Berkeley Talks

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A podcast that features lectures, conversations, discussions and presentations from UC Berkeley. It's managed by the Office of Communications and Public Affairs.

Episodes

  • Social Dilemma star on fighting the disinformation machine

    'Social Dilemma' star on fighting the disinformation machine

    26/02/2021 Duration: 01h11min

    In this episode of Berkeley Talks, Tristan Harris, co-founder of the Center for Humane Technology, former Google design ethicist and star of the 2020 Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma, discusses how fake news spreads faster than factual news — a result of citizens sharing emotionally resonant misinformation or disinformation, often weaponized for profit and propaganda purposes, while tech algorithms amplify the viral spread.Listen to the episode and read a transcript on Berkeley News. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Charles Henry on the case for reparations

    Charles Henry on the case for reparations

    12/02/2021 Duration: 01h23s

    In this episode of Berkeley Talks, Charles Henry, professor emeritus of African American studies at UC Berkeley and author of Long Overdue: The Politics of Racial Reparations, discusses why reparations are gaining mainstream support, why he believes they are a solution and what could enable Black Americans to feel "acknowledged, redressed and with closure."This talk, given in October of 2020, is part of "America's Unfinished Work," a series by Berkeley's Osher Lifelong Learning Center (OLLI).Listen to the episode and read the transcript on Berkeley News.xogfh3JnKgMNkBAztXHY See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Will the post-pandemic era be the next roaring 20s?

    Will the post-pandemic era be the next 'roaring '20s'?

    29/01/2021 Duration: 16min

    In this episode of Berkeley Talks, Martha Olney, a teaching professor of economics at UC Berkeley, discusses the economic forecast — how the post-pandemic U.S. economy might compare to that of the so-called roaring 1920s."When I studied the 1920s, I was really focused on consumer spending, particularly household spending for durable goods — cars, appliances, furniture, jewelry — and the role of installment credit in making a boom in consumer durables possible," Olney said on UCLA's Forecast Direct in January.But, she said, today, much of the nation's consumer spending is on services — going to restaurants, getting a haircut — which lengthens the time it takes to recover from a recession.Listen to the episode and read a transcript on Berkeley News. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Late filmmaker Marlon Riggs on making ‘Tongues Untied’

    Late filmmaker Marlon Riggs on making ‘Tongues Untied’

    15/01/2021 Duration: 33min

    In this episode of Berkeley Talks, late filmmaker Marlon Riggs, a former Berkeley Journalism professor and alumnus, discusses his 1989 documentary, Tongues Untied, during a screening of his groundbreaking film at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) in 1990.In Tongues Untied, an experimental and deeply personal film, Riggs combines documentary footage with poetry, dance, music and performance with his own on-camera revelations to explore Black gay love and sexuality in the U.S. At the end of the film, words flash on the screen: “Black men loving Black men is the revolutionary act.”Listen to the episode and read the transcript on Berkeley News. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Revisiting: Comedian Maz Jobrani on noticing the good in his life

    Revisiting: Comedian Maz Jobrani on noticing the good in his life

    01/01/2021 Duration: 19min

    In this Berkeley Talks episode, we revisit an interview that we first shared in 2019:Growing up in an immigrant family, comedian Maz Jobrani knew his parents wanted him to be a lawyer or doctor, maybe an engineer. When he became a comedian, he says, the whole community was sad for the family. "They were like, 'Did you hear about Jobrani's son? Yeah, it's a shame. He's almost a drug dealer."In February 2019, Jobrani was a guest on the Science of Happiness, a podcast from the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley. In his episode, called "Notice the Good in Your Life," Jobrani talks with host Dacher Keltner, a psychology professor and the founder and faculty director of the Greater Good Science Center, about his 2017 stand-up special on Netflix, Immigrant.Listen to the episode and read a transcript on Berkeley News. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Poet Aria Aber reads from her 2019 book Hard Damage

    Poet Aria Aber reads from her 2019 book 'Hard Damage'

    19/12/2020 Duration: 36min

    In this episode of Berkeley Talks, Aria Aber, a poet born to Afghan refugees and raised in Germany, who now lives in Oakland, California, read from her first book of poems, Hard Damage, published in 2019. The early November reading was part of the UC Berkeley Library’s monthly event, Lunch Poems.Listen to the episode and read a transcript on Berkeley News. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • U.S. elections 2020 and implications for the Americas

    U.S. elections 2020 and implications for the Americas

    04/12/2020 Duration: 01h20min

    In this episode of Berkeley Talks, experts discuss the forces that shaped the outcome of the U.S. elections in November and the implications of the elections for the U.S. and the countries of Latin America."Hispanics are the new swing voters," said Maria Escheveste, a senior scholar at the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) and president and CEO of the Opportunity Institute, who joined Paul Pierson, a professor of political science at Berkeley, and Colombian investigative journalist Daniel Coronell, at the Nov. 20, 2020 campus webinar.It's imperative that Democrats realize that the Latinx community isn't a monolith, she said, and that immigration isn't the only issue every Latinx person cares about. "We are so diverse because we're generationally diverse — linguistically, racially, ethnically," said Escheveste. "Demography is not destiny."Listen to the discussion and read a transcript on Berkeley News. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Threats to abortion rights and how people are resisting

    Threats to abortion rights and how people are resisting

    22/11/2020 Duration: 01h23min

    In this episode of Berkeley Talks, a panel of scholars — Berkeley Law professor Khiara Bridges; Carol Joffe, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at UC San Francisco; and Jill Adams, co-founder and executive director of the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law — discuss how race, class and reproductive rights intersect and how people are choosing and resorting to self-directed and community-directed care to circumnavigate the structural inequalities in health care access.Listen to the episode and read a transcript on Berkeley News. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • How Native women challenged a 1900s Bay Area assimilation program

    How Native women challenged a 1900s Bay Area assimilation program

    07/11/2020 Duration: 32min

    This episode of Berkeley Talks is a 2019 interview on KALX's The Graduates with Katie Keliiaa, a graduate student in UC Berkeley's Department of Ethnic Studies. In this interview, Keliiaa discusses her research on the Bay Area Outing Program, an early 20th century assimilation program that took Native American women out of their tribal lands and brought them to the Bay Area to perform domestic work.Listen to the episode and read the transcript on Berkeley News. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • How Mary Shelleys Frankenstein took on a life of its own

    How Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' took on a life of its own

    27/10/2020 Duration: 23min

    In this special Halloween-inspired episode of Berkeley Talks, UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ joins Manual Cinema's co-artistic director Drew Dir to discuss the collective's presentation of Frankenstein, a Cal Performances co-commission, in a talk moderated by Cal Performances' executive and artistic director Jeremy Geffen.Listen to the talk and read a transcript on Berkeley News. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The violent underworlds of El Salvador and their ties to the U.S.

    The violent underworlds of El Salvador and their ties to the U.S.

    23/10/2020 Duration: 01h16min

    In this Berkeley Talks episode, Salvadoran American journalist and activist Roberto Lovato, discusses his new book Unforgetting: A Memoir of Family, Migration, Gangs, and Revolution in the Americas, with Jess Alvarenga, an investigative reporter and documentary filmmaker and a graduate of UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism.In Unforgetting, Lovato exposes how the U.S.-backed military dictatorship was responsible for killing 85% of the 75,000 to 80,000 people killed during the Salvadoran Civil War that was fought from 1979 to 1992."The book is ... a journey through different underworlds — the underworlds of the guerillas, the underworlds of the gangs, the underworlds of our family histories and secrets, the underworld of the secrets of nations, the things that countries don't like for us to know, I mean, which is theoretically how you get a president like Donald Trump, for example," said Lovato.Listen and read the transcript on Berkeley News. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out informati

  • Portraits of power: Women of the 116th Congress

    Portraits of power: Women of the 116th Congress

    09/10/2020 Duration: 01h10s

    "I would say the loudest, boldest, most powerful voices coming out of Washington have been the voices of women," said U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood (IL-14). "The way that we, collectively, have reframed the conversation about where this country is going has really, I think, been jarring for some of those who have been the power class in Washington for decades."Underwood was part of a panel that discussed the history-making women of the 116th Congress, and a recently published New York Times book that features powerful portraits of all but one Congresswoman. Also part of the conversation was Rep. Jackie Speier (CA-14), UC Berkeley Ph.D. candidate in political science and photojournalist Elizabeth Herman and New York Times photo editor Marisa Schwartz Taylor.Listen to the discussion and read a transcript on Berkeley News. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Berkeley scholars on the legal legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    Berkeley scholars on the legal legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    28/09/2020 Duration: 01h07min

    Following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Sept. 18, 2020, Berkeley Law professors — Amanda Tyler, Catherine Fisk, Orin Kerr, Bertrall Ross and Dean Erwin Chemerinsky — came together to discuss Ginsburg's legacy, what will be the likely effects of her no longer being in the Supreme Court and what is likely to happen in the nomination and confirmation process of a new justice."Her legacy as an advocate completely changed the face of American society," said Tyler, who clerked for Ginsburg in 1999. "As an advocate, she opened the eyes of the Supreme Court to the lived experiences of both men and women who are held back by gender stereotypes. Because of that, she was able to convince them, to educate them, to teach them as to how gender stereotypes do that, not just to women but to men as well, and how putting women on a pedestal, as Justice Brennan said, and Justice Ginsburg loved this quote, is actually putting them in a cage. It's holding them back."Read a transcript and listen on Berkeley News.Phot

  • How plantation museum tours distort the reality of slavery

    How plantation museum tours distort the reality of slavery

    25/09/2020 Duration: 01h55s

    In this Berkeley Talks episode, Stephen Small, a professor in UC Berkeley's Department of African American Studies, and interim director for the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, discusses research from his upcoming book, tentatively titled Inside the Shadows of the Big House: 21st Century Antebellum Slave Cabins and Heritage Tourism in Louisiana. Since the 1990s, Small has visited more than 200 plantation museum sites in 10 states. Tours of these sites included narratives that privileged white elites and consistently avoided mention of slavery and the experience of enslaved people, says Small."Slavery is typically described in passive, general and abstract ways," said Small. "If mentioned at all, Black people typically appear as an undifferentiated stereotypical mass, with few exceptions."Listen to the episode and read the transcript on Berkeley News. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • How to use sleep and circadian science to get better rest

    How to use sleep and circadian science to get better rest

    11/09/2020 Duration: 59min

    As the global pandemic stretches on and massive wildfires rage along the West Coast, many people are finding it hard — if not impossible — to get the restful sleep they need. But Allison Harvey, a professor of clinical psychology and director of the Golden Bear Sleep and Mood Research Clinic at UC Berkeley, says although anxiety can make it more difficult to sleep well, there are evidence-based treatments that can help. "I think as humans, at this point, we either have too many people in our lives and in our faces, or we're lonely and we're maybe feeling that as we go off to sleep," said Harvey, of life during the pandemic. "We need to go to safe burrows and nests in order to sleep. So, things that are comforting really make a difference to us."On Aug. 7, Harvey gave a talk, sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), about how changing certain behaviors — when and how we wake up and go to bed, for instance — can allow us to experience the sleep rhythms we naturally have.Listen and read a

  • Why the 1960s song Little Boxes still strikes a chord today

    Why the 1960s song 'Little Boxes' still strikes a chord today

    28/08/2020 Duration: 47min

    "Little boxes on the hillside. Little boxes made of ticky tacky. Little boxes on the hillside. Little boxes all the same. There’s a pink one, and a green one, and a blue one and a yellow one. And they're all made out of ticky tacky and they all look just the same.And the people in the houses all went to the university, where they were put in boxes and they came out all the same. And there's doctors and lawyers and business executives, and they're all made out of ticky tacky and they all look just the same."That's the first part of the song "Little Boxes," written by Berkeley alumna and political activist Malvina Reynolds in 1962. In the first episode of a new campus podcast — the Berkeley Podcast for Music — professor Nicholas Mathew talks with Reynolds' daughter, Nancy Schimmel, as well as Berkeley professors Margaret Crawford from architecture, Timothy Hampton from French and comparative literature and Maria Sonevytsky from music. They discuss Reynolds' life, music, activism and the contested politics of he

  • The power of mentorship, sisterhood in politics

    The power of mentorship, sisterhood in politics

    14/08/2020 Duration: 01h07min

    "I don't know anybody who can honestly say there hasn't been somebody in their life that helped them along," said Louise Renne, a lawyer who served as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and as San Francisco City Attorney. "And I try to pay it back by working with young people in public housing here in San Francisco."Renne took part in a panel discussion — "Bay Area Women in Politics" — hosted by the Bancroft Library's Oral History Center in July 2020. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and Shanelle Scales-Preston, who sits on the Pittsburg City Council, also spoke on the panel."I think all of us will say we have to be optimists to survive in these careers," said Schaaf. "It's what gets you out of bed in the morning because we also have to hold tremendous suffering and tragedy in our communities. That is also part of our jobs. But I want to see a world that is equitable and where everyone thrives. And when I talk about equity, I believe that structural racism is one of the biggest barriers to everythin

  • Joyce Carol Oates on her dystopian novel Hazards of Time Travel

    Joyce Carol Oates on her dystopian novel 'Hazards of Time Travel'

    07/08/2020 Duration: 54min

    Joyce Carol Oates, author of more than 70 works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, joined Poet Laureate and Berkeley English professor Robert Hass in March 2019 to discuss her 2018 book Hazards of Time Travel. Set in a dystopian America in 2039, the novel tells the story of a 17-year-old who, after her subversive valedictorian speech, is exiled to rural Wisconsin in 1959."It seems like dystopian novels are mostly about extrapolating scary political trends in the present into the future," said Hass. "1984. The Handmaid's Tale. It felt like you found yourself more interested in exploring 1959.""Or the sort of foundation for the present," replied Oates, a professor emerita of humanities at Princeton University who has taught as a visiting professor of English at Berkeley. "... Because when I wrote the novel — I was working on it in 2011 — I had no idea at all, as none of us did, that we would have a different kind of political situation today."... My novel was written before the campaign of 2016, which was

  • Why racial equity belongs in the study of economics

    Why racial equity belongs in the study of economics

    24/07/2020 Duration: 01h15s

    "Economists begin with this notion of the free market invisible hand, and we need to be clear that the hand has a color — it's a white hand, let me say, a white male hand," said Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, a professor of sociology at Duke University. ... I was a major in sociology and economics... I ended up choosing sociology, in part because of the foundation of economics is assumptions about the rational actor making decisions on a cost-benefit basis in something called efficient market. And we all know that the Homo sapiens — they're a complex animal shaped by multiple social forces and group divisions."Bonilla-Silva joined a panel of scholars — Daina Ramey Berry, a history professor at the University of Texas at Austin; Arjumand Siddiqi, a professor in the Department of Public Health at the University of Toronto; and Mario Small, a sociology professor at Harvard University — for a discussion on July 13, 2020, about how the conceptual approaches of economics discount Black and Latinx perspectives, and what the

  • Thelton Henderson on the bravery to do whats right

    Thelton Henderson on the bravery to do what's right

    17/07/2020 Duration: 39min

    “I’ve seen a huge capacity for redemption from people… if given a chance.” That’s Thelton Henderson, a renowned civil rights lawyer who spent 37 years as a judge for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, in conversation with Savala Trepczynski in a 2017 podcast series, Be the Change.Be the Change was created and hosted by Trepczynski, the executive director of the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice at Berkeley Law. The series highlights people who Trepcyznski says “embody, and therefore model, a progressive and subversively compassionate way of being a human being.”Henderson, who graduated from Berkeley Law in 1962, was the first African American lawyer in the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division in the early 1960s. In the interview, he shares what it was like working alongside Martin Luther King Jr. and other activists in the South, investigating local law enforcement and human rights abuses, and how the bravery he saw at the time inspired his

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