Returning to the show, this time together, are: Dr. Ara Apkarian, UCI Distinguished Professor of Chemistry; and Dr. Kev Abazajian, Professor of Physics & Astronomy and the Director of the Center for Cosmology at UCI. Ara and Kev have a lot on their minds with the geopolitics taking place, from the campus to the Caucasus. They speak truth to power – a tale of two University of California chancellors weighing in on international catastrophes. Then on to the remarkable gesture of the recent visit of former member of the Turkish Parliament, Garo Paylan, whose laps around Southern California this month, included one right here in Irvine. Mr. Paylan, among one the few Armenians elected to the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, has been speaking about levers within the grasp of Armenians around the world. This program considers his points as well as his broader audience, amidst the staggering incidences of genocide, globally. Listeners are directed to additional sources for information and action: https://anca.org/ and https://www.armenian-assembly.org/ (nationally); and https://www.instagram.com/uciasa/?hl=en (locally).
Note: the host erred in not including the title emblazoned on the encased partially burned tapers taken from various churches being overtaken in Artsakh in the fall of 2020. The title is “Piece of My Heart.”
Music credits: Chimora, “Africano Americano,” Sounds of Africa – album; Vahagn Hayrapetyan Trio, “Yes Kez Siretsi,” – live at the Tsitsernakabert.
UCI political science professor Matthew Beckmann returns to talk about the impossible job of the American presidency amidst legislative currents, some of which flow right up to a bluff. Watch next summer for his latest book: “The President’s Day; Every Day Work in an Impossible Job.” In the second segment (approx. minute 37:00) is playwright and director Octavio Solis, with his play now being performed at the South Coast Repertory, “Quixote Nuevo.” The show runs now til Oct 28th at Segerstrom Theater at Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts in Costa Mesa. The Rep is in a celebratory mood; this richly re-told story of a classic is a fitting performance to herald their 60th season.
Music credits: Chimora, “Africano Americano,” Sounds of Africa – album; Las Cafeteras, “If I Was President;” David R Molina-composer and performer, “Rusting Soul I and II.”
UCI political science professor, Matthew Beckmann weighs in with our ritual examination a new presidency, at the first 100 days of the administration. Tune in for what hasn’t already been said.
In the second segment (minute 37:02) Branda Lin, co-founder of Irvine Watchdog, returns to raise locals’ civic game with more delicate issues. This time it is the recent City Council resolution on anti-Asian hate and the Council’s proposals toward expending $53 million from the American Rescue Plan Act. If you are an Irvine resident, you can still weigh in . . . https://www.cityofirvine.org/city-council or https://irvinewatchdog.org.
Music credits: Greg Foat, “Symphonie Pacifique;” Didier Rachou, “Hail to the Chief,” Uptown Uncle Sam; Sly5thAve, “Pour It Up,” Composite EP.
Rolling out UCI’s School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is the founding dean Dr. Jan Hirsch, who talks about building this institution, and the opportunities it offers researchers and students, before during and after the pandemic.
In the second segment (minute 32:39), UCI political science professor Tony Smith offers useful insight into the Joe Biden vice-presidential nominee naming sweepstakes as the parlor talk continues to heat up in advance of the announcement anticipated on 8/10/20. The extended portion of this segment is available in a separate 15 minute podcast posted on this website on this same day.
As “Ask A Leader” becomes “Ask A Neighbor,” we continue our hyper-local focus, to serve our community in the age of COVID. We hear first from atmospheric researcher and lecturer and climate activist Shahir Masri, who returns on the heels of the 50th annual commemoration of Earth Day, taking up the pandemic collision course with climate change and how Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, squares with climate policy. In the second segment (minute 36:27), Madelynn Hirneise, Chief Executive Officer of Families Forward, speaks to how her a nonprofit is meeting a multitude of needs of local families in extraordinary times. Operation notes: 8 Thomas Irvine, M-F 10am-2 pm, 949-552-2727, and https://www.families-forward.org.http://www.kuci.org/podcastfiles/984/MasriHirneisepod4-28-20.mp3