Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 10pm:
John Williams and John Taylor: Bank of America/Merrill Lynch Walter E. Hoadley Annual Economic Forecast
John Williams, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, San Francisco Federal Reserve
John Taylor, Ph.D., Mary and Robert Raymond Professor of Economics and George P. Shultz Senior Fellow in Economics, Stanford University’s Hoover Institution; Former Economic Advisor to Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush, and George W. Bush
Edward Wasserman, Ph.D., Dean, U.C. Berkeley Journalism School; Former Executive Business Editor, Miami Herald; Ph.D., London School of Economics—Moderator
The stock market's plummeting, oil prices continue to sink, and China's currency has followed its financial markets south. What does all of this mean for your business, your investments, and the greater economy?
With an unpredictable presidential election on the horizon and likely continued congressional gridlock, as well as external threats to the United States from terrorism, will the U.S. economy continue to improve? Don’t miss a lively discussion featuring a rare appearance by one of the U.S. government’s top economists and a veteran presidential advisor, who will give their takes on where the U.S. and global economies are headed and what should be done to keep them on track.
Dr. Williams’ research focuses include monetary policy under conditions of uncertainty, business cycles, innovation, and productivity. Prior to his work with the Federal Reserve, he served as senior economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisers and as a lecturer at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.He holds a Ph.D. in economics at Stanford University, a Master’s of Science from the London School of Economics, and an A.B. from the University of California at Berkeley.
Dr. Taylor's fields of expertise are monetary policy, fiscal policy, and international economics. He served as a member of the Congressional Budget Office's Panel of Economic Advisers and as a Treasury undersecretary for international affairs, in which he was responsible for currency markets, international development, oversight of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, and for coordinating policy with the G-7 and G-20. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University and a BA in economics from Princeton University.
(Recorded January 26, 2016)
Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 10pm:
Marion Nestle: Soda Politics
Dr. Marion Nestle, Professor, New York University; Author, Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning)
Alice Huan-mei Chen, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer, San Francisco Health Network; Co-Director, Center for Innovation in Access and Quality at San Francisco General Hospital; Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco—Moderator
Sodas are remarkable products. Little more than flavored sugar water, these drinks cost practically nothing to produce or buy, yet have turned their makers—principally Coca-Cola and PepsiCo—into a multibillion-dollar industry with global recognition, distribution and political power. Billed as “refreshing,” “tasty,” “crisp” and “the real thing,” sodas are also so well established as contributing factors to poor dental hygiene, higher calorie intake, obesity and type-2 diabetes that critics say the first line of defense against any of these conditions is to simply stop drinking them. Habitually drinking large volumes of soda is proven to not only harm individual health, but also burden society with runaway healthcare costs.
Join us as Dr. Nestle addresses the tools she says the public needs to keep up pressure on Big Soda to build healthier and more sustainable food systems.
(Recorded November 6, 2015)
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 10pm:
Kermit Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt's Great Great Grandson: TR's Vision and How It Shaped America
Kermit Roosevelt III, Professor of Constitutional law, University of Pennsylvania; Great Great Grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt; Author, Allegiance, the Award-winning Novel In the Shadow of the Law, and The Myth of Judicial Activism
Roy Eisenhardt, Lecturer, U.C. Berkeley School of Law; Member, The Commonwealth Club’s California Book Awards Jury—Moderator
Kermit Roosevelt will present a dynamic account of President Theodore Roosevelt’s distinctive constitutional vision and the way it has shaped modern America. We owe much of our modern Constitution to Theodore Roosevelt—and his cousin Franklin, who saw the final victory of Theodore’s vision. Kermit does say that both Roosevelts overlooked one significant point, the need for strong judicial protection of minorities. Drawing on government documents and personal revelations that informed the writing of Allegiance, a gripping historical novel centered around civil rights violations in World War II, Roosevelt brings alive a pivotal moment in our constitutional history that affects the Supreme Court and American citizens to this day.
Please join Kermit Roosevelt as he takes us on a journey through a century of progress, stumbles, and endeavors in American politics while examining the profound value of staying true to our American ideals.
(Recorded December 7, 2015)
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 10pm:
Journalist Joe Klein: The Primary Colors of Covering Politics
Joe Klein, Columnist, Time; Author, Charlie Mike: A True Story of Heroes Who Brought Their Mission Home and Primary Colors
Holly Kernan, Executive Editor, KQED News—Moderator
From the nitty gritty of election politics to international affairs, legendary reporter Joe Klein’s award-winning columns for Time magazine take us behind the scenes in the rough and tumble world of U.S. and global politics, elections and foreign affairs. Klein is the author of seven books—including the bestselling anonymously published novel Primary Colors about Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign. Join us as journalist Joe Klein discusses his new book and The Mission Continues, a program founded by Navy SEAL veteran Eric Greitens and former Marine Sergeant Jake Wood for veterans to continue providing public services within their local communities once they return home.
Klein will also dish on the pulse of politics and the roller coaster ride of covering presidential elections and world affairs.
(Recorded October 28, 2015)
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 10pm:
Richard Dawkins: My Life in Science
Richard Dawkins, Evolutionary Biologist; Author, The Selfish Gene, The God Delusion, and Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science
Lynn J. Rothschild, Evolutionary Biologist and Astrobiologist, NASA Ames Research Center—moderator
Dawkins has been central to kick-starting new conversations and debates surrounding creationism and intelligent design. His gene-centric view of evolution helped popularize the radical new understanding of Darwinism.
In the sequel to his bestselling memoir, Dawkins offers a candid look at the remarkable events and ideas that encouraged him to shift his attention to the intersection of culture, religion and science.
(Recorded October 3, 2015)
Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 10pm:
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and William Clay Ford: Growing the U.S. Economy
Rick Snyder, Governor, Michigan
William Clay Ford Jr., Executive Chairman, Ford Motor Company
Greg Dalton, Founder and Host, Climate One – Moderator
Based on their experiences in Michigan, Snyder and Ford have a positive economic tale to tell, with implications for the country.
First taking office in 2011, Governor Snyder pledged a common-sense approach to governing focused on working together to find solutions for the state’s toughest problems. In his first term, the state passed four balanced budgets, eliminated a $1.5 billion deficit and reformed tax and regulatory codes. Since Snyder took office, Michigan has created nearly 400,000 new private sector jobs, with Michigan’s unemployment rate now at its lowest in 12 years. As executive chairman of Ford Motor Company (and the great grandson of Henry Ford), William Clay Ford, Jr. has been at its helm since January 1999. He also served as CEO of the company from 2001 to 2006. “During the recent industry downturn, Ford made two big bets: one on fuel economy and the other on technology, investing heavily at a time when many others were pulling back,” he says. “Today, we are a leader in both.”
Join us for a unique conversation about business, energy and innovation.
(Recorded October 1, 2015)
Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at 10pm:
Arne Duncan: A Conversation with the Secretary of Education
Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education
John Fensterwald, Editor-at-Large, EdSource — Moderator
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has just announced he will be leaving the Obama administration at the end of the year. He will reflect on his tenure, which has included leading initiatives to improve the opportunities and outcome for students of all ages. This work has included focusing on transforming struggling schools, securing $10 billion to prevent teacher layoffs, increasing the Pell grant program, and eliminating student-loan subsidies to banks. In December, Secretary Duncan will return to his Chicago home where he once headed the city’s public schools and a non-profit foundation that helped send inner-city children to college.
We will explore Duncan’s legacy and impact and gain insight on what comes next for this passionate educator.
Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 10pm:
The Nation Magazine’s 150th Anniversary: Less Equal than Ever? Talking About Inequality
Katrina vanden Heuvel, Editor and Publisher, The Nation
Van Jones, Former White House Special Advisor for Green Jobs; CNN Commentator
Robert Reich, Professor; Author; Former Secretary of Labor
Ai-jen Poo, Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance
Judge LaDoris Cordell (Ret.); Former Independent Police Auditor, City of San Jose—Moderator
2015 marks the 150th birthday of The Nation magazine. To commemorate this historic anniversary, The Commonwealth Club is proud to present a conversation about our country's inequality crisis – a core Nation issue on which the magazine has long been sounding the alarm. The wealth controlled by the top tenth of the top 1 percent has more than doubled over the past 30 years in the United States, approaching unprecedented levels. What does this mean for the political process? The environment? Our civil society? Our civic culture? The future of our democracy? What can be done?
From groundbreaking investigative journalism, to cutting-edge cultural commentary, to unmatched political analysis, The Nation has been at the forefront of American politics and culture since its inception by anti-slavery abolitionists in 1856.
(Recorded November 17, 2015)
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 10pm:
The Paris Climate Summit
This special program features business and government leaders from the UN climate summit in Paris. Topics include what cities and states are doing to reduce carbon pollution and prepare for more severe weather. We'll also look at satisfying the world's growing appetite for animal protein. One California company says cows are a big carbon problem. Their aim is to ween the world from beef by making a burger from plants that meat lovers will actually eat. And a California rancher says cows get a bad rap and contends cattle can be a big carbon solution with proper grazing practices.
Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 10pm:
Confronting ISIS: A Town Hall
Joseph Felter, Ph.D., Senior Research Scholar, CISAC Research Fellow, Hoover Institution; Retired U.S. Army Colonel; Special Forces
Dr. Abbas Milani, Director of Iranian Studies, Stanford University; Research fellow, Hoover Institution
Sergey V. Petrov, Consul General of the Russian Federation, San Francisco
Kim Zetter, Senior Staff Writer, Wired Magazine
Dr. Gloria Duffy, President and CEO, The Commonwealth Club—Moderator
Paris. The Russian passenger plane. New threats against New York and Washington. The international threat and tension levels haven’t been this high since 9/11.
What can the United States and the world do to most effectively confront ISIS at this crucial juncture? Join us for an interactive town hall and a dialogue with our expert panel.
(Recorded December 2, 2015)
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 10pm:
Anne Marie Slaughter
Anne Marie Slaughter, President and CEO of New America
In conversation with Clara Jeffrey, Co-Editor, Mother Jones Magazine
With the publication of her 2012 Atlantic article “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” Anne Marie Slaughter initiated a flood of discussions surrounding the wage gap, the role of family in the workplace, and the challenge of balancing career success with a fulfilling home life. Writing openly about her decision to leave her job as the director of policy planning under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Slaughter prompted a rich conversation about how men and women define success in the 21st century, and she broke the record for unique page reads on the Atlantic’s website. Slaughter’s newest book, Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family, expands upon this topic and offers a vision of true equality for working men and women. In Unfinished Business, Slaughter combines well-researched social theory, candid personal anecdotes and bold action steps to combat gender inequality in the workplace and at home.
(Recorded October 7, 2015)
Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at 10pm:
Dale Russakoff: Who's in Charge of America's Schools?
Dale Russakoff, Author, The Prize: Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools?
Muhammed Chaudhry, President and CEO, Silicon Valley Education Foundation—Moderator
Listen to Dale Russakoff, expert journalist, deliver a story of high ideals and hubris as reformers face off against entrenched unions, skeptical parents and bewildered students. The Prize is a portrait of a titanic struggle over the future of education for the poorest kids, and a cautionary tale for those who care about the shape of America’s schools.
The book’s story begins with Mark Zuckerberg announcing in front of a cheering "Oprah" audience his $100 million pledge to transform the Newark schools. The lauded plan soon ran into a constituency not so easily moved—Newark’s key education players, fiercely protective of their billion-dollar-per-annum system.
Russakoff explains how the prize seems to have enriched everyone except for Newark’s students.
(Recorded September 29, 2015)
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 10pm:
Inside Political Campaigns: Money, Ethics and the Future
Ann Ravel, Chair, Federal Election Commission; Former Chair, California Fair Political Practices Commission
Ace Smith, Veteran Campaign Manager, Hillary Clinton, Dianne Feinstein, Jerry Brown; Veteran Campaign Strategist
Ben Ginsberg, Veteran Campaign Strategist; National Counsel, Romney for President 2008, and Bush-Cheney Campaigns of 2000, 2004
Kirk Hanson, Executive Director, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Santa Clara University – Moderator
When it comes to political campaigns, it’s all about the money from various special interests. What monetary rules actually govern campaigns, and how often are they broken? What role will campaign finance laws play in 2016 and beyond? Meet the government official who oversees the financing of federal elections along with two long-time strategists from both sides of the aisle for an inside look at the way political campaigns actually work and a discussion about whether or not it’s possible to be both ethical and victorious.
(Recorded October 12, 2015)
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 10pm:
Wendy Davis and Sandra Fluke in Conversation
Wendy Davis, Democratic Politician; Former Texas State Senator
In conversation with Sandra Fluke, Social Justice Attorney
"Something special is happening in Austin tonight #StandWithWendy" — @POTUS
In June 2013, Senator Wendy Davis was propelled into the global spotlight as she attempted an eleven-hour filibuster to block a Texas state senate bill that would dramatically restrict abortion in Texas, an effort that kept over 180,000 people glued to the live stream and made national headlines.
Today, Davis continues to act as a trailblazing women’s rights activist by fundraising for Planned Parenthood and defending it from recent public attacks. Davis is also in the process of starting a new women’s initiative that will attempt to expand opportunities for young women.
Join us for a discussion about the powerful effects women in leadership positions can have and learn about Davis’ plan to enlist more people in her effort to combat what she sees as a war on women
(Recorded October 16, 2015)
Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 10pm:
Adam Johnson: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author
Adam Johnson, Associate Professor, Stanford University; Author, The Orphan Master’s Son and Fortune Smiles
Kathryn Ma, Author, The Year She Left Us and All That Work and Still No Boys; Jury Member, The Commonwealth Club’s California Book Awards — Moderator
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his acclaimed and bestselling novel The Orphan Master’s Son, Johnson is one of America’s most provocative and powerful authors. In his latest novel, Fortune Smiles, he continues to give voice to characters rarely heard from while offering something we all seek from fiction: a new way of looking at our world. In six masterly stories, Johnson delves deep into love and loss, natural disasters, the influence of technology, and how the political shapes the personal. Unnerving, riveting and written with a timeless quality, these stories confirm Johnson as one of America's greatest writers and serves as an indispensable guide to our new century.
(Recorded October 19, 2015)
Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 10pm:
Gun Violence and Public Health
Ricky Choi, MD, MPH, Board of Directors, National Physicians Alliance
Margot Hirsch, President, The Smart Tech Challenges Foundation
Michael McBride, Lead Pastor, The Way Christian Center, Berkeley CA; Director of Urban Strategies, PICO National Network
Robyn Thomas, Executive Director, The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence
Mark Follman, National Affairs Editor, Mother Jones—Moderator
According to the National Center for Injury Prevention & Control, more than 31,000 Americans were killed in 2010 due to homicides, suicides and unintentional shootings, and approximately 73,000 were treated in emergency rooms for non-fatal gunshot wounds. In recent years, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy and organizations such as the American Bar Association and the American Public Health Association have all stated that gun violence should no longer be discussed only in the context of gun control, but as an actual public health issue. Join our panel for a discussion about how gun-related injuries and casualties impact the health of Americans and what can be done to prevent gun violence in the United States.
(Recorded September 28, 2015)
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 10pm:
Chief Technology Officer of the U.S. Megan Smith
Megan Smith, Chief Technology Officer of the United States
In conversation with Sal Khan, Founder & CEO, Khan Academy
“If we’re the country that makes Amazon and Facebook and Twitter, why can’t the federal government have websites and digital services that are awesome?” —Megan Smith
It’s no secret that the U.S. government needs a tech upgrade, says U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith, who is committed to shaking up things. President Obama’s tech mandate is far more than just moving on from floppy disks – initiatives of the Office of Science and Technology Policy include getting more women and people of color in tech jobs, pushing regulatory reform that would allow entrepreneurs to advance their ideas more quickly, and delivering better digital services such as welfare registration. And when they’re done there, Megan’s team has its eyes on expanding online networks to 900 million people in Africa.
As former VP of business development at Google and CEO of PlanetOut, a media company targeting the LGBT demographic, Megan Smith has a unique understanding of the capacity of technology to impact public policy. Join us for a conversation between Megan Smith and Sal Khan, founder and executive director of Khan Academy. This event is the second in the new INFORUM series of interviews featuring Sal Khan in conversation with various leaders pushing the limits of learning and breaking boundaries in their industry.
(Recorded September 30, 2015)
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 10pm:
Senator Claire McCaskill
Claire McCaskill, United States Senator (D-MO); Author, Plenty Ladylike: A Memoir
In conversation with Dick Costolo, Former CEO, Twitter
Ferguson … Iran … the Presidential election. What does one of the Senate’s most respected voices think about the issues dominating the headlines? In 2006, McCaskill became the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate from Missouri, winning the seat once held by Harry Truman. As a senator, she has earned a reputation as a plain-spoken, independent advocate for Missouri's families and businesses—willing to buck her own party to do what she thinks is right, and fighting to expand opportunities for Missouri's kids and grandkids. She’ll also share the lessons learned from her inspiring personal story of embracing ambition, surviving sexist slings, losing a husband and making a family, outsmarting her enemies—and finding joy along the way.
(Recorded August 19, 2015)
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 10pm:
Let’s Do the Numbers: 10 Years with Marketplace’s Kai Ryssdal
Kai Ryssdal, Host and Senior Editor, American Public Media’s “Marketplace”
John Boland, President and CEO, KQED - Moderator
As host and senior editor of “Marketplace,” Kai Ryssdal is one of the most recognizable voices in the country. Each day he translates the most important business and economic news for millions of listeners, from Wall Street to the Oval Office to small business owners and everyday participants in the American and global economies.
This fall marks Rysdall’s 10-year anniversary hosting the evening broadcast of “Marketplace,” the most widely heard program on business and the economy in the country. He’ll talk about his time on the show, his unique path to radio, and what it’s been like to cover such an unprecedented time in the U.S. economy.
(Recorded September 9 2015)
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 10pm:
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson
Hon. Jeh Johnson, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security
Dr. Gloria Duffy, President and CEO, The Commonwealth Club — Moderator
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson will discuss Cybersecurity, Countering Violent Extremism, and other critical national security issues. Johnson was sworn in on December 23, 2013, as the fourth secretary of homeland security. Prior to joining DHS, Secretary Johnson was chief judge of the New York courts. Secretary Johnson also served as general counsel for the Department of Defense, where he led the more than 10,000 military and civilian lawyers across the department.
As general counsel of the Defense Department, Johnson oversaw the development of the legal aspects of many of our nation’s counterterrorism policies and spearheaded reforms to the military commissions system at Guantanamo Bay in 2009. Johnson was general counsel of the Department of the Air Force from 1998 to 2001 and served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the southern district of New York from 1989 to 1991. He graduated from Morehouse College in 1979 and received his law degree from Columbia Law School in 1982.
Secretary Johnson was the first African-American to be elected to partnership at the prestigious New York law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison, and has been an advocate for civil rights, including co-authoring the 250-page report that paved the way for the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in 2010. He was an early political supporter of President Barak Obama.
Secretary Johnson is in the thick of controversial issues ranging from sanctuary cities and immigration to combatting ISIS and homegrown terrorism. He has warned against over-militarizing the U.S. domestic approach to counter-terrorism. Please join us with Secretary Johnson to discuss the latest challenges and strategies for protecting Americans in the context of civil rights and other societal priorities.
(Recorded September 15, 2015)
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 10pm:
Dr. Ben Carson, Republican Presidential Candidate
Ben Carson, M.D., Republican Presidential Candidate
In conversation with Dan Ashley, Member, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors; News Anchor, ABC 7 Television News, San Francisco
Following the first Republican presidential debate, Dr. Ben Carson has continued to rank highly in the polls. He advocates a flat tax and the replacement of the Affordable Care Act with health savings accounts, is opposed to the Iran agreement, says the climate change debate is “irrelevant” and that there should not be federally determined standards for education. Dr. Carson is also a pioneering neurosurgeon who performed the first successful separation of twins joined at the back of the head. He has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and holds degrees from Yale and the University of Michigan Medical School. Bring your questions for one of the country’s leading conservative voices.
(Recorded September 8, 2015)
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 10pm:
U.C. President Janet Napolitano Interviews Charlotte Jacobs, M.D.
Janet Napolitano, President of University of California; Former Secretary of Homeland Security; Former Governor of Arizona
Charlotte Jacobs, M.D. Professor of Medicine (Emerita), Stanford University; Author, Jonas Salk: A Life
Sixty years ago, physician-researcher Jonas Salk changed human history by inventing the polio vaccine. His work has saved countless lives and helped shaped the medical field as we know it today. Recently, Dr. Charlotte Jacobs has published the first comprehensive biography, Jonas Salk: A Life. She and Janet Napolitano will sit down and discuss her book that explores Jonas Salk’s life and legacy. The first in a limited series of interviews, Napolitano talks with Jacobs and uses the biography as the centerpiece for discussion about the best practices of vaccinations, preventing pandemics and saving lives.
(Recorded August 19, 2015)
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 10pm:
Gary Hart: The Republic of Conscience
Gary Hart, U.S. Special Envoy for Northern Ireland; Former U.S. Senator; Author, The Republic of Conscience
Joe Tuman, Professor of Legal and Political Communications, San Francisco State University
Former Senator Gary Hart will discuss the growing gap between the founding principles of the United States Constitution and our current political landscape. Going back as early as 400 BC, the idea of a true republic has been threatened by narrow, special interests taking precedence over the commonwealth. The United States Constitution was drafted to protect against such corruption, but Hart says America is nowhere near the republic it set out to be. He tackles major American institutions – the military, the CIA, Congress – and outlines how these establishments may have led the country away from its founding principles, not closer to them.
(Recorded July 28, 2015)
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at 10pm:
Hank Paulson: Dealing with China
Hank Paulson, Former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury; Author, Dealing with China: An Insider Unmasks the New Economic Superpower
For decades Hank Paulson has enjoyed rare access to the highest levels of China’s ruling elite. As head of Goldman Sachs, Paulson was pivotal in opening up China to private enterprise. As Treasury secretary, he encouraged trade with the newly emerging economic powerhouse and safeguarded the teetering U.S. financial system. He created the Strategic Economic Dialogue with what is now the world's second-largest economy. He also is co-chair of Risky Business, a project that quantifies and publicizes the economic risks from a changing climate.
(Recorded April 28, 2015)
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 10pm:
Kiva Co-Founder Jessica Jackley: Entrepreneurship that Can Change the World
Jessica Jackley, Co-founder, Kiva; Author, Clay Water Brick: Finding Inspiration from Entrepreneurs Who Do the Most with the Least
Sally Osberg, President and CEO, Skoll Foundation - Moderator
In the tradition of Kabul Beauty School and Start Something That Matters comes an inspiring story of social entrepreneurship from the co-founder of Kiva, the first online microlending platform for the working poor. Featuring lessons learned from successful businesses in the world’s poorest countries, Jessica Jackley’s Clay Water Brick will motivate readers to more deeply appreciate the incredible entrepreneurial potential that exists in every human being on this planet — especially themselves.
(Recorded July 8, 2015)
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 10pm:
A Debate on Treating Mental Illness: Should We Bring Back Asylums?
Dominic Sisti, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics/Health Policy and Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania; Principal Author, “Improving Long-term Psychiatric Care: Bring Back the Asylum,” Journal of the American Medical Association
Renee Binder, M.D., Psychiatrist, University of California, San Francisco; Incoming President, American Psychiatric Association
Dr. Gloria Duffy, President and CEO, The Commonwealth Club — Moderator
Approximately 10 million Americans suffer from serious mental illness. Over the past 60 years, various social, political and economic forces have resulted in the closing of publicly funded psychiatric institutions in favor of community treatment, in which outpatient options and the ability to live independently seemed promising and in many cases less expensive than inpatient care.
Should severely mentally ill people be integrated within the community? Or should asylums be revisited? How would individuals come to be placed in such asylums? What civil rights issues come into play? How would such institutions be funded? Who would staff them and how would training and management ensure humane care? How could modern psychopharmacology and neuromedicine be applied? How could such institutions be structured to perhaps have different levels of institutionalization, from semi-independent living to more comprehensive care? How could they be made into places where people want to be, because their lives would be better than on their own?
Critics such as Dr. Dominic Sisti, principal author of a new report from The University of Pennsylvania, argue that comprehensive, accessible and fully integrated community-based mental health care continues to be an unmet promise. Dr. Sisti’s report further argues that deinstitutionalization has really been “transinstitutionalization,” resulting in a vicious cycle whereby mentally ill patients move between crisis hospitalization, homelessness and incarceration. Most disturbing, the report argues, U.S. jails and prisons have become the nation’s largest mental health-care facilities. The report cites recent studies that show that prisoners with a serious mental illness are two to three times more likely than prisoners without serious mental illness to be reincarcerated, that half of all inmates have a mental illness or substance abuse disorder, and that 15 percent of state inmates are diagnosed with a psychotic disorder.
Dr. Sisti says that new models of fully integrated, patient-centered long-term psychiatric care now exist in the United States and that such facilities are needed to provide 21st-century care to patients with chronic, serious mental illness.
Advocates for community treatment, such as Dr. Renee Binder, president of the American Psychiatric Association, argue that the answer to better treatment lies not in the fact that asylums have been closed but that they have not been replaced with adequate funding.
(Recorded July 22, 2015)
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at 10pm:
David Gergen with Dan Ashley: A Rational Look at Irrational Politics
David Gergen, CNN Senior Political Analyst; Professor and Co-Director, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government
Dan Ashley, News Anchor, ABC7; Member, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors -Moderator
Few people have the depth and breadth of David Gergen, who, for decades, has served as both political analyst and advisor to presidents, including Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Clinton. Starting with the McNeil-Lehrer “NewsHour” in 1984, he has been a regular commentator on public affairs for some 28 years. Twice he has been a member of election coverage teams that won Peabody awards, and he has contributed to two Emmy award-winning political analysis teams.
Mr. Gergen’s work as co-director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Kennedy School has enabled him to work closely with a rising generation of younger leaders, especially social entrepreneurs, military veterans and Young Global Leaders. A native of North Carolina, he is a member of the D.C. Bar, a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is an honors graduate of Yale and the Harvard Law School. In an era of political gridlock and at the outset of the next presidential campaign season, hear from one of America’s most respected political observers.
(Recorded July 23, 2015)
Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 10pm:
Peter Coyote: On Zen, Politics and an Amazing Life
Peter Coyote, Actor; Activist; Author, The Rainman’s Third Cure: An Irregular Education
In conversation with Phil Bronstein, Executive Chairman of the Board, Center For Investigative Reporting
Coyote’s new spiritual biography details a life that has taken him from privileged halls of power to Greenwich Village jazz bars, to jail, to the White House, to government service, and finally to international success on stage and screen. He describes the wide range of mentors who shaped him—a violent, intimidating father; a bebop bass player who taught him that life can be improvised; a Mafia consiglieri who demonstrated to him that men can be bought and manipulated; a gay dancer in Martha Graham’s company who enlightened him about Mexico and marijuana; and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gary Snyder, who introduced him to Zen practice. Through Zen, Coyote says he discovered an alternative to status seeking and material wealth. Come hear first-hand his amazing journey and its lessons for all of us.
(Recorded June 23, 2015)
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 10pm:
Adam Benforado: The New Science of Criminal Injustice
Adam Benforado, Associate Professor of Law, Drexel University; Author, Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Injustice; Twitter @Benforado
Judge LaDoris H. Cordell (ret), Independent Police Auditor, City of San Jose - Moderator
A child is gunned down by a police officer; an investigator ignores critical clues in a case; an innocent man confesses to a crime he did not commit; a jury acquits a killer. Law professor Benforado says the evidence is all around us that our system of justice is fundamentally broken. But he argues that it’s not for the reasons many people think. Even if the system operated exactly as it was designed to, we might still end up with wrongful convictions, trampled rights, and unequal treatment. He says this is because the roots of injustice lie not inside the dark hearts of racist police officers or dishonest prosecutors, but within the minds of each and every one of us. Benforado shines a light on this troubling new field of research, looking at evidence suggesting that people with certain facial features receive longer sentences and that judges are far more likely to grant parole first thing in the morning. He lays out the scope of the legal system’s dysfunction and proposes practical reforms that could prevent injustice and help us achieve true fairness and equality before the law.
(Recorded June 24, 2015)
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at 10pm:
Christiana Figueres: The Road to Paris
Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
William K. Reilly, Senior Advisor, TPG
Can world leaders cut a climate deal when they meet in Paris in December? Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Barack Obama have energized the negotiations with their pact to grow the two biggest economies while cutting carbon pollution. Other countries are advancing their plans to do the same. California is out front and upping its game. One big question is how fossil fuel companies flex their clout. What are the prospects for an agreement with teeth? Can any deal survive being dragged into the U.S. presidential election? A conversation about the politics of a global economic treaty.
(Recorded June 16, 2015)
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 10pm:
George Shultz and James Goodby: The War That Must Never Be Fought
George P. Shultz, Distinguished Fellow, Hoover Institution; Former U.S. Secretary of State; Co-editor, The War That Must Never Be Fought
James Goodby, Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institution: Retired Ambassador and Former Vice Chairman, U.S. Delegation to the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks; Co-editor, The War That Must Never Be Fought
Terry Gamble Boyer, Member, Board of Directors, Ploughshares Fund — Moderator
North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, China, Iran — concern over nuclear weapons continues to grab news headlines. Nine nations evidently possess nuclear weapons and at least a rudimentary means of delivering them. The War That Must Never Be Fought borrows its title from President Ronald Reagan's State of the Union message of 1984, in which he declared "a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought.” Here’s a rare chance to hear two distinguished American statesmen discuss a post-deterrence approach to defense in the 21st century and the possible pathways to a world without nuclear weapons, as well as their outlook on the general state of the world.
(Recorded June 17, 2015)
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 10pm:
Ken Walsh: Presidents and the Cult of Celebrity
Ken Walsh, Chief White House Correspondent, U.S. News & World Report; Author, Celebrity in Chief: A History of the Presidents
Joe Tuman, Professor of Legal and Political Communications, San Francisco State University - Moderator
Walsh joined the U.S. News & World Report in 1984 as a congressional correspondent and has covered presidential politics since 1986. Walsh is one of the longest-serving White House correspondents in history, having traveled to more than 70 countries and conducting numerous interviews with presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H. Bush and Ronald Reagan.
Walsh says, since the beginning of the Republic, presidents have needed to be celebrities and build on their fame. This fame has allowed them to get things done by propelling their agendas and rallying public support for themselves as national leaders. Come hear behind the scenes tales about the intersection of the presidency and pop culture.
(Recorded May 19, 2015)
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 10pm:
A Sunday with Judy Blume and Molly Ringwald
Judy Blume, Author
In conversation with Molly Ringwald, Actress, Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink; Judy Blume Enthusiast
Judy Blume, called “the Queen of YA” by The Washington Post, releases her first novel for adults in 16 years, In the Unlikely Event, this June. Blume — prolific, controversial, beloved — is a literary iconoclast whose novels have been among the first to discuss teen sex, masturbation, menstruation and divorce. For three generations of pre-teen girls, Blume’s books have answered the most intimate questions of love, loss, and growing up.
Blume’s latest book, In the Unlikely Event, is based in the supernatural early 1950’s, when three generations of New Jerseyans encounter a fateful string of airplane crashes. Judy Blume will discuss her latest book, her career spanning nearly five decades of writing, children empowerment, and her favorite stories about the young and young at heart.
(Recorded June 7, 2015)
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 10pm:
EPA Chief Gina McCarthy
Gina McCarthy, Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
As Mitt Romney’s “Green Quarterback,” Gina McCarthy played a key role in helping the Massachusetts Governor craft a plan to protect the climate and grow the economy. Now she’s the point person for President Obama’s effort to do the same thing on a national scale.
The Obama administration’s clean power plan is similar to regulations first proposed in the 1990s. In addition to its impact on U.S. industry, it underpins the U.S. position going into the UN climate summit in Paris later this year. Supporters say it is a crucial move to clean up the air. Critics say it is a job killer and may be unconstitutional.
Despite the political battles in Washington, Silicon Valley is advancing renewable energy technologies that are creating companies and jobs. Can clean tech save the day?
Join America’s top environmental protector for a conversation about clean energy, the coal wars, green jobs and more.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 10pm:
Charles Murray: Rebuilding Liberty
Charles Murray, W.H. Brady Scholar, American Enterprise Institute; Author, By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission
David Davenport, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution — Moderator
Is American freedom being gutted? Acclaimed social scientist and bestselling author Charles Murray says we can no longer hope to roll back the power of the federal government through the normal political process. By his count, the Constitution is broken in ways that cannot be fixed even by a sympathetic Supreme Court, our legal system is increasingly lawless and unmoored from traditional ideas of “the rule of law,” and the legislative process has become systemically corrupt no matter which party is in control.
By the People’s hopeful message is that rebuilding our traditional freedoms does not require electing a right-thinking Congress or president, nor does it require five right-thinking justices on the Supreme Court. Instead, Murray argues that that rebuilding can be done by the American people, using America’s unique civil society to put government back in its box.
(Recorded May 18, 2015)
Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 10pm:
An Evening of Culinary Delight with Rebecca Katz & Mollie Katzen
Rebecca Katz, Chef; Educator; Author, The Healthy Mind Cookbook and The Longevity Kitchen
In conversation with Mollie Katzen, Author, The Heart of the Plate: Vegetarian Recipes for a New Generation and the Moosewood Cookbook; Inductee, James Beard Cookbook Hall of Fame
Healthy eating tends to focus on keeping our bodies physically fit, but what about improving the health of our minds? In The Healthy Mind Cookbook, Rebecca Katz takes cutting-edge brain research on improving cognition, memory and mood and applies it directly to the plate through recipes like cozy lentil soup with delicata squash and chocolate cherry walnut truffles. A nationally recognized culinary translator and nutrition expert, Rebecca Katz’s previous cookbooks include One Bite at a Time, the award-winning The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen and The Longevity Kitchen.
Mollie Katzen is listed by The New York Times as one of the best-selling cookbook authors of all time and is a James Beard Cookbook Hall of Fame inductee. The author of the iconic Moosewood Cookbook, Katzen is largely credited with having brought vegetarian cuisine into the mainstream.
Join Katz and Katzen for a conversation on science-based culinary delight and promoting happier, healthier minds through food.
(Recorded May 12, 2015)
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 10pm:
Joseph Stiglitz: The Great Divide
Joseph Stiglitz, Professor, Columbia University; Author, The Great Divide: Unequal Societies and What We Can Do About Them; Twitter @JosephEStiglitz
Monika Bauerlein, Co-editor, Mother Jones; Twitter @MonikaBauerlein — Moderator
We are living in an era defined by economic uncertainty and bitter politics: The gap between the rich and the poor continues to grow, an emboldened Wall Street has shrugged off attempts at regulation, and important political policies have become the playthings of financial interests. Still, economist Joseph Stiglitz believes that a healthy economy and a fair democracy are within our grasp. By taking what he sees as practical political steps, such as making those at the top pay their fair share, spending more in areas that we all value – education, health, and infrastructure – and eliminating the corrosive advantages built into our markets, Stiglitz argues that we can once again create the opportunities that have for so long defined America, and get the country back on track.
Stiglitz is a former senior vice president and chief economist of the World Bank and is a recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.
(Recorded April 29, 2015)
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 10pm:
David Brooks, Op-Ed Columnist, The New York Times; Author, The Road to Character
Judge LaDoris H. Cordell (ret), Independent Police Auditor, City of San Jose — Moderator
How is character developed? In a society that emphasizes success and achievement, Brooks illustrates what humility, inner worth and moral depth really mean.
Brooks is a popular political commentator, and his New York Times column reaches over 800,000 readers around the world.
(Recorded April 28, 2015)
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 10pm:
What’s the Value of a College Education?
Alecia DeCoudreaux, President, Mills College
Richard Ekman, President, Council of Independent Colleges
Mary Marcy, President, Dominican University of California
Mohammad Qayoumi, President, California State University San Jose
Claude Steele, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, UC Berkeley
Monica R. Martinez, Deeper Learning Senior Fellow, Hewlett Foundation; Commissioner, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics - Moderator
For the United States to remain competitive in the global economy, our citizens need to be innovative, versatile and well-educated. To provide for these qualifications, does our model of higher education need a wholesale renovation? What would an education that is tailored to the needs of the 21st century – and affordable to all – even look like?
This distinguished panel of public and private college educators tackle the difficult challenges ahead: What is the value of a liberal arts college education versus a pre-professional vocational skill-building model? Why does college cost so much? How can we close the gap between attendance and graduation rates? Can we design blended in-person and online courses that are both instructive and cost-efficient? And finally, how can we get our state and federal governments to continue to support higher education and to take the financial burden off of students?
(Recorded April 29, 2015)
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 10pm:
Project Runway's Tim Gunn: How We All Can Make It Work
Tim Gunn, "Project Runway" Cohost; Author, The Natty Professor: A Masterclass on Mentoring, Motivating and Making it Work
In Conversation with Brad Rosenstein, Program Producer, Presidio Trust; Former Curator of Exhibitions and Programs, Museum of Performance & Design
Tim Gunn is known for his kind but firm approach in providing wisdom, guidance and support to design hopefuls on Lifetime’s "Project Runway." Having begun his fashion career as a teacher at Parsons, The New School for Design, Tim knows about mentorship and how to convey invaluable wisdom in an approachable, accessible manner. Join Tim for a candid, inspirational and witty discussion of life’s lessons — from the runway to the classroom to the therapist’s office and beyond.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 10pm:
Laszlo Bock: Senior Vice President of People Operations at Google
Laszlo Bock, Senior Vice President of People Operations, Google; Author, Work Rules! Insights from Inside Google That will Transform How You Live and Lead
In Conversation with Farhad Manjoo, Technology Writer, The New York Times
What is the secret to attracting the best talent? Whether you’re a team of one or part of a team of thousands, Bock believes it is important to strike a balance between structure and creativity. Learn more about the new philosophy that will transform the way we live and work.
Bock leads Google’s people function and is responsible for attracting, developing, and retaining the best talent.
(Recorded April 14, 2015)
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 10pm:
Bruce Schneier: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data
Bruce Schneier, Chief Technology Officer, Co3 Systems; Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard Law School; Author, Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World
Shari Steele, Executive Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation - Moderator
Join us for a shocking look at the ways corporations and governments track and control people, and the ways we can fight back.
Data is everywhere. We create it every time we go online, turn our phone on (or off!) or pay with a credit card. This data is stored, studied and bought and sold by corporations and governments for surveillance, profit and control. “Foremost security expert” (Wired) and best-selling author Bruce Schneier shows how this data has led to a double-edged Internet: a Web that gives power to the people but is abused by the institutions on which those people depend.
In Data and Goliath, Schneier reveals the full extent of surveillance, censorship and propaganda in society today, examining the risks of cybercrime, cyberterrorism and cyberwar. He shares technological, legal and social solutions that can help shape a more equal, private and secure world.
(Recorded March 10, 2015)
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 10pm:
Jane Harman: Combatting Global Threats
Jane Harman, Former U.S. Representative
In conversation with Amy Zegart, Ph.D, Professor, Stanford University; Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Today, non-state actors and unconventional warfare dominate the global threat landscape: ISIL, Boko Haram, hackers for hire and the “little green men” haunting eastern Ukraine. The United States needs – and lacks – clear strategies equal to those challenges. What role should American intelligence play? How can we develop a strong strategic narrative, one that meets young people where they are? What are the best economic and diplomatic tools in our kit? And what about the use of force and new military technologies, like drones and cyber-weapons?
During her nine terms in Congress, Harman served on major security committees: eight years on Intelligence, eight years on Homeland Security, and six years on Armed Services. Now the head of Washington's Wilson Center, she will give her perspective on urgent national security priorities facing the United States.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 10pm:
Talib Kweli: Race, Justice and Hip Hop
In conversation with Judge LaDoris H. Cordell (ret), Independent Police Auditor, City of San Jose
Amadou Diallo, an unarmed West African immigrant, was shot 41 times by four police officers in 1999. In response, Talib Kweli organized Hip Hop for Respect to speak out against police brutality, assembling 41 emcees to represent the 41 shots fired. Now, 15 years later, and in the wake of the deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown and countless others, Talib continues to speak out against the militarization of the police force, the prison industrial complex, and institutionalized racism. Considered one of the most lyrically gifted and socially aware rappers of our time, Talib feels that artists have a responsibility to the communities that support their careers.
Hear from Talib Kweli about his experience in Ferguson, the connection between hip hop and civil rights, and what he’s learned from 20 years in the music business.
(Recorded March 20, 2015)
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 10pm:
The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Women
Carlina Hansen, Executive Director, Women’s Community Clinic
Claire Brindis, DrPH, Director, UCSF Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies
Lupe Rodriguez, Director of Public Affairs, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte
Alice Huan-mei Chen, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer, San Francisco Health Network; Co-Director, Center for Innovation in Access and Quality at San Francisco General Hospital; Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco – Moderator
On January 1, 2014, many of the health reforms mandated by the 2010 Affordable Care Act were set to take effect, including free access to preventive health services for 47 million women across America. One year later, there continues to be lively discussion on the success of the 2014 roll out of Obamacare and what changes Americans – particularly women – have seen in their health care these past 15 months. Join our panel of health care experts as they delve deep into the Affordable Care Act, its roll out and continued progress, and discuss what this law truly means for women across the United States.
(Recorded March 16, 2015)
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 10pm:
Tom Hayden: Why Cuba Matters
Tom Hayden, Activist; Director, Peace and Justice Resource Center; Author, Listen, Yankee: Why Cuba Matters
Joe Tuman, TV/Radio Political Analyst, CBS5 San Francisco – Moderator
In the wake of President Obama’s momentous move to reestablish diplomatic relations with Cuba, one of America's best-known voices of political and social activism offers fresh insight into one of history's most enigmatic relationships between nation states. He draws upon his own past as a revolutionary student leader whose efforts to mobilize political change in the U.S. mirrored a simultaneous radical transformation in Cuba. He explores the great opportunity both countries now have to finally find common ground to the advantage of Cubans and Americans alike.
(Recorded March 19, 2015)
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 10pm:
San Francisco Giants’ Bruce Bochy and Larry Baer
Bruce Bochy, Manager, San Francisco Giants
Larry Baer, President and CEO, San Francisco Giants; Key Strategist, Giants’ Baseball and Business Transactions
In conversation with Roy Eisenhardt, Former President, Oakland Athletics
Larry Baer has stated that hiring three-time World Series champion and two-time National League manager of the year Bruce Bochy was "probably the best move [Giants management] ever made.” Here’s a chance to celebrate and relive the Giants’ amazing 2014 World Series victory. Go behind the scenes and into the dugout with Manager Bochy and Team President Baer to find out who's in, who's out and what strategies will keep the Giants at the peak of their game.
(Recorded February 4, 2015)
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 10pm:
Democracy in the Digital Age: Perspectives from Members of Parliament
Youth and women members of parliament from around the world will discuss how they are harnessing opportunities presented by social media and mobile technologies to strengthen engagement between citizens and their elected representatives. How are women and young politicians using technology to promote deliberation and compromise and more inclusive political leadership, rather than political polarization? What opportunities and challenges does the rapid pace of technological change pose for democratic governance in different countries around the world? The panel discussion is part of an exchange program supported by the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Agency for Development on Leadership in the Digital Economy. The program brings bring together members of parliaments – mostly women and young MPs – from around the world to Washington D.C. and the Bay Area.
Stacy Donohue (Moderator)
Stacy Donohue leads Omidyar Network's Governance & Citizen Engagement initiative in the U.S.. She is a board member for Code for America, Global Integrity and the Sunlight Foundation. Prior to joining Omidyar Network, Stacy spent nine years at Hewlett-Packard in senior roles spanning strategy, corporate development, and merger and acquisition transactions.
Hon. Tinatin Khidasheli (Georgia)
Hon. Khidasheli was elected a member of parliament in the October 2012 general elections. Hon. Tinatin is a member of Georgia’s Republican party, which forms part of the governing Dream Coalition in Georgia. She serves as chair of the EU-Georgia Parliamentary Cooperation Commission and has been active with the Legislative Openness Working Group of the Open Government Partnership. She has 20 years of human right experience working as a leader of the biggest human rights NGO in the region.
Hon. Emmanuel Kwasi Bedzrah (Ghana)
Hon. Bedzrah is the member of parliament for Ho West Constituency in the Volta Region of Ghana, elected in 2008. He serves as chair of the Government Assurances Committee of Parliament, which has been experimenting with new ways of collecting citizen input through WhatsApp and SMS messages. Hon. Bedzrah is also a member of the House Committee and the Select Committee on Water, Resources, Works and Housing. He is a steering committee member of the National Open Government Partnership (NOGP).
Hon. Gordana Comic (Serbia)
Hon. Comic was elected to the National Assembly in 2000 and served as the deputy speaker from 2001 to 2008 and from 2012 to 2014. She was the chairperson of the Foreign Affairs Committee from 2004 to 2007, member and deputy chairperson of the Environmental Protection Committee from 2001 to 2007 and 2012 to 2014 and member of the Serbian Assembly’s European Integration Committee from 2005 to 2014.
Hon. Sabrine Ghoubantini (Tunisia)
Hon. Sabrine Ghoubantini is a member of the Tunisian Assembly of People's Representatives and a chartered accountant. She is a member of the National Founding Board of Nidaa Tounes, a political party founded in June 2012, which defines itself as progressive. She is also a trainer in its Political Academy.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 10pm:
Lisa Jackson and Rajendra Pachauri
Rajendra Pachauri, Ph.D., Chair, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Lisa Jackson, Vice President, Environmental Initiatives, Apple; Former Administrator, EPA
Can Apple help make clean energy cool? As a beloved brand and the most valuable company on the planet, it is uniquely positioned to influence global culture and individual behavior. What are Apple and its Silicon Valley brethren doing to drive toward a clean and sustainable economy?
Scientists say governments and businesses are not moving fast enough to stabilize the climate — everyone needs to do more, but change doesn’t have to be painful. The costs of business as usual are far greater than the costs of climate action. What does the latest science say about the dangers and opportunities ahead? What are the causes for hope on the road to the climate summit in Paris later this year?
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 10pm:
Julián Castro, Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Buildings are the big kahuna when it comes to fighting climate change. Forty percent of carbon emissions in the United States comes from buildings and the electricity that goes into them. Energy and water-wise buildings are now trendy in many downtown office towers, driven mainly by market forces.
HUD Secretary Castro wants to take energy efficiency and new financing models to multifamily developments and federal housing communities. Secretary Castro will also talk about HUD’s efforts to help create greener communities and fight climate change.
Caulking windows and weatherizing doors isn’t sexy, but they are one of the simplest and most effective ways to cut power bills and clean up communities. Energy upgrades also create jobs that can’t be sent offshore.
Join a conversation about green buildings, climate change, resilience and more with a political rising star.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 10pm:
Charles Blow - New York Times Visual Op-Ed Columnist
Charles Blow, Visual Op-Ed Columnist, The New York Times; Author, Fire Shut Up in My Bones
Ian F. Haney-López, Professor, UC Berkeley Boalt School of Law; Author, Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class
Charles Blow’s columns deal head-on with the searing issues of social justice, race relations and the pitfalls of politics. As the only African-American columnist on the New York Times Opinion Pages, he writes pieces about American culture that provide powerful insight to the daily headlines. Blow will talk about those issues and his new memoir, Fire Shut Up in My Bones, which details the compelling poetry of the small Louisiana town where he grew up – a place where slavery's legacy feels astonishingly close.
(Recorded September 29, 2015)
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 10pm:
Cornel West: A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
Cornel West, Ph.D.; Professor, Union Theological Seminary; Author, Black Prophetic Fire
In conversation with Van Jones, President and Founder, Dream Corps Unlimited
Praised by The New York Times for his “ferocious moral vision” and hailed by Newsweek as “an elegant prophet with attitude,” Dr. Cornel West bridges the gap between black and white opinion about the country’s problems. As a leading voice in societal commentary, Dr. West marched in civil rights demonstrations, taught at Yale, Harvard, and Princeton and is currently a professor at Union Theological Seminary. He draws from traditions of Christianity, the black church, Marxism, and neopragmatism. Hear his fiery oration on the past, present and future of race and injustice in the United States in conjunction with the release of his latest book, The Radical King. Join us to celebrate January 15 as Dr. Martin Luther King’s 86th birthday.
(Recorded January 15, 2015)
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 10pm:
Steven Brill, Journalist; Author, America’s Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Back-Room Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System; Twitter @StevenBrill
Brill was the author of Time’s March 4, 2013 special report, “Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us,” for which he won the 2014 National Magazine Award for Public Service. His new book is the fly-on-the-wall story of the fight to pass and implement the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. He goes in-depth to explore what he sees as the profiteering of the healthcare industry, America’s largest industry — larger than the entire economy of France.
Brill also teaches journalism at Yale, where he founded the Yale Journalism Initiative to encourage and enable talented young people to become journalists. He has written for The New Yorker, Time, and The New York Times Magazine.
(Recorded January 13, 2015)
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 10pm:
Steve Forbes and Alan Auerbach: Bank of America/Merrill Lynch Walter E. Hoadley Annual Economic Forecast
Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, Forbes Media; Former Republican Presidential Candidate
Alan Auerbach, Professor of Economics and Law and Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance Director, University of California, Berkeley; Former Deputy Chief of Staff, U.S. Joint Committee on Taxation
With the midterm elections over and with more domestic gridlock and external dangers such as terrorism and Ebola looming large, will the economy continue to improve? Don’t miss this lively discussion with two top economic analysts from different sides of the aisle who will forecast where the U.S. and global economies are headed in 2015, as well as what should be done to keep them on track.
(Recorded January 23, 2015)
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 10pm:
An Evening with Jared Diamond
Jared Diamond, Professor, UCLA; Author, Guns, Germs and Steel, Collapse and The World Until Yesterday
In conversation with Kishore Hari, Director, Bay Area Science Festival
Jared Diamond is a scientist known for drawing from a variety of fields, from anthropology to evolutionary biology. He has published several popular science books, including Pulitzer Prize-winning Guns, Germs and Steel and, most recently, The World Until Yesterday. Diamond’s conclusions are critical and provocative, exploring concepts like how humans evolved to be so different from animals, despite sharing over 98 percent of our DNA with chimpanzees, and why Eurasian peoples conquered Native Americans and Africans instead of vice versa. Diamond yet again challenges the way our brains think in The World Until Yesterday as he chronicles tribal peoples and what they can teach us about the shortcomings of modern society.
(Recorded January 9, 2015)
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 10pm:
Tavis Smiley, TV Host, Public Broadcasting Service; Radio Host, Public Radio International; Author, Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s Final Year
Judge LaDoris H. Cordell (ret), Independent Police Auditor, City of San Jose - Moderator
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. died in one of the most shocking assassinations in U.S. history, but little is remembered about the trials and tribulations he faced in his final year. Award-winning television and radio broadcast host Smiley (and new Dancing with the Stars contestant) chronicles the final 365 days of Dr. King’s life. Despite assaults on his character and ideology, Dr. King remained committed to ending racial inequality and segregation in our country. Hear more about his story of leadership and perseverance.
(Recorded September 24, 2014)
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 10pm:
Andrew Young: Answering the Call for Leadership
Andrew Young, Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations; Former Atlanta Mayor; Strategist to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Willie Brown, Former Mayor of San Francisco (Introducer)
Skip Rhodes, Past President, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors (Chair)
Kevin Johnson, Mayor of Sacramento – Moderator
To Andrew Young, the images of young protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, facing off against police officers look awfully familiar. Fifty years ago, as a key confidant and strategist to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Young was on the front lines of the civil rights movement, when people from around the country answered Dr. King’s call. But he says there’s a big difference: young people who were galvanized by violence against peaceful civil rights marchers were ushered into a movement whose leaders had clear objectives and were grounded in a deeply thought-out philosophy of non-violent struggle. Andrew Young knows that for many of the youth marching in Ferguson, the civil rights struggles are practically ancient history. But he believes it is a history well worth revisiting, because it demonstrates the very real potential of strategic civic participation.
Young — who served as a mayor, member of Congress, and U.S. ambassador — now heads a foundation that is focused on the development of emergent leaders and social entrepreneurs. He says it is not enough for people of his generation to preach the responsibilities of citizenship. “We must make connections between generations of individuals who are committed to action, sharing hard-won knowledge and equally hard-won hope that action can result in change.”
(Recorded December 4, 2014)
Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 10pm:
An Evening with Kathleen Turner
Kathleen Turner, Actress
Doug Sovern, Reporter, KCBS Radio
Kathleen Turner has garnered critical acclaim for her performances in films like Romancing the Stone, Peggy Sue Got Married and War of the Roses. On Broadway, Turner starred in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, for which she received a Tony nomination. She now appears at The Berkeley Rep, portraying legendary journalist Molly Ivins in Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins. Meet the real Kathleen Turner and hear the stories, causes and lessons that have shaped this iconic performer.
(Recorded December 8, 2014)
Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 10pm:
John Cleese - Monty Python Actor and Comedian
John Cleese, Actor; Writer; Producer; Author, So, Anyway…
In conversation with Adam Savage, Host, “Mythbusters”
Join Cleese as he takes us on a grand tour of his ascent in the entertainment world, from his humble beginnings in a sleepy English town to the pinnacle of comedy and worldwide success.
With his signature characters – the Minister of Silly Walks and the owner (and would-be returner) of a dead parrot – Cleese's work with Monty Python’s Flying Circus and Fawlty Towers has become legendary. His hit films Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian and A Fish Called Wanda, and his memorable roles in James Bond and Shrek have put him in a class of his own. From his hilarious tweets and new memoir, hear more from this towering comedic genius.
(Recorded November 17, 2014)
Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 10pm:
An Evening with Jacques Pépin
Jacques Pépin, Chef; Author, Essential Pépin
Emily Luchetti, Chef - Moderator
World-renowned chef Jacques Pépin is a gifted culinary artist. He has hosted 13 popular cooking series on public television and written dozens of cookbooks. Pépin was born in Bourg-en-Bresse, near Lyon. His first exposure to cooking was as a child in his parents’ restaurant, Le Pelican. From 1956 to 1958, Pépin was the personal chef to three French heads of state, including Charles de Gaulle. After moving to the United States in 1959, Pépin served for ten years as director of research and new development for the Howard Johnson Company, a position that taught him about mass production, marketing, food chemistry and American food tastes.
Enjoy an evening with internationally renowned French chef, author, and television personality Jacques Pépin, as he discusses his upcoming 14th cooking series, “Jacques Pépin: Heart and Soul.”
(Recorded October 2, 2014)
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 10pm:
Up the Ladder: Women Pursuing Careers in Science and Technology
Hilary K. Seligman, M.D., MAS, Associate Professor in Residence, Departments of Medicine and of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, UCSF
Diane Wara, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics, UCSF
Eva Cole, Student, Holy Names High School, Oakland; Alumna, Girls Who Code
Sara Seims, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Population and Reproductive Health Program, Packard Foundation – Moderator
How and why do women decide to pursue careers in science and technology? What is the reaction of their family, friends, teachers and others? This panel of three women at three different points in their careers – early, middle and advanced – will discuss the experiences that have supported and challenged their career pursuits. Come learn from their stories and hear ideas about how to attract more women to areas of science where they are still greatly under-represented, such as engineering and mathematics.
(Recorded November 17, 2014)
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 10pm:
Abbas Milani: The Rise of ISIS and the Changing Landscape of the Middle East
Abbas Milani, Director of Iranian Studies, Stanford University
Milani is one of the founding co-directors of the Iran Democracy Project and a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. Until 1986, he taught at Tehran University’s Faculty of Law and Political Science, where he was also a member of the board of directors of the university’s Center for International Relations. For eight years, he was a visiting research fellow in University of California, Berkeley’s Middle East Center. Come hear one of the world’s top Middle East experts give his take on how ISIS will ultimately impact the region and the U.S.
(Recorded November 6, 2014)
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 10pm:
Marissa Mayer in Conversation with Marc Benioff - A Visionary Award Event
Marissa Mayer, President and CEO, Yahoo
In conversation with Marc Benioff, Chairman and CEO, salesforce.com
Marissa Mayer is the CEO of Yahoo and is one of very few women to have run a Fortune 500 company. In 2013, Mayer earned the number one spot on Fortune Magazine’s 2013 “40 Under 40” list. Fifteen years before she became the tech powerhouse she is today, Mayer was hired as the 20th employee at a small tech company. This company, Google, enjoyed a meteoric rise to prominence under Mayer’s tenure and launched successful and groundbreaking products such as Google Maps, Google News, Gmail and Chrome. In 2012, Mayer claimed a bigger stage with her appointment as CEO of Yahoo In two years, Mayer has reinvigorated Yahoo's brand, reimagined all of its core products including Yahoo Mail, Flickr and more, and introduced new mobile products such as Yahoo Weather and Yahoo News Digest which have both won design awards. In addition, Mayer has acquired more than 40 companies, including Tumblr. Her boldness has made her a household name, and we’re pleased to award Marissa Mayer INFORUM’s 21st Century Visionary Award.
(Recorded October 30, 2014)
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 10pm:
U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz
Ernest Moniz, U.S. Secretary of Energy
Love it or hate it, fracking is changing the way America powers its economy. Thanks to fracking, the United States is now the world's largest petroleum producer, something unthinkable a few years ago. Coal is down, but not out. Nuclear's knees are buckling due to low natural gas prices and the fallout from Fukushima. Researchers and investors are looking for big breakthroughs in storage technology and sucking carbon out of smokestacks.
In Silicon Valley the buzz is about the Internet of Things and merging information technology with energy. Previous attempts to marry those two didn't end well. Is this time different? What are the promising areas for innovation and creating new jobs and economic growth? What role should the U.S. government play in discovering new fuels and getting them to market?
(Recorded October 23, 2014)
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 10pm:
Dr. Atul Gawande
Atul Gawande, Author, The Checklist Manifesto and Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End; Staff Writer, The New Yorker; Professor, Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health
Alice Huan-mei Chen, M.D., M.P.H., Chief Integration Officer, Director of the Center for Innovation in Access and Quality, and Director of the eReferral Program, San Francisco General Hospital; Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco — Moderator
Gawande tackles the question of how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending. Modern medicine, dedicated to prolonging life, inevitably runs counter to the natural condition of aging and death. Nursing homes, hospitals and doctors, in the process of provide the aging and dying with the best care, continue to pin patients to railed beds and carry out devastating procedures that ultimately extend suffering.
A practicing surgeon and MacArthur fellow, Gawande addresses his profession’s ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families. Gawande offers examples of more socially fulfilling models for assisting the infirm and dependent elderly, and he explores the varieties of hospice care to demonstrate that a person's last weeks or months may be rich and dignified. Gawande asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even to the end, providing not only a good life but also a good end.
(Recorded October 22, 2014)
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 10pm:
An Evening with Nicholas Kristof
Nicholas Kristof, Columnist, New York Times; Co-author, A Path Appears; Two-time Pulitzer Prize Winner
In conversation with Jessica Jackley, Co-Founder of Kiva
Kristof is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times, awarded first in 1990 for his coverage of China’s Tiananmen Square democracy movement and later in 2006 for his reporting on genocide in Darfur. His columns unpack the hidden and often shocking side of global issues, from poverty to human trafficking. Nick’s latest book, A Path Appears, champions stories of individuals, organizations, and research breakthroughs that took small steps to make not-so-small differences in the world. A 9-year-old asked friends and family to donate to a charity: water campaign as her birthday present, raising $220 – six weeks later she tragically died, spurring $1.2 million in donations and providing clean water to 37,000 Ethiopians. Parasites in the bellies of schoolchildren account for a quarter of absenteeism in Africa—and deworming costs 2 cents at scale. Kristof reminds us that you don’t have to devote your life or give away millions to have a profound impact on the lives of the suffering.
(Recorded October 7, 2014)
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 10pm:
Leon Panetta, Former Director, CIA; Former U.S. Secretary of Defense; Author, Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace
Dr. Gloria C. Duffy, President & CEO of The Commonwealth Club – Moderator
Leon Panetta has had two distinct and consequential careers as an American public servant. His first lasted 35 years and culminated in his role as President Clinton’s budget director and White House chief of staff. He stepped back from his public life to establish the Panetta Institute with his wife, Sylvia. In 2009 he again stepped into the role of CIA director, eventually leading the campaign to kill Osama Bin Laden. Following that victory, Panetta became the U.S. secretary of defense, inheriting two troubled wars in a time of austerity and painful choices.
In his new book, Worthy Fights, Panetta is frank about the current state of affairs. Suffused with its author’s stubborn common sense, the book is an epic American success story, a great political memoir, and a revelatory view onto many of the great figures and events of our time.
(Recorded October 16, 2014)
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 10pm:
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Senator; Author, Off the Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, Change the World
The senator recounts her personal journey in public service and aims to galvanize women to reach beyond their busy lives and make a meaningful difference in the world around them. If women were fully represented in politics, Gillibrand says, national priorities would shift to issues that directly impact them: affordable daycare, paid family medical leave, and equal pay. Pulling back the curtain on Beltway politics, she speaks candidly about her legislative successes (securing federally funded medical care for 9/11 first responders, repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell) and her crushing disappointments (failing by five votes to pass a bill protecting survivors of sexual assault in the military). Gillibrand also shares stories of growing up the daughter and granddaughter of two trailblazing feminists in a politically active family in Albany, New York, and retraces her nonlinear path to public office.
(Recorded September 13, 2014)
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 10pm:
Cornel West, Ph.D.; Professor, Union Theological Seminary; Author, Black Prophetic Fire
Julie Chang, Associate Chair and Associate Professor of English, Santa Clara University – Moderator
“Have we forgotten how beautiful it is to be on fire for justice?” Dr. West – activist, author and philosopher – will discuss his latest work and offer his thoughts on the intersection between leadership, faith and social justice.
(Recorded October 3, 2014)
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 10pm:
Joe Zee: What’s In, What’s Out, What’s You
Joe Zee, Editor in Chief and Executive Creative Officer, Yahoo Style; Former Creative Director, Elle
Carolyne Zinko, Style Reporter, San Francisco Chronicle
Here’s a chance to improve your own sense of style in a world where the clothes you put on each morning send a message. As San Francisco Fashion Week begins, noted fashion expert Joe Zee will provide a rare inside look at the trends that dominate the fashion industry. He’ll also bring behind-the-scenes stories about designers and the celebrities who wear them. Having previously held fashion editorial positions at W, Details, Vanity Fair and House & Garden, Zee will also discuss his latest role at Yahoo.
(Recorded September 22, 2014)
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 10pm:General Anthony Zinni: Before the First Shots Are Fired
"There is a difference between being broke and being poor; being broke is a temporary economic situation, but being poor is a disabling frame of mind.” —John Hope Bryant
Van Jones will talk with Bryant about his work as founder of Operation HOPE. Bryant plans to revive the American economy by building financial dignity and empowerment for the “teetering class” to rise out of poverty, while reigniting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s "Poor People’s Campaign” for economic justice.
Van Jones is the president and co-founder of Rebuild the Dream, a platform for people-powered innovations to help fix the U.S. economy. He has also written two New York Times best sellers about the green economy and progressive politics.
John Hope Bryant was raised in Compton and South Central Los Angeles and has tirelessly promoted the virtues of hope, self-esteem, empowerment and opportunity for all. He has received more than 500 awards and citations for his work to empower low-wealth communities and has been an advisor to the last three sitting U.S. presidents. Bryant’s new book is How the Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class.
In an increasingly insecure economy, it’s easy to get bogged down with statistics and lose sight of the human costs of the recession. Stanford sociologist and lead researcher for the book Lean In, Marianne Cooper wants to change that. In her new book, Cut Adrift, Cooper weaves together deep data analysis of our frightening economic condition with real-world stories of families struggling to adjust. Hearing from everyone from suburban soccer moms to those struggling to feed their children, we’re given an intimate look at the challenges facing modern families, and how financial anxiety penetrates the daily lives of those at every socioeconomic level. Whether it’s the wealthy seeking even stronger security or the poor trying to avoid further instability, Cut Adrift gives us a glimpse of changing gender dynamics and how families are coping in a go-it-alone economy. Hear Cooper in conversation with LeanIn.org Founder Sheryl Sandberg, as they unpack the worries all American families face and brainstorm what can be done about it.
When Sal Khan started helping his teenage cousin with algebra from across the country, he didn’t set out to change the world. Starting only with an office in his Bay Area apartment, he now has over 4,000 video lessons in his online library, ranging from chemistry to history to finance. Khan is truly an educational pioneer, reaching millions of students, teachers and individuals. Khan Academy’s mission to give a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere has breached the educational divide between poor and privileged and pioneered a transformation at the intersection of learning and technology. INFORUM will award this educational innovator with our 21st Century Visionary Award.
Investigative journalist Nina Teicholz spent nine years deeply researching the effect that fats have on our bodies. She found the unthinkable: everything we thought we knew about dietary fats is wrong. For decades, we have been told that the best possible diet involves cutting back on fat, especially saturated fat, and that if we are not getting healthier or thinner it must be because we are not trying hard enough. What if those exact foods we’ve been denying ourselves — the creamy cheeses, the sizzling steaks — are themselves the key to reversing the epidemics of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease? Teicholz will discuss how the misinformation about saturated fats took hold in the scientific community as well as the public imagination, and how recent findings dispute those beliefs.
Nina Teicholz was a regular contributor to Gourmet magazine and has written on food for New York Magazine and Time Out New York. She has also contributed, on a variety of topics, to The New Yorker, The Economist, The Washington Post, The New York Times and Salon, among other publications. She was an on-air reporter for NPR for five years and was the associate director for the Center for Globalization and Sustainable Development at Columbia University, a think tank directed by the economist Jeff Sachs.
(Recorded August 7, 2014)
Ralph Nader has fought for decades on behalf of American citizens against what he sees as the pervasive influence of corporations on our society. Large majorities tell pollsters that big corporations have too much political power, and Nader believes that the ever-tightening influence of big business on the mainstream media, elections and our government have caused many Americans to believe they have no political voice.
Nader draws on a half century of his own experience working with the grassroots and Congress and tells of many surprising victories that have united progressive and conservative forces. Far from espousing compromises that meet halfway, Nader argues that citizens of different political labels must join in the struggle against the corporate state, because if left unchecked, that corporate state will ruin the republic, shred the Constitution, and stampede over the rights of the American people.