Norman Cousins: The Quest for Peace

Norman Cousins

In this 1984, distinguished writer and editor Norman Cousins joins Conversations host Harry Kreisler for a discussion of the dangers of the nuclear arms race and his role in mediating communications between Kennedy and Khruschev at the height of the Cold War.

Key Words: Writers, Arms Race, Peace Movements, Nuclear Weapons, U.S. Presidents, Arms Control, Editors, RIP

Nelson Polsby: Institutional Change in the U.S.Congress

Nelson Polsby

In this edition of Conversations with History, Berkeley political scientist Nelson Polsby in an interview with UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler offers insight into the workings of the US congress.

Key Words: Politics, Political Scientists, U.S. Congress, Berkeley Faculty, RIP

Neil Smelser: Intellectual Odyssey

Neil Smelser

Host Harry Kreisler welcomes Berkeley sociologist Neil Smelser for a discussion of his intellectual odyssey.

Key Words: Sociologists, Terrorism, Theory, Social Science, Berkeley Faculty, Psychoanalysis, RIP

Neil Sheehan: Remembering the Vietnam War

Neil Sheehan

Host Harry Kreisler welcomes Pulitzer Prize winning author Neil Sheehan, who reflects on the Vietnam War through the prism of American soldier John Paul Vann,

Key Words: Journalists, Vietnam War, Pentagon Papers, Politics, American Century, RIP

John Kenneth Galbraith: Intellectual Journey: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom

John Kenneth Galbraith

Economist John Kenneth Galbraith, in a conversation with host Harry Kreisler, looks back and reflects on the art of writing, U.S. policy toward the Third World during the Cold War, political leadership, and on his intellectual contributions.

Key Words: Economists, Politics, U.S. Presidents, Writers, Cold War, Kennedy, Great Depression, Presidents, RIP

John A. McCone: Reflections

John A. McCone

Former Director of the CIA John A. McCone talks with UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler about his student days at Berkeley, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the lesson learned from his distinguished career in business and government.

Key Words: CIA, Cuban Missile Crisis, U.S. Presidents, Intelligence, Kennedy, U.S. Foreign Policy, RIP

James O. Freedman: Liberal Arts and Higher Education

James O. Freedman

President of American Academy of Arts and Sciences and former president of Dartmouth College, James Freedman discusses issues in higher education with UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler.

Key Words: Higher Education, University Presidents, University Leadership, Berkeley Graduate Lecturers, RIP

Jacques Bouchard: Nuclear Power and the Challenges of Global Climate Change and Nuclear Proliferation

Jacques Bouchard

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Jacques Bouchard, Special Adviser to the Chairman of the French Atomic Energy Commission, for a discussion of French energy policy and its reliance on nuclear power. Drawing on the French experience, he argues for the utility of nuclear power in dealing with global warming and explains the role of the nuclear engineer in responding to the technical needs generated by new challenges in design and safety. Bouchard also analyzes how nuclear engineering can address the problem of nuclear proliferation in cases such as Iran.

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Ira Michael Heyman: Values, Persuasion, and Leadership in the Public Sector

Ira Michael Heyman

In this edition, UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler talks with Ira Michael Heyman, former Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley and former Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. Chancellor Heyman discusses leadership, the challenges facing higher education and the problems of managing public museums.

Key Words: Law, Leadership, University of California, University Presidents, Higher Education...

Hubert L. Dreyfus: Meaning, Relevance, and the Limits of Technology

Hubert L. Dreyfus

Host Harry Kreisler welcomes philosopher Hubert Dreyfus for a discussion of why machines cannot become human. In their discussion, they talk about the role of philosophy in clarifying what it means to be human.

Key Words: Philosophers, Humans and Machines, Artificial Intelligence, Theory, Consciousness, Berkeley Faculty, RIP, Computer Science