire deaths of 100 people in Butte County. The group painted their mural with the sacred ashes and charcoal collected from the burned properties of their Paradise participants. Plz like, follow and share Imagining Community as we bring you the stories that make our collective imaginations sparkle and engage.
November 01, 2021
31: Jim Brobeck's musical water wisdom
Guillermo Mash with Imagining Community welcoming you to our 2021 season finale on water, featuring an interview with water protector and h20 policy analyst Jim Brobeck. It's a feature unlike none other this year as Brobeck details the symbiotic relationship between his music and the watersheds he has championed to farmers, electeds, enthusiasts and the precious community of humans, wildlife, flora and fauna. With waterside musical performances as recorded and produced by Imagining Community for our 2021 series on water. Please share Imagining Community with your family and friends and follow us on your favorite podcasting service as we bring you the stories that make our collective imaginations sparkle and engage.
October 19, 2021
30: Introducing Covering Ground Farm with Paul Prather and Jared Geiser
Introducing Covering Ground Farm in Chico, California. CGF is an all organic regenerative farm realized by farmer Paul Prather, owner and chief architect. Features interviews on Covering Ground Farm in August and September with Paul Prather and Jared Geiser, a local AG expert and farmer who shares his extensive knowledge about mulching.
October 08, 2021
29: Tuscan Water District public hearing spotlighting District 2 Supervisor Debra Lucero
"We still have a lot to go in this process. The LAFCO approval stage is a new beginning." -- Debra Lucero, Butte County Supervisor for District 2 Highlights from the Tuscan Water District public hearing held on September 28th during the Board of Supervisors meeting. Includes all of the comments Supervisor Lucero made after the public input portion concluded. With Commentary by Guillermo Mash. "Supervisor Lucero represents the district I live in. I applaud and appreciate the hundreds of hours she has dedicated towards reseaching this issue and educating the public on the nuts and bolts. Her efforts greatly enhanced public awareness and input on the TWD which is precisely what a supervisor should be doing for the benefits of their constituents, particularly when District 2 comprises the bulk of the proposed TWD map." -- Guillermo Mash With musical guest the North State Symphony, including a show ending interview with Music Director Scott Seaton.
October 01, 2021
28: Jim Brobeck reviews Project Management Actions for the Tuscan Aquifer, Vina Sub-Basin.
An Imagining Community spotlight on the project management actions of the Vina Groundwater Sustainability Plan. Our segment features Jim Brobeck, water policy analyst and Vina GSA Stakeholder Advisory Committee member as he summarizes all 15 of the proposed Tuscan Aquifer, Vina Sub-basin PMAs. Thank you Jim Brobeck for your detailed insights on the first set of proposed projects to bring the Vina Sub Basin groundwater into compliance . We end our show with Dry Dry Dry, a Jim Brobeck original recorded on the south bank of Big Chico Creek by Imagining Community. Plz share this podcast with your friends and check out our social media on youtube, facebook and instagram.
September 27, 2021
27: The murder of Guy Steven Vanzandt and the Tuscan Water District Hijinks
Imagining Community reporting for KZFR 90.1FM for Thursday, September 9, 2021 with a short report on the recent vigilante murder Guy Steven Vanzant, a destitute man living Without a Roof at Teichert Ponds. Followed by continuing coverage of the Tuscan Water District featuring the joint Vina Groundwater Sustainability Agency and Rock Creek Reclamation District board meeting where a review of the Sustainable Groundwater Management plans was voted on. Thus closing the books on changes to the Project Management Actions that were submitted to the state on Friday, September 10, 2021
September 19, 2021
26: Tuscan Water District: Excerpts and Synopsis BC Water Commission meeting
As aired on KZFR 90.1FM on September 2, 2021 -- Audio excerpts from the 4.5 hour Butte County Water Commission TWD agenda item discussion, concluding with a 6 to 3 vote to recommend. With commentary and opinion by Guillermo Mash, host of Imagining Community.
September 03, 2021
25: Well positioned opposition to the proposed Tuscan Water District
"As I apply some water to my six peach trees and small vegetable garden I recognize the human impulse to grow food. When I see the impressive family farms in Butte County I'm humbled by the skills, and intentions, of the farmers and their workers. As I watch the Pyrocumulus clouds form over the Feather River Dixie Fire and contemplate the recurring Paleo droughts of the past and the climate destabilization of this century -- I shudder with consternation. I believe a balanced aquifer is the most reliable buffer we can have to endure what is unfolding. I'm resisting the intention of the water market to intentionally overdraft the Tuscan Aquifer system to create storage space for experimental groundwater recharge projects, for groundwater banks." - Closing comments by Jim Brobeck, Water Policy Analyst with Our episode springboard is an August 4, 2021 opposition public comment addressed to the Butte County Water Commission on the proposed Tuscan Water District, written by John Scott, a Butte Valley Coalition Advocate and former Butte County Water Commission member. Jim Brobeck, Water Policy Analyst with, provides context along with his public comment on the grave threat the proposed TWD poses for the North State. Jim ends his commentary with a personal plea for the present and future of our precious watershed and how concerned community members can get involved with lobbying for the demise of this blatant water heist. Thank you for listening to Imagining Community a grassroots media and civic engagement endeavor, sharing stories that make our collective imaginations sparkle and engage. Please like and follow our podcast and invite a few of your friends to as well. Take a look and listen to our youtube channel and social media pages at Until the next time, if you have a roof be grateful.
August 07, 2021
24: Lost and Found in the Park -- A special Without a Roof segment
"There's so much animosity and controversy going on right now. I think people should see this film because they need to know what is really happening. What the cops are doing and what their paid officials are doing." -- Smiley, houseless  in Chico, California on why you should see[1] Lost and Found in the Park.  A special Without a Roof "Lost and Found in the Park" segment with Respectful Revolution filmmakers Stacey Wear and Gerard Ungerman, joined by the words and wisdom of the nine houseless neighbors featured in the gritty, 50-minute film featuring nine people living outdoors in Chico's two main encampments - Tiechert Pond and Comanche Creek.  As aired on KZFR 90.1FM on July 28, 2021.  [1] Online viewing options coming SOON. 
July 29, 2021
23: Why shallow AG wells in Glenn County, California are running dry in droves.
Guillermo Mash welcoming you to a special Imaging Community ground water segment as aired on the June 18, 2021 KZFR 90.1FM Peace and Social Justice Show. The segment features Chris Nelson, a longtime show host and local activist extraordinaire, as she interviews Jim Brobeck, water policy analyst with The crux of the conversation radiates around concerns residents of Glenn County, California have with dozens of shallow AG wells going dry in the county, and the circumstances that have led to this calamity of water shortage. Circumstances that can't simply be passed off as a lack of rainfall and high country snow melt, without accounting for the increase in AG water demand year, over year, over year. While municipalities substantially reduce their water consumption to conserve water, speculative AG development is far out pacing desperatly needed reductions in demand. Glenn county, California is looking towards placing a moritorium on large diameter wells which, while welcomed and necesary, is simply a sorely needed bandaid to deal with long standing and systemic over pumping of ground water to irrigate vast swaths of nut farm expansion in Glenn county, and counties throughout the Sacramento Valley and into the San. Joaquin Valley, requiring more and more water to irrigate land that is ill suited for agriculture. All to quench Big AG's thirst for ever expanding economic return on investment for speculated unirrigated land, far removed from generations of mom and pop small farmers that comprise what is commonly referred to as the breadbasket.
June 22, 2021
22: Water, Friends of Butte Creek, reflecting on our coverage of Indigenous culture.
As aired on KZFR 90.1FM on 6/3/2021 -- "I am really grateful for water. Water is definitely a teacher. It's about learning and being humble, a humble student of water, and understanding that water is relationship. That we are part of a watershed, that we have waters inside of us and waters around us, and that is not a coincidence." -- Sheridan Noelani Enomoto Sheridan Noelani Enomoto's wisdom and passion for water, and Run4Salmon. Guillermo Mash reflects on the passion love and wisdom of the Indigenous community, as covered by Imagining Community since November, 2019. Allen Harthorn, Executive Director of Friends of Butte Creek, details the three main solution points that FoBC are working on. A true deep dive into all things Salmon and how FoBC is making a difference in the Butte Creek Watershed. Music by Jesi Naomi and Jim Brobeck
June 06, 2021
21: Good Fire on the Ground in Upper Bidwell Park
Ideal conditions for a prescribed burn were present on Monday, May 17th as approximately 100-acres of grassland in Upper Bidwell Park off Wildwood Avenue in Chico, California was burned as part of the City of Chico's recently adopted Vegetation Fuels Management Plan. Guillermo Mash covered the #goodfire burn for Imagining Community, snapping the first image of smoke in the air at 9:10 a.m. concluding our coverage at 2:30 p.m. as it was declared, "all tied in." Our segment starts with Mike Watner, Fire Captain with the Chico Fire Department. 
May 18, 2021
20: Wildland Fire Manager Zeke Lunder on Fire Safety and Prescribed Burns
Zeke Lunder has 25-years of experience putting out fires and managing wildland landscapes. In this Imagining Community Episode Lunder will be discussing red flag warnings and fire safety contrasted with the 550-acre Gunnison grassfire just north of Chico, California on Saturday, May 8, 2021. This segment aired on Chico News and Review on the Radio for Thursday, May 13, 2021. We end the episode with a bonus feature, as aired on the May 6, 2021 edition of Imagining Community on KZFR 90.1FM. In this segment Lunder covers the gamut of his experience with fire from the salmon observation deck at the home of Allen Harthorn with Friends of Butte Creek, in Helltown, California. Please subscribe to our podcast and Imagining Community's 2021 series on water. Click here to access all of our social media content available on Youtube, Facebook and Instagram. 
May 13, 2021
19: The North State Water Report: Episode 2 on Groundwater and SGMA
Hosted by Ron Toppi who interviews Water Policy Analyst Jim Brobeck On September 16, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a three-bill legislative package, composed of AB 1739 (Dickinson), SB 1168 (Pavley), and SB 1319 (Pavley), collectively known as the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). For the first time in its history, California has a framework for sustainable, groundwater management - “management and use of groundwater in a manner that can be maintained during the planning and implementation horizon without causing undesirable results.” SGMA requires governments and water agencies of high and medium priority basins to halt overdraft and bring groundwater basins into balanced levels of pumping and recharge. Under SGMA, these basins should reach sustainability within 20 years of implementing their sustainability plans. For critically over-drafted basins, that will be 2040. For the remaining high and medium priority basins, 2042 is the deadline... Click here for the Department of Water Resources SGMA homepage
May 07, 2021
18: Defund University Police for Chico News and Review on the Radio
Imagining Community continues our coverage of defunding university police with breaking news from California State University Fullerton, as reported by the school's student newspaper the Daily Titan, along with a follow-up interview with Melys Bonifacio-Jerez, co-intern of Students for a Quality Education (SQE) on the campus of California State University, Chico.  Students for Quality Education was formed in 2007-2008 by California State University students to build a student movement for educational rights in public higher education, with assistance by the California Faculty Association. Today SQE has an active presence on all 23 California State University Campuses providing a student body led voice for change, including organizing statewide actions such as the Northern California Defund the University Police Car Caravan protest held in the parking lot of the University Police Department at California State University, Sacramento on Saturday May 1st. As aired on KZFR 90.1FM Chico News and Review on the radio, Thursday, May 6, 2021.  
May 06, 2021
17. Bonus Segment on Defund the Police
"Defund disband, no more cops on stolen land." -- Melys Bonifacio Imagining Community delves into what "defund the police", means, the marginalized communities affected by police brutality and what police officers, sheriffs and community members think about Defunding the Police. Music from Defund the Sheriff, and several other tracks, are used to relay the strife and passion of the movement to defund the police. The spotlight feature is from the Saturday morning May 1st California Faculty Association in collaboration with North State Students for a Quality Education caravan protest on the campus of California State University at Sacramento. 17 automobiles and roughly 3 dozen protestors attended the event staged in the parking lot directly in front of the Sacramento State police department. Assistant Chico State Professor Lesa Johnson gave a rousing speech at the start of the event to recognize the courageous work of CSU students towards disarming and abolishing on campus police presence. As aired on KZFR 90.1FM on Wednesday, May 5, 2021
May 04, 2021
16. Alyssa Winkelman reflects on her experience
Imagining Community with a special, Thursday, April 15, 2021 KZFR 90.1FM Chico News and Review radio segment on the successful Sacramento Source to Sea kayak trip by Mount Shasta residents Alyssa Winkelman and Ari Kosel who, along with Alaskan filmmaker Jamie Trapp, completed a 21 day Sacramento River paddle at the Golden Gate Bridge on April 3rd. The crew had to change their plans for rafting from the Box Dam at Lake Siskiuyou, downstream ~25-miles to Sims Flat near the unincorporated community of Castella, California due in large to the low flows below the dam. Imagining Community talked with Winkelman on Monday, April 12th about the low water levels experienced during the entirety of their trip, her observations on water conservation within the Chico agriculture community and details on the production of their documentary film.  Please follow and like Imagining Community on your favorite podcasting  platform, and enjoy our imagery on Facebook, Instagram and Youtube  Stay abreast of our 2021 series on Water by signing up for our a monthly newsletter. Until the next time always remember, if you have a roof be grateful.
April 13, 2021
15. A Sacramento Source to Sea conversation with Ali Meders-Knight
The crew of Sacramento Source to Sea discusses Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Native American culture with Mechoodpda Tribal member, and TEK educator Ali Meders-Knight at GRUB CSA Farm in Chico, California on day 8 of their paddle. This segment was aired on KZFR 90.1FM on Thursday, April 1, 2021.  Imagining Community extends huge congrads to the Source to Sea crew for completing their journey to the sea on Saturday, April 3, 2021! 
April 04, 2021
14. Premier of the North State Water Report on Sites Reservoir
"I see great threats and great opportunities. The threat is that politicians on both sides of the aisle are supporting water projects that are targeting the Northern Central Valley. To supply water, not just to the municipalities, which tend to do a pretty good job on conservation. But also to the agriculture interests south of the delta." -- Jim Brobeck An in-depth conversation on the proposed poisonous water grab of Sites Reservoir on the premier of the North State Water Report, with Jim Brobeck, watershed policy analyst at and Ron Toppi board member of This podcast aired on KZFR 90.1FM on April 1, 2021 following a riveting and emotional interview with Ali Meders-Knight, Mechoopda tribal member and Traditional Ecological Educator, by the crew of Sacramento Source to Sea.  Click here to listen to the radio program as it aired on the radio. "The salmon in the streams are the indicator of watershed health, in the same way as the canary in the coal mine." -- Jim Brobeck
April 01, 2021
13. Sacramento Source to Sea visits GRUB CSA Farm
Imagining Community welcomes you to experience the all women, three person crew of Sacramento Source to Sea, during their layover at GRUB CSA Farm in Chico, California. We start our segment with Francine Stuelpnagel who, along with her husband Lee, hosted the crew for an overnight on their all organic, 25-acre Community Supported Agriculture farm in Chico, California. We transition to Ali Meders-Knight, a Traditional Ecological Knowledge educator and Mechoopda tribal member reflecting on the experience of sharing her cultural and ecological knowledge with the crew of  Sacramento Source to Sea. Our Imagining Community segment concludes with the insights and laughter of the Sacramento Source to Sea Crew as they cover the gamut of Manager the mascot, birds, funny moments, pranks and reflections of the sights and sounds of the upper Sacramento River. Recorded on location at GRUB CSA Farm in, fittingly enough, a barn. 
March 30, 2021
12. Rivers for Change and Source to Sea
"Connect with your local river and get outside!" -- Danielle Katz, co-founder at Rivers for Change An Imagining Community conversation with Rivers for Change, a small nonprofit comprised of passionate river enthusiasts dedicated to changing the way people think about and interact with water. With co-founder and board president Danielle Katz and John Dye, Co-founder and Vice-President. This segment with Rivers for Change was inspired by the three curious and adventurous women of Sacramento Source to Sea who launched onto the Sacramento River below Shasta Dam in packrafts on March 14th tracing its journey to the Pacific Ocean arriving on April 3rd. Also inspired by defending northern California waters, and to challenge threats to the hydrologic health of the northern Sacramento River watershed. Please follow and like Imagining Community on your favorite podcasting platform, and enjoy our imagery on Facebook, Instagram and Youtube @imaginingcommunity. Stay abreast of our 2021 series on Water by signing up for our a monthly newsletter at Until the next time always remember, if you have a roof be grateful.
March 27, 2021
11. The Last Forgotten Flower, a mural by Shane Grammer
The latest Shane Grammer mural project titled “The Last Forgotten Flower”, spreading cultural awareness of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, was all set to commence at Fifth and Ivy in Chico, California on Saturday, March 20th, when Grammer's newly formed Hope Through Art Foundation received news the day prior to the installation that the location was a no go. Although the owner of the wall was thrilled to beautify her businesses with the mastery of an artist who gained national fame for his burn-scar murals in Paradise, California, permission to use the lawn of an adjacent fraternity house as a staging area was denied. That's when Ali Meders-Knight, a local native American artist and Mechoopda Tribal member, sprang into action securing an alternative site. The new site at 2nd and Cedar near downtown Chico was not only a better location visually, it's canvas was much bigger than the original site and allowed local mural artist Christian Garcia to contribute a wolf to the tapestry along with Indian Paint Brush flowers painted by Ali Meder's Knight, all done alongside Grammer's stunning portrait of a native American woman  Let's listen now to all three of the artists sharing thoughts on their collaborative work with Ron Toppi on location for Imagining Community. The event was attended by some sixty people, including Debra Lucero, Butte County Board of Supervisors for District #2. We include three additional interviews for extended coverage that wasn't aired on Chico News and Review on the Radio for KZFR 90.1FM on Thursday, March 25, 2021. Click here for Imagining Community photography from the mural dedication.
March 25, 2021
10. Dennis Finger's passion for wildlife and the great outdoors
"What I do, and what my office does, is we study, learn about, monitor and protect the environment and biological resources. Especially around Lake Oroville. A lot of what I do is monitoring projects for the species and ecosystems that are around the lake, and around the Feather River." -- Dennis Finger, a molecular environmental biologist and scientific aid with the California Department of Water Resources An Imagining Community conversation in Upper Bidwell Park with Dennis Finger. Witnessing Dennis describe his wildlife sightings and the passion he has for the outdoors and watersheds was a joy to behold. Enjoy...
March 18, 2021
9. Spotlighting The Cairn Project
"Our core mandate is to raise resources for programs serving young women. Girls and young women, and connecting them to nature, to outdoor adventure and outdoor education opportunities. Where I live in California in the Bay Area, and other places, it can be easy to loose sight of the fact that women, and particularly girls, remain very, very inequitably served with those sort of opportunities." -- Alison Wright, co-founder of The Cairn Project  Imagining Community spotlights The Cairn Project, for girls and young woman, expanding outdoor access by supporting community-based wilderness and outdoor education groups around the country through a small grants program. We open our segment with audio excerpts from the recent youtube video "Would you like ice with that?" produced by outdoor adventurer Annie Le Outside who spent the entire month of February, 2021 immersing herself in the frigid waters near her home in Scotland to raise money for The Cairn Project. Followed by audio from a 2018 video by co-founder Sarah Castle as she trains for her Collegiate Peaks Loop hike, leading us into an Imagining Community phone interview with The Cairn Project's other co-founder, Alison Wright. 
March 13, 2021
8. Verbena Fields and Traditional Ecological Knowledge
"Unfortunately a lot of folks in this area who make decisions about native plants are not cultural practitioners, or tribal cultural practitioners. So their world view point on plants is obscure, and almost different than a tribal's. That means I find things out here to eat, whereas some of the other folks who are native plant lovers will just admire it and try to preserve it, not knowing the plant has a relationship with me and wants to be eaten by me." -- Ali Meders-Knight  Our guest host is life loving contemplative poet Cory Himp Hunt with a segment on Verbena Fields, an outdoor education setting in Chico California. Ali Meders-Knight, Mechoopda tribal member and Traditional Ecological Knowledge educator, details the community interactive native plant work she leads every Friday, and how they are managing plants and seeds, unlike the relationship the community has with Bidwell Park. Meders-Knight also covers the California Environmental Quality Act and vandalism to native American artwork within the city limits of Chico.  This segment first aired on the KZFR 90.1FM Peace and Social Justice Show on Friday, March 5th. The P&SJ Show celebrates 30-years of community broadcasting and can be heard Fridays from 11:30 till 1PM on KZFR 90.1FM, or via livestream at Sapient Sessions with Cory Himp Hunt airs first Fridays, Pastor Jess Kearns on 3rd Fridays and longtime host and provocateur Chris Nelson the rest of the month.
March 10, 2021
7. Water diversion infrastructure tour of Five Mile Recreation Area
On the last Monday in February Imagining Community joined Jim Brobeck, watershed policy analyst with Aqualliance, for a tour of the water diversion infastructure at five-mile recreation area in Bidwell Park. This is the audio from our youtube channel >>>
March 09, 2021
6. Rock Creek Regenerative Farm
An Imagining Community conversation with farmer and cultural activist Eric Chisler regarding Rock Creek Regenerative Farm, a small Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm with ecologically-informed regenerative practices in Chico, CA. The farm uses no till practices to dramatically improve the health of the soil and it's ability to retain water. The article from 3/5/2021, no-till saved their farm[1], is an excellent resource for the regenerative properties of no-till farming.  [1] Our musical guest is Jim Brobeck who concludes our segment with a performance of "The Men that Steal the Water," recorded by Imagining Community in February, 2021, adjacent to a vernal pool in the Five Mile Recreational Area of Bidwell Park. 
March 07, 2021
5. Sacramento Source to Sea
The words and recorder music of naturalist and longtime outdoor educator Robert Dresden, primes the pump for an interview with Ari Kosel and Alyssa Winkelman with Sacramento Source to Sea, who along with filmmaker Jamie Trapp from Alaska, will paddle the Sacramento river from its headwaters in Mount Shasta all the way to the sea. Their kayak adventure starts on March 14th and ends with a paddle near the Golden Gate bridge roughly three weeks later. Our interviewer for this segment is Jim Brobeck, musician and water policy analyst with
March 05, 2021
4. TEK Chico's first training session
Imagining Community's final season one podcast on Traditional Ecological Knowledge, as aired on KZFR 90.1FM in February of 2020. Featuring the first TEK training session held by on January 25, 2020 at Butte Creek Ecological Reserve. 
March 04, 2021
3: Pyrogeography with Don Hankins at Big Chico Chico Creek Ecological Reserve
Traditional Ecological Knowledge featuring a January 2020 pyrogeography field tour by Don Hankins, professor of Geography and Planning at California State University at Chico. The walk was a component of a Prescribed Burns on Private Property workshop hosted by Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve, and highlights major aspects of using fire to shape and heal the landscape including necessary burn qualifications, native grasses, burn techniques and practical tips by Hankins. You'll hear from a handful of the two-dozen participants, including wildland firefighter Ross Brannon and Wolfy Rougle, conservation associate at Butte County Conservation District. It's fitting that the walk was entirely in the rain, sometimes heavy, for our in production season 3 year long story on water! The low rumble of pitter patter you'll hear is rain bouncing off the umbrella protecting our recording equipment.  Mechoopda Tribal Member and TEK educator Ali Meders-Knight provides commentary on the audio excerpts and leads our segment with Miwok tribal member Don Hankins qualifications as an internationally recognized expert in the field of pyrogeography.
March 01, 2021
2: It's Broken, by Jim Brobeck
It's Broken -- a teaser for our, in production, year-long season three series on water. View the music video here >>>
February 24, 2021
1: Imagining Community Premier
Our Season one premier is a first glimpse into Traditional Ecological Knowledge, commonly referred to as TEK, that was produced from radio broadcast excerpts on KZFR 90.1FM in 2019 and 2020, just as the Covid-19 pandemic was exploding into the lives of everyone around the globe. Our featured guests are Mechoopda Tribal member and TEK educator Ali Meders-Knight and Mel Figueroa, a PHD candidate at U.C. Berkeley. Together they founded the Butte County, California based, in support of Indigenous-led land management for community resilience & shared prosperity. We'll also be hearing from Ross Brannon, a wildland firefighter as we delve into what TEK is in the first of a three part series. The second TEK segment publishes February 22nd, features Don Hankins, pyrogeographer and professor of Geography and Planning at Chico State as he leads a group through Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve. Our third segment publishes March 1st and features the inaugural TEK training hosted by, along with studio interviews with educator and Mechoopda tribal member Ali Meders-Knight. We appreciate your commitment to community and hope you'll follow our first series covering Traditional Ecological Knowledge!
February 18, 2021