Richard C. Lewontin: Science and Politics

Richard C. Lewontin

Conversations with History host Harry Kreisler talks with Richard C.Lewontin about scientific inquiry and the role of science in public policy.

Key Words: Scientists, Scientific Inquiry, Geneticists, Science and Politics, Berkeley Graduate Lecturers, Genetics, RIP

Ralph J. Cicerone: Science, Climate Change, and Leadership

Ralph J. Cicerone

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Ralph J. Cicerone, President of the National Academy of Sciences for a discussion of the challenges facing the scientific community. Dr. Cicerone describes his research interests and explains the qualities of a scientist and what makes science a unique enterprise. He also focuses on leadership in science discussing his work at UC Irvine to establish a department of geosciences and his goals as President of the National Academy of Science and Chair of the National Research Council. He reflects on his work on,“Climate Change Science: An Analysis on...

Neil Shubin: Your Inner Fish

Neil Shubin

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes University of Chicago Professor Neil Shubin for a discussion of his book, "Your Inner Fish, A Journey into the 3.5 Billion-year History of the Human Body". Shubin talks about his career, the interdisciplinary nature of the work of a paleontologist, and the unique skill set, scientific and personal, that is required. He also chronicles his team's discovery of the fossil Tiktaalik, the transition between fish and four-legged mammals that occurred over 350 million years ago.


John Harte: Understanding the Global Environmental Crisis

John Harte

Host Harry Kreisler welcomes Professor John Harte of UC Berkeley for a discussion of what environmental science teaches us about the potentially catastrophic consequences of a failure to address the current environmental crisis. His intellectual odyssey from physics to environmental studies offers important insight into how scientists have come to understand the relationship between humanity and nature and the necessary conditions for providing a balance that insures the well being of future generations. The conversation concludes with a discussion of how the present moment can be seized...

James E. Peebles: A Cosmologist's Intellectual Journey

James E. Peebles

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Princeton cosmologist Jim Peebles for a discussion of his intellectual odyssey. They discuss his contributions to cosmology and the future of the field.

Key Words: Scientists, Cosmology, Astronomy, Berkeley Graduate Lecturers, Nobel Laureates

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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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

Harold Palmer Smith: Thinking about the 'Unthinkables' in the Post-9/11 World

Harold Palmer Smith

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Harold P. Smith, Jr, former Pentagon official and Professor of Public Policy at Berkeley, for a discussion of the nuclear terrorism threat in the post 911 world.

Key Words: Nuclear Weapons, Terrorism, Scientists

Gibor Basri: Reaching for the Stars

Gibor Basri

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Gibor Basri, Professor of Astronomy at UC Berkeley, for a discussion of his work in astrophysics. Topics covered include: research methodology, discovery of Brown Dwarfs (stellar objects that are not planets nor stars),and the research agenda of NASA Kepler Mission. Professor Basri also discusses science education and his work (as Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion) in motivating and recruiting minority students for a future in science.


Eva Harris: Making Science Accessible

Eva Harris

Conversations with History and Host Harry Kreisler welcome UC Berkeley Professor Eva Harris who discusses her work on the frontier of biological science her efforts to make science accessible, and her activism.

Key Words: Scientists, Infectious Disease, Bacteria, Bioscience, DNA, Women Trailblazers, Berkeley Faculty, Scientists, Public Health