Howard Zinn: Radical History

Howard Zinn

Welcome to a Conversation with History. I'm Harry Kreisler of the Institute of International Studies. Our guest today is Howard Zinn. Howard Zinn is an activist, a historian, a writer, and a playwright. He is the author of many books, including A People's History of the United States, The Zinn Reader, and an autobiography called You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train. His three plays are Emma, Daughter of Venus, and Marx in Soho. He is a Professor Emeritus of History at Boston University.


Howard Wolpe: The Role of Congress in Foreign Affairs

Howard Wolpe

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Congressman Howard Wolpe who reflects on the work of a congressman in a democracy of divided power.

Key Words: U.S. Congress, Africa, RIP

Herbert F. York: Reminiscences from a Career in Science, National Security, and the University

Herbert F. York

UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler interviews the Director of the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, Herbert F. York.

Key Words: Nuclear Weapons, Arms Control, National Laboratories, Scientists, Science and Public Policy, Science and Public Policy, RIP

Haynes Johnson: McCarthyism

Haynes Johnson
Host Harry Kreisler welcomes Pulitzer Prize journalist Haynes Johnson for a discussion of McCarthyism and its lessons for contemporary politics. Key Words: Journalists, Historians, RIP

Harry G. Summers: Military Strategy

Harry G. Summers

U.C. Berkeley's Harry Kreisler welcomes Colonel Harry G. Summers for a discussion of the lessons of the Vietnam War for U.S. military strategy.

Key Words: Military, Vietnam War, Nimitz Lecturers, RIP

Harold L. Wilensky: Comparing Rich Democracies

Harold L. Wilensky

Conversations with History and host Harry Kreisler welcome Harold Wilensky, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at UC Berkeley, to talk about his recently published book, Rich Democracies: Political Economy, Public Policy, and Performance. In this landmark work, Wilensky compares rich democracies and explores what makes these modern societies distinct and what makes them alike.

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Gary S. Becker: Intellectual Journey

Gary S. Becker

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Nobel Laureate Gary S. Becker for a discussion of his intellectual journey. Topics covered in the conversation include: the influence of his parents, his education, Milton Friedman, his early work on discrimination, the skills and temperament required for work in economics, applying economic analysis to social problems, the Chicago school of economics, creativity, rational choice theory, markets vs. government, the impact of ideas on policy, the communications revolution, the lessons of the 2008 economic collapse, and advice for students preparing...

Frederick S. Wyle: National Security and the Rule of Law

Frederick S. Wyle

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes attorney Frederick S. Wyle, a Pentagon official in the Kennedy administration, for a discussion of nuclear weapons policy in Europe during the Cold War. Reflecting on his role as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense in the McNamara Pentagon, Wyle also compares threat perception then with the current response to terrorism. He analyzes the delicate balance that must be found under our constitutional system to adjust to exigent circumstances while preserving the rule of law and civil liberties.


Frank Rhodes: Adaptation and Change in the American University

Frank Rhodes

Host Harry Kreisler welcomes Frank Rhodes, former President of Cornell University, for a discussion of the challenges and opportunities he faced leading an Ivy League university.

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

Ellen O'Kane Tauscher: Reflections on a Career in Public Service

Ellen O'Kane Tauscher

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Ellen O'Kane Tauscher, former Democratic congresswoman (1996-2009) and former Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs (2009-2012), for a discussion of her career in Congress and in the State Department. After reflecting on her formative experiences growing up in New Jersey and her career in business, Ms. Tauscher discusses the work of legislating, the crisis of the Republican Party, the need for reform in the congressional electoral process, and the role of leadership in preserving the legitimacy of the center...