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On Valley Edition: State Parks, Talking Is Teaching, Death With Dignity Law, Bakersfield Sound

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This week on Valley Edition, we look at the the future of California’s state parks system. After years of budget cuts and closures, how should this treasured part of the Golden State reinvent itself? We hear a special report.

We’ll also learn more about a new program called Talking Is Teaching that focuses on early childhood education, and something called the "word gap." That's the estimated 30 million fewer words that children from lower income families hear compared to those from upper income families. 

Talking Is Teaching segment guests: 

  • Linda Gleason of the The Children’s Movement
  • Kendra Rogers – the Director of Community Investment for Granville Homes, formerly of First Five Fresno County
  • Darius Assemi, President of Granville Homes

We also hear the reports on the world of health care, including news about a local hospital that has announced a new medical education partnership for pediatric care, and a new "Death with Dignity" bill in the state legislature. 
We close the show with a preview of a Zocalo Public Square event taking place Wednesday at the Metro Galleries titled "What Does Bakersfield Sound Like Today?" We talk about the past, present and future of The Bakersfield Sound - the unique brand of country music that thrived in Kern County in the 50's, 60's and 70's. 

Bakersfield Sound segment guests:

  • Robert Price, editor of the Bakersfield Californian
Joe Moore is the President and General Manager of Valley Public Radio. During his tenure, he's helped lead the station through major programming changes and the COVID-19 pandemic, while maintaining the station's financial health. From 2010-2018 he served as the station's Director of Program Content. In that role, he also served as the host of Valley Edition, and helped launch and grow the station's award-winning local news department. He is a Fresno native and a graduate of California State University, Fresno.