Policy Wonk or Stand-up Comedian? Van Jones, the green-jobs guy who worked briefly in the White House on environmental issues, used late-night humor throughout his rousing speech on what’s ahead if we don’t embrace alternative energies soon. Hint – higher gas prices will be the least of our problems. With the Gulf coastline covered in […]
Policy Wonk or Stand-up Comedian?
Van Jones, the green-jobs guy who worked briefly in the White House on environmental issues, used late-night humor throughout his rousing speech on what’s ahead if we don’t embrace alternative energies soon. Hint – higher gas prices will be the least of our problems. With the Gulf coastline covered in muck, this talk is especially timely. Be sure to watch Van Jones: The Green Collar Economy.
For those of us committed to saving the Golden State, there’s some great information on how California got into the recurring budget crisis and what could be done to detangle the legislative mess in Sacramento. Four professors from UC San Diego lay it out on California in Crisis: Can It Be Fixed?
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 […]
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.
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.