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Rising Inequality: Trends, Explanations and Solutions

32822Income inequality refers to the unequal distribution of income among a population. In the United States, income inequality, or the gap between the rich and everyone else, has been growing for the last several decades.

Economist Valerie Ramey of UC San Diego gives an insightful talk charting the rise, fall and rise again of income inequality in America over the last century. She highlights the special circumstances that created a “Golden Age” for the average worker in the 1950s and 1960s and then follows with the economic changes that led to today’s extreme disparity where the top 1 percent of US households earn nearly 20 percent of the nation’s income.

Watch: The Past, Present and Future of US Income Inequality with Valerie Ramey – Osher UC San Diego


Inside Iraq with Hamid Al-Bayati

Ten years have passed since the United States and allies invaded Iraq. Get an eye-opening look at how those ten years have shaped Iraq’s history, presented by Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UC San Diego.

Hamid Al-Bayati, Iraqi Ambassador to the United Nations, gives an insider’s perspective on life in Iraq through Saddam Hussein’s reign. Hear Al-Bayati explain what it was like to live amongst the shocking violence and war crimes while in opposition of the dictatorship. He describes the consequences of war that Iraqis faced and warns against the reality of war.

Watch and you may learn some surprising things about Iraq in Iraq’s Journey from Dictatorship to Democracy:

To learn more, check out these videos on Iraq.


Unwrapping Holiday Stress

Dr. Margaret Chesney, Director of UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine

As a Distinguished Professor in Integrative Medicine and Director of UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, Dr. Margaret Chesney knows a lot about stress. At least, how to cope with it so that it doesn’t take a physical toll on your body and quality of life.

The  holidays are a time when even the most placid souls can get frazzled by all the hustling and bustling about, preparing for time with family and friends. Judging by the phone calls Dr. Chesney receives this time of year from journalists looking for stress reduction tips for their readers, it seems to be a pretty universal problem.

Lucky for our viewers, Dr. Chesney and her colleagues at UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine are regular guests on UCTV, always willing to share some of their well-researched tips, tactics and techniques for mindfulness-based stress reduction that can get you through the holidays, and keep you calm all year long.

Here are some programs featuring Dr. Chesney to get you started:

Women’s Guide to Building Resistance, Outsmarting Stress, and Optimizing Health in Today’s World

New Scientific Strategies for Managing Stress, Building Resilience and Bringing Balance to Life

Mind-Body Interventions: Is there Power in Positive Thinking?

Plus a few more about mindfulness meditation, visualization and more:

Being Alive Now

Learning to Relax

Positive Emotion in the Midst of Stress: It’s Not Crazy it’s Adaptive

Some other UCTV video collections you might want to check out:

Alternative Medicine

Mental Health

Mind-Body Connection

In the meantime, stay focused, calm and festive for the holiday season!