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Op-Ed Talk is hosted by Bernie Jones, editor of The San Diego Union-Tribune’s Opinion pages. Each Thursday at 11:30 a.m., Bernie will interview a contributor to the pages, focusing on topics of current interest.

Recent Shows
U.S. Middle East policy after Gaza – Download

Today’s guest is Michael Provence, an associate professor of modern Middle East history at the University of California San Diego.

Published: January 15, 2009

Israel, Gaza and International Law – Download

Today’s guest is Jonathan Graubart, an associate professor of political science at San Diego State University who focuses on international law and international relations.

Published: January 8, 2009

Helping the poor in San Diego – Download
Today’s guest is the Rev. Dr. John W. Wright, senior pastor, The Church of the Nazarene in Mid-City, English-Speaking Congregation and professor of theology and Christian scripture at Point Loma Nazarene University.Published: December 18, 2008

The Mumbai terrorist attack and South Asia – Download
Today’s guest is Dipak K. Gupta, Fred J. Hansen Professor of Peace Studies and director of the
International Security and Conflict Resolution Program at San Diego State
University.Published: December 4, 2008

The state budget crisis – Download
Today’s guest is Jean Ross, executive director of the California Budget Project. We discuss addressing the growing California budget deficit.Published: November 13, 2008

Frank Micciche – Download
Today’s guest is Frank Micciche, deputy director of the Next Social Contract Initiative at the New America Foundation. We discuss voting in the presidential election.Published: November 6, 2008

Dr. Martin Stein – Download
Today’s guest is Dr. Martin Stein, a professor of pediatrics at the UCSD School of Medicine and practicing pediatrician. We discuss the nation’s health care and the presidential campaign.Published: October 30, 2008

George Bryjak – Download
Today’s guest is George Bryjak, a retired professor and now a research associate in the Department of Sociology at the University of San Diego. We will discuss race, intellectualism and elitism as factors in the vote for president. Considering Dr. Bryjak’s research into crime, we also talk about his latest book, “Myths and Realities of Crime and Justice: What Every American Should Know.”Published: October 23, 2008

Stephen P. Conroy – Download
Today’s guest is Stephen P. Conroy, an Associate Professor of economics at the University of San Diego. We will discuss the state of the economy and the presidential candidates’ economic policies.Published: October 16, 2008

John Skrentny, professor of sociology at the University of California San Diego – Download
Today’s guest is John Skrentny, professor of sociology at the University of California San Diego. Topic is race and the presidential election..Published: October 9, 2008

Jonathan Zimmerman on the Presidential Campaign – Download
Today’s guest is Jonathan Zimmerman. professor of history at New York University. Topic will be the presidential campaign.Published: October 2, 2008

Robert Murphy of Pacific Research Institute – Download
Today’s guest is Robert Murphy, a senior fellow in business and economic studies at the Oakland-based Pacific Research Institute. Topic will be the Wall Street bailout and the U.S. economy.Published: September 25, 2008

Mark Cromer – Download
Guest Mark Cromer, a senior writing fellow for Californians for Population Stabilization, will discuss immigration and the changing ethnic demographics of America.Published: August 28, 2008

Martha Sullivan – Download
Guest Martha Sullivan, a former California Public Utilities Commission staff member, discusses the state’s energy future.Published: August 21, 2008

The San Diego Think Tank Center on Policy Initiatives – Download
Today’s guest is Dr. Murtaza Baxamusa, research and policy director of the San Diego think tank Center on Policy Initiatives. The topic is today’s’ economic issues and how they relate to San Diegans.Published: August 7, 2008

The Presidential Race: with Casey Dominguez – Download
Today’s guest is Casey Dominguez, an assistant professor of political science at the
University of San Diego. We talk about the presidential race.Published: July 31, 2008

Oil and Gas Production in this Hemisphere – Download
Today’s guest is Jeremy Martin, Director of the Energy Program at the Institute of the Americas on the
campus of UCSD. We talk about oil and gas production in this hemisphere.Published: July 24, 2008

Worker Justice in San Diego – Download
Today’s guest is Sister Justine of the Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice in San Diego. We talk about the state budget from a moral perspective.Published: July 17, 2008

Returning Veterans & Veterans’ Court – Download
Today’s guest is San Diego attorney Wade Sanders, who is senior adviser on military and veterans affairs
for Lt. Gov. John Garamendi and a former assistant secretary of defense. We talk about how America treats men and women returning from the war and the establishment of a Veterans’ Court.Published: July 3, 2008

Tomato Scare – Download
Today’s guest is Dr. Henry Miller, a physician and fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Dr. Miller was a top official at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for 15 years. In the wake of the tomato scare, we discuss food safety.Published: June 12, 2008

Equal marriage rights for same-sex couples – Download
Today’s guest is Barbara Cox, a California Western School of Law professor who has been active in the fight for equal marriage rights for same-sex couples. We talk about the recent California Supreme Court ruling declaring the ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional and the upcoming proposition that would overturn the court decision.Published: June 5, 2008

San Diego environmental attorney Cary Lowe – Download
Today’s guest is San Diego environmental attorney Cary Lowe. We talk about environmental issues and others that are not being discussed in the upcoming San Diego mayoral race.Published: May 22, 2008

San Diego defense attorney Allen Bloom – Download
Today’s guest is San Diego defense attorney Allen Bloom. We will talk about the
case of Cynthia Sommer, the San Diegan who was accused to murdering her Marine husband. After winning her release from prison, Bloom is working to clear Sommer of all charges.Published: May 15, 2008

SDSU Drug Bust; Drug Issues in this Country – Download
Alex Kreit, an Assistant Professor at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego talks about Tuesday’s announcement by the Drug Enforcement Agency, San Diego State University
officials and the county District Attorney’s Office of a major drug bust involving SDSU students and dealing with drug issues in this country.Published: May 8, 2008

Federal Funding for Basic Science Research – Download
Today’s guests are Dr. Patricia Berg, Director of the
Breast Cancer Laboratory at George Washington University Medical Center’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She is an American Association for Cancer Research member.
Also with us is Robert Weiner, a former Clinton White House National Drug Policy Office Public Affairs
Director, Chief of Staff of the U.S. House Aging Committee, and Staff Director of the House Subcommittee on Health and Long Term Care. As 17,000 scientists from around the nation and the world gathered
in San Diego for a meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research, we discuss federal funding for basic science research.Published: April 22, 2008

The DA’s Office in the News – Download
San Diego County District Bonnie Dumanis joins Bernie Jones and guest co-host and fellow editorial board Beth Barber to talk about the DA’s Office in the news.Published: April 15, 2008

April 8, 2008 – DownloadPublished: April 8, 2008

Recommendations on Ballot Issues – SD Cty Taxpayers Association – Download
San Diego County Taxpayers Association CEO and president Lani Lutar talks about the group’s recommendations on ballot issues during election-time and reports on local issues throughout the year.Published: March 25, 2008

5th Anniversary of the Iraq War – Download
With this week marking the fifth anniversary of the Iraq war, I talk to Ivan Eland, senior fellow and director of the Center on Peace & Liberty at The Independent Institute. Eland is the author
of “The Empire Has No Clothes: U.S. Foreign Policy Exposed” and “Putting
‘Defense’ Back into U.S. Defense Policy.”Published: March 18, 2008

Immigration & the No. American Free Trade Agreement – Download
Ted Lewis, Mexico program director for San Francisco-based Global Exchange joins me to talk about
immigration and the North American Free Trade Agreement.Published: March 11, 2008

“Locked Out 2008: The Housing Boom and Beyond” – Download
Scott Graves, Senior Policy Analyst at the Sacramento-based California Budget
Project discusses his latest study on housing in California called, “Locked Out 2008: The Housing Boom and Beyond.” The study covers not just home ownership but may aspects of housing in California.Published: March 4, 2008

Steve Kay, Dean of the Division of Biological Studies at UC San Diego – Download
Steve Kay, Dean of the Division of Biological Studies at UC San Diego. Dr. Kay discusses biofuels and the possibilities of moving from fossil fuels to plant-based fuels to protect the environment.Published: February 26, 2008

Prof. Dean Nelson, founder and director of the journalism program at Point Loma Nazarene University. – Download
Prof. Dean Nelson, founder and director of the journalism program at Point Loma Nazarene University. We discuss media trends and how the presidential campaign is effected by new media.Published: February 19, 2008

Jean Ross, director of the California Budget Project – Download
Jean Ross, director of the California Budget Project. Ms. Ross discusses the state budget and the effect of the economy on working people.Published: February 12, 2008

The housing crisis – Download
Sherman D. Harmer Jr., the 2008 president of the San Diego County Building Industry Association, discusses the county housing market. Even with the slump, Harmer says it is a good time to buy a home in San Diego County.Published: February 5, 2008

The Hispanic vote – Download
San Diego Union-Tribune columnist and editorial board member Ruben Navarrette discusses the presidential campaign, with a focus on the Feb. 5 primaries in California and many other states. Navarrette’s columns appears Wednesdays and Fridays in the Union-Tribune.Published: January 22, 2008

Immigration and Assimilation – Download
Tomas Jimenez, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of California San Diego and a fellow at the New America foundation discusses immigration and how well immigrants eventually blend into the society of their new country. Jimenez’s most recent column, “Immigrants and what’s good for society,” appeared Dec. 7.Published: January 15, 2008

The science of climate change – Download
Richard Norris, a professor of geosciences at UCSD’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography, talks about climate change trends and the research he and others at Scripps Institution are doing on the subject. Norris’ column, “Global instability / Climate Change is about to come home to roost, ” appeared Dec. 6.Published: December 18, 2007

San Diego government funding – Download
Donald Cohen, president and executive director of the nonprofit Center for Policy Initiatives, discusses funding for firefighting and other issues affecting the region and its governments’ budgets. Cohen’s column, Fighting wildfires / We must prepare for the inevitable,” appeared Nov. 29.Published: December 11, 2007

Spending on children – Download
Robert Fellmeth, founder of the University of San Diego’s Center for Public Interest Law and an affiliated organization, The Children’s Advocacy Institute, discusses children’s issues in California and consumer advocacy issues. Fellmeth’s latest column, “Medically cover our children,” appeared Nov. 30.Published: December 7, 2007

Lawsuit abuse – Download
Lorie Zapf, president of the San Diego chapter Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse, discusses efforts by her group and others like it across the nation to protect businesses and individuals against what they see as unnecessary lawsuits. Zapf’s column, “Environment protection gone awry,” appeared Nov. 25.Published: November 27, 2007

Law and the environment – Download
John Reaves, a San Diego attorney who focuses on environmental issues, talks about how the law is being used in an attempt to help slow climate change and address other environmental concerns. Reaves’ column, “Global warming and San Diego,” appeared Nov. 13.Published: November 20, 2007

The San Diego beach alcohol ban – Download
Rob Rynearson, director of FreePB.org, which opposes a ban on alcohol and San Diego beaches, and Scott Chipman, a member of SafeBeaches.org, which supports a ban, argue their cases. Rynearson’s and Chipman’s columns appeared Nov. 2.Published: November 6, 2007