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On Valley Edition: Air Quality; Hockey In The Valley; Grapes of Wrath


This week on Valley Edition our reporting team discusses how Valley air quality may affect our genes, a library vending machine that dispenses books, hockey in the region and much more.

Starting off the program, Valley Public Radio Reporter Rebecca Plevin reports on the issue of pollution and how it relates to our health. She explores the question of whether pollution is affecting Valley residents at cellular level.

Also in the program, Valley Edition Host Joe Moore takes on the topic of the history and future of hockey in Central California. Joining him are Fresno Bee Sports Columnist Marek Warszawski and Bakersfield Californian Condors and Racing Reporter Mike Griffith.

Later, FM89’s Ezra David Romero shares a report on how Tulare County is combatting illiteracy with technology. He reports that officials with the Tulare County Library system are now using a different sort of technology to help improve literacy and help kids develop a lifelong love of reading.

Ending the program, Moore is joined by author and organic farmer Mas Masumoto and Jackie Kegley with the Kegley Institute of Ethics to talk about the California State University, Bakersfield event “If Steinbeck was a farmer.” Nobel Prize winning author John Steinbeck was widely known for what is considered his best work, The Grapes of Wrath, as well as other social novels dealing with the economic problems of rural labor. This event delves to answer the question what would his writing portrayed “If Steinbeck was a Farmer?” For more information visit: http://www.cs.csub.edu/~donna/kie/.

Joe Moore is the President and General Manager of KVPR / Valley Public Radio. He has led the station through major programming changes, the launch of KVPR Classical and the COVID-19 pandemic. Under his leadership the station was named California Non-Profit of the Year by Senator Melissa Hurtado (2019), and won a National Edward R. Murrow Award for investigative reporting (2022).
Rebecca Plevin was a reporter for Valley Public Radio from 2013-2014. Before joining the station, she was the community health reporter for Vida en el Valle, the McClatchy Company's bilingual newspaper in California's San Joaquin Valley. She earned the George F. Gruner Award for Meritorious Public Service in Journalism and the McClatchy President's Award for her work at Vida, as well as honors from the National Association of Hispanic Publications and the California Newspaper Publishers Association. Plevin grew up in the Washington, D.C. area and is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. She is also a fluent Spanish speaker, a certified yoga teacher, and an avid rock-climber.
Ezra David Romero is an award-winning radio reporter and producer. His stories have run on Morning Edition, Morning Edition Saturday, Morning Edition Sunday, All Things Considered, Here & Now, The Salt, Latino USA, KQED, KALW, Harvest Public Radio, etc.
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