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The Best Seat in the House

If you’re a chamber music fan and you find Wigmore, Alice Tully and Carnegie halls not nearly exclusive enough, consider UCLA’s Clark Library, where high culture doesn’t have to mean a high price tag.

Since 1994, the beloved rare-book library in Los Angeles’ West Adams district has featured the same talent as the best-known music halls in the world, in the kind of intimate setting for which chamber music was conceived.

In the latest episode of UCTV Prime Cuts, we visit this sumptuous, acoustically superlative 100-seat drawing room, first conceived by L.A. Philharmonic founder William Andrews Clark Jr., for an inside look at the Chamber Music at the Clark concert series, one of L.A.’s best kept secrets.

The Best Seat in the House: UCLA’s Chamber Music at the Clark Library – UCTV Prime Cuts


Michael Ross and “The Oil Curse”

Countries that are rich in petroleum have less democracy, less economic stability, and more frequent civil wars than countries without oil. In the latest installment of UCTV Prime Cuts, Michael L. Ross, Professor of Political Science and and Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at UCLA, looks at how developing nations are shaped by their mineral wealth — and how they can turn oil from a curse into a blessing.

Professor Ross’ new book, “The Oil Curse,” shows why oil wealth typically creates less economic growth than it should; why it produces jobs for men but not women; and why it creates more problems in poor states than in rich ones. It also warns that the global thirst for petroleum is causing companies to drill in increasingly poor nations, which could further spread the oil curse.

Watch UCTV Prime Cuts: Michael Ross, “The Oil Curse” or, if you want to dig deeper, watch the full-length interview from UCLA’s Subtext series.


It’s a Dirty Job: Coring for Clues at Clear Lake

It’s a dirty job, but these UC Berkeley scientists are doing it — all in the name of climate change research.

The latest edition of “UCTV Prime Cuts” follows UC Berkeley researchers to Northern California’s Clear Lake, one of the oldest lakes in the U.S., as they play forensic detectives by drilling into ancient sediments that date back 130,000 years. The information they unearth will inform our understanding of how today’s plants and animals will adapt to climate change and increasing population.

Get dirty with “UCTV Prime Cuts: Coring for Clues in Clear Lake.”


Dalai Lama “Cuts”

Have you been following our coverage of the Dalai Lama’s recent visit to San Diego? We’re premiering the full-length versions of his three appearances this month on UCTV, where he talks about climate change, neuroscience and peacebuilding.

But just in case you haven’t had time to tune in, UCTV Prime is featuring highlights from his talks Tuesdays in June as part of the “UCTV Prime: Cuts” series.

Here’s what you’ve missed so far and make sure to check out our Dalai Lama web page for more wise words from His Holiness.

Dalai Lama on Wealth and Population Control

The Dalai Lama on Democracy in America and India


Can Computers Learn from Children?

When it comes to pretend play, toddlers and young children are experts. But mini-scientists? That seems like a stretch.

Not according to researchers at UC Berkeley who are studying children’s behavior during playtime in an effort to crack the code inside their heads that makes them little “learning machines” capable of hypothesizing, experimenting and thinking outside the box — all valuable skills in a scientist as well as, researchers hope, computers of the future.

The latest episode of “UCTV Prime: Cuts” introduces you to the cutest research subjects you’ll ever meet.

“Prime: Cuts – Can Computers Learn from Children?”