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Commonwealth Club of California Podcast

Commonwealth Club of California Podcast

Commonwealth Club of California

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The Commonwealth Club of California is the nation's largest public affairs forum. The nonpartisan and nonprofit Club produces and distributes programs featuring diverse viewpoints from thought leaders on important topics. The Club's weekly radio broadcast — the oldest in the U.S., since 1924 — is carried on hundreds of stations. Our website features audio and video of our programs. This podcast feed is usually updated multiple times each week.

Latest Episodes

Is It Over Yet? A Special Week to Week Political Roundtable

With a pandemic raging, an economy in trouble, racial justice galvanizing protestors nationwide, it's not a bad time to have a political roundtable, right? We'll discuss the latest political news with civility and good humor, and we invite you to be a part of this virtual experience.

--2 d ago
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Is It Over Yet? A Special Week to Week Political Roundtable

Failure to Appear: Resistance, Loss and Identity

In May 1969, Freeman was an anti-war pacifist working in Chicago as a draft counselor for a Quaker social action committee. She and a group of fellow activists broke into a Southside Chicago draft board, dragged 40,000 draft records out into the parking lot, and set them ablaze. Her federal trial began in May 1970, only a few days after four Kent State protestors had been killed by the National Guard. During her trial, the jury was not permitted to hear any testimony about the defendants’ ideals or motivation and it became clear that the judge was seeking unprecedentedly long sentences. So a few days before the trial ended she fled with her friend and co-defendant, a radical Catholic priest. In Failure to Appear, Freeman recounts her precarious life as a fugitive for almost two decades, her struggle to find her true identity amid the lies she told about herself, the pain and confusion of being "hidden in a closet within a closet," and how she finally found a way back out of both closets with her values intact.

--2 d ago
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Failure to Appear: Resistance, Loss and Identity

Sunny Panyanouvong-Rubeck: Looking to Make History

If Republican Sunny Panyanouvong-Rubeck wins her election to be a judge in the North Carolina 26th Judicial District, she would become the first Lao-American judge in U.S. history. Join us for a conversation about politics, identifying with the GOP, and the issues that are impacting immigrants and communities of people of color. In 1981, her family was sponsored by a Baptist church when they arrived as refugees to the United States. Panyanouvong-Rubeck says she dreamed of a judicial system that treated everybody with fairness and equality. She credits her ability to seek election to a judgeship to America’s heartfelt welcoming attitude and its commitment to the inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

--2 d ago
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Sunny Panyanouvong-Rubeck: Looking to Make History

India, Israel and Berkeley

Our distinguished panel will discuss the ties between Israel, India and Berkeley, demonstrated in the Berkeley-based Magnes Collection of jewish Art and Life's beautiful collection of Indian Jewish artifacts. Deputy Consul General Zamir, who was previously stationed in Mumbai, will talk about his experiences there. The little known facts that Jews have lived in India for thousands of years and that presently about 80,000 Indian Jews live in Israel, will also be discussed. MLF ORGANIZER Celia Menczel NOTES MLF: Middle East

--3 d ago
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India, Israel and Berkeley

Establishing a Culture of Intentional Integrity at Work

Robert Chesnut , in his book Intentional Integrity, offers a 6-step process for leaders to foster and manage a culture of integrity at work. He explains the rationale and legal context for ethics and practices, and he presents scenarios to illuminate the nuances of thinking deeply and objectively about workplace culture. His experience is based on his broad experience at Airbnb, EBay and other tech environments. MLF ORGANIZER Elizabeth Carney

--4 d ago
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Establishing a Culture of Intentional Integrity at Work

Legacy Letters: Our Responsibility to Document This Time in History

Join us to take on the responsibility to document, communicate and preserve our lives and our times for those who’ll live in tomorrow’s world. Using a legacy letter format, we’ll address our experience, learning and love in this pivotal moment in history. This program is designed for beginning as well as practiced writers. MLF ORGANIZER Denise Michaud NOTES: MLF: Grownups

--4 d ago
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Legacy Letters: Our Responsibility to Document This Time in History

Maria Ressa: Independent Journalism Under Attack

Perhaps nowhere is the worldwide erosion of democracy, fueled by social media disinformation campaigns, more starkly evident than in the authoritarian regime of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Journalist Maria Ressa places the tools of the free press—and her freedom—on the line in defense of truth and democracy, and as a result she has faced a series of lawsuits, most recently resulting in a conviction for "cyberlibel" for reporting on Duterte. What makes this outspoken journalist continue her work? What is the situation for independent journalists in The Philippines, where Duterte continues to receive sky-high approval ratings? Join us for an interview with Maria Ressa and Filipino-American documentary filmmaker Ramona S. Diaz. Diaz's new film, A Thousand Cuts, tells Ressa's story and explores the conflicts between the press and Duterte's government.

--4 d ago
Comments
Maria Ressa: Independent Journalism Under Attack

Lavender Talks: The Next Generation of LGBTQ+ Leadership

Join San Francisco Pride and The Commonwealth Club for the latest edition of Lavender Talks, a moderated panel discussion emceed by Michelle Meow (host of "The Michelle Meow Show" and a former president of the SF Pride Board of Directors). On Thursday, July 30, panelists Imani Rupert-Gordon (executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights), Masen Davis (interim executive director of Transgender Europe), Tony Hoang (managing director of Equality California), and Fausto Cardenas (the National LGBTQ Task Force’s Queering Democracy community organizer) will discuss the challenges faced by LGBTQ-centered nonprofits as the fight for equal rights enters its sixth decade. NOTES In association with San Francisco Pride Made possible by the generous support of Gilead and Comcast And thanks to San Francisco Pride Legacy Partners: Bud Light Hilton San Francisco Union Square KPIX 5 CBS Bay Area Kaiser Permanente Genentech Gilead GLBT Historical Society KBCW TV Parc 55 San Francisco Smirnoff Recology T–Mobile

--6 d ago
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Lavender Talks: The Next Generation of LGBTQ+ Leadership

Robert Reich: Dismantling a Rigged System

Robert Reich is at the forefront of the progressive fight for higher worker wages, expanded health care and stronger unions. He argues that years of stagnant wages and volatile job markets show that the financial system is fixed and serving only a select few with enough money to control it. Reich shows how wealth and power have eviscerated the middle class and undermined democracy to its core. He exposes how people at the top propagate myths about meritocracy, corporate social responsibility and the “free market” to accumulate extraordinary capital and influence. How can we restore confidence back in our political and economic system? Join us for a conversation with Robert Reich as he calls upon Americans to instill fundamental change and demand that democracy works for the majority once again.

--1 w ago
Comments
Robert Reich: Dismantling a Rigged System

Jennifer Palmieri: She Proclaims

From sports to politics, women are taught to conform themselves to the rules and dictates of a male-dominated world. Jennifer Palmieri, former White House communications director and the communications director for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, reflects on her career to call out a societal infrastructure that not only subordinates women to men but also pits women against women. In her new book, She Proclaims: Our Declaration of Independence from a Man’s World, Palmieri challenges us to imagine a world in which a female-oriented workplace and life is no challenge. In fully rejecting our traditional systems, Palmieri argues, women can build a world that allows them to advance as equals. Join Palmieri at INFORUM for a discussion on politics, feminism and dismantling the patriarchal values that continue to stymie female success. This program will be moderated by Aimee Alison, founder and president of She The People.

--1 w ago
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Jennifer Palmieri: She Proclaims

Latest Episodes

Is It Over Yet? A Special Week to Week Political Roundtable

With a pandemic raging, an economy in trouble, racial justice galvanizing protestors nationwide, it's not a bad time to have a political roundtable, right? We'll discuss the latest political news with civility and good humor, and we invite you to be a part of this virtual experience.

--2 d ago
Comments
Is It Over Yet? A Special Week to Week Political Roundtable

Failure to Appear: Resistance, Loss and Identity

In May 1969, Freeman was an anti-war pacifist working in Chicago as a draft counselor for a Quaker social action committee. She and a group of fellow activists broke into a Southside Chicago draft board, dragged 40,000 draft records out into the parking lot, and set them ablaze. Her federal trial began in May 1970, only a few days after four Kent State protestors had been killed by the National Guard. During her trial, the jury was not permitted to hear any testimony about the defendants’ ideals or motivation and it became clear that the judge was seeking unprecedentedly long sentences. So a few days before the trial ended she fled with her friend and co-defendant, a radical Catholic priest. In Failure to Appear, Freeman recounts her precarious life as a fugitive for almost two decades, her struggle to find her true identity amid the lies she told about herself, the pain and confusion of being "hidden in a closet within a closet," and how she finally found a way back out of both closets with her values intact.

--2 d ago
Comments
Failure to Appear: Resistance, Loss and Identity

Sunny Panyanouvong-Rubeck: Looking to Make History

If Republican Sunny Panyanouvong-Rubeck wins her election to be a judge in the North Carolina 26th Judicial District, she would become the first Lao-American judge in U.S. history. Join us for a conversation about politics, identifying with the GOP, and the issues that are impacting immigrants and communities of people of color. In 1981, her family was sponsored by a Baptist church when they arrived as refugees to the United States. Panyanouvong-Rubeck says she dreamed of a judicial system that treated everybody with fairness and equality. She credits her ability to seek election to a judgeship to America’s heartfelt welcoming attitude and its commitment to the inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

--2 d ago
Comments
Sunny Panyanouvong-Rubeck: Looking to Make History

India, Israel and Berkeley

Our distinguished panel will discuss the ties between Israel, India and Berkeley, demonstrated in the Berkeley-based Magnes Collection of jewish Art and Life's beautiful collection of Indian Jewish artifacts. Deputy Consul General Zamir, who was previously stationed in Mumbai, will talk about his experiences there. The little known facts that Jews have lived in India for thousands of years and that presently about 80,000 Indian Jews live in Israel, will also be discussed. MLF ORGANIZER Celia Menczel NOTES MLF: Middle East

--3 d ago
Comments
India, Israel and Berkeley

Establishing a Culture of Intentional Integrity at Work

Robert Chesnut , in his book Intentional Integrity, offers a 6-step process for leaders to foster and manage a culture of integrity at work. He explains the rationale and legal context for ethics and practices, and he presents scenarios to illuminate the nuances of thinking deeply and objectively about workplace culture. His experience is based on his broad experience at Airbnb, EBay and other tech environments. MLF ORGANIZER Elizabeth Carney

--4 d ago
Comments
Establishing a Culture of Intentional Integrity at Work

Legacy Letters: Our Responsibility to Document This Time in History

Join us to take on the responsibility to document, communicate and preserve our lives and our times for those who’ll live in tomorrow’s world. Using a legacy letter format, we’ll address our experience, learning and love in this pivotal moment in history. This program is designed for beginning as well as practiced writers. MLF ORGANIZER Denise Michaud NOTES: MLF: Grownups

--4 d ago
Comments
Legacy Letters: Our Responsibility to Document This Time in History

Maria Ressa: Independent Journalism Under Attack

Perhaps nowhere is the worldwide erosion of democracy, fueled by social media disinformation campaigns, more starkly evident than in the authoritarian regime of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Journalist Maria Ressa places the tools of the free press—and her freedom—on the line in defense of truth and democracy, and as a result she has faced a series of lawsuits, most recently resulting in a conviction for "cyberlibel" for reporting on Duterte. What makes this outspoken journalist continue her work? What is the situation for independent journalists in The Philippines, where Duterte continues to receive sky-high approval ratings? Join us for an interview with Maria Ressa and Filipino-American documentary filmmaker Ramona S. Diaz. Diaz's new film, A Thousand Cuts, tells Ressa's story and explores the conflicts between the press and Duterte's government.

--4 d ago
Comments
Maria Ressa: Independent Journalism Under Attack

Lavender Talks: The Next Generation of LGBTQ+ Leadership

Join San Francisco Pride and The Commonwealth Club for the latest edition of Lavender Talks, a moderated panel discussion emceed by Michelle Meow (host of "The Michelle Meow Show" and a former president of the SF Pride Board of Directors). On Thursday, July 30, panelists Imani Rupert-Gordon (executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights), Masen Davis (interim executive director of Transgender Europe), Tony Hoang (managing director of Equality California), and Fausto Cardenas (the National LGBTQ Task Force’s Queering Democracy community organizer) will discuss the challenges faced by LGBTQ-centered nonprofits as the fight for equal rights enters its sixth decade. NOTES In association with San Francisco Pride Made possible by the generous support of Gilead and Comcast And thanks to San Francisco Pride Legacy Partners: Bud Light Hilton San Francisco Union Square KPIX 5 CBS Bay Area Kaiser Permanente Genentech Gilead GLBT Historical Society KBCW TV Parc 55 San Francisco Smirnoff Recology T–Mobile

--6 d ago
Comments
Lavender Talks: The Next Generation of LGBTQ+ Leadership

Robert Reich: Dismantling a Rigged System

Robert Reich is at the forefront of the progressive fight for higher worker wages, expanded health care and stronger unions. He argues that years of stagnant wages and volatile job markets show that the financial system is fixed and serving only a select few with enough money to control it. Reich shows how wealth and power have eviscerated the middle class and undermined democracy to its core. He exposes how people at the top propagate myths about meritocracy, corporate social responsibility and the “free market” to accumulate extraordinary capital and influence. How can we restore confidence back in our political and economic system? Join us for a conversation with Robert Reich as he calls upon Americans to instill fundamental change and demand that democracy works for the majority once again.

--1 w ago
Comments
Robert Reich: Dismantling a Rigged System

Jennifer Palmieri: She Proclaims

From sports to politics, women are taught to conform themselves to the rules and dictates of a male-dominated world. Jennifer Palmieri, former White House communications director and the communications director for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, reflects on her career to call out a societal infrastructure that not only subordinates women to men but also pits women against women. In her new book, She Proclaims: Our Declaration of Independence from a Man’s World, Palmieri challenges us to imagine a world in which a female-oriented workplace and life is no challenge. In fully rejecting our traditional systems, Palmieri argues, women can build a world that allows them to advance as equals. Join Palmieri at INFORUM for a discussion on politics, feminism and dismantling the patriarchal values that continue to stymie female success. This program will be moderated by Aimee Alison, founder and president of She The People.

--1 w ago
Comments
Jennifer Palmieri: She Proclaims

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