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Monday, December 16, 2013 Permalink

Insight: Political Junkie Goes West / Fungus Foray / Living Wild / "It's A Wonderful Life"

Source: brian glanz via Flickr

Source: brian glanz via Flickr



Political Junkie Goes West: The Political Junkie is turning his analytical gaze west. Ken Rudin, known to NPR listeners from his many years talking all things politics with Neal Conan on "Talk of the Nation," joins Insight for a new signature segment that puts California politics in the context of the national scene. Rudin joins us from Washington D.C. in effort to put it all in perspective.
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Fungus Foray: Fires can be devastating in many ways, but not when it comes to creating great conditions for fungi. It’s expected to be a banner year for mushroom collectors and if you’re a novice, there’s a great event happening this weekend to bring you up to speed. The Yuba Watershed Institute’s 16th annual Fungus Foray will be held in Nevada County Dec. 21 and Dec. 22. Daniel Nicholson talks about collecting and identifying wild mushrooms.

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Living Wild: If you’ve ever wanted a guide to the many uses of California native plants, “Living Wild: Gardening, Cooking and Healing with Native Plants of California” is the book for you. The second edition of this part-garden, part-cook book is  co-authored by Alicia Funk and Karin Kaufman. Funk will speak about cultivating native plant species and talk about some of her favorite seasonal recipes. Profits from the book will benefit the California Native Plant Society based in Sacramento.
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Take a look at a couple of recipes from the book:


Toyon Cider

– Cover dried berries with water.
– Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 to 30 min. while crushing berries.
– Strain and sweeten as desired.

Toyon Cider 1P

Manzanita Muffins

– 1 1/2 cups flour (wheat, Oak nut, or other gluten-free substitute)
– 1 cup Manzanita sugar– 2 tsp baking powder– 1/2tsp salt– 1 cup mashed ripe bananas
– 1 cup soy, rice, oat, dairy or other milk
– 1 egg
– 2 tbsp vegetable or sunflower oil
– 2 tsp lemon juice
– 1 1/2 cups wild or local seasonal fruits, fresh or frozen (3/4 cup dried)


It's a Wonderful Life: The stage adaptation of the classic Christmas film “It’s a Wonderful Life” may just earn Sacramento Theatre Company its wings this Christmas. Critics have been giving great reviews to the production, which features the highly esteemed Jerry Lee as lead George Bailey. Actress Jackie Vanderbeck joins Lee as wife Mary and Gary S. Martinez takes the role of Mr. Potter.  STC’s “It’s a Wonderful Life” runs through Dec. 22.   

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Photo: Sacramento Theater Company

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