California Sun Podcast show

California Sun Podcast

Summary: The California Sun presents conversations with the people that are shaping and observing the Golden State


 Dr. Tom Hoffman on the Mars-California connection | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 24:50

Dr. Tom Hoffman has had an interplanetary journey without ever leaving NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. It’s taken him from Neptune to his current role as project director on the Mars InSight mission. He gives us an up-close look at Mars exploration and explains how JPL is ground zero in the quest for interplanetary travel.

 Mike Fitzgerald on Stockton and the "other California" | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 26:29

Mike Fitzgerald just retired after 30 years as a reporter and columnist for the Stockton Record. He is one of those rare journalists who comes to embody the place he writes about. Fitzgerald discusses his hometown's branding problem and why he holds such a deep appreciation for Stockton, the Delta, and the San Joaquin Valley.

 Mike Davis and his alternative view of California | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 26:11

Mike Davis, author, MacArthur fellow, and professor emeritus at U.C. Riverside, shares his alternative civic history of Southern California in which the rush to build edge cities, freeways, and subdivisions paved the way for what he sees as nature’s revenge. Davis’ literary tour de force against Los Angeles exceptionalism — 1990’s “City of Quartz” and 1998’s “Ecology of Fear” — remain as relevant as ever and inform his discussion in this week’s conversation.

 David Kipen shares five-hundred years of opinions about Los Angeles | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 18:35

David Kipen, author, journalist and cultural historian of Los Angeles has scoured libraries, archives, and private estates to assemble a kaleidoscopic view of the truly unique city of Los Angeles. He shares five-hundred years of writings in and about the city and the distinct role it has played in the hearts, minds, and imaginations of millions.

 Miriam Pawel on the future of public education in California | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 25:08

Teacher strikes in Los Angeles and Oakland, along with charter school legislation now working its way through Sacramento, could reshape the future of public education in California. Mariam Pawel, Pulitzer-prize winning reporter and biographer of Cesar Chavez and the Brown family, joins us on this week’s podcast for a look at the roots of these movements, and how they are changing our perception of teachers.

 Dr. Kevin Starr on the California Dream | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 38:37

There’s no better way to understand the issues and people shaping California today, than by understanding its colorful and complex history. Few understood the scope and depth of that history better than Dr. Kevin Starr. Dr. Starr passed away two years ago, but we kick off the California Sun podcast with a special conversation I had with Dr. Starr about California from 1950 to 1963. As you will hear, it's a time that shaped so much of the California we live in today.


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