November 2017 shows


November 2nd: The Gail Project: An Okinawan-American Public History Project
The Gail Project: An Okinawan-American Dialogue is a multi-year public history project involving professors and undergraduate student researchers. As the project director, UC Santa Cruz Professor Alan Christy spoke about the extent of military occupation of Okinawa today, about Charles Eugene Gail (the namesake of the project) and about the extensive labor involved in creating a digital public history project. He explained the ways in which students played a key role as project collaborators. Alan Christy is an associate professor of history and provost of Cowell College at UC Santa Cruz.

November 9th
: It is PLEDGE drivePlease #Give2KZSC and support our work… Re-airing interview with assistant professor of Sociology Patrick Lopez-Aguado (Santa Clara University) from July 6, 2017 about his forthcoming book titled Stick Together and Come Back Home: Racial Sorting and the Spillover of Carceral Identity (University of California Press, 2018).

November 16th: No show
November 23rd: No show – Happy Holidays!

November 30th: Latino Mass Mobilization
Chris Zepeda-Millan is the author of a new book called Latino Mass Mobilization: Immigration, Racialization, and Activism (2017, Cambridge University Press). Dr. Zepeda-Millan is an assistant professor in Comparative Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley.  We discussed his book’s major findings, about his views regarding today’s political climate when it comes to immigration, and about the role of Spanish media in informing the public about anti-immigrant legislation.

September 2017 shows


September 7, 2017: Part 2 of my interview with Dr. Rebecca Hernandez Rosser, Director of UCSC American Indian Resource Center.

**See interview clip from August 24th for full interview.**

September 14, 2017: A Story About Climate Change & Forcible Displacement in Kivalina, Alaska
An interview with Dr. Christine Shearer, a Senior Researcher at CoalSwarm, an organization that is mapping and analyzing all major proposed coal projects on the globe.  Dr. Shearer is the author of Kivalina: A Climate Change Story (2011, Haymarket Press). She discusses the effects of climate change on the village of Kivalina, located in a remote area of Alaska. Dr. Shearer discusses how climate change is forcibly displacing this community that has agreed to a community relocation over 20 years ago. However, no federal resources are available to facilitate this relocation. Dr. Shearer also addresses a lawsuit filed by the village of Kivalina against 24 fossil fuel companies, which was recently dismissed.

September 21, 2017: Race, Critical Pedagogy, and Democratizing Education
An interview with Professor Zeus Leonardo of UC Berkeley’s Education Department. We discussed his research on race and pedagogy, about the challenges facing public education today, and about the differences between white privilege and white supremacy as a framework to discuss whiteness. We also discussed the events happening in the city of Berkeley and at UC Berkeley by right-wing groups seeking to disrupt the city, specifically discussing the enormous financial burden to provide security for these speakers.

September 28, 2017:
What It Means to be #FirstGeneration
An interview with Dr. Rebecca Covarrubias, Assistant Professor of Psychology at UCSC and the Director of The Culture & Achievement Collaborative. She is a first generation college student and now faculty member who helped launch UCSC’s First Generation Initiative to raise the visibility of the First Generation community at UCSC.  We discussed the cultural challenges facing First Generation students. Being a native of Phoenix, we also talked about her reaction to the presidential pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaoi of Phoenix.

July 2017 shows


July 6, 2017: Incarceration Identity & the Consequences of Racial Sorting. An interview with Sociology assistant professor Patrick Lopez-Aguado of Santa Clara University about his forthcoming book titled Stick Together and Come Back Home: Racial Sorting and the Spillover of Carceral Identity (University of California Press, 2018).  His research interests include Race and Incarceration, Juvenile Justice, Youth and Street Cultures, and Urban Ethnography and he teaches courses on the Principles of Sociology, Sociology of the Criminal Justice System, Gender and Justice, and Sociology of Deviance.

July 13 & 20, 2017: Fish Contamination in Elkhorn Slough. An interview with Fred Evenson co-founder of the Ecological Rights Foundation and Annie Beaman and Marianna Del Valle Prieto Cervantes of Our Children’s Earth Foundation about fish contamination in Monterey County’s Elkhorn Slough. We discussed which specific fishes are of concern, the petition to have a permanent fish advisory at Elkhorn Slough, and bilingual outreach efforts to the predominately local Latino/a communities who fish here to provide for their families.  This July 20th show includes a bonus segment in Spanish with Mariana Del Valle Prieto Cervantes about the impact of fish contamination on the local Latino/a fishing community.

July 27, 2017: Academic Freedom Today. An interview with Dr. David Lloyd, Distinguished Professor of English at the University of California, Riverside and Executive Committee member of California Scholars for Academic Freedom about academic freedom.  We discussed the definition of academic freedom, the work of the California Scholars of Academic Freedom, the increasing surveillance in social media about professors’ online posts, even when they are not representing their institutions. Of particular concern are scholars of Middle Eastern studies, specifically those who study Palestine and are critical of Israeli policies. Lastly, we discussed resources available for scholars who are on the receiving end of an attack on their academic freedom.

June 2017


June 6, 2017: Activism Then and Now.  An interview with distinguished professor Bettina Aptheker of Feminist Studies. She is a renowned scholar of history in areas ranging from women’s history, feminist oral history and memoir, and African American feminist history. We discussed the current political climate in the United States, about comparing and contrasting 60s/70s activism with today’s social movements including Black Lives Matter, about academic freedom, and her recent appointment as the inaugural endowed chair of the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation Presidential Chair of Feminist Studies.

June 13, 2017: Spotlight Interviews. Interview highlights featuring excerpts with Professor Vijay Prashad, a Professor of International Studies and South Asian History at Trinity College in Connecticut and a renowned journalist (air date May 2 & 9, 2017), Professor Catherine Ramirez, Director of the Chicano Latino Research Center and Associate Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at UC Santa Cruz (air date April 11, 2017), and Claudia Lopez, a PhD candidate in Sociology, with Designated Emphases in Feminist Studies and Latin American and Latino Studies, at UC Santa Cruz (air date May 16, 2017).

June 22, 2017: Meditation, Citizenship & Social Justice. An interview with Chair and Professor Dean Mathiowetz of Politics at UC Santa Cruz.  His research and teaching focus on political theory. He’s particularly interested in the forces that impede democratic participation and the everyday resources and practices that can be mobilized to overcome those impediments. He’s the author of Appeals to Interest: Language, Contestation, and the Shaping of Political Agency (2011, Penn State University Press) and numerous articles of political theory. We discussed his writing on meditation and citizenship, specifically drawing from a recent journal article called “Good-for-Nothing Practice and the Art of Paradox: The Exemplary Citizenship of Ta-Nehisi Coates.”

June 29, 2017: No show aired this day.



May 2017


May 2 & 9, 2017: Resistance.  A two-part interview with Professor Vijay Prashad, the George and Martha Kellner Chair in South Asian History and Professor of International Studies at Trinity College to discuss the role of moral outrage in this current political moment, the security of journalists, the state of mainstream media, an evaluation of the first 100 days of 45’s administration, and much more!

May 16, 2017: Forced Displacement in Colombia.  An interview with Claudia Lopez, Ph.D. candidate of Sociology at UC Santa Cruz. The interview focuses on Lopez’s dissertation research, which examines the urban resettlement and integration of rural internally displaced persons in Medellin, Colombia. Her dissertation is titled “The Life-Cycle of Forced Migration: The Lives and Politics of Rural Internally Displaced Persons in Medellín, Colombia.”

May 23, 2017: CARECEN-SF and San Francisco’s immigrant families.  An interview with Kati Barahona-López, Ph.D. candidate in the department of Sociology of UC Santa Cruz and Senior Case Manager at the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) in San Francisco. We discussed her work with CARECEN-SF where she provides immigrant families and unaccompanied minors with personalized and comprehensive case management to support their family’s well-being. We also discussed her dissertation research, which focuses on the role that deportation proceedings have on the day-to-day experiences of migrants, in particular unaccompanied minors living in San Francisco, CA.

May 30, 2017: The Neoliberal Project, Latinx Artists, and the Art Market. An interview with Professor Arlene Dávila of New York University about her scholarship in the field of Latin American and Latino Studies. We discussed her most recent book (El Mall: The Spatial and Class Politics of Shopping Malls in Latin America published by the University of California Press in 2016) and her new research project about the marketing and circulation of Latino/x art within the context of a global art market that is Eurocentric, elite, and exclusionary in its structure. We concluded the interview talking about her concerns regarding the state of academic freedom for scholars challenging the status quo.
Read Latino/a Art: Race and the Illusion of Equality