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/.

Bridge Building in These Times

In these times, for those hungering for a bit more intellectual honesty and some nuance along the Muslim-Jewish divide, along the Whitebread-Other divide; we hear from two distinguished leaders in the LA metropolis. First is Dr. Ahmed Soboh, Chairman of the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California. In the second segment (minute 30:22) is Aziza Hasan, executive director of NewGround, a Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change, based in Los Angeles. Having lived lives of bridge building, in some unassuming and some very privileged settings, both individually make their best cases for crossing particular divides-goodness willing. The public has ample opportunity to visit and engage with these centers to practice something essential.

Under the Costa Mesa City Council Hood AND Self-Help Graphics Live at Laguna Art Museum

Costa Mesa City Council Member Arlis Reynolds posts us on how Costa Mesa is governing; attending to their regional share of emergency housing, among other things getting done on that council. 

In the second segment (min 31:05) we check out what’s on those walls at the Laguna Art Museum, the intentional and irrepressible work from Self-Help Graphics; with Victor Viesca, CAL State LA professor of liberal studies, and Marinta Skupin, Curator of Education at the Laguna Art Museum. Details about the exhibit that continues through May 27th, and special events are available at: https://lagunaartmuseum.org/.