People’s Climate March in Our Backyard AND “I Dream of Chang and Eng”

On the heels of last Saturday’s March for Science, Roger Gloss and Carl Mariz, activists with the local UN Sustainable Cities chapter, promote the local People’s Climate Action’s events on April 29. Information about 9-4 pm program is available at: http://occlimateaction.org/ and http://rogergloss.com/.

Then (min 26:15 ) on to this year’s Clare Trevor School of the Arts’ season’s theme “Them.” UCI Drama professor/dramaturg Daphne Lei and director/Ph.D. candidate Ricardo Rocha discuss the upcoming play “I Dream of Cheng and Eng,” with some special features and some firsts. The play will run at the Robert Cohen Theater from 4/29-May 7. Tickets are available at the UCI Box Office 949-824-2787 and http://www.arts.uci.edu/event/i-dream-chang-and-eng. In addition to the talk backs scheduled on 4/30 and 5/5, are the special forums: 5/4 “Making it in the Asian American “Showbiz” Conversation with Snehal Desai and 5/6, “Thrive in Difference: An Interdisciplinary Conference; “ additional information is available at: http://www.arts.uci.edu/event/i-dream-chang-and-enh and http://medicalhumanities.uci.edu/event/thriving-difference-symposium/ for  reservations are necessary.

Russian-American Affairs This Week

The whole hour is devoted to button down analysis by Russian scholar, Margaret “Peggy” Maradudin. Her nuanced insight stems from decades of study of Russia and Vladimir Putin. Sources available in English, that she recommends to listeners includes: , the following books “Nothing is True and Everything is Possible, by Peter Pomerantsev; ” All the Kremlin’s Men,” by Mikail Zygar; and The Invention of Russia, from Gorbachev’s Freedom to Putin’s War,” by Arkady Ostrovsky. Recommended electronic media recommendations include: Novaya Gazeta, Vice News, and Dozhd TV. Ms. Maradudin will return to the show in June for more rarifed coverage of Russian-American relations in these too interesting times.

Start Your Pitching Engines AND 314 Action and Your Planet

Jared Ruth, Director of Field Marketing for California at Cox Business, considers the entrepreneurial domain in our local economy. He also posts essential details about Cox’s “Get Started OC” an entrepreneur competition, open to the public, in Irvine (AV Building 16500 Scientific Way) on April 26, 6-9 p.m. Details are available at: http://www.coxblue.com/getstartedoc/.

UCI astrophysics and cosmology professor Dr. Kevork Abazajian, (min 28:30) speaks in his capacity as California coordinator and Board Member for 314 Action (http://www.314action.org/). His efforts to explain elaborate issues about our climate to Members of Congress, provide an exemplary model for constituents to become involved in consequential policy making. Upcoming related events include: March for Science (4/22/17), https://www.marchforscience.com/; and People’s Climate Science March (4/29/17) https://peoplesclimate.org/).

Affordable Healthcare, STAT

Dr. Bill Honigman, emergency room physician in Orange County and CA State coordinator for Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) returns to the program to examine California’s and the nation’s prospect for healthcare reform. Details on SB562, sponsored by CA State Senator Ricardo Lara (Long Beach), are available at: http://www.healthycaliforniaact.org/. Details about special forums, including the one on 4/8 2-4 pm at the Garden Grove Community Center are also posted on that website. PDA can be followed at: http://pdamerica.org/.

Genetic Data Five Alarm Fire AND OC Women’s Choir Rocks (The Boat)

Dr. Jay Gargus, UCI professor of human genetics, pediatrics, physiology, and biophysics; informs in clear detail, the hazards that lurk in HR 1313, also known as “Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act.” Follow the legislative trail at: http://www.ashg.org/. AAL will follow up with future guests about any important developments of this legislation with considerable implications for patient, and the patient’s family’s privacy.

The second guest (minute 34), Eliza Rubenstein, Director of the Orange County Women’s Chorus, will be presenting a stirring program on April 1st and 2nd. She talks about the choir, and the upcoming concert’s theme: “Rocking The Boat.” More details about these and other performances, as well as August auditions are available at: http://www.ocwomenschorus.org/.

UFW Returns to Building The Union During Uncertain Times

UFW President Arturo Rodriguez, sits down at the Orange County Interfaith Committee To Aid Farm Workers dinner Sunday, to talk about how shifts in national leadership and in statewide commerce effect farm workers lives and how the union is addressing it. The UFW is now distributing their red card, “tarjeta roja,” a brief guide spelling out the rights of undocumented immigrants in the union’s website: http://www.ufw.org/.

Sustain OC; A Hub of Innovation

Scott Kitcher, CEO and President of Sustain OC, (formerly Clean Tech), explains what is going on at this leading edge conservation technology matchmaker, incubator, and and advocate. We might call this trade association the “Chamber of Technology,” and it’s in our backyard. Events and workshops abound at the Cove at the Applied Innovations in UCI’s Research and Development Park. Information is available at: https://sustainoc.org/.

Science in 2017 AND Live, This Week, at UCI’s School of the Arts

Dr. Shahir Masri, who researches air pollution exposure assessment and epidemiology, reflects on his work and what it looks like to be a scientist in 2017. He pivots between research and activism with public health policy on the line. Follow him at: http://shahirmasri.blogspot.com/.

During the second half (minute 28), Jane Page, UCI Claire Trevor School of the Art (CTSA) director and professor talks about what’s on the roster this week around campus: original works at The Brown Bag Theater “Quebrando el Silencio! Breaking the Silence-Latinx Voices,” 3/15 9pm Ring Room at the Cross Cultural Center; 3/19 1 pm in the Nixon Theater. Also featured is Works in Progress, a look at collaboration with scientists, presented 3/15, at 12:45 pm at The Little Theater. All locations can be found at: https://communications.uci.edu/documents/pdf/UCI_16_map_campus.pdf; more information about performances at the CTSA is available at: http://www.arts.uci.edu/.

C.I.V.I.C. Minded in Adelanto and Tijuana AND “Moving Performances: Divas, Iconicity, and Remembering the Modern Stage”

It’s Immigration Awareness Week at UCI – a good time to bring to these airwaves, UCI history lecturer Tina Shull to talk about her work as a principle activist with Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC). Resources for engaging on behalf of an ever increasing vulnerable sector in our society include: https://www.facebook.com/Madres-y-Familias-Deportadas-en-Accion-895034303955446/, https://www.change.org/p/end-the-quota, http://www.endisolation.org/; as well as Tina’s blog https://medium.com/imm-print.

The second guest (min 32) is Jeanne Scheper, UCI Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies, talks about her recently released book entitled: “Moving Performances: Divas, Iconicity, and Remembering the Modern Stage,” from Rutgers University Press. She reprises early 20th Century greats: Aida Overton Walker, Loie Fuller, Libby Holman, and Josephine Baker. We let listeners make your own connections with contemporary divas, before you pick up your own copy of the book, available at your independent book dealer or through Rutgers Press.

High Speed Rail Chugs Along in the Sunshine State AND Tesoro Is No Treasure to Wilmington

SoCal regional director of the California High Speed Rail, Michelle Boehm returns to the show for updates on this massive project amidst the competition for infrastructure funding in both CA and the U.S. More information is available at the water cooler source: http://www.cahsrblog.com/ as well as at the official site: http://www.hsr.ca.gov/.

(min 33): My second guest is Alicia Rivera, veteran community activist, talking about the imminent expansion proposed for at the Tesoro Refinery in the LA neighborhood of Wilmington. Environmental justice is on the line with the status quo as well as in the future. Deadlines, letter writing materials (http://bit.ly/2lXn3Lg), updates, and details to arrange for a Toxin Tour are available at: http://www.cbecal.org/, or by reaching Alicia directly: alicia@cbecal.org.