Valerie Ing en "Inside Out" Art Project Reflects Redding's Heart <p>A recent Gallup poll named Redding as America’s third-most miserable city to live in. When nearly 500 residents were asked about their housing, job satisfaction, emotional and physical health and more, the city ranked 187th out of 189 communities polled.</p><p>Now, a local artist has brought to Redding a global participatory art project called Inside Out.&nbsp; She hopes the project’s startling approach to humanizing the urban landscape can help Redding get its groove back.</p><p> Fri, 30 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Valerie Ing 13281 at "Inside Out" Art Project Reflects Redding's Heart Behind The Curtain At The Wizard Of Oz <p>The Cascade Theatre in Redding is halfway through the two-week run of its annual spring musical. With almost 8,000 tickets sold already, the Wizard of Oz is poised to become the biggest grossing production the theater has ever presented. But it’s also one of the most complicated. Valerie Ing went behind the curtain with the show’s creators to find out about the technical magic that went in to putting together the production.</p><p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 01:44:07 +0000 Valerie Ing 10245 at Behind The Curtain At The Wizard Of Oz Raindance <p>I read somewhere recently that music flowed from Franz Schubert’s pen as naturally as rain falls from the clouds. Such a fitting analogy. Not just because he was one of the most prolific composers in history, but also because he used rain and water so often in his lieder (poetry written by others that he set to music). He’s not the only one, of course. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 18:27:26 +0000 Valerie Ing 10006 at Raindance Redding Congregation Recalls "The Wright Time" <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed over a thousand buildings during his long career. &nbsp;Only ten were houses of worship, and one of them was the Pilgrim Congregational Church in Redding. A team of Shasta County historians has produced a film documenting how the church convinced the man who was designing the Guggenheim Museum to take on their commission. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But the</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp; film is less about the famous architect, and more about "</span>the little congregation that could,"<span style="line-height: 1.5;">which ended up using its own members to build a Frank Lloyd Wright landmark.</span></p><p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 00:45:36 +0000 Valerie Ing 9087 at Redding Congregation Recalls "The Wright Time" The Mozart Effect ... Revisited <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Remember when the original Mozart Effect study came out in the '90s that claimed exposing babies to classical music (even in the womb) would make them smarter? That study has been expanded, but according to a recent article in <em>The Guardian</em>, it's really hard to measure. Read all about it </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">here</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 23:11:31 +0000 Valerie Ing 6127 at The Mozart Effect ... Revisited Leon Berliner Takes His Last Bow <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jefferson Public Radio lost a longtime listener, supporter, underwriter and friend when Leon Berliner passed away December </span>15th<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. But if he were here today, he’d tell you he left this world exactly when he wanted to: &nbsp;just in time to wish Beethoven a happy birthday.</span></p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 20:00:34 +0000 Valerie Ing 4950 at Leon Berliner Takes His Last Bow Acing the ACT: Backstage With Logan Ryan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>Redding’s University Preparatory School has only been around for about 10 years, but it’s already ranked by US News &amp; World Report as one of the best high schools in the nation.</p><p></p><p>Now the school has another feather in its cap…one of its students has just aced the ACT. The ACT is a really challenging test that high school kids take to see how well they’re cut out for college.</p><p></p><p>JPR’s Valerie Ing went behind the scenes of a high school play to find out more about what it means to get a<em> perfect</em> score on the ACT.</p><p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 00:24:14 +0000 Valerie Ing 3055 at Acing the ACT: Backstage With Logan Ryan Music That Goes Bump In The Night <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What I’ve always loved about my line of work is setting a mood. As a DJ, there’s nothing more satisfying than creating just the right soundtrack to make the moment complete, whether I’m spinning </span>discs<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> on the radio, playing tunes at a wedding, or just putting together the background music for a family celebration on my iPod. It’s more than just lining up all the popular hits for a particular demographic. It’s finding the right music to transport listeners to a particular place and time and emotional situation.</span></p><p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 23:43:17 +0000 Valerie Ing 731 at Music That Goes Bump In The Night Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Spring can really hang you up the most, you know? But that doesn't stop me from loving this season of growth, rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, re-everything, and crazy, crazy weather. Oh how I love spring.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 21:30:20 +0000 Valerie Ing 164 at Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year Kids & Classical Music: The Absolutely Totally Completely Unscientific JPR Poll <div>The Genesis Of The Idea:</div><p></p><p>A while back I read about an informal poll conducted by Britain&rsquo;s Classic FM that piqued my interest. They asked kids to let them know who their favorite classical composers were. I&rsquo;ll share the top ten with you in a moment. I thought it might be fun to conduct our own completely unscientific research to see what kids in the JPR listening area prefer, compared to those across the Atlantic.</p><p>How We Conducted Our Unscientific Poll:</p> Sun, 25 Sep 2011 22:30:48 +0000 Valerie Ing 511 at