As this scorching summer winds down, take some time to reflect on the extreme heat of these past few summers, with 2010 and 2012 contending to be the first and third the hottest summers on record in the U.S., respectively.
It’s hard to argue against global warming in the midst of a heatwave, but how directly does this extreme weather correlate to our carbon consumption? And what does a rapidly warming planet mean for our future?
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Science at the Theater series includes presentations from climate scientists Bill Collins, Margaret Torn, Michael Wehner, and Jeff Chambers and UC Berkeley economist, Max Aufhammer, who discuss the pace and consequences of climate change.
In this episode of Conversations with History, host Harry Kreisler welcomes George Packer, author of The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq, to discuss his new book, The Unwinding.
In this book, Packer interweaves the narratives of several different Americans, to paint the picture of a superpower coming undone at the seams. He tells the tale of an Evangelist son of tobacco farmers, a factory worker in a fading Rust Belt town, a silicon valley billionaire with radical ideas about the future and the internet, and a Washington insider torn between political ideals and greed; even Newt Gingrich and Jay-Z have a role in Packer’s book.
Hear Packer explain his ideas behind this image of the “new America” and how these lives give insight to the changing American dream in “The Unwinding with George Packer.” Get behind the story as George discusses forming his political identity and how he became the writer he is today.
Entrepreneurship plays a vital role in the U.S. economy as it embodies the spirit of American capitalism.
However, as the necessity of capitalism dictates, some of these entrepreneurs must fail in order for others to succeed.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, survival rates of new start-ups have been dwindling since the recession began. The BLS reports, “The period from 1993 to 2006 was marked by an increase in the number of births and deaths [of start up companies], indicating a higher amount of business ‘churn’ — that is, new business establishments entered and old establishments exited the economy in greater numbers. Since the most recent recession began in December 2007, births have experienced the steepest decline in the history of the series.”
But even in this tough economy, UC San Diego Alumni have managed to create and sustain successful businesses. Watch “Start Me Up! Entrepreneurs at Career Boost Camp 2013” to hear from a chief creative officer, a computer and electrical engineer, and other entrepreneurs as they share their tales of successful start ups.
In the 2012 presidential campaign, both candidates repeatedly promised one thing: to deal with the economic and unemployment issues that plague the nation. Many voters were skeptical that the opposing candidate’s plan could really help Americans find work, which led to very heated debates on the matter.
Take a look inside the rhetoric of the 2012 campaign as UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy’s Dean, Henry E. Brady, joins UC Davis economist Hilary Hoynes and UC Berkeley sociologist Cybelle Fox to explore the way the candidates discussed income inequality.
Richard “Dick” Beahrs, a member of the Center on Civility & Democratic Engagement Advisory Board at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, moderates the panel as they evaluate the way the debate strategies that each candidate used have affected bipartisanship, civility, and public discussion.
The most recent presidential election brought the issue of outsourcing to the forefront of Americans’ minds as citizens became concerned that they were losing their jobs to factories in China or Bangladesh.
However, Peter Cowhey, Dean of the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at UC San Diego, tells us that the U.S. remains the largest manufacturer based on total output.
As rumors stir about the de-industrialization of America, Cowhey explains that the rate of manufacturing only seems to be drastically declining, because it is not growing as fast as the rest of our economy.
In “The Resurgence of Manufacturing in the United States,” Cowhey is joined by Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs, Vizio CEO Willliam Wang, former Gateway CEO Ted Waitt and journalist James Fallows to discuss the trends of manufacturing as well as strategies for keeping and creating jobs in the United States.