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Women played a huge role in the 2018 midterms. A record number of women were elected to congress, some marking other historic firsts along the way. Women organized massive rallies, and made their voices heard at the polls. So, what can we expect in 2020 and beyond? Former Governor of Michigan Jennifer Granholm and UC Berkeley Public Policy professor Sarah Anzia sit down with PhD student Charlotte Hill to discuss how they see women shaping the future of politics in the United States.

"I use art to start conversations about something that is serious and complex." Shaney jo Darden, Founder and Global Creative Chief of The Keep A Breast Foundation, shares her journey in the world of art and activism. As someone who has carved out a career path focused on community and compassion, she stresses the importance discovering your unique talents and finding a place for them in your everyday work. Recorded on 03/12/2019.

Yale University professor and filmmaker Charles Musser explores the historical and contemporary perspectives of race relations in German and American cinema from the 1920s by examining The Ancient Law (1923) and The Jazz Singer (1927). He evaluates how each film addresses anti-Semitism as well as the burning question of the history of blackface as a theatrical convention. Recorded on 10/24/2019.

By virtually any measure, prisons have not worked. They are sites of cruelty, dehumanization, and violence, as well as subordination by race, class, and gender. Prisons traumatize virtually all who come into contact with them. Abolition of prison could be the ultimate reform. Georgetown Law Professor Paul Bulter explores what would replace prisons, how people who cause harm could be dealt with in the absence of incarceration, and why abolition would make everyone safer and our society more just.

What makes a neighborhood into a community? With rising density in areas like San Diego's East Village, good urban design is more essential than ever for creating vibrant, livable communities. Enjoy a lively discussion about design strategies for urban settings with a special focus on the dog park/dog run as a particularly effective "mixer" for both human and canine interaction. L.A.-based design and architecture guru Frances Anderton of KCRW FM's DnA will guide the conversation with San Diego urban planning mavin Howard Blackson and New York Times best-selling author (and UC San Diego alumna) Alexandra Horowitz, an expert on canine cognition and the human-dog relationship.

From highways to trains to housing, where governments spend money can have a major impact on the environment and the economy. Join California State Treasurer Fiona Ma, the Center for Environmental Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy and the Berkeley Forum for a discussion on major finance policy issues facing the State of California, including green bonds and sustainable finance.

Fiona Ma is California's 34th State Treasurer. She was elected on November 6, 2018 with more votes than any other candidate for treasurer in the state's history. She is the first woman of color and the first woman Certified Public Accountant (CPA) elected to the position.

California is the world's fifth-largest economy and Treasurer Ma is the state's primary banker. Her office processes more than $2 trillion in payments within a typical year and provides transparency and oversight for an investment portfolio of more than $90 billion.

A discussion of constructive and effective ways to bring youth, community leaders, and organizations together to overcome divisiveness and polarization and build a stronger, more tolerant, and inclusive society. Recorded on 10/19/2019.

Experts weigh in on a number of key issues ahead of the 2020 election including: democratic engagement, voter participation, gerrymandering, voter suppression, and the push to change the Electoral College.
Recorded on 10/19/2019.

San Diego Wokrforce Partnership's Andy Hall shares how ISAs (income sharing agreements) are creating sustainable workforce development financing.
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