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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder reveals his reporting strengths as he describes how he earned the trust of the people he has featured in books such as "Mountains Beyond Mountains," "House," "A Truck Full of Money," "Old Friends," and "Strength in What Remains." Kidder shares the joys and doubts of a career in writing with veteran journalist and host Dean Nelson, founder and director of the Writer's Symposium By The Sea at Point Loma Nazarene University.

2016 was a good and bad year for efforts to tackle climate change. The good news is that 120 parties have ratified the Paris Convention; the bad news is the emergence of post-truth politics and the associated denial of the evidence that climate change is a threat to our future. Leading environmentalist and Member of UK House of Lords John Krebs discusses the trends and their implications for global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Recorded on 01/25/2017.

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.

Barbara Boxer, the longtime US Senator from California and author of "The Art of Tough: Fearlessly Facing Politics and Life," speaks on her biggest battles in Congress, including support for AIDS research, voting rights, equal rights, reproductive rights, clean air and water, parental leave and her opposition to the Iraq war, and reminds her audience that all of these are at risk given the results of the 2016 election. Boxer delivers the inaugural speech of the Barbara Boxer Lecture Series, presented by the Institute of Governmental Studies and the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley. Recorded on 03/10/2017.

Mexican Senator Armando Piter describes the alarm in Mexico about hostile actions toward immigrants in the United States and predicts this will lead to a decline in the US's moral leadership in the world. As the White House considers renegotiating NAFTA, Senator Piter calls on Mexico to overcome internal differences and unite in its opposition to Trump's agenda. Senator Piter's talk is the fourth program in the nine-part "What's Next for NAFTA?" series exploring the future of the North American economy, sponsored by the Center for US-Mexican Studies at UC San Diego.

Serial entrepreneur and newly elected San Diego City Councilmember Barbara Bry leads a discussion on the future of the region's innovation economy with panelists Greg McKee, CEO of CONNECT; Albert Pisano, dean of the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego; John Cabeca of the United States Patent and Trademark Office; Paul Roben, the Associate Vice Chancellor of Innovation and Commercialization at UC San Diego; and Nicole Truitt, the founder of Metamer Materials. This program is presented as part of the 2017 Ignite@UC San Diego Conference for Innovators and Entrepreneurs. Recorded on 02/22/2017.
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