Katie Kalvoda, who’s recently founded a new political action campaign in OC, “Asian Americans Rising,” among other newly realized political talents, has the full hour, to explore them all as she institutionalizes these organizations right here, right now. Asian Americans Rising is a political action committee that elevates the political impact of the AAPI community through civic engagement, issue advocacy, and promotion of candidates at the local, state, and national levels who represent the interests of the American Asian Pacific Islander community in Orange County. Asian Americans Rising can be followed on a host of social media platforms for details about their upcoming Summit and Presidential Convention September 7-8, at the Segerstrom Performing Arts Center venues in Costa Mesa.
Rachel Bitecofer, political scientist and forecaster at the Wason Center at Christopher New Port University, and senior fellow at the Niskanen Center, returns to the show to bring her inestimable model of forecasting, fresh off the press, on what the electoral map will look like in 2020. Not a Twitter follower, watch for her app.
In the second half (minute 19:53), Citizens’ Climate Lobby activists Virginia Bernal and Tabbert talk about the heady times they had on Capital Hill this last June, and ways in which the political ground is shifting on climate policy on the municipal as well as the federal levels. Marching orders provided
Senior plastics campaigner David Pinsky, is out there in front with Greenpeace’s assessment and ranking of the US supermarkets’ contribution to the plastic waste stream. Customers, get your details at: https://www.greenpeace.org/usa/shopping-for-plastic-2019/
Then in the second half (minute 27:30), Jackie Menter, co-founder of the Orange County Jewish Coalition for Refugees, brings the heft of her personal experience with refugees amidst the international commemorations of the World Refugee Day, amidst the ramping up of the man made immigration disaster occurring along our border and around the country. Ample marching orders are provided for those who refuse to witness the horrors in silence.
With my first guest Anaheim City Council Member Jose Moreno, we head over to the Platinum Triangle as negotiations concerning the Angel Stadium and surrounding properties heat up. Interested parties can attend the city council this same day, and follow some money. Council meetings of interest in the near future are: July 16th and July 30th.
Then (minute 33:47), fresh from recent travel in the Hong Kong realm where the chief administrator blinked, UCI professor Jeff Wasserstrom speaks to the rapidly developing, consequential news still breaking there; One China, how many systems?
For your consideration are some events, you won’t want to miss, right around the corner. Jackie Wu, of the OC Registrar of Voters posts us on what to expect with voting in the Presidential primary March of next year; you think it’s too soon? There’s a whole dog and pony show moving around the county from June 8th til July 13th, about the new ways we’ll be voting from the presidential primary onward. Jackie leads us through the process, including details about the community workshops which start with one in Irvine, this June 8th. Details about all things new about voting in OC are available at: https://www.ocvote.com/fileadmin/vc/.
In the second segment (min 24:44), Dr. Stephen Tucker, reflects on his intimate connections to the late UCI music professor and composer, Bernard Gilmore in advance of his conducting, along with his twin brother, Dr. Paul Tucker, “Journey to Freedom.” This will be the world premiere of Bernard Gilmore’s composition, and will be performed only at the Soka Performing Arts Center on June 9th. Tickets are available at either: 949-480-4278 or https://www.boxofficeticket.center. Note: the music pairing at the end of this interview is a piece conducted, not composed by Bernard Gilmore.
Amidst the recently unearthed college admissions scandals, we hear what Vice Provost of Academic Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and history professor Doug Haynes really thinks – how his charter within the UC system handles the inequities of education in the broadest possible sense.
In the second segment (minute 27:35, pharmacology professor and director of UCI’s Center for the Study of Cannabis, Daniele Piomelli posts us on the fine minds congregating March 31st 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at The Cove at Applied Innovations. The workshop will address the complexities of pot behind the wheel, as well any progress that we can pry out of him about the Center. Details about how to live-stream this workshop are available at: https://www.law.uci.edu/centers/csc/.
In talking about the importance and value of university presses over many sectors, UCI Humanities Dean Tyrus Miller has much to say about some warning signs related to Stanford University Press on or near the budget chopping block.
In the second segment, (minute 30:55), we talk about the all new addition at Aquarium of the Pacific, “Pacific Visions,” with CEO and President Jerry Schubel. Ample servings pertaining to climate change are available for all members of the public. Details about the public opening May 24th are available at: http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/.
Back by popular demand and the host’s insistence on finishing what we started, is UCI engineering PhD candidate Kimberly Duong. Gianna Lum, senior Earth System Scientist at UCI, joins her in taking up effective science communication, bridging research with the general public to increase literacy, with their pretty impressive tools. Their many useful sources and tools are: https://sustainability.uci.edu/portfolio-items/climatepedia-at-uci/, https://www.instagram.com/climate_memes/?hl=en, and https://climatecommunication.yale.edu/.
Professor Rachel Bitecofer, polling forecaster and Assistant Director of the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University, knows how to call ‘em and offers pronouncements that may surprise. First stop, Orange County Congressional Districts; then on to the broader national picture for 2020 and beyond. She’ll make us better consumers of political polling.
Breathlessly, (minute 28:50) we head over to Bob Inglis, Executive Director of https://www.republicen.org/ and former Congressman from South Carolina, who returns to the show to gauge the change in the political discussion of climate change, and the value he sees in the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, the Green New Deal, and the Green Real Deal.
For the full hour, UCI political science professor Davin Phoenix returns to the show, for another good hard look at identity politics, the role of privilege leading up and into the college admissions process, and under-represented minorities’ success in higher education and general civic engagement. Along the way he takes stock of the late John Singleton’s breakout cinematic contributions.