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A panel discussion follows the release of the US postage stamp honoring Sally Ride, America's first woman in space. Three trailblazing women leaders Billie Jean King, tennis legend and champion of social change; Ellen Ochoa, first Hispanic woman in space and director of the Johnson Space Center; and Condoleezza Rice, 66th U.S. Secretary of State join journalist Lynn Sherr in sharing stories of obstacles and triumphs while encouraging more women to assume leadership roles in their fields. Presented by Sally Ride Science@UC San Diego.

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.

The United States Postal Service reveals its new Sally Ride Forever postage stamp, with tributes from Billie Jean King, Tam O'Shaughnessy and Ellen Ochoa, all friends of the late Sally Ride, and hosted by Sally Ride Science@UC San Diego.

Eighteen years ago, Israeli author Ruby Namdar arrived in New York, not knowing that he had just taken the first step of an incredible literary, cultural and personal journey. He discusses the novel The Ruined House, winner of the 2014 Sapir Prize, Israel's most prestigious literary award, which was an artistic response to Namdar's wonderful experience of discovering America, American Jewry, and American Jewish literature. Recorded on 05/07/2018.

In the comedic documentary "The Problem with Apu" (2017), South Asian-American comedian Hari Kondabolu confronts his long-standing "nemesis" Apu Nahasapeemapetilon better known as the Indian convenience store owner on The Simpsons. Kondabolu joins Kum-Kum Bhavnani (Sociology, UCSB) for a conversations about the film. Recorded on 04/05/2018.

Dave Stewart, the executive producer of Riot Games' North American League of Legends Championship Series, joins moderator Alex Champlin (Film and Media Studies, UCSB) in a discussion about the serious future of video game play. Recorded on 05/03/2018.
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