Sunday, January 27, 2013

Jessica Bartholow Legislative Advocate and anonymous Calworks recipient join the show to discuss Calworks

Legislative advocate, Jessica Bartholow of The Western Center on Law and Poverty and a local woman who recently became a Calworks recipient join the show to discuss the realities versus the fallacies of the Calworks program. In this interview we address many issues from recent cuts to Calworks statistics. Our anonymous guest also shares her own story, which resonates with many of the stories that we have read about- putting a voice and personal experience to the truths that so many refuse to acknowledge: which is that poverty can happen to anyone. Most Americans are just one perhaps a few paychecks from economic collapse; during this economic downturn there have been many middle class Americans who have lost their homes, who at one time were doing well, living the American dream- yet now they are faced with challenges both economic and personal challenges due to the loss of "The American Dream" but more so due to the stigmatization that is placed upon them by society. In a time when so many struggle it deeply saddens and worries me, when I hear so many Americans on the radio, on TV, online and in day to day conversations who lack empathy; who appear to be somehow envious of the little assistance that Welfare to Work recipients receive, and who cite misinformation. During this interview we address the realities of the program, the work requirements and most importantly our anonymous guest shares her own personal experience with stigmatization along with her story.
Again many thanks to both Jessica Bartholow and to our anonymous guest, who bravely shared her story with us today.
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Netflix Pick- on a lighter note!

I like to share the things that I enjoy along with important topics with my listeners so I've decided to share my weekly Netflix pick in addition to the hard hitting topics that I cover. On a lighter note, I'll be adding a weekly movie or series pick- some will be documentaries, while others will be what I'm watching (I don't watch a lot of TV- so I'm pretty picky. Last week I chose the Machine Gun Preacher, based on the true story of Sam Childers, a drug dealer who turns his life around to become a spiritual warrior. He rescues child soldiers in the Sudan from lives ruined by their forced participation in bloody conflict. This was a wonderful film, it is heart felt and inspirational- I am hoping that Sam Childers will be available to join me on my show to discuss his life and his mission to help others. (I have contacted him, and currently he is abroad doing his work)

This week my pick is Ip Man (there is also a sequel Ip Man 2) "An occupying Japanese general (Hiroyuki Ikeuchi) challenges Chinese men to duels so he can prove the superiority of the Japanese. Ip Man (Donnie Yen) -- a Chinese martial arts master forced to work in the mines -- refuses to fight, but can resist for only so long. Revisit the early days of Ip Man, who gained later fame as an early trainer of Bruce Lee, in director Wilson Yip's action-packed biopic set during the Sino-Japanese War" ( This movie is an amazing action film, with an incredible story.

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Officer Angel Gonzalez Executive Director of the Salinas Police Activities League

Tune in to find out more about the Salinas Police Activities League, what they do for the youth in our community and how you can help!

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Alice Jordan organizer for the Dr. Martin Luther King March is joined by Keynote speaker Dr. Chris Griffith

Tune in as I discuss the recent episodes of gun violence and the need for Gun Control, gun safety, liability and insurance. Recent news stories have shown that guns are clearly falling into the wrong hands and something must be done to keep our streets safe along with our children.
In this episode I also began my newest segment: My Netflix Pick- tune in to find out what I recommend this week!
As we look forward to President Barack Obama's public inauguration, we must remember that we still have much to overcome. That the dream that Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King longed for is within reach, but that we as a nation still face many hurdles, discrimination still lurks, wage discrimination is a fact.
Alice Jordan discusses the Seaside California March assembling at 11am and commencing at noon on Obama Way (Broadway) and Noche Buena by the Social Service Building. The march will include keynote speakers including Dr. Chris Griffith, child, adult and adolescent psychologist who will discuss the issues facing us today including childhood obesity. There will also be commitment cards which will celebrate Dr. King and show that we are following his teachings and giving back to the community. I believe that it is important to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King not only on his day, but that we take his teachings and incorporate them into our daily lives- giving back to the community and bringing the dream into a reality. Yes, we have come a long way, but there is still a road ahead that we must overcome!

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Clare Mounteer Executive Director Monterey County Rape Crisis Center

Clare Mounteer Executive Director of the Monterey County Rape Crisis Center discusses the realities of rape here on the central coast and the many programs that the Rape Crisis Center offers in order to help educate, discuss and address this sensitive topic.
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(831) 375-4357

(831) 424-4357


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Leadership Monterey Peninsula with Executive Director Karen Csejtey

Karen Csejtey, Executive Director Leadership Monterey Peninsula discusses youth leadership and their 10-month program which they will be accepting applications starting in March for the next program which begins in September.  For more information about Leadership Monterey Peninsula tune in and check out their website:

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Bruce Thatcher author of Immigration: How to Avoid It's Perils and Make It Work

Tune in as Bruce Thatcher discusses immigration, it's history and how it has evolved into today's policies. Thatcher discusses how today's policies are failing our nation, while brining insight into past policies.

Immigration: How to Avoid It's Perils and Make it Work is an anylitical and objective account of history that sheds light on the many issues that America faces both currently and in our past and depicts the underlying racial tones that made up America's immigration policy

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Mariphil Cole, local educator joins in on the discussion regarding school safety

Tune in to find out how to keep our children safer in our schools and find out what a local educator feels regarding the NRA's stance on guns in schools.

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Dr. Dorothy Otnow Lewis author of Guilty by Reason of Insanity: Inside the Minds of Killers

Dr. Lewis author of Guilty by Reason of Insanity, discusses mental illness and violence as we delve into the ingredients that are apt to create violence and investigate why some people become violent and others do not.

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Shannon Watts Founder of One Million Moms for Gun Control

Shannon Watts joins KRXA to discusses the necessity for gun control.

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Steve Shimmek Chief Executive officer of The Otter Project

Tune in to find out more about The Otter Project and what you can do to be a part of the project.

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Trina Brajkovich account executive with Be The Match discusses how to join the registry and save a life

Be the Match is a registry that matches potential donors to people with life-threatening blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma or other diseases, a cure exists. Be The Match connects patients with their donor match for a life saving transplant. It is as easy as a check swab to join the registry and often if one is a potential match it can be as simple as a blood donation. Tune in to find out more and learn how you can save a life. Also go to

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Christian Mendlesohn of Loaves, Fishes and Computers

Tune in to hear how Christian Mendlesohn of Loaves, Fishes and Computers can use your old computer and refurbish it so that someone who is in need can use your old computer! Loaves, Fishes and computers is a non profit organization that helps low income individuals- Find out how you can help with a donation, becoming a "Tech Angel" or by volunteering.
Find out more at:
348 Roberts Ave. (behind Home Depot)
Seaside, CA 93955
Tel: (831) 393-9260

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Chris of Fit U discusses how to kick off the New Year:

Tune in to find out about the great offers at Fit U, including Silver Sneakers a program for seniors! Start your New Year right!

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Kelli Morgantini Executive Director of Legal Services for Seniors

Kelli Morgantini joins us to discuss how Legal Services for Seniors is available to help the seniors in our community with legal services. The services are free to Monterey County residents who are over 60 years old.

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Phillip Crawford of the Monterey Peace and Justice Center

Phillip Crawford President of the Monterey Peace and Justice Center joins in on KRXA to discuss how their organization promotes peace, justice and sustainability. We also discuss their English as a second language program, Finding Friends Across Diversity.For more information tune in, and visit their website

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Hamish Tyler of the Media Center for Art, Education and Technology Foundation

Tune in to hear Mr. Hamish Tyler discuss MCAET and how his foundation offers an alternative from the current educational system. MCAET is a wonderful foundation which provides youth with the opportunity to engage in a state of the art multimedia, video production and performing arts school. We also discuss journalism and how the media has become skewed and how MCAET is focused on teaching true journalism.

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Nick Sudano of Ecology Action discusses ways to take action and develop a sustainable environment and economy

Tune in to hear Nick Sudano senior program specialist of Livestock and Land of Ecology Action and how they help livestock and equistarian facilities improve their facilities in order to improve the water quality in our area.

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Kontrena McPheter of Interim Inc

Kontrena McPheter of Interim Inc. discusses how Interim helps the mentally ill in Monterey County, and addresses stigmatization that many face in lew of the atrocities that have recently occurred. Interim is working on overcoming stigmatization, tune in to find out more about Interim and how you can help.

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Marshall Ramsay discusses the seriousness of skin cancer

Recipient of the Wings of Hope and editorial cartoonist: Marshall Ramsey discusses the seriousness of skin cancer- a topic near and dear to me. Not everyone is as fortunate as Marshall, a good friend of mine passed away four years ago from Melanoma- I sincerely hope that each and every one of my listeners take the time to get a skin check and use sun protection.

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Adam Spickler and Sharon Papo of The Diversity Center

Adam Spickler President of The Diversity Center and Sharon Papo Executive Director, discuss Prop 8's move toward the Supreme Court and The Diversity Center which serves Monterey and Santa Cruz. Tune in to find out about the programs that they offer and how we can support and be a part of The Diversity Center.

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