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.

New Programs from the UC Public Policy Channel

8232Does gender equity matter? UC Berkeley grad student Suzanne Merkelson thinks so, especially when considering the 1 in 5 ratio of women to men representing us in Congress. She’s the first from the Goldman School to step before the UCTV cameras and deliver a commentary for the UC Public Policy Channel. We’re proud to provide this platform for her and plan to bring other student voices to this channel in the months ahead.

Watch 104 Women in Congress? That’s Not Enough! Commentary by Suzanne Merkelson.

And coming soon, racial profiling, as seen by UC Berkeley’s Jack Glaser and Paul Figueroa, Assistant Chief of the Oakland Police Department. Watch for “In the Living Room with Henry E. Brady” Monday, Feb 2nd.

Find more programs on The UC Public Policy Channel.

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A Side of Exploitation With That…

8232Though Democrats and Republicans alike just voted to increase the minimum wage in some states, the raise won’t apply to most restaurant workers who must still depend on customers, through tips, to make a living.

Saru Jayaraman of UC Berkeley brings her passion to the table as she criticizes the disparity between the “tipped versus non-tipped” staff as unfair and argues that raising the pay for all would benefit everyone in the food system, including employers and their patrons.

Watch Behind the Kitchen Door for more.

Browse more programs from the UC Public Policy Channel.

In the Living Room with Henry E. Brady: UC Public Policy Channel

8232We’ve always loved Henry Brady, the dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, for his wit and intellect. But when we went to talk with him about developing a theme channel on public policy for UCTV, we discovered something else.

He is equally passionate about the building that houses the GSPP, so much so that he held his own wedding there. After one look around, we could see why. It’s an old English-style house built in the late 1800’s with wood-paneled public rooms filled with natural light, Craftsman lamps, Stickley-style furniture and energetic graduate students. That became the setting, minus the students, for the new interview series, “In the Living Room,” featuring Dean Brady in conversation with UC faculty and other leading analysts of public policy.

28511Check out the premiere with economist Sol Hsiang detailing the economic risks of climate change on the new UC Public Policy Channel, a platform for, as Dean Brady says, policymakers, critics, and innovators to come together and debate solutions for the good of all.

Watch Risky Business: The Economic Risks of Climate Change with Sol Hsiang

Visit the new UC Public Policy Channel to browse more programs from The Goldman School of Public Policy at Berkeley.

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Submitted by Shannon Bradley, UCTV Executive Producer