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Inquiring Minds Wanna Hear.

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Inquiring Minds Wanna Hear.




Changing History's Lense AND Using Less When You "Bring Your Own"

Marie Benedict, author of The Other Einstein, has a new book out Carnegies’ Maid; both books of which cover consequential, yet unsung roles, in historical fiction for these times. Ms. Benedict continues to write new pieces on the next women to be rediscovered and recognized, all published by Sourcebooks Landmark. In the second segment, Julie Darrell, of Bring Your Own Long Beach (BYOLongBeach), takes on our consumption assumptions helping us pare down waste we’re so good at generating! Her...

Duration: 00:53:16

Students Talking Science Truth To Power

The full hour is devoted to UCI’s Science Policy Group; Richard Prince, Christie Mortales, and Terra White; accompanied by fellow activists Alex McDonald and Nick Paganini, an entirely revved up group of STEM graduate students, and graduate student turned professional - who refuse to take the current political status quo sitting down as they promote science policy literacy amongst their members. Listeners, including STEAM students, will be invited to join in the special and ongoing events...

Duration: 00:53:57

Jerusalem Examined

UCI School of Social Ecology urban sudies professor Scott Bollens, for the full hour, offers a full consideration of what is taking place in and around Jerusalem. He brings nuance and laser like focus on the facts in the ground around this divided city, up to and during the time of the White House's recent proposal to designate Jerusalem as the capitl of Israel. His latest book, "Trajectories of Conbflict and Peace: Jerusalem and Belfast Since 1994," comes fresh off the Routledge Press...

Duration: 00:55:46

North Korea Today AND Refugee Students Scholarship Program

UCI Professor Bob Uriu, steps up with his political science heft to take on the surreal and consequential ordeal that are US/North Korea relations. For the second segment, working in a few room at the Inn themes, UCI senior Iman Siddiqi, presents the Refugee Students Scholarship Program, which she has founded from whole cloth. Information is available at: Stay tuned for Refugee Awareness Week on UCI's main campus Jan. 16-19 2018.

Duration: 00:52:48

State Colleges and Universities Score Big AND See Jane Go, Hail Yes

George Mehaffy, the Vice President for Academic Leadership and Change at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities reviews the state of state colleges and universities-with an eye particularly on the CAL State system; and consider the benefits individual and societal, when first generation and low income students board the degree-completed train. Then, speaking of going places, in the second segment CEO of SeeJaneGo, Cassandra Miller rolls out a proposition in getting the...

Duration: 00:50:45

Boardsplaining in the US AND "Brunch is Hell"

UCI Merage School of Business Professor Margarethe Wiersema brings her strategic management expertise to focus on gender diversity in the board room; how US companies compare with companies around the world; and the opportunity costs incurred. In the second segment (min 34:14), on the first day of their book tour, the "Dinner Party Download" duo Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newnam offer a hospitality manual for our time: "Brunch Is Hell; How To Save The World By Throwing A Dinner...

Duration: 00:57:02

Three PhDs Walk into a Congressional Office AND "Intimate Apparel"

UCI Professors Steve Allison and Kev Abazajian report on their recent visit to 45th Dist. Congresswoman Mimi Walters’ office. In addition, Steve offers glimpses into a special forum to be convened on May 30, 2018, "Climate Solutions Summit,” in which Walters’ office's participation is anticipated. Organizations that they refer to as engaging local activism include: OC for Climate Action, Citizens Climate Lobby, and Climatepedia. In the second segment (min 31:27), Claire Trevor School of...

Duration: 00:52:22

COP23 in Bonn AND Pushing Back at the Office

Aaron Strong, University of Maine Professor of coastal and marine policy, offers an insider's perspective of what transpired at the UN climate summit known as COP23 earlier this month in Bonn, Germany. "We Are Still" is a response to the White House's lack of leadership in addressing catastrophic climate trends. In details are available at In the second segment (min 39:00), with sexual predation on everyone's radar, body...

Duration: 00:54:47

Is There Life After Birth?" AND "Oceans & Flames"

Looking under a number of women’s hoods, this show begins with UCI MFA director candidate Melissa Livingston about her play “Is There Life After Birth?” This production focuses on the life of the teenage mother, and draws, in part, on the director’s own experiences. The play will run from Nov. 17- Nov 18, on and off campus respectively. Information about these performances is available at: In the second segment, (min...

Duration: 00:52:49

The Present is Plastics AND Irvine's General Plan Update

Two brand new enterprises known as BottleRocket and Closed Loop Plastics are keeping track of, and paring down the waste stream of those polymers that most of you use without even thinking. These titans are recent UCI graduates: CEO Will Amos of Closed Loop Plastics, and Brian Leung COO of BottleRocket. In the second segment, Irvine City Principal Planner Bill Jacobs presents the update on Irvine’s city’s General plan - what goes in the ground where you live, matters folks. We will cover...

Duration: 00:54:37

Mother Earth Is One Hot Momma

It’s Halloween, and what can be more unnerving than the non-fiction served up today? Extreme heat and your health; it’s lethal folks. Last week the Natural Resources Defense Council rolled out their report addressing the huge number of Americans suffering from the toll of extreme heat days. Today's guest is a major contributor to the report, Dr. Kim Knowlton, Senior Scientist and deputy director of the NRDC Science Center. Resources for more information...

Duration: 00:28:57

Anaheim's Sustainability Picture AND "Our H20use" at Solar Decathlon 2017

On the heels of Sustain OC’s rousing 8th annual Conference and Expo, Anaheim Council Member and Orange County Council of Governments, Kris Murray talks about her work with Sustain OC and what her involvement there brings to municipal governance. From civic engagement in sustainability she then offers a civic lesson about Anaheim's brand new districts after their 159 history of an at large system. In the second segment, Geoffrey (AKA Django) Mangalam has many reveals after competing in his...

Bears Ears Sets The Table AND The ICE Pick in OC

Documentary filmmaker Angelo Baca returns to the show on the topic of Native American food sovereignty, along with an update on the Bears Ears National Monument. Watch In the second segment (min 30:35), Patrick Michels reporter with Reveal/Center for Investigative Reporting, brings his definitive account of Orange County's complicated history with immigrant detentions. OC residents: Theo Lacy Jail is in a league of its own nationally. Read his enire article at:...

Duration: 00:54:42

Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Venn Diagram AND Climate Changes, Costs, and Still More Plastic

Political commentator and author, Charles Sykes will take a break from mainstream media and visit college radio to talk about his new book How the Right Lost Its Mind, published by St. Martin's Press. How will the left vs right political Venn diagram look when we’re done? Then in the second segment Min 36:00), climate scientist and blogger Shahir Masri will resume where we left off two weeks ago about climate science: “Eaarth” Bill McKibben’s re-considering the planet in its current state;...


The full hour is devoted to Oscar Teran, Director of the DREAM Center at UCI’s Center for Educational Partnerships. The current status of Deferred Action for Child Arrivals/DACA, and all the functions that the DREAM Center offers, demands our full attention. This is an administrative coverage, the politics of this program are saved for another program with other guests who have appeared previously on Ask A Leader. Information for upcoming events is available at:...

Duration: 00:53:22

Amazon's A Knockin' AND Teachable Moments Amidst These Storms

LA Times business columnist and author Michael Hiltzik will join us once again, bringing his inestimable insights about the headwinds that our Irvine faces toward negotiating a deal with Amazon for the firm’s second campus to be located right here. He will cover the project, the pressure, the parties, the package, the properties, the pander, the process, and the picture - as Irvine officials beat back the competition nationwide. Then in the second half, UCI environmental researcher Shahir...

Duration: 00:48:09

" 28th Annual Alzheimer's Conference: "Elephant in the Room" AND "Personal Stereo"

Chelsea Cox, Associate Director of Education at UCI MIND, will cover this week’s ambitious Alzheimers’ conference and it’s ground-breaking theme: “The Elephant in the Room, Sensitive Subject in Dementia Care.” Space is always available for last minute enrollees; register on line at: or call 949-757-3721. The second guest will be UCI Writer In Residence, Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow with her new book entitled "Personal Stereo," published by Bloomsbury. In...

Calle Cuarto in Santa Ana AND

Claudia Arellanes, family business owner and treasurer of the Santa Ana Business Council takes us behind the scenes, and offers a long view of what makes downtown Santa Ana so vibrant. And speaking of scenes, playwright Rachel Bonds, talks about the wonders in her world premiere play Curve of Departure which will be performed at the Argyros Theater at the So Coast Rep. Sept. 24-Oct. 15 at Costa Mesa’s Performing Arts Center. Need a few tickets or some information, call 714-708-5555 or go...

Duration: 00:49:48

Refugees Welcome Guidebook Now Available AND OC Models Stormwater Low Impact Management

Monica Curca returns to the show, this time bringing her "Refugees Welcome Guide," fresh off the press, a beautiful and remarkable piece of work. For those unaware of what refugees are enduring, each section of this guide is pause for thought among us who are already settled. Follow Refugees Welcome's progress, contribute valuable resources, and order a copy of the guide by contacting this guest at: In the second half (min 32:12), Dr. Jian Peng, Chief of Water...

Duration: 00:50:06

Houston Is Our Backyard AND Progressive Muslims in Our Front Yard

While Mother Earth burns, churns, and floods, local Citizen Climate Lobby chapter founders Mark Tabbert and Virginia Bernal bring to the show the fruits of their focused work on Capital Hill and in local Congressional districts. Ways to get involved are posted at: In the second half, Ani Zonneveld, founder and president of Muslims for Progressive Values offers extensive experience in what makes a political forum perform or not perform. More information...

Duration: 00:53:16

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