Amazon’s A Knockin’ AND Teachable Moments Amidst These Storms

LA Times business columnist and author Michael Hiltzik joins us once again, bringing his inestimable insights about the headwinds that our Irvine faces toward negotiating a deal with Amazon for the firm’s second campus to be located right here. He will cover the project, the pressure, the parties, the package, the properties, the pander, the process, and the picture – as Irvine officials and business folk beat back the competition nationwide.

In the second half (min 28:05), UCI environmental researcher Dr. Shahir Masri returns to connect the dots with the latest climate change markers. Teachable moments are in surplus. There just seems to be an urgent need for all the so-called students to be paying attention and step up their game yesterday.  Stay tuned for a continuation of this discussion on 10/10/17.

28th Annual Alzheimer’s Conference, “Elephant in the Room” AND The World’s “Personal Stereo”

Chelsea Cox, Associate Director of Education at UCI MIND, covers this week’s ambitious Alzheimers’ conference and it’s ground-breaking theme: “The Elephant in the Room, Sensitive Subject in Dementia Care.” September 22, 7:30 a.m. til 4 p.m. at the Irvine Marriott, 18000 Von Karman Ave. Irvine, CA. Space is always available for last minute enrollees; register on line at: or call 949-757-3721.

The second guest (min 27:20), UCI Writer In Residence, Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow talks about her recently released book entitled “Personal Stereo,” published by Bloomsbury. In this book she traces the history of the Walkman, along with examining its psycho-social impacts, taking us from the analog to the digital and back. On November 6th 5-6:30 p.m., at Humanities Gateway 1030 on the U.C. Irvine campus, is an event to meet Rebecca, buy a signed copy of her book, and meet Thomas Mullaney author of “Chinese Typewriter.” All details available at:

Calle Cuarto in Santa Ana AND “Curve of Departure”

Claudia Arellanes, family business owner and treasurer of the Santa Ana Business Council takes us behind the scenes, and offers a long view of what makes downtown Santa Ana so vibrant. Calle Cuarto hosts annually Savor Santa Ana, Food, music, and community; this year it happens on this Thursday Sept. 14th from 5-9:30 pm.

And speaking of scenes, playwright Rachel Bonds, talks (min 29:10) about the wonders in her world premiere play Curve of Departure which will be performed at the Argyros Theater at the So Coast Rep. Sept. 24-Oct. 15 at Costa Mesa’s Performing Arts Center. Need a few tickets or some information, call 714-708-5555 or go to:

Refugees Welcome Guidebook Now Available AND OC Models Stormwater Low Impact Development

Monica Curca returns to the show, this time bringing her “Refugees Welcome Guide,” fresh off the press, a beautiful and remarkable piece of work. For those unaware of what refugees are enduring, each section of this guide is pause for thought among us who are already settled. Follow Refugees Welcome’s progress, contribute valuable resources, and order a copy of the guide by contacting this guest at: or to these websites: and

In the second half (min 32:12), Dr. Jian Peng, Chief of Water Quality Planning at OC Public Works Environmental Resources, from his agency’s low impact development toolkit, explains some elegant systems for purifying and retaining stormwater runoff. Not quite the tool for hurricane downpours, but effective in our So Cal climes. Ready for a tour, or care to take up a redeeming school science project? Information is available at: