Talking About California

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.

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.

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.

Porfirio Quintano is an environmental services worker at Sutter Hospital’s California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. He came to this country from Honduras in 1996 seeking asylum. He is a union activist and an elected member of the executive committee, the National Union of Healthcare Workers. He lives with his family in El Sobrante


Talking About California Interviews David Montejano

Nov 3, 2017

In this episode of Talking About California, Cal and Loreto speak with David Montejano,  professor of the graduate school in Chicano and Latino studies at UC Berkeley He is a historian of and sociologist and former chair of Latino policy and research institute. He has written several books and articles about Chicano politics and society in the twentieth century. He is from San Antonio Texas.

Cal Winslow and Loreto Rojas host a series for Hispanic Heritage Month. This episode is an interview with Mireya Loza, curator of the division of work and industry at the Smithsonian in Washington DC. Her book Defiant Braceros, examines the bracero program, the largest guest worker program in US history.

Cal Winslow Speaks with Juan Gonzalez about Puerto Rico, its past present, and future after Hurricane Maria, and his new book, Reclaiming Gotham about New York City. Broadcast October 2017.

This month Ana Loreto Rojas joins Cal Winslow to co-host “Talking about California.” Together they are presenting a special series marking Hispanic Heritage Month focusing on today’s crisis: The Trump presidency and its attacks on millions of workers and their families. This attack is best symbolized by Trump's vilification of Mexicans – and by implication all Latinos – and by his revoking of President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program known as DACA and his supporters’ racist chant, “Build that wall.”