Climate Change, Consumerism and the Pope

8232Why is this Pope different from all other Popes? What inspired his cry from the heart to preserve “our home” in Laudato Si, his recent letter to Catholics and all residents of this glorious, yet troubled, planet?

Dan Kammen of UC Berkeley was among those summoned to the Vatican to advise on climate change and he shares what happened there, as former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm and Henry E. Brady, dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy, respond with passion to the Pope’s critique of our consumer-driven way of life. A fourth guest joins midway, this one with black fur and four legs, presumably comforted by the Pope’s call to protect all creatures great and small.

Watch Climate Change, Consumerism and the Pope on the UC Public Policy Channel.

The Great Divide with Joseph Stiglitz and Robert Reich

8232Just watching these two old friends on stage together, both liberal icons in economics and academia, is a true delight.

Joseph Stiglitz and Robert Reich reminisce here about their days in the Clinton Administration, recalling the pushback from fellow cabinet members for labeling certain policies “corporate welfare” and criticizing excessive salaries for C-suite executives. They have issues with Obama, too, particularly on trade. And don’t get them started on Super PACs and the influence of money on politics! Will they be there for Hillary in 2016?

For a dose of humor along with a lesson on the politics of income inequality across America, treat yourself to some Stiglitz and Reich.

Watch The Great Divide with Joseph Stiglitz and Robert Reich on the Public Policy Channel.

Growing Up in the Shadow of the Holocaust

8232How to describe the burden of the state-sponsored mass murder on the generation that followed the Holocaust?

Of the many revealing stories shared in this program, one from German-born historian Frank Biess stands out. When he came to St. Louis as a college student, he was struck by the overt patriotism of Americans. As he explains, most Germans of the post-Holocaust era were so squeamish about appearing too nationalistic that they would never fly their country’s flag in front of their home because it could suggest support for the Neo-Nazis. The one notable exception? Flags were okay if the German soccer team was doing well in the World Cup.

Watch Frank Biess on American Patriotism.

Hear additional accounts of the Holocaust’s shadow on contemporary Germans on The UC San Diego Library Channel. Watch Growing Up in the Shadow of the Holocaust.

Barney Frank Being Barney Frank

8232The sometimes irascible and often brilliant Barney Frank has been much in the news of late, with his new book, “Frank,” and his longstanding vocal support for LGBT rights.

But do you know what he thinks of “House of Cards?”

The retired Congressman from Massachusetts is featured in two programs on UCTV this month, first in a rousing public lecture calling on the US to reduce military spending and second, in a thoughtful interview about Wall Street, gay marriage and Federal Reserve. But the real news here for political junkies is his takedown of Frank Underwood’s Washington. Check out this clip:

Barney Frank on Frank Underwood

Watch more of Barney Frank in these two programs from The Public Policy Channel:

Reducing the Military Budget: Necessary To Improve Our Quality of Life with Congressman Barney Frank

Frank Talk: Gay Rights, Wall Street and the Federal Reserve with Barney Frank and Alex Gelber – In the Living Room with Henry E. Brady

What's Wrong with Racial Profiling?

8232Talk about timely.

The Suspect Race edition of “In the Living Room” jumps right into this taut and emotionally charged issue with social psychologist Jack Glaser and Oakland Assistant Police Chief Paul Figueroa.

“The problem with profiling, or using stereotypes to make judgments,” says Glaser, “is that it can have a self-fulfilling effect.”

Glaser presents research backing this claim while Figueroa responds with insight on how police officers feel in a climate where many sense that law enforcement is under attack. The erudite Henry E. Brady, dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, hosts this candid and provocative conversation.

Watch more programs on The UC Public Policy Channel.