Category Archives: UCTV

Learn the Facts About Sugar

8232A dangerous white powder is in the news – sugar.

We’ve heard so much about the harmful effects of sugar lately, that it may be hard to distinguish facts from fiction, and it’s left many consumers with more questions than answers. That’s a problem because, let’s face it, when we’re talking about possibly reducing something we consume (and enjoy) on a daily basis, not knowing the facts can keep us from making necessary changes in our diets.

To get the facts, health scientists at UCSF developed to learn more about the latest research findings on sugar and its impact on health. Their goal? To help you make healthy choices based on clear, unbiased, scientific evidence.

So far, the evidence is clear: too much added sugar doesn’t just make us fat – it can also make us sick. Americans consume an average of 66 pounds of sugar per year. Because it’s so easily digestable, too much sugar overwhelms the liver and can lead to type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and even liver disease and failure.

“The news is hard to hear,” admits Professor Laura A. Schmidt, UCSF School of Medicine. “It’s tough stuff. Just like smoking back in the 50’s, you grew up thinking everybody does this, it’s benign. Now the scientific community is in the hard position of saying something you love and think is benign is harmful to your health.”

How much is too much? The American Heart Association recommends that we don’t exceed the following guidelines for daily added sugar intake:

Women: 6 teaspoons (24 grams)

Men: 9 teaspoons (36 grams)

Kids: 3-4 teaspoons (12-16 grams)

Preteens & Teens: 5 teaspoons (20 grams)

Once you start to look for added sugar, you’ll find it everywhere. has uncovered 61 different names for sugar in the products we consume. Imagine my dismay when I discovered that my favorite salad exhausted my entire recommended daily allowance of sugar.

But even small changes can make a big difference.

Perhaps the simplest change you can make is to stop drinking “liquid sugar.” Sugary drinks such as sodas, sports drinks and even fruit drinks are particularly harmful. If we could eliminate sugary drinks, we’d collectively cut out 37% of our sugar consumption. And there’s evidence that artificial sweeteners inflict the same kind of damage as real sugar.

But life can still be sweet. “Added sugars” don’t include the sugars we find in fruits, berries, and vegetables. That’s because when we eat them, we also get their natural good fiber, which makes the sugar harder to digest and keeps it from overwhelming the liver.

Learn more about sugar and Watch Learn the Facts about Sugar – How Sugar Impacts Your Health today.


UCTV is now on Amazon Fire TV

Fire-PromoNow you can watch UCTV on Amazon Fire TV, Amazon’s streaming media player available as a small box or even smaller “stick” that connects to your TV and streams thousands of programs.

To find UCTV, simply search for UCTV from your Fire TV. Or, you can find us in their Apps section within the Education category. Be sure to look for this symbol:


After downloading and installing the app, search by keyword to find videos that interest you, or browse our videos by topic:

Main Topics

Our Main Topics provide a broad overview based on the primary categories of Health, Science, Arts & Music, Public Affairs, Humanities, and Business.

Theme Channels

Screen1UCTV Channels provide in-depth exploration of key subject areas sponsored by departments and organizations within the University of California system. Explore the Brain Channel for all things neuroscience, including an extensive collection of Alzheimer’s programs. The Career Channel can put you on the path to career success. The Library Channel explores special collections, events, author talks and more from the UC San Diego Library. And The Public Policy Channel presents policy makers, critics and thinkers, brought to you by the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.

Special Topics

If you’re looking for something more specific, scroll down to our Special Topics and choose from a wide-range of in-depth subject areas. From climate change to music concerts, global health to poetry, cancer research to foreign policy, and more — if it’s crossed your mind, it’s crossed a UC campus.

Click here to learn more about UCTV’s Amazon app.

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The Future of Everything

8232Back in 2010, while Editor at California Lawyer magazine, Marty Lasden created Legally Speaking — a series that brought us in-depth conversations with some of the most interesting lawyers in the world. Among them: Innocence Project founder Barry Scheck, Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, and US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Now Lasden is launching a new series for UCTV called Up Next: Perspectives on the Future of Everything. Over the coming months both he and his co-producer, lawyer/author Eric Berkowitz, will be considering “everything” from genetic engineering to Judaism to the future of work.

“The future is a really weird, and sometimes very scary place,” Lasden acknowledges. “And for so many of the topics that we’ll be discussing, the more you read, the more difficult it often is to distinguish the prophets from the crackpots.”

Consider artificial intelligence (AI), which is the subject of this month’s Up Next interview with Jeffrey Hawkins. Back in the 1990s, at a time when carrying a computer around in your pocket seemed like an entirely wacky idea, Hawkins invented the Palm Pilot, which in no small way ushered in a whole new era of mobile computing. These days, though, Hawkins is on a far more ambitious and, no doubt, audacious mission. His goal: to build a machine that can think and reason on its own by mimicking the working principles of the human brain. Of course, as wild ideas go, that one may not sound nearly as weird as it did say five years ago when a computer named Watson had yet to beat the humans on a game show called Jeopardy. But the speculation about AI hardly ends there. For example, at Google, famed futurist Ray Kurzweil believes that within a few decades the technology will be good enough to allow us to download our own minds into a machine, and by so doing achieve a kind of immortality.

Crazy talk? Perhaps. But, then again, maybe not. Tune in to Up Next to find out.


Barney Frank Being Barney Frank

8232The sometimes irascible and often brilliant Barney Frank has been much in the news of late, with his new book, “Frank,” and his longstanding vocal support for LGBT rights.

But do you know what he thinks of “House of Cards?”

The retired Congressman from Massachusetts is featured in two programs on UCTV this month, first in a rousing public lecture calling on the US to reduce military spending and second, in a thoughtful interview about Wall Street, gay marriage and Federal Reserve. But the real news here for political junkies is his takedown of Frank Underwood’s Washington. Check out this clip:

Barney Frank on Frank Underwood

Watch more of Barney Frank in these two programs from The Public Policy Channel:

Reducing the Military Budget: Necessary To Improve Our Quality of Life with Congressman Barney Frank

Frank Talk: Gay Rights, Wall Street and the Federal Reserve with Barney Frank and Alex Gelber – In the Living Room with Henry E. Brady


UCSD + PLNU = Great TV!

8232Our friend Dean Nelson celebrates the 20th year of Writer’s Symposium by the Sea, the wildly popular interview series that brings renowned authors from around the world to the beautiful campus of Point Loma Nazarene University for conversations about their prose and, in typical Dean fashion, lots of humor about the pain and suffering that lead to completed manuscripts.

Dean opens the 2015 series with Lysley Tenorio, author of “Monstress,” and then turns the interviewer chair over to his colleague, Karl Martin, for a talk with PLNU alum and screenwriter/film director Destin Daniel Cretton. Dean returns the final night for a feisty and revealing exchange with the literary luminary Joyce Carol Oates.

It’s been such great fun to bring this series to our viewers all these years and we know you’re watching, because the Writer’s Symposium by the Sea programs have been accessed more than 2.5 million times on our website. Happy Anniversary, Writer’s, and here’s to the next 20!


Contributed by Public Affairs Producer, Shannon Bradley