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Cairo Drive is a documentary exploration of Egyptian identity and change spanning the critical period before the revolution and up to the most recent presidential elections. Shot from 2009 to 2012 the film portrays the congested streets through encounters in traffic with taxi drivers, ambulance, traffic cops, and private citizens. The director Sherief Elkatsha talks with Professors Laila Shereen Sakr and Dick Hebdige from the UCSB Department of Film and Media Studies. Recorded on 03/09/2016.

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.

The popular over-the-counter medication, acetaminophen, is generally used to reduce fever and pain. However, a growing body of research suggests that the drug has broader psychological effects. Experimental social psychologist Kyle Ratner discusses his research examining the effects of acetaminophen on social group biases in person perception. Recorded on 07/07/2016.

Omer Bartov, the John P. Birkelund Distinguished Professor of European History and German Studies at Brown University, explores the dynamics of the horrifying genocidal violence which took place in the East Galician town of Buczacz following the German conquest of the region in 1941 and its subsequent erasure from local memory. For centuries, Poles, Ukrainians, and Jews coexisted in the region, but tragically, by the time the town was liberated in 1944, the entire Jewish population had been murdered by the Nazis. They were assisted by local Ukrainians, who then ethnically cleansed the region of the Polish population. Bartov is presented as part of the Holocaust Living History Workshop at UC San Diego. Recorded on 02/13/2017.

Director Ezra Edelman joins Jennifer Holt (Professor of Film and Media Studies at UCSB) and Steven Secular (PhD Student at the Department of Film and Media Studies at UCSB) for a discussion addressing the recent series placing the so-called "trial of the century" within the complex history of race, gender, class, news and entertainment media, policing, criminal justice, and the sports industry in the United States. Recorded on 10/10/2016.

Historian Yuval Noah Harari has taken the world on a tour through the span of humanity, from apes to rulers of the world. Harari became an international sensation when he argued in his best-selling book Sapiens that humans conquered the world through our ability to believe in collective myths about gods, money and freedom. In the highly-anticipated sequel Homo Deus, Harari looks to the future, exploring how godlike technologies such as artificial intelligence and genetic engineering will define what we become. Recorded on 02/27/2017.

Shaunak Sen discusses his first feature length documentary which explores the world of insurgent sleepers' communities and the infamous "sleep mafia" in Delhi, where just securing a safe sleeping spot often becomes a question of life and death. Sen joined UCSB Professor of Film & Media Studies Bhaskar Sarkar. Recorded on 02/21/2017.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, becoming the first Nobel laureate to be recognized for his concern for global environmental problems. He addressed an audience at UC San Diego focusing on love and kindness among humanity. He urged compassion and sharing each other's problems as one human family to overcome the distance and violence in the world. Recorded on 06/17/2017.

Kelly Fremon Craig made her directorial debut in 2016 with The Edge of Seventeen. The film received widespread critical praise and numerous accolades, including a Golden Globe nomination for the film's lead actress, Hailee Steinfeld, a Directors Guild of America nomination for Outstanding Achievement of a First Time Filmmaker, the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best First Film, and three Critics Choice Awards nominations. Recorded on 04/13/2017.

In 1984, Stacy Peralta inadvertently created the action sports video. His intention was to produce an inexpensive promotional video which skate shop owners could play in their stores to demonstrate Powell Peralta skateboards. No one anticipated that the VCR revolution would cause these promotional videos to become cult classics, generating over $10 million and establishing Tony Hawk, Steve Caballero and Rodney Mullen as international stars. Recorded on 02/07/2017.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, becoming the first Nobel laureate to be recognized for his concern for global environmental problems. This keynote address from the UC San Diego's 2017 commencement ceremony centers on the power of compassion and finding happiness in life. He urges the graduates to use their knowledge to better the world in peaceful ways. Recorded on 6/17/2017.
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