Talking About California

Thursday Mornings at 9 AM

Talking About California is a public affairs program produced and hosted by Cal Winslow, and focusing on issues of major historic, social and cultural importance to Mendocino County and California.

Starting on 14 September 2017, Cal returns to KZYX with a new Talking About California short series marking Hispanic Heritage Month and co-hosted by Ana Loreto Rojas, a Mendocino County journalist and educator.

Together, Cal and Loreto will focus on the crisis of the Trump presidency and its attacks on millions of workers and their families, an attack best symbolized by his vilification of Mexicans and, by implication, all Latinos; by his decision to end DACA; and by his supporters’ racist chant, “Build that wall.”

In these interviews, the program will explore the origins of this crisis, its immediate and projected long-term impacts, the widespread opposition to Trump, as well as alternate visions and solutions. 

The first guest in the series is David Montejano, Professor of the Graduate School in Chicano/Latino Studies and Professor Emeritus of History, University of California Berkeley.

Cal Winslow is Director of the Mendocino Institute. He is a retired Fellow in Geography at UC Berkeley and a founder of Mendocino Parents for Peace. His latest book is River of Fire; Commons, Crisis and the Imagination. He is editor of West of Eden, Communes and Utopia in Northern California. He lives with his family near Caspar on the Mendocino Coast.


DACA, or Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals, the program that allowed certain undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as minors – known as Dreamers – to remain in the country and work or attend school legally, is threatened by President Trump and the Republicans in Congress. Laura Enriquez, Professor of Latino Studies at UC Irvine, explains DACA, and The Dream Act, and how it benefits communities, our society as a whole, and the urgent need to defend this legislation.

Porfirio Quintano is an environmental services worker at Sutter Hospital’s California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. He came to this country from Honduras in 1996 seeking asylum. He is a union activist and an elected member of the executive committee, the National Union of Healthcare Workers. He lives with his family in El Sobrante


In this episode of Talking About California, Cal and Loreto speak with David Montejano,  professor of the graduate school in Chicano and Latino studies at UC Berkeley He is a historian of and sociologist and former chair of Latino policy and research institute. He has written several books and articles about Chicano politics and society in the twentieth century. He is from San Antonio Texas.

Cal Winslow and Loreto Rojas host a series for Hispanic Heritage Month. This episode is an interview with Mireya Loza, curator of the division of work and industry at the Smithsonian in Washington DC. Her book Defiant Braceros, examines the bracero program, the largest guest worker program in US history.

Cal Winslow Speaks with Juan Gonzalez about Puerto Rico, its past present, and future after Hurricane Maria, and his new book, Reclaiming Gotham about New York City. Broadcast October 2017.