Meet David Min, Candidate for CA 47th Cong. Dist. AND Rethinking Carceral Institutions

Today we begin coverage of the CA primary, a mere 5 weeks away. Community radio has an additional responsibility in this coverage as we all note the dwindling coverage of the OC politics in the area newspaper the L.A. Times. We first hear from CA State Senator Dave Min, one of the several candidates I’ll be interviewing, who are running in the CA 47th Congressional District, in the seat vacated by incumbent Congresswoman Katie Porter. In the second segment (approx. minute 31:30), is Shawn Khalifa who’ll be graduating this spring from the UC system’s UCI’s Underground Scholars program for felons from the carceral system and sends them off to thriving lives. The extended portion of his interview is posted on this same day.

Music credits: Chimora, “Africano Americano,” Sounds of Africa – album; Gustavo Dudamel conducting Simón Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela – Arturo Márquez, “Conga del Fuego,” Discoveries – album; John Beasley & Monk’estra, “Work,” John Beasley presents Monk’estra vol. 2 – album.

Shawn Khalifa had a whole lot more to say about his transition to academia and the world beyond. Have a listen.

The State of Nursing Home Care in the U.S.

Dr. Dana Mukamel, economist and UCI professor of medicine, will talk about her findings in the Health Services Research journal published Dec 2023, in collaboration with Heather Ladd, Debra Saliba, and Tamara Konextzka; all of who whom have found that not just adding staff, but specialized training and a more stable labor will improve outcomes in American nursing home care, including dementia care. One of the resources that she particularly found useful for listeners to reference is the Quality Care Compare resource:

Music credits: Chimora, “Africano Americano,” Sounds of Africa – album; #17 Wilhelm Peterson-Berger composer, “Gratulation,” Nordic Piano Favorites – album.

Applying to Schools in the Post-Dobbs Era; Girls Just Wanna Have Health

Today our guests for the full hour are three young women applying to colleges and universities in what we’re referring to as the post “Dobbs” era, where abortion and reproductive healthcare are highly restricted if not effectively banned in seventeen states. Offering their personal reflections, choices, and experiences as higher education applicants in this moment are: University High School senior Camryn Cummings, applying to undergraduate programs; and UCI alumna Kimberly Martinez and UCI undergraduate Kalisse Ajlouny, both of whom are applying for advanced degrees.

Music credits: Chimora, “Africano Americano,” Sounds of Africa – album; Miki Yamanaka, “March,” 29 seconds in, Human Dust Suite – album.

World Affairs Council of OC AND Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet

Today our guests cover the world in two different ways, two different constructs. We start with Richard Downie, President and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Orange County, talking about the forums and mentoring that his local chapter offers the community. He surveys some highlights and moves into what they’ve got planned for 2024. In the second segment (approx. minute 30:00) Alonzo King Co-Founder, Artistic Director and Choreographer of LINES Ballet, raises the fundamentals of life and creativity, in advance of his San Francisco company performing Jan 20th, 7:30 p..m., at Segerstrom Hall. Details about the performance are available at:

Music credits: Chimora, “Africano Americano,” Sounds of Africa – album; Aaron Lington Quartet performing Robert Nelson’s Concerto for Baritone Saxophone and Orchestra, “III allegro,” Secondary Impressions – album; Wayne Shorter Quartet, “Zero Gravity,” Beyond the Sound Barrier – album.

Climate Action Campaign Considers Irvine City Council Biz

For the larger share of the hour is Climate Action Campaign policy director, Ayn Craciun. She talks about local public works, public advocacy, and public office aspirations. Of interest are: the redirection of Orange County Power Authority (OCPA); warehouses in the land-use mix; the single use plastics non-ban; and the CA March 5th Primary ballot down ticket item-the Irvine City Charter amendment.

NOTE: The California State Auditor’s 2-28-23 report pertaining to the OCPA is available here: The CA Energy Commission is an entity under the CA Natural Resources Agency, the director of whom is appointed by the governor of California.

Music credits: Chimora, “Africano Americano,” Sounds of Africa – album; a tba jazz track; and Teodross Avery, “Teo,” Harlem Stories: The Music of Thelonius Monk – album.