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.
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Have a good holiday and a great new year.
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