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For over 50 years, the tireless efforts and boundless goodwill of tens of thousands of people have been poured into conflict resolution programs that are aimed at decreasing intergroup hostilities and putting people on a path to peace. However, mounting evidence shows that often these efforts are prone to either fall flat or even backfire. Why do many of these efforts sometimes fail, and how can we do better? Using the lens of cognitive neuroscience, Emile Bruneau, PhD, discusses how and why our brains set our common sense interventions up to fail, how intuitively appealing goals such as empathy and trust can be deeply problematic, and how the tools of experimental psychology and functional neuroimaging (fMRI) can be employed to understand intergroup hostility and promote peace. Recorded on 02/10/2016.

Scientists describe the climate-havoc wrought on our natural world as the end of 'stationarity' a shift of the ecosystem so profound that it is no longer possible to extrapolate into the future from past patterns. Award-winning environmental journalist, Mark Schapiro, takes us on a journey to the tension points where these shifts are vividly underway. Recorded on 11/12/2015.

Game creator, tech executive and social entrepreneur Asi Burak makes an impassioned case for using digital games to spread "good" information, raise awareness, inspire social action and build civic participation as he recounts his own successes with the "PeaceMaker," an award-winning video game that simulates conflicts in the Middle East. Burak is presented by the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego.

Latino: The Changing Face of America is a new documentary by Los Angeles-born filmmaker and UCSB alumna Roxanne Frias. She discusses the film's glimpse into the future of the world's biggest economy, a future in which Latinos will form the largest demographic group. The discussion includes Chicano Studies & History Professor Mario Garcia and Cristina Venegas of UCSB Film and Media Studies. Recorded on 10/06/2016.
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