U.S Congress

Leon Panetta: Leadership, Values, and the Changing Nature of Politics

Leon Panetta

In this episode, former Congressman Leon Panetta joins UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler to talk about the interplay of principles and leadership in the making of public policy,

KEYWORDS: Politics, Defense Department, Intelligence.

Ronald V. Dellums: Legislating for the People

Ronald V. Dellums

Welcome to a Conversation with History. I'm Harry Kreisler of the Institute of International Studies. Our distinguished guest is the honorable Ronald V. Dellums. For more than twenty-seven years Ron Dellums was a congressman from California's Ninth Congressional District. In representing his district, Congressman Dellums not only brought to Washington the spirit and ideas of the sixties movements, but at the same time earned the admiration and respect of his Washington colleagues. Perceived upon his arrival as a gadfly, an outsider from "Berzerkeley," he left the Congress after serving as...

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

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

James A. Leach

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

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

Howard Berman: Congress and U.S. Foreign Policy

Howard Berman

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

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

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.


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

Alan K. Simpson

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

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