Thursday Night Talk

Thursday Night Talk is a local talk show featuring a rotating panel of hosts.

Local attorney and amateur political pundit Eric Kirk focuses on issues of local to global importance in politics, religion, culture, and science, with an emphasis on cross-ideological dialogue and the constant reexamination of the credos and dogmas which govern each of us.

Long time radio activist Brenda Starr brings her free spirit, wit, and humor to TNT. Exploring politics, community and the games people play, she awaits your calls during a segment called Flash where you the listener share your likes & dislikes of the week! Brenda is also a co-host of KHSU's "Through The Eyes Of Women."

Lorna Bryant is TNT's 'Race Beat' correspondent, covering issues of equality, equity, and justice.

Yana Valachovic likes to explore issue surrounding agriculture, forestry, natural resources management, and bring opportunities for community engagement in these topics. 

Sharon Fennell brings On The Line to Thursday Night Talk, exploring social justice issues on the first Thursday of the month. 

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On this week's Thursday Night Talk, Brenda Starr and Chuck Rogers took on the latest in national politics... From "truth isn't truth" statements to indictments and on-going investigations in Washington, D.C., check out their sharp and dynamic discussion.


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This week's Thursday Night Talk: The Race Beat honored The Queen of Soul,  Aretha Franklin, in song and stories. Lorna Bryant and her guest, Lettie Love, discussed the impact of this icon's music and message to society.


Will Klamath dam removal continue to move forward during the Trump administration? Tom Wheeler hosted Thursday Night Talk alongside guests Craig Tucker and Mike Belchik. They discussed the largest planned dam removal in human history and potential obstacles along the way. 

On the July 19, 2018 Thursday Night Talk: The Race Beat, Lorna Bryant's  guest was Jessica Brenda Pérez Mendoza – a Latina scholar making an impact on Humboldt County. They’ll discuss the significance and impact of Latinas in professional fields in this small community.

Thursday Night Talk: The Race Beat - tune in at 7 pm PST, streaming at KHSU.org.


New Wind Farm Off Humboldt's Coast?

Jul 18, 2018
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Thursday Night Talk explores the Redwood Coast Energy Authority's proposal to put a floating offshore wind farm off Humboldt's coast. The proposal, which would place floating wind turbines ~20-24 miles offcoast, would generate enough power to light all of Humboldt. Guests Lori Biodini of the Redwood Coast Energy Authority and Jen Kalt of Humboldt Baykeeper discuss the proposal and potential environmental impacts, both positive and negative.

For more information, please visit the Redwood Coast Energy Authority's website.


Host Lorna Bryant recently held Thursday Night Talk: The Race Beat for an exploration of music in honor of Black Music Month. Local vocalist, Paula Jones, and musician, Lettie Dyer, explore various genres of music where African Americans have made an impact.


With extensive vineyards and wineries in Mendocino and Southern Oregon, what is the potential for more grape growing on the north coast?

On this week's Thursday Night Talk, Yana Valchovic's guests were Andrew Morris from the Briceland Vineyards and farm advisor Glenn McGourty from Mendocino County. 


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Eric Kirk hosts a discussion of opioid use in Humboldt County, as well as concerns surrounding a recent New York Times article that spotlights local addiction issues. Guests include Brandie Wilson of Humboldt Area Center for Harm Reduction and Dr. Bill Hunter of Open Door Community Health Centers.Subscribe to the Thursday Night Talk podcast. 

Thursday Night Talk: News! with Chuck Rogers

Apr 24, 2018

Chuck Rogers joins Eric Kirk to discuss the latest in national politics including the Cohen raids, potential talks with North Korea, the President blocking his own cabinet's effort to sanction Russia, as well as the anticipated blue wave in November's election including a potentially earth-shaking Senate race upset in Texas.  

"A poet's first job is to pay attention," says Jim Dodge. For National Poetry Month we honor local legends, poets Jerry Martien and Jim Dodge.

Longtime friends Martien and Dodge talked with host Michael Fennell about their many years living in Humboldt County, aging as artists, and read from some of their works.


Thursday Night Talk: My Lai, 50 Years On

Apr 10, 2018
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Brenda Starr discusses the true cost of war with guests Rob Hepburn,  former Marine and member of Veterans for Peace Humboldt Bay Chapter 56, and artist Mac MacDevitt who designed the interactive exhibit recalling the My Lai Massacre, in Viet Nam 50 years ago.     

Thursday Night Talk: An Evening with Jason Flom

Apr 2, 2018
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He smoked two joints before his job interview at Atlantic records. (He got the job) Jason Flom has a lengthy career in the music business. The New Yorker described him as "one of the most successful record men of the past 20 years..."

A founding member of the Innocence Project, Flom is now on a mission to fix America's justice system. Thursday Night Talk featured Sharon Fennell talking with Jason Flom about music and the criminal justice system. 

  

Thursday Night Talk: March for Our Lives

Mar 19, 2018
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The March for Our Lives movement is created, inspired and led by students who refuse to risk their lives while waiting for  adults to take action to stop the epidemic of mass shootings in schools.

Lorna Bryant hosted Thursday Night Talk: The Race Beat for discussion on  women in positions of power and leadership. Guests include two women in leadership roles at Humboldt State University - Christine Mata, Associate Dean of Students and Dr. Cheryl L. Johnson, Executive Director of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. As women of color, we will discuss how sexism, feminism, ageism and racism may intersect or collide while holding leadership positions.


Thursday Night Talk: CA Dems

Feb 28, 2018

The 2018 California Democrats State Convention in San Diego last week gave delegates an opportunity to ratify candidate endorsements, endorse candidates for statewide office ... define the progressive agenda for America, and remain the Big Blue Beacon of Hope. 

VIDEO: Thursday Night Talk - Music and Talk

Feb 15, 2018

Local vocalist Paula Jones and pianist Lettie Dyer joined host Lorna Bryant, in celebration of Black History Month, with a discussion about Black music - the significance of call and response; the hidden messages in songs during slavery; the progression of spirituals, to gospel, to jazz, to blues and more.

On this 50th anniversary year of the Fair Housing Act, host Eric Kirk discusses the act's successes, failures, and future with College of the Redwoods Professor Ryan Emenaker. 


Thursday Night Talk: An Hour with Scott Budnick

Jan 29, 2018
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Host Sharon Fennell spends the hour with Hollywood movie producer and Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC) founder, Scott Budnick. Tune in for Scott's amazing story.


This week on Thursday Night Talk, we break down the cost of cannabis and how the recreational use of cannabis changes everything, for growers, for dispensaries and for you, the consumer. Host Brenda Starr is joined by:

  •  Mariellen Jurkovich
  • Chris Oss
  • Natalynne DeLapp
  • Mike Wilson

 

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What does it mean to believe in God, and what does it mean to be a person of faith in a society which resists the very concept?  Reverend Bryan Jessup of the Humboldt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship joins Eric Kirk to discuss faith in 21st century America.


Join host Sharon Fennell on the next Thursday Night Talk, ON THE Line with her special guest, you! Sharon will continue last month's discussion on sexual harassment by asking you to call in with solutions, ideas, and mandates on where we go from here. 

Thursday Night Talk: Year-in-Review

Dec 26, 2017

2017...oh, that was the year that was! On Thursday Night Talk, Brenda Starr hosts the hosts of Thursday Night Talk to discuss their shows, topics, and guests from 2017 and sneak peek our public affairs program for the new year. 


KQED's John Sepulvado joined Lorna Bryant for a discussion about recent reporting from the streets of Humboldt County.

KQED's California Report spent time in KHSU's studios and reported on the North Coast scene. Were we offended? Who gets to air 'our' dirty laundry?

Here are clips of the KQED stories:


Thursday Night Talk: Politics with Chuck and Eric

Dec 12, 2017

Chuck Rogers joins Eric Kirk to discuss the Alabama election results, Senator Gillibrand's call for the President's resignation, the growing Republican calls to fire Robert Mueller, whether the December fires will impact climate change politics, and other political issues of the day.

On her last day as an educator at Humboldt State, Dr. Melinda Myers discusses sexual harassment, abuse, as well as women claiming power and strength. 

The loss of oak woodlands to native conifer encroachment is a major conservation concern in California, resulting in associated losses of wildlife habitat, traditional uses, biodiversity, and other ecosystem services. These concerns – compounded by development pressures, evolving understanding of fire’s role in California landscapes, and health threats like sudden oak death – have drawn increasing attention in recent years, and oak woodland conservation and restoration efforts have gained momentum.

As the U.S. prepares for Thanksgiving next week, many of us think of the image of happy 'Pilgrims and Indians' coming together for a big feast. But what about the rest of the story -- the historical facts versus the Mayflower myths?

This is a condensed version of a Thursday Night Talk program from November 16, 2017. 

As the U.S. prepares for Thanksgiving next week, many of us think of the image of happy 'Pilgrims and Indians' coming together for a big feast. But what about the rest of the story -- the historical facts versus the Mayflower myths?


Thursday Night Talk: The Race Beat presents a special program in honor of  Humboldt State University's 24th Annual Indigenous Peoples' Week. The Indigenous Voices Forum offered a discussion about Christopher Columbus, the Doctrine of Discovery and Indigenous Peoples Rights. HSU professor, Cutcha Risling Baldy and KHSU's Lorna Bryant hosted the forum held in HSU's Kate Buchanan Room Wednesday, October 11, 2017.

Panelists included professors Marlon Sherman and Kayla Begay of Humboldt State's Native American Studies Department; Tia Oros Peters and Chris Peters of Seventh Generation Fund of Indigenous Peoples, Inc.; and Cynthia Boshell, former HSU lecturer. 

Click here for more information about Indigenous Peoples Week events.

Thursday Night Talk: Is California Too Big?

Sep 26, 2017
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California Red, Blue and Green? No, not cannabis strains - but the idea of the Golden State becoming three separate states. There is a push to carve up our state. Would you vote for this in 20 with guests HSU political scientist Kevin Lyle Murray, HSU political-cultural geographer Matthew Derrick, and former County Supervisor Mark Lovelace discussing the ungovernable state of California. 

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