UCR School of Public Policy

UCR School of Public Policy

By Maddie Bunting
Through this monthly podcast series we will be talking with various voices in the public policy world about today's pressing societal issues. Join us every month to learn about potential solutions and interventions for today's biggest policy challenges, be they about health, the economy, the environment, or other societal problems impacting families in your community or the international community.
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COVID-19: Face or Fear the Facts? (with Dr. Rich Carpiano)

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COVID-19: Heightened Racial Disparities (with Dr. Aerika Loyd)
In this episode, students from the UC Riverside School of Public Policy talk with psychology professor Aerika Loyd 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 Dr. Tracy Gray)
In this episode, the UCR School of Public Policy discusses the effects of COVID-19 on students, teachers, and the entire American education system with Managing Director at the American Institutes of Research, Dr. Tracy Gray. Episode Notes COVID-19 has taken millions of students out of the school house and onto their laptops due to distanced learning. In a swift shift, students face a lack of access, support, and knowledge. All eyes are now on school boards to offer efficient and innovative solutions to this pressing problem. This episode: UCR School of Public Policy Advisory Board Member, Dr. Tracy Gray, Dean's Chief Brand Ambassador and Public Affairs Student Assistant Maddie Bunting, and Dean's Brand Ambassador Kamillah Pollard.
30:39
July 16, 2020
COVID-19: Employer-Based Insurance (with Dave Jones)
In this episode, the UCR School of Public Policy discusses the implications and challenges the American system of employer-based insurance is currently facing due to COVID-19 with former California Insurance Commissioner, Dave Jones. Episode Notes Insurance is a complicated subject, intimidating to many. From health to auto to life insurance, Mr. Jones goes into detail what changes are and are not being made in the insurance industry amid the pandemic. This episode: School of Public Policy Advisory Board Member Dave Jones, Dean's Chief Brand Ambassador and Public Affairs Student Assistant Maddie Bunting, and Dean's Brand Ambassador Eric Calderon.
22:11
June 23, 2020
COVID-19: The Importance of Batteries (with Steve Christensen)
In this episode, the UCR School of Public Policy discusses the important contribution of batteries in daily life, but specifically during a pandemic with Executive Director of Responsible Battery Coalition, Steve Christensen. Episode Notes Batteries are heavily relied on, yet often overlooked. One example is ventilators, a great topic of discussion due to COVID-19, with few aware of the vital role batteries play in the medical industry. From the production to the sale and the recycling of batteries, Mr. Christensen goes into detail what challenges and opportunities the industry is currently facing. This episode: Executive Director of Responsible Battery Coalition Steve Christensen, Dean's Chief Brand Ambassador and Public Affairs Student Assistant Maddie Bunting and Dean's Brand Ambassador Paola Loera.
25:29
June 22, 2020
COVID-19: The Role of Counties (with Greg Devereaux)
In this episode, the UCR School of Public Policy discusses the different roles and responsibilities of counties versus cities in general, but especially amid a pandemic with retired CEO of San Bernardino County, Greg Devereaux. Episode Notes COVID-19 has deeply impacted the state of California in countless ways. In response, Governor Newsom has allowed re-opening to vary from county to county. This decision has highlighted both the importance of local government and the relevance of county politics and policies. This episode: Retired CEO of San Bernardino County, Greg Devereaux, Dean's Chief Brand Ambassador and Public Affairs Student Assistant Maddie Bunting, and Dean's Brand Ambassador Daisy Gonzalez.
35:57
June 16, 2020
COVID-19: California's Workforce & Economy (with Dr. Angelov Farooq)
In this episode, the UCR School of Public Policy discusses state strategies and policies to combat historic unemployment, a struggling economy, and distance learning amidst a statewide shelter-in-place order with Chairman of the California Workforce Development Board, Dr. Angelov Farooq. Episode Notes COVID-19 has deeply impacted not only the federal economy, but also California, the fifth largest economy in the world. Before the pandemic, California's unemployment was at a record low at 3.9%. Governor Gavin Newsom now warns that California's unemployment could peak at 24.5%.  This episode: Chairman of the California Workforce Development Board, Dr. Angelov Farooq, Dean's Chief Brand Ambassador and Public Affairs Student Assistant Maddie Bunting, and Dean's Brand Ambassador Imad Jobah.
22:35
June 1, 2020
COVID-19: Feeding America (with Carolyn Solar)
In this episode, the UCR School of Public Policy speaks with Feeding America Riverside San Bernardino Philanthropy Director, Carolyn Solar, to discuss food insecurity amid this pandemic. Episode Notes COVID-19 has caused many who are vulnerable to avoid traditional grocery stores, or left a lack of supplies when they arrive. In light of this crisis, Feeding America has been working relentlessly to ensure no one goes hungry. This episode: Feeding America Riverside San Bernardino Philanthropy Director Carolyn Solar, Dean's Chief Brand Ambassador and Public Affairs Student Assistant Maddie Bunting, and Dean's Brand Ambassador Aaron Walter.
16:17
May 21, 2020
COVID-19: UCR Student Perspectives
In this episode, the UCR School of Public Policy speaks with various UCR students to listen to their unique perspectives in regards to motivation, policies and more during COVID-19. Episode Notes 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. This episode: Dean's Brand Ambassador Samuel Roberts, Julian Bell, Carolina Cardenas, Luis Huerta, Edoardo Melchiori, and Dean's Chief Brand Ambassador and Public Affairs Student Assistant Maddie Bunting.
21:55
May 13, 2020
COVID-19: Water is the Best Defense (with Brad Coffey)
In this episode, the UCR School of Public Policy discusses the safety, reliability, and affordability of water during this pandemic with Group Manager of the Water Resource Management at Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Brad Coffey. Episode Notes During this time of crisis, many are fearful about the quality of their water. Is COVID-19 a water-borne virus? Will water remain available and reliable to households? Mr. Coffey answers these questions and more.  This episode: Group Manager of the Water Resource Management at Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Brad Coffey and Associate Dean of the UCR School of Public Policy, Chair and Professor of Environmental Economics and Policy, Kurt Schwabe.
22:33
April 29, 2020
COVID-19: Airline Bankruptcy? (with Michael Huerta)
In this episode, the UCR School of Public Policy discusses the possibility of the airline industry facing bankruptcy due to COVID-19 with former Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, Michael Huerta. Episode Notes In reaction to the global pandemic, the American economy is struggling, unemployment is rising, and businesses are trying to stay afloat. The airline industry is one of many struggling the most, with rumors of bankruptcy approaching. This episode: UCR alum and School of Public Policy Advisory Board Member, Michael Huerta, Dean's Chief Brand Ambassador and Public Affairs Student Assistant Maddie Bunting, and Dean's Brand Ambassador Sam Roberts.
33:21
April 20, 2020
COVID-19: The Digital Divide (with Lloyd Levine)
In this episode, the UCR School of Public Policy discusses the effects of COVID-19 on students, legislation, and non-essential business with President of Filament Strategies LLC and former member of the California State Legislature, Lloyd Levine. Episode Notes COVID-19 has created a vast amount of questions leaving experts with only one answer, "I don't know". However, many are currently working and researching to create policy and look to the future to learn from this unprecedented time.  This episode: UCR alum, School of Public Policy Senior Policy Fellow and Advisory Board Member, Lloyd Levine, Dean's Chief Brand Ambassador and Public Affairs Student Assistant Maddie Bunting, and Dean's Brand Ambassador Arleth Flores Aparicio.
24:32
April 15, 2020
COVID-19: State, National, and International Policies (with Dr. Rich Carpiano)
In this episode, the UCR School of Public Policy discusses the short term and long term impacts on public health and daily life during COVID-19 with Professor of Public Policy, Richard Carpiano. Episode Notes COVID-19 has changed daily life for every American in recent weeks and shines a spotlight on public health. With updates about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 by the minute, we discuss the policies in place today and policies to enact in the future to avoid another pandemic. This episode: Population health scientist and medical sociologist Professor Richard Carpiano, Dean's Chief Brand Ambassador and Public Affairs Student Assistant Maddie Bunting, and Dean's Brand Ambassador Eric Calderon.
28:37
April 7, 2020
COVID-19: Face or Fear the Facts? (with Dr. Rich Carpiano)
In this episode, the UCR School of Public Policy considers 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. Episode Notes COVID-19 has created a wide spread discussion regarding public health, while also harboring fears in Americans as the disease crosses oceans. With updates about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 by the minute, we ask the question: Do you fear or face the facts? This episode: Dean's Chief Brand Ambassador and Public Affairs Student Assistant Maddie Bunting and population health scientist and medical sociologist Professor Richard Carpiano.
19:47
March 11, 2020