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Dance of the Horny Hairy Arachnid

BY BRENDAN BANE
@ VOL 8 ON SEP 19, 2014

Science journalist Brendan Bane talks about his life-long fascination with tarantulas. He goes into great depth on his recent adventures to Costa Rica, and the process of learning about their courtship rituals. 

"Presentation of the Day" on October 13, 2014.

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Define the Meaning of Making It

BY JON LUINI
@ VOL 8 ON SEP 19, 2014

Jon Luini of Chime Interactive talks about how his definition of making it has changed over time. Sharing his life story and the trals and errors of "making it", Jon expresses his opinion of what it means to really make it. 

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Si Se Puede

BY DANNY CONTRERAS
@ VOL 8 ON SEP 19, 2014

Danny Contreras spent 14 years in jail for a crime he did not commit. He tells the story of making it through that experience.

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Time-Based Art

BY JUSTIN HOOVER
@ VOL 8 ON SEP 19, 2014

Justin Charles Hoover is a Chinese/Russian/American time-based artist and curator. He also always wanted to be a stunt double but settled for Kung Fu master. He shares a few recent projects and talks about why he loves performance art.

"Presentation of the Day" on October 30, 2014.

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Affecting through Social Media

BY ALEXANDER JACKSON
@ VOL 8 ON SEP 19, 2014

High School student Alex Jackson talks about getting engaged and what led him to spearhead an advocacy effort to change his high school's social media policy. Engaging in the issues and restrictions the educations system has on the students and youth involved, it is up to those who are affected that need to take action. 

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Day Worker Center of Santa Cruz County

BY MIREYA GOMEZ-CONTRERAS
@ VOL 8 ON SEP 19, 2014

Mireya talks about making the Day Worker Center of Santa Cruz County. The Day Worker Center helps both people who seek workers, and workers seeking work, find each other. 

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Making Ventana Surfboards

BY MARTIJN STIPHOUT
@ VOL 8 ON SEP 19, 2014

Martijn Stiphout describes the process of making Ventana Surfboards' distinctive hollow wooden boards. Going into the steps and details of what goes into a handmade wooden surfboard, which makes them unique and beautiful. 

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Making Woodprints

BY BRIDGET HENRY
@ VOL 8 ON SEP 19, 2014

UCSC artist Bridget Henry, expresses herself through the medium of woodprints. Bridget demonstrates her connection to the theme of "home" through the wood block prints she has created, with the community, for the community of Santa Cruz, California. 

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Copy Copy, Cat Cat

BY IAN EVERARD
@ VOL 7 ON FEB 21, 2014

Ian Everard is a copycat. He paints photorealistic copies of photos. In effect, he uses painting to hold up a mirror to the photograph. Listen to his poetry sequence as he shows the relationship between original and copied works.

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Ordinary Parents

BY JACOB MARTINEZ
@ VOL 7 ON FEB 21, 2014

Jacob Martinez is a resident of Watsonville, community organizer, and a social entrepreneur. He designs and manages programs to increase the skills and confidence of Latinos/as to pursue careers in technology, increase parent engagement, community and coalition building. In this talk, Jacob talks about the inspiration behind his work and joy of being a father to his adopted children. 

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Peace in the Sand

BY PAUL HOUSE
@ VOL 7 ON FEB 21, 2014

Moved by the ongoing wars, conflicts, and natural disasters that our world has faced, Paul House demonstrates his use of peace signs in the sand to symbolize a different method to show discontent with society. Listen as he describes his sand artwork as a means to encourage people to use peace and love as solutions to the world's issues. 

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Wilderness Survival in 45,688 Easy Steps

BY SVEN DAVIS
@ VOL 7 ON FEB 21, 2014

A regular contributor to the Planet Cruz Comedy Hour and humor columnist with the Santa Cruz Good Times, Sven Davis has also nurtured a long and non-lucrative career in arts management. His long-running one-man show “my life” is notable for having a one-man audience. In his talk, prepare to be humored by Sven Davis's backpacking advice from his past experiences. 

"Presentation of the Day" on March 22, 2014.

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