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Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes General James Mattis (U.S. Marine Corp. ret.), former Head of Central Command for a discussion of his military career. Topics covered include: his formative years, the skill set and temperament required to be a marine, his command philosophy, his battle experience in Afghanistan and Iraq, the role of the military in securing peace, the contribution of the military to the policy debate, and his advice for students as they prepare for the future. Recorded on 03/20/2014.

Journalist Daniel Heimpel describes how his exploration of the foster care system in California led him to create a solutions-based style of reporting that he now teaches to UC Berkeley public policy, journalism and social welfare students, as well as those enrolled in UCB's Journalism for Social Change MOOC. Heimpel is joined by former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm and Dean Henry E. Brady in the Living Room at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. Recorded on 12/02/2014.

Former California Supreme Court Justice and UC Davis School of Law Professor Emeritus Cruz Reynoso recalls his days working alongside Cesar Chavez in the Community Service Organization and speaks to the influence of Latinos today on immigration, voting rights, police conduct and other contentious public issues. Justice Reynoso is presented by the Helen Edison Lecture Series at UC San Diego.

First elected to Congress in 1980, Barney Frank represented Massachusetts's 4th District for 32 years. He is known as a superb legislator and a pragmatic politician whose sharp intellect and sense of humor made him one of Washington's most influential and colorful figures. While in Congress, Frank worked to adjust America's spending priorities to reduce the deficit, provide less funding for the military and more for domestic programs. He argues here that the US could safely trim its military budget if American allies took more responsibility for their own defense. As chair of the House Financial Services Committee, Frank was a key author of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. In 1987, Frank became the first member of Congress to voluntarily come out as openly gay, and in 2012 he married his longtime partner, becoming the nation's first congressman in a same-sex marriage while in office. Recorded on 03/11/2015.
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