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In his new book, Spitting in the Soup: Inside the Dirty Game of Doping in Sports, UC San Diego alumnus and sports journalist Mark Johnson traces the doping culture in professional sports, from the early days when pills meant progress, to the current day, when athletes are vilified for the use of performance-enhancing drugs. In his book, Johnson, who has covered cycling as a writer and photographer since the 1980s, explores the complex relationships that underlie elite sports culture.

Thomas Jefferson had a vision for the United States of America but race and slavery complicated his views of what kind of society was possible on the American continent. One of the foremost scholars on Jefferson, Pulitzer prize winner is a professor of American Legal History at Harvard University. Recorded on 09/28/2016.

How did Zionist immigrants to early 20th century Palestine conceive of their new Arab neighbors, and how did the Arab natives make sense of the Jews arriving on Palestine's shores? Drawing on his book Defining Neighbors: Religion, Race, and the Early Zionist-Arab Encounter, Jonathan Marc Gribetz argues that this fateful encounter was initially imagined very differently from the way it ultimately developed. The Late Ottoman period in Palestine was no utopia, but exploring this moment reveals that today's hardened dividing lines are far from timeless; they have a fascinating history. Recorded on 11/06/2016.

Ann Swidler first inquires as to what makes institutions good before questioning how such institutions might be achieved given our current political, social, and economic conditions. Recorded on 11/15/2016.

Short films often rely on film festivals for a larger audience. Learn about film festival shorts programming and curation with Tribeca Film Festival's vice president of filmmaker relations and long-time head of shorts programming Sharon Badal. Sharon is joined on the panel by Greg Goggin (Director) and Joe Toronto (Producer). Cynthia Felando, UCSB Professor of Film and Media Studies, moderates. Recorded on 11/17/2016.
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