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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.

Ambassador Marc Ginsberg and Ghaith al-Omari discuss their views on American foreign policy in the Middle East.

Economist Joseph Stiglitz and former Labor Secretary Robert Reich reminisce about opposing "corporate welfare" during their days in the Clinton Administration and talk here about problematic trade deals, income inequality and Stiglitz's new book, "The Great Divide: Unequal Societies and What We Can Do About Them." Reich and Stiglitz are presented by the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. Recorded on 04/29/2015.

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Lord Patten of Barnes, Chancellor of the University of Oxford, for a discussion of the challenges facing political leaders as they manage domestic politics charged with nationalism in an interdependent world. Focusing on the case of the United Kingdom, Lord Patten analyzes these forces and their impact on leadership, on political choices, and on the conduct of elections. He discusses the May, 2015 British elections comparing the leadership styles of Thatcher, Blair, and Cameron. He also analyzes Europe's relations with China and Russia. He concludes with advice for students as they prepare for the future. Recorded on 05/08/2015.

Bob Klein, the author and lead advocate of California's Prop 71, describes the unique scientific, government and philanthropic collaboration that led to the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine and the Centers of Excellence for stem cell research across the state. Comments follow from San Diego philanthropists Malin Burnham, Irwin Jacobs and Denny Sanford and from Larry Goldstein, the director of the UC San Diego Stem Cell Program and the Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center. This panel was presented by the Cavendish Global Impact Forum. Recorded on 05/13/2015.
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