As many states have already sent out vote-by-mail ballots, this week I begin my coverage of the 2020 general elections. On this show we start with Irvine Ranch Water District Board candidate and water quality scientist Dr. Karen McLaughlin, and in the second segment, (min 28:57) running for re-election to the Board is current Board president and attorney Mary Aileen Matheis. They are running for the same Div. 4 seat on the board in a non-partisan race in the general election this November 3rd. Once again, a reminder to send your questions as I announce each week who the upcoming guests will be on this show: email me firstname.lastname@example.org, or send me a tweet @clshambaugh.
Music credits: Greg Foat, “Symphonie Pacifique”; Keleketla!, “International Love Affair”; and Hideto Sasaki – Toshiyuki Sekine Quartet, “Turquoise Twice”, Stop Over album.
Today, over the full hour, we get another installment from UCI epidemiologist Andrew Noymer, who offers his inestimable insights about the COVID-19 pandemic. Surging and spreading trends, vaccines, and testing, are in the mix. At the close, Noymer notes the work of Gina Neff regarding the impacts of self-tracking on privacy. In a separate podcast, posted on this same day, is an extended interview on how excess deaths could be attributed to COVID-19.
Music credits: Greg Foat “Symhonie Pacifique;” and VNV Nation, “Lights Go Out,” Noire album.
This is a continuation of my interview with Karriann Farrell Hinds. We cover LA elections, Get Out The Vote efforts for the General Election 2020, and the NWPC’s alliances with other organizations both nationally and locally.
Attorney and writer Adam Smyer has a new book “You Can Keep that To Yourself: A Comprehensive List of What Not to Say to Black People, for Well-Intentioned People of Pallor,” published by Akashic Books. Today begins his book launch. In the second segment (minutes 23:23), Karriann Farrell Hinds, President of the National Women’s Political Caucus CA brings milestones and a large electoral agenda in Orange County, and beyond, for our consideration. Additional resources: http://www.nwpcca.org/, http://www.nwpc.org/herstory/, and https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Suffrage/Ellen-Carol-DuBois/9781501165160. An extended portion of this interview with Karriann Farrell Hinds, is available in a separate podcast link on this same date. Music credits: Greg Foat, “Symphonie Pacifique;” Tricky, “I’m in the Doorway,” Fall To Pieces album; Sly5thAve, “Everything is Everything,” Composite EP. http://www.kuci.org/podcastfiles/984/Smyer%26Hinds9-1-20.mp3
Amidst one of the strangest election seasons that this country has experienced, for this full hour we invite Davin Phoenix, UCI political science professor to reflect on the identity politics that has taken place since we discussed his book “The Anger Gap; How Race Shapes Emotions in Politics,” last January. Davin’s book examines both the causes of anger and the consequences. Pointing to Black Americans’ tempered expectations of politics and the stigmas associated with black anger, it shows how race and lived experience moderate the emergence of emotions and their impact on behavior. Accompanying this interview is a list of scholars who have weighed in on the Biden/Harris ticket and the meaning of it for diverse constituencies of color: Nadia Brown, Danielle Lemi, Sarah Sadwhani, Keneishia Grant, and Cheryl Laird.
Music credits: Greg Foat, “Symphonie Pacifique”; Stanley Turrentine, “Junebug”, If I Could album.
David Bennett, with the US Census’ Regional Census Center updates us on the gains and the challenges in counting all our noses, since regional director Jeff Enos of the LA office was on this show. The general website for following their progress is: More specificically: https://2020census.gov/en.html. https://2020census.gov/content/dam/2020census/materials/partners/2020-08/how-to-id-census-taker.pdf, or call 844-330-2020 in English, or 844-468-2020.
In the second segment (minute 29:54), The People’s Budget, namely the People’s Budget OC for our consideration, with Eve Garrow and Brianna Zimmerman. They present an opportunity to rethink how local government resources could be used in the name of safety and public health. An extended portion of the interview is available in a separate pod this same day. More details about their work and coalitions are available at: https://www.transformingjusticeoc.org/.
In the first segment, employment law attorney Teresa McQueen walks us through the complexities of pandemic conditions, and protections at the workplace as rescue packages are being implemented.
In the second segment (minute 27:50), Madelynn Hirneise, CEO of Families Forward returns to the show with updates, as families’ needs surge, this far into the pandemic. Details about their 8/28 Gala and their 8/15th and future food drives are available at: https://www.families-forward.org.
Music credits: Greg Foat, “Symphonie Pacifique”; Eliot Lipp, “Not Quite Awake,” Skywave album; Emanicpator, “ Labyrinth,” Mountain of Memory album.