Moms For Liberating Ukraine

My guest for the full hour is Paige Barrows, a fully-immersed volunteer bringing humanitarian aide to Ukraine. Her commitment to Ukraine stems from her service as a Peace Corps worker in Ukraine 2010-2012. She talks about her activities both stateside as well as in Ukraine since the full invasion by Russia in 2022. Her latest trip was to Bucha, Irpin, and multiple locations along the from line in April 2024. She is the first non-Ukrainian to speak about this war on our show.

Here are her handle and links promised in the broadcast: @paigeinkansas; https://www.swufoundation.org/;https://renegaderelief.org/; https://americancoalitionforukraine.org/

Music credits: Chimora, “Africano Americano,” Sounds of Africa – album; and Parfeniuk Vsevolod Zaderatsky’s Preludes and Fugues in a minor, performed by Irma Klimenko.

http://www.kuci.org/podcastfiles/984/Barrows7-9-24.mp3

PFAS: Forever and Everywhere Chemicals

Returning to the show for the full hour is Scott Bartell, UCI Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health. He brings us all the way up to speed on the forever chemicals, those PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances). Good news, more people are finally aware of them – bad news, industry is interfering in their regulation. Well, the bad news got worse last Friday with the SCOTUS rollback of the Chevron doctrine. It is time to rename Project 2025 to Project 2024, with PFAS at the intersection of this overhaul of the administrative state.

Links that advance the coverage include: https://www.propublica.org/article/3m-forever-chemicals-pfas-pfos-inside-story; https://silentspring.org/project/pfas-reach; https://www.nature.com/articles/s41370-018-0109-y; https://www.oralhealthgroup.com/news/ada-statement-on-study-involving-dental-floss-1003939091/; and https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30671781/.

Music credits: Chimora, “Africano Americano,” Sounds of Africa – album; Sham Family, “This Blue Mob,” sinlge.

http://www.kuci.org/podcastfiles/984/Bartell7-2-24.mp3

Tales From Two Cities By Two Phenomenal Story Tellers

Our guests are two highly acclaimed story tellers offering new books for summer reading or anytime of the year reading, bringing big city life to their plots. In the first segment is Curtis Chin, co-founder of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, filmmaker, and author. He talks about his highly intersectional memoir Everything I Learned I Learned in a Chinese Restaurant, published by Little Brown and Company. In the second segment (minute 34:04) is George Pelecanos, author, screenwriter, essayist, television writer/producer, who bring a dog’s perspetive in his novella BUSTER: A Dog, published by Akashic Books.

Music credits: Chimora, “Africano Americano,” Sounds of Africa – album; Sly5th Ave, “Pour it Up,” Composite EP; Black Disco, “Night Express,” Night Express – album. That’s a wrap for African American Music Appreciation Month!

http://www.kuci.org/podcastfiles/984/ChinPelecanos6-25-24.mp3

A Shakedown of the Metropolitan Water District’s Priorities

My guests for the full hour are two water activists who’ve been monitoring consequential infrastructure decisions over the decades: Sierra Club Water Committee Chair and Vice Chair of Environmental and Social Justice Charming Evelyn; and Conner Everts, Executive Director of the Southern California Watershed Alliance and facilitator of the Environmental Water Caucus. They attend innumerable water board meetings so that you and I don’t have to! Today’s focus is on some Metropolitan Water District board of directors’ maneuvering to oust the forward thinking general manager Adel Hagekhalil. Charming ad Conner connect the dots between this power struggle and the Newsom administration’s top priority – the $20+ billion Delta Tunnel project. Actually we learn it’s more like $38 billion, not counting the much anticipated cost over-runs.

Music credits: Chimora, “Africano Americano,” Sounds of Africa – album; Bill Beach, “Aqua De Beber,” Letting Go – album.

http://www.kuci.org/podcastfiles/984/EvelynEverts6-18-24.mp3

“Spirit Possession” Comes To OCCCA AND More Lanes Won’t Save Us

Today our first guests are Thomas Fynn and Tom Lamb, collaborating photographers bring “Spirit Possession a Celebration of Ghanaian Faces, African Culture and Heritage.” This exhibition continues through June 29th at OCCCA. Juneteenth commemorations are scheduled at this venue as well as at the Laguna Beach Cultural Art Center.

In the second segment (minute 30:17) we hear from Susan Handy U.C. Davis professor of environmental science who researches the relationships between transportation and land use to talk about how freeway expansions don’t work. An extended portion of her interview is available on this same day.

Music credits: Chimora, “Africano Americano,” Sounds of Africa – album; Hyskuul Band Gh Enoch Owuraku; Kamasi Washington, “Change of the Guard,” The Epic – album. 

http://www.kuci.org/podcastfiles/984/FynnLambHandyPod6-11-24.mp3

The extended portion – we wrap up on topics opened in the broadcast: I-405 expansion, tollroads, comprehensive planning, and Caltrain. http://www.kuci.org/podcastfiles/984/HandyExt6-11-24.mp3

Our Neighbors and Families Forward AND A Special 2024 Commencement Exercise

Returning to the show are both guests. Madelynn Hirneise, CEO of Families Forward, speaks about her organization’s current efforts – before the holidays, well before chestnuts start roasting on the winter open fire. Housing is top of mind. She invites prospective volunteers to call 949-552-272 7 or check out: https://www.families-forward.org/volunteer-opportunities/.

In the second segment (minute 39:27), “AAL” resumes the annual tradition of having a graduating senior from the KUCI staff take stock of their UCI years; Kalisee Ajlouny takes the Class of 2024 out this year, the class that took a lot of public health and political lumps. Hit it Maestro Elgar!

Music credits: Chimora, “Africano Americano,” Sounds of Africa – album; A. Ray Fuller, “Work To Do,” The Weeper – album; Blue Claw Philharmonic, “Pomp & Circumstance,” Hip Hop Remix.

http://www.kuci.org/podcastfiles/984/HirneiseAjlouni6-4-24.mp3

Visalia Mom Scholar Graduates at UCI 2024

My guest for the full program is Michelle Story, a non-traditional student, mother of five soon to collect her diploma at UCI’s School of Social Sciences, before she pursues a graduate degree in clinical psychology at Pepperdine University. Listen to what breaking a mold sounds like as she talks about her institutional arrangements and studies at UCI after transferring from the community College of the Sequoias.

Music credits: Chimora, “Africano Americano,” Sounds of Africa – album; José Antonio Rodríguez, “El Regalo,” Adiós Muchachos – album.

http://www.kuci.org/podcastfiles/984/Story5-28-24.mp3

My guest for the full program is Michelle Story, a non-traditional student, mother of five soon to collect her diploma at UCI’s School of Social Sciences, before she pursues a graduate degree in clinical psychology. Listen to what breaking a mold sounds like as she talks about her institutional arrangements and studies at UCI after transferring from the community College of the Sequoias. Music credits: Chimora, “Africano Americano,” Sounds of Africa – album; José Antonio Rodríguez, “El Regalo,” Adiós Muchachos – album.

Continued Health Challenges Post “Dobbs”

Our featured guest is Sadaf Rahmani, the public affairs director of Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties. She speaks about the challenges of delivering reproductive health services in today’s complex regulatory framework, post SCOTUS’ “Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization” decision on June 24, 2022. With all the headwinds in which Planned Parenthood is navigating, public health trends are concerning: availability of emergency birth control methods, young adults seeking sterilization, and Fontana’s City Council imposing a moratorium on permitting a downtown Planned Parenthood care center. It is an enormously changed world since the previous public affairs director at Planned Parenthood was on this program July 30, 2019. Details for upcoming events are available: https://www.plannedparenthoodaction.org/community-action-fund-planned-parenthood-orange-and-san-bernardi.

Music credits: Chimora, “Africano Americano,” Sounds of Africa – album; Lorraine Klaasen, “Jolinkomo,” Free At Last – album; and Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, “Flight of the Cosmic Hippo,” Flight of the Cosmic Hippo – album.

http://www.kuci.org/podcastfiles/984/RahmaniPod5-21-24.mp3

“China’s Age of Abundance”

My guest for the full hour is UCI social scientist and one important demographer, Professor Wang Feng. We focus on his latest publication, especially as it helps us appreciate what China’s got to work with under current conditions. “China’s Age of Abundance; Origins, Ascendance, and Aftermath,” published by the Cambridge University Press, explores China’s rise to material wealth, current predicaments and future challenges. Demographers . . . the ones with lots of receipts.

Music credits: Chimora, “Africano Americano,” Sounds of Africa – album; and Jodi Proznick Trio, “The Moon Represents My Heart,” Jasmine Jazz collaboration at Vancouver International Jazz Festival 2022.

http://www.kuci.org/podcastfiles/984/WangFeng5-14-24Pod.mp3

Bringing All Young Voters To The Electoral Finish Line

For the full hour is Joey Forsyte, an LA based, award-winning filmmaker and visual artist. She focuses on works that build community, political awareness and activism. She is the owner of Velocity Filmworks as well as the founder and executive director of A Band of Voters. Civics is on her front burner as she works with institutions that reach out to the youngest of eligible voters: CA Student Civic and Voter Empowerment Act of 2019, the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE), and the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), to name a few. Interested parties can reach Joey et. al. by emailing them at: adoptacollege2024@gmail.com.

This is a reminder for all eligible voters to register to vote and keep confirming their registration as many primaries continue, in the run up to the 2024 general election this November 5th.

Music credits: Chimora, “Africano Americano,” Sounds of Africa – album; and Kamasi Washington, “The Magnificent,” The Epic – album.

http://www.kuci.org/podcastfiles/984/ForsytePod5-7-24.mp3