Tattoos and history

In the Northern California coastal town of Fort Bragg, the Triangle Tattoo Museum offers visitors – whether the generally curious or those seeking tattoos – interesting exhibits of photographs and artifacts. Owners Madame Chinchilla and Mr. G have authored books and given lectures on all things tattoo.

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Homeless and their dogs

A dog can be more than a homeless person’s best friend. It provides warmth, protection, and companionship. Troy Williams of RoadDogs Outreach shares his experiences of assisting the homeless to feed and care for their furry friends.

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Rainbow Family and National Forests

Meet Scott, a member of the Rainbow Family, who feed the hungry and homeless, and gather in our country’s beautiful national forests.

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Teaching incarcerated youths and insights

M.L. Edson, author of “Not Even A Shadow,” shares her experiences as a teacher in a youth correctional facility.

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Dr. Ernie Bodai and the breast cancer postage stamp

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Pushing the envelope … well, pushing the stamp on the envelope … Dr. Ernie Bodai went where no man had gone before in funding breast cancer research:  a fundraising postage stamp. Although it originated in the United States, it is now raising funds in over 70 countries. Today, you’ll meet Dr. Bodai, his long-time friend Joe Whalen, and Breck Philip of the Blue Gaucho Project (who will be performing at Blues for the Stamp), another strong supporter of the global breast cancer postage stamp campaign.

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Rap and students

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Andre Justice  (“AJ”) loves the ladies, and loves to rap. He also happens to have cerebral palsy, so he needed a little assist to achieve his musical goals. He approached Amaru Yawo-El (“Düc”), a special educational assistant at Luther Burbank High School, who also performs hip hop. The power duo have recorded some tracks, and plan on assisting other students with learning disabilities to sing, perform, and record rap with their Anybody Can Rap (ABC-Rap) 

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Old radio shows and creativity

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With podcasts, we’ve actually returned to the good old days of radio, when there were entertaining shows – comedy, drama, suspense. Robert and Rosemarie Gerould of the Bob and Ro Radio Show re-enact old radio shows with scripts actually written during the original radio show days.

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Homes and grandmothers

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Losing a home is devastating. How do you move forward? Journalist Sally Ooms traveled the country collecting first person narratives in her book, “Finding Home; How Americans Prevail.

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Wild and Scenic

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A day or two spent with mountains, canyons, or rivers, equals a year of therapy. Under the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act (10/2/68), selected rivers of the United States “… with their immediate environments, possess outstandingly remarkable scenic, recreational, geologic, fish and wildlife, historic, cultural or other similar values, shall be preserved in free-flowing condition … shall be protected …”

Nevada County, California recently hosted the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, showcasing over 120 environmental and adventure films. A few people interviewed with regional and national concerns, and solutions: The Woolman Semester School (alternative school), San Juan Ridge Taypayers Association (gold miners v. clean drinking water), Sierra Club (overpopulation), Citizens Climate Lobby, Alaskans First Campaign (save the Chuitna River), American Rivers, Friends of the River, Sierra Nevada Geoengineering Awareness, and United for the Yuba. Western India farmers and lions are discussed regarding the award-winning film, “Pride.”

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Soup and coffee

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There’s only one farmer owned coffee bar in the United States. Do you know where it is? Pachamama Coffee member-cooperatives represents thousands of global farmer families, who receive 100% of the coffee profits.

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