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Harry Kreisler is executive producer and host of the series, which is produced at the Institute of International Studies at the University of California - Berkeley. Conceived in 1982 by Mr. Kreisler as a way to capture and preserve through conversation and technology the intellectual ferment of our times, Conversations with History includes over 450 interviews.
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Interviews by Date: 2008


Interviews are listed in reverse chronological order. Professional titles listed are as of the date of the interview.

ShlainLeonard Shlain; Surgeon and Author: "Art and Science," 12/18/08

PollanMichael Pollan; Knight Professor of Journalism, UC Berkeley: "The Politics of Food," 12/16/08
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CesariJocelyne Cesari; Associate, Middle East Center, Harvard University: "Islam in the West," 12/04/08

SandsJeremy Kinsman; Diplomat-in-Residence, Princeton University: "Diplomacy," 11/21/08

SandsPhilippe Sands; Professor of International Law, University College London: "The Rumsfeld Memo and the Betrayal of American Values," 11/18/08

AldenEdward Alden; Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations: "Terrorism, Immigration and Security Since 911," 11/18/08

SimonLaurence Simon; Professor of International Development, Brandeis University: "Global Poverty, Development, and Social Change," 11/7/08

LovinsAmory Lovins; Cofounder, Chairman and Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute: "Natural Capitalism," 10/28/08

McPhersonJames M. McPherson; author: "Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief," 10/27/08

FergusonNiall Ferguson; Tisch Professor of History, Harvard University: "The Ascent of Money," 10/22/08

Cohen-TanugiLaurent Cohen-Tanugi; author: "Charting the Geopolitics of a New Century," 10/16/08

AsadTalal Asad; Professor of Anthropology, Graduate Center of the City University of New York: "Thinking About Religion, Secularism and Politics," 10/2/08

WallstromMargot Wallstrom; Vice President of the European Commission: "Communication as a Tool for European Democracy," 9/26/08

AliTariq Ali; Editor, New Left Review: "Pakistan," 9/26/08

FallowsJames Fallows; National Correspondent, The Atlantic Monthly: "China-US Relations," 9/25/08

CholletDerek Chollet and James Goldgeier; Center for New American Security and Council on Foreign Relations: "American Foreign Policy from 11/9 to 9/11," 9/25/08

GreenhouseLinda Greenhouse; Knight Distinguished Journalist, Yale Law School: "Reflections on the Supreme Court," 9/17/08

RashidJane Mayer; Staff Writer, The New Yorker: "How the War on Terror Turned into A War on American Values," 8/8/08
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RashidAhmed Rashid; journalist: "Descent into Chaos," 6/12/08

Shirk Susan Shirk; Professor and Director, Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, University of California: "Addressing National Security Challenges in the Post-9/11 World" 6/5/08 (with Herbert York)
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York Herbert York; Founding Director, Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, University of California: "Addressing National Security Challenges in the Post-9/11 World" 6/5/08 (with Susan Shirk)

Leonard Mark Leonard; Executive Director, European Council on Foreign Relations: "What Does China Think?" 5/12/08
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Bobbitt Phillip Bobbitt; Herbert Wechsler Professor of Jurisprudence, Columbia University: "Terror and Consent: The Wars for the 21st Century," 5/2/08
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Bodine Barbara Bodine; U.S. Ambassador to Yemen (1997-2001): "Diplomacy and U.S. Foreign Policy," 5/2/08
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ToyoshimaChikashi Toyoshima; Professor at the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, Univerity of Tokyo: "Visualizing the Relationship between Structure and Cellular Activity," 5/1/08

ScalapinoRobert A. Scalapino; Robson Research Professor of Government Emeritus, UC Berkeley: "Reflections on a Life as Scholar, Teacher, and Policy Advisor," 4/21/08
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EhrmanBart D. Ehrman; Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill: "Biblical Insights into the Problem of Suffering," 4/17/08

PattersonAnnabel Patterson; Sterling Professor Emeritus of English, Yale University: "The Power of Words and the Power over Words," 04/10/08

WilkersonColonel Lawrence Wilkerson; U.S. Army (ret.), Chief of Staff to the Secretary of State (2002-2005): "Vice President Cheney and America's Response to 9/11," 04/03/08

ConstablePamela Constable; Foreign Correspondent, The Washington Post: "Afghanistan and Pakistan," 04/03/08

Speth James Gustave Speth; Dean of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University: "Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability," 04/02/08

Hamilton Allan J. Hamilton; M.D., Professor of Neurosurgery, Arizona Health Sciences Center: "A Surgeon's Journey Beyond Science," 03/21/08

Khanna Parag Khanna; Senior Research Fellow, New America Foundation: "Global Competition and the Rise of the Second World," 03/21/08

Scheuer Michael Scheuer; Former Chief of the CIA bin Laden unit: "America and Islam After Iraq," 3/12/08

AbizaidJohn Philip Abizaid; U.S. Army, (ret.), Commander of the U.S. Central Command (2003-2007): "The Military in the Post 911 World," 3/12/08

PowerSamantha Power; Anna Lindh Professor of the Practice of Global Leadership at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University: "Chasing the Flame," 2/26/08
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MahbubaniKishore Mahbubani; Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy: "The Rise of Asia and the Decline of the West,” 2/22/08

HolmesStephen Holmes; Walter E. Meyer Professor of Law, New York University School of Law: "America's Reckless Response To Terror," 2/15/08

HolmesAnders Aslund; Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute, Washington, D.C.: "Why Market Reform Succeeded and Democracy Failed in Russia," 2/12/08

TagubaAntonio M. Taguba; Major General: "Investigating Military Conduct at Abu Ghraib," 2/07/08

CookSteven A. Cook; Douglas Dillon Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations: "The Implications of Military Rule for Democratization in the Middle East," 1/31/08

YooJohn Yoo; Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley: "The Shaping of a Legal Response to 9/11," 1/24/08

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