On Valley Edition: Fresno State; Valley Fever; Soda Tax; Tamejavi; SwedeFest

Spring 2013 will be Fresno State President Dr. John Welty's last semester as president of Fresno State.
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This week on Valley Edition we discuss the future of one of Central California’s educational centers. A search committee is on the lookout for a new Fresno State President, but not all are happy about the way the committee is handling the search.

Valley Edition Host Juanita Stevenson leads a discussion with a California State University trustee, a professor, a local citizen and a student about the search for a new president at Fresno State. This is Dr. John D. Welty’s last semester as president of the college.

Also on Valley Edition, FM89’s Rebecca Plevin has covered the disease known as Valley Fever for nearly four years. Plevin’s reporting gained national attention when NPR’s Morning Edition featured a piece on Valley Fever. In this week’s Valley Edition we learn more about one Central California winemaker featured in that story, and how his life has been upended by this sometimes deadly disease.

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Capitol Public Radio's Health Care Reporter Pauline Bartolone reports on what California lawmakers are considering a measure that would tax sugary drinks a penny per fluid ounce. The proposal is intended to cap soda consumption in order to reduce obesity rates. Bartolone has found a range of opinions on the soda tax.  

In the second portion of the show Valley Public Radio’s Rebecca Plevin Plevin interviews one of 10 grassroots immigrant leaders showcased in the “No Longer Strangers” performance  that is part of Tamjevi.  The collaborative hopes to give a voice to underreported people groups in the region and a goal to restore cultural heritage among Valley immigrants.

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We end the show with a discussion about a local film festival with a twist. In an age where top grossing box office films dominate the big screen, a local festival known as SwedeFest celebrates the very same films in a new way. A phone with a video camera is all you need.  Valley Public Radio’s Ezra Romero interviews SwedeFest’s organizers Bryan Harley and Roque Rodriguez about how to create your own short film based on your favorite movie of the past, or present.


  • Fresno State

Peter Mehas – CSU Board of Trustee 

Dean Simpson –  Supporter of Fresno State's presidential search process

Tom Holyoke – Fresno State Associate Political Science Professor

Jose Luis Nava - Fresno State Student & Editor of La Voz at The Collegian 

  • Tamejavi

Myrna Martinez Nateras –  Program director for the Pan Valley Institute

Pov Xyooj – Fellow with Tamejavi

  • SwedeFest

Bryan Harley  SwedeFest Organizer

Roque Rodriguez  SwedeFest Organizer