Mike Dronkers

Mike Dronkers produces My Favorite Lecture, volunteers as a host of In The Trees, and is an avowed dog person. 

He is a recipient of the national Edward R. Murrow radio documentary award, two Radio Advertising Production awards, two North Coast Journal "Best DJ" awards and several Lotto scratchers.


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"Not a fun place. Jail sucks," says James Faulk. "The orange jumpsuits are really uncomfortable and everything smells like cleaner, like bleach."

The former Times-Standard reporter (and current Lost Coast Outpost contributor) talks with fellow T-S veteran Neil Tarpey and Linda Stansberry about local journalism, addiction, and recovery.

"Behavior is difficult to measure directly because we have to rely on what you tell us. You get upset when we try to watch you,” says Humboldt State's Melinda Meyers.

And when researchers base their gender studies using questionable assumptions, as you’re about to learn, that research gets a little dodgy. 


In this lecture, Myers lays out a fun-but-firm critique of sexuality research, and makes clear why it matters. 


UPDATE: CalTrans reports that 101 is back open, with 20-30 minute delays. 

Highway US 101 is closed in both directions about six miles north of Leggett. Weekend travelers and HSU spring breakers should also note travel restrictions on CA-299 and US 101 south of Crescent City.

According to Caltrans District 1:

"We hope to open it up to one-way traffic this afternoon. The slide has spilled over and brought down the catchment fence. If more rocks were to come down the hill, there would be no protection for vehicles below them."




2016 Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein speaks at Humboldt State University. After about an hour of prepared remarks, she took audience questions for another hour covering a wide range of topics such as homelessness, Russia, and vaccinations.  

Be in the studio audience for a recording of My Favorite Lecture this Thursday evening at Plaza Grill in Arcata.  

Social values and beliefs affect the questions we ask, and the ways in which we seek to answer them.  This effect is readily apparent as it relates to the study of sexuality.  Dr. Myers' lecture will explore how feminist approaches to science encourage us to remember that our experience, expectations, and motivations affect every level of our work.  The method in its purest form may be objective, but we have not demonstrated the ability to apply it to questions of human behavior without implicit bias.  

My Favorite Lecture is an interdisciplinary lecture series in which Humboldt State educators share some of their favorite material with a live community audience in downtown Arcata, California. A Taste of Arcata appetizer reception, courtesy of Arcata Main Street, precedes the lecture. 


For the next few days, KHSU-BBC may experience temporary audio dropouts due to a solar outage.

What's a solar outage? Each year when the sun passes behind the transmission satellite, that satellite's Earthbound downlink receiver is briefly unable to receive a satellite signal due to electromagnetic interference. 

Just like sunrise and sunset times, these solar outages are predictable. Northern California's solar outage window is March 3 - 6, at around 1:36 p.m.


What are we getting right when it comes to the science of climate change? What are we getting wrong? In this episode of My Favorite Lecture, Dr. Rich Boone takes you on a fact-based jaunt through one of today's most pressing issues. 

UPDATE: This episode will air Wednesday, March 1st at 7pm.

Can't listen live?  Subscribe to the My Favorite Lecture podcast via iTunes.


Although rapid global climate change is not unusual, the current warming is unprecedented.  Explore what it all means during a taping of My Favorite Lecture on Wednesday, February 15th at Plaza Grill. We kick off season 2  with Climate Change: Facts, Fiction, and Forecasts. 

 Humboldt State's Richard Boone brings a wealth of experience to the podium — he has a strong background in forest ecology, biogeochemistry, and trans-national Arctic education.

Last Night's Thursday Night Talk was covered by the Times-Standard's Natalya Estrada. Read it here.

Courtesy Tony Eggel

The rains have raised local river flows across KHSU's listening area. Stay up to date on weather conditions from the National Weather Service's Eureka office.  CalTrans reports that CA-211 into Ferndale is currently closed. According to NWS's Advanced Hydrological Prediction office, local river levels are expected to fall after this morning's crest. 

Eureka homeless advocate Betty Chinn has been nominated for Californian of the Year by the New York Times, pitting her against celebrities, politicians, and activists.

Via Facebook:

"Precious Aguilar, heard gunfire, saw a child not taking cover. With no regard for her own safety, ran to the child and pulled the kid to safety. She is 14! Her goal...to become an EPD officer. I think she'll make it. - Chief Mills"


According to CalTrans,  US-101 is "closed approximately 10 miles north of the Del Norte County line (near Trees of Mystery) due to a downed tree that has fallen into power lines. Caltrans and fire personnel are on the scene, and PG&E is en route." No estimated time of reopening is reported. 

State highway 299 is also closed near French Creek due to a rockslide. 


Initially reported as a 6.8M quake, USGS has revised the strength downward to a 6.5. It was centered offshore, about 100 miles west of Ferndale at a depth of 6.8 miles underground.

KHSU Facebook followers as far north as Crescent City have reported feeling the temblor.

No tsunami warning as of 7:31 am. 

Why would invaders bother sacking a museum? Where's the value in plundering art?

Explore the idea of art looting and destruction over time, and understand the significance of such assaults against culture.  

Scientists estimate that a century ago, hundreds of thousands of coho may have run up the Klamath’s streams and tributaries. Now it’s a few thousand.

Photo by Melissa Hesse

Minneapolis-based trio Kitten Forever stopped to play in Arcata this Monday. The band describe themselves as," fuzzed out, caustic, party punk ... inspired by equal parts friendship and feminism."

Left of the Dial spoke with Corrie Harrigan, Laura Larson, and Liz Elton from their tour van during last Friday's show.


Join Humboldt State Lecturer Julia Alderson for a discussion of art during crisis.   

Throughout history, governments and political groups have looted and destroyed art to serve their propagandistic purposes - from the ancient Romans, to the Nazis under Adolph Hitler, to ISIS’s recent destruction of the ancient site of Palmyra.

For this episode of My Favorite Lecture, Julia Alderson delivers Looting and Destruction: The Politics of Art in Crisis.

Doors open at 6:30 for a Taste of Arcata reception courtesy Arcata Main Street. The lecture begins promptly at 7:00pm. 

Most of the votes are in.

Up north, Both Del Norte and Curry counties followed the nation: Trump beat Clinton. Roughly 56/34 in both counties. Here's how Humboldt voted for a few key issues and candidates. 

Humboldt County Final Results (unofficial)

Humboldt Results

  1. Humboldt bucks Trump's national winning trend, putting Clinton ahead at 54%. Gary Johnson and Jill Stein each have 3% countywide
  2. Marijuana legalization passed: 60/40 
  3. Plastic bag ban (Prop 67): 53/47
  4. Eureka picked progressive Austin Allison over John Fullerton for city council at 51/49
  5. Measure V (Rent control) has a comfortable lead: 55/44
  6. Kamela Harris took Humboldt: 68/32
  7. Congressman Jared Huffman stays.

National Weather Service

"We have broken the record," Robert Ruehl of the National Weather Service tells KHSU. 

As of 12pm today, it's 71F degrees at the Woodley Island weather station, breaking the previous daily high of 70F degrees set in 1987. Eureka also experienced 70F degree heat back in 1941. 

This heat comes on the heels of the rainiest October ever recorded in Eureka.