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2020 Election: Voting By Mail (with Bob Page)
In this episode, San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters Bob Page talks with students from the UC Riverside School of Public Policy about secure, safe, and efficient voting options in this upcoming election. About Bob Page: Mr. Page is responsible for all aspects of the election process for the county’s residents.  He administers all local, state, and federal elections in the County of San Bernardino, including the management of voting systems, the employment and training of poll workers, election ballot processing, and vote tallying. Learn more about Bob Page via https://www.sbcounty.gov/Main/Pages/DepartmentServices.aspx?ContactID=59 Podcast Highlights: “ Well I would say that in this election we are seeing a number of states expanding the ability of their voters to vote by mail.” -       Bob Page on the topic of the expansion of mail-in ballots due to COVID-19. “ [The County does] prepay the postage on return envelopes... we have a number of early vote sites and polling places... a number of mail ballot drop boxes, and finally, if somebody wants to vote in person that's still available.” -       Bob Page on the topic of the various options voters have when choosing how to submit their ballot. “ I would advise not to wait until November 3rd to actually put [your ballot] in the mail.” -       Bob Page on the topic of voting early to ensure that your vote is counted. Guest: Bob Page (San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters) Interviewers: Maddie Bunting (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Chief Ambassador) Alfredo Barcenas (UCR MPP Candidate, Dean’s Ambassador) Music by: C Codaine https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Xylo-Ziko/Minimal_1625 https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Xylo-Ziko/Phase Commercial Links: https://bit.ly/spp-harnik-pc https://spp.ucr.edu/mpp This is a production of the UCR School of Public Policy: https://spp.ucr.edu/ Subscribe to this podcast so you don’t miss an episode. Learn more about the series and other episodes via https://spp.ucr.edu/podcast.
27:49
October 16, 2020
BLM: Environmental Justice (with Cesunica Ivey)
In this episode, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Dr. Cesunica Ivey talks with students from the UC Riverside School of Public Policy about environmental racism. About Cesunica Ivey: Cesunica Ivey has a background in mathematics, civil engineering, and environmental engineering, and she received her Ph.D. from Georgia Tech in 2016. Her research interests include source apportionment of fine particulate matter, regional air quality modeling for health applications, global atmospheric modeling, and environmental justice. Learn more about Cesunica Ivey via https://profiles.ucr.edu/app/home/profile/cesunica Podcast Highlights: “Environmental justice impacts are multidimensional and they have long-term health and socioeconomic consequences simply because you grew up in an environment in a hazardous neighborhood.” -       Cesunica Ivey on the topic of why your environment impacts not only your economic status, but also your health. “GIS enabled us to visualize and geolocate hundreds of thousands of measurements...” -       Cesunica Ivey on the topic of Geographic Information System Mapping aiding environmental justice research. “Much of the Inland Empire is at risk for disproportionate environmental hazards because the land is cheap and it is plentiful compared to that in the coastal communities. This is very attractive to industrial developers, particularly Amazon.” -       Cesunica Ivey on the topic of the presence of warehousing in Southern California, and specifically Riverside and San Bernardino County. Guest: Cesunia Ivey (Assistant Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering) Interviewers: Maddie Bunting (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Chief Ambassador) Paola Loera (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Ambassador) Music by: C Codaine https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Xylo-Ziko/Minimal_1625 https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Xylo-Ziko/Phase This is a production of the UCR School of Public Policy: https://spp.ucr.edu/ Subscribe to this podcast so you don’t miss an episode. Learn more about the series and other episodes via https://spp.ucr.edu/podcast. Commercial Links: https://bit.ly/spp-harnik-pc https://spp.ucr.edu https://spp.ucr.edu/mpp
18:22
October 2, 2020
COVID-19: Can College Students Terminate Apartment Leases?
In this episode, public policy student Sana Jaffery, real estate lawyer Scott Talkov, and Fair Housing of Riverside County program manager Nathan Cieszynski talks with students from the UC Riverside School of Public Policy about options and resources for students who wish to terminate their leases due to COVID-19. About Sana Jaffery: Sana Jaffery recently found herself facing a housing issue, only to find out hundreds of students dealing with the same crisis.  Jaffery had previously spoken about this issue  on NBC4 News. About Scott Talkov: Scott Talkov is a real estate, business and bankruptcy litigation lawyer in Riverside, California and former partner at one of the Inland Empire’s oldest law firms. Learn more about Scott Talkov via https://www.talkovlaw.com About Nathan Cieszynski: A HUD certified housing counselor, Nathan Cieszynski is a program manager and counselor at the Fair Housing Council of Riverside County. Learn more about Nathan Cieszynski via https://fairhousing.net Podcast Highlights: “The landlord wants your money. You already have your money. So every time you pay them, the landlord has won." -       Scott Talkov on the topic of understanding your position of power as a tenant. “The city of Riverside has a program for rent relief and what it's set up to do is, is to bring you current on your rent.” -       Nathan Cieszynski on the topic of utilizing government programs, if you would like to or must remain in your apartment lease. Interviewers: Maddie Bunting (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Chief Ambassador) Genevieve Chacon (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Ambassador) Music by: Samuel Roberts (UCR Public Policy ‘20) https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Xylo-Ziko/Minimal_1625 Commercial Link: bity.ly/uc-rent-el Resources: UC Riverside Legal Clinic Talkov Law 12 Tricks to Terminate a Student Lease at UCR due to Coronavirus Force Majeure Lease Termination Letter Template Fair Housing Council of Riverside County Rental Assistance Program FHCRC Phone Number: 1-951-682-6581 This is a production of the UCR School of Public Policy: https://spp.ucr.edu/ Subscribe to this podcast so you don’t miss an episode. Learn more about the series and other episodes via https://spp.ucr.edu/podcast.
27:42
September 11, 2020
COVID-19: Preparing for a New School Year (with Mike McCormick)
In this episode, Val Verde Unified School District Superintendent Mike McCormick talks with students from the UC Riverside School of Public Policy about the challenges school districts face as the academic school year begins and distanced learning continues. About Mike McCormick: Superintendent McCormick carries over 20 years of experience in the field of education. Beginning as a teacher at Home Gardens Elementary School, he became an Assistant Principal and Principal at both Vista Verde Middle School and Rancho Verde High School. Since 2015, he has served as Superintendent of Val Verde Unified School District.  Learn more about Mike McCormick and Val Verde Unified School District here. Podcast Highlights: “I see on our State Superintendent Advisory Council with Tony Thurmond, and was able to be one of the first school districts in the state to apply to receive hot spots from Google and T-Mobile." -       Mike McCormick on the topic of preparing to meet this moment, when students are dependent on technology, for nearly ten years.  “At the highest policy level, I was asked by our State Superintendent Tony Thurmond to be on his Schools Reopening Advisory Task Force... I was fortunate to have conversations as a result of that task force with the Governor's office, legislators, and so kind of the policy discussion at that level was how do we have some practices and procedures in place that are going to hold districts harmless, hold students harmless..." -       Mike McCormick on the topic of the statewide discussion on how to move forward with the school year, while keeping children and employees healthy and safe. "The research is telling us that three to four times is the rate that our Latinx and Black community members, students, and families are likely to contract COVID-19. And that was one of the guiding documents that helped really shine the light for us, and our Board ultimately made the decision that we're going to continue in full distanced learning...” -       Mike McCormick on the topic of how the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected minority communities in the United States, including his own district. Guest: Mike McCormick (Superintendent of Val Verde Unified School District) Interviewer: Maddie Bunting (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Chief Ambassador) Music by: Samuel Roberts (UCR Public Policy ‘20) https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Xylo-Ziko/Minimal_1625 This is a production of the UCR School of Public Policy: https://spp.ucr.edu/ Subscribe to this podcast so you don’t miss an episode. Learn more about the series and other episodes via https://spp.ucr.edu/podcast.
20:55
August 28, 2020
COVID-19: The Constitutionality of the Shutdown (with Greg Stepanicich)
In this episode, City Attorney for Mill Valley and Fairfield, Greg Stepanicich talks with students from the UC Riverside School of Public Policy about "police power" and the legality of the shutdown.  About Mr. Stepanicich:  Mr. Stepanicich is the City Attorney for Mill Valley and Fairfield. He previously served as the City Attorney for Agoura Hills, Beverly Hills, and Seal Beach. He joined the law firm of Richard Watson Gershon in 1977 and opened up the firm's San Francisco office in 1998. Mr. Stepanicich is also a UCR School of Public Policy Advisory Board member.   Learn more about Mr. Stepanicich via the City of Fairfield and the City of Mill Valley.  Podcast Highlights:  “I think there is no doubt that mask requirements, social distancing requirements, and the closure of businesses is going to be enforceable at this time”  -       Mr. Stepanicich on the topic of rules and regulations that are enforceable during these unprecedented times “We end up relying on a Supreme Court case that goes way back to 1905 and it was a case involving Massachusetts and smallpox... and there the Court upheld a requirement that all adults in the state had to be vaccinated against smallpox”  -       Mr. Stepanicich on the topic of where in history we look to understand the legality of the shutdown   “ The violation of a public health order is a misdemeanor, a criminal offense, and can be punished by a fine of one thousand dollars and up to six months in jail for each time the regulation is violated”  -       Mr. Stepanicich on the topic of how the government can enforce laws and regulations, in order to increase public health and safety.  Guest:  Greg Stepanicich (City Attorney for Mill Valley and Fairfield)  Interviewers:  Maddie Bunting (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Chief Ambassador)  Maya Prasad (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Ambassador)  Music by:  Samuel Roberts (UCR Public Policy ‘20)  https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Xylo-Ziko/Minimal_1625 Voice Talent:  Paola Loera (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Ambassador)  Kamillah Pollard (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Ambassador)  Ana Yeli Ruiz (UCR MPP Candidate, Dean's Ambassador)  This is a production of the UCR School of Public Policy: https://spp.ucr.edu/  Subscribe to this podcast so you don’t miss an episode. Learn more about the series and other episodes via https://spp.ucr.edu/podcast.  Links:  American Lung Association in California Screening "Unbreathable: The Fight For Healthy Air": bit.ly/ala-unbreathable  "The Importance of the Black Press in the Black Lives Matter Movement": bit.ly/spp-black-press
30:45
August 14, 2020
COVID-19: Heightened Racial Disparities (with Aerika Loyd)
In this episode, psychology professor Aerika Loyd talks with students from the UC Riverside School of Public Policy about how the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected minority communities in the United States and laid bare the deep roots of systemic racism in America ranging from healthcare inequity to lack of access in education. About Aerika Loyd: Dr. Aerika Brittian Loyd is an interdisciplinary, community-engaged developmental scientist, who employs psychology, human development, and prevention science theories to understand how intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, and identity inform health and development for youth and young adults of color (e.g., African American and Latinx). The ultimate goal of her research program is to provide recommendations for culturally informed youth practice, prevention, and policy. Learn more about her work via https://profiles.ucr.edu/app/home/profile/aerikal Podcast Highlights: “One thing I’ve been inspired by with the late John Lewis, is talking about how this is a movement of a lifetime.” -       Aerika Loyd on the topic of ending racism in the United States “I would like to redirect our conversation back to this conversation about… racial injustice and the protests following George Floyd’s murder. ” -       Aerika Loyd on the topic of police brutality and Black Lives Matter “The two pandemics that health researchers are talking about are COVID-19, a global pandemic, and racism as the second pandemic, and how they are interwoven together.” -       Aerika Loyd on the topic of both COVID-19 and racism as public health crises Guest: Aerika Loyd (Associate Professor of Psychology, UC Riverside)  Interviewers:  Maddie Bunting (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Chief Ambassador) Arleth Flores Aparicio (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Ambassador)  Music by: Samuel Roberts (UCR Public Policy ‘20) This is a production of the UCR School of Public Policy: https://spp.ucr.edu/ Subscribe to this podcast so you don’t miss an episode. Learn more about the series and other episodes via https://spp.ucr.edu/podcast.
27:17
July 31, 2020
COVID-19: Lack of Access in the American Education System (with Tracy Gray)
In this episode, Managing Director at the American Institutes for Research, Tracy Gray talks with students from the UC Riverside School of Public Policy, about the challenges and opportunities faced by distanced learning, as well as depending on technology in education now, and in the future. About Tracy Gray: Dr. Gray is a Managing Director at the American Institutes for Research, and currently leads the Center for Technology Implementation. Before working at AIR, she was Vice President for youth services at the Morino Institute and was responsible for the design and implementation of the Youth Development Collaborative. Dr. Gray was also the deputy executive director and chief operating officer for the Corporation for National Service that enabled more than 50,000 corps members to work in 1,500 programs throughout the United States. She is also a UCR School of Public Policy Advisory Board Member. Learn more about Tracy Gray via https://www.air.org/person/tracy-gray. Podcast Highlights: “Most schools and districts were ill-prepared to make this sudden transition...” -       Tracy Gray on the topic of emergency distanced learning back in March as the country quarantined due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “They also find themselves in these internet deserts, even if they went outside, having access to connectivity is far from a reality.” -       Tracy Gray on the topic of the digital divide and the technological struggle many students will continue to endure as teaching continues remotely. “It does offer an opportunity to really think about how we deliver education to students, what's important, and what are the systems that need to be in place...” -       Tracy Gray on the topic of how COVID-19 will affect the future of education. She speaks about reconsidering the important support schools offer such as mental health and food services. Guest: Tracy Gray (Managing Director at the American Institutes for Research) Interviewers: Maddie Bunting (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Chief Ambassador) Kamillah Pollard (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Ambassador) Music by: Samuel Roberts (UCR Public Policy ‘20) This is a production of the UCR School of Public Policy: https://spp.ucr.edu/ Subscribe to this podcast so you don’t miss an episode. Learn more about the series and other episodes via https://spp.ucr.edu/podcast.
30:39
July 16, 2020
COVID-19: Employer-Based Insurance (with Dave Jones)
In this episode, former California Insurance Commissioner, Dave Jones talks with students from the UC Riverside School of Public Policy about the implications and challenges the American system of employer-based insurance is currently facing due to COVID-19. About Dave Jones: Mr. Jones is a member of the UCR’s School of Public Policy Advisory Board. He previously served as California’s Insurance Commissioner from 2011 to 2019. The California Department of Insurance regulates the nation’s largest insurance market in the insurance industry which collects about 257 billion dollars in premiums annually from California. Prior to this role, Mr. Jones served in the California State Assembly chairing the Assembly Health Committee, the Judiciary Committee and the Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services from 2004 to 2011. Learn more about Dave Jones via https://spp.ucr.edu/about/people#advisory_board. Podcast Highlights: “We may have an additional 7 million uninsured people in this country by a virtue of all the people that are unemployed and as those unemployments grow, we will have more people uninsured.” -       Dave Jones on the topic of the impacts COVID-19 has had on health insurance. “Insurers did not price these policies based on having to pay out business interruption claims...450 billion dollars a month in losses that this may suffer as a result of business interruption and the insurers simply have not priced the policies to cover those losses.” -       Dave Jones on the topic of the impacts COVID-19 has had on other insurance industries like auto, business, and life insurance. “One of the things we’ve learned tragically with COVID-19 is the importance of preparation and we simply weren’t prepared...so too with climate change, we’re not prepared.” -       Dave Jones on the topic of the government and private sector response to COVID-19 and how it can help to respond to other issues. Guest: Dave Jones (School of Public Policy Advisory Board Member) Interviewers: Maddie Bunting (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Chief Ambassador) Eric Calderon (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Ambassador ‘20) Music by: Samuel Roberts (UCR Public Policy ‘20) This is a production of the UCR School of Public Policy: https://spp.ucr.edu/ Subscribe to this podcast so you don’t miss an episode. Learn more about the series and other episodes via https://spp.ucr.edu/podcast.
22:11
June 23, 2020
COVID-19: The Importance of Batteries (with Steve Christensen)
In this episode, Executive Director of Responsible Battery Coalition, Steve Christensen talks with students from the UC Riverside School of Public Policy about the important contribution of batteries in daily life, but specifically during a pandemic. About Steve Christensen: Steve Christensen is the Executive Director of Responsible Battery Coalition, a nonprofit  coalition of companies, academics and organizations committed to the responsible management of the batteries of today and tomorrow. Prior to this role, he served as the Managing Director in the U.S. Public Affairs and Crisis Practice at Burson-Marsteller in Washington DC, where his clients include some of the world’s largest agriculture, chemical and consumer products companies. Before joining the private sector, Mr. Christensen served in several roles as a senior policy official at the United States Department of Agriculture where he concentrated his efforts on supporting public health and production agriculture through the development and implementation of sound science-based public policy. Mr. Christensen is also an Advisory Board member for the UC Riverside School of Public Policy. Learn more about Steve Christensen via https://www.responsiblebatterycoalition.org/leadership-team/ Podcast Highlights: “A concern we did have when things started to close down was a state government or some official not allowing recycling of batteries...we want to make sure that recycling would remain stable so we wouldn’t see an increase in resource extraction.” -       Steve Christensen on the topic of battery production recycling and its role during COVID-19. “The reliance on batteries, as we get out of this, one of the ways we are going to manage it is through battery operated devices, from your phone to a thermometer. It all relies on battery.” -      Steve Christensen on the topic of COVID-19’s impact on battery support for the transportation in medical industries. “It is rare that you will find a food or beverage company that relies on a single source or a single region for any aspect in their business...for the next generation of batteries...the majority of those materials are coming from China and there is no where else to get them.” -       Steve Christensen on the topic of the prevalent issues within the supply change and obtaining the material needed for batteries. Guest: Steve Christensen, Executive Director of Responsible Battery Coalition Interviewers: Maddie Bunting (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Chief Ambassador) Paola Loera (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Ambassador) Music by: Samuel Roberts (UCR Public Policy ‘20) This is a production of the UCR School of Public Policy: https://spp.ucr.edu/ Subscribe to this podcast so you don’t miss an episode. Learn more about the series and other episodes via https://spp.ucr.edu/podcast.
25:29
June 22, 2020
COVID-19: The Role of Counties (with Greg Devereaux)
In this episode, retired CEO of San Bernardino County, Greg Devereaux talks with students from the UC Riverside School of Public Policy about the different roles and responsibilities of counties versus cities in general, but especially amid a pandemic. About Greg Devereaux: Greg Devereaux has served in state and local government for nearly 40 years, holding various administrative leadership positions, including city manager in the cities of Fontana and Ontario. He was also the former Chief Executive Officer of San Bernardino where he helped the Board of Supervisors lead the County in a new direction and helped to stabilize county government finances, increase infrastructure maintenance, and restore community programs. Since his retirement, Mr. Devereaux has opened his own consulting firm working with both public and private clients. Mr. Devereaux is also a member of the advisory board for the University of California, Riverside School of Public Policy. Learn more about Greg Devereaux via http://www.sbcounty.gov/cao/main/Pages/Devereaux.aspx Podcast Highlights: “Counties, in relation to the state, we are arms of the state...if the state issues a public health order, counties have to follow that order...but counties can actually be more strict than the state.” -       Greg Devereaux on the topic of the relationship between the counties of California and the state of California during this time of crisis. “One of the things that everyone acknowledges that went wrong, both at a state and federal level, stockpiles of personal protective equipment needed in the healthcare system..were allowed to get outdated and some of the equipment was sold off.” -       Greg Devereaux on the topic of the biggest gaps witnessed in our federal government, in relation to the response to COVID-19. “I do think that, perhaps, business and government will have learned that remote working can be equally or more productive and has some side benefits like cleaner air and less congested freeways.” -       Greg Devereaux on the topic of the new temporary and permanent changes post COVID-19 within our government and societies. Guest: Greg Devereaux (Retired CEO of San Bernardino County) Interviewers: Maddie Bunting (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Chief Ambassador) Daisy Gonzalez (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Ambassador) Music by: Samuel Roberts (UCR Public Policy ‘20) This is a production of the UCR School of Public Policy: https://spp.ucr.edu/ Subscribe to this podcast so you don’t miss an episode. Learn more about the series and other episodes via https://spp.ucr.edu/podcast.
35:57
June 16, 2020
COVID-19: California's Workforce & Economy (with Angelov Farooq)
In this episode, Chairman of the California Workforce Development Board, Dr. Angelov Farooq talks with students from the UC Riverside School of Public Policy about state strategies and policies to combat historic unemployment, a struggling economy, and distance learning amidst a statewide shelter-in-place order. About Angelov Farooq: Angelov Farooq is the owner of AVM Innovation Consulting, LLC, a Southern California based economic development firm. In 2013, Dr. Farooq was appointed the Chairman of the California Workforce Development Board under Governor Gavin Newsom's administration. . As Chairman, he leads the largest workforce development system in the country under the vision of the Governor & Secretary of Labor. In 2015, he was elected on the Board of Education for the Riverside Unified School District. Dr. Farooq is also the Founding Director of the UC Riverside Center for Economic Development. Learn more about Angelov Farooq via https://angelovfarooq.com/about. Podcast Highlights: “The number one focus has been about the digital divide...not everybody is on an equal plainfield so getting people technology devices has been the number one priority.” -       Angelov Farooq on the topic of school closures and addressing online learning from Governor Newsom and the state superintendent. “The bottom line is there are a lot of inequities in a strong economy and those inequities can only be potentially extended even further during a crisis.” -       Angelov Farooq on the topic of the impact of California's Unified Strategic Workforce Development Plan during the unemployment crisis. “There’s going to be a new normal after the shelter in place has lifted and the reality is that it’s likely going to be done in phases.” -       Angelov Farooq on the topic of non-essential workers telecommuting due the pandemic. Guest: Angelov Farooq (Chairman of the California Workforce Development Board) Interviewers: Maddie Bunting (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Chief Ambassador) Imad Jobah (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Ambassador) Music by: Samuel Roberts (UCR Public Policy ‘20) This is a production of the UCR School of Public Policy: https://spp.ucr.edu/
22:35
June 1, 2020
COVID-19: Feeding America (with Carolyn Solar)
In this episode, Feeding America Riverside San Bernardino Philanthropy Director, Carolyn Solar talks with students from the UC Riverside School of Public Policy to discuss food insecurity amid this pandemic. About Carolyn Solar: Carolyn Solar currently serves as the Philanthropy Director for Feeding America in Riverside and San Bernardino. She joins Feeding America with experience running her own food blog, where she tastes, photographs, and reviews food from all over Southern California. Prior to this role, she served as the Marketing and Communications Coordinator where she directed and led all mail marketing initiatives and developed marketing content. Learn more about Carolyn Solar via https://www.feedingamericaie.org/team. Podcast Highlights: “The people that are coming to us for support are everyday people like you or me, they just need extra help right now.” -       Carolyn Solar on the topic of the recent changes in demand for food from food banks. “Food insecurity has been an issue and will continue to be an issue...despite what's going on now, the need is still there.” -       Carolyn Solar on the topic of the national attention that food insecurity is gaining due to COVID-19. “We are going to keep continue to do these emergency distributions for as long as we are able to...” -       Carolyn Solar on the topic of food distributions and preparing for possible decreased donations. Guest: Carolyn Solar (Feeding America Riverside San Bernardino Philanthropy Director) Interviewers: Maddie Bunting (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Chief Ambassador) Aaron Walter (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Ambassador) Music by: Samuel Roberts (UCR Public Policy ‘20) This is a production of the UCR School of Public Policy: https://spp.ucr.edu/ Subscribe to this podcast so you don’t miss an episode. Learn more about the series and other episodes via https://spp.ucr.edu/podcast.
16:17
May 21, 2020
COVID-19: UCR Student Perspectives
In this episode, various UCR students talk with students from the UC Riverside School of Public Policy about their unique perspectives in regards to motivation, policies and more during COVID-19. COVID-19 has impacted college students across the nation, and the world. The overnight transition to online learning has left some students vulnerable and worried about what is to come. These four students shine a light on their specific situations, and how they are coping during this crisis. Podcast Highlights: “For meetings it’s holding things through Zoom or a Group FaceTime and such, so you could always be in touch with familiar faces and not feel like you’re completely isolated. While still keeping yourself, your friends, and all relatives involved safe and healthy.” -       Carolina Cardenas on the topic of giving advice to her fellow colleagues on how to stay safe during COVID-19. “What keeps me grounding is I would say thinking that I’ve done so much hard work during my undergraduate studies, it’s just not worth it to throw it all away...we all have future prospects as of now so we need to have that power within us to look forward.” -       Edoardo Melchiori on the topic of staying motivated to continue academic coursework. “The idea and the intent of the social distancing order policy, I would say, is definitely a good idea. Something as simple as literally don’t hang out with one another, can decrease the contractions of COVID-19.” -       Luis Huerta on the topic of support of the social distancing orders to slow the spread of COVID-19. “I think they are necessary because this virus does have a higher death rate for people who are immunocompromised and people that are older. I do think some younger, healthier people are taking for granted that they don’t have to worry about the threat as much.” -       Julian Bell on the topic of implemented policies that are reducing the transmission of COVID-19. Guests: Carolina Cardenas (Political Science Major, Sophomore) Edoardo Melchiori (UCR Business Major, Senior) Julian Bell (UCR Electrical Engineer Major, Senior) Luis Huerta (UCR Political Science Major, Junior) Interviewer: Samuel Roberts (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Ambassador) Music by: Samuel Roberts (UCR Public Policy ‘20) This is a production of the UCR School of Public Policy: https://spp.ucr.edu/ Subscribe to this podcast so you don’t miss an episode. Learn more about the series and other episodes via https://spp.ucr.edu/podcast.
21:55
May 13, 2020
COVID-19: Water is the Best Defense (with Brad Coffey)
In this episode, Group Manager of the Water Resource Management at Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Brad Coffey talks with students from the UC Riverside School of Public Policy about the safety, reliability, and affordability of water during this pandemic. About Brad Coffey: Brad Coffey serves as Group Manager for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. He leads the Water Resource Management Group and is responsible for planning and managing metropolitan's imported and local water resource programs, advancing water-use efficiency, and providing supply and demand forecasts for the region. Recently, Mr. Coffey has served as an Assistant Manager for the System Operations Group. As Assistant Manager, he helped manage more than 900 employees who import, treat, and deliver water throughout Southern California. Learn more about Brad Coffey via http://www.mwdh2o.com/WhoWeAre/Management/Executive-Staff Podcast Highlights: “Your drinking water is heavily protected against many things, including the virus which causes COVID-19.” -       Brad Coffey on the topic of concerns regarding the quality of water during COVID-19. “Hand washing is one of the main things we can do to fight this virus so it would be unconscionable for us to turn off the tap, shut someone off, and they couldn't have water to wash their hands. That just won’t happen.” -       Brad Coffey on the topic of water industries maintaining services for customers. “Almost all the clogs in sewer systems these days, it’s not by fats or greases, its by these sanitary wipes...it's really not good for the sewage collection systems.” -       Brad Coffey on the topic of flushing down sanitary wipes and showing up in sewages. Guest: Brad Coffey (Group Manager of the Water Resource Management at Metropolitan Water District of Southern California) Interviewer: Kurt Schwabe (Associate Dean, Chair and Professor of Environmental Economics and Policy, UCR School of Public Policy) Music by: Samuel Roberts (UCR Public Policy ‘20) This is a production of the UCR School of Public Policy: https://spp.ucr.edu/ Subscribe to this podcast so you don’t miss an episode. Learn more about the series and other episodes via https://spp.ucr.edu/podcast.
22:33
April 29, 2020
COVID-19: Airline Bankruptcy? (with Michael Huerta)
In this episode, former Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, Michael Huerta talks with students from the UC Riverside School of Public Policy about the possibilities of the airline industry facing bankruptcy due to COVID-19. About Michael Huerta: Michael Huerta served as a former administrator for the Federal Aviation Administration between 2013 and 2018. He was nominated by former President Barack Obama and was the longest tenured Administrator in the agency’s history. Before being named Administrator, Mr. Huerta served as Acting Administrator of the FAA from 2011 to 2013 and FAA Deputy Administrator from 2010 to 2011. Mr. Huerta currently serves as a transportation industry consultant, including acting as a Senior Advisor to Macquarie Capital. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Delta Air Lines, Inc. Mr. Huerta is a UC Riverside Alumnus (‘78) and serves as an Advisory Board Member for the UC Riverside School of Public Policy. Learn more about Michael Huerta via https://spp.ucr.edu/about/people#advisory_board Podcast Highlights: “I don’t think you can make a general statement about how the industry overall will do. It’s very airline specific and a lot of it’s going to be driven by the markets they are in and their own financial position going into that.” -       Michael Huerta on the topic of effects on the airline industry following COVID-19 . “The airline needs to be looking at this for the long term and I think that as we come out of a crisis like this, the public will remember who were the good operators, who were the corporate citizens that really worked with people” -       Michael Huerta on the topic of airline companies decisions to refund flight tickets due to the flight restrictions. “As we came through 9/11, it became very clear what we were responding to, what we were fighting. And with COVID-19, there is still a lot of debate about what the enemy is and what we know about that enemy and how we respond to that” -       Michael Huerta on the topic of the comparison between COVID-19 and 9/11 in relation to the airline industry. Guest: Michael Huerta (UCR alum and School of Public Policy Advisory Board Member) Interviewers: Maddie Bunting (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Chief Ambassador) Sam Roberts (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Ambassador) Music by: Samuel Roberts (UCR Public Policy ‘20) This is a production of the UCR School of Public Policy: https://spp.ucr.edu/ Subscribe to this podcast so you don’t miss an episode. Learn more about the series and other episodes via https://spp.ucr.edu/podcast.
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April 20, 2020
COVID-19: The Digital Divide (with Lloyd Levine)
In this episode, President of Filament Strategies LLC and former member of the California State Legislature, Lloyd Levine talks with students from the UC Riverside School of Public Policy about the effects of COVID-19 on students, legislation, and non-essential business. About Lloyd Levine: Lloyd Levine ('92) is a UC Riverside alumnus and one of the state’s leading experts on energy, telecommunications, and technology policy. Between 2002 and 2008, Mr. Levine served as a member of the California State Legislature where he was chair in the Assembly Committee on Utilities and Commerce.  He is now president of Filament Strategies, a Sacramento-based consulting firm, and provides consulting services in the technology and environmental sectors. As president, Mr. Levine works on  issues ranging from Electric Vehicles to broadband adoption and the digital divide. Mr. Levine is also an Advisory Board member of UC Riverside’s School of Public Policy and in 2018 he was named a Senior Policy Fellow. Learn more about Lloyd Levine via https://spp.ucr.edu/about/people#advisory_board Podcast Highlights: “I think it’s going to exacerbate existing disparities...households where the parents don’t have the education level or where they have to go out of work and can’t help the children, those sorts of things will make it more challenging.” -       Lloyd Levine on the topic of the consequences of remote learning during COVID-19. “Ultimately, I don’t even know when we’re going to go back, I don’t even know how we are going to go back. Are we going to go back in July and it’s going to be phased in to return to work, vulnerable people stay home. How do we determine who’s vulnerable?” -       Lloyd Levine on the topic of the uncertainties on how work life will resume during Covid-19. “The theatre organizations with a budget between 2 million and 10 million are really struggling... We have no revenue coming in, but unlike the big ones we don’t have any endowment.” -       Lloyd Levine on the topic of how the art community is being affected by Covid-19. Guest: Lloyd Levine (UCR alum, School of Public Policy Senior Policy Fellow and Advisory Board Member) Interviewers: Maddie Bunting (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Chief Ambassador) Arleth Flores Aparicio (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Ambassador) Music by: Samuel Roberts (UCR Public Policy ‘20) This is a production of the UCR School of Public Policy: https://spp.ucr.edu/ Subscribe to this podcast so you don’t miss an episode. Learn more about the series and other episodes via https://spp.ucr.edu/podcast.
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April 15, 2020
COVID-19: State, National, and International Policies (with Rich Carpiano)
In this episode, population health scientist and medical sociologist, Professor Richard Carpiano talk with students from the UC Riverside School of Public Policy about the short term and long term impacts on public health and daily life during COVID-19. About Richard Carpiano: Richard Carpiano is a Professor of Public Policy and Sociology at the University of California, Riverside. He is also the co-editor of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, the leading journal for medical sociology scholarship. As a population health scientist and medical sociologist, Professor Carpiano examines how social factors, like socioeconomic status, race-ethnicity, social connections, and community conditions, contribute to the physical and mental health of adults and children. His most research program investigates social, behavioral, and attitudinal factors underlying child vaccination uptake and coverage (and refusal or delay) in the US and Canada. Learn more about Richard Carpiano via https://sociology.ucr.edu/faculty/richard-m-carpiano/ Podcast Highlights: “Our public health system is something that’s been underinvested in for many years and so I’m hoping, from a taxpayer standpoint and a citizen standpoint, of public support for these important government services.” -       Richard Carpiano on the topic of short term and long term impacts of COVID-19. “It really does highlight the importance of, not just the government sector, but also the civil sphere and society itself.” -       Richard Carpiano on the topic of different policies and orders being implemented to slow down coronavirus. “We are going to see in the aftermath of this, some very pronounced inequalities.” -       Richard Carpiano on the topic of the economic impact of COVID-19. Guest: Richard Carpiano (Professor of Public Policy and Sociology, UC Riverside) Interviewers: Maddie Bunting (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Chief Ambassador) Eric Calderon (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Ambassador) Music by: Samuel Roberts (UCR Public Policy ‘20) This is a production of the UCR School of Public Policy: https://spp.ucr.edu/ Subscribe to this podcast so you don’t miss an episode. Learn more about the series and other episodes via https://spp.ucr.edu/podcast.
28:37
April 7, 2020
COVID-19: Face or Fear the Facts? (with Rich Carpiano)
In this episode, Professor Richard Carpiano talks with students from the UC Riverside School of Public Policy about the severity of COVID-19 in relation to public health in general, as well as in comparison to other global infectious diseases, such as measles or SARS. About Richard Carpiano: Richard Carpiano is a Professor of Public Policy and Sociology at the University of California, Riverside. He is also the co-editor of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, the leading journal for medical sociology scholarship. As a population health scientist and medical sociologist, Professor Carpiano examines how social factors, like socioeconomic status, race-ethnicity, social connections, and community conditions, contribute to the physical and mental health of adults and children. His most research program investigates social, behavioral, and attitudinal factors underlying child vaccination uptake and coverage (and refusal or delay) in the US and Canada. Learn more about Richard Carpiano via https://sociology.ucr.edu/faculty/richard-m-carpiano/ Podcast Highlights: “Viruses unfortunately do happen and outbreaks do occur...but it presents a nice opportunity for us to be thinking about how important public health is, not just private health care.” -       Richard Carpiano on the topic of COVID-19 labeled as a public health emergency and international concern from the World Health Organization. “An eccentric question gets a larger issue of how does the public perceive risk...and our brains are just not very good at thinking about risk.” -       Richard Carpiano on the topic of why behaviors change when a threat of virus heightens. “Whenever there is misunderstanding, whenever there is confusion...and it comes from a particular region of the world… we associate certain features with those characteristics.” -       Richard Carpiano on the topic of the similarities and differences between coronavirus and SARS. Guest: Richard Carpiano (Professor of Public Policy and Sociology, UC Riverside) Interviewers: Maddie Bunting (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Chief Ambassador) Eric Calderon (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Ambassador) Music by: Samuel Roberts (UCR Public Policy ‘20) This is a production of the UCR School of Public Policy: https://spp.ucr.edu/ Subscribe to this podcast so you don’t miss an episode. Learn more about the series and other episodes via https://spp.ucr.edu/podcast.
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March 11, 2020