Episodes

October 15, 2021

Wildfire Arsonists: A disturbing trend ?

Three recent arson cases in Northern California's forests, during our dangerous annual wildfire season, have raised the fear that deliberately set fires are on the rise and contributing to the megafires plaguing the Golden St...

October 13, 2021

My Hometown: Liverpool, England. Talking with native son and actor Frank Cannon.

Liverpool is located 178 miles North West of London. A port and a city of colorful history, it has produced two Premier League Soccer Teams, The Beatles, countless actors and artists and has always been an immigrant melting p...

October 09, 2021

Minneapolis votes to ditch its' Police Department and Chief.

Measure 2 is on the Minneapolis ballot November 2. It would remove the Police Department and Chief from the city charter. A new Department of Public Safety would be set up driven by public health considerations. Would police ...

October 06, 2021

King Richard. Nixon and Watergate: an American Tragedy. In conversation with author Michael Dobbs.

Michael Dobbs was Moscow Bureau Chief for the Washington Post. He has written seven books. King Richard and several others deal with presidential crises. For King Richard he listened to the Nixon tapes at the presidential li...

October 01, 2021

U.S. white male life expectancy drops 2.2 years in 2020 and 2021.; 3 plus years for blacks and latinos. Why ?

Covid 19 fueled a 2.2 year decrease in US white male life expectancy and over 3 years for black and latino men. That was the largest drop in 75 years. While other Western European countries saw a drop also, the US decline was...

October 01, 2021

Mexican American Moxie: Talking with author, Professor Frank P. Barajas

The rise of the Mexican American community in California is notable in many fields. But back in the middle of the 20th Century until the 1970s, The future was littered with struggle, poverty and lack of opportunity. Frank Bar...

September 24, 2021

Men Give Up on College: We Don't Need No Education.

Male College enrolment in 2020 was 40.5% male and 59.5% female. Since the mid-1980s women have earned more bachelors degrees than men. The good news is that women have excelled in higher education. But men have become disillu...

September 22, 2021

Migrations: In conversation with author J.L. Torres

Award winning author J.L. Torres, discusses his critically acclaimed collection of short stories, Migrations. The Puerto Rican journey back and forth between the island and New York is the locus of the strong women and men h...

September 17, 2021

Newsom Recall Post Mortem: Talking with Dan Walters of CalMatters.org

The second Gubernatorial recall in California's 171 years history as a state failed. Governor Gavin Newsom handily saw off the challenge to oust him, 64% to 36%. Does his victory mean a renewed mandate to solve the state's bi...

September 16, 2021

My Hometown: Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Talking with Marcel van Walt van Praag

Amsterdam, the capital of The Netherlands, with a population of 870,000 is a cosmopolitan city known for its artistic heritage, commerce, 165 canals, and the legacy of its' 17th and 18th Century Golden Age. City resident Marc...

September 15, 2021

Christians Against Christianity: How Right Wing Evangelicals are destroying our Nation and our Faith. In conversation with Dr. Obery Hendricks.

The Evangelical Right has played a prominent role ensuring its agenda is part of the national debate especially during the presidential elections of 2016 and 2020. But is that agenda soundly based in scripture as they would h...

September 14, 2021

The Eve of the California Recall Election: In conversation with Professor David McCuan

The second recall election of a California Governor in 171 years of statehood takes place tomorrow, Tuesday September 14. The polls are predicting a landslide victory for Gavin Newsom. But the seasoned political scientist Pro...

September 10, 2021

Escape to the Stars: Talking with author Mark T. Sneed

Escape to the Stars is a work of science fiction, but with an African American protagonist and hero. All too often the science fiction genre and space travel/adventure stories leave out people of color, and author Mark Sneed ...

September 09, 2021

Gavin Newsom's handling of Covid is both an advantage and a liability in the Recall. Talking with Kaiser Health News journalist Angela Hart.

While the Governor's management of California's response to the Covid pandemic has been an issue in the Recall, he has earned praise and criticism. Angela Hart frames the issues around his handling of Covid and further previe...

September 02, 2021

The California Recall Update: Talking with Alexei Koseff, State Capitol Reporter for The San Francisco Chronicle

With less than two weeks left before the historic Recall Election of Governor Gavin Newsom, the tide of opinion polls seems to be turning in his favor. But are there potential minefield issues like raging wildfires and increa...

September 02, 2021

Tonga: Memoir of a Peace Corps Volunteer. In conversation with Tina Martin.

Tina Martin joined the Peace Corps in 1969 and served for two years in Tonga, a Polynesian Kingdom in the South Pacific. At times funny and other times moving, she learned the language and lived like a Tongan in a hut teachin...

August 30, 2021

And the world's most liveable city is...........

The Economist Intelligence Unit has recently published The Global Liveability Index which ranks the top cities in the world by five criteria, Stability, Healthcare, Culture and Environment, Education and Infrastructure. It i...

August 27, 2021

Station: In conversation with author Jarrett Brandon Early.

In his debut novel - which is an ambitious trilogy - Jarrett has written a work about life's second chances. But a second chance is not always guaranteed to be better than your first chance: it all depends what you make of i...

August 26, 2021

Newsom Recall Election: In conversation with Laurel Rosenhall, political reporter with CalMatters

The special recall election of Governor Gavin Newsom is scheduled for September 14, less than three weeks away. The polls are close and the campaigns are moving into high gear. Lauren Rosenhall gives us her perspective on the...

August 25, 2021

My Hometown: Cork, Ireland, Talking to Conor Healy, CEO of the Cork Chamber of Commerce.

Cork is Ireland's second city, located in the South West quadrant of the country and close to the Atlantic Ocean. Its a vibrant city with a strong identity, thriving economy, two world class universities and an innovative art...

August 23, 2021

My Hometown: Santander, Spain. Talking to Alfredo Casuso

Santander, located on Spain's North Coast, is a center of finance, industry, culture, tourism and agriculture. Santander native Alfredo Casuso takes us on a tour of this beautiful seaside city. --- Send in a voice message:...

August 21, 2021

Newsom's Recall: Opinion Polls and Issues.

Newsom has a razor thin lead of 1.2% in the Recall race based on an average of polls according to 538.org. At the same time, the Covid Delta surge is reminding voters - Hispanics in particular - how devastating the 2020 lockd...

August 17, 2021

My Hometown: Orvieto, Italy, Talking to David Perry

Located 78 miles North of Rome, Orvieto is9 in the Umbria Region. Rich in history and culture, David Perry was inspired to situate his critically acclaimed novel and thriller, Upon this Rock, in this beautiful hilltop city....

August 12, 2021

The Retreat: Talking to author Elisabeth de Mariaffi

A closed circle mystery set in the Canadian Rockies as an early Winter sets in, Maeve Martin has come to this mountain top artists' retreat center to focus on the next chapter of her career. At 34 being a lead dancer is fadin...