Commonwealth Club WBEZ Program Schedule

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 10pm:
 
An Evening of Botany & Booze with the Drunken Botanist

Amy Stewart, Author, The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks; Blogger, GardenRant 
In conversation with Thad Vogler, Owner, Bar Agricole and Trou Normand 
 
Wondering how to enhance your garden and become a better bartender? Enter Amy Stewart, New York Times best-selling author of Wicked Bugs, Wicked Plants and, most recently, The Drunken Botanist, a guide to the most interesting, unusual and delicious herbs, flowers, trees, fruits and fungi that have helped create the world’s most intoxicating spirits. Join Amy as she blends together one part science, one part history and just a splash of mixology to explore the fascinating world of botany and booze – with a few gardening tips and drink recipes along the way. 
(Recorded June 19, 2014)
 
 
 
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 10pm:
 
Freakonomics with Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner
 
Steven Levitt, Author, Think Like a Freak, Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics
Stephen Dubner, Author, Think Like a FreakFreakonomics and SuperFreakonomics
In conversation with Kishore Hari, Director, Bay Area Science Festival 
 
Now, it’s time for you to think like a “freak.” Levitt and Dubner’s newest masterpiece helps us get wacky to analyze the decisions we make, the plans we create and even the morals we chose. Get freaky – and these statistic gurus will teach you how to make smarter, harder and better decisions. With practical insights from “The Upside of Quitting” to “How to Succeed – With No Talent,” Levitt and Dubner have again turned our brains inside out and made statistics sexy. There’s a hidden side to everything. Get the inside scope from freakonomists Dubner and Levitt. 
(Recorded May 20, 2014)
 
 
 
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 10pm:
 
Texas Governor Rick Perry: Energy Independence In America

Rick Perry, Governor, Texas
Greg Dalton, Founder and Host, Climate One, The Commonwealth Club — Moderator
 
Texas Governor Rick Perry believes his state is leading the way for America in creating energy independence by producing crude oil and electricity in many forms, including natural gas, coal, nuclear, wind, solar, bio-fuel and hydroelectric generation. In a recent letter to President Obama, Governor Perry wrote that the current federal policies will “incapacitate – and possibly eliminate – critical sources of energy while stifling job creation and threatening American energy policy.” Governor Perry has been in public office for over two decades, including 14 years as governor. He served in the US. Air Force and is a graduate of Texas A&M University. He will discuss energy and his ideas on other political issues of the day, including his experiences as a Republican candidate on the 2012 presidential campaign trail and his view of the road ahead. 
(Recorded June 11, 2014)
 
 
 
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 10pm:
 
Timothy Geithner - Former US Secretary of Treasury

Timothy Geithner, Author, Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises
Bethany McLean, Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair – Moderator
 
Geithner served as the 75th U.S. Secretary of the Treasury under President Obama from 2009 to 2013. In Stress Test, he reveals some of the most challenging and controversial moments he faced in the wake of the worst global financial crisis since the Great Depression. Geithner shares his personal and professional recollections of President Obama, Ben Bernanke, Hank Paulson and others, and candidly explains the tough decisions required to save the U.S. economy from collapse. He also examines the tensions between policy and politics that have come to dominate discussions of the U.S. economy.
(Recorded May 29, 2014)
 
 
 
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 10pm:
 
Michael McFaul: Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia

Michael McFaul, Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia 
Dr. Gloria Duffy, President & CEO, The Commonwealth Club – Moderator
 
Michael McFaul left his position as U.S. ambassador to Russia in February of this year, just after the Sochi Olympics and immediately preceding the current crisis in Ukraine. Against the backdrop of the Ukraine presidential election scheduled for May 25, the threat of Russian military force and a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine crisis in question, here is a rare chance to get an inside look at U.S.-Russian relations and insight into current and future actions by President Vladimir Putin. 
(Recorded May 27, 2014)
 
 
 
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 10pm:
 
Inside College Football: Ask the Commissioners

Larry Scott, Commissioner, Pac 12; Former Chairman and CEO, Women’s Tennis Association; Former President and COO, ATP Properties
James Delany, Commissioner, Big 10
Ted Robinson, Emmy Award-winning Broadcaster; Announcer, Pac 12 Network, and San Francisco 49ers – Moderator
 
As the 2014 season begins to take shape, hear the heads of the two college conferences with the largest television and media footprint discuss the opportunities and challenges facing college football, including compensation for student-athletes, safety issues and the advent of playoffs, as the sport continues its unparalleled growth. Predictions are also likely, including for the Bay Area Bowl that will feature a team from each conference.
(Recorded May 21, 2014)
 
 
 
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 10pm:
 
Ian Haney-Lopez: Race and Politics in America

Ian Haney-Lopez, UC Berkeley Professor of Law; Author, Dog Whistle Politics
Judge LaDoris Hazzard Cordell - Moderator
 
Haney-Lopez explains that a silent "dog-whistle" language in politics sends one message to the electorate while sending a coded message to a targeted political base. He analyzes how that coded language has contributed to increasing inequality in America since the 1960s. For example, when campaigning for president in 1980, Ronald Reagan never mentioned race when he told stories of Cadillac-driving "welfare queens" and "strapping young bucks" buying T-bone steaks with food stamps. But Haney-Lopez contends that Reagan's "dog whistle" message was about racial minorities — inaudible on one level, but clearly heard on another. In doing so, he says Reagan tapped into a long political tradition used strategically by both liberal and conservative politicians, and this language has remained relevant in the age of the Tea Party and President Obama.
(Recorded March 18, 2014)
 
 
 
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 10pm:
 
It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens

Danah Boyd, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research; Research Assistant Professor in Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University; Fellow, Harvard's Berkman Center; Author, It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens
In conversation with Laura Sydell, Correspondent, National Public Radio
 
Youth culture and technology expert danah boyd will discuss her ground-breaking research regarding the major myths about how teens use social media and, in turn, the truths about identity, privacy, safety, danger and bullying. Ultimately, boyd argues that society fails young people when paternalism and protectionism hinder teenagers’ ability to become informed, thoughtful and engaged citizens through their online interactions. Yet despite an environment of rampant fear mongering, boyd finds that teens often find ways to engage and to develop a sense of identity.
(Recorded April 17, 2014)
 

 
 
 
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 10pm:

Dr. Ed Lu: Protecting Earth from Asteroids - Why We May Not See Them Coming

Ed Lu, Ph.D., Former NASA Astronaut; CEO and Co-founder, B612 Foundation
Brian Hackney, Meteorologist and Reporter, KPIX 5 Television, San Francisco - Moderator
 
In a recent “60 Minutes” interview, Lu pointed out that more than a million “near-Earth asteroids” are larger than the asteroid that struck Tunguska, Siberia, in 1908 – and about 1,000 times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. The 1908 asteroid was only about 40 meters across, yet it destroyed an area roughly the size of the San Francisco Bay Area. Nature magazine has just reported that “the risk of similar objects hitting our planet may be ten times larger than previously thought. What can be done, if anything, to identify and combat threats? Dr. Lu flew three space missions, including six months on the International Space Station. He will discuss his mission to detect and track the million asteroids with the potential to destroy any major city on Earth and how his B612 Foundation plans to build, launch and operate a deep space telescope with an infrared lens – the first private-sector deep space mission in history.
(Recorded January 14, 2014)

 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 10pm:

Matt Taibbi: A Scathing Portrait of American Injustice

Matt Taibbi, Former Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone; Author, The Divide
In conversation with Clara Jeffrey, Co-Editor, Mother Jones
 
Taibbi is perhaps best known for memorably christening Goldman Sachs “a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity.” He has written extensively urging us to think critically about the key institutions and events that shape our country’s collective brain. From Griftopia’s intense debunking of vested interests and "vampire squid” investment banks to The Great Derangement’s thorough examination of the post-9/11 era, Taibbi writes with passion and urgency. In his new book, The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap, he continues to passionately decry systemic corruption. This time, however, he turns his focus to examining what he calls “the divide” – the line where troubling trends of mass incarceration and mass inequality meet. He examines the side-by-side existence of criminalized poverty and what he calls the unpunished crimes of the rich.
(Recorded April 10, 2014)
 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 10pm:

The Goldman Prize at 25

Douglas Goldman, Vice President, Goldman Environmental Foundation
John Goldman, President, Goldman Environmental Foundation
Maria Gunnoe, Community Organizer and Media Spokesperson, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition; 2009 Goldman Prize Winner
Kimberly Wasserman, Coordinator, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization; 2013 Goldman Prize Winner 
In Conversation with Greg Dalton, Founder, Climate One
 
The Goldman Environmental Prize has honored more than 160 heroes who are fighting on the front lines to deliver clean water, clean air and preserve ecosystems. As the prize celebrates its 25th anniversary, we will look at the award’s accomplishments with two members of the founding family and two award winners. 
(Recorded March 6, 2014)

 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 10pm:

Ron Paul: Liberty Defined

Former U.S. Congressman
 
The term “liberty" is so commonly used in our country that you might say it has become a mere cliché. But do we know what it means? What it promises? How it factors into our daily lives? And most important, can we recognize tyranny when it is sold to us disguised as a form of liberty? Paul posits that to believe in liberty is not to believe in any particular social and economic outcome. It is to trust in the spontaneous order that emerges when the state does not intervene in human volition and human cooperation. It permits people to work out their problems for themselves, build lives for themselves, take risks and accept responsibility for the results, and make their own decisions. In fact, Paul calls liberty the seed of America.
(Recorded April 10, 2014)
 
 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 10pm:

Arianna Huffington with Sheryl Sandberg: Redefining Success

Arianna Huffington, President and Editor-in-Chief, Huffington Post Media Group; Author, Thrive
In conversation with Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer, Facebook; Author, Lean In
 
What if success was not defined by money and power alone? As president and editor-in-chief of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Huffington Post and one of Forbes' Most Influential Women In Media, Arianna Huffington is no stranger to success, and she now seeks to redefine it. Huffington is leading a groundbreaking movement to make success equally inclusive of personal health, well-being and giving back. Tackling what she has coined “The Third Metric,” this business tycoon reminds us all to pursue a life with purpose and meaning. In an interview conducted by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, these two powerhouses challenge us to re-envision "conquest" as we know it. 
(Recorded March 27, 2014)

 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 10pm:

The Business of Innovation: Today and Tomorrow

Padmasree Warrior, Chief Technology and Strategy Officer, Cisco
Marina Gorbis, Executive Director, Institute for the Future - Moderator
 
Today’s innovation and success landscape is much different than just 10 years ago. Major technology trends are converging and shaping how we live, how we work, how we learn and how we play. In turn, there are business imperatives that result and Warrior says that only those who can encourage and ride this wave of ongoing innovation will thrive.
(Recorded March 5, 2014)

 
 
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 10 pm:
 
Change.org: Tech for Good 

Ben Rattray, Founder, Change.org
In Conversation with Matt Mullenweg, CEO, Automattic; Lead Developer, Wordpress
 
Injustice has come face to face with technology's modern-day picket sign. Change.org is a website with 60 million users which allows individuals and organizations to create and sign online petitions for anything from human rights to sustainable food. Notable successful petitions include the South African parliament launching a national task team to end “corrective” rape and the overturn of the Boy Scouts of America’s refusal to acknowledge high schooler Ryan Andresen as an Eagle Scout after he came out as gay in 2011. Ben Rattray was named to 2012 Time 100 List of the World’s Most Influential People and was listed as one of Fortune’s 40 Under 40 Rising young business leaders of 2012. Join us as we award him with INFORUM’s 21st Century Visionary Award, and hear more about his mission to leverage technology to change the world.
(Recorded February 26, 2014)
 


Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 10 pm:

Orville Schell: The Rise of China

Arthur Ross, Director, Center on U.S.-China Relations, Asia Society; Former Dean and Professor, UC Berkeley; Co-author, Wealth and Power: China’s Long March to the Twenty-First Century

Modern China is shaped by many figures, including political leaders, writers and activists. Orville Schell observes that the rapidly transforming country has shifted from “imperial doormat to global economic powerhouse.” Schell, drawing on his career of scholarly work, will discuss China’s future. 
(Recorded February 3, 2014)
 

 
Tuesday March 18, 2014 at 10 pm:
 
Anna Quindlen
Author, A Short Guide to a Happy Life and Still Life with Bread Crumbs
 
Best known for her award winning New York Times and Newsweek opinion columns, Quindlen offers up a highly anticipated new novel, sharing a deeply moving and funny story about unexpected love and a woman’s journey of self-discovery.
(Recorded February 22, 2014)
 
 
 
Tuesday March 11, 2014 at 10 pm:
 
Tom Perkins: The War on the 1%
Tom Perkins, Co-founder, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
In conversation with Adam Lashinsky, Senior Editor at Large, Fortune
 
Tom Perkins is the co-founder of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, one of Silicon Valley’s first Venture Capital firms on the legendary Sand Hill Road. He is an alumnus of Harvard and MIT, a renowned businessman and outspoken capitalist. In January of this year Tom Perkins wrote a letter published by The Wall Street Journal to “call attention to the parallels of fascist Nazi Germany to its war on its 'one percent,' namely its Jews, to the progressive war on the American one percent, namely the 'rich.'” The letter was widely criticized (in The Atlantic, The Independent among bloggers, Twitter users, and even "his own colleagues in Silicon Valley"). Perkins later apologized for making comparisons with Nazi Germany, but otherwise stood by the message of his letter.
(Recorded February 13, 2014)
 
 
 
Tuesday March 4, 2014 at 10 pm:
 
R&D, Innovation Labs and Channeling Your Inner Startup 
Will Young, Director, Zappos Labs
Brian Luerssen, GM, OKCupid Labs
Mark Randall, Chief Strategist and VP of Creativity, Adobe
James Temple, Senior Editor, Re/code
 
With constantly evolving technology and the challenge to think outside the box, the trend of separate innovation “labs” has spread amongst big name businesses. Companies that have shed their “startup” classification are keeping their crews nimble by designating teams to experiment – try and fail and try, try again – in an effort to go toe-to-toe with each new startup. You wouldn’t immediately connect nimble, tech-savvy creators with big standalone brands; yet these companies are able to give creative minds what they need most – the opportunity to fail without long-term damage. So how do these teams fit within the larger corporate structure? What’s the difference between an R&D team and an innovations lab? How do these teams keep a startup mentality working for established brands and products? And how do they use technology and new ideas to reach the perfect consumer for their brand? Our panelists will discuss the importance of innovation within large companies and how corporate teams are thinking like startups and projects that have both succeeded and failed in the labs. 
(Recorded January 21, 2014)
 
 

Tuesday February 25, 2014 at 10 pm:
 
Amy Chua: Tale of a Tiger Mother
Amy Chua, Author, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother; John M. Duff Professor of Law, Yale Law School
Anna W.M. Mok, Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP; Vice Chair, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors – Moderator
 
Parenting in public is a gutsy move, and no one knows that better than Chua. The Yale Law School professor’s 2011 memoir, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, took an honest and often provocative look at the rewards – and the costs – of raising her children the strict “Chinese” way. Join us as best-selling author Chua talks about the parenting cultural divide, her struggles and aspirations as a parent, and what it really means to be a tiger mother. 
(Recorded February 14, 2014)
 


Tuesday February 18, 2014 at 10pm:

Linda Ronstadt
Linda Ronstadt, Grammy Award-winning Musician; Author, Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir
 
Barbara Marshman, Editorial Pages Editor, San Jose Mercury News
 
Linda Ronstadt was the first female artist to release four consecutive platinum albums and has collaborated with everyone from Neil Young to Frank Sinatra to Dolly Parton. Her music represents all facets of rock, pop, country, jazz and Latin, and she has sold more than 100 million records worldwide. Join us as Ronstadt traces the roots of her musical journey starting with her childhood in Arizona, her introduction to the Los Angeles music scene, and coping with success as one of the most iconic singers of our time. Learn more about her fascinating life, political activism and ongoing commitment to arts education.
(Recorded January 24, 2014)
 
 

Tuesday February 11, 2014 at 10pm:

Walter E. Hoadley Annual Economic Forecast
Keith Hennessey, Faculty Member, Stanford Graduate School of Business; Director, National Economic Council Under President George W. Bush; Member, Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission
Christina Romer, Professor of Economics, UC Berkeley; Immediate Past Chair, President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers
Jonathan Weber, West Coast Bureau Chief, Reuters News - Moderator 
 
With budget and debt ceiling fights again looming in Washington, will the economy continue its modest improvement? Don’t miss this lively discussion with two former top presidential economic advisors on where the U.S. and global economies are headed in 2014 and what should be done to keep them on track.
(Recorded January 31, 2014)
 
 

Tuesday February 3, 2014 at 10pm:

Lord Nicholas Stern
Former World Bank Chief Economist; Professor of Economics, London School of Economics

In conversation with Greg Dalton, Founder and Host of Climate One
 
Few people have impacted the discussion of economics of carbon pollution more than English economist Nicholas Stern. Lord Stern authored the highly influential 2006 “Stern Review,” which concluded that the problem was one of risk management on an immense and unprecedented scale. The costs of inaction were far greater than the costs of action. He has more recently emphasized the great opportunities in the transition to the low-carbon economy. He now leads a think tank at Imperial College London created by Jeremy Grantham, co-founder of one of the largest money managers in the world, GMO.
(Recorded December 11, 2014)
 
 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 10pm:

James Carville and Mary Matalin
 
James Carville, Co-author, Love & War: Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home
Mary Matalin, Co-author, Love & War: Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home
Terry Christensen, Professor Emeritus, San Jose State University - Moderator
 
Carville and Matalin are one of the country’s most intriguing, intense and ideologically mismatched political couples. Carville, a Democrat, has worked for Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Matalin, a Republican, has worked for George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. After 20 years together, Carville and Matalin offer a candid look into the heart of Washington politics. They also share why they decided to relocate their family to New Orleans and their continued efforts to rebuild the city after Hurricane Katrina.
(Recorded January 16, 2014)
 
 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 10pm:

Treating Trauma with....Ecstasy?

Richard Rockefeller, M.D., Former Board Member, Rockefeller University; Former Chair, U.S. Advisory Board, Doctors Without Borders

In conversation with Larry Brilliant, M.D., MPH, President, Skoll Global Threats Fund; Co-founder, Seva Foundation
 
Could ecstasy effectively treat – maybe even cure – post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD)? Dr. Rockefeller says yes – or at least a very strong maybe. He says studies involving a small number of people with moderate to severe treatment-resistant PTSD found most subjects were improved after three treatments with medical-quality ecstasy. He's cautiously optimistic about the prospect of psychedelic medicine, which he believes could heal the trauma in millions from Darfur to the former Yugoslavia. FDA-approved trials of therapy with ecstasy began in 2004, and Dr. Rockefeller believes the U.S. government will eventually approve using the drug for serious medical treatment if research on larger numbers bears out these early findings. What are the possible downsides to this research and what safeguards should be in place to govern it? Is this too good to be true? Join a conversation about the frontiers of brain science and potential for soothing the human condition.
(Recorded December 9, 2013)

 


Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 10pm:

The Age of Amazon and Twitter

Brad Stone, Senior Writer, Bloomberg Businessweek; Author, The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
Nick Bilton, Columnist, The New York Times; Author, Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship and Betrayal
 
In conversation with Sir Michael Moritz, Chairman, Sequoia Capital
 
Stone and Bilton have delved deep to get the inside stories of Amazon and Twitter. Industry leaders today, these two behemoths once faced the common struggles of many startups. Learn from their founders’ stories, and hear how they overcame interpersonal power struggles and engineered new markets to create successful mega companies. Join us as Stone and Bilton share corporate profiles and recount the beginnings, the drama and the glory of Amazon and Twitter. (Recorded December 3, 2013)
 
 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 10pm:

Ag & Trade

Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

Michael Froman, U.S. Trade Representative

In conversation with Greg Dalton, Founder and Host of Climate One

The droughts and superstorms of 2012 were followed in 2013 by ravenous fires and heat waves. Do those extreme weather events have human fingerprints? The IPCC has forwarded further scientific evidence of human-caused climate disruption. This discussion will focus on where the science is firm (precipitation events, surface temperature, sea level) and where it is less clear (hurricanes). It also will touch on what kind of severe weather Americans can expect in coming years and how the scientific “debate” plays out in public.    (Recorded November 18, 2013)

 

Tuesday December 31 at 10pm:  **Pre-empted for Toast of the Nation"

 

Tuesday December 24 at 10pm:

Peter Baker

Peter Baker, Senior White House Correspondent, The New York Times; Contributing Writer, The New York Times Magazine; Author, Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House

Joel Brinkley, Hearst Visiting Professional in Residence, Stanford University; Former Editor and Reporter, The New York Times - Moderator

Baker’s new book Days of Fire narrates two profoundly significant and conflicted presidential terms of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney marked by 9/11, Iraq, Katrina, jihad, nuclear proliferation, genocide, and economic collapse. Baker researched the book for five years and conducted interviews with more than 200 players – White House aides, cabinet secretaries, generals, senators and congressmen, relatives and friends of both men – to help reveal the truth of Bush and Cheney’s complicated and shifting relationship.   (Recorded November 5, 2013)

 

Tuesday December 17 at 10pm:

Mollie Katzen

Mollie Katzen, Author, The Heart of the Plate: Vegetarian Recipes for a New Generation and the Moosewood Cookbook

In conversation with John Birdsall, Senior Editor, Chow.com

From the woman who brought you the iconic Moosewood Cookbook comes a new cookbook for a new generation. Katzen has just released The Heart of the Plate, serving up 250 recipes for hungry vegetarians everywhere.
Hailed by The New York Times as “one of the best-selling cookbook authors of all time,” Katzen is widely credited with having brought vegetarian cuisine into the mainstream.  (Recorded October 29, 2013)

 

Tuesday December 10 at 10pm:

Graham Nash

Singer; Songwriter; Author, Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life

In conversation with Greg Dalton, Founder and Host of Climate One

From the sounds and feelings to the girls and parties, Nash conveys the unforgettable adventures of his life through his autobiography, Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life. But it's not just a relic of history. His lyrics inspired generations to "teach your children well," and Nash is a living reminder that we are the stewards of our own future. He came onto the music scene in a generation that was pushing social norms and has since become a true renaissance man. Nash co-founded Musicians United for Safe Energy and lead its famous No Nukes concerts. He maintained a parallel career in photography as a collector, a pioneer of digital imaging and an artist, capturing the often overlooked elements of everyday life.   (Recorded November 15, 2013)

 

Tuesday December 3 at 10pm:

Robert Reich: Inequality for All

Robert Reich, Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley; Former Secretary of Labor

Time magazine named Reich one of the 10 most effective Cabinet secretaries of the 20th century. He is a founding editor of the American Prospect magazine and chairman of Common Cause.  (Recorded November 20, 2013)

 

Tuesday November 26 at 10pm:

Mark Halperin and John Heilemann: Game Change 2012

Mark Halperin, Editor-at-Large and Senior Political Analyst, Time; Co-author, Double Down: Game Change 2012
John Heilemann, National Political Correspondent and Columnist, New York Magazine; Co-author, Double Down: Game Change 2012

John Heilemann and Mark Halperin set the national conversation on fire with their best-selling account of the 2008 presidential election, Game Change. Now, they apply their unparalleled access and storytelling savvy to the 2012 election, rendering an equally compelling narrative about the circuslike Republican nomination fight, the rise and fall of Mitt Romney, and the trials, tribulations and Election Day triumph of Barack Obama. Drawing on hundreds of interviews with the people who lived the story, Heilemann and Halperin offer a panoramic account of a campaign at once intensely hard fought and lastingly consequential. (Recorded November 13, 2013)

 

Tuesday November 19 at 10pm:

IDEO’s Kelley Brothers: Unleash Your Creative Potential

David Kelley, Founder, IDEO; Co-author, Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All
Tom Kelley, Partner, IDEO; Co-author, Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All

In conversation with Robert Sutton, Professor, Stanford University; Author, Scaling Up Excellence

Creativity pioneers David and Tom Kelley have defined the very landscape of design-thinking with their founding of IDEO and the Stanford d.school, and with their iconic innovations in product, company culture and design education. Under the Kelley brothers' leadership, IDEO churned out several illustrious products of the digital generation — from the first mouse for Apple to the thumbs up/thumbs down Tivo button. They championed the avant garde approach of using design to tackle sticky problems and translated those techniques to academia. Now they've chronicled their design-thinking backgrounds into a compelling narrative, Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All, outlining principles and strategies to unlock the design-fertile right brain in each of us.  (Recorded October 29, 2013)

 

Tuesday November 12 at 10pm:

OPEC Embargo + 40

George Shultz, Former U.S. Secretary of State
Jim Woolsey, Former CIA Director

Forty years after the 1973 OPEC oil embargo disrupted American life, we will look at petro-politics in the age of climate change. Today, oil production in the U.S. is booming and we're less dependent on foreign oil, thanks in part to the fracking revolution. But we won’t be free from foreign dependence until domestic energy supplies and technologies supply as much as we use   What lessons can be drawn today from the oil shock that left Americans stuck in gas station lines for hours?  (Recorded October 18, 2013)

 

Tuesday November 5 at 10pm:

Governor Bill Richardson: How to Sweet Talk a Shark

Bill Richardson, Former Governor of New Mexico; Author, How to Sweet Talk a Shark: Strategies and Stories from a Master Negotiator
In conversation with Jennifer Granholm, Former Governor of Michigan

Richardson shares his stories and insights on the art of negotiation with Granholm, now distinguished practitioner of law and public policy at the Goldman School at UC Berkeley. Listen to his unique perspective on the current impasse in Washington as well as foreign policy challenges confronting the U.S. (Recorded October 18, 2013)

 

Tuesday October 29 at 10pm:

Richard Dawkins

Evolutionary Biologist; Author, The Selfish Gene, The God Delusion and An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist

In conversation with Kishore Hari, Director, Bay Area Science Festival

Dawkins has been central to the debates surrounding creationism, intelligent design and religion. He coined the word meme, and his gene-centric view of evolution helped popularize the radical new understanding of Darwinism.

From his early childhood in Africa to his educational awakening at Oxford, Dawkins shares his personal experiences that shaped his remarkable life and intellectual development.   (Recorded October 9, 2013)

 

Tuesday October 22 at 10pm:

Chris Matthews

Host, "Hardball with Chris Matthews," MSNBC; Author, Tip and Gipper: When Politics Worked

Michael Moritz, Managing Member, Sequoia Capital - Moderator

An established Washington insider, Matthews spent six years as a top aide and chief-of-staff to legendary Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill (D-Mass). During that time he witnessed the inner workings of the highest levels of American politics, including the evolving relationship between two of the most powerful men in the country – O’Neill and then-President Ronald Reagan. Now Matthews focuses on the unlikely friendship between the pair, which endured philosophical differences and bipartisan politics to reach much-needed compromise. Leaving behind a career in politics for journalism, Matthews has worked for the San Francisco Examiner and San Francisco Chronicle and has hosted “Hardball with Chris Matthews” since 1997   (Recorded October 7, 2013)

 

Tuesday October 15 at 10pm:

Producer Rebecca Eaton: Inside "Downton Abbey" and "Masterpiece

In conversation with Dr. Mary Bitterman, President, The Bernard Osher Foundation; Past Chair, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors; Chair, PBS Foundation

Get the behind-the-scenes scoop on “Downton Abbey” and PBS’ "Masterpiece" series from the executive producer who has made it a hit for nearly 30 years. Eaton’s credits include "Downton Abbey," "Prime Suspect," "Bleak House," "The Lost Prince," "Miss Marple," "Inspector Morse," "Cranford," "The Complete Jane Austen," "Little Dorrit," "Sherlock" and the remake of "Upstairs Downstairs," along with such films as Jane Austen's Persuasion and Mrs. Brown, starring Dame Judi Dench. Eaton's honors include 44 Primetime Emmy Awards, 15 Peabody Awards, 4 Golden Globes, and two Academy Award nominations. Queen Elizabeth II has honored her with an honorary OBE (Officer, Order of the British Empire) and in 2011, she was one of Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World.  (Recorded August 7, 2013)

 

Tuesday October 8 at 10pm:

Randall Kennedy: Race, Affirmative Action, and the Law

Randall Kennedy, Michael R. Klein, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School; Author, For Discrimination: Race, Affirmative Action, and the Law

LaDoris Hazzard Cordell, Former Municipal and Superior Court Judge, Santa Clara County - Moderator

Kennedy reckons with one of the most explosively contentious and sharply divisive issues in American society, sharing the little-known history of affirmative action and exploring the policy's pros and cons. Kennedy was awarded the 1998 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for Race, Crime, and the Law. Now a professor at Harvard Law School, he formerly served as a law clerk for Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court  (Recorded October 20, 2013)

 

 

Tuesday October 1 at 10pm:

Sal Khan: Education Reimagined

Founder, Khan Academy; Author, The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined

Ninive Calegari, Co-founder, 826 Valencia; Co-author, Teachers Have it Easy: The Big Sacrifices and Small Salaries of America’s Teachers; Producer, American Teacher  - Moderator

Khan’s fresh and dynamic approach to learning is offering a “free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.”  With over 4,000 video lessons ranging from chemistry to history to economics, The Khan Academy is transforming the educational divide by reaching millions of students around the world.
(Recorded September 19, 2013)

 

 

Tuesday September 24 at 10pm:

An Evening with Mark Leibovich and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom

Mark Leibovich, Chief National Correspondent, The New York Times Magazine; Author, This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral – Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking! – in America's Gilded Capital

In conversation with California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom

The New York Times's Mark Leibovich, presents a blistering, penetrating and jaw-dropping look at Washington's incestuous "media industrial complex." What keeps the permanent government spinning on its carousel, Leibovich asserts, is the freedom of shamelessness, and that mother's milk of politics: cash. What Julia Phillips did for Hollywood, Timothy Crouse did for journalists, and Michael Lewis did for Wall Street, Leibovich does for our nation's capital. (Recorded August 4, 2013)

 

Tuesday September 17 at 10pm:

Rita Moreno

Rita Moreno, Actress; Singer; Winner, Academy Award, Grammy, Emmy, Tony; Author, Rita Moreno: A Memoir

In conversation with Michael Krasny, Host, "Forum," KQED

An extraordinarily talented star of stage and screen, Moreno is a force of nature. The Puerto Rican-born entertainer is one of the few artists to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony as well as the National Medal of Honor. Now, Moreno shares her story. From her Oscar-winning turn as Anita in West Side Story to her challenging role as a prostitute in Carnal Knowledge, from her stint on the children’s television classic “Electric Company” to her late-career triumph in HBO’s controversial series “Oz,” she will share tales of being a Hollywood survivor. Learn about her tumultuous childhood, her career rise from “utility ethnic” to award-winning star, her explosive romance with Marlon Brando (and less than explosive romance with Elvis Presley), the ups and downs of her relationships and career, and finally finding peace with her choices and her life. Moreno recently concluded a sold-out run of her one-woman show, "Life Without Makeup," at the Berkeley Repertory Theater, and is currently playing a Jewish mother on the TV Land series, “Happily Divorced.”   (Recorded August 20, 2013)

 

 

Tuesday September 10 at 10pm:

Lukman Faily, Iraq’s Ambassador to the United States

Lukman Faily, Iraq's Ambassador to the United States

Robert Rosenthal, Executive Director, Center for Investigative Reporting - Moderator

Iraq’s new ambassador to the United States, Lukman Faily, represents a rising generation of professionals, business leaders and civic activists who have returned home to build a free-market democracy in their native land. Faily brings extensive experience in diplomacy, business organization management, information technology and civic activism, as well as a familiarity with Anglo-American traditions and institutions, to his new role in Washington carrying out one of Iraq’s most important diplomatic assignments. Faily holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and computer science from Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK. Fluent in English, Arabic and Kurdish, Ambassador Faily was born in Baghdad.   (Recorded August 27, 2013)

 

 

Tuesday September 3 at 10pm:

Egypt and the Middle East: What's Next?

Michael Nacht, Ph.D., Professor and former Dean, Goldman School of Public Policy, U.C. Berkeley; Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Global Strategic Affairs, Obama Administration
Jamal Dajani, Vice President of Middle East, North Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean, Internews Network
Dina Ibrahim, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts, SFSU; Former Reporter, BBC World Service Radio, NPR, CNN in Cairo, UPI in Cairo and Arab News in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
Kristen Chick, Correspondent, The Christian Science Monitor - invited to drop in via Google Hangout from Cairo, Egypt
Jonathan Curiel, Journalist; Author, Al'America: Travel Through America's Arab and Islamic Roots – Moderator

In 2011, the world watched as revolutions rocked the Middle East. Egypt, inspired by the ongoing protests in Tunisia that led to the fall of dictator Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali, ousted their own autocrat, President Hosni Mubarak, after citizens took to the streets. Two years later, the revolution in Egypt continues. What does the political climate in Egypt look like today? What happens next for the country, and what does it mean for the region? We unpack the on-the-ground story, explore the events between 2011 and today, and discuss the future of Egypt and the Middle East.   (Recorded August 13, 2013)

 

Tuesday August 27 at 10pm:

George Shultz

George Shultz, Former U.S. Secretary of State under President Reagan; Distinguished Fellow, Hoover Institution; Author, Issues on My Mind: Strategies for the Future

Dr. Gloria C. Duffy, President and CEO, The Commonwealth Club - Moderator

The world is awash in change. What can be done to re-create the sense of relative stability that emerged from the creative efforts of statesmen after the end of World War II? Former Nixon and Reagan cabinet member Shultz offers his views on how to govern more effectively, get our economy back on track, take advantage of new opportunities in the energy field, combat the use of addictive drugs, apply a strategic overview to diplomacy, and identify necessary steps to achieve a world without nuclear weapons.   (Recorded July 23, 2013)

 

Tuesday August 20 at 10pm:

California and the Nation: A Mid-Year Economic Forecast

Michael J. Boskin, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Professor of Economics, Stanford University; Former Chair, Council of Economic Advisers Under President George H.W. Bush
John Silvia, Ph.D., Managing Director and Chief Economist, Wells Fargo
Ann Winblad, Co-founder and Managing Director, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners
Scott Thurm, Senior Editor, Wall Street Journal San Francisco Bureau - Moderator

A high-level panel discusses the outlook for the California and the U.S. economy for the remainder of the year.  (Recorded July 24, 2013)

 

Tuesday August 13 at 10pm:

Reza Aslan: Zealot

Reza Aslan, Author, Zealot, No God But God and How to Win a Cosmic War; Editor, Tablet and Pen

Michael G. Maudlin, Senior Vice President and Executive Editor, HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Think you know about the life and death of Jesus of Nazareth? Think again. Internationally acclaimed author and scholar Aslan, armed with 20 years of fastidious research, presents a bold and fresh perspective on Jesus as both a man and historical figure, a radical political revolutionary invested in the nationalist struggle for freedom from Roman occupation.. (Recorded July 23, 2013)

 

Tuesday August 6 at 10pm:

David Gergen

Political Analyst, CNN; Professor and Director of the Center for Public Leadership, Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government

Dr. Mary Marcy, President, Dominican University of California; Member, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors - Moderator

 

Noted political commentator Gergen has helped shape political history, serving in high-level positions during the Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Clinton administrations. Gergen is a professor of public service and director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, positions he has held for the past decade. In addition, he serves as a senior political analyst for CNN. His work as director of the Center for Public Leadership has enabled him to work closely with a rising generation of younger leaders, especially social entrepreneurs, military veterans and Young Global Leaders chosen by the World Economic Forum. (Recorded July 17, 2013)

 

 

Tuesday July 30 at 10pm:

The Rising Tide of Elder Financial Exploitation

Jenefer Duane, Sr. Program Analyst, Office for Older Americans, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Helen Karr, Elder Abuse Special Assistant, San Francisco District Attorney's Office

Again and again, we hear stories in which older adults have been exploited by unfair, deceptive and abusive practices ­– Power of Attorney abuse, for example. Often these crimes are perpetrated by the victim’s own family, caregivers or another trusted individual. Our speakers will provide information on advances in combating the hidden epidemic of fraud and scams and other forms of exploitation that target that target older persons.  (Recorded March 28, 2013)

 

 

Tuesday July 23 at 10pm:

Jonathan Alter: The Obama Presidency

Columnist, Bloomberg View; Author,The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies;

Joe Tuman, Professor of Legal and Political Communications, San Francisco State University; Political Analyst, CBS 5 Television, San Francisco - Moderator

Alter uses his unmatched access and deep knowledge of politics and history to produce an unparalleled account of America at the crossroads. Peering behind the curtain at the White House and the presidential campaigns with exclusive reporting and rare historical insight, Alter reveals the twists, turns and high-stake political decisions of the Obama presidency. Alter also examines Obama's adversaries, providing fresh details about the Koch brothers, Grover Norquist, Roger Ailes and the online haters who suffer from what Alter calls “Obama Derangement Syndrome.” Alter takes us inside what he calls the GOP “clown car” primaries as well as Obama’s disastrous preparation for the first debate. We meet Obama's analytics geeks working out of "The Cave" and the man who secretly videotaped Mitt Romney's infamous comments on the "47 percent."   (Recorded June 18, 2013)

 

Tuesday, July 16 at 10pm:

Sir Ken Robinson: Revolutionizing You

Speaker; Advisor on Education in the Arts; Author, The Element and Finding Your Element

Ninive Calegari, Co-founder, 826 Valencia; Co-author, Teachers Have it Easy: The Big Sacrifices and Small Salaries of America’s Teachers; Producer,American Teacher

TED Talks rock star Robinson's 2006 talk about revolutionizing education by having it nurture rather than undermine creativity is the most viewed in TED¹s history. He is an internationally recognized leader in the development of creativity, innovation and human resources in education and in business. Robinson works with governments and educational systems in Europe, Asia and the United States, with international agencies, Fortune 500 companies and some of the world¹s leading cultural organizations. He was a professor of education at the University of Warwick in the UK and author of The Element and its new follow-up, Finding Your Element, a practical guide to self fulfillment by converging your natural talents and personal passions. (Recorded June 19, 2013)

 

Tuesday July 9 at 10pm:

Governors Ritter and Whitman: Risk and Resilience

Bill Ritter Jr., Former Governor of Colorado
Christine Todd Whitman, Former Governor of New Jersey; Former Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Hurricane Sandy and the devastating Colorado fires of 2012 underscore the idea that climate disruption is amplifying natural disasters, if not causing them. Sandy and other disasters last year caused more than $100 billion in damage. Politicians are grappling with who bears those costs and whether and how areas such as the Jersey Shore should be rebuilt.
What lessons do the fires and storms of 2012 present for other states? What does climate science say about the probability of similar disasters? Join a conversation with two former state chief executives about learning from recent disasters and marshaling political will to confront the climate reality.(Recorded June 19, 2013)

 

Tuesday July 1 at 10pm:

A #Nofilter Conversation with the Founders of Instagram

Kevin Systrom, Co-founder, Instagram
Mike Krieger, Co-founder Instagram
In conversation with Kevin Rose, Partner, Google Ventures; Founder, Digg, Revision3, Milk

From the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Sandy to your Sunday eggs Benedict in the Mission, Instagram is documenting the world around us. Since its release in October 2010, this digital filter app is reported to have surpassed 100 million registered users, with peak uploads at over 200 photographs per second — launching co-founders Mike Krieger and Kevin Systrom to nearly insta-fame. And their eye-catching communications platform has not left the limelight. Despite media feeding frenzys over Instagram’s $1 billion dollar acquisition by Facebook and a controversial policy-change announcement in December 2012, heightened scrutiny doesn’t seem to be keeping users at bay. (Recorded May 30, 2013)

 

 

Tuesday June 25 at 10pm:

Temple Grandin

Professor of Animal Science, Colorado State University; Co-author, The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum

The number of children and adults diagnosed with autism has skyrocketed over the past 10 years, with a recent CDC report estimating that 1 out of 88 U.S. children are on the autism spectrum. Grandin will share her own experiences and discuss how we can better understand and diagnose autism. From advances in neuroimaging to cutting-edge genetic research, find out what unique and revolutionary treatments might soon be available.  (Recorded June 4, 2013)

 

Tuesday June 18 at 10pm:

Google's Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen

Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Google; Co-author, The New Digital Age

Jared Cohen, Director of Google Ideas; Co-author,The New Digital Age

In conversation with Greg Dalton, Founder, Climate One

In the next decade, most people on Earth should be able to access most of the world’s information through a mobile device. We also will see widespread adoption of driverless cars, thought-controlled robotic motion and augmented reality. Identity may possibly be the most valuable commodity for citizens and it will exist primarily online.

In 2008 Eric Schmidt introduced the Google 2030 Energy Plan at Climate One. While this 2013 conversation will focus primarily on digital issues it will touch on the intersection of energy and technology. Don't miss a fascinating glimpse into our future with a person helping define it, Google's Eric Schmidt. (Recorded June 4, 2013)