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The future of Mexico will be played out in its cities, where about 3/4 of the nation's 115 million inhabitants live. Many critical national policy concerns in Mexico are urban-- how to manage one of the world's largest mega-cities (Mexico City), along with the rapidly transforming and complex northern border cities. Lawrence A. Herzog, Professor of City Planning at San Diego State University and Visiting Professor at UC San Diego argues that three of the biggest challenges facing urban Mexico are globalization, environmental degradation, and the uncertain future of the urban periphery.

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Gro Harlem Brundtland, Mimi and Peter E. Haas Distinguished Visitor at Stanford, for a discussion of her lifelong commitment to public service at the national and international level. She traces her intellectual odyssey and recalls her many roles--Norwegian Prime Minister, Chair of Global Commission on Environment and Development, and Director General of the World Health Organization. She also describes the attributes of her leadership: the combination of political skills and scientific training that she developed as she worked to implement a vision of a just society in which women's rights, global health, and sustainable development were insured. Recorded on 04/29/2014.

Kenneth Feinberg is best known for the work that he did as the Special Master of the Victim Compensation Fund that was established by Congress to distribute billions of taxpayer dollars to those who were either injured or lost loved ones during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Since then he has presided over the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund to compensate the victims of the Virginia Tech shootings, the BP Oil Spill Fund, the Aurora Victim Relief Fund, and the Boston Marathon Fund. Currently, Feinberg is working with General Motors to vet the claims that are now being made as a result of a defective ignition switch that has so far been blamed for at least 13 deaths. In January, Feinberg spoke with UC Hastings law professor Evan Lee about the challenges he's faced.

Mark Juergensmeyer interviews Ananya Roy, Professor of City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley. She traces about her path from her upbringing in Calcutta, India to her current position as Professor of City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley. She is an expert in global poverty, particularly in urban centers, and shares her experiences with the undergraduate program in Global Poverty and Practice which she founded at Berkeley. She talks about her teaching (including using Twitter and animated video), her motivated students and her research which are all quite intertwined.

Many middle-class Americans grew up certain they would achieve the same or higher level of success than their parents had: by going to college, working many years for one employer and retiring with a pension. But starting as early as the 1970s, that tradition started to erode, says Katherine V.W. Stone, the Arjay and Frances Fearing Miller Professor of Law at UCLA. She argues that the reality today is not long-term attachment, but short-term, episodic employment and other relationships to the job market, be it part-time work or as an independent contractor or an entrepreneur. It is a dramatic change with far reaching implications.
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