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Novelist and memoirist Anne Lamott brings her unique charm to the Writer's Symposium by the Sea once again as she stresses the importance of finding one's pure voice in writing about sadness, disappointment or satisfaction with life in this freewheeling conversation with author Donald Miller and veteran journalist Dean Nelson of Point Loma Nazarene University.

Social psychologist and author Jack Glaser makes a compelling case against racial profiling in law enforcement, arguing that it's not only wrong, but can lead to more crimes being committed by non-profiled groups in this timely conversation on race, shooter bias and stereotypes with Oakland Assistant Police Chief Paul Figueroa and Henry E. Brady, dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.

In this candid and heartwarming interview, Tam O'Shaughnessy, the life partner of the late astronaut Sally Ride, describes her long relationship with the first American woman in space. From their days on the teen tennis circuit in California through Sally's historic flights on the Space Shuttle Challenger to their parallel academic careers and later, founding their own company, Tam tells how their deep friendship blossomed over time into a romance that ended with Sally's death from cancer in 2012. As the Executive Director of Sally Ride Science@UC San Diego, Tam continues to inspire girls to embrace STEM, and shares her profound pride as the sponsor of the newly commissioned R/V Sally Ride, the first Naval academic research vessel ever named for a woman, now operated by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.

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.

Author and anti-racist activist Tim Wise speaks about the importance of being a white ally to communities of color, and how we can all work together to create a healthier community on campuses and in the world beyond. Wise spoke as part of UCSB's Resilient Love in a Time of Hate series. Recorded on 01/25/2017.

In the first of a nine-part series exploring the future of the North American economy, analysts from California, Arizona and Mexico look back on the factors that led to the 1993 signing of the North American Free Trade and what issues are likely to emerge as President Trump considers backing away from US commitments to Canada and Mexico. This conference is presented by the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at UC San Diego. Recorded on 02/27/2017.

Christina Bellantoni, the assistant managing editor of politics at the Los Angeles Times, discusses her experience in journalism, mainly covering politics, in her current position and as a reporter in Washington, D.C., for more than a decade. She argues that ethical journalism is more important than ever because a strong democracy depends on a free press. Recorded on 03/12/2017.

Whether being the first point of contact for a client in a moment of crisis or using cutting-edge technology to prep a case, paralegals are in demand. Hear from experts in the field about what it takes to become a paralegal and what skills will help you succeed.

Blending climate science with economic modeling, Emilie Mazzacurati offers clients strategic advice on how to protect local communities by integrating climate risk into business decisions. Mazzacurati, an alumna of the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, talks with fellow alumnus Jonathan Stein how she founded her company, Four Twenty Seven Climate Solutions, to build climate resilience through social innovation.

When inmates are released after serving time, their ordeals are not over. Finding stability and purpose on the outside can be daunting, leading many to end up back in jail or prison. But, as Nicholas Alexander, director of the Reentry Success Center in Richmond, California, explains, it doesn't have to be that way. His center works with prisoners before and after incarceration to provide counseling, housing, employment, legal and other free services that help them reintegrate into their families and communities. Alexander's compassion for the people he serves is evident in this conversation with Jonathan Stein, a fellow alumnus of the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.

The California Policy Lab, as UC Berkeley's Jesse Rothstein and Evan White explain, is a new research center that creates data-driven insights for the public good. Academics at Berkeley and UCLA can now work with state and local governments to generate scientific evidence for policy solutions to address California's most urgent problems, including homelessness, poverty, crime, and education inequality. Rothstein and White, who have both worked in government, share their enthusiasm for these partnerships in this conversation with Henry E. Brady, dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.

With the US's commitment to the Paris Agreement in question and the future of federal climate change policy unclear, what steps should California take to remain at the forefront of climate action policy? UC Berkeley's Meredith Fowlie, Sol Hsiang, and Carol Zabin join in a discussion moderated by Center for Environmental Public Policy Executive Director Ned Helme about California's policy options given potential conflicts with the Trump administration on issues of climate change and the environment. This presentation was part of Cal Day 2017, sponsored by the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. Recorded on 04/22/2017.

Today's dominant political refrain is that America is in a state of decline. But to James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic, nothing could further be from the truth. Over the course of a three-year, 54,000-mile journey across the country, he discovered many surprising points of reinvention, in every region of the country and enough to refresh the bleak national conversation to reflect a positive truth. Fallows reports on the wide range of civic projects underway that are rebuilding America a cross-section of generations, races, and political affiliations working far from the usual metropolitan hubs. Recorded on 05/01/2017.

Events at Standing Rock from April 2016 to February 2017 altered the media landscape. To discuss that aspect of the opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline are some of the organizers of the opposition and indigenous media makers. Panelists: John Bigelow, Paula Antoine, and Myron Dewey. Moderator: Todd Darling. Recorded on 05/19/2017.

Events at Standing Rock from April 2016 to February 2017 launched a resurgence of indigenous-centered leadership. This panel features some of the leaders of the opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. Panelists: Terrell Iron Shell, Joye Braun, and Michael Cordero. Moderator: Paula Antoine. Recorded on 05/19/2017.

Events at Standing Rock from April 2016 to February 2017 created new ways to protect the water and land. This panel features some of the organizers of the actions opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline. Panelists: Mark Tilsen, Jasilyn Charger and Joye Braun. Moderator: Margaret McMurtrey. Recorded on 05/19/2017.

Clinical psychologist Erik Groessl talks about research showing the value of yoga in reducing pain, improving physical function and overcoming opioid addiction in military veterans, among other patients, in this conversation with Paul J. Mills of UC San Diego.
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