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The 12th NASA Administrator, Charles F. Bolden Jr. shares how NASA's programs and missions function as an instrument of international cooperation, demonstrating the steady guidance of the United States as the world's leader. Recorded on 10/17/2017.

Economist William Easterly describes how the fight against global poverty is linked to the migration from poor to rich countries and how the war on terror perpetrates a stereotype of poor people as violent, unintentionally fueling xenophobia and travel bans. The good news is that economic ideas are the best antidote to xenophobia, opening the door again to migration as a powerful vehicle for global poverty reduction. Easterly, a professor of economics at New York University, is a visiting scholar at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.

Harvard economist Edward Glaeser explains the dynamics of cities and the role they play in developing new industries, adding to human capital and directing overall economic growth. As author of the best-selling book, "Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier," Glaeser brings his considerable knowledge of urban life to the Economics Roundtable at UC San Diego.

Two clearly articulated points of view are featured here as Arlie Hochschild, author of "Strangers In Their Own Land" and a sociology professor emerita at UC Berkeley, joins conservative commentator Steven Hayward, a senior resident scholar at the Institute of Governmental Studies, to analyze the ongoing divide in American politics that was exposed so dramatically in the 2016 election. They also offer ideas on how to create a more civil society. This panel is sponsored by the Center on Civility & Democratic Engagement at the Goldman School of Public Policy and the Berkeley Forum at UC Berkeley. Recorded on 10/21/2017.

Looking at the Berkeley campus protests that made national news in 2017, and then back to the birth of the Free Speech Movement there in 1964, UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ and Goldman School of Public Policy Dean Henry E. Brady engage on what free speech, hate speech and academic freedom mean on today's university campuses. Recorded on 12/15/2017.

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes New Yorker staff writer George Packer for a discussion of the US political landscape. Packer recounts the insights he derived in researching and writing The Unwinding, his 2013 book about the US in the wake of the 2008 economic collapse. In the conversation, he traces the rise of the white working class, the failure of the Democratic Party to address their interests, and the emergence of Trump as a representative of enraged voters in the 2016 election. He identifies the 4 narratives that define the divisions in the US today. Packer concludes with an analysis of leadership and ideas that might change America in the future. Recorded on 11/16/2017.
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