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Bruin One Ear is a podcast focused on the achievements of UCLA Alumni and their experiences on campus. UCLA alumni, Pranav and Nakin (UCLA '15), interview successful and compelling UCLA alumni across diverse professions. These "Captivating Conversations for Bruin Brains" air 1 to 2 times a month. 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏 Guests include degree holders of UCLA and UCLA graduate schools including UCLA Anderson School of Management, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, and UCLA School of Law. Our podcast on UC ...
 
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Special guest (and Nakin's boss's boss's boss) Mike Weatherford joins the podcast and discusses some of the major trends in healthcare: how telehealth has changed because of the pandemic, why price transparency for healthcare services is important, and what's driving physicians to become employees at health systems rather than staying as independen…
 
Dr. Williams opens up about growing up black and gay in Louisiana during the 1960s and 1970s. After providing a primer about rare diseases, Dr. Williams explains how and why he ended up working at a pharmaceutical corporation in-spite of public perceptions. Pranav ties in the UCLA class of 2015’s reading of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’ in…
 
Dr. Robert Hughes currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Legal Studies & Business at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. We enjoyed our conversation with Robert as we dove into some of his research interests including the egalitarian distribution of medical care, the social responsibility that corporations have,…
 
Rosemary recounts the advantages of having a diverse cohort of international students and incredible faculty at UCLA that helped establish her foundation in economics research. We chatted with Rosemary about her experience at the Bureau of Labor Statistics and she shared how some of her research helped to improve the measures of labor demand for th…
 
Alyssa provides an account of her time at UCLA which included developing her own major (Digital Democracy), studying abroad in Spain, and listening to lots of Jay-Z. After being fired the second time from the same job and dumped on the same day, Alyssa introspects on gratitude and happiness. Listeners will learn about her early challenges building …
 
Dr. Kline chronicles his career trajectory in detail including both undergrad and med school at UCLA and a now defunct club that facilitated his interest in policy making. He explains the role of various stakeholders in the heath care delivery value chain from his lived experience and describes some of the challenges of managing health insurance fo…
 
Robert details his experience at UCLA, with emphasis on study abroad in Chile and his time at the Daily Bruin. We cover his investigative piece on how donations affected admissions to UCLA’s orthodontics program and why these crises continue to unfold in spite of past coverage. Entering the industry during a financial crisis, Robert explains how he…
 
Congressman Gomez shares how his experience with healthcare at a young age has helped shape his views on it as a politician. We also talked about some of his early educational challenges in high school, but with resilience how he was able to move from jobs at Subway and Target to community college and finally transfer to UCLA. He also shared how a …
 
David shares insights from his career trajectory that includes stops at several major cities (BOS, NYC, LA, Chicago, London, Miami, Nashville, and now Seattle), and how NYC’s financial crisis led to his journey to UCLA. He captivates listeners with a story about an old Malibu 10k race and how lessons learned from competitive running such as the pow…
 
Erin covers studying Film and Television at UCLA as well as her astrophysics coursework. She accounts turning down acceptances to prestigious law schools, in the waning hours, for a screenwriting job with Chris Carter (X-files). She continues with the hilarious story of how she landed her gig with LMFAO and when she knew her song “Sexy and I Know I…
 
Mikala talks about UCLA Acappella and living on the same floor as Pranav, their freshman year. Mikala tells Nakin about her MPH thesis on a flesh-eating bacteria. Pranav asks Mikala to introspect on how she’s personally had to evolve and step up after quickly being thrusted under the COVID-19 limelight and assuming responsiblity for 300,000 citizen…
 
Jeanine talks about her transition as the winner of “So You Think You Can Dance” to a student at UCLA. Majoring in World Arts and Culture, Jeanine was able to leverage the quarter system as she picked up acting gigs. Of Cuban descent, Jeanine discusses diversity in Hollywood and how she was able to parlay a recurring role on “Grey’s Anatomy” into a…
 
In our first Summer episode, Andrew explains how his MBA helped him adapt quickly to his then new role as CEO under tenuous circumstances. He explains how entrepreneurship and business can serve as rehabilitative programming as a solution to solving prison recidivism. He also discusses his role as Vice President on the board of LA Fire Commission i…
 
Ron details growing up in the Bay Area, his first date with his now wife at UCLA, and his passion for mountain biking. Listeners also learn about the effort it took to build Liftopia, a ski ticketing company. We end with Ron’s stewardship of AllTrails and the importance of civic engagement, inclusivity, and empathy.…
 
Gary tells Bruins about investigative stories he ran as Editorial Director at the Daily Bruin, interviewing Joe Biden, and a secretive professor rating system. As the former CEO of Seasame Workshop, Gary provides color on his stewardship of Sesame Street including the controversy with Katy Perry. The three time successful CEO continues with his ope…
 
Dr. Doshi shares her perspective on some of the challenges epidemiologists face and how the COVID pandemic has put other important public health initiatives on the back burner. She also talks about living in the Democratic Republic of Congo for 6 years, and the importance of vaccines for preventable diseases such as polio, measles, and tetanus.…
 
Pranav asks Kurt if Indiana Jones played a timely role in his career path. Kurt discusses his travels abroad, Colorado's Tibetian influence, cherished time at UCLA, and the challenges and opportunities of running a museum. Kurt also recounts the story of a ten headed demon god and a hero as he dives into South Asian art. Pranav and Nakin give the m…
 
Part 2. Dr. Furler journeys through his non-linear career path, interest in infectious disease and RNA viruses, beloved time at UCLA, and studying the Sonic hedgehog pathway. Dr. Furler gives advice on achieving goals through the process of backwards design. The science behind COVID-19, your immune system, flu vaccinations, and drug discovery is di…
 
Mark covers his first leadership experiences, UCLA Anderson, helping launch the Disney channel, leading Dreamworks Animation as COO, and helping Cinemark reach higher heights as its CEO. Pranav deftly ties in Remember the Titans as Mark explains global film and television distribution and the cultural relevance of films. Nakin and Mark share a love…
 
Part 1. Lorraine details how to donate effectively, especially in times of need, utilizing learnings from a UCLA course she took with Pranav in which students donated $100k. Lorraine covers building UCLA's emergency response team and programming from the ground up, types of disasters, and what individuals can learn from how global corporations, lik…
 
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