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E. Randol Schoenberg, the grandson of the composer Arnold Schoenberg, is an expert in handling cases involving looted art and the recovery of property stolen by the Nazi authorities during the Holocaust. He tells the story here of his most prominent case, "Republic of Austria v. Altmann" which resulted in the successful return of six paintings by Gustav Klimt, including the "Golden Lady," to their rightful owners. Recorded on 05/06/2015.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder reveals his reporting strengths as he describes how he earned the trust of the people he has featured in books such as "Mountains Beyond Mountains," "House," "A Truck Full of Money," "Old Friends," and "Strength in What Remains." Kidder shares the joys and doubts of a career in writing with veteran journalist and host Dean Nelson, founder and director of the Writer's Symposium By The Sea at Point Loma Nazarene University.

Retiring UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy Professor David L. Kirp gives an impassioned talk urging school administrators to give teachers the time and flexibility to figure out what works for their students, rather than imposing new standards every few years. He is joined by Janelle Scott of UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Education, former UC President Mark Yudof and Anthony Bryk, president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Recorded on 10/21/2016.

In today's global economy, a high-quality education is no longer just a pathway to success it is a prerequisite. Because economic progress and educational achievement go hand in hand, educating every American student for success in a new workforce is a national imperative. However, there are wide disparities in which students have access to advanced science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) education subjects critical to future success. In this inaugural Sally Ride STEAM Series event, panelists Karen Flammer of UC San Diego, Dalouge Smith of the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory, Heather Lattimer of the University of San Diego and Francisco Escobedo, the Superintendent of the Chula Vista Elementary School District, explore the importance of STEAM to the innovation economy as well as how to best to ensure equity in education. Recorded on 02/28/2017.

With a new administration in the White House, maintaining what is perhaps the country's most crucial bilateral relationship remains a critical issue. Members of a high-level Task Force on U.S.-China Policy discuss their expert recommendations for the Trump administration. Speakers include Winston Lord, Former U.S. Ambassador to China and Former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs; Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at Asia Society; and Susan L. Shirk, Chair of the 21st Century China Center and Research Professor at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at UC San Diego.

Juan Carlos Baker, Mexico's Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade, outlines Mexico's response to President Trump's call to renegotiate NAFTA. While acknowledging that Trump has yet to define what terms he wants to change, Baker says Mexico will insist that tariff-free trade continue and that Canada be part of any new agreement. This is the seventh program in the nine-part "What's Next for NAFTA?" series exploring the future of the North American economy, sponsored by the Center for US-Mexican Studies at UC San Diego.

Customs and tax attorneys from the US and Mexico explain how some proposed increases in cross border taxes and border adjustment taxes will affect trade in North America. This is the eighth program in the nine-part "What's Next for NAFTA?" series exploring the future of the North American economy, sponsored by the Center for US-Mexican Studies at UC San Diego.

Elisabeth Malkin of The New York Times asks panelists to explain the value of NAFTA to union members and maquiladora workers as both have not seen the wage increases that they expected with the signing of NAFTA in 1993. Michael Camunez of ManattJones, Luis Rubio of COMEXI and Thomas d'Aquino of the North American Forum respond to this and other questions on free trade in this final program of the nine-part "What's Ahead for NAFTA?" series exploring the future of the North American economy, sponsored by the Center for US-Mexican Studies at UC San Diego.

Economist Robert Reich, the Clinton-era Labor Secretary and prominent Democratic pundit, gives a rousing talk on how the intersection of politics and economics led to the rise of Donald Trump and describes the concerns he shares with Republicans who fear that Trump's way of governing is harming American institutions. Reich is the featured speaker at UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy's Board of Advisors Dinner held in March 2017. Recorded on 03/29/2017.

Nina Jablonski explores the nature and sequence of changes in human skin through prehistory, and the consequences of these changes for the lives of people today. Recorded on 03/01/2017.
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