As The Korean Peninsula Churns AND Voting in the OC June 5th

UCI political scientist Bob Uriu returns to carefully examine the tea leaves missed and newly served with the international summits on the Korean Peninsula. He breaks down the roles and leadership dynamic between: Moon Jae-in of South Korea; Kim Jung-un, of North Korea;  Xi Jinping, of China; Shinzo Abe, of Japan; and Donald Trump.

In the second segment (min 30:05), Orange County Registrar of Voters, Neal Kelley returns for his ritual pre-primary election visit to present all that we voters are not even thinking about, including how much postage is needed for the absentee ballot (pssst, it’s 71 cents) and the cyber security of our election infrastructure. The Registrar of Voters office is located at 1300 South Grand Avenue, Building C Santa Ana; 714-567-7600. On their website are several different useful tabs for ease of navigation: for early voting details; to verify your registration in OC; and for your OC Ballot Express tracking envelope. is also useful in tracking all deadlines for processing your ballot.

Meet 45th Cong. District candidate Katie Porter And International Conference on Learning and Memory

Katie Porter, UCI law professor, currently running as a Democrat in the CA 45th Congressional District, speaks about her candidacy. Additional candidates’ interviews forthcoming on AAL! Reminder that everyone confirm their voter registration at:

In the second segment (min 27:26), Michael Yassa, UCI proferssor and Director of the Center for Neurobiology of Learning and Memory International Conference on Learning and Memory to be held at this week, 4/18-4/22 at the Hilton in Huntington Beach. Accompanying him is Manna Yass, Director of Outreach and Education, making exceptional programs, talks, and events available to the public both at this conference and ongoing around Orange County and the US. Details for this free conference are available at:

Sanctuary City; Not In Some Backyards AND Mr. Khosla’s Neighborhood

Tiffany Ackley, Aliso Viejo attorney and municipal candidate on this year’s election ballot, talks about the wave of meetings in Orange County cities about joining the U.S. Dept. of Justice’s lawsuit against California’s SB 54 regarding sanctuary cities. Although Irvine has not scheduled a forum at this writing, the following meetings being convened are: Newport Beach 4/10, 7 p.m.; Orange 4/10, 6 p.m.; Westminster 4/11, 7 p.m.; Los Alamitos 4/16, 6 p.m.; Laguna Niguel  4/17, 7 p.m.; Lake Forest 4/17, 6:30 p.m.; and Dana Point 4/17, 6 p.m.

In the second segment (minute 36:47), UCI Law School professor Alex Camacho takes up the potential for the case of coastal property owner, Vinod Khosla, to challenge the California Coastal Act in a fundamental way. With the owners legal representation’s sights set on the US Supreme Court, the case could have far reaching consequences for California’s entire coast line.  Mr. Khosla’s property is at Martins Beach at Half Moon Bay, in San Mateo County. With the owner’s legal representation’s sights set on the U.S. Supreme Court, the case could have far reaching consequences for the entire state with respect to public access to the coastal zone. Surf’s up! Stakes are higher!

Room in the Orange County Inn?

It’s Passover, Holy Week, and Nowruz celebrations continue. This is the backdrop for how we navigate the homeless crisis amidst the holiest of the holiest in Orange County and especially in our fair town of Irvine. Mohammed Aly, attorney and founder of the Orange County Poverty Alleviation Coalition, along with Morgan Denges and Jordan Hoiberg of the Orange Co Catholic Worker, bring us right up to the latest policy laps in the run to settle unsheltered, homeless residents of Orange County. This broadcast occurred at the same time that the OC Board of Supervisors convened to hear from parties around the County on this issue. Looking further for some room in the inn.

Phytoplankton’s Global Skid Marks AND Welcome Orange County Wildlife Corridor

UCI Climate Scientist and oceanographer Keith Moore shares what his research team’s leading-edge, global models are learning about trends with phytoplankton, the menu supporting fish populations. More details about their findings are recently published in Science :

In the second segment, Elizabeth Brown, President of the Laguna Greenbelt, will oversee the Wildlife Corridor Project coming to fruition while honoring the 50th anniversary of the Laguna Canyon conservation. Didn’t happen on it’s own; a lot of locals have been working tirelessly to keep that project alive. Follow their progress at: and at all the usual social media hangouts.

Famous Women We’ve Never Heard Of AND Real High School Students of OC

The first segment guests are: Martha Wheelock of Wild West Women films; and Zoe Nicholson, creator and performer; both a veritable brain trust of women’s movements and women’s worth over the ages. Ms. Nicholson’s upcoming production will be staged in Long Beach on 3/30: Tea With Alice and Me. Not that Alice, but the American revolutionary Alice Paul (1885-1972), at the Beverly O’Neill Theater, 6:30 p.m. 300 Ocean Blvd, Long Beach. Tickets are available through Eventbrite or at

In the segment Charles Blek, of the OC Chapter of the Brady Campaign for the Prevention of Gun Violence has much to say since his 1/23/18 appearance, leading up to walk-outs scheduled for 3/14 in OC and around the nation on 3/24. Joining him are two San Juan Hills High School seniors and activists, Olivia Fu and Kate Finman, organizing locally on both of those days with the bridges they’ve built over their local political divide, #NeverAgain,, @sjhstudentwalkout on Instagram and FB; or SOC4Change . Details for the Great American Write-In taking place in the morning, are available at: T OC location for the March 24 March For Our Lives will be located at Centennial Park 3000 W. Edinger Ave. Santa Ana.

Understanding Cannabis

UCI professor of neurobiology and anatomy, and co-director of the UCI Center for the Study of Cannabis, Dr. Daniele Piomelli, moves past the prejudices and speaks to the need for fully researching the use of cannabis, now that recreational use of cannabis is legal in CA. Critical areas to be attended to are: age specific impacts of cannabis on the brain, determining the extent to which cannabis influences one’s ability to drive, and how cannabis pain management might help in dealing with the opiate crisis.  Guest co-host is UCI PhD candidate in neurobiology, and VP of Science Policy Group, Terra White.

“23/7; Pelican Bay Prison and the Rise of Long-Term Solitary Confinement”

The full hour is devoted to Keramet Reiter, UCI professor of Criminology, Law, and Society to talk about her new book 23/7: Pelican Bay Prison and the Rise of Long-Term Solitary Confinement, published by Yale University Press, Michael Saavedra, who was detained in solitary confinement the last 10 years of his 19 year prison sentence from which he was released in 2/2017, was originally scheduled to appear on this show. Once he’s recovered from last night’s motorcycle accident, he will appear on this show, offering his insight as a resilient detainee in long-term solitary confinement. Reiter’s research and Saavedra’s experiences yield stories that exceed the darkest of Charles Dickens’ passages.  Civilians can be involved through following: and specifically: