Shuffling the Race Deck on Campus: Before, During, and After

For the full hour, UCI political science professor Davin Phoenix returns to the show, for another good hard look at identity politics, the role of privilege leading up and into the college admissions process, and under-represented minorities’ success in higher education and general civic engagement. Along the way he takes stock of the late John Singleton’s breakout cinematic contributions.

Municipal Foreign Policy Poised to Save the Planet

We devote the whole hour to Ben Leffel, UCI PhD candidate in Sociology, Kugelman Citizen Peacebuilding Research fellow, and co-creator of the Center for Innovative Diplomacy digital archive. He talks about the 30 year old legacy of municipal foreign policy that began here in Irvine, as well as his work with ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability an important, international strategic alliance. The archive can be accessed at :http://escholarship.org/uc/uci_cid and details about the ICLEI at: https://www.iclei.org/. For those interested in details about the 4/28/19 CA Redistricting Commission public information forum at the Fullerton Police Department go to: http://shapecaliforniasfuture.auditor.ca.gov/

Climate Action Hits The Road Again AND The Central Park Five Voiced in Opera

Before he heads out on his West Coast Climate Action road tour, Shahir Masri weigsh in about the climate initiatives moving through Congress. He’ll pack copies of his book, Beyond Debate: Answers to 50 Misconceptions on Climate Change. Have a peek of the tour and other progress at: https://www.shahirmasri.com/on-the-road-for-climate-action.html

In the second segment (minute 27:25), performer, teacher, and activist, Dr. Derrell Acon talks about his singing role in the Long Beach Opera world premier of The Central Park Five by Anthony Davis. In addition, he talks about the LBO’s companion justice-themed lectures during this season. Details are available at: https://www.longbeachopera.org/the-season/2019-season.

A Poseidon Proposition AND Science Meets Message

Joe Geever, of Residents for Responsible Desalination, provides an activist’s tutorial on all those desalination plants in place or proposed along the California Coast.  Follow their progress at:http://r4rd.org. Psssst, there’s lots of moving targets.

In the second segment (min 31:54), for our consideration is UCI School of Engineering Ph.D. candidate, Kimberly Duong with the anatomy of a researcher and a spokesperson. To bend an old adage: Water issues everywhere and not a moment to squander. 

CA Redistricting Commission Applicants, Start Your Engines AND The Wayward Artist 2nd Season is Here

We hear from CA Auditor’s Office, Margarita Fernández, Chief of Public Affairs and Quality Assurance and member of the executive management team for the California State Auditor’s Office. Her agency is tasked with overseeing the CA citizen redistricting process.  This program suits up everyone for participating in that process, including the public meeting in Irvine April 7th, 12:30-2:20 p.m. at the Duck Club. Follow the process at: http://shapecaliforniasfuture.auditor.ca.gov/ .

In the second segment (minute, 30:27), Craig Tyrl, artistic director of Wayward Artist, lifts the curatin about his troupe’s second season opening April 12th, inside the Grand Central Art Center, in Santa Ana. Details for this robust season are available at:   http://www.thewaywardartist.org/.

Bridge Building in These Times

In these times, for those hungering for a bit more intellectual honesty and some nuance along the Muslim-Jewish divide, along the Whitebread-Other divide; we hear from two distinguished leaders in the LA metropolis. First is Dr. Ahmed Soboh, Chairman of the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California. In the second segment (minute 30:22) is Aziza Hasan, executive director of NewGround, a Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change, based in Los Angeles. Having lived lives of bridge building, in some unassuming and some very privileged settings, both individually make their best cases for crossing particular divides-goodness willing. The public has ample opportunity to visit and engage with these centers to practice something essential.

Under the Costa Mesa City Council Hood AND Self-Help Graphics Live at Laguna Art Museum

Costa Mesa City Council Member Arlis Reynolds posts us on how Costa Mesa is governing; attending to their regional share of emergency housing, among other things getting done on that council. 

In the second segment (min 31:05) we check out what’s on those walls at the Laguna Art Museum, the intentional and irrepressible work from Self-Help Graphics; with Victor Viesca, CAL State LA professor of liberal studies, and Marinta Skupin, Curator of Education at the Laguna Art Museum. Details about the exhibit that continues through May 27th, and special events are available at: https://lagunaartmuseum.org/.

Environmental Justice in the Coastal Zone AND Girls STEAM Conference at UCI

On the heels of the CA Coastal Commission’s recent adoption of a sweeping new environmental justice policy, Andrea Leon-Grossman, LA Deputy Director of AZUL takes up the impact of this and other policies in the coastal domain. More information is available at: http://azul.org/en/ and http://www.protectplayanow.org

In the second segment (minute 25:12), Danielle Watt and Jacques Bordeaux post us on the upcoming Girls in STEAM Conference on April 27th, 9:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at UCI. Information about reservations due by April 1st is available at the Girls in STEAM Conference website/http://www.castl.uci.edu/node/1031dwatt@uci.edu, or 949-824-9473.

Meet OC Board of Supervisor 3rd Dist.Candidate Katherine Daigle AND “Parliament Square” Live at UCI

We hear from Katherine Daigle, one last candidate for the 3rd District seat County Board of Supervisor 3/12/19 special election. Details available at: https://www.ocvote.com/.

In the second segment (minute 29:20), award winning playwright James Fritz dials in from London about his play being staged on campus, “Parliament Square.” UCI theater professor Jane Page is directing; the play will be performed at the CTSA xMPL, March 9th through March 17. Fritz will be appearing at talk backs on 3/13,14,15. Tickets are available at: http://www.arts.uci.edu/event/parliament-square , 949-824-2787, or at the School’s box office.

Meet OC Dist. 3 Board of Supervisor Candidates: Deborah Pauly And Kris Murray

We hear from two more candidates in the lead up to the 3/12 special election to fill the seat for Orange County Board of Supervisors 3rd District: former Villa Park Council Member Deborah Pauly; and (at minute 29:20) former Anaheim City Council Member Kris Murray. Information about the special election is available at the Orange County Registrar of Voters,https://ocvote.com/.