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.



"I think their professional lives would surprise you," says Elisabeth Harrington of her choral colleagues. "It's really wonderful to learn about our choirmates."

"Choir geeks!" adds Anna Gaines.

Gaines and Harrington are the co-directors of A Company Of Voices, a chamber choir that comes with a steep learning curve.

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John Griffith, who rose to internet fame alongside his Fortuna California Conservation Corps members for having dance moves, has taken his love of nature to a new show for Animal Planet called Wild Jobs.

But he was, by his own admission, a bad kid. "It led to me experimenting with drugs and alcohol, way too early and way too hardcore."

You might remember the Fortuna California Conservation Corps' John Griffith's viral video from several years ago. No? The one where the 'mountain man' boss shared dance moves with CCC's Antwon McCoy and Leonard Patton? 

KHSU invites you to a live taping of My Favorite Lecture! The reception at 6, lecture at 7.

Professor Kirby Moss's lecture, titled "Honeymooners to Honey Boo-Boo", will unpack how TV programs portray the white working class. 

He'll discuss how we, as a culture, are so uncomfortable dealing with social class issues, especially void of race. Explore the topic through the lens of television and the media in general. 

Imagine you’re an environmental studies professor. Every semester you're faced with a roomful of idealistic students. You then have to present to them the grim forecast that climate scientists expect. These students may have known the planet faces challenges - but this is bad.  

And that, says Dr. Sarah Jaquette Ray, is where things might go sideways.


How do you teach really, really bad news without immobilizing your students?

Dr. Sarah Jaquette Ray of HSU's Environmental Studies Department discusses the emotional arc some of her students have to navigate. 

This episode airs Tuesday, May 1st at 7pm

Another earthquake was felt across the Humboldt Bay area, and theUSGS says that it's a 4.6M (downgraded from 4.7). Presently there is NO tsunami warning in effect.  The Redwood Coast Tsunami Work Group says that a followup 3.0M event is an aftershock. 


[This article has been updated to reflect a revised assessment.]

An earthquake occurred at 9:24 AM today. The magnitude 4.5 event occurred 11 miles west-southwest of Eureka, according to a USGS report. 

The hypocentral depth is 19 km (12 miles). There is no tsunami threat at this time, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

Listen to Object Heavy's performance live on KHSU below. The band has a show on Saturday at the Jambalaya in Arcata and this weekend at The Dip in Redding.  

Learning about climate change can trigger debilitating cycles of eco-grief, despair, and apathy. So how can an educator work with those emotions and still get the lesson across? 

In her upcoming talk for My Favorite Lecture, titled Coming of Age at the End of the World: Eco-Grief, College Students, and Teaching Climate Change, Dr. Sarah Jaquette Ray explores the challenges of teaching depressing material about climate change and social injustice to college students. In response, she has devoted herself to making emotions central to the pedagogy.

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On this episode of My Favorite Lecture, engineering instructor Lonny Grafman shows how engineers benefit from community engagement.

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"Most of our personal transformations ... come out of unhappy periods in our lives," says Oliver Wood. 

The Wood Brothers singer talks about the downsides of happiness, the circuitous path back to brotherhood, and working with a 14 year-old Derek Trucks. 


Esch is an electronic music producer and DJ based in Arcata, California. His work features eclectic, molding bass-heavy hip-hop beats with experimental and ethereal synths. He was joined in the KHSU studio by DJ Marjo Lak.

Esch is appearing at "Cupids Arrow", a Deities & Divas Ball on Valentines Day, which will raise funds for Humboldt Wildlife Care Center and Bird Ally X

My Favorite Lecture is back! We're proud to kick the season off with a talk about community-based innovation from author, engineer and educator Lonny Grafman. 

Join the "studio audience" for a taping at  Plaza Grill on Thursday, February 15th.  Lectures are an hour long, preceded by nosh from Arcata Main Street and followed by your questions. The recording airs on KHSU and is found wherever you  get your podcasts. 

Cannabis Buyer Beware

Dec 18, 2017

Testing that found 93 percent of samples collected by KNBC-TV from 15 dispensaries in four Southern California counties tested positive for pesticides.

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"I thought I'd work for the U.N. or something," says Postmodern Jukebox's Robyn Adele Anderson. She can sing in Russian and Spanish, and studied Political Science and Arabic in college. Anderson tells KHSU's Halimah The Dreamah that music "was kind of an accident." 

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Bill Murray, whose show tonight in Eureka is entirely sold out, got a tour through our local redwoods. 

The Gold Rush might invoke images of happy-go-lucky miners panning for shiny nuggets, but author and historian Marlene Smith-Baranzini says not to expect a lighthearted western from Adams' new opera.

The Lumberjack looks at the bond among Humbodt State's veteran community.

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Violinist and Humboldt resident Jenny Scheinman is featured in a new NPR Tiny Desk concert alongside Ani DiFranco, Ivan Neville, and Terence Higgins.

Scheinman, whose Petrolia homestead was "the westernmost house in the continental United States," has performed with Lou Reed, Norah Jones, Lucinda Williams, Bono, as well as numerous Humboldt county artists. 

Acclaimed documentarian, director and producer Sara Dosa will host screenings of An Inconvenient Sequel and The Last Season in Arcata this weekend. 


What do the Eureka High Players do when renovations prevent them from building stage sets? They do an old-time radio drama, to be aired on KZZH-LP. "We decided it'd be fun to focus on storytelling rather than sets, costumes, and lights," director Nan Voss tells Wendy Butler. Voss used this as an opportunity "to get the atmosphere of a story across without all of the usual stuff we have to tell a story." 


[KHSU is updating this post as the situation evolves.]

As of Wednesday, at least 22 fires are burning across northern California counties with little to no containment.

11:18 Weds: Air quality statement: "Smoke from fires to the south (Mendocino Lake Complex and from the Santa Rosa area fires) may continue to affect southern Humboldt County depending on proximity. The weather forecast is for winds to continue to push this smoke to the south over the weekend. Air quality in southern Humboldt is forecast to be “Good” to “Moderate” with the possibility for “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” in the late evening. "

Del Norte and Trinity Counties should see “Good” to “Moderate” air quality.        

The advocacy group Humboldt Alliance for Arts Education is relaunching Friday, as a response to ongoing factors on the statewide political horizon that affect arts education in schools. 

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On the Spot, Arcata's best/only improvisational comedy troupe readies itself for another season at the Arcata Theater Lounge. 

Through a series of games, On The Spot creates fresh, small-batch jokes live on stage based on audience cues.

The first show of On The Spot's season 2 is Friday, September 29th at the Arcata Theater Lounge (tickets).

The shows are kid-friendly in terms of both content and bedtimes: doors open at 6:30, show starts at 7:00.

Update on smokey conditions and resources from KymKemp.com.


The heat wave has broken records across the region, but lower temperatures will provide some relief for north coast residents today and smoky conditions continue. 


Temperatures around the Humboldt Bay area will remain in the high 80s through mid 90s Sunday, with triple digit heat inland.

Update on the Helena fire via the Record Searchlight.


An earthquake struck about 50 miles west of Ferndale. Early estimates rate the temblor at a 5.1 magnitude, subject to further revision. 

The US Tsunami Warning System is saying that no No Tsunami Warning, Advisory, Watch, or Threat is currently in place. 

Humboldt State's Shaky Ground guide has more tips on safety, survival, and preparedness for north coast residents.