Year 1 of # 45: Reflecting on politics and the information Bubble

Topic: Year 1 of # 45: Reflecting on Politics and the Information Bubble
Segment: D Report
Participants: Dave Poyer, MA in International relations, Former Political Consultant
Broadcast Air Date: 1/12/18 KUCR 88.3 FM.
Time: 5:15 PM (PST)
KUCR station page: http://www.kucr.org
Archive pages: https://soundcloud.com/stoppretending, http://www.dreport.org
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Segment produced in KUCR, the radio station of the University California in Riverside.
Disclaimer: The views expressed are the sole responsibility of the respective speakers and do not represent the endorsed position of the UC Regents, UC Riverside or KUCR.

Discussion Topics:
– What can we say about the electorate, a year into the presidency of # 45?
– Was the decision to vote for #45 based on local interests?
– Have supporters of # 45 realized that the presidential campaign promises are not going to be delivered?
– How do the empty political word games affect people at the local street level?
– Will the sound bites of #45 injure the United States globally?
– Is there shock among supporters of # 45 at the actions of # 45?
– What do we do when the “clean up” to “make America great again” surprises us by targeting us and our neighbors?
– How do you turn to your neighbor and say, “I’m sorry, I didn’t know #45 was going to do these things to you;” when I voted for him.
– Can we figure out what pubic officials are going to do in the future by looking at what they have already done?
– Why is John Kelly, someone trained to occupy countries, in charge of policing the Border?
– When was the last time a U.S. president was un-invited from visiting the United Kingdom?
– Why do we hear from critics of #45 and little to none from supporters of #45?
– Is it scary to have to second guess your previous support of #45?
– Is politics a game of convincing people to vote against their own interests?
– How do we learn to repeat the same talking points in place of individual thought?
– Does media political information operate as an insulation bubble that limits alternative points of view?
– Is politics something you access by pouring into a glass or is it so big you have to swim into it?
– What happened to the age of information freedom that was supposed to liberate us from bias?
– How does the country where the majority of world lives, surveil and censor information?
– What is the great firewall of China?
– Is the information being curated, screened and filtered to produce an illusion of free access to information?
–  If you live in China,  can you find the picture from1989 Tiananmen Square,  of the man standing in front of the tank?

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[One of several photographs of the event was taken by Jeff Widener of the Associated Press, 1989]

– Isn’t the fear of a future where your information is screened just for you a little late if your social media and search engines have been filtering information just for you for years?
– If information is not free then what are we not seeing about  our own culture?
– If information is not free then what are we not seeing about the world?
– Have we replaced our individual conversations for repetitions of talking points as scripts?
– What are the new alternative forms of political engagement?
– Who really is in charge?
– Is the Unites States operating under a corporate oligarchy?
– Why would you include a deduction item for hedge fund managers in a tax reform bill stated to help those living paycheck-to-paycheck?
– How much money do you need to have  the bank in order to get the president on phone?
– Is Oprah a good presidential candidate because  she is a  billionaire that speaks the same language of corporate wealth?
– What if #45 is not hurting his political support base, because his base are billionaires?
– Is voting along party lines a practice of voting against our own self-interests?
– Has the Democratic party moved to the “right?”
– Is there evidence to describe Hilary Clinton as a War Hawk?
– Why didn’t Obama make meaningful changes to the banking industry that reflected support of the non-bankers?
– Why don’t third-party candidates get included into the political conversation?
– Why is capitalism not central to the political dialogue of America?
– What does the politics for non-corporate parties look like?

H.E.A.T.- Building a table of Trust: the System, the Sanctuary

1/05/18 H.E.A.T., Building a table of Trust- the System, the Sanctuary and the Streets
Topic: H.E.A.T. Symposium February 2 &3 in Riverside CA
Segment: D Report
Participants: Terrance Steward, MA in Education, community Organizer and Scholar
Broadcast Air Date: 1/05/18 KUCR 88.3 FM.
Time: 5:15 PM (PST)
KUCR station page: http://www.kucr.org
Archive pages: https://soundcloud.com/stoppretending, http://www.dreport.org
Send comments about this segment to: comments@dreport.org

Segment produced in KUCR, the radio station of the University California in Riverside.
Disclaimer: The views expressed are the sole responsibility of the respective speakers and do not represent the endorsed position of the UC Regents, UC Riverside or KUCR.

Discussion Topics:
H.E.A.T. Symposium – Winter 2018
On February 2-3, 2018, PICO California will convene its 3rd H.E.A.T. symposium, focusing on the theme of “Trust: The System, The Sanctuary, The Streets”.
https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=2098197
-Inland congregation United for Change, (ICUC),  https://www.facebook.com/icucpicoca/ http://www.icucpico.com/leaders
-What is H.E.A.T. (Hiring, Equipment, Accountability and Training?
-How did the PICO campaign lead to the development H.E.A.T.?
-How to you build a “table” for different groups to work together and learn from one another?
-If you are not sitting at the table, you are on the menu?
-Do the communities and the police officers have the same concerns?
-Where does the element of trust fit in the subject of community safety and policing?
-Isn’t trust contradictory between the system of policing, the sanctuary and the streets?
-Can we create something new, built on trust by bring the streets, clergy and police together?
-What if we have been accustomed to believe that the police are a remedy for poverty , inequality and systemic violence?
– Is there already a relationship between the sanctuary circlers and the police, yet not a relationship with the streets?
-Is there a space of trust that he streets can talk to the police system?
-What are the alternatives to the incarceration approach to address what is considered a crime?
-What if a measure of success is promoting police for incarcerating humans?
-What is Principal Policing training and does it counter implicit biased in policing?
-How do you implement Procedural Justice?
-Do the police hire People of color, Women, and LGBTQ?
-Bill AB 953- documents data base of perceived race?
-We have been told before that if police was conducted by members of the community, policing would be less violent; but is there a space to talk about policing as inherently violent?
-What is the history of police departments and the slave patrols?
-Can we build community programs as alternatives to police departments?
-Austin Sterling and Fernando Castile were killed by Police.
-Riverside is becoming a place of dramatic change.
-Do systems of oppression have the capacity to trust?
-Who are your trusting nine? Who do you trust to enter your house?
-What has changed in police accountability in the 20 years since Taisha Miller was Killed by the Police in Riverside?
-How do we give our communities credit for all the hard work that has produced positive change?
How de we heal our communities and build trust for greater support and strength?

Música para el fin del 2017/ Music for the end of 2017

Topic: Música para el fin del 2017/ Music for the end of 2017
Segment: D Report
Participants: Co- host Mali
Broadcast Air Date: 12/29/17 KUCR 88.3 FM.
Time: 5:15 PM (PST)
KUCR station page: http://www.kucr.org
Archive pages: https://soundcloud.com/stoppretending, http://www.dreport.org
Send comments about this segment to: comments@dreport.org

Copy rights to music held by original artists.
Segment produced in KUCR, the radio station of the University California in Riverside.
Disclaimer: The views expressed are the sole responsibility of the respective speakers and do not represent the endorsed position of the UC Regents, UC Riverside or KUCR.

On Resistance: Radio , Community and Creativity

Topic: On Resistance: Radio , Community and Creativity
Segment: D Report
Participants: Co- host J from “ On Resistance.” KPFK 90.7, Radio Pacifica http://www.kpfk.org/,
https://soundcloud.com/on-resistance, https://www.facebook.com/onresistance, http://onresistanceradio.tumblr.com/,
Broadcast Air Date: 12/22/17 KUCR 88.3 FM.
Time: 5:15 PM (PST)
KUCR station page: http://www.kucr.org
Archive pages: https://soundcloud.com/stoppretending, http://www.dreport.org
Send comments about this segment to: comments@dreport.org

Segment produced in KUCR, the radio station of the University California in Riverside.
Disclaimer: The views expressed are the sole responsibility of the respective speakers and do not represent the endorsed position of the UC Regents, UC Riverside or KUCR.

Discussion points:
What is counter media?
How do we create authentic communication?
What is the role of radio as a form that people have self-organized to respond to crisis?
How does radio become a medium of real dialogue?
What are some of the inherent contradictions in trying be free with our speech while broadcasting on the radio?
How does counter media push back against the dominant narrative?
What is the history of free radio movements?
Was the FCC as government agency, developed to facilitate corporations’ access to the radio waves?
What is DIY radio?
Is there a place for direct raw honesty on the radio?
What does community radio sound like?
How do we model on the radio, what horizontal participatory dialogue sounds like?
What happens when we share or healthy community conversations on the radio?
What are the mainstream expectations of radio “professionalism?”
What is the role of community participation in radio?
Do we always have to assume opposing points of view?
What is the difference between supporting invested dialogue over debate?
Why is there an assumption that media and or reporting must take a neutral stance?
How do we amplify the erased and or under heard narratives?
How do we make space on radio to sit with people and share dialogues of creativity?
How does radio offer opportunities to amplify different stories?
How does radio change the conversations we can hold?
Do we believed in our own narrative without seeking external validation?
We can create our own theory?
Our communities have their own stories to tell.

Towards ending sexual assault: Building tools to a safer, better, and stronger society

Topic: Towards ending sexual assault : Building tools to a safer, better, and stronger society
Segment: D Report
Participants: Karla Aguilar, campus advocate and Assistant Director of CARE Program ( Campus Advocacy ,Resource and Education) http://care.ucr.edu/
Broadcast Air Date: 12/15/17 KUCR 88.3 FM.
Time: 5:15 PM (PST)
KUCR station page: http://www.kucr.org
Archive pages: https://soundcloud.com/stoppretending, http://www.dreport.org
Send comments about this segment to: comments@dreport.org

Segment produced in KUCR, the radio station of the University California in Riverside.
Disclaimer: The views expressed are the sole responsibility of the respective speakers and do not represent the endorsed position of the UC Regents, UC Riverside or KUCR.

Discussion points:
– What are the different conversations addressing Sexual assault?
– Is this a pivotal time where people are finding different ways to give voice to what they have experienced?
– How do we change the of stigma away for the survivors and onto the perpetrators of sexual harassment and sexual violence?
– Why do the perpetrators of sexual assault get to hide?
– How do we emphasize the unequal power dynamics in the intervention of sexual assault?
– Isn’t it an awkward contraction, to have the recipients of sexual harassment and sexual violence have to convince everyone that their narrative is true, when the perpetrators get the benefit of the doubt by default?
– What the new ways we talk about consent?
– Is sexual assault an expression of the system of oppression?
– How do all of us hold a little piece of the overall enforcement of oppression?
– What happens if we build more tools, to counter the forces that support sexual violence?
– What are you trying to ruin the party? If your party is about violence, then YES- I will ruin your party.
– How do we acknowledge our numerical power as a tool to build a safer, better stronger society?- “ we are many.”

What the available advocacy resources? http://care.ucr.edu/, http://care.ucr.edu/get-help/index.html

If you’re a survivor of sexual violence, know that what happened to you was not your fault. UCR’s CARE advocates are available if you’d like confidential help in sorting through your emotions, resources and options.

As UCR’s certified sexual assault/domestic violence survivor advocates, CARE advocates operate within an empowerment model of support, aiming to provide those impacted by violence with on- and off-campus resources, and supporting whichever path the survivor feels will be most helpful on their healing journey.

We welcome students, faculty, staff — as well as support individuals — to meet with us in a safe and highly confidential space.
– CARE advocates are here for you, to listen to, support and empower you with the following services:
– For more information of resources for reporting and or support contact
Tel: (951) 827-6225 Email: advocate@ucr.edu

Net Neutrality and Society: Who controls the keys?

Topic: Net Neutrality and Society: Who controls the keys?
Segment: D Report
Participants: Tony K. Yang PhD, economic Historian and host of podcast I’ll Look into it http://illlookintoit.org/
Broadcast Air Date: 12/08/17 KUCR 88.3 FM.
Time: 5:15 PM (PST)
KUCR station page: http://www.kucr.org
Archive pages: https://soundcloud.com/stoppretending, http://www.dreport.org
Send comments about this segment to: comments@dreport.org

Segment produced in KUCR, the radio station of the University California in Riverside.
Disclaimer: The views expressed are the sole responsibility of the respective speakers and do not represent the endorsed position of the UC Regents, UC Riverside or KUCR.

Discussion points:
– What is economic history?
– Is the interment being regulated or deregulated?
– How did the internet become such a vital component of capitalism?
– How did the internet move from being a niche accessed medium to a ubiquitous item in our daily lives?
– Is the internet a disruptive technology?
– Is net neutrality an issue relevant to the first amendment, freedom of speech?
– Is the internet simply the social network site and the video stream location?
– Wasn’t the internet unregulated prior to 2015?
– What is the difference in classifying the Internet Service Providers as “common carriers” instead of “information services?”
– Is net neutrality a subject that addresses the digital divide?
– How has the internet altered our physical lives?
– Have we as a society agreed that the big telecommunication companies will be the gatekeepers of the internet?
– Are ISP’s delivering a product themselves or are ISP’s delivering a type of transportation to a product?
– What if ISP’s decide where you should go to read, listen, watch or buy?
– What’s the big deal about losing net neutrality, if I’m still going to get my information from Fakebook and GlueTube?
– How will you describe the internet you first encountered to your grandchildren?
– Who actually owns the internet?
– Do most people think the internet is like radio stations and or cable channels?
– Can you and I put our own fiber optic cables and have or own servers?
Is the internet a public good, a public utility like the gas and electric company?
– Is there public option to the corporate internet service providers?
– If the internet is so important, why aren’t people really fighting to protect an open and neutral internet?
– When do you think Amazon is going to become its own ISP?
– What kind of human being are you when one corporation dresses you, informs you, entertains you and makes choices for you?
– Do you control all the keys if you control Internet access?

Affirmative Action: from anti-discrimination legal intervention to promotion of diversity

12/01/17 Affirmative Action: from anti-discrimination legal intervention to promotion of diversity
Topic: 12/01/17 Affirmative Action: from anti-discrimination legal intervention to promotion of diversity
Segment: D Report
Participants: Daniel
Broadcast Air Date: 12/01/17 KUCR 88.3 FM.
Time: 5:15 PM (PST)
KUCR station page: http://www.kucr.org
Archive pages: https://soundcloud.com/stoppretending, http://www.dreport.org
Send comments about this segment to: comments@dreport.org

Segment produced in KUCR, the radio station of the University California in Riverside.
Disclaimer: The views expressed are the sole responsibility of the respective speakers and do not represent the endorsed position of the UC Regents, UC Riverside or KUCR.

Discussion points:
Why do we currently understand affirmative action differently from its original intent?
What don’t we understand about affirmative action?
How is Affirmative Action larger than our individual feelings?
Why do we say “you’re so lucky ,” to those that maybe applicable to affirmative action ?
Does it make sense, to say , “you have it easier because you “ not- white” and “ under represented?”
Wasn’t Affirmative Action policy a legal intervention to undo the legal construction of racial inequality?
How did Affirmative Action become about diversity?
Was the 1865 The Freedmen’s Bureau a form of Affirmative Action?
Is it charity for the government that legally supported slavery to consequently support the recently freed slaves toward some form of equality?
When does the phrase “affirmative action” enter popular speech?
Doesn’t the government have a responsibility to counter the legal construction of racial inequality?
How do you prove that you are not discriminating when you have a 100% white male employee pool?
Why did Proposition 209 in 1997 officially take a position against affirmative action?
How does the Bakke case of 1978 change the conversation about affirmative action from legal intervention toward racial equity into inclusion through diversity?
Grutter v Bollinger in 2003, re-affirms the permits of diversity models of affirmative action’s policies.
Why are the courts so hesitant to use the law to counter racial inequality when racial inequality was legally created?
Why is the conversation regarding the fairness of Affirmative Action policies a loosing discussion?