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“Off Press” — The Podcast of LMU Magazine
“Off Press” is a series of conversations with members of the Loyola Marymount University community about their impact on the world through their lives, their work and their Jesuit education.
Feb 16, 2021
Episode 40: Ernesto Colín
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted far more than the day-to-day operations of America’s schools. “What happened here is that the pandemic has revealed the fissures that we have in education settings and amplified all of them,” says Ernesto Colín, Loyola Marymount University professor of education. Colín talks about what we’ve confronted and what we’ve learned.
Nov 24, 2020
Episode 39: Jason Bentley ’92
Jason Bentley ’92 says his stint as general manager of KXLU, LMU’s independent radio station, occurred during “the golden age of college rock.” Bentley went on to greater fame as a KCRW DJ and music director. Here he talks about his days in the KXLU studios and his new podcast, The Backstory, featuring interviews with artists.
Nov 5, 2020
Episode 38: Karen Bass
With votes nearly tallied, U.S. Rep. Karen Bass, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, describes changes she expects in a possible Biden presidency and a new Congress.
Nov 4, 2020
Episode 37: Justin Levitt and Michael Genovese
The voting is over, and now the election is about counting, counting and counting. Justin Levitt, election law expert at LMU Loyola Law School, and Michael Genovese, LMU expert on the presidency, discuss the state of the 2020 election and what’s ahead in the next presidential term.
Oct 28, 2020
Episode 36: Sean Dempsey, S.J.
Catholic voters, whose ballots were crucial in 2016, may sway the 2020 presidential election. But, says Prof. Sean Dempsey, S.J., the days when Catholics voted as a bloc are long gone. Today, they span the political spectrum, and, Dempsey says, candidates should find out what they care about.
Oct 23, 2020
Episode 35: Chaya Crowder
“The Republican Party has made little to no attempt to historically appeal to Black voters since the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act,” says Prof. Chaya Crowder in describing why Black voters, especially Black women, are the backbone of the Democratic Party.
Oct 16, 2020
Episode 34: Stefan Bradley
With the Biden-Trump presidential battle threatening to sweep most national issues from the nation’s radar, Prof. Stefan Bradley discusses what he sees at stake for Black Americans in the 2020 election.
Oct 7, 2020
Episode 33: Carol Costello
As Election Day approaches, the White House turns into a virus hot zone and political incivility deepens. Carol Costello, former CNN anchor, discusses America’s diseases of body and spirit — and what she’s doing about them.
Oct 1, 2020
Episode 32: Allan Ides and the SCOTUS Nominee
If Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed as a Supreme Court justice, her impact may be shaped by her relationship with Chief Justice John Roberts, says Allan Ides, LMU Loyola Law School professor. Ides, who clerked for Justice Byron White, shares an inside view of the Barrett nomination.
Sep 24, 2020
Episode 31: Justin Levitt and Election 2020
Justin Levitt, constitutional law professor at the LMU Loyola Law School, may be one of the few election law and voting rights experts who does not expect an electoral apocalypse to overwhelm Election Day on Nov. 3.
Sep 2, 2020
Episode 30: Michael Genovese
Prof. Michael Genovese, a leading expert on the presidency, discusses the upcoming presidential election, which will present voters with a stark choice and promises to be as unpredictable as it will be momentous.
Jun 16, 2020
Episode 29: Sean Kennedy '86, LLS '89
In May, an LMU Loyola Law School suit was rejected that would have forced the release of more juveniles in detention who are at risk for the coronavirus. Sean Kennedy, director of the LLS Center for Juvenile Law and Policy, explains why the decision is a failure of juvenile justice.
Jun 11, 2020
Episode 28: Sung Won Sohn
The rapid, global onset of the coronavirus pandemic slammed economies around the world. Sung Won Sohn, LMU professor of finance and economics, discusses signs of hope in a stark U.S. and California economic forecast.
May 29, 2020
Episode 27: Tom Plate
U.S. relations with China — from the COVID-19 crisis to democracy protests in Hong Kong — may shape the November 2020 presidential election. Tom Plate, LMU professor and Asia expert, talks about foreign policy disputes and pragmatism in dealing with a superpower.
May 28, 2020
Episode 26: Fernando Guerra and Brianne Gilbert
When the Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles surveyed L.A. residents this spring about Mayor Eric Garcetti's leadership in the COVID-19 crisis, they documented overwhelming support across the board.
May 14, 2020
Episode 25: Shira Shafir '99
The coronavirus has caused more than 80,000 deaths in the United States in just four months. Shira Shafir ’99, professor of epidemiology, warns that as in the 1918–19 influenza epidemic a second wave of infections in the COVID-19 crisis could cause more deaths than the first.
May 1, 2020
Episode 24: David Offenberg
The COVID-19 shutdown has slammed the film industry, causing delayed movie releases, closed theaters and widespread unemployment for workers. David Offenberg, an expert in entertainment finance, describes the devastating impact on financing, creation, production and employment in a crucial L.A. industry.
Apr 7, 2020
Episode 23: Chilembwe Mason '98, M.D.
The COVID-19 crisis is now straining health services in several U.S. regions. In the third of our series on the pandemic, Chilembwe Mason, M.D., who is an emergency medicine physician in Bronx, New York, describes the overwhelming needs he is facing on the front lines and the pressures on the medical staff who are responding as best they can.
Apr 2, 2020
Episode 22: Stan Johnson
"I don't want to be anywhere where there's no pressure," says Stan Johnson, new head coach of the LMU men's basketball team. "That's not fun; pressure is a privilege." Johnson talks about the recruiting challenge during the COVID-19 crisis, when face-to-face contact with student athletes and their parents is out of the question.
Mar 30, 2020
Episode 21: Thomas V. Cunningham
The COVID-19 crisis is already straining health services in several U.S. regions. In the second of our series on the pandemic, Thomas V. Cunningham, a bioethics director at Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center and lecturer with the LMU Bioethics Institute, describes the impact of trauma and stress from the virus on medical professionals and staff people.
Mar 26, 2020
Episode 20: Kate Pickert
COVID-19 has created a global medical crisis and a U.S. health policy crisis. In the first of our series on the pandemic, Prof. Kate Pickert, who covered the U.S. healthcare system for Time magazine and other publications, talks about the impact of a lagging governmental response on patients, doctors and nurses, and federal and state health agencies.
Feb 17, 2020
Episode 19: Paul Westhead
Paul Westhead’s innovative basketball philosophy, known as “The System,” produced one of the most high octane teams seen in college basketball and an unforgettable run to the NCAA tournament Elite Eight. Westhead talks about his strategy and his players — including Gathers, Kimble, Fryer and Gaines — who deployed his system to perfection.
Dec 17, 2019
Episode 18: Judy Woodruff
Judy Woodruff, PBS NewsHour anchor, discusses the debate moderator’s role in one of the most visible stages in a presidential election process. It’s part of our special Off Press podcast series focused on the Democratic Presidential Candidates Debate at LMU.
Dec 17, 2019
Episode 17: Tony Coelho ’64
Tony Coelho, who ran the 2000 Gore Democratic presidential campaign, says don’t underestimate approachability when it comes to the voters’ choice for president. It’s part of our special Off Press podcast series on the Democratic Presidential Candidates Debate at LMU on Dec. 19, 2019.
Dec 16, 2019
Episode 16: Tom Perez
Tom Perez, chair of the Democratic National Committee, says the 2020 election will be a moral fork in the road for the United States. His interview is the fourth in our six-part Off Press podcast series on the Democratic Presidential Candidates debate at LMU on Dec. 19.
Dec 13, 2019
Episode 15: Tia Carr '21 and Olin Osborne '23
Young voters may determine the 2020 presidential election. Tia Carr and Olin Osborne, LMU international relations majors, describe what they expect from presidential candidates and what they believe candidates offer. It’s the third in our six-part Off Press podcast series on the Democratic Presidential Candidates Debate at LMU on Dec. 19, 2019.
Dec 12, 2019
Episode 14: Michael Genovese
Prof. Michael Genovese, a leading expert on the presidency, looks at the Democratic presidential candidates and talks about the party’s need to offer a compelling alternative to President Trump if it hopes to win the 2020 presidential election. It’s the second in our six-part Off Press podcast series on the Democratic Presidential Candidates Debate at LMU on Dec. 19, 2019.
Dec 11, 2019
Episode 13: Richard Fox
Prof. Richard Fox, an expert on U.S. elections, discusses the Democratic primary race and which contenders have the best chance to defeat President Donald Trump in 2020. It’s the first in our six-part Off Press podcast series on the Democratic Presidential Candidates Debate at LMU on Dec. 19, 2019.
Sep 17, 2019
Episode 12: Elizabeth Drummond
In recent western history, hate has seemed to fuel political movements and national conflicts around the world from the Nazi Holocaust to the Rwandan genocide of Tutsi people. Elizabeth Drummond, professor of modern European history at LMU, talks about the ways hate plays a role in wars, ethnic conflict and even the processes within democratic societies.
Aug 1, 2019
Episode 11: Lynell George '84
Los Angeles is a rare city with a significance in America that is equally powerful as both myth and reality. Writer Lynell George '84, who is native to this place, has spent years exploring L.A. and its meaning. Here she talks about the inspiration and unease she finds by sinking roots in L.A.’s ever-changing landscape.
Jun 14, 2019
Episode 10: Richard Fox
With 23 candidates, the Democrats’ presidential primary process looks like a dinner party with too many guests. Richard Fox, LMU professor of political science who specializes in U.S. elections, discusses the fight for money, contenders’ motivations and how President Trump may try to intervene in the dynamics of the race.
Nov 13, 2018
Episode 9: Evelyn McDonnell
Without women, the sound and substance of today's rock and pop music would be unimaginable. Evelyn McDonnell, director of the LMU journalism program, music writer and co-editor of "Women Who Rock," discusses female artists who for years have confronted and overcome glass ceilings, limited air play and musical prejudice while shaping America's musical heritage.
Nov 1, 2018
Episode 8: Justin Levitt
Gerrymandering, it has been said, creates elections in which politicians choose their voters instead of voters choosing their representatives. Justin Levitt, an expert in constitutional law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, tracks gerrymandering around the country. Listen as he explains a tried-and-true method of influencing elections and the possibilities for limiting it.
Sep 24, 2018
Episode 7: Carlos Soto ’16
Carlos Soto ’16 started his tequila company, Nosotros, as an undergraduate. Since then, he’s mastered everything from recipe to production, bottling, international sales and delivery. He’s even faced rocky U.S.-Mexico trade relations. Listen to our podcast to hear Soto talk about all he’s learned about the risks of being an entrepreneur.
Mar 12, 2018
Episode 6: Garrett Snyder ’09
Los Angeles is considered one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the United States, and its culinary culture is just as wide-ranging. As food editor of Los Angeles Magazine, Garrett Snyder ’09 probably has encountered as many dishes as a chef at the United Nations. Snyder talks about L.A.’s unique food culture, the oddest thing he’s ever eaten and some of the city’s next hot food trends.
1 hr 12 min
Feb 26, 2018
Episode 5: Demian Willette
The fish you order at your favorite seafood restaurant may not be the fish you get. Demian Willette, LMU biology professor, studies species substitution — the substitution of one fish for another. Using Environmental DNA testing, he hopes to improve on a problem in the food chain that begins on fishing vessels and ends on restaurant tables right here in L.A.
Feb 1, 2018
Episode 4: Helen and Robert Singleton
In July 1961, Robert Singleton, retired LMU professor of economics, and Helen Singleton M.A. ’85 left Los Angeles for New Orleans, where in defiance of state segregation laws, they boarded a train bound for Jackson, Mississippi. Veterans of the civil rights movement’s legendary Freedom Riders, the Singletons talk about the fight against segregation and their jail time in Mississippi’s Parchman State Penitentiary.
Nov 7, 2017
Episode 3: Elias Wondimu
After being exiled from Ethiopia, his homeland, Elias Wondimu turned to producing books that help document his country’s history. Wondimu is now publisher of LMU’s Marymount Institute Press and Tsehai Publishers, which together have created the Harriett Tubman Press, an imprint devoted to African-American fiction and nonfiction. He discusses his former life under the military socialist government of Ethiopia and the need he felt to save his nation’s history from the whims of political reinterpretation.
Sep 28, 2017
Episode 2: Chris Dufresne
Don Klosterman ’52 set national records as a Loyola Lions quarterback and found even greater success in the pro game as general manager of the Los Angeles’ Rams and Express (USFL). Former L.A. Times sportswriter Chris Dufresne, who knew and wrote about Klosterman, talks about a man who was “larger than life” and helped shaped this city’s football history on the field and in the front office.
Jul 14, 2017
Episode 1: Lisa See ’79
Lisa See is the author of 10 novels and a nonfiction book that explore Chinese and Chinese-American experiences in the United States. Editor Joseph Wakelee-Lynch talks with See about her new novel, “The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane,” and her days as an LMU undergraduate, when she was certain she’d never be a writer.