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Economist Joseph Stiglitz and former Labor Secretary Robert Reich reminisce about opposing "corporate welfare" during their days in the Clinton Administration and talk here about problematic trade deals, income inequality and Stiglitz's new book, "The Great Divide: Unequal Societies and What We Can Do About Them." Reich and Stiglitz are presented by the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. Recorded on 04/29/2015.

Born in Jerusalem to parents who had fled Nazi Germany, Israeli journalist Tom Segev is a leading figure among the so-called New Historians, who have challenged many of Israel's traditional narratives or "founding myths." His books include, "The Seventh Million: The Israelis and the Holocaust" (2000); "One Palestine Complete: Jews and Arabs under the British Mandate" (2000); "1967: Israel, the War, and the Year that Transformed the Middle East" (2006); and "Simon Wiesenthal: The Life and Legends" (2010). Segev is presented by the Holocaust Living History Workshop, a joint program of the UC San Diego Library and the Jewish Studies Program.

Poet Nikki Giovanni reads a selection of her poems as part of the 2016 Writer's Symposium by the Sea at Point Loma Nazarene University.

Is free speech threatened on college campuses? One of the nation's leading constitutional scholars explores the the notion of "hateful" or "hurtful" speech and their relation to the First Amendment. Recorded on 05/26/2016.

Author Zohreh Ghahremani talks with Babak Rahimi, associate professor of Communication, Culture and Religion at UC San Diego about the novel, "Sky of Red Poppies," the 2012 selection for One Book, One San Diego.

Garance Burke, an investigative reporter with the Associated Press, recounts her most impactful work of 2016, including coverage of Donald Trump's crude behavior on the set of "The Apprentice" and the abuse of Central American migrant children in California. She also describes the value of using big data in journalism and AP's new partnership with Facebook aimed at debunking fake news. Burke shares her experiences and insights with civil rights attorney Jonathan Stein, a fellow alum of the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. Recorded on 01/05/2017.

Eli Berman, a former soldier for the Israel Defense Forces and now the research director for security studies for the UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation and chair of the Economics department at UC San Diego, details the consequences of providing development assistance to areas in conflict, such as Syria or ISIS-controlled territories, and offers ideas on fight in asymmetrical civil wars in this talk presented by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UC San Diego.

Hear from six Berkeley Lab scientists with big new ideas designed to help transform our carbon-drenched, overheating world. These short presentations cover desalination, energy efficient window coating, capturing carbon, energy from ocean waves, alternate fuel for your car, and an app that compares fuel economy or EV range. Recorded on 06/01/2017.

With a new administration in the White House, maintaining what is perhaps the country's most crucial bilateral relationship remains a critical issue. Members of a high-level Task Force on U.S.-China Policy discuss their expert recommendations for the Trump administration. Speakers include Winston Lord, Former U.S. Ambassador to China and Former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs; Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at Asia Society; and Susan L. Shirk, Chair of the 21st Century China Center and Research Professor at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at UC San Diego.
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