All posts by UCTV

The Brick People


Bill Deverell, Director, Huntington USC Institute discusses the history of Simon’s Brick Yard #3, “It’s seen by many people as ironic that there is virtually nothing left there today, but in fact that’s fairly typical of Los Angeles having a sense of amnesia quality to its past, and an ineffable ability to cover up what once was, but when the Simon’s Brick Yard was roaring through the 20’s and even into the Great Depression period, it was seen to be the world’s largest brick yard.”

“The Brick People” chronicles the story and legacy of the first generation of Mexican immigrants who struggled to work at Simons Brickyard #3 in Los Angeles during the early part of the 20th century. The bricks they made literally and culturally laid the foundation for Los Angeles and the surrounding region.

Produced by UC Irvine professor Alejandro Morales, this documentary explores themes of immigration, discrimination and cultural foundry as told by former residents and historians of Simons, California.

Join the conversation @UCTelevision, #thebrickpeople


February ENews and Highlights

Sign up to receive UCTV News and Highlights by e-mail:


The Brick People

The Brick People chronicles the story and legacy of Mexican immigrants who worked at Simons Brickyard #3 in Los Angeles during the early part of the 20th century.

Watch Now >(New episodes premiere throughout the month.)

Risky Business

In honor of the film’s 30th anniversary, “Risky Business” writer and director Paul Brickman, award-winning producer Jon Avnet and co-star Curtis Armstrong paid a visit to UCSB, discussing the film’s creative development and the movie-making process.

Watch Now >


All programs repeat throughout the month. Visit the Program Schedule on our web site for additional air dates and times.

Health & Medicine

When Medical Illnesses Masquerade as Mental Ones

Healthy Bones Fight Fracture with Fitness

more >>


Water, Climate, and Society: Challenges and Strategies in a Rapidly Changing World – China

more >>

Public Affairs

Nuclear Power: A Mistake in Search of a Mission with Rinaldo Brutoco

more >>

New Online Videos and Podcasts

Public Health Outbreaks

Script to Screen – Risky Business

more videos and podcasts >>


The “Free” Press?

25945Losing the suit and tie, Associated Press President and CEO Gary Pruitt returns to UC Berkeley to discuss The Free Press vs. National Security: A False Choice? Pruitt argues that a free and independent press is fundamental to a functioning democracy and separates a free society from tyranny.

“When I became the president of AP, I told our staff worldwide that our mission is to inform the world so that kids growing up today will get a chance to go to school, get a chance to fall in love, and get a chance to be cool; borrowing from Neil Young’s Rockin’ in the Free World, and there can be no higher mission than that.” Pruitt elaborates that their mission has recently been threatened by government intervention. In May, 2013 AP received an e-mail from the Department of Justice (that they were required by law to send), informing them that they had secretly seized thousands of AP’s phone records over the course of 40 days. Seizing records without notification is a blatant violation of the first amendment and the DoJ’s own rules on how information should be gathered from a media organization.

After an investigation had been launched, the Associated Press was surprised and pleased to see that within two months the Justice Department had responded to AP’s injustice by claiming they would not use the phone records for any purpose other than this investigation, and under a direct order from President Obama, had reviewed and updated their guidelines on how they conduct information gathering from the media. Pruitt added,”The Justice Department also made clear they will not prosecute a journalist for doing his/her job. It’s nice to know that in the United States it’s not a crime to commit journalism.”

Governments who attempt to create a situation where citizens think they must choose between a free press and national security are making a mistake that will ultimately weaken, not strengthen them. It’s not a real choice. It’s a false choice.

57Watch the Complete Board Event at the Goldman School, and browse other scholars and practitioners who have made substantial contributions to the field of public policy in talks presented by the Richard and Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.

Join the conversation on Twitter @UCTelevision, @AP, @TheJusticeDept, #freepress


Investigating Medical Mysteries

765Have you ever wanted to be a detective and solve mysteries, conundrums, and enigmas? UCSF Medical Mysteries, explains how physicians at UCSF are like detectives using their knowledge, deductive reasoning, and data gathering skills to diagnose strange illnesses, rare diseases, new infections and unexpected poisonings. Climb inside the mind of these medical detectives and see how it works – how they obtain clues, synthesize data to formulate a hypothesis, and select and interpret their tests based on these hypotheses.

25800The discipline and practice of medicine has a very unique way of approaching problems. Doctors use a mix of experience, intuition, evidence, and even chance to inform their clinical conclusions and decisions. In the emergency room, these decisions are being made rapidly, often with tremendous amounts of uncertainty when a lot is on the line. In Inside the Mind of a Medical Detective, Dr. Jahan Fahimi explores the basis for those decisions, highlighting the sophisticated mechanisms that help doctors get it right, as well as the pitfalls and distractions that lead them astray.

25799The series kicks off with Genetic Mysteries: FOP – When Bodies Turn to Bone, which spotlights Dr. Joseph A. Kitterman, Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at UCSF. Dr. Kitterman explores Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP), a rare horrific genetic condition with an incidence rate of 1 in 2 million. In FOP, skeletal muscle, tendons, and ligaments undergo endochondral ossification in episodes known as flare-ups that lead to progressive permanent loss of range motion in joints.

Most people with FOP are initially given erroneous diagnoses, often leading to inappropriate treatment with permanent complications. Currently, there is no effective treatment, but recent research suggests there will be a clinical trial of treatment in the relatively near future.

Look out for more medical mysteries here. >> UCSF Medical Mysteries

Join the conversation on FaceBook and Twitter, @UCTelevision, #medicalmysteries, #FOP


Life at the Speed of Light: From the Double Helix to the Dawn of Digital Life with J. Craig Venter

25527“We are DNA software driven machines,” states scientist and visionary J. Craig Venter, as he discusses the creation of life with synthetic genomics and his latest book, “Life at the Speed of Light: From the Double Helix to the Dawn of Digital Life.” Venter is interviewed by The Science Network’s Roger Bingham, who agrees with Venter by saying,  “The capacity to blunder slightly, is the real marvel of DNA;  without this special attribute, we’d still be anaerobic bacteria, and there would be no music.”

35The Helen Edison Lecture Series is the result of a major gift from the late Helen Edison, a San Diego philanthropist who supported numerous local educational, cultural and arts efforts. In accordance with the gift, the Helen Edison Lecture Series presents ongoing free public lectures on issues that advance humanitarian purposes and objectives.

Join the conversation on FaceBook and Twitter, @UCTelevision, #digitallife, #helenedisonlectures.