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Thursday, July 10, 2014 Permalink

Insight: State Fair Preview / Fix 50 Glare / Stanford Obesity Research / Cardiovascular Wellness / WorldFest

Emma Bowman/Capital Public Radio

Emma Bowman/Capital Public Radio



Whether you like deep-fried Twinkies, art exhibits, or winning over-sized plush bears, the State Fair continues to attract visitors from all over the state. We talk with Cal Expo's Jennifer Castleberry about this year's event, which starts Friday. 


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After months of work on US 50 in connection with the Fix50 Project, it seems there is still work to be done on lane striping.  Bob Moffitt details the glare problem that drivers are grappling with.
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Stanford researchers have found that lack of exercise may be the reason obesity rates are rising in the United States. A new study from Stanford found that people are eating about the same amount of food they were eating 25 years ago, but they’re exercising less, which correlates with the country’s collective weight gain –more than two thirds of U.S. adults are considered obese or overweight. Dr. Uri Ldabaum is an associate professor of gastroenterology and lead author of the study. He joins us to explain more about the findings, which will appear in the August issue of The American Journal of Medicine but is available online now in a draft form.

Read more about the Stanford research study

Move More, Eat Less:It’s Time for Americans to Get Serious about Exercise
Pamela Powers Hannley , MPH (pdf)

Obesity, Abdominal Obesity, Physical Activity, and Caloric Intake in U.S. Adults:
Uri Ladabaum, M.D., M.S. Ajitha Mannalithara, Ph.D. Parvathi A. Myer, M.D., M.H.S.
Gurkirpal Singh, M.D. (pdf)


A cardiac wellness program for people with no insurance? Dr. Tissa Kappagoda, a former Director of the UC Davis Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, has created a new plan to educate and help people before a major heart problem occurs or after their hospital-based rehab has ended.  It’s free and accessible to people who meet certain criteria. This pilot program is housed now on the CSUS campus and could become a model for similar programs across the country as Dr. Kappagoda explains. 

There is no website for this program but if you would like more information contact

Dianne Hyson, PhD, CSUS Associate Dean and Registered Dietician at


From Afro/Pop to Bulgarian Harmonies, the 18th annual California WorldFest is a place to find some of the globe’s best music in the Sierra Nevada. Musician Peter Wilson joins us for this week’s Sound Advice with samples of the music you’ll hear at this year’s WorldFest, including tracks from Ozomatli and Yuna. The festival is at the Grass Valley Fairgrounds from Thursday, July 10 to Sunday, July 13.


“The Spirit of the Rockies” by Kruger Brothers

The Kruger Brothers is a trio of musicians who play new American folk music, or music within the folk genre inclusive of new compositional and thematic elements. The trio consists of Jens Kruger (banjo, harmony vocals), Uwe Kruger (guitar, lead and harmony vocals) and Joel Landsberg (bass, harmony vocals). The group is acknowledged as one of the most innovative ensembles active in Americana music today.

“Heaven” (Spanish Version) by Los Lonely Boys

Los Lonely Boys is an American Chicano rock power trio from San Angelo, Texas.

“Burn it Down” by Ozomatli 

Ozomatli is a seven piece band playing primarily Latin, hip hop, and rock music, formed in 1995 in Los Angeles. They are known both for their Vocal activist viewpoints and their wide array of musical styles - including salsajazzfunkreggaerap, and others)

“Live Your Life” by Yuna 

 Yunalis Mat Zara'ai (born 14 November 1986 in Alor SetarKedahMalaysia), commercially known as Yuna, is a Malaysian singersongwriter, and businesswoman



  • Sound Advice: California WorldFest

    Variety is plentiful at the California WorldFest, which opens tonight at the Grass Valley Fairgrounds. Peter Wilson fills us in on the performances featured on the main stage each night.

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