Meet OC Dept. of Education Trustee Incumbent and Candidate Ken Williams

“Ask A Leader” CA primary candidate coverage will be focusing on several local races. We begin with Dr. Ken Williams incumbent running for another term on the OC Board of Education’s Area 3, which includes Irvine. In subsequent weeks we’ll hear from candidates running in OCBE’s Areas 1, 3, and 4.

Local Community Choice Energy Super Powers in Orange County

José Trinidad Castañeda, Climate Action Campaign organizer who’s taken over for Robin Ganahl in Orange County, offers a thorough review of how local municipal leadership is stepping up in ways that are already being institutionalized in surrounding counties. Resources for constituents include: and

“The Anger Gap” AND 4th Annual OC Women’s March

Davin Phoenix, UCI political science professor, returns with his definitive and clarifying new book – The Anger Gap; How Race Shapes Emotion in Politics, published by Cambridge University Press.

In the second segment (minute 38:40), members of the Orange County Women’s March Planning Coalition provide us with the scoop on the 4th annual Women’s March in the OC; January 18th, 10 a.m., in Santa Ana. Keynote speaker, 45th Congressional District incumbent Katie Porter will take up some voting themes at the March. Details about the March are available at:

CA 45th’s Non-partisan Data Treasure Trove AND Worldwide Social Movements in 2020

As the news dessert opens up in Orange Co. with its 3.3 million residents, the media continues to fall behind in covering us. The beginning of 2020 is an opportune time to raise KUCI’s game, so….. we’ll get on with that today with social scientists taking the reins; starting with Alexandra Macias, political science professor at Cal State University building what you could call a two-way civic education enterprise –

In the second segment (minute 31:33), UCI Sociology Professor David Meyer runs some through lines into abundant protests unfolding on most continents, examining the synergy among national and International movements. The cue lengthens.

The Planet, The 19th Amendment, and Voting in 2020

Three women weigh in just as we leap into a new and consequential year: Christina Shea, Mayor of Irvine (minute 1:01) ; Lisa Bartlett, Orange CountyBoard of Supervisor for the 5th District (minute 23:41); and Zoe Nicholson, scholar of Alice Paul the architect of the 19th Amendment and the ERA amendment (minute 39:19). The complete interview of Zoe Nicholson is available in a separate podcast of this same date. Happy New Year One and All!

Muslims For Progressive Values Dialogue on Multiple Fronts AND El Sueño Americano

Ani Zonneveld, founder/president of Muslims for Progressive Values returns to the show for a review of the year: difficult topics, awkward dialogues, and meaningful coalescing. She will return to the show after the Forum of Religion and Belief in Kenya 3/25-26/2020.

In the second segment (minute 29:03), artist/photographer Tom Kiefer takes us on a remarkable excursion with his photographs at the Skirball Center – “El Sueño Americano, The American Dream” on exhibit at the Skirball Center in L.A., now through March 8, 2020.

Independent Book Dealers Rock the Community AND Attic Community Theater, Live in Santa Ana

Independent book dealers are the focus with Ivy Bookshop owner Emma Snyder, whose enterprise thrives in the shadow of one Amazon’s major hubs, Baltimore, MD. Book store experiences and abundant possibilities, during the holiday season and throughout the year, are explored.

In the second segment (minute 31:35), Attic Community Theater owner and co-founder James Huffman shares what you might consider are his best kept secrets – his productions in Santa Ana. “Matilda” runs now through 12/22. Plays in the New Year include: “Harvey” and “The Full Monty.”

Rethinking Heart Brain Health AND Bienvenidos at the Mexican Consulate in Santa Ana

Dr. Rhoda Au, professor of epidemiology and anatomy at Boston University’s Schools of Medicine and Public Health, and faculty member of the world famous and enduring Framingham Heart Study, brings progressive insight about the heart brain link in the aging process and the variability of this process in aging brains. She’ll also take up patient access to our private patient data; a whole new way of decentralizing this asset and making it our own.

In the second segment (minute 35:57) Norma Aguilar, Consul for Community Educational, and Cultural Affairs at the local Mexican Consulate in Santa Ana, extends a warm and gracious invitation with to their seasonal offerings while she explains their ongoing charge. Tis a lovely time to cover these occasions while many celebrate La Posada with all its universal themes. Ways to remain well informed include:, and  

“There Will Be No Miracles Here” AND Welcome to the Neuston; Your Sea Surface Ecosystem

Casey Gerald writes what he lives with remarkable wit, depth, and honesty; starting with his deep and delightful memoir There Will Be No Miracles, published by the Riverhead Books division of Penguin Random House. It is now available in paperback. His “The Black Art of Escape; A New Vision for Black Americans,” recently published in New York Magazine, considers the 400th anniversary of the “birth of a new people, and where we go from here.”

In the second segment (minute 32:27), Rebecca Helm professor at UNC-Asheville, takes up the complexities of plastic cleanup in our oceans, while teaching us about the barely known sea surface ecosystem. Those remediation projects we’re hearing about have much to learn about their impacts in the Neuston environment. Calling community scientists – if you see something on the beach, please report it to: