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UC Berkeley professors Hilary Hoynes and Rucker Johnson dispel myths about the ineffectiveness of investment into Head Start, public schools, food assistance, and other social programs in this conversation with Henry E. Brady, Dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. Recorded on 03/22/2016.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder reveals his reporting strengths as he describes how he earned the trust of the people he has featured in books such as "Mountains Beyond Mountains," "House," "A Truck Full of Money," "Old Friends," and "Strength in What Remains." Kidder shares the joys and doubts of a career in writing with veteran journalist and host Dean Nelson, founder and director of the Writer's Symposium By The Sea at Point Loma Nazarene University.

"Diplomacy" and "ethics" are words that describe complex interactions that are aspects of nation-to-nation relationships like that of the US and Mexico as well as other countries. Technology and the sciences play into this complexity as tools. By showing how solutions can be achieved and acting as teaching and mentoring examples for students and First Responders, we can help nurture real solutions forward even during times of conflict rhetoric and natural disasters. Actually seeking to help in diplomacy with preparing for and responding to natural disasters like earthquakes, fires, floods, hurricanes, tsunamis, drought, and disease can build remarkable friendships and shared dependence and resilience. Eric G. Frost, Director of the Viz Center and Homeland Security Graduate Program at San Diego State University, shares examples of how this is being done and how it might be applied to current global challenges and opportunities.

Juan Carlos Baker, Mexico's Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade, outlines Mexico's response to President Trump's call to renegotiate NAFTA. While acknowledging that Trump has yet to define what terms he wants to change, Baker says Mexico will insist that tariff-free trade continue and that Canada be part of any new agreement. This is the seventh program in the nine-part "What's Next for NAFTA?" series exploring the future of the North American economy, sponsored by the Center for US-Mexican Studies at UC San Diego.

Customs and tax attorneys from the US and Mexico explain how some proposed increases in cross border taxes and border adjustment taxes will affect trade in North America. This is the eighth program in the nine-part "What's Next for NAFTA?" series exploring the future of the North American economy, sponsored by the Center for US-Mexican Studies at UC San Diego.

Economist Robert Reich, the Clinton-era Labor Secretary and prominent Democratic pundit, gives a rousing talk on how the intersection of politics and economics led to the rise of Donald Trump and describes the concerns he shares with Republicans who fear that Trump's way of governing is harming American institutions. Reich is the featured speaker at UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy's Board of Advisors Dinner held in March 2017. Recorded on 03/29/2017.

Nina Jablonski explores the nature and sequence of changes in human skin through prehistory, and the consequences of these changes for the lives of people today. Recorded on 03/01/2017.

Where the built environment meets the heart of communities is the Urban Studies and Planning Program. Meet the dedicated students, faculty, and community groups who are working together to create cities that help people thrive. Gabriele Wienhausen also discusses innovating how we teach and learn through significant and positive change.

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Marion Nestle, Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition at New York University. Professor Nestle reflects on the evolution of her thinking on the interplay between nutrition studies and the politics of food. She discusses the environment of the food industry producing in a highly competitive environment where profits are paramount and public health is not a priority. Advertising and lobbying are important tools at their service as they confront food activists focused on public health, environment, and social justice. Professor Nestle also analyzes the role of government in choosing between re-enforcing the status quo or changing the landscape of food production through funding, regulation, and education. Finally, she offers advice to students preparing for the future. Recorded on 03/22/2017.

The paradox of today's global food system is that food insecurity or obesity threaten the health and welfare of half the world's population. Underlying these problems is an overabundant and overly competitive food system in which companies are forced to expand market channels to meet corporate growth targets. The contradiction between the goals of public health and food corporations has led to a large and growing food movement in the United States, which seeks policy changes to promote healthier and more environmentally sound food choices. Marion Nestle considers the cultural, economic, and institutional factors that influence food policies and choices, and the balance between individual and societal responsibility for those choices. Recorded on 03/21/2017.

How do we create inclusive communities that support job opportunities for young people entering the working world? Andy Hall, VP and Chief Program Officer of San Diego Workforce Partnership shares results from the San Diego opportunity youth research report and unveils a regional "BHAG" (big, hairy, audacious goal) for reducing and preventing youth disconnection in San Diego County by the end of 2020.

As an advocate for the California hospitals that provide the core of the state's healthcare safety net, Jackie Bender is on high alert over calls to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. She talks here with Jonathan Stein about how GOP plans in Congress would affect the millions of patients who now depend on the medical centers she represents as the Vice President of Policy for California Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems. Bender and Stein are both alumni of the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. Recorded on 03/28/2017.

Blending climate science with economic modeling, Emilie Mazzacurati offers clients strategic advice on how to protect local communities by integrating climate risk into business decisions. Mazzacurati, an alumna of the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, talks with fellow alumnus Jonathan Stein how she founded her company, Four Twenty Seven Climate Solutions, to build climate resilience through social innovation.

When inmates are released after serving time, their ordeals are not over. Finding stability and purpose on the outside can be daunting, leading many to end up back in jail or prison. But, as Nicholas Alexander, director of the Reentry Success Center in Richmond, California, explains, it doesn't have to be that way. His center works with prisoners before and after incarceration to provide counseling, housing, employment, legal and other free services that help them reintegrate into their families and communities. Alexander's compassion for the people he serves is evident in this conversation with Jonathan Stein, a fellow alumnus of the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.

Drawing on her own experience growing up in the caste system in India, Sudha Shetty channels her compassion for others into research and advocacy for victims of domestic violence and child abduction. As she describes here in a conversation with Henry E. Brady, dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, Shetty has helped judges and others in the legal community protect women and children from the unintended consequences of poorly drafted policies.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, becoming the first Nobel laureate to be recognized for his concern for global environmental problems. He addressed an audience at UC San Diego focusing on love and kindness among humanity. He urged compassion and sharing each other's problems as one human family to overcome the distance and violence in the world. Recorded on 06/17/2017.

Don Howard, President and CEO of The James Irvine Foundation, shares how Irvine's strategic investments are creating opportunity across California, followed by a panel of employers leading solutions to connect youth and young adults in successful career paths. Panelists include: Alex Castellanos, HR Manager, SeaWorld San Diego, Susie Harborth, Co-Founder, General Partner & CFO, BioLabs, and Mitch Mitchell, VP of State Governmental Affairs and External Affairs, San Diego Gas & Electric.

Today's dominant political refrain is that America is in a state of decline. But to James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic, nothing could further be from the truth. Over the course of a three-year, 54,000-mile journey across the country, he discovered many surprising points of reinvention, in every region of the country and enough to refresh the bleak national conversation to reflect a positive truth. Fallows reports on the wide range of civic projects underway that are rebuilding America a cross-section of generations, races, and political affiliations working far from the usual metropolitan hubs. Recorded on 05/01/2017.
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