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UCLA Law professor emeritus Gerald López has litigated extensively as lead counsel in a wide variety of criminal and civil matters. In this talk, he captivates the crowd with reflections on his childhood in East Los Angeles in the 1950s, where he watched the criminal justice system target Latinx people — activity that, he noted, continues to this day.

Marion Nestle (NYU) and Laura Schmidt (UCSF) discuss nutrition policy and research, scientific conflicts of interest, the upcoming Dietary Guidelines, global food systems and more in this conversation about the food industry's influence on scientific research. Recorded on 02/07/2019.

Sonia Nazario is an award-winning journalist whose stories have tackled some of this country's most intractable problems — hunger, drug addiction, immigration — and have won some of the most prestigious journalism and book awards. She is best known for "Enrique's Journey," her story of a Honduran boy's struggle to find his mother in the U.S. Published as a series in the Los Angeles Times, "Enrique's Journey" won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in 2003. It was turned into a book by Random House and became a national bestseller. Her recent humanitarian efforts to get lawyers for unaccompanied migrant children led to her selection as the 2015 Don and Arvonne Fraser Human Rights Award recipient by the Advocates for Human Rights.

Economist Aashish Mehta suggests the days of high manufacturing employment in this country are over. He explains data that show that It is increasingly hard for any wealthy country to compete in the global market — and for poorer countries to get rich by industrializing. He explores the affect of automation and off-shoring as he looks at the cause and potential solutions. Recorded on 07/17/2019.

The truth needs reinforcements. That's the central message of David Barstow's talk at the UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy. From fraudulent web sites masquerading as news organizations, to social media, to deepfakes, it has never been easier for bad actors to spread misinformation around the world. Barstow reflects on how economic downturns in journalism and the rise of public relations has compounded the problem, and what can be done to fix it. Barstow is a former senior writer at The New York Times and the first reporter to ever win four Pulitzer Prizes, is the head of investigative reporting at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Named the Reva and David Logan Distinguished Chair in Investigative Journalism in July 2019, Barstow joined The Times in 1999 and he has been a member of the paper's Investigative unit since 2002. Recorded on 11/13/2019.

After more than three decades, the public is finally beginning to grasp what a serious threat global warming poses. What's missing from the climate conversation now is a plausible narrative about how we might parry this threat. Drawing on ideas from his recently published book, Under the Influence: Putting Peer Pressure to Work, Robert Frank explains why our ability to tap the prodigious power of behavioral contagion may make the path forward less daunting than many think. Recorded on 1/27/2020.

California's first Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris talks with Claire Brindis, UCSF Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, about her goals in this new position. The three key priorities as first surgeon general are health equity, early childhood, and reducing adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress. As a physician, champion and researcher she sees the connection among them and the resulting long-term negative outcomes. Recorded on 02/13/2020.
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