Boardsplaining in the US AND “Brunch is Hell”

UCI Merage School of Business Professor Margarethe Wiersema brings her strategic management expertise to focus on gender diversity in the board room; how US companies compare with companies around the world; and the opportunity costs incurred.

In the second segment (min 34:14), on the first day of their book tour, the “Dinner Party Download” duo Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newnam offer a hospitality manual for our time: “Brunch Is Hell; How To Save The World By Throwing A Dinner Party,” published by Little, Brown and Company. Copies and more available at: https://www.brunchishell.com/.

 

Three PhDs Walk into a Congressional Office AND “Intimate Apparel”

UCI Professors Steve Allison (Earth Systems Science) and Kev Abazajian (Astrophysics and Cosmology) report on their recent visit to 45th Dist. Congresswoman Mimi Walters’ office, with climate change on the agenda. In addition, Steve offers glimpses into a special forum to be convened on May 30, 2018, “Climate Solutions Summit,” in which Walters’ office’s participation is anticipated. Organizations that they refer to as engaging local activism include: OC for Climate Action, Citizens Climate Lobby, and Climatepedia.

In the second segment (min 31:27), Claire Trevor School of the Arts faculty director Jane Page, along with actors Eriel Brown and Chris Mansa present for your consideration, “Intimate Apparel,” in advance of their December 2-10 production. Tickets can be purchased either by calling 949-824-2787 or online at: http://www.arts.uci.edu/ctsa-academic-departments-drama.

COP23 in Bonn AND Pushing Back at the Office

Aaron Strong, University of Maine Professor of coastal and marine policy, offers an insider’s perspective of what transpired at the UN climate summit known as COP23 earlier this month in Bonn, Germany. “We Are Still” is a response to the White House’s lack of leadership in addressing catastrophic climate trends. In details are available at https://www.wearestillin.com/us-action-climate-change-irreversible.

In the second segment (min 39:00), with sexual predation on everyone’s radar, body language expert Patti Wood explains the natural response to aggression and how it can be managed in the workplace or elsewhere.

“Is There Life After Birth?” AND “Oceans & Flames”

Examining difficult subjects in girls’ and women’s lives through new work, this show begins with UCI MFA director candidate Melissa Livingston and UCI actor Monica Minix about their play “Is There Life After Birth?” This production focuses on the lives of teenage mother, and draws, in part, on the director’s own experiences. The play will run from Nov. 17- Nov 18, on and off campus respectively. Information about these performances is available at: http://illuminations.uci.edu/events/2017_11_17_Life_After_Birth.html.

In the second segment, (min 31:00) Dania Alkhouli, Syrian-American writer, poet, and spoken word artist presents her collection of poems entitled “Oceans & Flames.” Her self-published anthology, highlighting work she created amidst her experience dealing with domestic abuse, is illustrated by Syrian American artist Sama Wareh, and designed by Syrian Artist Dima Arabi Katbi. Follow Dania on social media as “Lady Narrator” for information about buying her book and meeting her.

In addition information, for the UCI 11-16-17 benefit for Refugee Students Scholarship Program, information is available at: http://www.accesscal.org/refugee-students-scholarship-program/.

The Present is Plastics AND Irvine’s General Plan Update

Two brand new enterprises known as BottleRocket and Closed Loop Plastics are stepping up and paring down the waste stream of those polymers that most of you use without even thinking. These titans are recent UCI graduates: CEO Will Amos of Closed Loop Plastics, and Brian Leung COO of BottleRocket.  See whether your city is on the BottleRocket map, among other information at: https://www.bottlerocketrecycle.com/ Scheduled to be launched in January is: http://www.closedloopplastics.com/

In the second segment (min 23:00), Irvine City Principal Planner Bill Jacobs presents the update on Irvine’s city’s General Plan – what goes in the ground where you live, matters folks. We cover selected elements, talk trends, kick the tires of a few urban planning assumptions, and offer some ways of registering public comments before the deadline on Monday November 20, 2017. Take the survey at: https://www.peakdemocracy.com/p/185 or call 949-724-6581.

Mother Earth Is One Hot Momma

It’s Halloween, and what can be more unnerving than the non-fiction served up today? Extreme heat and your health; it’s lethal folks. Last week the Natural Resources Defense Council rolled out their report addressing the huge number of Americans suffering from the toll of extreme heat days. Today’s guest is a major contributor to the report, Dr. Kim Knowlton, Senior Scientist and deputy director of the NRDC Science Center. Resources for more information include: https://www.nrdc.org/climate-change-and-health-extreme-heat#/map, https://www.weact.org/whatwedo/areasofwork/climate/, and https://www.iseechange.org/

Anaheim’s Sustainability Picture AND “Our H20use” at Solar Decathlon 2017

On the heels of Sustain OC’s rousing 8th annual Conference and Expo, Kris Murray, Anaheim City Council Member and Orange County Council of Governments Chairperson, talks about her work with Sustain OC and what municipal governments, businesses, and Anaheim constituents are doing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and water footprints. From civic engagement in sustainability, she then offers a civic lesson about Anaheim’s brand new districts after their 159 history of an at large system.

In the second segment (min 28:37), Geoffrey (AKA Django) Mangalam has many reveals after competing in his second Solar Decathlon that just wrapped in Denver last week. Details about UC Davis’ entry “Our H20use” (expressed as Our water use), in this year’s competition is available at: https://www.solardecathlon.gov/2017/competition-team-uc-davis.html. Take note: the next Solar Decathlon will be scheduled not in 2019, but 2020. The city host is yet to be determined.

Bears Ears Sets The Table AND The ICE Pick in OC

Documentary filmmaker Angelo Baca returns to the show on the topic of Native American food sovereignty, along with an update on the Bears Ears National Monument. Watch for more details about the Indigenous Food Sovereignty Gathering, Saturday October 28th 1-5 pm at New York University. 
In the second segment (min 30:35), Patrick Michels, reporter with Reveal/Center for Investigative Reporting, brings his definitive account of Orange County’s complicated history with immigrant detentions. OC residents: Theo Lacy Jail is in a league of its own nationally. Read his entire article at: https://www.revealnews.org/article/orange-county-california-is-ices-island-of-support-in-sanctuary-state/.

Out of the Pan, Into the Venn Diagram AND Climate Changes, Costs, and Still More Plastic

Political commentator and author, Charles Sykes takes a break from mainstream media and visits college radio to talk about his new book “How the Right Lost Its Mind,” published by St. Martin’s Press. How will the left vs right political Venn diagram look when we’re done?

Then in the second segment (Min 36:00), climate scientist and blogger Shahir Masri resumes his climate science coverage: “Eaarth” Bill McKibben’s re-considering the planet in its current state, the spike in post disaster payouts, and oh the ubiquitous plastic.

UCI DREAMERS In These Times

The full hour is devoted to Oscar Teran, Director of the DREAM Center at UCI’s Center for Educational Partnerships. The current status of Deferred Action for Child Arrivals/DACA, and all the functions that the DREAM Center offers, demands our full attention. This is an administrative coverage, the politics of this program are saved for another program with other guests who have appeared previously on Ask A Leader. Information for upcoming events is available at: http://dreamers.uci.edu/resources/, http://www.law.uci.edu/academics/real-life-learning/clinics/immigrant-rights.html or calling 949-824-6390. Stay tuned for future updates on this website. At their office in Lot 5, until Friday October 6th, is an exhibit commemorating DREAMERS making their way through the desert.