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Notes 2016 December
Capital Public Radio Joins NPR For National Pre-Inauguration Conversations
Leading up to the election, NPR and its member stations worked together to encourage national conversations about important questions facing the country. Now, on the eve of the Inauguration of a new President, it's time to build on those conversations and take the reporting series A Nation Engaged into communities across the country—starting with four regions that represent political and geographic diversity: California, North Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin.

On Wednesday January 11, Capital Public Radio (California), WUNC (North Carolina), Houston Public Media, Wisconsin Public Radio and Milwaukee Public Radio, will hold live town hall events to explore where America goes from here as the new President is set to be inaugurated. These community events will bring together people from across the electorate to address this question: What do you want the new President to know about you or your community as he takes office?

“We’re proud to join NPR in this vital initiative,” said Linnea Edmeier, Capital Public Radio’s Managing Editor for News and Information. “CapRadio is located in one of the most demographically and politically diverse regions in the country and we’re uniquely capable of bringing those voices to the conversation.”

Each event will be co-hosted by an NPR reporter who covered the 2016 presidential campaign: Sam Sanders in California, Asma Khalid in North Carolina, Sarah McCammon in Texas, and Don Gonyea in Wisconsin. Then the week of January 16, WBUR's On Point will host a live national call-in program around the same question that builds on the community events hosted the prior week by including guests or tape from those events on its national call-in show.

Capital Public Radio's Beth Ruyak and NPR's Sam Sanders will host our event, to be broadcast later this month.

Reveal To Air Tuesdays On CapRadio News
Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX is now airing Tuesdays at noon in place of America’s Test Kitchen on CapRadio News.

America’s Test Kitchen ended production at the end of last year. Co-host Bridget Lancaster and other ATK personalities are joining The Splendid Table host Lynne Rossetto Kasper to share practical, hands-on culinary expertise. The Splendid Table airs Sundays at 2:00PM on CapRadio News. Reveal will also continue to air Sundays at 10:00PM.

Tom Hanks To Guest Host NPR's Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me
When Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! host Peter Sagal goes on vacation, there’s only one person who can replace him: Tom Hanks.

The two-time Oscar-winning actor will guest host an episode of the NPR news quiz January 14, taped in front of a live (and, let’s be frank, very lucky) audience in Chicago.

“Of course, I was excited to find out that in my absence, one of the stars of the classic sitcom Bosom Buddies would be hosting the show,” says Peter Sagal. “I was disappointed to find out that it wasn’t going to be Peter Scolari, but I’m sure this Hanks fellow will do fine. I hope he’s been doing some useful preparation since Bosom Buddies went off the air in 1982, because this is a pretty high profile gig.”

Each week, Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! offers live audiences and listeners a comic review of the week’s news. For this special episode, Tom Hanks and human-scorecard Bill Kurtis will guide panelists Paula Poundstone, Luke Burbank and Faith Salie, and a special “Not My Job” guest, through a series of games designed to quiz them on headlines and showcase their wits. Along with Weekend Edition and Car Talk, Wait Wait… is how public radio listeners start their weekends.

Carl Watanabe Retires
After nearly 20 years at Capital Public Radio and twice that in the radio industry, Station Manager Carl Watanabe is retiring.

Watanabe began his career as a folk music and jazz host, and grew into hosting classical music. In his most recent role as Ombudsman, he used his own curiosity and desire for transparency to connect one-on-one with our diverse and passionate audience.

“Carl has seen this station through growing pains and growth spurts. He’s a force that helped propel us to the success we see today. He’ll be greatly missed,” said Rick Eytcheson, Capital Public Radio CEO.

Before his 19 year tenure with CapRadio, Watanabe worked at New Hampshire Public Radio. Beginning January 20th, he plans to spend more time playing tennis and learning Spanish.

Your Wonderful Classical Moments
Thanks to all of the classical music lovers who took part in our My Classical Moment project in November and December! Some moments were emotional, others were humorous. All were very personal and poignant.

This was a great opportunity for us to share stories supplied by listeners about the power and significance of classical music in their lives. Some of those stories may have resonated with you if you heard them sprinkled in with our classical music over the holidays.

If you didn’t hear them on the air, visit our special My Classical Moment webpage where you can read and listen to the stories and see photos. Thanks again to all who participated!

CapRadio Reads False Friend By Andrew Grant
January 10 we celebrate the fourth anniversary of CapRadio Reads. After four years of wonderful books, terrific authors and great conversations, we are planning a celebration.

Join us as mystery writer Andrew Grant comes to CapRadio Reads to launch his latest book False Friends. He will be "In Conversation" with Donna Apidone.

We'll have a delicious array of appetizers and wines for you, as well as some other special treats. Come celebrate with us!

Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Capital Public Radio
7055 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95826 (Directions)

Tickets are still available through our website. To reserve your space, register by clicking here

CapRadio Reads Lucky Boy By Shanthi Sekaran For February
Please join us for our February edition of CapRadio Reads with Shanthi Sekaran, author of Lucky Boy. Sekaran, whose previous book Prayer Room was featured by the Bee Book Club, is a former resident of Sacramento. Her latest book is an at times heartbreaking at times joyful story of a boy, his undocumented mother and a woman who only wants to be his new mother.

The author will be "In Conversation" with Donna Apidone on Tuesday, February 7 at 6 pm in our Community Room.

Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Capital Public Radio
7055 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95826 (Directions)

Click here to reserve your space. .

And you can always find out more about our book club, monthly selections, discussions, and events at

Flavors Of Southern Italy 2017
Southern Italy Palermo
June 17-25, 2017

Join Beth Ruyak, host of Insight, and like-minded curious travelers for a one-of-a-kind culturally rich, mouth-watering journey to Italy's Deep South!

Along the way, we will savor Spaghetti alle Vongole, fresh buffalo mozzarella and Sicily's rich olive oil. We’ll travel by ferry to the gorgeous island of Capri, enjoy a classical music concert in Ravello, stroll through ancient Greek temples, elaborate Roman villas, Medieval Norman castles and colorful Moorish markets. Also included, an evening sunset cruise from the Naples to Sicily, wine tastings with the producers, colorful gardens and more! Space is limited.

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Grand Canadian Rockies Bugaboos Adventure
July 25-31, 2017

We invite you to join CapRadio Travelers for a once in a lifetime heli-exploring vacation in the Canadian Rockies! You will experience an alpine wonderland seen by only the very few. Past guests say this was the trip of their lifetime!

Gently hopping from peak to peak, helicopters bring travelers to the majestic treasures of the Bugaboos High Country. You will stay in grand and famous resorts and a cozy lodge with unexpected luxuries which will raise the bar on mountain vacations.

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Laguna Beach And The Pageant Of The Masters
July 30 - August 1, 2017

No time for two weeks in Europe this summer? Our partners at Sports Leisure Vacations have put together a trip just for CapRadio fans to the one of the world’s most unique art festivals.

The fun starts on the historic Queen Mary with a lavish brunch and tour. The trip highlight is an evening of tableaux vivants (living pictures). You'll be amazed and enchanted by these re­creations of classical and contemporary works of art, with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces. Words fail to capture the pageant; you simply have to see it to believe it!

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Australia, Fall 2017
October 21 - November 2, 2017

Join Capital Public Radio President and General Manager Rick Eytcheson on 13-day exploration of Australia. Soak up the sights of four glorious days in Sydney, then fly south to Melbourne and cruise the Great Ocean Road. We will then fly to Queensland and sail out to the Great Barrier Reef, visit a nature preserve and explore the bustling town of Port Douglas. Don’t miss out on this music, food and wine adventure with CapRadio. Space is limited.

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Want to know more about CapRadio Travels adventures? Click here to see the full line up.

In This Issue

Capital Public Radio Joins NPR For National Pre-Inauguration Conversations

Reveal To Air Tuesdays On CapRadio News

Tom Hanks To Guest Host NPR's Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me

Carl Watanabe Retires

Your Wonderful Classical Moments

CapRadio Reads

CapRadio Travels 2017: Southern Italy, Canada Adventure, Laguna Beach, Australia

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