U.S Presidents

Lewis H. Lapham: An Editor's Odyssey

Leon Wieseltier

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Harper's Editor Emeritus Lewis Lapham for a discussion of his career and the history of Harper's Magazine. Lapham compares print to electronic media, analyzes the corruption of language by politics,and reflects on the incompatibility of democracy and empire. He concludes with a devastating critique of the Bush administration and its impeachable offenses.

KEYWORDS: Journals

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.

Lawrence Wilkerson: Vice President Cheney and America's Response to 9/11

Lawrence Wilkerson

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, U.S. Army (ret.), for a discussion of the break down of the national security process in the administration of George W. Bush. Colonel Wilkerson offers an insider's view of the Cheney-Rumsfeld cabal that drove American policy in the wake of the Al Qaeda attack on 911. The Vice President's manipulation of the policy process, he argues, led to a lack of a post conflict planning for Iraq and the failure to abide by the Geneva conventions. Wilkerson also analyzes the motives of Cheney and Rumsfeld, their penchant for...

William Rusher: The Conservative Movement

William Rusher

Conversations host Harry Kreisler speaks with William A. Rusher, former publisher of the "National Review" about the conservative movement.

KEYWORDS: National Review.

William Pfaff: The End of the Cold War

William Pfaff

UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler welcomes author and columnist William Pfaff for a discussion of U.S. foreign policy, U.S.- European relations and the end of the Cold War. Pfaff reflects on his intellectual odyssey and comments on the role of the press in shaping U.S.opinion toward world politics.

KEYWORDS: American Century.

Walter Russell Mead: U.S. Foreign Policy and the American Political Tradition

Walter Russell Mead

Historian and author Walter Russell Mead, in a conversation with UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler explores the ideas that have shaped and defined U.S. foreign policy throughout American history.

KEYWORDS: American Century.

Tom Wicker: The Presidency, the Press, and the Cold War

Tom Wicker

In this 1983 interview, Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes one of America's most distinguished journalists Tom Wicker for a discussion of the Presidency and the media at the height of the Cold War.

KEYWORDS: Soviet Union, Kennedy, Political Education, Cuban Missile Crisis, Presidents.

Derek Chollet and James Goldgeier: American Foreign Policy from the End of the Cold War to 9/11

Derek Chollet
James Goldgeier

Host Harry Kreisler welcomes Derek Chollet and James Goldgeier for a discussion of U.S. foreign policy from the Fall of the Berlin Wall until the attack on 9/11. They discuss the search for a grand strategy during the Clinton administration and outline the debates among liberals and among conservatives about the U.S. role as the sole superpower, especially the relative importance of economic power versus military power in shaping world order. Chollet and Goldgeier also focus on the new security challenges facing the United States-- global warming, terrorism, and the spread of infectious...

Susan Shirk: China and the United States

Susan Shirk

Conversations with History and Host Harry Kreisler welcome UC San Diego Professor Susan Shirk who discusses her research on China, her service in the Clinton administration, and the future of U.S. China relations.


Key Words: Political Scientists, China, U.S. Foreign Policy, U.S. Presidents, Women Trailblazers

Stuart E. Eizenstat: Politics, Law, and the Search for 'Imperfect Justice

Stuart E. Eizenstat

Host Harry Kreisler welcomes distinguished public servant Stuart E. Eizenstat for a discussion of his career in politics and law and his new book, "Imperfect Justice," an account of his work as the President's envoy to solve the conundrum of reparations for Holocaust survivors.


Key Words: Law, International Law, U.S. Presidents, Human Rights, Reparations, Justice, Presidents