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Cars without gas-ZETA’s bold initiative for 100% electrification

January 31st, 2021

Once upon a time, we were promised a future with "flying cars". Now countries around the world (including the new Biden Administration) and our own State of California are promising a world where all new cars will be electric by 2030. Sound just as fantastic or unfeasible?

Listen as our host Bryan Thompson (10 year veteran of Nissan's SoCal design studio) talks with the industry group leading this charge.  The ZERO EMMISSIONS TRANSPORTATION ASSOCIATION (ZETA) and their bold initiative to insure that all new vehicles are 100% electric by 2030.  And how they are working with Congress and leading manufacturers to pave the way for this to really happen.  

Right here on this week's edition of DRIVEN BY DESIGN. On Orange County's only community radio station, www.OCTalkRadio.biz. Streaming live from the University of California's BEALL APPLIED INNOVATION CENTER.  

A Gay Man’s Guide to Life by Britt East

January 24th, 2021

Today our Driven Designer, Bryan Thompson (10 year veteran of Nissan's SoCal Design studio) takes another detour to highlight some LGBT issues again. Not only talking about his ongoing SHINE initiative to shine a light on domestic abuse within this community, but to talk with an author Britt East, who's written A Gay Man's Guide to Life.  Designed to give gay men (in his words) a leg up on life by sharing his own journey as a way to guide and inspire others.

It's part of Bryan's series of shows that not only spotlight LGBT issues but shine a light on how people are using this cloistered Covid time to be creative and tackle new projects.  To take a look at what's driving people during these difficult times.  So ride along! Right here on Orange County's only community radio station, www.OCTalkRadio.net.

How a top professional dancer keeps going

December 17th, 2020

Professional Dancer Cassidy Knoblett (Mariah Carey, Katy Perry and others) talks about his COVID QUARANTINE TIME and how he keeps going and growing.  How do you keep moving when the world seems stuck in slowdown and shutdown?

 

Bringing Light Into Darkness

December 17th, 2020

Noted Car Designer Bryan Thompson shares his idea of how he tries to bring "light into darkness" not only thru his work designing cars for companies from Nissan to autonomous car maker Motional, but also thru his special SHINE project. SHINING a light on the often overlooked subject of domestic abuse in the LGBT community (including his own experience which inspired him to shine a not on others stories as well). So in these dark Covid times, don't give up hope!  Find a way to let the light shine thru in your own life!  And see how others are using this forced seclusion to open new doors and new ideas in their own lives.

Whatever happened to the promise of flying cars?

October 17th, 2020

Join us as our resident car designer, Bryan Thompson (10 years with Nissan's SoCal design studio) imagines a world the flying cars from cartoons like the Jetsons really came to life. An alternative universe where flying cars became a reality.  And the series of paintings he's creating on that theme to raise money for his charity to help LGBTQ kids (like him) realize their dreams and pursue a career in car design. Only on OC TALK RADIO, Orange County's only online business channel.

Bringing new car designs to life

October 17th, 2020

Join us as our resident car designer Bryan Thompson (10 years with the SoCal Design Studio) talks us thru his latest "self driving delivery car" as he ventures to OC to see the car come to life in a clay model version.  Bringing it one step closer from imagination to reality.  Only on OC TALK RADIO, Orange County's only business station.

Toby Corey, Past Pres of TESLA

March 2nd, 2020

Join Bryan Thompson (10 year veteran of Nissan's car design studio, now out on his own) as he talks with the former President of TESLA on what it was like to work with the legendary Elon Musk and his own work now teaching at Stanford and trying to figure out how to "reboot the human brain" and Modifying Human Perception (the subject of his upcoming TEDx talk at the Yost Theatre on Friday, March 6th here in Santa Ana, CA).  On DRIVEN BY DESIGN, here on Orange County's only community radio station, OC TALK RADIO.

Dave Ankin, CEO and Star of TOYMAKERZ, History Channel’s hot, “hot rod” show-Pt. 2

March 2nd, 2020

Join Bryan Thompson (10 year veteran of Nissan's SoCal car design studio) as he talks with David Ankin, CEO of Toymakerz custom car shop in Reidsville, NC and star of the hot History Channel Show of the same title as he talks about the outlandish custom cars and extreme car creations he personally builds, tests and takes to the limit each week on his show and and n his shop. And his take on the future of custom car designs in a world of electric "self driving cars" and other forms of "personal mobility" from flying cars to electric scooters and skateboards. In part two of this fascinating interview with the man who personally pushes the boundaries of "what drives us" everyday. On DRIVEN BY DESIGN, on Orange County's community radio station, OC TALK RADIO.

David Ankin fr/The History Channel’s hit show TOYMAKERZ-Pt 1

March 2nd, 2020

Join Bryan Thompson (10 year veteran of Nissan's SoCal car design studio) as he talks with David Ankin, CEO of Toymakerz custom car shop in Reidsville, NC and star of the hot History Channel Show of the same title as he talks about the outlandish custom cars and extreme car creations he personally builds, tests and takes to the limit each week on his show and every day in his shop. Like his custom-built 3,000 horsepower 60’s style “Street Digger” dragster he recently unveiled at the SEMA show in Las Vegas. On DRIVEN BY DESIGN, here on Orange County's only community radio station, OC TALK RADIO.

What does car design look like in 2020 (and beyond)

March 2nd, 2020

Join car designer Bryan Thompson (10 year veteran of Nissan's car design studio, now out on his own) as he peers into his crystal ball and gives us a peek into the future he and his fellow car designers are already working on (SPOILER ALERT: NONE of which even have steering wheels anymore) as he dissects the trends driving us today and takes us into the future of what promises to be a revolution in car design in the coming decade and a complete rethinking of "what drives us" in the coming future. Here on DRIVEN BY DESIGN, on Orange County's only community radio station, OC TALK RADIO.

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