U.S Congress

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

Nelson Polsby
2002

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.

http://globetrotter.berkeley.edu/people2/Polsby/polsby-con0.html

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

James A. Leach: Congress, Globalization, and the Economic Crisis

James A. Leach
2009

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes former Iowa Congressman James A. Leach for a discussion of his 30 year career in the U.S. House of Representatives. Topics covered include: how principles are affected by interest group pressure, how the Republican Party and Congress changed during his tenure, how the U.S. electorate will respond to the changed economic circumstance, and how Congress will navigate between nationalism and internationalism as it legislates on the current crisis. He reflects on the leadership needed in the executive and legislative branches during the difficult days...

Howard Wolpe: The Role of Congress in Foreign Affairs

Howard Wolpe
1982

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

http://globetrotter.berkeley.edu/conversations/Wolpe/wolpe-con0.html

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

Howard Berman: Congress and U.S. Foreign Policy

Howard Berman
2014

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Congressman Howard Berman for a discussion of his 30 year career in the U.S. House of Representatives serving California's 28th congressional district. Reflecting on his career, Berman discusses the following topics: his background; his early alliance with Henry Congressman Waxman: innovations in campaigning that they developed with Michael Berman; the skills and temperament necessary for the work of legislating; his support for the Iraq War Resolution; U.S. relations with Israel; the role of sanctions in blocking Iran's nuclear program; the...

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

Ellen O'Kane Tauscher
2013

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...

Elizabeth Warren: Law, Politics, and the Coming Collapse of the Middle Class

Elizabeth Warren
2007

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Harvard Law Professor Elizabeth Warren for a discussion of the economic pressures confronting the two income middle class family as it struggles to pay mortgages, health care, and education costs. Professor Warren offers surprising answers to "Who goes bankrupt and why?" and explores the role of banks and credit card companies in tightening the squeeze on the average American family. The interface between politics and the law in addressing these problems is explored.

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Alan K. Simpson: Let 'er Rip: Reflections of a Rocky Mountain Senator

Alan K. Simpson
1997

In this episode former Senator Alan K. Simpson in a conversation with UC Berkeleys Harry Kreisler talks about politics and the lessons he learned during the course of his career in the Senate.

KEYWORDS: Politics, Immigration, Berkeley Graduate Lecturers.

Alan Cranston: Democracy, Disarmament and Public Education

Alan Cranston
2000

Alan Cranston was a four term Senator from California and president and founder of the Global Security Institute and director of its nuclear weapons elimination initiative. This discussion on democracy, disarmament and public education with UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler was taped in April 2000.

KEYWORDS: Nuclear Weapons, Sovereignty, Political Education, Politics

Abner J. Mikva: Politics, Values, and the Separation of Powers

Abner J. Mikva
1999

Congressman Abner J. Mikva joins UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler to discuss his distinguished career in the U.S. House of Representatives and the lessons he learned about politics and life.

KEYWORDS: Separation of Powers, Supreme Court, Berkeley Graduare Lecturers, Judges.