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Cancer is a lens in which to understand modern society and the acquisition of knowledge, argues Pulitzer-Prize winning author and oncologist Siddhartha Mukherjee. In this wide-ranging interview with journalist Dean Nelson, Dr. Mukherjee goes on to describe himself as a "sober optimist" about the future of cancer research as he urges the cancer community to demand more public support for cancer therapies, treatments and prevention. He was presented as part of the Exploring Ethics series convened around his best-selling book, "The Emperor of all Maladies: A Biography of Cancer" by the Center for Ethics in Science and Technology and the Helen Edison Lecture Series at UC San Diego Extension.

Noted commentator and political science professor Denise Dresser offers a thorough critique of the PRI, Mexico's ruling party in this dinner address opening the Mexico Moving Forward 2014 conference convened by the Center for US-Mexican Studies at UC San Diego's School of International Relations and Pacific Studies. Recorded on 03/05/2014.

The Atlantic's Steve Clemons joins Paul Jacobs, the executive chairman of Qualcomm, Greg Lucier, board chairman of the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute and US Rep. Scott Peters (D) for a discussion on how all levels of governments can better support the technology sector and what San Diego could do to become a global destination for increased innovation, capital, and talent. The event, sponsored by UC San Diego Extension and CONNECT, is inspired by the late Duane Roth, in tribute to his commitment to understanding the critical ways in which policy, industry, and innovation intersect.

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Charles McCurdy, Professor of History and Law, University of Virginia, for a discussion of the interactions of law and politics in the United States. Case studies discussed include: Justice Stephen Field; The Anti- Rent Era in New York Law (1830-1865); Herbert Wechsler's article on "The Political Safeguards of Federalism;" and the Sedition Acts of the 1790's. Recorded on 04/03/2014.

Ben Rhodes, Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting, describes his own winding path to the White House as he urges the graduates to be open to new challenges and to find their own voices in this 2014 commencement address to the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.
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