Commonwealth Club of California Podcast

by Commonwealth Club of California

Commonwealth Club of California Podcast
  • Language: eng
  • Episodes: 977
  • Last: 9 Mar 2018
The Commonwealth Club of California is the nation's oldest and largest public affairs forum. As a non-partisan forum, The Club brings to the public airwaves diverse viewpoints on important topics. The Club's weekly radio broadcast - the oldest in the U.S., dating back to 1924 - is carried across the nation on public radio stations and is now podcasting. Our website archive features audio of our recent programs, as well as selected speeches from our long and distinguished history. This podcast feed is usually updated twice a week and is always un-edited.

Episodes (977)

  • Amy Chua: Political Tribes
    Amy Chua: Political Tribes
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    Published: 9 Mar 2018 Duration: n/a
    Amy Chua, best-selling author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, provides us with a cautionary critique of political tribalism in her characteristically sharp style. Humans are tribal: We need to belong to groups. In this same way, politic... Read more →
    Amy Chua, best-selling author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, provides us with a cautionary critique of political tribalism in her characteristically sharp style. Humans are tribal: We need to belong to groups. In this same way, politic... Read more →

  • The University of California at 150: A Conversation with UC President Janet Napolitano
    The University of California at 150: A Conversation with UC President Janet Napolitano
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    Published: 9 Mar 2018 Duration: n/a
    University of California president Janet Napolitano will deliver a keynote speech, engage in a moderated conversation and take audience questions about the future of the University of California as the institution celebrates its 150th year.
    University of California president Janet Napolitano will deliver a keynote speech, engage in a moderated conversation and take audience questions about the future of the University of California as the institution celebrates its 150th year.

  • Betty Reid Soskin: A Legacy of Service
    Betty Reid Soskin: A Legacy of Service
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    Published: 9 Mar 2018 Duration: n/a
    Celebrate Women’s History Month with INFORUM and a conversation with local and national legend Betty Reid Soskin! At 96, she’s currently the oldest serving career park ranger with the National Park Service—just one chapter in a long life of... Read more →
    Celebrate Women’s History Month with INFORUM and a conversation with local and national legend Betty Reid Soskin! At 96, she’s currently the oldest serving career park ranger with the National Park Service—just one chapter in a long life of... Read more →

  • Isa Gucciardi: Meditating Your Way Through Chaos
    Isa Gucciardi: Meditating Your Way Through Chaos
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    Published: 8 Mar 2018 Duration: n/a
    Whether it comes in the form of bickering with an irritating co-worker, having a disagreement with a spouse or arguing with a close friend, interpersonal conflicts are an inevitable and frustrating part of our modern lives. But how can we e... Read more →
    Whether it comes in the form of bickering with an irritating co-worker, having a disagreement with a spouse or arguing with a close friend, interpersonal conflicts are an inevitable and frustrating part of our modern lives. But how can we e... Read more →

  • Celebrating Beach Blanket Babylon
    Celebrating Beach Blanket Babylon
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    Published: 8 Mar 2018 Duration: n/a
    Beach Blanket Babylon, celebrating more than 16,000 performances and seen by over six million people, is the longest running musical revue in the world. According to The New York Times, it’s “updated more often than your average smartphone ... Read more →
    Beach Blanket Babylon, celebrating more than 16,000 performances and seen by over six million people, is the longest running musical revue in the world. According to The New York Times, it’s “updated more often than your average smartphone ... Read more →

  • Rick Steves: Traveling as a Political Act
    Rick Steves: Traveling as a Political Act
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    Published: 25 Feb 2018 Duration: n/a
    Rick Steves has lived out of a suitcase for much of his life. He states that “travel is freedom.” Through travel, we can all learn how to appreciate different cultures and gain a broader perspective on the world. As the world seems more and... Read more →
    Rick Steves has lived out of a suitcase for much of his life. He states that “travel is freedom.” Through travel, we can all learn how to appreciate different cultures and gain a broader perspective on the world. As the world seems more and... Read more →

  • Rep. Adam Schiff: Investigating Russia and Defending Democracy
    Rep. Adam Schiff: Investigating Russia and Defending Democracy
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    Published: 25 Feb 2018 Duration: n/a
    As President Trump heads into his second year in office, which issues are most critical for California residents and the nation? Representative Adam Schiff is on the front lines, leading the fight against Russian aggression and defending ou... Read more →
    As President Trump heads into his second year in office, which issues are most critical for California residents and the nation? Representative Adam Schiff is on the front lines, leading the fight against Russian aggression and defending ou... Read more →

  • Power Shift: The End of Gasoline Cars?
    Power Shift: The End of Gasoline Cars?
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    Published: 25 Feb 2018 Duration: n/a
    Have gas cars peaked? Last year, Volvo announced it would stop making gas-only cars by 2019. Then, India, France and the United Kingdom said they will phase out cars that run on petroleum in the next couple of decades. When China moved in t... Read more →
    Have gas cars peaked? Last year, Volvo announced it would stop making gas-only cars by 2019. Then, India, France and the United Kingdom said they will phase out cars that run on petroleum in the next couple of decades. When China moved in t... Read more →

  • Historian Max Boot: Was The Vietnam War Avoidable?
    Historian Max Boot: Was The Vietnam War Avoidable?
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    Published: 19 Feb 2018 Duration: n/a
    This program is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Max Boot’s latest book, The Road Not Taken, discusses his contention that the Vietnam War could have been avoided if American leaders had listened to... Read more →
    This program is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Max Boot’s latest book, The Road Not Taken, discusses his contention that the Vietnam War could have been avoided if American leaders had listened to... Read more →

  • Weathering The Storm: Mayors of Houston, Miami and Columbia
    Weathering The Storm: Mayors of Houston, Miami and Columbia
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    Published: 19 Feb 2018 Duration: n/a
    How are cities coping with political and climatic upheaval? Battles over immigration, sanctuary status, federal funding, and other hot-button issues are creating tension between local and federal government at a time when the impacts of cli... Read more →
    How are cities coping with political and climatic upheaval? Battles over immigration, sanctuary status, federal funding, and other hot-button issues are creating tension between local and federal government at a time when the impacts of cli... Read more →

  • The Panama-Pacific Partnership: Revitalizing the Emerging Hub of the Americas
    The Panama-Pacific Partnership: Revitalizing the Emerging Hub of the Americas
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    Published: 19 Feb 2018 Duration: n/a
    The once poor, troubled country that struggled to implant a democracy after the fall of General Manuel Noriega in 1989 has come a long way. Direct flights from San Francisco to the isthmus started in 2016, just as the Panama Canal was drama... Read more →
    The once poor, troubled country that struggled to implant a democracy after the fall of General Manuel Noriega in 1989 has come a long way. Direct flights from San Francisco to the isthmus started in 2016, just as the Panama Canal was drama... Read more →

  • Voices from Syria
    Voices from Syria
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    Published: 19 Feb 2018 Duration: n/a
    Wendy Pearlman has spent years living in the Arab world. She will discuss her latest book, We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria, a fierce and poignant collection of stories based on interviews with hundreds of displaced Sy... Read more →
    Wendy Pearlman has spent years living in the Arab world. She will discuss her latest book, We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria, a fierce and poignant collection of stories based on interviews with hundreds of displaced Sy... Read more →

  • Do We Learn From History?
    Do We Learn From History?
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    Published: 18 Feb 2018 Duration: n/a
    Monday Night Philosophy explores what we can learn from history in order to preserve and strengthen democracy. In The Future of Democracy, Steve Zolno asks: What is democracy? Where did it come from? Where is it going? He considers whether ... Read more →
    Monday Night Philosophy explores what we can learn from history in order to preserve and strengthen democracy. In The Future of Democracy, Steve Zolno asks: What is democracy? Where did it come from? Where is it going? He considers whether ... Read more →

  • Timothy Leary: The Most Dangerous Man in America
    Timothy Leary: The Most Dangerous Man in America
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    Published: 18 Feb 2018 Duration: n/a
    This program is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Bill Minutaglio and Steven Davis have written a madcap narrative about Timothy Leary, the High Priest of LSD, who ran a gleeful campaign for Californ... Read more →
    This program is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Bill Minutaglio and Steven Davis have written a madcap narrative about Timothy Leary, the High Priest of LSD, who ran a gleeful campaign for Californ... Read more →

  • Emily Chang: Breaking Up the Silicon Valley Boys' Club
    Emily Chang: Breaking Up the Silicon Valley Boys' Club
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    Published: 18 Feb 2018 Duration: n/a
    Silicon Valley has an ugly secret. Behind the million dollar ideas and innovations, women in tech are vastly outnumbered and often face discrimination, sexual harassment and toxic work environments. In this powerful expose, Emily Chang rev... Read more →
    Silicon Valley has an ugly secret. Behind the million dollar ideas and innovations, women in tech are vastly outnumbered and often face discrimination, sexual harassment and toxic work environments. In this powerful expose, Emily Chang rev... Read more →

  • Why Need to Protect Half the Planet and Where to Start?
    Why Need to Protect Half the Planet and Where to Start?
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    Published: 16 Feb 2018 Duration: n/a
    New research indicates current global conservation targets, which call for preserving 17 percent of land and 10 percent of oceans, are far too low. Instead, targets should be closer to 50 percent for land and 30 percent for oceans. This wil... Read more →
    New research indicates current global conservation targets, which call for preserving 17 percent of land and 10 percent of oceans, are far too low. Instead, targets should be closer to 50 percent for land and 30 percent for oceans. This wil... Read more →

  • Journalist Steve Coll: How America Became Ensnared in Afghanistan
    Journalist Steve Coll: How America Became Ensnared in Afghanistan
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    Published: 16 Feb 2018 Duration: n/a
    As former managing editor of The Washington Post and the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Ghost Wars, Steve Coll has spent years studying the forces that have impacted U.S. foreign policy. In his new book, Directorate S, he reveals how the ... Read more →
    As former managing editor of The Washington Post and the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Ghost Wars, Steve Coll has spent years studying the forces that have impacted U.S. foreign policy. In his new book, Directorate S, he reveals how the ... Read more →

  • Making Chocolate: From Bean to Bar to S'more
    Making Chocolate: From Bean to Bar to S'more
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    Published: 15 Feb 2018 Duration: n/a
    This program is part of our Food Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Join the brains behind Bay Area-based Dandelion Chocolate, in conversation with maker Adam Savage, as they dig deep into the world of chocolate makin... Read more →
    This program is part of our Food Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Join the brains behind Bay Area-based Dandelion Chocolate, in conversation with maker Adam Savage, as they dig deep into the world of chocolate makin... Read more →

  • Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus
    Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus
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    Published: 14 Feb 2018 Duration: n/a
    Sir Francis Drake’s 1579 Plate of Brasse was left at Point Reyes, claiming California for England. Its 1937 recovery became California’s greatest historical hoax. The Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus (ECV), whose members are c... Read more →
    Sir Francis Drake’s 1579 Plate of Brasse was left at Point Reyes, claiming California for England. Its 1937 recovery became California’s greatest historical hoax. The Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus (ECV), whose members are c... Read more →

  • Carl Pope: Climate of Hope
    Carl Pope: Climate of Hope
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    Published: 14 Feb 2018 Duration: n/a
    Carl Pope is a veteran leader in the environmental movement and spent nearly 20 years as the executive director of the Sierra Club. He offers an optimistic look at the challenges of climate change, the solutions that hold the greatest promi... Read more →
    Carl Pope is a veteran leader in the environmental movement and spent nearly 20 years as the executive director of the Sierra Club. He offers an optimistic look at the challenges of climate change, the solutions that hold the greatest promi... Read more →

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