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What’s behind Cuba’s recent historic protests?

By Rebecca Bodenheimer

A Q&A with Cuba expert Elena Schneider.

First Person: Berkeley Student and Afghan Refugee on Why She Hasn’t Given Up on Afghanistan

By Maryam Karimi, as told to Dhoha Bareche

On the pain of leaving home and hopes for the future

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United Nations and Berkeley Experts Warn “Climate Change is Now”

By Susan Karlin

The UN's report on climate change argues that there's no wiggle room.

Eric Stover Has Spent a Career Unearthing Atrocities

A human rights researcher investigates genocide. Eric Stover had no professional path when he set out backpacking from Alaska through Central and South America in early spring 1975. At 23, he was inspired by wanderlust. “I wanted to be the next Kerouac, but it didn’t work out that way.” By the end of that 16-months-long trip, […]

What’s Wrong with U.S. Infrastructure?

By Nathalia Alcantara

For a transportation expert, Robert Cervero used to live a surprisingly sedentary lifestyle. Now a long-distance runner with 66 marathons and 112 ultra-marathons under his belt, he’s an advocate for run-commuting, and building infrastructure for better transit and urban development. Referred to by colleagues as one of the top experts on transit-oriented development, Cervero is […]

Slippery Slopes and Other Concerns About End of Life Options

By Leah Worthington

A Q&A on the ethics of aid-in-dying with Dr. Guy Micco.

Men Behaving Badly

By Julia M. Klein

Can evolutionary psychology untangle the roots of sexual conflict? IN MARCH, FACING MULTIPLE COMPLAINTS of sexual harassment, New York’s three-term Democratic governor, Andrew Cuomo, issued an apology. “I never knew at the time that I was making anyone feel uncomfortable,” he said. “I never, ever meant to offend anyone or hurt anyone or cause anyone […]

We the People

By Laura Smith

Before Elaine Kim came to Berkeley as a Ph.D. student in 1968, she was used to being the only Asian person in the room. Kim, who is Korean American, was born in New York and raised in a predominantly working class white suburb of Washington, D.C., the daughter of a migrant farmworker mother and waiter-turned-diplomat […]

A Frank Conversation About California’s Chronic Energy Crisis

Last year, a heat wave caused hundreds of thousands of people to be without power in California. The rolling blackouts were the first to affect the state in almost 20 years, and are unlikely to be the last. Severin Borenstein knows about energy matters. The E.T. Grether Professor of Business Administration and Public Policy at […]

Polling Suggests An Easy Win for Newsom—So Why Have a Recall?

Mark DiCamillo, the director of the Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies Poll, remembers it all very well. It was 2003, and he was the assistant director of the Field Poll, California’s preeminent political survey. For months, DiCamillo and his fellow staffers had been querying voters on the state’s first-ever special recall gubernatorial election. But Governor […]

In the Navajo Nation, Fighting COVID and Years of Neglect

The scene is familiar: A hospital bed, a respirator, medical personnel in full PPE. But while the attending doctor is from San Francisco, California, the hospital is located 1,000 miles away, in the middle of 27,000 miles of vast, desert land. The Navajo Nation, which spans Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico, is self-governed but receives […]

“A Day Unlike Any Other”: Two First-Person Accounts of the Capitol Riot

Two U.S. Representatives recount the harrowing events of Jan. 6. REP. LINDA SÁNCHEZ (D-CALIF.): The night before [the Electoral College vote count], I called my husband and said, “In case anything happens to me, I want you to know where my will is.” He tried to reassure me, but I couldn’t shake my growing sense […]