NEXT: People | Science | Tomorrow explores the intersection of science and the human condition. These programs are informal conversations, open to the public on an RSVP basis. The host and moderator is Mat Kaplan, who – in his day job – is the producer of Planetary Radio for The Planetary Society. In Southern CA Public Radio/KPCC’s upcoming March program, they are looking at the future of solar energy, and have invited J.R. DeShazo, Director of the Luskin Center to talk about the economic side of the development of solar energy – the accelerating growth of solar’s share of the U.S. and world energy market and how this will be reflected in the consumer base and commercially. Other panelists will cover the areas of technology development and storage/sustainability. The CFF is Southern California Public Radio’s live events platform and offers community engagement and discussion-oriented programming that’s free and open to the public on an RSVP basis. Because the CFF is part of the newsroom here at SCPR, programming is closely aligned with our on-air and online coverage. The topics covered in the CFF throughout the year are widely varied, from politics to immigrant issues, education to law and order, arts and culture and human interest, science and technology, veterans’ issues, business and the economy. Here’s the link to their web page, where you can see past programs, including their NEXT events. www.scpr.org/crawfordfamilyforum.They seat 140 and the program is live-streamed at KPCC.org. The program will also be video recorded and archived on their web site.