Commonwealth Club of California Podcast

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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. Please click the link below and visit our website to learn more about The Commonwealth Club and don't forget to become a member!


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EPISODES LIST
02.17.2019
02.17.2019
02.17.2019
02.14.2019
02.14.2019
02.14.2019
02.13.2019
02.13.2019
02.10.2019
02.08.2019
02.08.2019

Tina D’Elia on The Michelle Meow Show

Join us as Michelle Meow brings her long-running daily radio show to The Commonwealth Club one day each week. Meet fascinating—and often controversial—people discussing important issues of interest to the LGBTQ community, and have your questions ready. This week's in-studio guest: Tina D'Elia Tina D’Elia is a Bay Area award-winning solo performer, SAG-AFTRA actor, casting director, performance coach, co-screenwriter and consultant. Tina’s West Coast premiere of her solo show Overlooked Latinas (premiering in February 2019) has had previews at The Marsh SF, Solo Sunday’s (Stage Werx), and Best of LezWrites (2016, 2018). Tina received the Diversity Casting Award and Best Actress Award from the Equality International Film Festival in 2017. In 2015, Tina’s popular solo show directed by Mary Guzman, The Rita Hayworth of This Generation, won Best of Fringe and won Best of Sold Out Shows at the San Francisco Fringe Festival. Tina is honored to be part of CURVE Magazine’s CURVE Power list of 2017. She is the recipient of the Executive Producer Award and the Trail Blazer Award for diverse casting and her diverse creative solo performance work with the Equality International Film Festival. Tina’s acting credits include The Pursuit of Happyness, Knife Fight, Guitar Man, Miles to Go, Trauma(NBC), Rellik (Pilot), Sense8 (Netflix), Possession (World Equality Television), and Dyke Central(Amazon). Tina and director Maria Breaux won the Audience Award for co-writing the short film Lucha in 2009.

02.07.2019
02.07.2019

Gov. Chris Christie: President Trump and Power Politics

As President Trump enters his third year in office, former New Jersey governor Chris Christie remains one of his closest political allies. The first major elected official to endorse then-candidate Trump, Christie had a ringside seat throughout the hectic 2016 campaign. Christie was even close to becoming Trump’s running mate. Days after Trump’s surprise victory, Trump fired Christie as head of his transition team. Recently, Christie almost became Trump’s White House chief of staff but pulled out, saying now is not the right time for him to join the White House. Now Christie is out to set the record straight about his career and his relationship with the president. In his new book, Let Me Finish, the brash former Republican prosecutor discusses running a Democratic state, his 15-year relationship with Trump, what he saw during the 2016 campaign and how his removal from the transition all but guaranteed chaos at the beginning of the Trump presidency. Christie’s book takes readers into conflicts with Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, Jeff Sessions, Paul Manafort and other critical Trump insiders. Christie also addresses hot-button issues from his own years in power in New Jersey, including what really went down during Bridgegate. And, for the first time, Christie tells the full story of his own Kushner saga: how, as a federal prosecutor, he put Jared Kushner's powerful father behind bars for tax evasion, witness tampering and illegal campaign contributions. Join us for this important conversation with one of the president’s closest allies.

02.07.2019

Republicans in California: Can the GOP Survive?

Republicans in California are at a crossroads. In a historic midterm election, Republicans lost half of their U.S. House delegation while Democrats cemented their supermajorities in both state legislative chambers and swept statewide offices for the third straight election. With the Golden State seemingly slipping from the GOP, what steps should the party take to regain its foothold and expand its appeal? Is a comeback possible in this new era of hyperpolarization? Three prominent Republicans will offer their take on where the party can go from here. Catharine Baker served as assemblywoman for the East Bay’s 16th District from 2014–2018. As the only elected Republican in statewide office from the Bay Area, Baker had to tow a fine line between her party and her constituents. Kevin Faulconer currently serves as the 36th mayor of San Diego, where he uses his platform to advocate for a moderate California Republican Party that supports action on climate change and a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Kristin Olsen is the former minority leader of the California State Assembly, where she spearheaded Republican policies during her term. Matt Shupe is a Bay Area political consultant and chairman of the Contra Costa Republican Party. During the 2018 election, Shupe worked as communications director for John Cox’s gubernatorial campaign. Join us for this important conversation about a changing state and the Republican party’s fight for survival.

02.06.2019
02.05.2019
02.05.2019
02.01.2019
02.01.2019

Marc Freedman on How to Live Forever

In How to Live Forever, Encore.org founder and CEO Marc Freedman tells the story of his thirty-year quest to answer some of contemporary life's most urgent questions: With so many living so much longer, what is the meaning of the increasing years beyond 50? How can a society with more older people than younger ones thrive? How do we find happiness when we know life is long and time is short? In his new book, Freedman finds insights by exploring purpose and generativity, digging into the drive for longevity and the perils of age segregation, and talking to social innovators across the globe bringing the generations together for mutual benefit. He finds wisdom in stories from young and old, featuring ordinary people and icons such as jazz great Clark Terry and basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. But the answers also come from stories of Freedman's own mentors—a sawmill worker turned surrogate grandparent, a university administrator who served as Einstein's driver, a cabinet secretary who won the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the gym teacher who was Freedman's father. You can read more about Freedman views on the power of intergenerational relationships here. How to Live Forever is a deeply personal call to find fulfillment and happiness in our longer lives by connecting with the next generation and forging a legacy of love that lives beyond us. Freedman will discuss his new book at the beautiful Buck Institute, an organization dedicated to helping people live better longer. It is a special event you won't want to miss. In association with the Buck Institute.

02.01.2019

Last Boat Out of Shanghai: The Chinese Who Fled Mao’s Revolution

On the eve of the People's Republic of China's 70th anniversary, journalist and author Helen Zia discusses the desperate exodus out of that country's biggest and most sophisticated city—a port so notorious that its name was synonymous with evildoing. Her new nonfiction book, Last Boat out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Fled Mao's Revolution, is the first English language account of this mass flight, an event that mirrors the Jews and other intellectuals fleeing Berlin as Hitler came to power and the frantic rush for evacuees to enter the American embassy as Saigon fell. This is the history of a generation of Chinese intellectuals dispersed throughout the world. The story remained untold, even in China, until Zia interviewed more than 100 survivors of this late 1940s and early 1950s exodus. Many endured great hardship and nativist hostility, including the McCarthy inquisition in the United States, as they tried to find safety for themselves and their families. Their offspring include Maya Lin, I.M. Pei, Amy Tan, Steven Chu, Elaine Chao, David Henry Hwang, Chang-lin Tien, Gish Jen and many other notables. Zia’s first book, Asian-American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People, was a groundbreaking history of Asian-Americans in the United States. A Fulbright scholar, she first visited China in 1972, just after President Nixon’s historic trip. As a journalist, she has covered Asian-American communities and social and political movements for decades. She is a former executive editor of Ms. magazine and graduate of Princeton University’s first coeducational class. NOTES MLF: Asia Pacific Affairs In association with the Committee of 100

01.31.2019
01.31.2019
01.31.2019
01.29.2019
01.29.2019
01.29.2019

Brad DeLong and Stephen Moore: Bank of America/Merrill Lynch Walter E. Hoadley Annual Economic Forecast

This event is underwritten by Bank of America/Merrill Lynch With changes to taxes, trade wars with China and other countries, health care in flux, housing prices continuing to rise, continued governmental gridlock as well as international challenges to the United States, what does all of this mean for your business, your investments and the overall economy for 2019? As deputy assistant secretary for economic policy at the U.S. Treasury from 1993 to 1995, Brad DeLong worked in conjunction with Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers on the Clinton administration's budget, the North American Free Trade Agreement, macroeconomic policy and health care reform. In addition to serving as a professor of economics at UC Berkeley, DeLong is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a weblogger at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth and a fellow of the Institute for New Economic Thinking. He previously taught economics at Harvard University, where he received his doctorate in economics, as well as well as at Boston University and MIT. Stephen Moore served as senior economic adviser to Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign, where he focused on tax reform, regulatory reform and energy policy. With more than 30 years of experience as an economist, Moore focuses on the impact of government on business and analyzes shifts in the global economy. In addition to his role at Heritage, Moore serves as senior economic analyst at CNN. Previously, he served as a senior economist at the United States Congress Joint Economic Committee and as a senior economics fellow at the Cato Institute. He advised the National Economic Commission in 1987 and served as a research director for President Reagan's Commission on Privatization. Join us for a lively discussion on where the United States and global economies are headed and what should be done to keep them on track. * This Podcast Contains Explicit Language *

01.28.2019
01.25.2019
01.25.2019

Michael Nguyen on The Michelle Meow Show

Join us as Michelle Meow brings her long-running daily radio show to The Commonwealth Club one day each week. Meet fascinating—and often controversial—people discussing important issues of interest to the LGBTQ community, and have your questions ready. Our in-studio guest this week: Michael T. Nguyen, board chair of GAPA Michael Nguyen is the chair of GAPA (Gay Asian Pacific Alliance), an all-volunteer, grassroots organization that, for more than 30 years, has provided safe spaces "that celebrate our families and has inspired our community to become advocates in civil society." GAPA continues to build on its legacy of social, cultural and political advocacy and community building by furthering the interests of the LGBTQ+ API community in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Nguyen also recently joined the board of Livable City, a nonprofit dedicated to improving transportation, land use, open space, and environmental policies to make San Francisco a safer, healthier and more accessible city. As a patent lawyer, Michael helps tech companies, large and small, protect their computer and software-based inventions. Michael’s drag persona, Juicy Liu, Miss GAPA 2016, currently hosts #JuicyThots, a Queers of Color showcase on the 4th Thursdays of every month at the Lookout in the Castro. Michael has personally raised more than $55,000 for various nonprofit and charitable organizations, including the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA), GAPA, GAPA Foundation, Livable City, San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation

01.25.2019
01.24.2019
01.24.2019
01.23.2019
01.18.2019
01.17.2019
01.16.2019
01.16.2019
01.15.2019
01.11.2019
01.10.2019
01.09.2019
01.04.2019
12.30.2018
12.23.2018

Dawnland: Screening and Discussion

For most of the 20th century, the U.S. government systematically forced Native American children from their homes and placed them with white families. Even as recently as the 1970s, one in four Native children nationwide was living in non-Native foster care, adoptive homes or boarding schools. Many of these children experienced devastating emotional and physical harm from adults who mistreated them and tried to erase their cultural identity. Dawnland, a feature-length documentary, follows the first government-sanctioned truth and reconciliation commission in the United States. The film tracks the commission’s journey across Maine, to gather testimony and bear witness to the devastating impact of the State’s child welfare practices on families in Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot tribal communities. Collectively, these tribes make up the Wabanaki people. Following the screening, Women’s March San Francisco will host a panel moderated by Michelle Meow to hear directly from members of the Native American community about how their families were impacted by these atrocious acts, and we will explore parallels to similar atrocities happening today with immigrant families being separated at our borders.  The panelists include: Mari Villaluna, descendent of the Mohawk people, is with The Center for Political Education and Indigenous Peoples Media Project. Previously, she served in the U.S. Army and then as a career counselor and tutor in San Francisco schools. Mari is a Native American activist and has traveled to Indian Island, featured in "Dawnland." Dr. Melinda Micco (Seminole/Creek/Choctaw) is associate professor emerita from Mills College. Her research has focused on multiracial identity in American Indian and African American communities. Her documentary about Native women, Killing the 7th Generation: Reproductive Abuses Against Indigenous Women, has been shown in many areas, including the Bioneers Conference, Intertribal Friendship House, The Queer Women of Color Film Festival, and the UC Santa Barbara and Bay Area libraries. She is working on a book, Seminole Voices in Indian Country, and a film on the Refinery Healing Walks with Chihiro Wimbush. Please join us for this informative discussion and screening of this important film. In association with Women's March Bay Area

12.18.2018

The Rise of STDs in San Francisco and the LGBTQ Youth Community

Join us for an in-depth program as part of our Michelle Meow Show series at The Commonwealth Club, in which we explore topics and speakers of interest to the LGBTQ community. This week, we speak with some experts dealing with the increase in sexually transmitted diseases and how to help the LGBTQ youth population. Dr. Derek Blechinger is a physician at Kaiser Permanente San Francisco who specializes in HIV and LGBT primary care. He completed residency in San Francisco in internal medicine and preventive medicine, during which he began his career in PrEP research and is now on the clinical faculty for the Bay Area, North and Central Coast AIDS Education Training Center (AETC) conducting "PrEP Bootcamps" throughout the greater Bay Area as well as a recent tour through states in the South. He completed a master's in public health and epidemiology from UC Berkeley, and went to medical school in Seattle at University of Washington. Before medical school, Dr. Blechinger worked in public health, where for many years he conducted outreach testing and counseling for LGBT adults and youth in Minnesota's largest HIV and STD clinic. In his spare time he sings in the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus and stays active in his community. Sherilyn Adams is the executive director of Larkin Street Youth Services. For more than 30 years, Sherilyn Adams has dedicated her career to the nonprofit sector, focusing on issues of child abuse and neglect, family violence, mental health, substance abuse, and homelessness. The first member of her family to attend college, Sherilyn’s early life was touched by many of these issues. This personal history is part of what drives her to be a catalyst for change in the lives of at-risk populations. Serving as Larkin Street Youth Services' executive director since 2003, Sherilyn has led the agency through tremendous growth, nearly tripling the number of housing beds, and putting Larkin Street at the vanguard of the field for its innovative multi-service model to resolve youth homelessness. Prior to joining Larkin Street, she worked with a variety of nonprofits, including child sexual abuse treatment, domestic violence shelters, adolescent outpatient programs and residential treatment for adults. In 2012, the White House honored her as a “Champion for Change in the Fight Against Youth Homelessness,” and in 2015, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee honored Sherilyn as one of the courageous leaders changing the lives of San Franciscans.

12.17.2018
12.17.2018
12.14.2018

Equality for All: Year-end Michelle Meow Special

Join us for a special evening edition of our weekly Michelle Meow program. We’ll start with a 30-minute program featuring a discussion with James Loduca, director of equality programs at Salesforce. Then stay for some or all of the next hour when we’ll celebrate the end of a year, preview an exciting 2019, and share some good food and drink. As director of equality programs at Salesforce, Loduca leads advocacy and community engagement for the Office of Equality. His work focuses on driving equal pay, equal rights, equal opportunity and equal education throughout Salesforce, the technology sector, and communities where the company operates and serves. He previously served as senior vice president at San Francisco AIDS Foundation, where he led a $15 million initiative to establish the first wellness center for gay, bisexual and transgender men, and served as a senior advisor to the Obama White House on the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. Prior to his work at the foundation, Loduca held a number of roles in the private sector, including at Gilead Sciences where he helped launch the world’s most successful HIV treatment. Loduca serves on the LGBTQ advisory committee for U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). In 2015, he appeared as an expert speaker at the White House, and in 2016 was an Israel Visiting Scholar in the Civil Leaders Program of the Jewish Community Relations Council. He lives in San Francisco with his partner, Charlie Smith, and their newborn daughter.

12.14.2018
12.13.2018
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