“Cramming for Finals” the Aulenbach Way AND Citizenship Fairs, Care of OCCORD

Reverend Dr. Bil Aulenbach offers his refreshing and affirming new book entitled, “Cramming for Finals; New Ways of Looking at Old Church Ideas,” published by Summitt Run Press. Copies of his book are available from your favorite independent book dealer or on his website: http://peacelovejoyhope.com/.

During the second segment (min 33:18), it is an opportune time to talk with Joese Hernandez, of Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development (OCOCRD), in advance of the 7-22-17 Citizenship Fair. The next ones will be held on 7-26-17, 8-2-17, 8-5-17, and 8-26-17. More will be scheduled in the future. Information about these and other gratifying opportunities to help out, is available at: http://www.occord.org/. In his spare time, Joese hosts a podcast, “ITZ Happenin Radio Show,” transmitted on Facebook live every Monday night at 9 p.m. (PT).

Cannabis Under the Political, Cultural, and Legal Microscope

UCI neurobiology and anatomy Professor Daniele Piomelli, along with UCI Law School faculty and State Sen. (ret) Joe Dunn, take up the cutting edge of research and institution building around CA’s statewide approval of the legalization of cannabis, Propositions 215 (medicinal use) and 64 (recreational use).

Veterans Deported and Off Our Radar? AND Not So Silent on Reciprocity and Silencers

Congressman Lou Correa from CA 46th Dist., serving on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, while back in his district over this Fourth of July Recess, offers his experiences meeting in Tijuana with veterans who’ve been deported. The ironies of their status are many.

In the second segment, (min 29:00) amidst many breaking news items, OC Chapter of the Brady Campaign for the Prevention of Gun Violence board members Charles and Mary Leigh Blek consider NRA initiatives staunching diminished sales, court rulings, and the latest state and federal legislation. Of crucial importance is legislation co-sponsored by Congresswoman Walters and Congressman Royce, HR38, The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. The Bleks offer this email to which one can requests alerts on legislative developments: orangecounty@bradymail.org; and for general information about their organization: http://www.bradycampaign.org/content/orange-county-brady-campaign-chapter?ms=CAOCChapter.

Solarize Irvine Starts at UniHills AND “Taming of the Shrew” at New Swan Theater

Along with University Hills neighbor/activist Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow, April Price at Community Environmental Council talk about the recent launching of a University Hills solar residential project, Solarize Irvine. The deadline to get in on this group discount is July 30th. Information for an assessment of your City of Irvine home is available at: http://www.cecsb.org/go-solar/solarize/solarize-irvine/ or by calling April herself at: 805-963-0583 x101.

The second segment (min 31:59) features the program’s annual ritual of welcoming the New Swan Theater Shakespeare festival, the sixth annual, here at U C Irvine. Director Beth Lopes talks about her production of “Taming of the Shrew” and discusses how William Shakespeare is understood or not in 2017. Information about all festival events and tickets to see “The Tempest” and “Shrew” is available at: http://newswanshakespeare.com/, www.arts.uci.edu/boxoffice, artstix@uci.edu, and 949-824-2787.

Crooks and Kompromats; Current Russian-American Affairs

Peggy Maradudin, local Russian analyst extraordinaire, returns with more context for the latest developments in Russian and interactions between heads of state. Sergeys Lavrov and Kislyak are mentioned, to clarify references in the latter half of the program. Two readings recommended from this interview: “Nothing is True and Everything is Possible,” by Peter Pomerantsev; and “Red Notice,” by Bill Browder. Ms. Maradudin will return to this show in advance of the March 2018 Russian elections.

UCI Wonderwomen Climate Science Grad Students AND “Art As Protest” in Santa Ana

Alyssa Braciszewski Frederick, Elizabeth Hemming-Schroeder, and Kimberly Duong; UCI graduate students studying climate science lift the curtain after having visited a dozen (mainly) Californian Congressional offices in Washington, D.C. If they came away changed, imagine how changed you will be by their observations of these privileged interactions. They’ll be convening a webinar 6-15-17, at 5 p.m. PDT; details are available at: https://www.facebook.com/500womensci/.

During the second segment of the show (minute 30:49), Tyler Stallings, artistic director at UC Riverside’s Center of the Arts, in his capacity as juror, leads us around the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art’s current exhibit “Art As Protest,” open through 7/8. Special events staged at the OCCCA space for your cultural levitation include: 6/17 the play “Seven,” and the 6/29 performance by the Pacific Symphony. Details are available at: http://www.occca.org/.

Stormy Weather; Calling Out Our Distant and Recent History

Michele Goodwin, UCI Law School Professor and commentator extraordinaire takes us to a memorable and deeper level of identity politics . With the full hour, she offers critical insights about our consumption and construct of history over the generations and cenuturies, as the stakes in public health and equal protection, are raised by the hour. It’s also a fine time to cover this year’s Juneteenth commemoration in Orange County on 6-17 from 10 a.m. til 4 p.m. at 18100 Goldenwest St. Huntington Beach. Presented this year by: OC Learning Black History, the Santa Ana Black Historical Society, and the OC NAACP; Orange County’s Third annual event will be celebrated adjacent to the Huntington Beach Central Park Public Library. More information is available at: 714-377-0659, or at the OC Learning Black History Facebook page.

Public Health During Wartime AND Irvine’s Newest Council Member Weighs In

Following Memorial Day, we explore with Pauline Lubens, Ph.D. candidate at U.C.I.’s Dept. of Public Health, her work dealing with the ravages of war on public health and the design of her dissertation studying grief among combat veterans who have lost friends with whom they have served. We hope to have her return to the program when her findings have been published.

During the second segment (minute 29:30), Irvine City Council Member Melissa Fox, elected to office last November, returns to the show to take us behind the scenes as she fields questions about a plethora of official municipal and regional duties.  The Great Park was the main focus.

Earlier Presidential Primaries in California’s Future AND What the Prochlorococcus?

While California considers different ways to lead nationally, State Assembly Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo), adroitly working both sides of the aisle, posts us on AB 84, which would move California’s presidential primary from June to March. SB 568 is a similar measure moving through the State Senate.  Each chamber is considering the other chamber’s bill before submitting legislation for Governor Brown’s signature.

In the second segment (min 29:10), UCI earth system scientist and microbiologist Adam Martiny presents his research pertaining to marine bacteria and how it relates to global climate change. He also speaks in advance of moderating a panel at conference hosted this week at UCI, “Headwaters to Ocean.” Budding scientists are welcome to check out research opportunities at the Martiny Lab, https://www.ess.uci.edu/group/amartiny/adam-martiny-lab.

Americans United Outside Your Classroom AND Members of Congress, Your UCI Student Delegation is Here to See You

Richard Gillock, co-founder of the local chapter of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State makes the distinction between “religious freedom” and the 1st Amendment in today’s classrooms and places of worship. He appears in advance of the local chapter’s monthly meeting held 5/20 at the Irvine Ranch Water District meeting facility, at 15500 Sand Canyon Drive in Irvine. Doors open at 1:15 p.m. and program begins at 1:45. More details are available at https://sites.google.com/site/auorangecounty.

In the second segment (min 23:12), Steven Allison, UCI earth system scientist, breathlessly offers his insights on: federal funding of science, the recent firing of several EPA advisory board scientists, the uncertainty of the US role in the latest UN climate agreements, as well as his students’ and his involvement in the political process. He presents colleagues throughout “the academy,” a playbook for engaging all students with their Members of Congress. Every and any kind of major has a piece of the action.