"TALKING POINT with Lin Weaver" is a locally produced series of television shows exploring some of the important themes, challenges, and events of our time.

The show will focus on issues that matter to the community and to the world, whether they are topics of political and social significance, or recent scientific discoveries that have meaning for our lives. 

The producer will seek out people in Davis and in the broader Northern California region who have expertise in those areas. Those people may be policy makers, scientists, humanists, philanthropists, visionaries, and others.

The host will be interviewing them, seeking facts, analyses, and opinions with a view to providing the audience with information, ideas and suggestions to get involved if they so desire.

Examples of the kinds of topics that will pursued include: urgent issues of climate change, gun control, foster care, food waste, new drugs, stem cells based therapies, and the influence of American cultural values on global political and economic matters.

The program will involve both discussions in a studio setting, and/or outside filming, as appropriate.  Each show will be 30 minutes long.

The scope of the show will be broad and responsive to current events.


Talking Point - Faustin Rusanganwa

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Lin Weaver interviews Faustin Rusanganwa, the author of the book ”My Exile to the World”. The book is about his escape from his native Rwanda as a teenager. Incredibly, Faustin traveled by bike across Burundi, Tanzania, Congo, Morocco, and Algeria. His travels then took to him across Europe, and the United States. He now lives in Davis where he keeps in his garage - the original bike he rode across Africa!

Talking Point - Monia Mazigh - The Voice of a Woman of Courage (FRENCH)

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Lin Weaver interviews Dr. Monia Mazigh, author, academic, and woman of courage. (FRENCH)

Monia was born in Tunisia and immigrated to Canada in 1991. She holds a doctorate in Finance from McGill University. In 2002, Monia  Mazigh faced her life’s greatest tragedy when her husband, Maher Arar, a Canadian of Syrian origin, was abducted at JFK airport and was deported to Syria where he was held in a secret prison, without charge, and tortured for over a year.

TALKING POINT - BC Tech Summit - Interview with Kelleen Wiseman

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Lin Weaver interviews Dr. Kelleen Wiseman, Faculty of Land and Food Systems at  the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.  The interview took place during the BC Tech Forum. Kelleen was among the speakers at the BC Tech Forum, the British Columbia most important yearly conference to bring together state-of-the art scientific and technological innovation. 

Talking Point - As Aleppo Burns: Human Rights in the Middle East

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Lin Weaver pre-lecture interview with Sarah Leah Witson, Middle East Director, "Human Rights Watch"

UC Davis Human Rights Lecture Series at the Manetti/Shrem Museum of Art.

Topics include: UN Human Rights Charter, Country Sovereignty vs. International Outrage, Human Rights Watch's operations, and a review of what constitute human rights violations.