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Inquiring Minds Wanna Hear.




Expressly at San Juan Hills High AND Solitary Confinement; Michael's Story

Olivia Fu and Samantha Newman, formerly co-editors of "The Express" at San Juan Hills High School, got a little ink in a recent "New York Times" article. They make some radio waves on this program talking about sex, parents, sports, politics, and censorship. In the second segment, Michael Saavedra, former detainee at the Pelican Bay Prison, spent the last 12 years of his 19 year sentence, in solitary confinement; a study of resilience and struggle, prior to and following his release in...


Chemists Know! AND Reinvigorating OC's Needle Exchange Program

Some real fire works: UCI chemistry Professors Joonhee Lee and Ara Apkarian blow our minds with their nano, hyper nano single molecule electromechanical sensor proposition; a heady technology with consequential applications. Then in the second segment (min 30:30), Dallas Augustine and Mahan Naeim, UCI students with the Orange County Needle Exchange Program, soldier on as the Orange County Board of Supervisors and other civic leaders turn their backs on a best practice. Details are...


Your Papers Please; Applying to Remain in the US

Immigration attorney Angelita Chavez-Hakala, practicing at a Cerritos private firm Chugh LLP, speaks with experience about family based petitions, asylum, deportation defense, VAWA and DACA. Fresh from this month's American Immigration Lawyers Association convention and as the nation digests the SCOTUS ruling uphold the Muslim Travel Ban, over the full hour, she answers our wide-eyed questions about what is taking place in a very arcane, and politicized legal system.


"Notorious RBG in Song" AND Arab American Civic Council Visits D.C. and Nuance

Soprano/composer Patrice Michaels and Cedille Records founder/producer James Ginsburg take up their knowing collaboration about the Supreme Court's Ruth Bader Ginsburg, celebrated on new album - 'Notorious RBG in Song'. Follow for details on performances near you or for a listen. In the second segment (min 29:37), Rashad al Dabbagh, as a member of the Arab American Civic Council reports back on...


Ask A Voter CA 2018 Primary Election

Today the show morphs into "Ask A Voter;" our time honored ritual of piping you directly into the CA Primary election taking place. On this same day Alabama, Montana, and New Jersey are also going to the polls. Unlike the general election coverage, I won’t be hopping around the country. For the primary we’ll stay with California, asking voters about their election stories. First is KUCI Radio Intern Gloria Elena Estrada who will be the co-host. Then we’ll hear from a host of voters, each...


Meet 74th Assemblyman Matt Harper AND 48th Congressional Dist candidate Hans Keirstead

In the CA 74th Dist. Assemblyman Matt Harper, a Republican, running for reelection on the Primary Ballot, talks about state level policy. The 74th includes: Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Irvine, Laguna Beach, and Laguna Woods. n the second guest (minute 26:08), covering federal policy is Hans Keirstead, Democratic candidate in the CA 48th Congressional District, which is centered in Huntington Beach and includes coastal cities from Seal Beach to Laguna Niguel, taking in...


Meet 74th Assembly Dist Candidate Cottie Petri-Norris and CA 45th Congressional Dist Candidate Brian Forde

Sample ballots, voter pamphlets, and vote by mail ballots have all landed in our homes for the California Primary Election 6/5. The show’s first guest will be Cottie Petrie-Norris, Democratic candidate for the CA 47th Assembly District which includes this station, South Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Laguna Woods, Costa Mesa, and most of Irvine. In the second half of the show (min 25:11), in another installment in the CA 45th Congressional race, we’ll get acquainted with...


June 5th Primary Election Coverage with Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley

O C Registrar of Voters, Neal Kelley returns for his ritual primary election visit to present all that we voters are not even thinking about, including how much postage is needed to mail an absentee ballot and the cyber security of our election infrastructure. The office is located at 1300 South Grand Avenue Building C in Santa Ana; a number to call for help is 714-567-7600. Their website has useful tabs for easy of navigation, including: for early voting...

As The Korean Peninsula AND CA June 5th Primary Election Scoop

UCI political scientist Bob Uriu returns to carefully examine the tea leaves missed and newly served with the international summits on the Korean Peninsula. In the second segment (min 30:05), Orange County Registrar of Voters, Neal Kelley returns for his ritual pre-primary election visit to present all that we voters are not even thinking about, including how much postage is needed for the absentee ballot (pssst, it's 71 cents) and the cyber security of our election infrastructure. The...

Meet 45th Congressional candidates: Dave Min and Kia Hamadanchy

In the run up to California’s 6/5 primary, we continue our coverage with two more CA 45th Congressional District candidates: in the first segment, UCI law professor Dave Min; and in the second segment, (min 27:30)public policy analyst Kia Hamadanchy.


Meet 45th Cong. District candidate Katie Porter And International Conference on Learning and Memory

Katie Porter, UCI law professor, currently running as a Democrat in the CA 45th Congressional District, speaks about her candidacy. Additional candidates' interviews forthcoming on AAL! Reminder that everyone confirm their voter registration at: In the second segment (min 27:26), Michael Yassa, UCI proferssor and Director of the Center for Neurobiology of Learning and Memory International Conference on Learning and Memory to be held at this week, 4/18-4/22 at the...


Sanctuary City; Not In Some Backyards AND Mr. Khosla's Neighborhood

Tiffany Ackley, Aliso Viejo attorney and municipal candidate on this year's election ballot talks about the wave of meetings in Orange County cities about opting to join the US Dept. of Justice's lawsuit against California's SB 54 regarding sanctuary cities. Although Irvine has not scheduled a forum at this writing, the following meetings being convened are: Newport Beach 4/10, 7 p.m.; Orange 4/10, 6 p.m.; Westminster 4/11, 7 p.m.; Los Alamitos 4/16, 6 p.m.; Laguna Niguel (tentative) 4/17,...


Russia: Repress, Resist, Round-up and Repeat

Peggy Maradudin returns to the show with her inestimably hefty insight about Russia; a week after their elections, and generations into the gulag, now a forced memory camp. The whole hour is hers to ponder the nature of what Vladimir Putin inflicts upon his society and beyond.


Phyto-plankton's Global Skid Marks AND Welcome Orange County Wildlife Corridor

UCI Climate Scientist and oceanographer Keith Moore shares what his research team's leading-edge models are learning about trends with phytoplankton, the menu supporting fish populations. More details about their findings are recently published in "Science" : In the second segment, Elizabeth Brown, President of the Laguna Greenbelt, will oversee the Wildlife Corridor Project coming to fruition while honoring the 50th anniversary...


Famous Women We've Never Heard Of AND Real High School Students of OC

The first segment guests are Martha Wheelock of Wild West Women films; and Zoe Nicholson, creator and performer; both a veritable brain trust of women’s movements and women’s worth over the ages. Ms. Nicholson’s upcoming production will be staged in Long Beach on 3/30: Tea With Alice and Me. Not that Alice, but the American revolutionary Alice Paul (1885-1972). Tickets are available through Eventbrite or at The Alice Paul Institute. In the segment Charles Blek, of the OC Chapter of the...


Understanding Cannabis

UCI professor of neurobiology and anatomy, and co-director of the UCI Center for the Study of Cannabis, Dr. Daniele Piomelli, moves past the prejudices and speak to the need for fully researching the use of cannabis, now that recreational use of cannabis is legal in CA. Critical areas to be attended to are: age specific impacts of cannabis on the brain, determining the extent to which cannabis influences one’s ability to drive, and how cannabis pain management might help in dealing with...


"23/7; Pelican Bay Prison and the Rise of Long-Term Solitary Confinement"

The full hour will be devoted to Keramet Reiter, UCI professor of Criminology, Law, and Society to talk about her new book 23/7: Pelican Bay Prison and the Rise of Long-Term Solitary Confinement, published by Yale University Press. Michael Saavedra, who was detained in solitary confinement the last 10 years of his 19 year prison sentence from which he was released in 2/201, was originally scheduled to appear on this show. Once he's recovered from last night's motorcycle accident, he will...


Honoring Muslims at 2018 Celebration of Life AND Welcoming the Golden Rule at Newport Beach

On tap are two guests, each with purposeful events in the offing this coming weekend. Ani Zonneveld, founder and president of Muslim’s for Progressive Values talks about their annual "Celebration of Life" honoring and remembering: Nadia Anjuman, Xulhaz Mannan, Elham Arab, Sheikh Hamza Congera, and Numan Afifi activists whom have been dealt with for charges of blasphemy in Moslem theocracies. It will be hosted at the CBS Studio Center in LA, February 25th from 4-7 p.m. Tickets must be...


Citizens Climate Lobby: The Latest Forums and Campaigns

Kathy Orlinksy and Mark Tabbert, OC affiliates of Citizens Climate Lobby speak in advance of this week's CCL SoCal Regional conference. They also post us on campaigns as we head into the CA state primary on June 5th. Registration details for the Feb 17-18th conference at Cal State LA, are available at: Watch for UnDoYourPart campaign newly launched by CCL.


"Shrew!" Amy Freed's World Premier

Nationally renown playwright Amy Tweed talks about her world premier Shrew! that will be performed this Spring (3/24-4/21) at South Coast Repertory Theater at the Segerstrom Center in Costa Mesa. Imagine the classic written from the perspective of a 17th Century woman. Art Manke directs. Details are available at: