The UC Public Policy Channel
In the Arena with Jonathan Stein
Civil rights attorney Jonathan Stein talks with fellow alumni from the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley about what they have accomplished in their communities and how they inspire others to engage in public life.

Date: 6/12/2017
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.

Date: 5/15/2017
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.

Date: 5/1/2017
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.

Date: 2/17/2017
Garance Burke discusses AP's new partnership with Facebook aimed at debunking fake news. Burke shares her experiences and insights with civil rights attorney Jonathan Stein, a fellow alum of the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.

Date: 2/13/2017
Garance Burke, an investigative reporter with the Associated Press, recounts her most impactful work of 2016, including coverage of Donald Trump's crude behavior on the set of "The Apprentice" and the abuse of Central American migrant children in California. She also describes the value of using big data in journalism and AP's new partnership with Facebook aimed at debunking fake news. Burke shares her experiences and insights with civil rights attorney Jonathan Stein, a fellow alum of the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. Recorded on 01/05/2017.

Date: 2/6/2017
Messaging expert Anat Shenker-Osorio, author of "Don't Buy It: The Trouble with Talking Nonsense About the Economy," describes how to best influence public opinion. Citing her research on causes such as abortion rights and gay marriage, she argues that the most effective way to change minds is not through the traditional "anger, hope, action" model, but instead to establish shared values with political opponents and then to present the problems that threaten those values along with potential solutions. Shenker-Osorio engages in this fascinating discussion with civil rights attorney Jonathan Stein, a fellow alum of the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. Recorded on 01/05/2017.

Date: 1/31/2017
This :30 second promo is for "In The Arena," the broadcast and online series featuring host Jonathan Stein interviewing alumni of the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley who have embraced careers in public policy.

Date: 10/10/2016
After a surprise appointment to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 2007, Carmen Chu found that she could accomplish a great deal in local government. She ran successfully for two more terms and then moved on to become San Francisco City and County's Assessor-Recorder, an office to which she was re-elected in 2014 with 98 percent of the vote. Chu talks here with Jonathan Stein about the influences that prepared her for public life, including pursuing her master's degree from the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. Recorded on 08/25/2016.

Date: 10/8/2016
David Gray, appointed chief of staff to the mayor of Richmond, Calif, when he was 27, talks about the creative approaches he and his colleagues are taking to address the challenges facing this diverse, middle-income East Bay city. Gray, an alumnus of the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, tells Jonathan Stein that he was especially proud of Richmond's police chief for holding a sign supporting Black Lives Matter in a peaceful protest against police shootings. Recorded on 08/25/2016.

Date: 10/3/2016
Megan E. Garcia, a national and cyber security analyst who is now a Senior Fellow and Director at New America California, talks with civil rights attorney and fellow alum Jonathan Stein about engaging in civic life after leaving the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. Recorded on 08/25/2016.