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.
In September 2017 Ana Loreto Rojas joined Cal Winslow to co-host “Talking about California.” Their first interview, broadcast on 14 September 2017, was with David Montejano, Professor of the Graduate School in Chicano/Latino Studies and Professor Emeritus of History, University of California Berkeley. It focused on 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.” Listen to the full interview below.
In September 2017 Cal Winslow and Loreto Rojas spoke with David Montejano, Professor of the Graduate School in Chicano/Latino Studies and Professor Emeritus of History, University of California Berkeley. The interview focused on the Trump presidency and its attacks on millions of workers and their families.
In October 2017 Cal Winslow spoke with Juan Gonzalez about Puerto Rico, its past present, and future after Hurricane Maria, and his new book, Reclaiming Gotham about New York City
2020 HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH
In September 2020, Cal and Loreto produced a four-part series marking Hispanic Heritage Month, “Brown Lives Matter.” Loreto Rojas is a Mendocino County educator and journalist. Cal Winslow is Director of the Mendocino Institute.
Part 1, a conversation with UCLA Professor Chris Zepeda-Millan, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Chicano and Central American Studies.
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.
Part 3 features 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.
Part 4 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.
2019 HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH
For Hispanic Heritage Month, 2019, Loreto and Cal Winslow again took up 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. She was followed by Irene de la Cruz, UCI Irene Vera, UCI and Bardis Vakili, leady attorney for the ACLU in Southern California.
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.
Part 2 features 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.
Part 3 features 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.
Part 4 features Professor Diana Coryat discussing recent events in Ecuador.
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.
Louis DeSipio, Professor of Political Science and Chicano/Latino Studies; School of Social Sciences, University of California, Irvine; and Director, Center for the Study of Democracy.
Bardis Vakili is a Senior Staff Attorney, at ACLU San Diego. 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. Vakili received the California Lawyer Attorney of the Year award in 2017.
Victor Clark Alfaro is a native of Tijuana. He studied social anthropology at the Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA) in Mexico City, and conducted doctoral studies in sociology at the University of California San Diego (UCSD). He is a Professor at San Diego State University (SDSU); and Founder and Director of the Binational Center for Human Rights (in Tijuana).