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:

Environmental Justice in the Coastal Zone AND Girls STEAM Conference at UCI

On the heels of the CA Coastal Commission’s recent adoption of a sweeping new environmental justice policy, Andrea Leon-Grossman, LA Deputy Director of AZUL takes up the impact of this and other policies in the coastal domain. More information is available at: and

In the second segment (minute 25:12), Danielle Watt and Jacques Bordeaux post us on the upcoming Girls in STEAM Conference on April 27th, 9:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at UCI. Information about reservations due by April 1st is available at the Girls in STEAM Conference website/, or 949-824-9473.

Meet OC Board of Supervisor 3rd Dist.Candidate Katherine Daigle AND “Parliament Square” Live at UCI

We hear from Katherine Daigle, one last candidate for the 3rd District seat County Board of Supervisor 3/12/19 special election. Details available at:

In the second segment (minute 29:20), award winning playwright James Fritz dials in from London about his play being staged on campus, “Parliament Square.” UCI theater professor Jane Page is directing; the play will be performed at the CTSA xMPL, March 9th through March 17. Fritz will be appearing at talk backs on 3/13,14,15. Tickets are available at: , 949-824-2787, or at the School’s box office.

Meet OC Dist. 3 Board of Supervisor Candidates: Deborah Pauly And Kris Murray

We hear from two more candidates in the lead up to the 3/12 special election to fill the seat for Orange County Board of Supervisors 3rd District: former Villa Park Council Member Deborah Pauly; and (at minute 29:20) former Anaheim City Council Member Kris Murray. Information about the special election is available at the Orange County Registrar of Voters,  

What Hath Brexit Rot Along Northern Ireland’s Border? AND Meet OC Dist 3 Board of Supervisor Candidate Don Wagner

UCI urbanist Scott Bollens returns to the show to break down the innumberable complexities unfolding around the Northern Ireland/Ireland border amidst the Brexit process.

In the second segment (minute 35:30), Irvine Mayor Donald Wagner, talks about his candidacy in the special election, 3/12 to fill the seat recently vacated on our Orange County Board of Supervisor 3rd District.

Meet OC 3rd Dist. Board of Supervisor Candidate Loretta Sanchez AND Citizens’ Climate Lobby conference, “2019: The Tipping Point”

Because elections matter, we begin our coverage of candidates who have filed to run in the 3/12/19 special election for the Orange County Board of Supervisors District 3. Former Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez will be the first candidate. Details about this special election are available at:

In the second segment (minute 36:23), Kathy Orlinksy and Dana Leslie of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, will present 2019 Citizens’ Climate Lobby Southern California Regional Conference program Feb. 23-24 on the Cal State L.A. campus. This program is entitled, “2019: The Tipping Point.” They talk about their compelling themes and guests. Registration details are available at:

If Beale Street Could Scream AND “Celebration of Life” with Muslims For Progressive Values

UCI second year law student James Lamb brings for our consideration, real power amidst the problematic, persistent aspect of tribal politics. His reading list includes: Paul Frymer’s Uneasy Alliances; Steve Phillips’ Brown Is The New White; and Carol Anderson’s  One Person No Vote.

In the second segment (minute 40:00) Ani Zonneveld, founder of Muslims for Progressive Values, returns to post us on this year’s “Celebration of Life” and how she see’s America “creeping toward theocracy.” Details for this event held at the Harmony Gold Theater in LA on 2/10 are at:

CaSTL’s Drawbridge to Under-Represented Talent

For the full hour, we present a stellar example of how the entire UCI campus and academia the world round, can realize genuine diversity in their ranks. Today’s three guests, offering this opportunity in various capacities at the NSF and UCI’s Center for Chemistry at the Space Time Limit: CaSTL are: outreach extraordinaire Danielle Watt, and researchers Kate Rodriguez and Howard Weatherspoon, about their work and recruiting under-represented minorities to STEM careers. Follow leading edge research and socially redeeming projects at: