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First up, we discuss the decision to permanently shut-down the San Onofre nuclear power plant in Southern CA with Chizu Hamada. The shut down of San Onofre is being hailed as a major victory in the global antinuclear movement.
Then we’ll hear about Voices of Our Nation, or VONA, the nation’s only multi-genre conference for writers of color. On June 30, the VONA faculty will be holding a benefit reading in Oakland. A few of the writers that’ll be dropping wisdom will be Junot Diaz, Ruth Forman, Staceyanne Chin and Evelina Galang who joins us on APEX Express. Evelina Galang was named one of the most influential Filipinas in the United States by Filipina Women’s Network. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2004 Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Awards. She is also a long-time faculty member at VONA. We are also joined in studio by Melissa Rae Sipin, VONA alumna whose short story just one Glimmer Train’s fiction award.
We also dedicate tonight’s show to the APEX Express founding producer, Gina Hotta. May she rest in power. June 15th marks her birthday.