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Inquiring Minds Wanna Hear.

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Inquiring Minds Wanna Hear.




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

The Legacy of Liu Xiaobo in 21st Century China

The whole hour is devoted to guests Richard Madsen, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at U.C. San Diego; and Dr. Sean Lin media professional and activist. We will start with 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo, who was forbidden by his government from accepting his award, and who succumbed July 13th to liver cancer while imprisoned. His wife Liu Xia was during her husband’s detention and is currently under house arrest. Both Madsen and Lin will take up the political and cultural...

Duration: 00:55:35

Girls On The Run Orange County

Girls on the Run Orange County Board Member Amy Cook tells us how her organization is helping elementary and middle school girls develop essential skills. She has a longitudinal study fresh out to make her point(s). For upcoming events, and information about applying for board membership: Girls enrolled in the program will offer their own testimony on a future show that they will help produce. Watch in December for that program.

Duration: 00:09:58

Not Your Parents' Cruise Control AND Girls On The Run Orange County

For the main portion of the show, UCI graduate engineering students at the Advanced Power and Energy Program, Van Wifvat and Blake Lane, take the fiction out of science fiction about ground transportation; slaying some myths and posting us on what’s brewing up about net zero and self driving vehicles. More details are available, where you could spend all week, at: Correction: the earliest autonomous vehicle research was conducted on California's Interstate 15,...

Duration: 00:53:25

Two Fine Minds about Our Brains

Calling all athletes reporting for practice! Returning to the show are James Hicks UCI professor and Director at Center for Exercise Medicine and Sport Sciences; and Michael Yassa, UCI Professor of Neurobiology and Behavior, and Director of the Center for Neurobiology of Learning and Memory - take up their research along the continuum from the benefits to the hazards of exercise on brain health. Of concern are NFL bangs, the disparities of women in research trauma, and men versus women’s...

Bears Ears and Manifest Hegemony

We contemplate sacred terrain with: Angelo Baca, Native American documentary filmmaker, and Matthew Campbell, Native American staff attorney with the Native American Rights Fund, as they take up their respective and varied efforts to preserve the recently designated US National Monument in southeast Utah known as Bears Ears. They will consider who is taking from whom, following the U.S. Interior Dept.’s recent closing of its comment period over the current administration’s intentions to...

2017 California-Pacific Triennial at OCMA AND Disparaging Clauses at Work

Los Angeles artist, Beatriz Cortez and Assistant Curator Alyssa Cordova, consider what’s on view at the Orange County Museum of Art’s "2017 California Pacific Triennial, Building as Ever," on exhibit now through September 3rd. For hours, location, and upcoming events consult their website: The second segment (min 27:25) covers the latest in sexual harassment workplace issues with local employment attorney Teresa McQueen. Our focus is mainly on the intricacies of the...

Duration: 00:53:08

"Cramming for Finals" the Aulenbach Way AND Citizenship Fairs, Care of OCCORD

Reverend Dr. Bil Aulenbach offers his refreshing and affirming new book entitled, "Cramming for Finals; New Ways of Lookig at Old Church Ideas," published by Summitt Run Press. Copies of his book are available from your favorite independent book dealer or on his website: During the second segment (min 33:18), it is an opportune time to talk with Joese Hernandez, of Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development (OCOCRD), in advance of the...

Duration: 00:54:14

Cannabis Under the Political, Cultural, and Legal Microscope

UCI neurobiology and anatomy Professor Daniele Piomelli, along with UCI Law School faculty and former State Sen. Joe Dunn, take up the cutting edge of research and institution building around CA's statewide approval of the legalization of cannabis, Propositions 215 (medicinal use) and 64 (recreational use).
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