OC Registrar Hustles New Voting Measures AND “Journey to Freedom” World Premier

For your consideration are some events, you won’t want to miss, right around the corner. Jackie Wu, of the OC Registrar of Voters posts us on what to expect with voting in the Presidential primary March of next year; you think it’s too soon? There’s a whole dog and pony show moving around the county from June 8th til July 13th, about the new ways we’ll be voting from the presidential primary onward.  Jackie leads us through the process, including details about the community workshops which start with one in Irvine, this June 8th. Details about all things new about voting in OC are available at: https://www.ocvote.com/fileadmin/vc/.
In the second segment (min 24:44), Dr. Stephen Tucker, reflects on his intimate connections to the late UCI music professor and composer, Bernard Gilmore in advance of his conducting, along with his twin brother, Dr. Paul Tucker, “Journey to Freedom.” This will be the world premiere of Bernard Gilmore’s composition, and will be performed only at the Soka Performing Arts Center on June 9th. Tickets are available at either: 949-480-4278 or https://www.boxofficeticket.center. Note: the music pairing at the end of this interview is a piece conducted, not composed by Bernard Gilmore.

Admission Blues AND Cannabis: Untangling Complexities of Driving and More

Amidst the recently unearthed college admissions scandals, we hear what Vice Provost of Academic Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and history professor Doug Haynes really thinks – how his charter within the UC system handles the inequities of education in the broadest possible sense.

In the second segment (minute 27:35, pharmacology professor and director of UCI’s Center for the Study of Cannabis, Daniele Piomelli posts us on the fine minds congregating March 31st 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at The Cove at Applied Innovations. The workshop will address the complexities of pot behind the wheel, as well any progress that we can pry out of him about the Center. Details about how to live-stream this workshop are available at: https://www.law.uci.edu/centers/csc/

UC Press’ Headwinds and Tailwinds AND Pacific Visions at the Aquarium of the Pacific

In talking about the importance and value of university presses over many sectors, UCI Humanities Dean Tyrus Miller has much to say about some warning signs related to Stanford University Press on or near the budget chopping block. 
In the second segment, (minute 30:55), we talk about the all new addition at Aquarium of the Pacific, “Pacific Visions,” with CEO and President Jerry Schubel. Ample servings pertaining to climate change are available for all members of the public. Details about the public opening May 24th are available at: http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/.

UCI Climate Communication All Stars

Back by popular demand and the host’s insistence on finishing what we started, is UCI engineering PhD candidate Kimberly Duong. Gianna Lum, senior Earth System Scientist at UCI, joins her in taking up effective science communication, bridging research with the general public to increase literacy, with their pretty impressive tools. Their many useful sources and tools are: https://sustainability.uci.edu/portfolio-items/climatepedia-at-uci/https://www.instagram.com/climate_memes/?hl=en, and https://climatecommunication.yale.edu/.  

Vote Spotting AND Shifting Climate Politics in the US

Professor Rachel Bitecofer, polling forecaster and Assistant Director of the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University, knows how to call ‘em and offers  pronouncements that may surprise.  First stop, Orange County Congressional Districts; then on to the broader national picture for 2020 and beyond.  She’ll make us better consumers of political polling.  

Breathlessly, (minute 28:50) we head over to Bob Inglis, Executive Director of https://www.republicen.org/ and former Congressman from South Carolina, who returns to the show to gauge the change in the political discussion of climate change, and the value he sees in the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, the Green New Deal, and the Green Real Deal.

Shuffling the Race Deck on Campus: Before, During, and After

For the full hour, UCI political science professor Davin Phoenix returns to the show, for another good hard look at identity politics, the role of privilege leading up and into the college admissions process, and under-represented minorities’ success in higher education and general civic engagement. Along the way he takes stock of the late John Singleton’s breakout cinematic contributions.

Municipal Foreign Policy Poised to Save the Planet

We devote the whole hour to Ben Leffel, UCI PhD candidate in Sociology, Kugelman Citizen Peacebuilding Research fellow, and co-creator of the Center for Innovative Diplomacy digital archive. He talks about the 30 year old legacy of municipal foreign policy that began here in Irvine, as well as his work with ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability an important, international strategic alliance. The archive can be accessed at :http://escholarship.org/uc/uci_cid and details about the ICLEI at: https://www.iclei.org/. For those interested in details about the 4/28/19 CA Redistricting Commission public information forum at the Fullerton Police Department go to: http://shapecaliforniasfuture.auditor.ca.gov/

Climate Action Hits The Road Again AND The Central Park Five Voiced in Opera

Before he heads out on his West Coast Climate Action road tour, Shahir Masri weigsh in about the climate initiatives moving through Congress. He’ll pack copies of his book, Beyond Debate: Answers to 50 Misconceptions on Climate Change. Have a peek of the tour and other progress at: https://www.shahirmasri.com/on-the-road-for-climate-action.html

In the second segment (minute 27:25), performer, teacher, and activist, Dr. Derrell Acon talks about his singing role in the Long Beach Opera world premier of The Central Park Five by Anthony Davis. In addition, he talks about the LBO’s companion justice-themed lectures during this season. Details are available at: https://www.longbeachopera.org/the-season/2019-season.

A Poseidon Proposition AND Science Meets Message

Joe Geever, of Residents for Responsible Desalination, provides an activist’s tutorial on all those desalination plants in place or proposed along the California Coast.  Follow their progress at:http://r4rd.org. Psssst, there’s lots of moving targets.

In the second segment (min 31:54), for our consideration is UCI School of Engineering Ph.D. candidate, Kimberly Duong with the anatomy of a researcher and a spokesperson. To bend an old adage: Water issues everywhere and not a moment to squander. 

CA Redistricting Commission Applicants, Start Your Engines AND The Wayward Artist 2nd Season is Here

We hear from CA Auditor’s Office, Margarita Fernández, Chief of Public Affairs and Quality Assurance and member of the executive management team for the California State Auditor’s Office. Her agency is tasked with overseeing the CA citizen redistricting process.  This program suits up everyone for participating in that process, including the public meeting in Irvine April 7th, 12:30-2:20 p.m. at the Duck Club. Follow the process at: http://shapecaliforniasfuture.auditor.ca.gov/ .

In the second segment (minute, 30:27), Craig Tyrl, artistic director of Wayward Artist, lifts the curatin about his troupe’s second season opening April 12th, inside the Grand Central Art Center, in Santa Ana. Details for this robust season are available at:   http://www.thewaywardartist.org/.