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Episode 12: Moxie by Proxy--Roger Berkowitz on Hannah Arendt

Main Street Moxie

Roger Berkowitz, Founder and Academic Director of the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College, shares the story and ideas of political thinker Hannah Arendt in this Moxie by Proxy episode. Hannah was a bold and fiercely independent political thinker. Born in 1906, she came of age during the Nazi era, escaping death and finding her way to New York City in 1941. She wrote and taught on an array of political topics. While Hannah saw great evil, she also loved the world in all its messiness and advocated for individuals to be active in public political life, engaged in doing and finding common ground with others. Her approach to thinking, which is both surprising and profound resonates in our current times.Roger is a scholar, thinker, and author in his own right. He is a Professor of Politics, Philosophy, and Human Rights at Bard. Roger also leads the Hannah Arendt Center’s Virtual Reading Group, which meets weekly online to read the work of Hannah Arendt. For more information about Hannah and Roger, check out our show notes at Main Street Moxie.This episode is sponsored by Oblong Books and Northeast Ford.

1hr 2mins

13 Jun 2022

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Pluralism and Liberalism: Ben Klutsey talks to Roger Berkowitz

Discourse Magazine Podcast

In this seventh installment of our series on liberalism, Benjamin Klutsey, the director of academic outreach at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, sits down with Roger Berkowitz to discuss the effects that democratic conversations, elite technocratic prejudices, and mass loneliness have on pluralism and liberalism. Dr. Berkowitz is the Founder and Academic Director of the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities and Professor of Politics, Philosophy, and Human Rights at Bard College. He specializes in law, political theory, and continental philosophy. His books include The Gift of Science: Leibniz and the Modern Legal Tradition and Thinking In Dark Times: Hannah Arendt On Ethics And Politics. Berkowitz also edits HA: The Journal of the Hannah Arendt Center and the weekly newsletter Amor Mundi. The audio, as well as the transcript of this conversation between Klutsey and Berkowitz, has been slightly edited for clarity.  Love the show? Consider giving us a rating on Apple Podcasts and be sure to check out the Discourse Magazine for more. Resources Boris Vormann and Michael D. Weinman, The Emergence of Liberalism: Understanding a Global Phenomenon Roger Berkowitz, The Failing Technocratic Prejudice and the Challenge to Liberal Democracy Roger Berkowitz, Crisis of Democracy: Thinking in Dark Times Uday Singh Mehta, Liberalism and Empire: A Study in Nineteenth-Century British Liberal Thought  Robert D. Putnam and Shaylyn Romney Garrett, The Upswing How America Came Together a Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism William James, Dedication of a Monument to Robert Gould Shaw Hannah Arendt, The Crisis in Culture Cicero, Tusculanae Disputationes Living Room Conversations Future Worlds Open Society University Network Danielle Allen, Talking to Strangers

1hr 1min

8 Jan 2021

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Dangerous Ideas with Roger Berkowitz

Between Past and Future

We talk with Roger Berkowitz director of the Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College. We discuss the Harper's letter, the value of dangerous ideas, the purpose of politics, and the rise of proto-totalitarian movements.

1hr 15mins

10 Aug 2020

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ARENDT, FREEDOM, & PROTEST With Roger Berkowitz

Political Philosophy Podcast

What is the conception of Freedom in the work of Hannah Arendt? How could this be used to justify, or criticize, modern protest movements?

1hr 38mins

21 Mar 2020

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Heroes in Business

How to be the best? Don't ever compromise! Roger Berkowitz, CEO Legal Seafoods Boston icon, is interviewed by David Cogan founder of Eliances and host of the Eliances Heroes show broadcast on am and fm network channels, internet radio, and online syndication.

9mins

13 Mar 2020

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Roger Berkowitz, CEO Legal Seafoods Boston icon

Heroes in Business

How to be the best? Don't ever compromise! Roger Berkowitz, CEO Legal Seafoods Boston icon, is interviewed by David Cogan founder of Eliances and host of the Eliances Heroes show broadcast on am and fm network channels, internet radio, and online syndication.

9mins

13 Mar 2020

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Episode 61: Meet Roger Berkowitz

Inside Julia's Kitchen

On the latest episode of Inside Julia’s Kitchen, host Todd Schulkin speaks with Roger Berkowitz, President and CEO of Legal Sea Foods. Todd and Roger take a deep-sea dive into sustainable seafood and the secrets to success in building a storied restaurant brand. Plus, Roger shares his Julia Moment. Inside Julia's Kitchen is powered by Simplecast.

46mins

12 Sep 2019

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Ep. 178 - Not Your Ordinary Family Fish Business with Roger Berkowitz, CEO and President of Legal Sea Foods

My Food Job Rocks!

Today we have Roger Berkowitz, CEO and President of Legal Sea Foods on the show. A Third generation family business that not only does fish processing, but has a fish restaurant, and a fish grocery store. All of my fans in the East love this restaurant. I interview Roger on the complexities of the fish farming industry and there was some things I didn’t know about, one, Roger talks about how the rising temperature of the water is affecting fish yields, and two, the complexities of fish farming. You will also learn some tips Roger has learned in his life of leadership. And also, learn about Roger’s other food love. It’s not fish, it’s actually….coffee! About Roger Roger started working in the family fish market in Inman Square, Cambridge at the age of 10 and held a variety of roles prior to becoming President and CEO in 1992.  Since taking the helm, he’s led the company’s growth and diversification.  He now oversees restaurant, retail and mail order divisions and steers the course for 4,000 employees. Roger is a member of the Board of Directors for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, the Regional Selection Panel for the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships and NOAA’s Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee.  He is a member of the Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund Advisory Committee and a member and past President of the Massachusetts Restaurant Association. In addition, Roger serves on many non-profit Boards including: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, UNICEF, the Environmental League of Massachusetts and the Blue Frontier Campaign.  He is a member of the Board of Overseers for Brandeis International Business School and serves on the leadership council at the Harvard School of Public Health. Roger graduated from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University and attended executive education programs at Harvard Business School, University of London School of Business and Stanford Graduate School of Business.  He holds an honorary master’s degree from the Culinary Institute of America and honorary doctorates from Johnson & Wales University, Newbury College, Salem State University and Nichols College. Among numerous awards and recognitions, Roger was named a James Beard Award winner in 2017, inducted into the “Menu Masters Hall of Fame” by Nation’s Restaurant News and received the “Chairman’s Award for Distinguished Meritorious Service” by The Atlantic States Marines Fisheries Commission.  He was also the recipient of the George Arents Award, which recognizes Syracuse University alumni for their extraordinary achievements. Sponsor This episode is sponsored by Salt of the Earth. During IFT, I went to their booth. They were serving vegetarian meatballs and mac and cheese using Mediterranean umami. I would say, it was probably the best meatball made of pea protein I’ve tasted. Mediterranean Umami brings a rich, savory component while being clean label and reduces sodium and made with simple ingredients such as tomatoes, sea salt, seaweed, and mushrooms. Ask my friend David for a bottle of Mediterranean Umami any time by emailing  info@salt.co.il Show Notes What advice would you give a CEO?: The best experience you can get as a CEO is to get on the front lines and interact with people What do you tell people in a sentence or less?: I’m a fishmonger What is Legal Seafood?: We’re a restaurant, and a grocery store, and getting into ecommerce but all-in-all, we’re a food business We’re a 3rd generation seafood business. Every generation adds a new part of the business. We have to recognize our DNA to make great decisions What have you observed throughout your years in the food industry?: There are people who have traveled more, or experience more and we have to broaden our scope. How do you get your fish?: We usually go through an auction, however, we’ve realized that ocean is heating up and we’re looking into fish farming NOAA – Green fisheries and advisory committee What is fish farming?: Anything we should know about fish farming: We test every single fish for fecal coliforms and vibrio, and also mercury Vibrio Vulnificus Oysters must be fresh water and not break temperature Describe the steps it took to get to where you are today?: After I went to college with a  degree in journalism, I worked in the restaurant business. I learned it was hard to communicate with the public about fish crises so I took that with me to improve the company. I met James Beard: One of our customers early on was Julia Child and she introduced me to “Jimmy” Beard What food trends are exciting you right now?: Coffee! I bought a coffee plantation and I’m creating a crop in Kona. I not only want to make coffee, but the best coffee ice cream Do people order coffee in a fish restaurant?: We run through 30,000 lbs of coffee a year. How much coffee do you drink?: 1 to 2 great cups of coffee Netherlands: They want 7, but Netherlands coffee cups are very small What is the biggest challenge the food industry has to face?: Cost of labor for restaurants is a big challenge so people in the industry has to change their model. What has Legal been doing to improve the model?: Actually working with Toyota to install lean processing. It’s helped us a ton with handling fish. I can produce a better fish Favorite Book: Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari How do you make a small fortune in the restaurant business?: Start out with a large one Any advice for anyone who wants to go into the food industry?: If you want to be in the business, immerse yourself in the business How about advice for starting a new industry?: I’ve been working into coffee for 10 years and it’s an ongoing pursuit. I’m going to continue the pursuit All beans have their particular nuances Rogerb@legalseafoods.com

48mins

1 Jul 2019

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03-03-19 Steve DiFillippo and Roger Berkowitz

Food For Thought With Billy & Jenny

Jenny is still on vacation with her lovely family but Billy has some great guests on this week's show! His good friends, Steve DiFillippo, owner of Davio's, and Roger Berkowitz, President and CEO of Legal Seafoods join him as his co-hosts and both come with some very exciting breaking news!

28mins

4 Mar 2019

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07-29-18 Roger Berkowitz, George Foreman and Ernie Boch Jr.

Food For Thought With Billy & Jenny

Billy and Jenny kick off their first episode of Food For Thought with Roger Berkowitz, the President and CEO of Legal Sea Foods. They also learn how to get fit and burn those calories with two-time world heavyweight champion George Foreman. Ernie Boch Jr., CEO, president, and spokesman of Boch Enterprises, also stops by!

41mins

12 Feb 2019

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