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Sept. 2002 - April 2004
Episodes hosted by previous chancellor Robert M. Berdahl


Produced by the Office of Public Affairs in association with SNP Communications. Web streaming provided by Educational Technology Services.

Berkeley sophomore Micki Weinberg tells the Chancellor why he ran for City Council, men's basketball coach Ben Braun shares the strategy behind the Bears' current winning streak, CITRIS director Ruzena Bajcsy explains what technology can do for and to society, and journalism dean Orville Schell talks about what's wrong with the news profession.

Next month: Look for a special, all-student episode — two students debating the Israel-Palestine issue, an amateur comedian poised on the brink of the big time, and the Student Regent-elect — to be recorded with a live student audience.

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The audio-only interviews below are in RealPlayer format.

Episode Four, Jan. 14, 2003:

audio Hear the entire episode from start to finish ...
51:34 minutes
audio Introduction: "Welcome to the latest edition of Bear in Mind" ...
1:28 minutes

The Micki Weinberg interview
9:50 minutes

In November sophomore Micki Weinberg ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the Berkeley City Council. Here he tells the chancellor why students deserve a voice in city politics, his opinion of Mayor Tom Bates's Daily Cal exploits, and why he thinks aging '60s radicals are afraid to let today's students inherit the mantle of free speech. "Justice and human rights are not issues of right or left wing, liberal or conservative," Weinberg argues passionately, urging that above all, activists must remain reflective.



Micki Weingberg


The Ben Braun interview
12:10 minutes

Men's basketball coach Ben Braun — one of the most successful coaches in school history — calls in from a recruiting trip to Chicago to talk about what really happens during a time-out huddle, the stress of "putting your whole professional future in the hands of a 17- or 18-year-old," what qualities he looks for in a player, and why Cal has had the best home-court record in the Pac-10 for the last two years.

  Ben Braun
audio The Ruzena Bajcsy interview
10:43 minutes

Ruzena Bajcsy, director of the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) shares how CITRIS seeks to address technology's double-edged sword related to privacy and security issues, the only public-funded research center of its kind to do so. A Holocaust survivor, Bajcsy has experienced firsthand the tragic misuse of technology as a tool of fascism and dictatorship.
  Ruzena Bajcsy

The Orville Schell interview
12:59 minutes

Orville Schell, Dean of Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, thinks that today's media is failing in its responsibility to inform and educate the public. Why has there been no national debate broadcast about war with Iraq, he asks, blaming television's profit margins and its focus on the lowest common denominator. Schell hopes to change this situation by organizing a brigade of media leaders and educators: "What I aim for is small deeds: to encourage a small archipelago of interesting, intelligent, credible broadcast news that would inform those who want to be informed."

  Orville Schell
audio Top of Mind
4:19 minutes

There's a difficult year ahead for UC Berkeley, with student fees increasing, staff salaries frozen, and state taxes rising. Chancellor Berdahl urges people, despite the sacrifices they will have to make, that "education is an investment ... it's about renewing the common world for our children and for the people of California."


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