Staying Up at Night over Voting Rights AND Sleep, the Next Frontier

UCI Law professor, insanely busy blogger, and very present on all media platforms, Rick Hasen – returns our to talk about Voting Rights and 2016 electoral outcomes on state and national levels. Eyes on Wisconsin, North Carolina, and the shape of your Congressional district. Among his many relevant reads are, published by Yale University Press, are: “Plutocrats United: Campaign Money, the Supreme Court, and the Distortion of American Elections, ” and “The Voting Wars; from Florida to the Next Election Meltdown.” Follow Rick Hasen at: or @rickhasen on twitter.

If those trends keep you up at night, our next guest Dr. Ruth Benca, Professor and Chair of UCI’s Dept. of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, (minute 28) offers important insights about sleep hygiene. Along the way, she presents some very cool aspects about the sleeping brain that you probably have not considered. Psst, all critters sleep! Details: 2/7 7:30 pm at the Barclay Theater at UCI; 949-842-5193,; presented by the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. No tickets or reservations are necessary.

Swinging Open the Doors at COR AME in Irvine AND Mayor Wagner Convening with Fellow Mayors AND Congresswoman Walters on ACA

Reverend Mark Whitlock, Christ Our Redeemer AME Church in Irvine, reprises a rich day at his congregation commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. He looks at the soul of the 45th President’s inauguration, a president, a nation, and the resulting movements dealing with current agendas.  COR will host: FAFSA & CA Dream Act Open Lab, 1/28/, 1-3 pm, at 45 Tesla Irvine “Calling all high school seniors; transfer, continuing, and undergraduate students.”  949-955-0014, for more details.

Next, (minute 28) Irvine Mayor Don Wagner dials in an appearance from the 85th annual US Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C. 

Congresswoman Mimi Walters (minute 42) avails listeners a brief look at her take on repealing the Affordable Care Act.  Her staff will host a workshop, with a grant writing expert, on how to find available grant opportunities and successfully acquire funding.  The event is free and open to individuals with all levels of grant writing experience. RSVP to: Donovan Higbee at (949) 263-8703 or Tues, Feb 7, 2017 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Irvine Civic Center 1 Civic Center Plaza, Irvine, CA 92606

Rap On Trial AND Identity Politics; Ample Servings Here and Now

UCI criminologist Charis Kubrin and PhD candidate Adam Dunbar present their definitive findings about rap music on trial. They take us to the intersection of art, race, and the law.

In the second segment (minute 34), UCI political science professor Davin Phoenix returns to look at where identity politics has taken us at the moment, in this place on campus and beyond.

“Good Parents Worry, Great Parents Plan”

We start the new year with an agenda item for your consideration, devoting the whole program to a pair of attorneys with a special niche in estate law. Laura Meier and Marci Miller take up the importance of parents’ planning their wills and trusts with their young offspring in mind, including children with special needs. We include in the discussion, Laura Meier’s book, “Good parents worry, Great parents plan; The Guide to Protecting Your Child with a Will and Trust.” Parties interested in booking them for a special presentation about their field may reach them at:,, 949-718-8420;; (949) 402-8266. Also, available financial resources include: U.S. Depart of Education Website – Students w/ Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education; LD Online – The Educators Guide to Learning Disabilities and ADHD; The K & W Guide to College Programs and Services for Students with Learning Disabilities.