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Jul 27, 2017

What if things like “butterflies in your stomach” are more than just cutesy cliches? Scientists are discovering that our guts are more complex and influential than we had fathomed. Our stomachs don’t merely send messages to our brain regarding digestion or if we’re hungry. The signals can have a fundamental impact on how we feel throughout our bodies. The gut is now being called the body’s “second brain,” and understanding its secrets can help us boost our mood, sharpen our memory and even live longer. (OK, it can also keep us regular.)  

Written by Jeff Wilser; read by Katie Tortorice

Jul 26, 2017

On this episode of Action Items, Sacramento State President Dr. Robert Nelsen and Dr. Ting Sun, executive director of the Natomas Charter School and member of the California State Board of Education, join host Tre Borden to discuss K-12 public education, and college and workforce preparedness.

Music: "Thinking Time" by Lunaverse; "Motivation" by Scott Holmes

Jul 18, 2017

In the throes of the recession, many trade workers moved on to other industries. The Sacramento Area Council of Governments reported that between 2013 and 2021, the region needs to build about 105,000 housing units to meet demand. Dividing that number by the nine years means almost 12,000 units per year. This year, the greater Sacramento region is on track to hit about 6,000. Also looming over the industry is the idea of a prevailing wage.


Written by Russell Nichols and read by Allen Young

Jul 12, 2017

On this episode of Action Items, Dr. Jessica Kriegel, an organizational development consultant at Oracle and author of the book “Unfairly Labeled: How Your Workplace Can Benefit From Ditching Generational Stereotypes,” and Angélica Quirarte, a government innovations strategist for the California Government Operations Agency, and join host Tre Borden to discuss how the State — and private organizations — can address an aging workforce and prepare for a younger generation of workers.

Music: "Thinking Time" by Lunaverse; "Motivation" by Scott Holmes

Jul 11, 2017

Since the first Punjabis emigrated from India to California at the turn of the 20th century, this population has carved out a prominent role in the economy, culture and identity of Yuba City, despite decades of laws that prevented immigration, citizenship and land ownership for Indian Americans. The Yuba-Sutter area boasts one of the largest Sikh populations in the U.S., estimated to be over 15,000. Back in Punjab, Yuba City is a desired destination where Punjabis of all religions know they can find friends and family thousands of miles away from their homeland. This city, rooted in agriculture, is an unassuming place where the American Dream, elusive to so many, is alive and well.

Written and read by Sena Christian

Jul 3, 2017

With a new federal administration has come a promised immigration clampdown. In the Capital Region, the effects of the new policies may be felt most acutely by farmers. But some restaurateurs, builders and labor contractors also say the immigration squeeze will shrink their already-tight labor pool. The departure of long-established but undocumented Mexicans from California is a signal that the flow of unauthorized immigration is shifting direction, perhaps dramatically. And that will have implications for Sacramento businesses. 


Written by Steven Yoder; read by Allen Young