Daily Archives: March 16, 2021

Science and Diplomacy for Solving Humanity’s Big Issues – Iran, HEU and Climate


Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics

Mar 16, 2021
United States Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz, presented the Robert McNamara Lecture on War and Peace, and spoke regarding “Science and Diplomacy for Solving Humanity’s Big Issues: Iran, HEU, and Climate Change.” He emphasized the strengths of the US-Iran nuclear agreement, including that America maintains extensive surveillance in the area moving forward. Secretary Moniz also discussed climate change and the intersection of science and diplomacy through international negotiations, particularly involving large developing countries. Dean of the Harvard Kennedy School, Douglas Elmendorf, opened the program, and Graham Allison, Douglas Dillon Professor of Government and Director at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, moderated the event.

Career Talks: Future of Food

Berkeley Lab   Mar 16, 2021

What does the future of food look like? How can we improve nutritional value, drought resistance, or accessibility? We will be discussing all kinds of innovation and research in food.

Food-matters,

GOP defiance of vaccines threatens virus fight

Associated Press

Mar 16, 2021

Opposition toward getting COVID-19 vaccinations remains stubbornly strong among Republican voters, as U.S. health officials intensify efforts to get more shots into arms and end a pandemic that has killed more than 530,000 Americans. (March 16)

Italy in lockdown as it battles 3rd wave of COVID-19

CBC News: The National

Mar 16, 2021

Millions of Italians are back under lockdown restrictions, as the country is hit with a third wave of COVID-19. Deaths and intensive care admissions are also on the rise, while the halt on AstraZeneca is slowing down Italy’s overall vaccination effort.

Trump’s American Carnage: Frank Luntz (interview) | FRONTLINE

FRONTLINE PBS | Official

Jan 27, 2021

Frank Luntz is a strategist and pollster who has worked on behalf of the Republican Party for nearly three decades. The following interview was conducted by FRONTLINE’s Jim Gilmore on Jan. 12, 2021. It has been edited for clarity and length. This interview is being published as part of FRONTLINE’s Transparency Project, an effort to open up the source material behind our documentaries. Explore the transcript of this interview, and others, on the FRONTLINE website: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/in…​ Learn more about how these interviews were filmed during the pandemic: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/ar…

Trump’s American Carnage (full documentary) | FRONTLINE

FRONTLINE PBS | Official

Jan 26, 2021

From his first days as president to his last, how Trump stoked division, violence and insurrection. This journalism is made possible by viewers like you. Support your local PBS station here: http://www.pbs.org/donate​ In the wake of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, FRONTLINE investigates how Donald Trump’s presidency laid the groundwork for bitter divisions, violence and ultimately insurrection. “Trump’s American Carnage” investigates Trump’s siege on his enemies, the media and even the leaders of his own party, who for years ignored the warning signs of what was to come. The documentary is from veteran FRONTLINE filmmaker Michael Kirk, who with his team has made five installments of FRONTLINE’s election-year series The Choice and nearly 20 documentaries about the Trump and Obama eras.

How the economic relief law narrows the equity gap for farmers of color

FRONTLINE PBS | Official

Published on Mar 16, 2021

A devastating earthquake and tsunami struck Japan on March 11, 2011 triggering a crisis inside the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex. This 2012 documentary reveals how close the world came to a nuclear nightmare.

This journalism is made possible by viewers like you. Support your local PBS station here: http://www.pbs.org/donate​​. L In the desperate hours and days after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the fate of thousands of Japanese citizens fell into the hands of a small corps of engineers, firemen and soldiers who risked their lives to prevent the Daiichi nuclear complex from complete meltdown. FRONTLINE tells the story of the workers struggling frantically to reconnect power inside the plant’s pitch-dark and highly radioactive reactor buildings; the nuclear experts and officials in the prime minister’s office fighting to get information as the crisis spiraled out of control; and the plant manager who disobeyed his executives’ orders when he thought it would save the lives of his workers.

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Inside Japan’s Nuclear Meltdown (full documentary) | FRONTLINE

FRONTLINE PBS | Official

Published on Mar 16, 2021

A devastating earthquake and tsunami struck Japan on March 11, 2011 triggering a crisis inside the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex. This 2012 documentary reveals how close the world came to a nuclear nightmare.

This journalism is made possible by viewers like you. Support your local PBS station here: http://www.pbs.org/donate​​.

In the desperate hours and days after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the fate of thousands of Japanese citizens fell into the hands of a small corps of engineers, firemen and soldiers who risked their lives to prevent the Daiichi nuclear complex from complete meltdown. FRONTLINE tells the story of the workers struggling frantically to reconnect power inside the plant’s pitch-dark and highly radioactive reactor buildings; the nuclear experts and officials in the prime minister’s office fighting to get information as the crisis spiraled out of control; and the plant manager who disobeyed his executives’ orders when he thought it would save the lives of his workers.

Love FRONTLINE? Find us on the PBS Video App where there are more than 300 FRONTLINE documentaries available for you to watch any time: https://to.pbs.org/FLVideoApp​

Vijay Prashad Warns Biden Is “Doubling Down” on Trump’s Anti-China Cold War Polic y


Democracy Now!

Published on Mar 16, 2021

Beijing has accused the U.S. of perpetuating a Cold War mentality as President Joe Biden and senior administration officials shore up alliances in the Pacific region to counter China’s growing influence and increasingly describe the country as a geopolitical threat. Vijay Prashad, director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, says the “bellicose” tone out of Washington is not because the U.S. sees China as a military threat, but because China threatens U.S. dominance in the scientific, technological and diplomatic spheres. “It’s very chilling what the U.S. government is doing in ramping up this cold war,” says Prashad.

The Waste Makers: Vance Packard (Bill McKibben, introduction)

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An exposé of “the systematic attempt of business to make us wasteful, debt-ridden, permanently discontented individuals,” The Waste Makers is Vance Packard’s pioneering 1960 work on how the rapid growth of disposable consumer goods was degrading the environmental, financial, and spiritual character of American society.

The Waste Makers was the first book to probe the increasing commercialization of American life—the development of consumption for consumption’s sake. Packard outlines the ways manufacturers and advertisers persuade consumers to buy things they don’t need and didn’t know they wanted, including the two-of-a-kind of everything syndrome—”two refrigerators in every home”—and appeals to purchase something because it is more expensive, or because it is painted in a new color. The book also brought attention to the concept of planned obsolescence, in which a “death date” is built into products so that they wear out quickly and need to be replaced. By manipulating the public into mindless consumerism, Packard believed that business was making us “more wasteful, imprudent, and carefree in our consuming habits,” which was using up our natural resources at an alarming rate.

A prescient book that predicted the rise of American consumer culture, this all new edition of The Waste Makers features an introduction by best-selling author Bill McKibben.

Vance Packard (1914-1996) was an American journalist, social critic, and best-selling author. Among his other books were The Hidden Persuaders, about how advertisers use psychological methods to get people to buy the products they sell; The Status Seekers, which describes American social stratification and behavior; and The Naked Society, about the threats to privacy posed by new technologies.

About the Author

Vance Packard (1914-1996) was an American journalist, social critic, and best-selling author. Among his other books were The Hidden Persuaders, about how advertisers use psychological methods to get people to buy the products they sell, The Status Seekers, which describes American social stratification and behavior, and The Naked Society, about the threats to privacy posed by new technologies.

  • Publisher : Ig Publishing; Reprint edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 216 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1935439375
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1935439370
  • Item Weight : 11.9 ounces
  • Dimensions : 5.58 x 0.87 x 8.3 inches