LA Times business columnist and author Michael Hiltzik joins us once again, bringing his inestimable insights about the headwinds that our Irvine faces toward negotiating a deal with Amazon for the firm’s second campus to be located right here. He will cover the project, the pressure, the parties, the package, the properties, the pander, the process, and the picture – as Irvine officials and business folk beat back the competition nationwide.
In the second half (min 28:05), UCI environmental researcher Dr. Shahir Masri returns to connect the dots with the latest climate change markers. Teachable moments are in surplus. There just seems to be an urgent need for all the so-called students to be paying attention and step up their game yesterday. Stay tuned for a continuation of this discussion on 10/10/17.
Chelsea Cox, Associate Director of Education at UCI MIND, covers this week’s ambitious Alzheimers’ conference and it’s ground-breaking theme: “The Elephant in the Room, Sensitive Subject in Dementia Care.” September 22, 7:30 a.m. til 4 p.m. at the Irvine Marriott, 18000 Von Karman Ave. Irvine, CA. Space is always available for last minute enrollees; register on line at: http://www.mind.uci.edu/events/conference/ or call 949-757-3721.
The second guest (min 27:20), UCI Writer In Residence, Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow talks about her recently released book entitled “Personal Stereo,” published by Bloomsbury. In this book she traces the history of the Walkman, along with examining its psycho-social impacts, taking us from the analog to the digital and back. On November 6th 5-6:30 p.m., at Humanities Gateway 1030 on the U.C. Irvine campus, is an event to meet Rebecca, buy a signed copy of her book, and meet Thomas Mullaney author of “Chinese Typewriter.” All details available at: http://www.humanities.uci.edu/history/calendar/events.php?recid=6739&dept_code_val=63&css_path=history&file_name=events
Claudia Arellanes, family business owner and treasurer of the Santa Ana Business Council takes us behind the scenes, and offers a long view of what makes downtown Santa Ana so vibrant. Calle Cuarto hosts annually Savor Santa Ana, Food, music, and community; this year it happens on this Thursday Sept. 14th from 5-9:30 pm. http://www.savorsantaana.com/.
And speaking of scenes, playwright Rachel Bonds, talks (min 29:10) about the wonders in her world premiere play Curve of Departure which will be performed at the Argyros Theater at the So Coast Rep. Sept. 24-Oct. 15 at Costa Mesa’s Performing Arts Center. Need a few tickets or some information, call 714-708-5555 or go to: http://www.scr.org/plays/argyros-stage.
Monica Curca returns to the show, this time bringing her “Refugees Welcome Guide,” fresh off the press, a beautiful and remarkable piece of work. For those unaware of what refugees are enduring, each section of this guide is pause for thought among us who are already settled. Follow Refugees Welcome’s progress, contribute valuable resources, and order a copy of the guide by contacting this guest at: firstname.lastname@example.org or to these websites: http://www.activatelabs.org/ and http://refugeeswelcomeguide.org/.
In the second half (min 32:12), Dr. Jian Peng, Chief of Water Quality Planning at OC Public Works Environmental Resources, from his agency’s low impact development toolkit, explains some elegant systems for purifying and retaining stormwater runoff. Not quite the tool for hurricane downpours, but effective in our So Cal climes. Ready for a tour, or care to take up a redeeming school science project? Information is available at: http://www.ocwatersheds.com.
While Mother Earth burns, churns, and floods, local Citizen Climate Lobby chapter founders Mark Tabbert and Virginia Bernal bring to the show the fruits of their focused work on Capital Hill and in local Congressional districts. Ways to get involved, at the local chapter nearest you, are posted at: https://citizensclimatelobby.org/.
In the second half (min 33:03), Ani Zonneveld, founder and president of Muslims for Progressive Values offers extensive experience in what makes a political forum perform or not perform. More information about events not to miss and a pithy opening video are available at: http://www.mpvusa.org/. View Ani’s respectable panel moderating skills at: https://youtu.be/hpq27omaBW8, and her debating skills at: https://www.facebook.com/arthurchristopher.schaper/videos/vb.100003526662866/1245268288934048/?type=2&theater.
The whole hour is devoted to guests: Richard Madsen, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at U.C. San Diego; and Dr. Sean Lin media professional and activist. We will start with 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo, who was forbidden by his government from accepting his award, and who succumbed July 13th to liver cancer while imprisoned. His wife Liu Xia was during her husband’s detention and is currently under house arrest. Both Madsen and Lin will take up the political and cultural contexts in China today, as they examine the tension between “ restless” constituents’ desire for connection and their reliance on government stability and predictability. The hope is to resume this discussion with Professor Madsen and Dr. Lin taking up the path that the current leader of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping is taking this country amidst the leadership vacuum elsewhere. Of interest among Professor Madsen’s fascinating publications are “Restless China” and “China and the American Dream.” Listeners can tune into Dr. Lin’s radio station in Rockville, MD at: https://radio-locator.com/info/WQER-FL.
Girls on the Run Orange County Board Member Amy Cook tells us how her organization is helping elementary and middle school girls develop essential skills. She has a longitudinal study fresh out to make her point(s). For upcoming events, and information about applying for board membership: https://girlsontherunoc.org/. Girls enrolled in the program will offer their own testimony on a future show that they will help produce. Watch in December for that program.
UCI graduate engineering students at the Advanced Power and Energy Program, Van Wifvat and Blake Lane, take the fiction out of science fiction about ground transportation; slaying some myths and posting us on what’s brewing up about net zero and self driving vehicles. More details are available, where you could spend all week, at: http://www.apep.uci.edu/3/ and http://www.apep.uci.edu/3/DEFAULT.ASPX. Correction: the earliest autonomous vehicle research was conducted on California’s Interstate 15, not Interstate 5.
Then (min 42:53), Girls on the Run Orange County Board Member Amy Cook tells us how her organization is helping elementary and middle school girls develop essential skills. She has a longitudinal study fresh out to make her point(s). For upcoming events, and information about applying for board membership: https://girlsontherunoc.org/. Girls enrolled in the program will offer their own testimony on a future show that they will help produce. Watch in December for that program.
Calling all athletes reporting for practice! Returning to the show are James Hicks, UCI professor and Director at Center for Exercise Medicine and Sport Sciences; and Michael Yassa, UCI Professor of Neurobiology and Behavior, and Director of the Center for Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. They take up their research along the continuum from the benefits to the hazards of exercise on brain health. Of concern are NFL bangs, the disparities of women in research trauma, and men versus women’s response to trauma and lots in between. Resources galore are available at: http://emssi.uci.edu/ and http://yassalab.org/.
We contemplate sacred terrain with: Angelo Baca, Native American documentary filmmaker, and Matthew Campbell, Native American staff attorney with the Native American Rights Fund (http://www.narf.org/ ), as they take up their respective and varied efforts to preserve the recently designated Bear Ears National Monument in southeast Utah. They consider who is taking from whom, following the U.S. Interior Dept.’s recent closing of its comment period over the current administration’s intentions to roll back the 12/2016 1.35 million acre US Monument designation. If some of this makes you consider more deeply what is beneath the ground you live, work, and play upon; then mission partially accomplished.