On Location: State of Minds Crew at UC Santa Cruz

UCTV’s State of Minds crew was on the UC Santa Cruz campus last week shooting host segments for the Spring 2010 edition (premiering later this month). Executive Producer and host Shannon Bradley reports from the field: We spent a good part of last week shooting for State of Minds at UC Santa Cruz. What a […]

UCTV’s State of Minds crew was on the UC Santa Cruz campus last week shooting host segments for the Spring 2010 edition (premiering later this month). Executive Producer and host Shannon Bradley reports from the field:

We spent a good part of last week shooting for State of Minds at UC Santa Cruz. What a gorgeous campus!

Our contact there, Guy Lasnier, was extremely helpful in arranging locations for our host segments and in setting up our interview with Olga Nájera-Ramírez, the anthropologist who just finished a beautiful documentary on Folklórico dance. We’ll feature clips from her film in our show, along with stories from Rich Wargo on Jose Restrepo, a UC San Diego structural engineer who surveyed the earthquake damage in Chile; Paul Pfotenhauer’s piece on the new, green Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science at UC Davis; and a segment from our newest correspondent, Carla Yarbrough at UC Riverside, on researchers who are creating the perfect grass – green turf that doesn’t need much water.

Here’s our crew, Matt Alioto (right) and Ken Zukin (left), along with Guy Lasnier (center), as we set up at Terra Fresca Restaurant for the intro into Paul’s story on food and wine:

Here’s Guy (closest) being drafted into carrying gear with Matt and Ken out to a scenic vista overlooking the Great Meadow.

We chose this spot to introduce Carla’s piece on drought-tolerant turf (from left to right, Matt, Ken, Guy):

Here’s a post-interview shot with Olga Nájera-Ramirez (center), her former graduate student, Russell Rodriguez (left), and me (right). I talked with the two of them about making “Danza Folkórica Escénica: El Sello Artístico de Rafael Zamarripa,” a documentary featuring the acclaimed folklórico choreographer. Olga and Russell first met Zamarripa as young folklórico dancers more than 30 years ago. Their film traces the development of this traditional Mexican dance form through Zamarripa’s experiences and artistic productions.

And finally, a fan spies on our production:

Read more about the visit and see additional photos at this article from UC Santa Cruz.

– Shannon Bradley

Writer’s Symposium By the Sea 2010

In March, UCSD-TV will tape two of Dean Nelson’s author interviews as part of the 2010 Writer’s Symposium by the Sea at Point Loma Nazarene University. Look for the broadcast premieres of “An Evening with Michael Eric Dyson” and “An Evening with Bill McKibben” in April.

Watch online videos of all Writer’s Symposium by the Sea programs and learn more about the series.

New State of Minds Premieres in May 2010


Stay tuned for an new installment of UCTV’s State of Minds. Learn how the magic of Folkorico dance inspires a former UC Santa Cruz student to become a UCSC professor of anthropology and producer of documentary films. Follow along as UC Davis becomes the first university to use top green design standards for a new winery, brewery and food processing facility. Join UC Riverside researchers as they pursue the right mix for growing drought-tolerant grass. Look for these stories and more in May.

New State of Minds Premieres in February 2010

State of Minds returns with all new stories from around the UC system. Take a look at how UC Davis is helping California’s plant and flower growers compete in the global market. Then, a welcome back to the UC students of Japanese descent who were interned during World War II. Also, new technology at UC […]

State of Minds returns with all new stories from around the UC system. Take a look at how UC Davis is helping California’s plant and flower growers compete in the global market. Then, a welcome back to the UC students of Japanese descent who were interned during World War II. Also, new technology at UC Santa Cruz that uses visuals to search the web and from UC Berkeley, a cross-disciplinary approach to saving the California Delta. Finally, a tour of The Loft, the new performance lounge that’s bringing nightlife to the campus of UC San Diego. Stay tuned for more information and be sure to check out the State of Minds archives.