Honoring Muslims at 2018 Celebration of Life AND Welcoming the Golden Rule at Newport Beach

On tap are two guests, each with purposeful events in the offing this coming weekend. Ani Zonneveld, founder and president of Muslim’s for Progressive Values talks about their annual “Celebration of Life” honoring and remembering: Nadia Anjuman, Xulhaz Mannan, Elham Arab, Sheikh Hamza Congera, and Numan Afifi – activists whom have been dealt with for charges of blasphemy in Moslem theocracies. “Celebration” will be hosted at the CBS Studio Center in LA, February 25th from 4-7 p.m. Tickets must be purchased 24 hours in advance. Ani has other enterprises to share from MPV’s ambitious roster of activities throughout 2018. Details for the event, and ongoing forums, are available at: http://www.mpvusa.org/.

In the second segment (min 31:53), Veterans for Peace Golden Rule, Project Manager Helen Jaccard kicks off the Peace Boat “Party” on the Golden Rule, pulling into Newport Beach 2/23 and remaining through 2-26 at 1931 West Coast Highway. With all the party favors and necessary speeches, and fund driving pitches, the party will carry themes like atmospheric nuclear weapon testing, during these more than interesting times. Contact information for attending the events and for contributing in numerous ways: vfpgoldenruleproject@gmail.com, or call Helen at 206-992-6364.

Citizens Climate Lobby: The Latest Forums and Campaigns

Kathy Orlinksy and Mark Tabbert, OC affiliates of Citizens Climate Lobby, speak in advance of this week’s CCL SoCal Regional conference. They also post us on campaigns as we head into the CA state primary on June 5th. Registration details for the Feb 17-18th conference at Cal State LA, are available at: http://tinyurl.com/2018SoCal. Watch for UnDoYourPart campaign newly launched by CCL.

“SHREW!” Amy Freed’s World Premier

Nationally renown playwright Amy Freed talks about her world premier SHREW! that will be performed this Spring (3/24-4/21) at South Coast Repertory Theater at the Segerstrom Center in Costa Mesa. Imagine the classic written from the perspective of a 17th Century woman. Art Manke directs. Details are available at: https://www.scr.org/calendar/view?id=9349

“The Tantrum That Saved The World” And Who DO We Think We Are?

Megan Herbert, illustrator and TV writer, has collaborated with Climate Scientist Michael Mann on a book explaining climate change to young earthlings; it’s entitled The Tantrum That Saved the World. She talks about how she settled on what message for such a delicate age and all ages and audiences. e-books and conventional books can be ordered on: https://www.worldsavingbooks.com/. This program awaits her eventual trek to Southern California.

In the second segment (min 26:17), UCI Humanities professor Jeff Wasserstrom returns to the show, posting us on what we can look forward to at the 4th annual Forum for Academy and the Public, presented by the UCI Humanities and Law Schools, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. The forum themed “Who Do We Think We Are? – American Identity and the Ideal of Democracy in the 21st Century,” will be hosted at the UCI Law School, 2/9-10; it is free and open to the public. Reservations are highly recommended.  Details are available at: http://sites.uci.edu/americanidentity/.

Eritrea Then and Now; Reflections for Our Times

Tekle Woldemikael, sociologist at Chapman University, and an Eritrean national repatriated decades ago in the US, speaks with nuance and intimacy, for the full hour about an old culture and a nation that thrives even in the grip of the current repressive regime.  His latest book, Postliberation Eritrea: The Rise and Fall of the African Renaissance State, published by Indiana University Press, will be out this May/June. He is also working on a special issue of African Identities Journal on Asmara, the capital city of Eritrea, as Modernist African City.

Fed Taxes Overhaul with The OC in Mind AND Brady Campaign Legislative Updates

Tyrone de Wale, VP of Capitol Markets at EndPlus located in Aliso Viejo, covers how the federal Tax Overhaul affects lending practices and investments, especially here in the OC. Prevailing real estate ownership trends are also of interest.

In the second segment (min 33:13) Charles Blek returns to the show with Congressional and CA statewide updates from the Brady Campaign for the Prevention of Gun Violence. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act HR 38 passed in the House 12/6/17, goes to the US Senate next.

Changing History’s Lense AND Using Less When You “Bring Your Own”

Marie Benedict, author of The Other Einstein, has a new book out Carnegies’ Maid; both books of which cover consequential, yet unsung roles, in historical fiction for these times. Ms. Benedict continues to write new pieces on the next women to be rediscovered and recognized, all published by Sourcebooks Landmark.

In the second segment (min 35:50), Julie Darrell, founder of Bring Your Own Long Beach (BYOLongBeach), takes on our consumption assumptions helping us pare down waste we’re so good at generating! Her zero waste enterprises can be followed on all social media platforms.

Students Talking Science Truth To Power

The full hour is devoted to UCI’s Science Policy Group board members: Richard Prince, Christie Mortales, and Terra White; accompanied by fellow activists Alex McDonald and Nick Paganini, an entirely revved up group of STEM graduate students, and graduate student turned professional, and undergraduate respectively – who refuse to take the current political status quo sitting down as they promote science policy literacy amongst their members. Listeners, including STEAM students, will be invited to join in the special and ongoing events convened by SPG. Details for the upcoming roundtable convening on January 18th 4:30-8:00 at the UCI Student Union are available at: https://clubs.uci.edu/spg/. Additional resources are available at: http://www.climatepedia.org/. “Brews and Brains” gatherings’ details are posted on the MeetUp page of the same name.

Jerusalem Examined

UCI School of Social Ecology urban studies professor Scott Bollens, for the whole hour, offers a full consideration of what is taking place in and around Jerusalem. He brings nuance and laser like focus on the facts in the ground around this divided city, up to and during the time of the White House’s recent proposal to designate Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel. His latest book, Trajectories of Conflict and Peace: Jerusalem and Belfast Since 1994, comes fresh off the Routledge Press later this month. Media coverage also recommended for the look and the feel of Jerusalem also includes: https://www.btselem.org/ and http://www.ir-amim.org.il/en.

“Cuba Is” And “California Mexicana: Missions to Murals, 1820-1930”

A double treat, care of the Getty sponsored Pacific Standard Time exhibitions throughout the LA and OC museums and galleries, is presented on this day during the holidays. First, curator and art historian Iliana Cepero talks about her exhibition which she curated at the Annenberg Space for Photography, “Cuba Is,” open through March 4, 2018. Details for this exhibit and related events and talks are available at: https://www.annenbergphotospace.org/.

Returning to the program is the second guest (min 29:08), executive director of the Laguna Art Museum, Malcolm Warner, covering his museum’s ambitious exhibit: “California Mexicana: Missions to Murals, 1820-1930, closing on January 14, 2018. Details about this exhibit and related cultural fare are available at: http://lagunaartmuseum.org/california-mexicana-missions-to-murals-1820-1930/.