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Join us for chats with various voices in the public policy world about today's most pressing societal issues. This podcast is a production of the School of Public Policy at the University of California, Riverside.

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Join us for chats with various voices in the public policy world about today's most pressing societal issues. This podcast is a production of the School of Public Policy at the University of California, Riverside.

    Crime Prevention (with Michael Ramos)

    Crime Prevention (with Michael Ramos)

    In this episode, Former District Attorney of San Bernardino County Michael Ramos talks with a student from the UC Riverside School of Public Policy about Crime Prevention.

    About Michael Ramos:

    Michael A. Ramos was elected as San Bernardino County’s District Attorney in 2003 and served in the position until 2019. He currently serves as one of the External Relations Directors for the Robert Presley Center of Crime and Justice Studies at the UCR School of Public Policy.

    Learn more about Michael Ramos via https://presleycenter.ucr.edu/about/people#external_relations_directors

    Podcast Highlights:

    “Not every family has that, and so when they get to that point where they start their education, they're already behind.”

    -       Michael Ramos on the impact education has on kids who miss pre-school.

    “I think that's where our communities need to step up....it really comes down to our local communities, mayors, cities councils...”

    -       Michael Ramos on the importance of local communities in helping kids beyond school. 

    “I think that people are curious about people's backgrounds and are more open to learning about one another.”

    -       Michael Ramos on the societal and cultural changes that are creating new ideas.

    Guest:

    Michael Ramos (Former District Attorney)

    Interviewer:

    Kevin Karami (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Chief Ambassador)

    Music by:

    C Codaine

    https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Xylo-Ziko/Minimal_1625

    https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Xylo-Ziko/Phase

    Upbeat Emotive by Fretbound

    https://www.fretbound.com/

    Video Link: https://youtu.be/F_8EMeRnd40


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    Commercial Credits: Eboni Odior, Johanna Arias

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    • 46 min
    The Challenges of Policing (with Sergio Diaz)

    The Challenges of Policing (with Sergio Diaz)

    In this episode, Former Riverside Chief of Police Sergio Diaz talks with students from the UC Riverside School of Public Policy about the challenges of policing.

    About Sergio Diaz:

    Sergio G. Diaz was the chief of police for the city of Riverside, California between July 1, 2010, and September 19, 2019. Prior to joining the Riverside Police Department, Sergio was a police officer in the city of Los Angeles for 33 years, retiring at the rank of Deputy Chief in 2010.

    Learn more about Sergio Diaz via https://presleycenter.ucr.edu/about/people#external_relations_directors

    Podcast Highlights:

    “Policing is one of those professions where people believe that they know what's involved.”

    -       Sergio Diaz on the topic of the misconceptions that exist on policing. 

    “But what we can all do to be safer is to invest more and better in our children.”

    -       Sergio Diaz on the topic of crime prevention. 

    “The best thing you can do to encourage good policing is to refrain from encouraging bad policing.”

    -       Sergio Diaz on the challenges involved in creating safe communities and how police can improve.

    Guest:

    Sergio Diaz (External Relations Director and Former Chief of Police)

    Interviewers:

    Kevin Karami (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Chief Ambassador)

    Zeno Marganian (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Ambassador)

    Music by:

    C Codaine

    https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Xylo-Ziko/Minimal_1625

    https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Xylo-Ziko/Phase



    Upbeat Emotive by Fretbound

    https://www.fretbound.com/

    Video Link: https://youtu.be/F_8EMeRnd40


    Commercial Links:
    https://spp.ucr.edu/ba-mpp

    https://spp.ucr.edu/mpp

    Commercial Credits: Eboni Odior, Johanna Arias, 



    This is a production of the UCR School of Public Policy: https://spp.ucr.edu/

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    • 42 min
    California State Controller Betty Yee: A Career in Public Service

    California State Controller Betty Yee: A Career in Public Service

    In this episode, California State Controller Betty Yee talks with students from the UC Riverside School of Public Policy about her career in public office.

    About Betty Yee: State Controller Betty T. Yee was elected in November 2014, following two terms of service on the California Board of Equalization.  As Controller, she continues to serve the Board as its fifth voting member.  Reelected for a second term as Controller in 2018, Ms. Yee is only the tenth woman in California history to be elected to statewide office.

    Learn more about Betty Yee via https://www.sco.ca.gov/eo_about_bio.html

    Podcast Highlights:

    “The other frustrating part, I have to say, is being a woman. We are still not taken seriously. I know I had an opponent who specifically ran against me because he thought that he could beat a woman.”

    -       Betty Yee on the disadvantages of running as a woman.

    “I'm convinced today, that this is the case, (and the government has to do a better job making the connection) that any challenge being faced anywhere in California can be solved in California.”

    -       Betty Yee on the challenges of public office.

    “Do it in an informed way and the most informed way is to know yourself first.”

    -       Betty Yee's advice to students interested in running for office.

    Guest:

    Betty Yee (California State Controller)

    Interviewers:

    Kevin Karami (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Chief Ambassador)

    Johanna Arias (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Ambassador)

    Music by:

    C Codaine

    https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Xylo-Ziko/Minimal_1625  

    https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Xylo-Ziko/Phase  

    Upbeat Emotive by Fretbound

    https://www.fretbound.com/

    Video Link: https://youtu.be/F_8EMeRnd40

    Commercial Links: https://spp.ucr.edu/ba-mpp

    https://spp.ucr.edu/mpp

    Commercial Credits: Eboni Odior, Johanna Arias, Raiyan Kalam

    This is a production of the UCR School of Public Policy: https://spp.ucr.edu/

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    • 40 min
    Addressing the Housing Crisis (with Bree Lang)

    Addressing the Housing Crisis (with Bree Lang)

    In this episode, Professor of Economics Dr. Bree Lang talks with students from the UC Riverside School of Public Policy about Low-Income Housing and the Housing Crisis.

    About Bree Lang:

    Bree Lang is an economics professor at the University of California, Riverside. Her research areas include urban economics, taxation, subsidized housing, and public finance.

    Learn more about Bree Lang via https://sites.google.com/site/breejoneslang/ 

    Podcast Highlights:

    “The US Department of Housing and Urban Development defines affordability as someone who is spending 30 percent or less of their income on housing. And if you look in California in particular, in the mid-2010s, 80 percent of households were spending more than 30 percent of their income on housing. In the mid-2000s, 30% of people were spending over 50% of their income on rent.”

    -       Bree Lang on the severity of the housing crisis and its effect on families. 

    “If I want to be optimistic for just one moment, I think that COVID has also shined a light on a lot of these root problems where we are talking about kind of this inequality and upward mobility. I think that we're more likely to be having conversations about those big picture issues.”

    -       Bree Lang on the topic of COVID-19 and its impact on the discussion surrounding the housing crisis.

    “I think it's important to be open-minded about these things and to be willing to listen to people so that we can come to a solution that's going to work for everybody.”

    -       Bree Lang on the topic of solving the housing crisis.

    Guest:

    Dr. Bree Lang (Professor of Economics)

    Interviewers:

    Kevin Karami (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Chief Ambassador)

    Raiyan Kalam (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Ambassador)

    Music by:

    C Codaine

    https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Xylo-Ziko/Minimal_1625


    https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Xylo-Ziko/Phase


    Commercial Links:
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    https://spp.ucr.edu/mpp

    This is a production of the UCR School of Public Policy: https://spp.ucr.edu/

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    • 36 min
    Science and Technology in Public Policy (with Jun Bando)

    Science and Technology in Public Policy (with Jun Bando)

    In this episode, Senior Advisor of the California Council on Science & Technology Dr. Jun Bando talks with students from the UC Riverside School of Public Policy about the role science plays in public policy.

    About Jun Bando:

    K. Jun Bando is the Senior Advisor to the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST). She focuses on guiding strategic planning and organizational transformation to enhance CCST’s contributions to strengthening California’s policies with science.

    Learn more about Jun Bando via https://ccst.us/people/staff/jun-bando/

    Podcast Highlights:

    “  One thing that is really helpful in this regard is training scientists to be science translators-topic of going from science/research to policy.”

    -       Jun Bando on the topic of going from science/research to policy. 

    “As with all major change, taking full advantage of these tools is going to require vision, strong leadership, and institutional cultures that really embrace innovation and collaboration.”

    -       Jun Bando on the topic of online learning and the new opportunities and challenges students and schools face.

    “Science really needs to work to build a more diverse, inclusive and equitable culture within the field.”

    -       Jun Bando on the topic of racial justice issues within the science field and the effort it will take for reform

    Guest:

    Dr. Jun Bando (Senior Advisor at CCST)

    Interviewers:

    Kevin Karami (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Chief Ambassador)

    Sean Nguyen (UCR Public Policy Major, Peer Academic Advisor)

    Music by:

    C Codaine

    https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Xylo-Ziko/Minimal_1625


    https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Xylo-Ziko/Phase


    Commercial Links:
    https://spp.ucr.edu/ba-mpp

    https://spp.ucr.edu/mpp

    This is a production of the UCR School of Public Policy: https://spp.ucr.edu/

    Subscribe to this podcast so you don’t miss an episode. Learn more about the series and other episodes via https://spp.ucr.edu/podcast.

    • 36 min
    Digital Public Discourse (with Lorna Seitz)

    Digital Public Discourse (with Lorna Seitz)

    In this episode, President and co-founder of Legis Lorna Seitz talks with students from the UC Riverside School of Public Policy about electronic public discourse.

    About Lorna Seitz:

    Lorna Seitz is an expert in developing transformative laws, policies and programs. Seitz has 20+ years of experience in policy development, legislative analysis and institutional reform. She specializes in facilitating collaborative problem-solving processes, promoting civic engagement with policy-making and oversight processes, and establishing systems to address wicked problems. She is the co-founder and President of Legis, a non-profit founded to realize the potential of 21st century technology to overcome barriers to inclusive, responsive, evidence-based policy and law development.

    Learn more about Lorna Seitz via https://spp.ucr.edu/senior-policy-fellow-spotlight-lorna-seitz

    Podcast Highlights:

    “The video footage that we've been able to see has been very impactful.. we have the ability to see more primary evidence now.”

    -       Lorna Seitz on the impact of modern technology and social media.

    “So it really will shift the paradigm of a large number of people when they both have access to relevant information and also have the ability to discuss it with people.”

    -       Lorna Seitz on the impact that accurate information and healthy discourse has on people's views.

    “You might have the policy people come up with this policy, and then if you look at the law, it says something totally different; there's a radical disconnect.”

    -       Lorna Seitz on the topic of evidence and logic-based policy making.

    Guest:

    Lorna Seitz (President and co-founder of Legis)

    Interviewers:

    Kevin Karami (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Chief Ambassador)

    Johanna Arias (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Ambassador)



    Music by:

    C Codaine

    https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Xylo-Ziko/Minimal_1625 https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Xylo-Ziko/Phase  Upbeat Emotive by Fretbound

    https://www.fretbound.com/

    Video Link: https://youtu.be/F_8EMeRnd40

    Commercial Links: https://spp.ucr.edu/ba-mpp

    https://spp.ucr.edu/mpp

    This is a production of the UCR School of Public Policy: https://spp.ucr.edu/

    Subscribe to this podcast so you don’t miss an episode. Learn more about the series and other episodes via https://spp.ucr.edu/podcast.

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