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190: The Issue Is: Former Governor Jerry Brown

The Issue Is

Former California Governor Jerry Brown weighed in on Caitlyn Jenner putting her name in the recall election hat, climate change and President Biden.


24 Apr 2021

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Episode Three: Climate Dialogues with Jerry Brown: Featuring Dr. Veerabhadran Ramanathan

Climate Dialogues with Jerry Brown

In episode 3, Dr. Veerabhadran Ramanathan, Professor of Climate, Atmospheric Science & Physical Ocean at UC San Diego, and renowned climate scientist speaks with Institute Chair Jerry Brown on the latest climate science and its policy implications. Dr. Ramanathan was the first to discover the harms chlorofluorocarbons were causing to the earth’s atmosphere, and over his career has advised leaders in academia, government, and even the Vatican on climate change issues.


17 Mar 2021

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Episode Two: Climate Dialogues with Jerry Brown: Featuring Mary Nichols

Climate Dialogues with Jerry Brown

In episode 2, Mary Nichols, the former Chair of the California Air Resources Board and Institute Vice Chair, joins Institute Chair Jerry Brown to discuss carbon markets, low-carbon transportation, and California climate policy. Over a career spanning more than four decades, Mary Nichols has played a pivotal role in shaping California’s environmental and climate policy, following her training as an environmental lawyer.


17 Mar 2021

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Episode One: Climate Dialogues with Jerry Brown: Featuring Hal Harvey

Climate Dialogues with Jerry Brown

In episode 1, Hal Harvey, CEO of Energy Innovation, a San Francisco-based energy and environmental policy firm, joins Institute chair Governor Brown to talk about the energy transition. For decades, Hal has been helping the U.S. -- and the world -- make the shift to renewable energy and more energy efficient cities, homes and buildings.


17 Mar 2021

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Psychedelic Gospels: The Secret History of Hallucinogens in Christianity with Dr. Jerry Brown

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Sometimes you have a conversation that substantially shifts your perception of the world around you. This is one of those conversations. Our guest today is Dr. Jerry Brown. Anthropologist, author, activist and co-author of the #1 Amazon best seller: The Psychedelic Gospels: The Secret History of Hallucinogens in Christianity.  Written by Jerry and his wife, Julie, a holistic psychotherapist and researcher of the influence of sacred plants in religion, the Psychedelic Gospels takes readers along a decade long anthropological journey into the compelling mysteries entrenched within Christianity, going beyond surface interpretations and dissecting the physical and verbal evidence of how mushrooms may have shaped the religion we know as Christianity.


5 Mar 2021

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Former Governor Jerry Brown Talks Pandemic, Climate Change, and Our Changing State

KQED's Forum

Last month, former California governor Jerry Brown co-signed a letter urging President Biden to prioritize holding nuclear disarmament talks with Russia. Brown joins us to discuss his post retirement work on nuclear weapons and climate change and his hopes for renewed action on these issues during the Biden presidency. The state’s longest-serving governor will also weigh in on Governor Newsom’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, the state’s wildfire problem and how California has changed during his decades in government.


3 Feb 2021

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Governor Jerry Brown on the Capitol Riots

Mind Body Health & Politics

We are all aware that we are living in extraordinary historical times. Austrian-born former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger likened last week’s storming of our American Capitol, during which 5 people were killed, with Kristallnacht – the night of the broken glass. In 1938, the Nazis infamously attacked Jewish people, broke their store windows and began a two-day pogrom.Our current President initiated the attack on the Capitol and the House of Representatives responded with impeachment proceedings, making him the first American President to be impeached twice. To offer guidance in navigating these challenging waters, our guests on this program are Mendocino County Sheriff Matt Kendall and former four-time Governor Jerry Brown.

1hr 16mins

19 Jan 2021

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Governor Jerry Brown addresses existential threats in an era of political mistrust

Mind Body Health & Politics

Dear Neighbors:In 1974, I was living at Wilbur Hot Springs and I heard about a man, my age, named Jerry Brown, who was a candidate for governor of California. I learned that his family had lived “down the road a piece” from Wilbur since 1857.I did some research and discovered that, more than any other politician, Jerry Brown represented my social and economic views.Soon after, for the first time in my life, I attended a political fundraiser, met the candidate, Jerry Brown, and donated $500 (present value $2,639), a great deal of money for me. I have been a fan of his ever since. Later that year he was elected to his first of four terms as Governor of California. I opine that Jerry Brown may be the only honest politician in America.He tells the truth.This year, Jerry Brown retired after his second 8-year term as Governor of California. He moved back to the family farm in Colusa County, and once again we are neighbors.This past New Year's Eve Jerry and his wife Anne spent the evening with Jolee and myself at Wilbur. It is because of these connections that I have the privilege of interviewing my neighbor, Governor Brown, on Mind Body Health & Politics, about his thoughts on the increasingly dangerous world, and how to address the dual threats of climate change and nuclear proliferation.– Richard

1hr 27mins

10 Nov 2020

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Remembering Illich: A Conversation with Gov. Jerry Brown

The Convivial Society

Listen now | Gov. Jerry Brown, a longtime friend of Ivan Illich's and student of his work sat down to talk to me about his friendship with Illich and the value of his work.  Get full access to The Convivial Society at theconvivialsociety.substack.com/subscribe


16 Oct 2020

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Governor Jerry Brown and Lesley Blume: The Nuclear Legacy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Commonwealth Club of California Podcast

Right now, the Doomsday Clock reads “100 seconds to midnight,” according to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists—midnight representing the end of humanity as we know it from two simultaneous existential dangers—nuclear war and climate change. This setting is closer than the world has ever been to doomsday before, even during the height of the Cold War. This unnerving development speaks to the urgent relevance of panelist Lesley Blume's book Fallout and the need to reflect on the 75th anniversary of the Bomb. The Hiroshima A-bomb was the single most destructive event of the 20th century, killing more than 100,000 people and decimating an entire city. Knowing this, Ms. Blume points out that the U.S. government embarked on a secret propaganda campaign to hide the true nature of the damage to Hiroshima and Nagasaki for fear that such blatant violence—mostly perpetrated against civilians—would tarnish our reputation at home and abroad. This cover-up included suppression of the Japanese and Western media, press junkets that downplayed the bombs’ radioactivity and any mention of sinister “Disease X” plaguing blast survivors, and misleading statements aimed at depicting the bomb as a humane and conventional weapon. This conversation comes as the current administration considers resuming nuclear testing and commits to spending trillions to "modernize" nuclear weapons, and as the the dangers of nuclear miscalculation and blunder grow amid tensions with Russia, North Korea, China and Iran. Join Blume and former California Governor Jerry Brown, executive chair of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and a longtime advocate for dialogue around nuclear issues, for an important discussion about the legacy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and prospects for reducing the nuclear threat. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 8mins

10 Sep 2020