The Uncharted:Berkeley podcasts bring you fascinating conversations with some of the world’s edgiest thinkers and creatives, as recorded at the annual Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas. Produced by Berkeley’s award-winning independent news site, Berkeleyside. The Uncharted:Berkeley podcasts are produced by Sarah Baughn and supported by North Berkeley Investment Partners. Subscribe to the Uncharted:Berkeley podcast in iTunes, or using your favorite podcasting app with the RSS feed.
Episode 16: Why the pursuit of happiness is making us miserable
Ruth Whippman in conversation with Lauren Schiller: Ruth Whippman, the author of America the Anxious: How our Pursuit of Happiness is Making us a Nation of Nervous Wrecks, set out to explore the so-called happiness industry and, as she tells Lauren Schiller, host of the Inflection Point radio show and podcasts, found it was not delivering. In fact spending money and time on trying to be happy can be counter-productive, she says. Her research did offer some tips on the secret of happiness, however. [Recorded in Oct. 2016.] Subscribe.
Episode 15: A perspective on the 2016 election
Jamelle Bouie in conversation with Lance Knobel: Jamelle Bouie is the Chief Political Correspondent of Slate. In October 2015 he sat down with Lance Knobel at the Uncharted Festival of Ideas in Berkeley to talk about the 2016 election. Rather than delve into the horse race of candidate nominations, Knobel asked Bouie to offer a framework for understanding this election — does the party actually decide who the nominees should be, how does campaigning and financing impact outcomes? [Recorded in Oct. 2015.] Subscribe.
Episode 14: The globalization of education
Nicholas Dirks in conversation with Quentin Hardy: Nicholas Dirks is the Chancellor of the University of California Berkeley. He spoke with Quentin Hardy, deputy technology editor of the New York Times, about how UC Berkeley is planning to cement its position as one of the top public universities in the world with the launch of a global campus. [Recorded in Oct. 2015.] Subscribe.
Episode 13: Climbing the learning ladder
Elñora Tena Webb in conversation with Julia Flynn Siler: Elñora Tena Webb is president of Laney College, a community college in Oakland, California. Every day, Webb grapples with the issues of how to get young, often disenfranchised, people into colleges and universities. She spoke with bestselling author Julia Flynn Siler about how her personal journey informs how she tackles the job, and has given her a strong faith in the power of education. [Recorded in Oct. 2015.] Subscribe.
Ethan Nadelmann in conversation with Frances Dinkelspiel: Described by Rolling Stone as “the real drug czar,” Ethan Nadelmann, the founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, is widely regarded as the outstanding proponent of drug policy reform globally. He spoke with bestselling author and Berkeleyside co-founder Frances Dinkelspiel about viable alternatives to the war on drugs.[Recorded in Oct. 2015.] Subscribe.
Robin Sloan in conversation with Peter Leyden: Wherever he’s worked, Robin Sloan, author of “Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore,” has been figuring out the future of media. Sloan and media innovator Peter Leyden here explore the difference between online writing — which, he says, can sometimes feel like consuming sugar — to publishing a book, which he compares to eating protein-heavy leafy greens. [Recorded in Oct. 2015.] Subscribe.
Vivienne Ming in conversation with Quentin Hardy: Vivienne Ming is a theoretical neuroscientist, a technologist, and an entrepreneur, and the scope of her work is more than impressive. Whether talking about research on lie-detection or face recognition to help refugee children, Ming’s studies of the brain are eye-opening. [Recorded in Oct. 2015.] Subscribe.
Masha Gessen in conversation with Lance Knobel: Masha Gessen calls Vladimir Putin a ‘playground bully’ and a ‘thug.’ She should know: Russian herself, she is one of the world’s leading experts on Putin and his regime. A journalist who writes for the New Yorker and the New York Times among others, and the author of several books, including The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin, Gessen spoke with Lance Knobel. [Recorded in Oct. 2015.] Subscribe.
Malo André Hutson in conversation with John King: Malo André Hutson is the Associate Director of the Institute of Urban and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley. His work focuses on neighborhood change, or, to use the more loaded term, gentrification. Hutson sat down with John King, the San Francisco Chronicle’s urban design critic to unpack what gentrification really means: is it economic progress or the death of thriving, diverse communities — or both? [Recorded in Oct. 2015.] Subscribe.
Brad DeLong in conversation with Peter Leyden: How are technology, artificial intelligence, robots and drones impacting our society and our economy? Brad DeLong says the disruptions and dislocations they prompt are nothing new. Think about Andrew Carnegie’s father in the 19th century being forced to abandon his Scottish handloom and move to America to work a telegraph operator — what was then the ‘high-tech’ sector. DeLong is a professor of economics at UC Berkeley. He spoke with media innovator Peter Leyden. [Recorded in Oct. 2015.] Subscribe.
Alice Dreger in conversation with Lance Knobel: Alice Dreger is a historian of medicine and science, a sex researcher, a mainstream writer, and an (im)patient advocate. Her most recent book is Galileo’s Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science. She also made headlines in 2015 when she resigned from her position at Northwestern University for what she said was a lack of academic independence. Dreger sat down with Lance Knobel, curator of the Uncharted Berkeley Festival of Ideas, for a spell-binding conversation. [Recorded in Oct. 2015.] Subscribe.
Timothy Caulfield in conversation with Lance Knobel: For his latest book, “Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything? How the Famous Sell Us Elixirs of Health, Beauty & Happiness,” health-science expert Timothy Caulfield of the University of Alberta set out to answer a simple question: why do we believe in the health and beauty treatments that celebrities tell us will transform our lives, when they have no scientific foundation? Caulfield is in conversation with the Uncharted Festival curator, Lance Knobel. [Recorded in Oct. 2015.] Subscribe.
Chris Anderson in conversation with Peter Leyden: Chris Anderson was Editor in Chief of Wired Magazine for 12 years, but he gave all that up to devote himself to drones after an epiphany brought on by playing with a Lego Mindstorms robotic kit one Friday afternoon with his kids. As the founder of 3D Robotics, a drone manufacturer based in the Bay Area, he sees exciting possibilities for how drones can be put to work to solve some of our most pressing problems, in areas like agriculture and climate change. He talked about them with journalist and media innovator Peter Leyden. [Recorded in Oct. 2015.] Subscribe.
Shannon Brownlee in conversation with Lisa Aliferis: Shannon Brownlee is a national leader in highlighting the scope and consequences of overuse in healthcare, and she explores many of these worrying issues in her book, “Overtreated -— Why too much Medicine is Making us Sicker and Poorer.” Millions of people in the U.S. are being harmed — and are even dying — by having unnecessary health interventions, as she discusses with KQED Health Editor Lisa Aliferis. [Recorded in Oct. 2015.] Subscribe.
Judge Alex Kozinski in conversation with William Turner: Ninth Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski, arguably the most outspoken judge on the federal bench, believes our criminal justice system is broken. He says we often rely on guesswork to convict people and suggests the firing squad is a more honest way of putting people to death than lethal injection. Judge Kozinski is in conversation with William Turner, a first-amendment expert who teaches at UC Berkeley. [Recorded in Oct. 2015.] Subscribe.
Episode 1: What’s next for #BlackLivesMatter?
Pastor Michael McBride in conversation with Joshua Johnson: Shortly after Michael Brown was shot dead in Ferguson, Missouri, Pastor Michael McBride, a church and community leader in the Bay Area, went to Ferguson. He has since emerged as a spokesperson on gun violence prevention, boys and men of color and police-community relationships. McBride spoke to KQED news anchor Joshua Johnson about the roots of the Black Lives Matter movement, and where it goes from here. [Recorded in Oct. 2015.] Subscribe.