Talking About California

Thursday Mornings at 9 AM

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

Starting on 14 September 2017, Cal returns to KZYX with a new Talking About California short series marking Hispanic Heritage Month and co-hosted by Ana Loreto Rojas, a Mendocino County journalist and educator.

Together, Cal and Loreto will focus on the crisis of the Trump presidency and its attacks on millions of workers and their families, an attack best symbolized by his vilification of Mexicans and, by implication, all Latinos; by his decision to end DACA; and by his supporters’ racist chant, “Build that wall.”

In these interviews, the program will explore the origins of this crisis, its immediate and projected long-term impacts, the widespread opposition to Trump, as well as alternate visions and solutions. 

The first guest in the series is David Montejano, Professor of the Graduate School in Chicano/Latino Studies and Professor Emeritus of History, University of California Berkeley.

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. He lives with his family near Caspar on the Mendocino Coast.


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.