Never one to back down from political opposition, former US Senator Barbara Boxer puts her Capitol Hill moxie on display as she recounts
some of the biggest challenges she faced during her 30+ years serving alongside 5 presidents in Washington. As thrilling as it is to hear her stories, the message that comes through loud and clear in this inaugural talk of the Barbara Boxer Lecture Series at UC Berkeley, is “don’t stop!” She calls on Americans who share her concerns about the current administration to engage – by going to town halls, by writing letters to their representatives, by marching, and most importantly, by showing up to vote even in the midterm elections.
Watch An Election Like No Other and What Lies Ahead with Former US Senator Barbara Boxer now.
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What happens when prison sentences are reduced and non-violent criminals are set free? As UC Berkeley professor Steve Raphael argues, crime rates don’t rise and in some cases, they actually go down. Hear why alternatives to “tough on crime” sentencing guidelines can make communities safer as California and other states rethink their policies on punishment.
Watch Prison Reform: Alternatives to Mass Incarceration.
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The numbers tell the story. In Up From Poverty: Funding Solutions That Work, public policy analysts Hilary Hoynes and Rucker Johnson show how investments in pre-K programs, nutritional assistance, Medicaid and earned income tax credits provide solid and reliable paths out of poverty if properly funded.
They’ve done the research – check out their results in this eye-opening conversation with Henry E. Brady, dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.
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Three new thought-provoking programs from the Goldman School of Public Policy debut this week:
First, the former Assistant Secretary of Defense and former dean Michael Nacht surveys the globe with an assessment of hot spots awaiting the new president.
Watch: Conflict Zones and National Security with Michael Nacht
Next, the Public Policy Channel launches a new series, Millennial Voices Heard at Goldman, featuring graduate students advocating on issues they care about. Hear why Charlotte Hill is taking a year off from school to fight anticorruption in government through represent.us, and then check out Rob Moore as he tells of his political awakening as an organizer for Planned Parenthood in Nebraska.
Watch: Charlotte Hill
Watch: Rob Moore
Real world experiences informing public policy – that’s what Goldman is all about.
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So, you like Bernie? Does his campaign pledge to address income inequality appeal to you? Then you should check out what former Labor Secretary Robert Reich has to say about how the basic rules of capitalism are stacked in favor of those at the top and what can be done to shape market forces so that more people share in economic prosperity.
Watch Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few with Robert Reich.