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  1. Cook along at home, if you like, during a delicious cooking demonstration spotlighting richly flavorful, affordable, healthy and easy-to-prepare foods reflecting the great range of culinary traditions and flavors of Latin America.

    Sarah Anderson, Heritage Diet Curriculum Coordinator for Oldways, teaches us how to make menestra, an Ecuadorian lentil stew; and chimichurri, an herb sauce common in Argentina and Uruguay.

    About Oldways:

    Oldways is a food and nutrition nonprofit dedicated to improving public health by inspiring individuals and organizations to embrace the healthy, sustainable joys of the “old ways” of eating—heritage-based diets high in taste, nourishment, sustainability, and joy.

    The Oldways Latin American Heritage Diet promotes richly flavorful foods that reflect a great range of culinary traditions, foods, and flavors of Latin American heritage. The variations have traditionally existed in the parts of Latin America where maize (corn), potatoes, peanuts, and beans are grown, including modern-day Mexico, and other countries in Central and South America. The curriculum focuses on four major cultures: the indigenous people (Aztecs, Incas, Mayans, and other Native Americans), the Spanish, Portuguese, and continental Africans largely influenced by the Portuguese and Spanish colonialization (i.e., places such as Equatorial Guinea).

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    Recorded September 22, 2021

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  2. September marks the 171st anniversary of California statehood. Mark the occasion with us, as our panel of novelists discusses some challenges and triumphs throughout California history.

    From the most infamous night in Los Angeles history to the fields of Central California in the 1960s, with plenty of stops in between, join us for a lively panel looking at our state's history from the fictional perspective.

    Novelists John DiSimone, Anne Louise Bannon, and Colleen Adair Fliedner talk with moderator Xina Marie Uhl our state's glorious and not-so-glorious past and how they use the historical facts to bring their novels to life.

    About Anne Louise Bannon:
    Author and journalist Anne Louise Bannon wrote her first novel at age 15. Her journalistic work has appeared in Ladies' Home Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Wines and Vines, and in newspapers across the country. She was a TV critic for over 10 years, founded the Your Family Viewer blog, and the Odd Ball Grape wine education blog. Anne the co-author of Howdunit: Book of Poisons, and author of the Freddie and Kathy mystery series, the Operation Quickline series, and the Old Los Angeles series. Her most recent title is Death of the City Marshal. She and her husband live in Southern California with an assortment of critters.

    About Colleen Adair Fliedner:
    Colleen Adair Fliedner is an award-winning author, journalist, and historian. She has written three nonfiction books, radio and t.v. commercials, screenplays, and hundreds of articles for newspapers, magazines, and online publications. She was a staff writer for the Orange County Register newspaper’s online travel website and was a regular contributor for Talking Travel Radio Network based on the East Coast. In the Shadow of War: Spies, Love & the Lusitania is her first novel.

    About John DeSimone:
    John DeSimone was born in Santa Monica and lives in the Los Angeles area. He is the author of the novel Leonardo's Chair. His latest is a historical novel, The Road to Delano, which is set during the Delano grape strike led by Cesar Chavez. By day he works with individuals turning their stories into compelling memoirs. Two of his recent memoirs are The Broken Circle: A memoir of escaping Afghanistan with Enjeela Ahmadi Miller, and The Courage to Say No with Dr. Raana Mahmood. He has worked with executives, entrepreneurs, and people with exciting stories as a co-author or editor. He is a bibliophile and traveler and enjoys finding new places to visit.

    About Xina Marie Uhl:
    Arizona native Xina Marie Uhl lives in sunny Southern California with her family and pets. In addition to writing romance, fantasy, historical fiction, westerns, and humor, she writes educational materials, her favorite being history (she holds BA and MA degrees in History). Xina’s recent books include All Mouth and No Trousers; Lady Law and the Texas DeRangers; and City of the Dead. When she isn't reading and writing, she enjoys hiking, photography, and planning new travel adventures.

    Recorded September 21, 2021

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  3. In recognition of Suicide Awareness Month, we take a look at the challenges facing the mental wellness of local youth, and what we might be able to do to help.

    Suicide poses a public health risk for people of all ages and backgrounds in San Mateo County residents. It is the second-leading cause of death for youth—and at a higher rate than the state average.

    Our guests from the San Mateo County Office of Education and StarVista share the issues, and some steps toward a hopeful future.


    - Challenges facing the mental wellness of San Mateo County youth
    - Supports in place for schools and communities
    - What we can all do to lift the voices of our youth


    Molly Henricks is the Coordinator of School Safety and Risk Prevention at the County office of Education.

    Brook Pollard is the Program Coordinator for StarVista's Youth Stabilization, Opportunity, and Support Team (part of the Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Center).

    Please note: For those in crisis or needing support in San Mateo County, the StarVista Crisis Center 24/7 Crisis Hotline offers support for all ages at 650-579-0350.

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  4. In part 3 in our series on equity, Mary Bacon, Ph.D. explores how our unconscious associations get in the way of our public embrace of the concept of equity.

    How often have we asked ourselves: “Where did that comment come from?” or “Why did I do that?” when we noticed ourselves thinking or behaving in a manner that was inconsistent with what we say we believe? Most of us find ourselves at times making unwarranted assumptions about people from other groups—assumptions that may influence how we evaluate or treat them, without being clear about the source of our judgements or prejudices.

    The phenomenon of implicit bias has been researched by social scientists for decades, but we rarely explore the implications of this concept on our daily lives.

    We may publicly embrace equity, but we’re vulnerable to the unconscious associations we attribute to certain groups—associations that may result in lower expectations and/or differential treatment of them.

    This session focuses on some of the real-world effects on our behavior that implicit biases may have and provide a safe environment for examining disparities that may exist between our beliefs and behaviors.

    Recorded September 14, 2021

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  5. Commemorate the 171st anniversary of California statehood with a virtual visit to the California Museum in Sacramento!

    Explore how people came to California and shaped the modern state in this virtual tour spanning the history of Californians from its Native peoples and Gold Rushers to the transcontinental railroad builders, tech-boomers and beyond.

    We also get a look at “Women Inspire,” the California Museum’s all-new long-term exhibit featuring the stories of more than 250 Golden State women from the 1700s to present, who inspire change and reflection on the ongoing struggle for equality.

    About the California Museum:

    A self-supporting 501(c)3 non-profit, the California Museum — home of the California Hall of Fame — engages, educates and enlightens people about California’s rich history, its diversity and its unique influence on the world of ideas, innovation, art and culture. Through interactive experiences, the Museum inspires visitors to make a mark on history.

    The California Museum opened on September 9, 1998, through a unique partnership with the State of California as a private non-profit institution focused on California history and culture. Under the development of the Secretary of State’s office, the Museum was created to be the public showplace for contents of the the California State Archives.

    Recorded September 9, 2021

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