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What to Read, Watch, and Listen to This Spring

Here are a few of our favorite books, shows, and films by people from Berkeley.

Haas Dean Ann Harrison Photos Copyright Noah Berger / 2018

5 Questions

By Dhoha Bareche

A conversation with Ann E. Harrison ’82, Dean and Professor, Haas School of Business

Snapp Chats

By Martin Snapp

The National Lawyers' Guild, distributing basic necessities, and the uphill battle for transfer students.


By Robin Dellabough, as told to Anabel Sosa

I was 66. It was 2018, and a friend of mine said she had done 23andMe. So I thought oh, what the hell.

DT0NCE Seattle Washington USA Man hugging tree in lush green forest

Editor’s Note

By Pat Joseph

Eyes open, eyes closed, it didn’t matter, I saw the same thing: an ant venturing deeper and deeper into a fern. Then somehow I became that ant, in the fern, going deeper and deeper. 

Mechanical engineering students Phil Downey, Jordan Machardy, Daniel Zu, Megan Banh, and Aldo Suseno practice for an upcoming Mars Rover competition in UC Berkeley's Memorial Glade in Berkeley, Calif. on March 1, 2019. (Photo by Adam Lau/Berkeley Engineering)

Chancellor’s Letter

By Chancellor Carol T. Christ

Let’s face it, over the last few years, every day seems to arrive with a new set of unhappy headlines about existential issues. 

Electric Kool-Aid Peer Review

By Coby McDonald

On Good Friday, 1962—five years before the hallucinogen-fueled Summer of Love—something remarkable took place in a chapel on the Boston University campus. The Good Friday Experiment, as it would later be known, was designed by a graduate student at Harvard University named Walter Pahnke under the guidance of professor Timothy Leary. Ten seminary student volunteers were taken to the basement of the Marsh Chapel, provided doses of psilocybin (the active ingredient in hallucinogenic mushrooms), and observed as the sounds of the Good Friday service above—sermon, hymns, chanting—were piped in. Pahnke’s aim was to see if psilocybin, delivered under such conditions, could induce a full-blown mystical experience.

Susan Lin ’00, MFA

Susan R. Lin ’00 (BA, mass communications) has been named Master of Wine by the Institute of Masters of Wine. The Master of Wine credential is recognized globally for the highest standards of rigor in its holistic examination of all aspects of wine. Lin joins a prestigious group of 418 Masters of Wine around the world, and is one of 56 Masters of Wine in the United States.

What’s behind Cuba’s recent historic protests?

By Rebecca Bodenheimer

A Q&A with Cuba expert Elena Schneider.

A sign along Highway 5 outside of Huron, Calif. advocating for more dam storage for farm work.

Editor’s Note: How Much Worse Will We Allow It to Get?

By Pat Joseph

Drought and climate change, but solutions abound.

Gospel is the Foundation of American Music

By Dhoha Bareche

A Q&A with documentarian Matt Durning.

The land donated by Stuart Woolf to build a high school in Huron, Calif.

The San Joaquin Valley Has a Salinity Problem

By Glen Martin

After decades of salt accumulation, Berkeley scientists look for new solutions.