Blue U AND Class of 2021

It’s an all Anteater show. First UCI professor Kathleen Treseder is preparing to be a city council candidate, this is now our third look under her hood of a formative career. In the second segment (minute 29:24), KUCI music director Kate Davidson will deliver AAL’s second annual Anteater commencement address and talk about her where business and radio background will be taking her.
Music credits: Greg Foat, “Symphonie Pacifique;” Volebeats, “Desert Song,” Solitude – album; Adam Patrick Jones performs, “Pomp and Circumstance”.

Forming Student Leaders in the OC

My guest for the full hour is Petra Davis-Johnson, Las Flores Middle School teacher, recently awarded the 2021 Nat’l Middle Level Student Council Warren E Shull Middle Level Adviser of the Year, by the National Student Council. Like all educators she has much to take stock of, maybe she has even a bit more.
Music credits: Greg Foat, “Symphonie Pacifique;” Jaga the Jazzist “The Shrine,” Pyramid – album.

Plastics, Still More Plastics

Returning to “Digging Out,” this time together, are Andrea León Grossmann CA director of Azul, and John Hocevar Oceans Campaign Manager for Greenpeace USA. They knit together massive campaigns on the state and national levels, leading now with addressing California’s contribution to plastic waste that is exported to countries with weak labor standards and few environmental protections.
Music credits: The Comet is Coming, “New Age,” Channel The Spirits- album; Forest Swords, “Panic,” Panic- album.

Ethnic Studies Delivers AND Districted Elections in Irvine

In the first segment, UCI School of Education Professor Emily Penner, recently awarded as a William T Grant Scholar, brings a cool, informed head into the OC and national lab of teaching ethnic studies at the high school level.
In the second segment (minute 37:16), Joshua Block of Associated Students of UCI and Branda Lin of Irvine Watchdog, explore the possibilities in districted-elections in the City of Irvine. Listeners resources for building your own municipal district maps include: Dave’s Redistricting App, Common Cause CA, and DistrictR.
Music credits: Greg Foat, “Symphonie Pacifique;” Nikitch & Kuna Maze, “Francis’ Theme,” Francis’ Theme Album, Beoga, “Aurora II,” Carousel – album.

Public Health Lane Part 2

This week we continue to work very hard the public health lane metaphor in Part 2 of my conversation with Vinu Ilakkuvan, founder and principal consultant of PoP Health.
Music credits: The Comet is Coming, “New Age,” Channel the Spirits; Gershwin Piano Quartet plays “American in Paris” by George Gershwin.

More on Women and Water and management Woes at MWD

As the story continues to develop since the 3/16/21 show on the Metropolitan Water District, we resume coverage of workplace culture oversight with: Ellen Mackey, Senior Ecologist and MWD’s AFSCME union women’s caucus; and Gina Chavez, MWD water pump plant mechanic. We add organizational cronyism to your vocabulary and a whole lot of grit in this update. Investigative pieces by Adam Elmahrek warrants a look-over:,
Music credits: Greg Foat, “Symphonie Pacifique;” Muito Kaballa, “Tin Tin,” Everything is Broke – album

Public Health Lane Part 1

Vinu Ilakkuvan, founder and principal consultant of PoP Health, is the public health professional for the moment to consider who belongs and who doesn’t belong in the public health policy lane. Given the messy traffic there, this first of two parts offers a better idea of where to yield and where to pass the detritus on the road.
Music credits: The Comet is Coming, “New Age;” Chemtrails, “Born in it’s Image” Cuckoo Spit EP.

“Gerrymandering the States”

Political scientists: Alex Keena (Virginia Commonwealth University), and Charles Anthony Smith (U. C. Irvine), discern the political seismic map shifting under our feet, in their latest book, “Gerrymandering the States; Partisanship, Race, and the Transformation of American Federalism,” available this August from Cambridge University Press. Their co-authors, unavailable for the interview, are Michael Latner (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo), and Anthony McGann (University of Strathclyde, Glasgow).
Music credits: Greg Foat, “Symphonie Pacifique;” Visioneers, “The World Is Yours,” Dirty Old Hip Hop – album.


Jacqueline Keeler, a Diné/Ihanktonwan Dakota writer and activist, returns in this Part Two coverage of her latest book: “Standoff, Standing Rock, the Bundy Movement, and the American Story of Sacred Lands.” The Bundy takeover of Oregon’s Malheur Wildlife Refuge and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s standoff against an oil pipeline in North Dakota are two sides of the same story that created America and its deep-rooted cultural conflicts. Through a compelling comparison of conflicting beliefs and legal systems, Keeler explores whether the West has really been won—and for whom. This show includes other recent work with her inestimable, broad-reaching, myth-busting, story telling.
Music credits: The Comet is Coming, “New Age,” Channel The Spirits album; Charles Lloyd, “La Llorona,” Kindred Spirits – album.

“The Problem of Alzheimer’s”

Returning to the show is Dr. Jason Karlawish, professor of medicine, medical ethics, health policy, and neurology at the University of Pennsylvania, and co- director of the Penn Memory Center. He brings his newly released book, “The Problem of Alzheimer’s; How Science, Culture, and Politics Turned A Rare Disease into a Crisis and What We Can Do About It.” It is a history, a manual, a call to action, and potential for a play; all in one book.
Music credits: Greg Foat, “Symphonie Pacifique;” Chet Baker, “I Remember You.”