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.

Dr. Goonesinghe’s Prescription for a More Perfect Union

Iresha Goonesinghe, MD FACP FACC MACPE, a cardiologist practicing in Ridgecrest, CA (Kern County), has been taking the pulse of her patients regarding how the current political climate has been affecting their health, deep in Trump County. With lessons to be learned on both sides of the political divide, her learned insights might possibly Make Americans’ Vital Signs Great Again. Her conversations continue on her two blogs: http://unitingtheusa.blogspot.com/ and http://peoplepower77.blogspot.com/.

Reza Aslan Visits Inclusion U AND 45’s 103rd Day AND Coup de Comedy’s 5th Annual

Reza Aslan, an internationally renowned religion writer and scholar, speaks today 5/2, at the Barclay about Islamophobia. Douglas Haynes, UCI Professor of History and Provost for Academic Equity, Diversity & Inclusion covers his organization’s goals and how Aslan will addresses them. The talk will be at 6-7:30 p.m., followed by a book signing. Information about reservations (still available at this writing) is available at: http://inclusion.uci.edu/.

Next (minute 17:00), Matthew Beckmann, UCI scholar on the American presidency considers 45’s 103 days in office. He has much to say about what has not already been said.  Among other pending business is whether the presidential Daily Diary, maintained since JFK, is in existence during the current administration.

The last guests (minute 41:36), Joel Veenstra of UCI’s Clare Trevor School of the Arts and Theresa Robbins Dudeck Chapman University Theater professor, present their super-charged program Coup de Comedy here at UCI and Chapman University May 10-13. Details for associated workshops and performances are available at: https://improvrevolution.org/

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.