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December 2007

Internationally known conductor leads New Year's Eve concert in Santa Barbara

12/26/2007 2:51pm    Download MP3

He conducts some of the world's leading orchestras. He's supervised the soundtracks for dozens of movies, and T-V shows. KCLU's Lance Orozco talks with conductor Richard Kaufman, who's conducting the Santa Barbara Symphony in its annual New Year's Eve Concert

Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas speaks at Reagan Library

12/20/2007 9:46am    Download MP3

One of America's best known judges visited the South Coast. U-S Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas spoke at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, as part of a tour to promote his new book. KCLU's Lance Orozco covers the event.

Santa's helpers in Santa Barbara help kids talk to Kris Kringle

12/19/2007 9:09am    Download MP3

Some would believe Santa is busy at the North Pole right now...getting ready for his big day next week. But...thousands of kids calling a 1-800 number which goes to Santa Barbara have found him...or at least his spirit...in a Santa Barbara call center.

Humor not a laughing matter for Santa Barbara researcher

12/18/2007 10:58am    Download MP3

Everyone likes to laugh...and humor is often behind it. But., a Santa Barbara researcher says that's just one of the motivations for laughter...and that we need to interpret underlying feelings to understand laughter, and humor. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports.

Red Cross wants to beef up regional disaster preparedness

12/17/2007 9:57am    Download MP3

The Red Cross provides critical support for public safety agencies when disasters strike the South Coast. But...officials with the Red Cross in Ventura County are now trying to improve preparedness...by establishing disaster response teams in each of the county's ten cities. Lance Orozco has the story.

Local non-profits say outlook is grim this holiday season

12/16/2007 10:00am    Download MP3

The holidays are the time of year when many of us open our hearts, and our wallets to help those less fortunate. But...some local agencies say the demand for help is up...donations are down...and they're struggling to keep up with the situation. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story.

South Coast writers, producers talk about WGA strike

12/13/2007 9:41am    Download MP3

The Writer's Strike is affecting the jobs of tens of thousands of people in Southern California...including hundreds here, on the South Coast. KCLU talks with some of those impacted by the strike.

Golf superstar Tiger Woods talks about fatherhood, charity tournament

12/12/2007 10:20am    Download MP3

Golf superstar Tiger Woods talks about becoming a father for the first time, his career, and his annual charity golf tournament taking place in Ventura County December 12th-16th.

Santa Barbara woman in original cast of West Side Story

12/11/2007 9:31am    Download MP3

The Broadway hit "West Side Story" is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2007. A Santa Barbara county woman is part of the festivities, because she's one of the dancers from the original cast.

Pearl Harbor survivor reflects on the attack 66 years ago

12/7/2007 9:11am    Download MP3

December 7th is the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. KCLU News talks with a South Coast man who was in the middle of the battle.

Dry winter may be on tap for Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties

12/6/2007 10:02am    Download MP3

A leading climatologist says Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties may again be impacted by a "La Nina" pattern this upcoming winter, which could mean another drier than average winter. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story.

HIV/AIDS crisis continues in Santa Barbara, Ventura Counties

12/5/2007 9:53am    Download MP3

The number of people who are H-I-V positive...and with "AIDS" on the South Coast continues to grow. Local experts are warning that even more alarmingly, many teens and young adults are ignoring the danger they're facing. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story.

UCSB researcher unveils new hypothesis on the origin of life

12/4/2007 9:51am    Download MP3

A U.C. Santa Barbara researcher has a new hypothesis on the origin of life, which she says may have started between layers of the mineral Mica, deep under prehistoric oceans. UCSB Scientist Helen Hansma presenting her hypothesis to some of the nation's most prominent biologists in Washington D.C.

Experts, students join forces to try to help rare Torrey pine trees

12/3/2007 9:31am    Download MP3

The South Coast is home to a rare species of pine tree. Now ... an effort to help Torry Pines is underway...by learning more about their genetics. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports it's a unique program involving a number of experts...as well as an army of South Coast schoolchildren.