HOUSING CRISIS UPDATE. Host Roger Bowman examines where we are now with the housing situation in the Inland Empire. Guest Alan Sims is an expert witness and forensic real estate appraiser who assists plaintiffs with legal actions against mortgage issuers. He is the author of the book Sue Your Bank (available on Amazon). Alan discusses the national settlements that are leading to the issuing of checks to those wrongfully treated during foreclosure proceedings. He is joined by PhD candidate Isabelle Placentia who researches the impact of housing displacement on people's well being, while also actively assisting home owners in applying for mortgage modifications.
NATIVE AMERICAN MEDICINE. Roger Bowman welcomed Dr. Clifford Trafzer, a professor of American Indian affairs and former museum curator, and Dr. Juliet McMullin, a specialist in in medical anthropology. Cliff discussed American Indian medicinal techniques that were formerly practiced and the many that are still practiced today by healers, elders, and shaman. Juliet discussed the importance of Poi to the Native Hawaiians. She also discusses the importance of storytelling in modern practicing physicians.
MINORITY EDUCATION. Host Roger Bowman was joined by two associate professors of education who teach at the Clarement Graduate University, Dr. Susan Paik and Dr. Cecilia Rios-Aguilar. Susan, born in Korea and educated in the U.S., conducts research on the varying educational outcomes of discrete groups of Asian-American immigrants from the East Asian, South-East Asian and South Asian regions with an eye towards identifying root causes for the variances. Cecilia, born in Mexico and educated at the graduate level in the U.S., researches the ability for social media and leading-edge apps to improve minority educational outcomes among K-12 students.
ARTS ADDRESS BULLYING. Joining host Roger Bowman in studio is the Poet Laureate of California, UCR professor Juan Felipe Herrera. Recently he wrote a poem in memory of Joanna Ramos, an 11-year-old who was killed in a schoolyard fight in Long Beach, CA. Titled I Promise Joanna, he expanded on the poem to begin a school awareness program about bullying that entails having children promise not to bully and to write poems about their bullying experiences. Juan believes the arts, such as poetry, can be a tool by which frustrated children can express themselves and find peace in lieu of the violence or suicides that many turn to as an outlet.
HIGH SCHOOL HELPERS. Pastor Jason Evans of Judson Baptist Church talks with host Roger Bowman about a group of volunteers who come to Pacific High School to have supportive conversations with students. The show also highlights some of the programs offered at the school, including gender-segregated classes. Many students report they feel more comfortable and pay greater attention in class when all of the students are of the same gender. They also tutor one another in a lifeboat program. They even attend classes that use team teaching methods. Roger is joined by two students of the high school: Daniela Palma-Munguia and Nathan Medina-Silva.
HEALTHY AGING. Howard Friedman, PhD, a professor at UC Riverside, summarizes a long-term study that reveals choices made early on affect the likelihood of problem-free retirement. Karen Jaceldo-Siegl, Doctor of Public Health at Loma Linda University, discusses 7th Day Adventist versus non-Adventists health comparisons, given Adventists abstain from nearly all harmful products. Mike Riskas, a former coach at Pomona College, shows us resistance training techniques that work for him post-retirement. And Dr. Deborah Burke, PhD, discusses tips on remembering names and whether the common problem of forgetting family member names is a sign of dementia.
VETERAN HEALTH CARE. In the Inland Empire, Veterans received their healthcare via the Loma Linda Veteran's Healthcare System, anchored by the Jerry L. Pettis Memorial Veterans Medical Center. This nearly million square foot facility is augmented by several regional clinics and features advanced diagnostic and surgical technologies to provide the best possible care to those who have served our nation. Joining host Roger Bowman is Ms. Prachi Asher, Assistant Director, and Mr. John Turner, Associate Chief of Nursing for the VA Loma Linda Healthcare System, who discusses patient-centered care and the breadth of services provided by the hospital group.
INLAND HEALTHCARE. Host Roger Bowman focused on the challenge of providing health care to the expanding Inland Empire region. Guest Mark Turner, the CEO of San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital, discusses the renovation of the hospital he oversees in the Pass Region. Additionally, Dean Olds of the University of California at Riverside highlights an innovative new medical school that meets the unique needs of the IE. UCR is creating the first new medical school to be opened in California in 40 years, with a focus on increasing physicians available to IE residents.
MINORITIES IN THE ARTS. University of California at Riverside professor Rickerby Hinds joined host Roger Bowman to discuss the stereotype roles given to minorities in film, television, and theater. The Armenian gangster, the prison gang member, the Italian mobster. When an artist is cast, often it is to portray a caricature. Rickerby and Roger discuss the balance between the need to convey a lot of character traits in a short amount of time versus color-blind casting on merit alone. Also discussed is the effort to bring Latino and African American artists into mainstream theater and television roles.
SPORTS INJURIES Host Roger Bowman spoke to two orthopedic surgeons, Dr. Christopher Jobe and Dr. Hasan Syed, both of whom practice at the Loma Linda University Medical Center. The discussion centered on the danger of injury for kids playing sports, and the process of recovery when such an injury does occur. Also discussed was the trend towards playing sports at a younger age and the unique considerations of competitive athletics for still-growing children.