Talking About California

Four-part series "Brown Lives Matter" Tuesdays at 3 pm starting September 22, 2020

Talking About California is a public affairs program produced and hosted by Cal Winslow and Loreto Rojas, focusing on issues of major historic, social and cultural importance to Mendocino County and California.

Starting on September 22, 2020, Cal and Loreto return to KZYX with a new four-part series marking Hispanic Heritage Month. "Brown Lives Matter" will feature the issue of the Latinx community and the police. 

Cal Winslow is Director of the Mendocino Institute. He is a retired Fellow in Geography at UC Berkeley and a founder of Mendocino Parents for Peace. His latest book is River of Fire; Commons, Crisis and the Imagination. He is editor of West of Eden, Communes and Utopia in Northern California.  Loreto Rojas is a Mendocino County educator and journalist.

10/20/20: The fourth installment of Talking About California features Professor Alvaro Huerta, Associate Professor of Urban & Regional Planning (URP) and Ethnic & Women's Studies (EWS) at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona. Huerta talks about growing up in an East LA barrio, and connects immigration, poverty, racism, and police brutality in order to explain the relevance of the BLM movement to the Latinx community.

10/6/20: Loreto Rojas and Cal Winslow host the third installment of a four-part series in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, featuring Maria Rendon, Professor of Sociology at UC Irvine. Professor Rendon is the author of "Stagnant Dreamers: How the Inner City Shapes the integration of Second Generation Latinos." She discusses the implication of the Black Lives Matter movement on Latino youth.

9/29/20: Part 2 features a conversation with Professor Alex Vitale of Brooklyn College, author of “The End of Policing” and one of the leading voices for police reform.

9/22/20: Part 1, a conversation with UCLA Professor Chris Zepeda-Millan, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Chicano and Central American Studies.

Join Loreto Rojas and Cal Winslow on Talking About California, as they discuss the New Deal with Richard Walker, Professor Emeritus of Geography at the University of California Berkeley.

Bardis Vakili is a Senior Staff Attorney, at ACLU San Diego.

Join Loreto Rojas for part 4 of a 4 part series in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month. Her guest is Professor Diana Coryat, as they discuss recent events in Ecuador.

Join Loreto Rojas and Cal Winslow for part 3 of a 4 part series in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month. There guest is Rachel De La Cruz, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History at the University of California, Irvine. She studies refugees and internally displaced families and communities in Central and North America.

Join Loreto Rojas and Cal Winslow for part 2 of a 4 part series in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month. Their guest will be Dr. Irene Vega from U.C. Irvine, who will discuss immigration politics and enforcement at the U.S.-Mexico border. Dr. Vega will explore the concept of CRIMMIGRATION, the convergence of immigration and criminal law.

Loreto Rojas & Cal Winslow will present a 4-part series for Hispanic Heritage Month focusing on the crisis at the United States-Mexico border and the legal challenges to the Trump administration to end the ongoing human rights abuses there.

The first guest will be Rocio Rosales, Assistant Professor of Sociology at UC Irvine’s School of Social Sciences, about her research on immigrant detention, race and international migration.

Victor Clark Alfaro

Aug 24, 2018

Victor Clark Alfaro, a native of Tijuana, study masters in social
anthropology at the Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA) in Mexico City, and
conducted doctoral studies in sociology at the University of California
San Diego (UCSD). Professor at San Diego State University (SDSU); and
Founder and Director of the Binational Center for Human Rights (in
Tijuana). He has been a columnist for Pacific News Service (PNS)
(1987-1991), columnist for the newspaper La Opinión (Los Angeles, CA)

Maria Rendon

Aug 24, 2018

Maria Rendon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban
Planning and Public Policy at the University of California, Irvine, and is
an affiliated faculty member there in Sociology and Chicano/Latino
Maria received her PhD from Sociology and Social Policy program at Harvard
University. Maria examines how concentrated poverty and racial segregation
impacts the life outcomes of urban residents and specifically how children
of Latino immigrants adapt and acculturate in these environments. As part

Bardis Vakili

Aug 24, 2018

Bardis Vakili is a Senior Staff Attorney, at ACLU San Diego.
Vakili came to the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties in September 2014
after four years in the Orange County office of the ACLU of Southern
California. His primary areas of focus are immigrants’ rights and the
rights of youth and children, and he also works on voting rights and
policing issues. For his work in the field of immigrants’ rights, Vakili
has received a California Lawyer Attorney of the Year award in 2017 and a

Louis Desipio

Aug 24, 2018

Professor, Political Science and Chicano/Latino Studies. School of Social
Sciences, University of California, Irvine
Director, Center for the Study of Democracy
Ph.D., 1993, University of Texas at Austin
M.A., University of Texas at Austin, 1984, Latin American Studies
A.B., Columbia University, 1981, History

DACA, or Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals, the program that allowed certain undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as minors – known as Dreamers – to remain in the country and work or attend school legally, is threatened by President Trump and the Republicans in Congress. Laura Enriquez, Professor of Latino Studies at UC Irvine, explains DACA, and The Dream Act, and how it benefits communities, our society as a whole, and the urgent need to defend this legislation.