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The Backdrop

A podcast by UC Davis

The Backdrop podcast is a monthly interview program featuring conversations with UC Davis scholars and researchers working in the social sciences, humanities, arts and culture. Hosted by public radio veteran Soterios Johnson, the conversations feature new work and expertise on a trending topic in the news.

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A headshot of Clifford Saron wearing glasses and a dark shirt

Clifford Saron on the Scientific Study of Meditation



A picture of Victoria Juharyan reading a book.

Victoria Juharyan on the Destruction of Ukrainian Cultural Heritage



A photo of Paul Eastwick standing in front of a tree.

Paul Eastwick on Relationship Science



A portrait of Andrés Reséndez with a gray background.

Andrés Reséndez on "Conquering the Pacific"



A portrait of Kadee Russ

Kadee Russ on Supply Chain Bottlenecks and Inflation



A portrait of Karima Bennoune standing outside with some green bushes in the background.

Karima Bennoune on Helping Artists, Cultural Workers Escape Taliban-Ruled Afghanistan



Lewis Lawyer sitting on a beach.

Lewis Lawyer on Documenting Patwin, One of California’s Indigenous Languages



Keith Watenpaugh standing with his arms crossed in Beirut

Keith Watenpaugh on Helping Refugee Students Reclaim Their Right to Education



Rachel Teagle

Rachel Teagle on the Reopening the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art



Lizbeth De La Cruz The Backdrop

Lizbeth De La Cruz on ‘Humanizing Deportation’



Magdalena Wojcieszak

Magdalena Wojcieszak on New Studies Finding Exposure to Media Does Not Increase Political Polarization



Eric Rauchway The Backdrop

Eric Rauchway on Contentious Presidential Transitions



Kathryn Olmsted The Backdrop

Kathryn Olmsted on Conspiracy Theories