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Author, spoken word artist, poet, essayist, professor, Nikki Giovanni has been electrifying audiences for more than 40 years, earning her one of Oprah Winfrey's Living Legends distinctions. She delivers here as well, with a passionate and engaging performance and interview with host Dean Nelson of Point Loma Nazarene University.

Q&A with the director and one of the participants of the 2014 documentary, Occupy the Farm. The film documents the plight of 200 urban farmers as they occupy a publicly owned research farm and plant it with two acres of crops in order to save the land from becoming a real-estate development. Recorded on 04/14/2015.

On the occasion of San Diego Opera's West Coast premiere of GREAT SCOTT, Nicolas Reveles engages composer Jake Heggie in a lively conversation about the work's conception. Known for his landmark modern classics DEAD MAN WALKING and MOBY DICK, Heggie's newest work concerns Arden Scott, an international opera star who returns to her hometown with the intention of saving the ailing company that started her career. However, her homecoming coincides with the home team's first National Championship. GREAT SCOTT sparks some interesting questions around how we perceive the Arts and what purpose they serve today. Recorded on 12/10/2015.

Writer and artist Charlotte Salomon, the daughter of a highly cultivated Jewish family in Berlin, was deported to Auschwitz and murdered at the age of 26. In her final work "Life? or Theatre?" Salomon envisioned the circumstances surrounding the eight suicides in her family, all but one of them women. Darcy C. Buerkle, an Associate Professor of History at Smith College, explores Salomon's tragic life as she discusses her remarkable book, "Nothing Happened: Charlotte Salomon and an Archive of Suicide," as part of the Holocaust Living History Workshop sponsored by UC San Diego.

Power, money, gold and wine in the making of California. All that, and what it's like to write best-selling books and operate Berkleyside, the respected local online news site. Award-winning author and journalist Frances Dinkelspiel is in conversation with Deirdre English of Berkeley's Graduate School. of Journalism. Recorded on 02/11/2016.
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