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September 2008

Cancer survivor organizes concert to raise money to fight the disease

9/30/2008 7:59pm    Download MP3

She had a successful career, and a great life. Then....a Ventura woman found herself battling an advanced breast cancer. KCLU's has this survivor's story, and, how she's helping others through a benefit concert.

Get ticket information at the official web site.

University students learn about often forgotten part of U.S. history

9/30/2008 9:41am    Download MP3

It was a dark part of U.S. history, when more than 100-thousand Japanese Americans, and Japanese nationals were rounded up and sent to detention camps in the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The entire freshman class at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks about the experience, by reading a book about it, and meeting the author.

Unique program helping kids become conversant in two languages

9/29/2008 9:54am    Download MP3

Some kid struggle to learn Spanish. Others fight to learn English. A little known program offered at a few local schools is trying to turn out kids equally literate in both languages.

Debbie Reynolds visits, performs on South Coast

9/26/2008 10:15am    Download MP3

A Hollywood legend is visiting Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, as hostess of a show featuring some of the world's best ballroom dancers. KCLU talks with actress, and singer Debbie Reynolds.

Actor speaks about his struggle with mental illness

9/25/2008 9:21am    Download MP3

He's one of Hollywood's busiest actors...winning an EMMY for his work in The Sopranos. He's also battling mental illness. KCLU talks with Joe Pantoliano, who's appearing in Santa Barbara for a benefit for a mental health organization.

Coastal defense experts meet in Ventura County

9/24/2008 12:28pm    Download MP3

Ventura and Santa Barbara counties have miles of beautiful...open coastline...a scenic delight for us, but part of a logistical nightmare for those charged with guarding against terrorism. Some of the nation's top coastal defense experts are brainstorming about this problem at a conference in Ventura County.

Researcher, author says climate change not a new problem

9/23/2008 10:15am    Download MP3

An internationally known anthropologist set to speak in Santa Barbara says climate change may be a hot button topic now, but that it's been an issue facing mankind for decades. KCLU talks with Brian Fagan.

Injured continue to recover from Metrolink crash

9/22/2008 9:28am    Download MP3

Memorial services, and funerals continued over the weekend for those who died in the September 12th Metrolink crash. Dozens of survivors also remain in hospitals. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story of one young woman who's fighting back from multiple injuries.

Emancipation Proclamation visits Ventura County

9/19/2008 9:48am    Download MP3

The original document which outlawed slavery in the United States is on the South Coast for a rare public appearance. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley is displaying the Emancipation Proclamation from September 19th through 23rd.

Ventura County man accused of treating teenage girl as sex slave

9/18/2008 9:45am    Download MP3

Ventura County Sheriff's detectives say it's one of the worst sexual abuse cases they've ever seen. A 46-year-old Ventura County man is behind bars, accused of using a 13-year-old girl as a sex slave.

Frankie Avalon in Thousand Oaks to support the arts

9/17/2008 9:32am    Download MP3

The man who made movies like Beach Blanket Bingo a part of Americana, is going to appear in Ventura County September 13th and 14th, to support an arts festival. KCLU talks with 50's and 60's teen idol, Frankie Avalon.

Watergate figure speaks in Ventura County

9/16/2008 9:31am    Download MP3

His testimony helped prove White House involvement in Watergate. But, former White House Council John Dean contends we've failed to learn the lessons of Watergate. KCLU's Lance Orozco talks with Dean, who's lecturing in Ventura County.

Investigation underway into deadly Metrolink crash

9/15/2008 9:24am    Download MP3

Even as investigators start work on determining what led to the deadly 9/12 Metrolink crash in Chatsworth, surviviors and public safety workers talk about the accident.

Local university plays key role in global research project

9/12/2008 9:37am    Download MP3

A South Coast university is a big part of one of the most ambitious research projects in history...a nine billion dollar machine which will try to smash protons together, and help answer some key questions about the universe.

Santa Barbara going green with solar power

9/11/2008 9:12am    Download MP3

The city of Santa Barbara is taking another step towards its goal of using renewable energy sources..with the start of work on a new solar power facility to power some city facilities.

Santa Barbara City Council opposes county stand on oil drilling

9/10/2008 9:18am    Download MP3

The controversy over whether the oil drilling moratorium off our coastline should be lifted is again making news. First, it was the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors calling for new drilling...and now, the Santa Barbara City Council says State, and Federal moratoriums should stay in place.

Damaged grape crop on Central Coast impacts winemakers

9/9/2008 8:55am    Download MP3

This is the time of year when the grape harvest for winemaking takes place. But this year...there are some problems...with the weather damaging some key grape crops in the tri-counties.

Ventura County woman writes seniors from coast to coast

9/8/2008 10:28am    Download MP3

A Ventura County woman is reaching out to seniors living in long term care facilities...with old fashioned letters. KCLU has the story of this Oxnard great grandmother who's reaching out to hundreds of seniors from coast to coast.

Agencies detail plans to cope with rainfall impacts on Gap Fire burn areas

9/5/2008 9:55am    Download MP3

A just released study says homes, Santa Barbara Airport, and even highway 101 are among areas at risk from flash floods, and mudslides in the wake of Santa Barbara County's huge "Gap" brushfire. KCLU talks to officials about the findings, and what's being done to counter the danger.

Local delegates to Republican Convention talk about reaction to Palin

9/4/2008 10:15am    Download MP3

Some Republican delegates from the tri-counties have a front row seat to the fireworks taking palce in Minnesota, as a little known governor stepped up to become the party's vice presidential candidate. KCLU talks about the last week's suprising events.

Hundreds of college students start school year with community cleanup

9/3/2008 9:51am    Download MP3

Hundreds of South Coast college students kicked off the new school year in a very unusual way. The entire freshman class at California Lutheran University helped clean up Ventura's polluted river bottom area. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports.

UCSB researcher says 25% of mammals at risk of extinction

9/2/2008 9:58am    Download MP3

A project spearheaded by a local researcher shows that as many as a quarter of all mammals on the planet may be at risk of becoming extinct. KCLU's Lance Orozco talks with the Santa Barbara based researcher, who says the project shows yet more impacts of climate change on the planet.