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Thursday, June 19, 2014 Permalink

Insight: Oil on Trains / California Blackbird Study / "Airborne Bunny" / Sound Advice: Symphony of 1000

Paul Chiasson / The Canadian Press (AP)

Paul Chiasson / The Canadian Press (AP)



Sacramento Bee's Transportation writer Tony Bizjak talks about the Fix 50 project and the issue of shipping crude oil by train across Calfiornia. 


California’s tricolored blackbirds have suffered a dramatic population decline in recent years -- down 64 percent in the last six years. We’ll talk with UC Davis environmental researcher Robert Meese about what may have caused the decline and the next steps we should take to protect this iconic bird.

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Pictures of the Red-winged blackbird (left) and the Tricolored blackbird (right). Photos courtesy of UC Davis.

A Rocklin man who spent 28 years in the U.S. Army as an Airborne Ranger and public affairs officer, has written his first book. The main character in “Airborne Bunny” is based on the stuffed animals that many troops take with them to war as good luck charms or to remind them of home and family.

Command Sergeant Major (retired) Ray Cordell was inspired to write “Airborne Bunny” for his son after a friend’s child -- who struggled with being scared of the dark -- was comforted by an old Army doll Cordell had given him as a gift. We’ll talk with Cordell about his book.

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In this week's Sound Advice, Sean Bianco, host of Capital Public Radio's "At the Opera," describes the upcoming "Symphony of 1000."  It's an open invitation to musicians of all ages and skill level to join in a community concert appearance on October (12th I believe) at Sacramento's Memorial Auditorium.  Sean will preview some of the selections the musician will perform. 




  • Insight: Oil On Trains

    Sacramento Bee's Tony Bizjak speaks about the completion of the Fix 50 project and the issue of oil-by-rail.

  • Sylvia Wright / Regents of the University of California, Davis

    Insight: California Blackbird Study

    A UC Davis researcher explains the dramatic drop in the tri-colored blackbird population.

  • Insight: Airborne Bunny

    Author Ray Cordell speaks about his book "Airborne Bunny."

  • Insight: Sound Advice: Opera

    In this week's Sound Advice, there's an invitation to any musician with any skill level to be part of a community concert in October called -- Symphony of 1000.

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