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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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Muhammad Haroon on How Social Media Algorithms Can Foster Political Radicalization

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