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"People carry their values with them even if they share a common geography," says Mary Walshok, PhD, Associate Vice Chancellor, Public Programs; Dean, UC San Diego Extension. How do these values impact the world of work and how will they shape your career journey? Walshok speaks with a group of high school seniors about the changing career landscape and how to make opportunities in the job market. Recorded on 4/15/2017.

Founded by the late Sally Ride, Tam O'Shaughnessy and three others to inspire young girls and boys to consider careers in STEM, Sally Ride Science is now housed at UC San Diego, offering opportunities for middle and high school students to embrace science in fun settings. Featured here is the Sally Ride Science Junior Academy, where students from throughout San Diego participate in creative workshops led by UC faculty and graduate students, along with the Tritons for Sally Ride Science, a group of UCSD undergraduates who are committed to carrying on the legacy of Sally Ride.

Author and legendary athlete Kareem Abdul-Jabbar describes the cultural and historical influences that led him to write several best-selling books, "along with some basketball on the side," in this introspective and wide-ranging conversation with veteran journalist Dean Nelson. Abdul-Jabbar shares stories from his most recent book, "Coach Wooden and Me," about his 50-year friendship with the late UCLA basketball coach, John Wooden, in this event presented by the 2018 Writer's Symposium by the Sea at Point Loma Nazarene University.

The stars of the documentary, "I'll Push You," tell a remarkable story of sacrifice, spiritual awakening and transformation as Patrick Gray and his wheelchair-bound best friend Justin Skeesuck recount the emotional tolls of their 500-mile trek on the Camino de Santiago in Spain in this conversation with Dean Nelson, founder of the Writer's Symposium by the Sea at Point Loma Nazarene University.

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes New Yorker staff writer George Packer for a discussion of the US political landscape. Packer recounts the insights he derived in researching and writing The Unwinding, his 2013 book about the US in the wake of the 2008 economic collapse. In the conversation, he traces the rise of the white working class, the failure of the Democratic Party to address their interests, and the emergence of Trump as a representative of enraged voters in the 2016 election. He identifies the 4 narratives that define the divisions in the US today. Packer concludes with an analysis of leadership and ideas that might change America in the future. Recorded on 11/16/2017.

UC San Diego political scientist and noted Kremlinologist Philip Roeder takes a look at the history of Soviet and Russian propaganda and disinformation techniques in this fascinating and sobering talk sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UC San Diego. Recorded on 02/27/2018.

Cosmologist and author of "Losing the Nobel Prize" Brian Keating tells the inside story of BICEP2's mesmerizing discovery and the scientific drama that ensued in this interview with science fiction author David Brin. Keating describes a journey of revelation and discovery, bringing to life the highly competitive, take-no-prisoners, publish-or-perish world of modern science. Along the way, he provocatively argues that the Nobel Prize, instead of advancing scientific progress, may actually hamper it, encouraging speed and greed while punishing collaboration and bold innovation. In a thoughtful reappraisal of the wishes of Alfred Nobel, Keating offers practical solutions for reforming the prize, providing a vision of a scientific future in which cosmologists may, finally, be able to see all the way back to the very beginning. Recorded on 04/25/2018.

Erwin Chemerinsky, one of the country's preeminent constitutional scholars and dean of the University of California, Berkeley's law school, looks at the intersection of the First Amendment and higher education in this talk sponsored by Student Affairs, the Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination, and the Law and Society Program at UC San Diego. Recorded on 02.27.2018.

Beth Shapiro, Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at UC Santa Cruz, explains her work on using ancient DNA to infer evolutionary history and processes. She is the MacArthur Award-winning author of "How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-Extinction," which considers the feasibility and desirability of bringing back passenger pigeons, steppe bison, mammoth and other currently extinct species. This program is presented by the Institute for Practical Ethics in the Division of Arts and Humanities at UC San Diego.

The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition promotes the bicycle for everyday transportation and advocates to transform San Francisco streets for better bike safety. Learn about the organization and its safe streets campaigns. Recorded on 03/14/2018.

Behavioral economist Elizabeth Linos talks about how to implement good public policy by focusing on needs of the people who serve in government. In this conversation with Henry E. Brady, Dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, Linos argues that diversity in recruitment leads to better outcomes, particularly in law enforcement, and that burnout can be avoided if staffers are appropriately supported in their work environments.

In an effort to bridge political divides, the UC Berkeley Office of the Chancellor and the Center on Civility & Democratic Engagement host a spirited conversation on taxes, tariffs, trade and President Trump with two economists known for their opposing views: Goldman School of Public Policy Professor and former US Secretary of Labor Robert Reich and Stephen Moore, a visiting fellow for the Project for Economic Growth at the Heritage Foundation. Recorded on 03/20/2018.

California State Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León outlines the state's efforts to protect its progressive agenda on climate, immigration and the economy as it girds itself from policies being implemented by the federal government. De León, a Democrat, is also running for the United States Senate but must first win one of two spots in California's June 2018 primary before he can compete in November's general election. He is presented by the Goldman School of Public Policy and the Berkeley Forum at UC Berkeley. Recorded on 03/13/2018.

Oakland City Councilmember and Goldman School graduate Annie Campbell Washington talks about her career path in public service that has included stints as Chief of Staff for then-Oakland mayors Jerry Brown and Jean Quan, a partial term on the Oakland Unified School Board and then, in 2014, she ran successfully for elected office. Her inspiring story includes a nod to the quantitative analysis education that she received at the Goldman School because she says it taught her to properly evaluate municipal budgets. Washington also was recently named assistant dean for the Masters in Public Affairs program, working alongside Henry E. Brady, dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. Recorded on 03/26/2018.
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