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The Soul of California

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Dec 11, 2017

The Best of 2017 - 26 minutes of snippets of some of the policies, persons and personalities that defined the Soul of California this year. In the following order: 

  • UCLA's Donald Shoup on why company parking is massively unjust: 
  • Bassist Nathan East on picking up a guitar for the first time;
  • Secretary Norman Mineta on being a “non-alien” of Japanese ancestry during WWII; 
  • Mural Queen Judy Baca on “getting caught” painting on her boss’s wall with gang members; 
  • Rocker Chuck Prophet on Bobby Fuller’s legacy and California Noir; 
  • Stanford's Clayborne Carson on Martin Luther King, Jr’s most memorable speech; 
  • Betty Reid Soskin and the reaction that her park ranger uniform evokes;
  • Literary statesman T.C. Boyle on human nature and the dying off of a species; 
  • Jim Harris on the mythic ending of Route 66; 
  • Poet Laureate Luis Rodriguez on what he would tell himself as a teen-ager; 
  • UC Berkeley’s Michael Dear on why walls don’t work; 
  • Biographer Earle Labor on Jack London’s farcical struggles with immediate and ultimate happiness; 
  • Writer Steven Provost on James Dean’s last meal (and speeding ticket);
  • Novelist Dana Johnson on how well-told accomplishments and not-so-well-told accomplishments make some immortal and some (undeservedly) forgotten.     

Thanks for listening to the show this year. Please don’t forget to share. After all, it’s the holiday season. Grab a cup of something hot and strong and hit the play button….

Have a good holiday and a great new year. 

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