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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Wind, quarter-sized hail, lightning... 

From the National Weather Service:



[Advisory: Some of the content below maybe be considered graphic, bleak, and/or NSFW.]  

In this episode of My Favorite Lecture, Humboldt State history professor Ben Marschke paints a vivid picture of the spiritual, social, and economic factors that surrounded the witch hunts that led to an estimated 100,000 witch trials and 50,000 executions over hundreds of years. 

Demonology and epistemology collide as Marschke explores the "science" of witchcraft in the sixteenth century, placing witchcraft in the context of contemporary anxieties about gender, sexuality, and fertility.


You'll learn about popular handbook Malleus Maleficarum, which was basically the Oxford English Dictionary of how to spot, hunt, and try witches. 

Wind & Rain Forecast

Oct 13, 2016
National Weather Service

The National Weather Service is calling for heavy rain and wind in KHSU's listening area. They have issued the following weather advisories:

  • High wind advisory through 9pm tonight: winds 15-25mph with gusts up to 45mph
  • High surf advisory overnight: waves 18-22 ft

Two to four inches of rain are expected today and tonight. Isolated thunderstorms may occur, particularly in Del Norte county.

You're invited to be in the "studio" audience for the second episode of My Favorite Lecture, Thursday, October 13th  at Plaza Grill at 7pm.

Ben Marschke's lecture is titled "Witches: Sex & Science in the 16th Century."

You'll explore the "science" of witchcraft in the sixteenth century, when contemporaries blended magic and religion and science.

Marschke places witchcraft in the context of contemporary anxieties about gender, sexuality, and fertility.

"Legalization has smaller growers in the area worried as well. You can read this story about two small-time cultivators in Humboldt County who have a plan to survive as the industry balloons."


Humboldt's Absynth Quartet performed new music from an upcoming release on KHSU. The band has been performing in various incarnations since the late 9os, and is one of a handful of local acts to tour extensively across the nation.  

AQ will play at the Arcata Playhouse (tickets) Thursday night, along with a film from Steven Vander Meer (below). They also perform at a Shredfest in October, Rampart skatepark benefit.


"If we look at what makes up the universe, it's a little disturbing," Humboldt State University physicist CD Hoyle told the standing-room-only audience in Arcata. "It turns that most of the universe is dark energy." And we don't know what that is. "And that's a problem." 

Physics has problems, and nature is hinting at mysteries as big as the universe itself.  There are contradictions among major models of nature that are, in Hoyle's opinion, downright embarrassing.

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  Humboldt State University professors deliver their favorite lecture in downtown Arcata this fall, as part of a new broadcast/podcast series.

The series, called “My Favorite Lecture,” will be in front of a live audience. Admission is free, but seating is limited. 


Motorists should be advised that wildfires along US 101 are affecting highway traffic.   

"It's between Scotia and Stafford, south of the mill and north of the Stafford interchange," CalTrans' Eli Rohl told KHSU.

"We closed the rightmost northbound lane, and the southbound lanes are all open. We've only got one lane closed, everything else is open and moving," Rohl said.

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