COVID-19 In the U.S., Just Before Labor Day

Today, over the full hour, we get another installment from UCI epidemiologist Andrew Noymer, who offers his inestimable insights about the COVID-19 pandemic. Surging and spreading trends, vaccines, and testing, are in the mix. At the close, Noymer notes the work of Gina Neff regarding the impacts of self-tracking on privacy.
In a separate podcast, posted on this same day, is an extended interview on how excess deaths could be attributed to COVID-19.

Music credits: Greg Foat “Symhonie Pacifique;” and VNV Nation, “Lights Go Out,” Noire album.

http://www.kuci.org/podcastfiles/984/NoymerPod9-8-20.mp3

The Workplace During the Pandemic AND Families Forward Presses Through COVID-19

In the first segment, employment law attorney Teresa McQueen walks us through the complexities of pandemic conditions, and protections at the workplace as rescue packages are being implemented.

In the second segment (minute 27:50), Madelynn Hirneise, CEO of Families Forward returns to the show with updates, as families’ needs surge, this far into the pandemic. Details about their 8/28 Gala and their 8/15th and future food drives are available at: https://www.families-forward.org.

Music credits: Greg Foat, “Symphonie Pacifique”; Eliot Lipp, “Not Quite Awake,” Skywave album; Emanicpator, “ Labyrinth,” Mountain of Memory album.

Election Meltdown 2020 AND Contact Tracing Behind the Orange Curtain

Returning to the show is UCI law professor and election law expert, Rick Hasen, with his most recent book, one written for these fraught times, Election Meltdown: Dirty Tricks, Distrust, and the Threat to American Democracy, published by Yale University Press.

In the second segment (minute 33:20) we hear from UCI public health professor Daniel Parker about the tools that the Orange County Health Care Agency and he will use to launch contact tracing for COVID-19.

Music credits: Greg Foat “Symphonie Pacifique;” Sean Jones, “Lift Every Voice;” and Nightnoise, “At The Races.”

http://www.kuci.org/podcastfiles/984/HasenParkerPod7-28-20.mp3

American Healthcare in the ER

For the full hour we hear from healthcare activist and retired emergency room physician Dr. Bill Honigman. Dr. Bill has lots of healthcare policy, and many intersections, to get off his chest as we go into political convention season in the middle of a pandemic. Music credit: Adrian Younge, Ali Shaheed Muhammad – Apocalíptico feat. Azymuth

http://www.kuci.org/podcastfiles/984/HonigmanPOD7-21-20.mp3

Americans United for the Separation of Church and State AND UNITE HERE Local 11’s Moments with The Mouse

Stephanie Campbell, local maven serving on many grassroots’ boards presents the sustained efforts of the national and local chapters of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. She offers as well, the hefty roster of speakers lined up from now into the fall, at the Orange County chapter.

In the second segment (minute 29:08), I speak with UNITE HERE Local 11 organizer Austin Lynch about Anaheim workers’ public health, making the case to city, county, and state leaders to delay the opening of the Happiest Place on Earth. http://www.kuci.org/podcastfiles/984/CampbellLynchPod7-7-20.mp3

Disparities, Zipcodes, Pandemics in STEM and Urban Planning

We follow Danielle Watt from her stellar STEM outreach work at UCI physical sciences to the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. While continuing to say lots about how zip codes matter, she’s got news from her own zip code which has seen a lot this last month. In the second segment (min 30:40), UCI Urban professor Scott Bollens also returns to the show. He examines the manner in which urban planning education and practice bakes into the system considerable inequalities.
Each of these interviews has extended portions available in separate podcasts. http://www.kuci.org/podcastfiles/984/WattBollensPod16-30-20.mp3