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If you have listened to sports on the radio or watched it on television anywhere in the world, you have heard Dick Enberg exclaim "Oh My!" His essays on sports are as legendary as his voice. In addition to his autobiography, "Oh My!", he wrote a play about basketball coach Al McGuire that still travels around the country. Enberg, now with the San Diego Padres, was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2015 for his broadcasting excellence, He joins host Dean Nelson of Point Loma Nazarene University for a heartwarming conversation about his career, his values, and his life. Oh My!

Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine is a powerful feature documentary about Matthew Shepard, a University of Wyoming student who was brutally beaten, tied to a fence, and left to die because he was gay. The film's director Michele Josue, a close friend of Matt's, sits down for a conversation with Sheila Sullivan, the Acting Executive Director of the Carsey-Wolf Center. Recorded on 04/23/2015.

UCSB Script to Screen hosts director Jay Roach (Austin Powers trilogy) and screenwriter John McNamara for a conversations about Trumbo, a historical piece about a blacklisted screen writer and the screen writing process. Recorded on 10/25/2015.

Jacqueline Rose, University of London, examines the film Niagara, its star Marilyn Monroe, Hollywood, and what Rose terms the "loving cruelty of cinema in relation to women." Rose is welcomed to UCSB by Professor of Film and Media Studies Constance Penley. Niagara is a unique specimen of baroque Technicolor film noir, starring Marilyn Monroe and Joseph Cotten. The film tells the story of a pair of couples at Niagara Falls -- one honeymooning, the other disintegrating -- and explores desire, insanity, and the drive toward fatal attraction. Recorded on 10/20/2015.

Students, administrators and academic researchers demonstrate the value of learning music in school as they show improvements in English and Math test scores, class attendance rates, cognitive development, self-esteem and the ability to work with others. Featured are Francisco Escobedo, the superintendent of the Chula Vista Elementary School District; UC San Diego cognitive scientists Terry Jernigan and John Iversen; and young musicians participating in the Community Opus Project, an in-school and after school music program led by Dalouge Smith, the president and CEO of the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory.

In his highly-acclaimed book, The Nazis Next Door, Eric Lichtblau tells the shocking and shameful story of how America became a safe haven for Hitler's men. Lichtblau explains here how it was possible for thousands of Nazis -- from concentration camp guards to high-level officers in the Third Reich -- to move to the U.S. after WWII, and quietly settle into new lives as Americans. Some of them gained entry as self-styled refugees, while others enjoyed the help and protection of the CIA, the FBI, and the military, who put them to work as spies, intelligence assets, and leading scientists and engineers. Lichtblau's book draws from once-secret government records and interviews, telling the full story of the Nazi scientists brought to America, and the German spies and con men who followed them and lived for decades as Americans. He is presented by the Holocaust Living History Workshop at UC San Diego.

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.

Hailed as one of Israel's most innovative and extraordinary writers, Etgar Keret is internationally acclaimed for his short stories. Keret has written short stories, graphic novels, and scripts for television and film. He has made the short story into a literary gem that reflects the surge of interest in the short story in Israel and in Modern Hebrew since the 1990s. Recorded on 05/08/2017.

Actress Mya Taylor joins Patrice Petro to discuss Tangerine, a critically-acclaimed indie comedy about transgender prostitutes working in a not-so glamorous part of Hollywood. Recorded on 05/25/2017.

The documentary In Utero explores how experiences in utero affect our lives. Director Kathleen Man Gyllenhaal and Producer Stephen Gyllenhaal are be joined by Professor Brenda Major (Psychological and Brain Sciences, UCSB) and Professor Maya Rossin-Slater (Economics, UCSB) for a discussion moderated by Professor Maryam Kia-Keating (Counseling, Clinical, & School Psychology, UCSB). Recorded on 04/27/2017.

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.
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