KHSU Staff

Katie Whiteside

Jazz great Kamasi Washington stopped by the KHSU studios on his way to Friday's performance at the Van Duzer Theater at Humboldt State University. Washington talks about connecting with the redwoods, his influences from Coltrane to Snoop to Stravinsky and the L.A. jazz legacy and how it connects to his music today.


KHSU will broadcast political debates on the following dates:

  • Monday, Sept. 26 Presidential Debate
  • Tuesday, October 4th Vice Presidential Debate
  • Sunday, Oct. 9th Presidential Debate
  • Wednesday, October 19th Presidential Debate, adaptation from original work of Craig Froehle

Is Humboldt County ready to embrace its changing demographic? Is Humboldt County a place of cultural and racial equity? 

Join host Lorna Bryant as she and her guests Dwayne Marsh (Center for Social Inclusion’s Government Alliance on Race and Equity); Darren Arquero (UC Berkeley and Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society); and Humboldt State University student Malcolm Chanaiwa discuss 'creating a place where we all belong'."

In addition to a wide-ranging discussion about diversity on the north coast, Chanaiwa discussed the local reaction to the 'Sit With Kaepernick' protest, which he helped organize. 


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This week in Del Norte County news, Susan Andrews, Jan Moorehouse, and Lupe Gutierrez report on a solidarity protest alongside US 101 in support of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in North Dakota.

Thanks to an early outpouring of online donations support, KHSU finished our fall fundraiser 2 days early! This allowed KHSU to jump back into regular programming ahead of schedule.

Jan Moorehouse and Susan Andrews report on news from Del Norte County.

  • Del Norte is looking over the border at how Brookings may tax its three marijuana dispensaries.
  • Del Norte High School football team celebrates a win over Yreka.
  • Coastal Conservancy funding is in place to create a coastal access overlook point at Howe drive. 
  • Local "Find Your Park" efforts provided various recreational opportunities.

   What's it like to be a homeless mother in Humboldt County?

Next on Thursday Night Talk, Linda Stansberry talks to the people most affected by a county-wide shortage of affordable housing: single mothers.

Tune in and call in September 8 beginning at 7.

  What does it mean to be politically progressive? Organizers of the newly formed North Coast Peoples Alliance, which arose out of the local Bernie Sanders campaign, discuss their vision for Humboldt County and beyond on Thursday Night Talk on KHSU with Eric V. Kirk.  

Today Halimah the Dreamah celebrates Ethnic Excursion's 25th Anniversary.  She tells KHSU listeners:

"Little did I know in August of 1991 I'd still be spinning discs and playing music from our incredible world. Tune in at 3 pm and call me at 707-826-4805 or 1-800-640-5911!"

I'm still lovin' it!"

This week Wendy Butler talks with Michael Warr, Poetry Editor for the book "Of Poetry & Protest: From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin" (W.W. Norton & Company).

 Warr is also an award-winning poet and Deputy Director of San Francisco's Museum of the African Diaspora. "This book is as much a call to action as it is a call to embrace the relevance and humanity of its creative content," he writes in his essay at the start of this book.

Should fish-eaters be worried about eating ling cod? HumboldtBaykeeper is about to begin a study of mercury in certain Humboldt fish populations. Meanwhile, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment is advising citizens in the Montery Bay area that certain local fish populations contain high levels of mercury and PCBs.

Fred Evenson of the Ecological Rights Foundation and EcoNews Report host Jennifer Kalt (Director of Humboldt Baykeeper) discussed mercury in fish in Monterey's Elkhorn Slough, where a fish advisory was recently issued to protect human health. 


  Who says sports, race and politics don't mix well? 

On the next Thursday Night Talk, Doc Stull and Brenda Starr examine sports, as seen through the lens of race, politics and protests throughout our history.

Doc and Starr will discuss the long history of mingling social justice and society in sports... from Jesse Owens to Jackie Robinson to Jim Brown to Muhammad Ali - from John Carlos and Tommie Smith's Black Power salute at the 1968 Olympics to current NBA players speaking out at the recent ESPYS. 

 Comedy, music and madness featuring FCC-approved live stand-up by local and distant comedians!

Also, get the latest updates from the upcoming Savage Henry Independent Times Comedy Festival, plus tons of old and new jokes from around the comedy world! 

Tune in Tuesday August 23, 10 p.m. to midnight on Los Ensemble Economique with DJ Ratrace at KHSU 90.5 FM or stream online here.

Kyle Morgan returns!

Homepage host Danielle Orr talks with Kyle about publishing scholarly works  and LGBTQ archives within HSU's digital library.  

Morgan is Humboldt State's new Scholarly Communications & Digital Scholarship Librarian.

Solomon Everta from the Northcoast Books Discussion Group takes an engaging look at Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Elective Affinities.  Classics Now is a monthly feature regularly hosted by Mary Harper and Solomon Everta.

Classics Now airs the third Thursday of each month during the KHSU Homepage at 1pm.

The film Screenagers addresses how growing up in the digital age is affecting families and our educational system. Homepage host Katie Whiteside talks with Dawn Watkins about the film screenings coming up at the Mind's Eye coffee shop in Ferndale and the Arcata Theater Lounge.

Two Screenings:

  • Mind's Eye: July 29  at 7 pm
  • Arcata Theater Lounge: July 30 at 7pm   

  California Poet Laureate Dana Gioia is this week's guest on Artwaves. Gioia is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning poet. He was Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts 2003-2009, and during that time launched several nationwide programs expanding public support of the arts and arts education including the national recitation contest for students Poetry Out Loud.

Much Ado About Nothing

Mary Harper and Solomon Everta of the Northcoast Book Discussion Group talk about William Shakespeare's timeless classic Much Ado About Nothing.

Classics Now airs the 3rd Thursday of every month at 1:00 pm on the KHSU Homepage.