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Live from Perth/Whadjuk Noongar Boodja

The year 2020 has been a time of chaos and uncertainty. It began in Australia with raging wildfires and devastating floods. The pandemic followed. In this conversation with Gillian O’Shaughnessy, award-winning Noongar author Kim Scott reflects…
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True Stories, Told Exceedingly Well

What do we mean when we demand that a story be “truthful”? Are we concerned more with factual accuracy, or do we crave a deeper, more figurative truth grounded in sensations perhaps exaggerated? Consider Exhibit A: Two titles, one about…
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Guantánamo Diary

What is it like to be trapped in the war on terror? Nothing symbolizes the endless cycle and contradictions of the conflict as much as Guantánamo prison does. The remarkable memoir Guantánamo Diary is an acclaimed international bestseller…
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Tipping Point for Planet Earth: How Close Are We to the Edge?

Where is the earth's ecological "tipping point"? Every day we diminish or corrupt habitats that other species depend upon to survive. Few would dispute that a mass extinction is currently underway. As dire as these results already are, we may…
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Do the People Rule?

On June 7, Californians will vote in the state's Presidential primary. How did this system get its start? What does that mean for political machinations today? Author and scholar Geoffrey Cowan, the former dean of the USC Annenberg School for…
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Right Out of California: Big Ag, Labor, and the Rise of Modern American Conservatism

The explosive labor disputes in the agricultural fields of Depression-era California left an enduring legacy. This discussion, featuring three experts on the topic, considers how farm issues have shaped not only labor organizing, but also the…
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Changing the Conversation about Israel and Palestine

Writer Ben Ehrenreich, author of the forthcoming The Way to the Spring, speaks with Ed Wasserman, dean of UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, about reporting from the West Bank and working to break through a media conversation about…
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The Latino Experience as U.S. Literature

Literature does not build walls between countries, it opens doors between. Listen to three American authors discuss the inspiration for stories they have written—stories of richness, complexity, and beauty that refuse to abide geographical…
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Beyond Watchdogs and Lapdogs: Power Relationships in Political Journalism

Since the Progressive Era, journalists have maintained a wide variety of relationships with the public officials they cover. How have those relationships shaped the news—and American public life—at critical moments in our history?
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Amplifying Unheard Voices: Voice of Witness Editors on Social Justice Storytelling

How can journalists and writers engage with important issues that might seem abstract, distant, or simply too big to take on? The editors of Voice of Witness, one of the Bay Area's vital non-profits, discuss their experiences using oral history…