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Thursday, June 5, 2014 Permalink

Insight: OR-7 Pups / Verge Re-Opening / Project Hope Exchange / Sound Advice: Classical

File Photo / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

File Photo / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service



The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Wednesday that biologists saw the wolf known as OR7 earlier this week living with a mate and at least two pups. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife wolf coordinator Russ Morgan originally caught OR-7 in 2011 and joins us to talk more about the discovery. 

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Two of wolf OR7’s pups peek out from a log on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, June 2, 2014. Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The California Fish and Game Commission voted Wednesday to move forward with listing the gray wolf as an endangered species under California law. President of the commission, Michael Sutton, voted yes for the listing and joins us to explain why the wolf is getting the protected status.

The Verge Center for the Arts is re-launching this Thursday in its new location – a former furniture warehouse a block from Sacramento’s Southside Park. Led by Liv Moe and founded by Jesse Powell, Verge is an ambitious artistic endeavor aimed to support the area’s growing art scene.

Featuring more than 30 artist studios and two exhibition spaces, the new 25,00-square-foot-space took four years and $1.7 million to renovate. We’ll talk with Moe and Powell about the new space and what it means for Sacramento artists.

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The idea behind Project Hope Exchange is simple: It’s a website where you can record or listen to a 30 second message designed to inspire hope. But the thinking behind the project is actually steeped in deep psychological and emotional research. Psychologically speaking, sharing a message of hope typically equals the feeling of receiving hope oneself. And using the human voice to relay messages creates a sense of trust that’s lost in written word. Founder of the Adversity to Advocacy Alliance, Jeff Bell, is the co-creator of Project Hope Exchange and joins us to talk about this tool for overcoming hardship.  

Capital Public Radio’s Afternoon Classical Host Cale Wiggins brings us two selections from a new version of Respighi's "The Birds." We'll also preview a new release of Bernstein's "Spring Will Come Again" and hear some music from Duke Ellington.    


Respighi—The Birds: Nightingale

Respighi—The Birds: The Hen

Bernstein—Spring Will Come Again (vocal)

Foster—Gentle Annie (vocal)

Ellington—Black, Brown and Beige Suite: Brown

Ellington—Three Black Kings: Martin Luther King


  • USFWS / AP

    Insight: OR-7 Pups

    The first wolf to venture into California in nearly 90 years is now a father.

  • Insight: Verge Re-Opening

    The Verge Center for the Arts reopens at a 25,000 square-foot warehouse.

  • Insight: Project Hope Exchange

    There is a new project that exchanges messages of hope between people currently experiencing adversity and people who have overcome adversity.

  • Ottorino Respighi photographed in Bologna, Italy, signed on the back by Respighi in 1903 / Wiki Commons

    Insight: Sound Advice: Cale Talks Classical

    Cale Wiggins

    Cale Wiggins has his classical selections for this week's Sound Advice.

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