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California’s wildfires are hurting our health. Here’s how to protect ourselves

Bruce Riordan, program director, Climate Readiness Institute | October 8, 2019

In California’s hotter climate, the severity of large wildfires is growing. Extreme events like the 2018 Camp Fire that leveled Paradise are having profound effects on human health. These impacts are felt by residents in the immediate fire zones, first responders and other fire workers, and people impacted by smoke who live many miles away. Our … Continue reading »

Impeaching Trump could hurt the presidency and national security

John Yoo, law professor | September 25, 2019

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi authorized the opening of an impeachment inquiry over accusations that President Trump abused his foreign-relations powers to target political rivals. Realizing the gravity of the affair, the president had announced that the White House would release an unclassified and unredacted transcript of a phone call at the center of the whistle-blower complaint. Mr. … Continue reading »

How to get, and keep, ‘new gen’ students in college

David Kirp, professor emeritus of public policy | August 28, 2019

Abolishing tuition at public universities has become a hot topic on the campaign trail, with many Democratic presidential candidates endorsing the idea. But if access to college is the issue, two other barriers could be addressed far more quickly and cheaply: convincing high-achieving high school seniors to apply for available grant money and persuading those who have been … Continue reading »

Not hate, but mainstream Republican fears of extinction drove El Paso killer

Beverly Crawford, Professor emerita, Political Science and International and Area Studies | August 17, 2019

“murders, murders, murders, killings, murders.” Donald Trump, El Paso Texas, February 2019 While the media and the FBI treat the El Paso butchery as a “hate crime,” they both show their blindness to the real motives laid out clearly in brown and white—motives which might cause great discomfort for conservatives and liberals alike. The media … Continue reading »

Women of color present potent threat to Trump’s reelection

Taeku Lee, professor of political science and of law |

Co-authored with EunSook Lee Conservatives tacitly recognize the political power of women of color when they try to discredit them through ridicule and harassment. Consider President Trump’s attacks on the members of “the squad” who have proven to be remarkably deft and savvy politicians. Or recall that Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia played referee, scorekeeper … Continue reading »

When reporting on mass shootings is no longer enough

John Temple, director of the Investigative Reporting Program at the Graduate School of Journalism | August 5, 2019

No. Not again. That’s how I felt on Saturday when I heard the terrible news from El Paso and then again on Sunday morning when Dayton added a second blow. I imagine I wasn’t alone. Each time the shocking news of another mass shooting arrives, I find myself wanting to turn away. I was the … Continue reading »

Telling Berkeley’s Story

Timothy Hampton, professor of French and comparative literature, director of the Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities | July 22, 2019

Scholars and teachers all over the world were surprised and delighted by the news coming out of Oxford University last month that the American financier Stephen Schwarzman had given Oxford its largest gift “since the Renaissance,” in order to promote and develop the humanities. Beyond the extent of Schwarzman’s largesse, what impressed me was the … Continue reading »

Democrats must get out of their bubble

Arlie Hochschild, professor emerita of sociology |

In a surprising new national survey, members of each major American political party were asked what they imagined to be the beliefs held by members of the other. The survey asked Democrats: “How many Republicans believe that racism is still a problem in America today?” Democrats guessed 50%. It’s actually 79%. The survey asked Republicans how … Continue reading »

‘Send Her Back!’ chant harkens back to 1957

Charles Henry, professor emeritus, African American studies | July 19, 2019

Video of the crowds at Trump’s North Carolina rally chanting “send her back” in reference to Representative Ilhan Omar reminded me of the iconic photo of Elizabeth Eckford being heckled and harassed by a mob of 1000 as she attempted to integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957. As Eckford sought to … Continue reading »

Presidential hopefuls should campaign for a more caring capitalist economy

Clair Brown, Professor emerita of economics |

Co-authored with Simon Sallstrom, research coordinator for UC Berkeley’s Sustainable Shared-Prosperity Policy Index The candidates in the 2020 U.S. presidential race are proposing an array of economic policies frequently described as either free-market or socialist. These labels often confuse the American public. In particular, capitalism is widely — and wrongly — understood to be synonymous … Continue reading »

Trump’s NAFTA replacement needs its tires kicked

Harley Shaiken, director, Center for Latin American Studies, professor in education and in geography | July 9, 2019

President Trump would like to see the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement ratified without delay. It’s a bit like a used car salesperson giving you 10 minutes to accept the deal of the century. You may want to look under the hood and test-drive the vehicle first. USMCA is largely an updated and rebranded version of the … Continue reading »

What Does It Mean to Live in This “Second Gilded Age”?

Brad DeLong, professor of economics | June 27, 2019

I am hearing from a number of people that columns like this one on “Excessive Wealth Disorder” and its ilk by Paul Krugman and our other compadres are bloodless, and ineffective. They do not convey any sense of what is happening. So let me make it more concrete: The top 0.01% of American workers—now some … Continue reading »

Break ‘Em Up!

Stephen Maurer, Adj. Em. Prof. of Public Policy | June 20, 2019

Forty years after Ronald Reagan, the antitrust pendulum has swung back. So far most of the discussion has focused on whether Facebook and other tech giants deserve “scrutiny.” But what then? Simply replacing Facebook with a new monopolist would do nothing to make consumers better off. The real question should instead be whether we can … Continue reading »

Creating a National Park System in China

Jonathan Jarvis, Executive Director of the Berkeley Institute for Parks, People and Biodiversity | June 19, 2019

Just over 20 years ago, I visited China representing the US National Park Service and traveled extensively to suggest how China might manage its protected areas. During our tour, I noted that their parks and protected areas, some carrying the National Park moniker, were poorly managed and lacked the professional oversight found in the US … Continue reading »

Reforming Facebook: First, Do No Harm

Stephen Maurer, Adj. Em. Prof. of Public Policy | June 13, 2019

People say that America is a divided society, but there are at least two things we can agree on. First, that nobody likes Facebook’s ability to censor political speech. And second, that it would be incredible if Facebook’s leaders and employees, knowing that they hold such power, were not tempted to use it. From this … Continue reading »

D. Day

Malcolm Potts, professor of population and family planning | June 6, 2019

This is a blog I couldn’t find the way in Please post for me D Day On Tuesday June 6th 1944 I was a small boy attending primary school. I’m sure my parents heard the BBC 9 o’clock news announcing the Normandy invasion, but I was asleep in bed. However, I do have genuine memories … Continue reading »