Commonwealth Club of California Podcast

By Commonwealth Club of California

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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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12.13.2018
12.13.2018
12.12.2018
12.10.2018
12.07.2018
12.06.2018
12.06.2018
12.06.2018

The New Abnormal: A Town Hall on California’s Fires and the Future

Wildfires have always been part of life for the state of California. However, in the past year the state has seen 7 of its 20 most destructive wildfires ever, including the recent Camp Fire in Butte County, which directly impacted the Bay Area for days, and the Woolsey Fire in Malibu outside of Los Angeles. Combined, both fires cost hundreds of lives and caused billions of dollars in damage. Coming one year after last year's Tubbs Fire in Santa Rosa, it is clear that the state has reached a new abnormal and is at a critical juncture in how it plans and prepares for the inevitability of future fires—ones that could be more destructive and costly than what we have already faced. But what is causing these fires? What can be done to improve preparation and fighting them, and who is responsible for doing it? To address some of these critical and urgent questions, please join The Commonwealth Club for a special free town hall on California's fires and what can be done in the short and long term to prepare for them. The Club has invited some of the region's leading wildfire experts for an essential and honest discussion about the new abnormal and the pressing need to better prepare for the future. The town hall will also address how technology is shaping fire prevention and firefighting. Guests are invited to participate and share their experiences, thoughts and recommendations. Some of the state's top fire experts will also be seated in the audience.

12.05.2018

The Pitcher and the Dictator

Soon after Leroy “Satchel” Paige arrived at spring training in 1937 to pitch for the Pittsburgh Crawfords, he and five of his teammates, including Josh Gibson and James “Cool Papa” Bell, were lured to the Dominican Republic with the promise of easy money to play in a baseball tournament in support of the country’s dictator, Rafael Trujillo. But the money wasn’t so easy. Paige and his friends soon found themselves under the thumb of Trujillo, known by Dominicans for murdering those who disappointed him. At first the Ciudad Trujillo all-star team floundered—Paige and his friends spent their nights carousing and their days dropping close games. Desperate to restore discipline, Trujillo tapped the leader of his death squads to become part of the team management. Afraid they might be shot, Paige and his teammates rallied to win. This barely registered with Trujillo, who just months later ordered the killings of 15,000 Haitians at the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. When Paige and his teammates returned home, they were banished from the Negro leagues. Despite this, they continued to play baseball, barnstorming across America as the “Trujillo All-Stars” team. Author Averell “Ace” Smith tells an extraordinary story of race and politics and of some of the greatest baseball players ever as they played high-stakes baseball for one of the Caribbean’s cruelest dictators. MLF Organizer Name George Hammond Notes MLF: Humanities

12.05.2018
12.04.2018
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12.01.2018
12.01.2018
12.01.2018
11.30.2018
11.30.2018
11.30.2018
11.30.2018
11.30.2018
11.30.2018
11.30.2018
11.30.2018
11.30.2018

The Transformation and Purpose of Capital

How did we come to separate our understanding of economic/financial value from social/environmental value? How did we come to think of ourselves as being separate from our neighbors, community and planet? By crafting a new, holistic understanding of ourselves and our relationship to one another, we are able to approach a deeper, more significant understanding of the purpose of capital, which may then anchor our definition of the purpose of capital, how we understand the nature of returns (both financial and extra-financial) and a deeper understanding of the meaning of money. In a fireside chat, Donna Morton and Jed Emerson will explore these ideas—history and culture—connecting those within the current trend toward impact investing and sustainable finance as vehicles to generate financial returns with social and environmental impacts and the creation of a more just world for both human and nonhuman communities. The audience will come away with a new mindset for a future that is clean, just and regenerative for people and planet. Asking new questions—how can the people left out of the economy become our greatest assets—financial activism could unite Occupy and Wall Street, the 99 and the 1 percent. Movements such as Black Lives Matter, sanctuary cities, intersectional feminism and climate justice are the edges and opportunities for finance. Beyond divestment, the speakers will discuss moving finance from harm to healing. ** This podcast contains explicit language **

11.29.2018
11.29.2018

Course Correcting Rock History: An Evening Celebrating the Ace of Cups

An evening celebrating the Ace of Cups, the pioneering all-female band from the 1960s San Francisco rock music scene and its debut studio album that almost never happened. Please join us for an evening of songs, stories and celebration. Learn about the rich story of this unique band that began in 1966 in an apartment on Waller Street in San Francisco. This intimate gathering will feature an interactive blend of live music and an extended panel discussion with the members of the Ace of Cups—all women 70 and over—and special guest appearances from luminaries from the 60s era. The evening will also include rare video—archival and contemporary. The Ace of Cups was legendary from the beginning—five uniquely talented women writing fantastic songs, rocking as hard as any band at the time and harmonizing like psychedelic angels. The Ace of Cups performed with fellow artists such as The Band, Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service; even Jimi Hendrix was an avowed fan. Despite eliciting music industry interest for their exceptional songs, sublime harmonies and exuberant live performances, the Ace of Cups never got a chance to make a record of their own. Until now … With the enthusiastic support of High Moon Records, and under the guidance of celebrated producer Dan Shea, four of the band’s original members holed up in San Rafael’s Laughing Tiger Studios to record gems from their back catalog and newly composed material that is as timely as it is timeless. Their self-titled debut album blends pure rock, folk, blues and gospel influences with a pop sensibility and a garage band rush—all tinted by an intoxicating psychedelic sheen. As news spread that the Cups were recording, old friends—including Bob Weir, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Taj Mahal, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady—began to come by the studio to offer support and musical contributions. Thirty-six songs were recorded, and what started out as a chance to set the record straight has turned into a history-making second act. Dennis McNally will be hosting the evening. McNally is a former Grateful Dead publicist, historian and author of A Long Strange Trip, the definitive history of the Grateful Dead. Special Guests Mountain Girl aka Carolyn Garcia, Activist, Prankster, Cultural Icon Wavy Gravy and Jahanara Romney, Cultural Icons, Activists Nicholas G. Meriwether, Cultural Historian, Archivist Sunshine Powers, Owner, Love on Haight; Activist; Cultural Icon Barry Melton, Musician, Attorney, Counterculture Historian * The music tracks played during this presentation have been left out of the podcast while they are remixed. Pending record company approval, they may be added in at a later date. Find out more about the actual album release on the Ace of Cups website. ** This Podcast Contains Explicit Language **

11.27.2018
11.21.2018
11.21.2018
11.20.2018
11.20.2018
11.20.2018
11.19.2018
11.19.2018
11.19.2018

Jaws: The Story of a Hidden Epidemic

There is a serious hidden epidemic just now being discovered by the public health community. It’s most obvious symptom is the growing frequency of children with crooked teeth wearing braces, but it includes children snoring, keeping their jaws hanging open, frequently afflicted with stuffy noses, children and adults with disturbed sleeping at night (sleep apnea) often unrecognized, attention and behavioral problems, and a general decline of physical appearance. Those symptoms indicate a building medical emergency that lies in the collection of serious diseases connected mouth breathing and disturbed sleep — a collection that includes heart disease, cancer, ADHD, depression, schizophrenia, suicide, asthma and perhaps Alzheimer’s disease. Disturbed sleep is an extremely serious stressor of the human mind and body; among other things, it tends to depress the immune system, making an individual much more vulnerable to a wide variety of diseases, and modifications of the brain that are manifest in many ways only partially understood. Add to this the large contributions of sleep deprivation to highway accidents, medical mistakes and poor performance at work and in school, and it's easy to see how important this unrecognized public health emergency is. Come learn what causes this problem and many solutions. ‘Forwardontics' will be discussed with clear explanations. Sandra Kahn, D.D.S., M.S.D., is a graduate from the University of Mexico and the University of the Pacific. She has 25 years of clinical experience in orthodontics and is part of craniofacial anomalies teams at the University of California, San Francisco and Stanford University. Paul R. Ehrlich, Ph.D., has been a household name since the publication of his 1968 bestseller, The Population Bomb. He is Bing Professor of Population Studies Emeritus and President of the Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford University. Ehrlich is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a recipient of the Crafoord Prize, the Blue Planet Prize, and numerous other international honors. He investigates a wide range of topics in population biology, ecology, evolution, human ecology, and environmental science. MLF ORGANIZER NAME Patty James NOTES MLF: Health & Medicine

11.19.2018

David Campos: Election Results with the DCCC Chair

This week's guest: San Francisco Supervisor David Campos discusses the recent election. Supervisor David Campos is a native of Puerto Barrios (Izabal), Guatemala, who came to the United States (with his parents and two sisters) when he was 14. Although he did not speak the language, Campos excelled in school, graduating at the top of his class from Jefferson High School, in South Central Los Angeles. He earned scholarships to Stanford University and Harvard Law School, from which he graduated, respectively, in 1993 and 1996. After a few years of private practice in some of the most prestigious law firms in the country, Campos became a deputy city attorney for San Francisco. As a deputy city attorney, he handled a variety of important legal matters and cases, including serving as the lead counsel in the San Francisco Unified School District’s school desegregation consent decree, serving on the legal team that sued the gun industry, and representing the city against PG&E and other energy generators. Prior to his election as supervisor, Campos served as general counsel to the San Francisco Unified School District and as a member of the San Francisco Police Commission. Since 2004, he has been an elected member of the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee. 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. See more upcoming Michelle Meow Shows at The Commonwealth Club here.

11.19.2018
11.19.2018
11.18.2018

David Campos: Election Results with the DCCC Chair

This week's guest: San Francisco Supervisor David Campos discusses the recent election. Supervisor David Campos is a native of Puerto Barrios (Izabal), Guatemala, who came to the United States (with his parents and two sisters) when he was 14. Although he did not speak the language, Campos excelled in school, graduating at the top of his class from Jefferson High School, in South Central Los Angeles. He earned scholarships to Stanford University and Harvard Law School, from which he graduated, respectively, in 1993 and 1996. After a few years of private practice in some of the most prestigious law firms in the country, Campos became a deputy city attorney for San Francisco. As a deputy city attorney, he handled a variety of important legal matters and cases, including serving as the lead counsel in the San Francisco Unified School District’s school desegregation consent decree, serving on the legal team that sued the gun industry, and representing the city against PG&E and other energy generators. Prior to his election as supervisor, Campos served as general counsel to the San Francisco Unified School District and as a member of the San Francisco Police Commission. Since 2004, he has been an elected member of the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee. 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. See more upcoming Michelle Meow Shows at The Commonwealth Club here.

11.18.2018

Jaws: The Story of a Hidden Epidemic

There is a serious hidden epidemic just now being discovered by the public health community. It’s most obvious symptom is the growing frequency of children with crooked teeth wearing braces, but it includes children snoring, keeping their jaws hanging open, frequently afflicted with stuffy noses, children and adults with disturbed sleeping at night (sleep apnea) often unrecognized, attention and behavioral problems, and a general decline of physical appearance. Those symptoms indicate a building medical emergency that lies in the collection of serious diseases connected mouth breathing and disturbed sleep — a collection that includes heart disease, cancer, ADHD, depression, schizophrenia, suicide, asthma and perhaps Alzheimer’s disease. Disturbed sleep is an extremely serious stressor of the human mind and body; among other things, it tends to depress the immune system, making an individual much more vulnerable to a wide variety of diseases, and modifications of the brain that are manifest in many ways only partially understood. Add to this the large contributions of sleep deprivation to highway accidents, medical mistakes and poor performance at work and in school, and it's easy to see how important this unrecognized public health emergency is. Come learn what causes this problem and many solutions. ‘Forwardontics' will be discussed with clear explanations. Sandra Kahn, D.D.S., M.S.D., is a graduate from the University of Mexico and the University of the Pacific. She has 25 years of clinical experience in orthodontics and is part of craniofacial anomalies teams at the University of California, San Francisco and Stanford University. Paul R. Ehrlich, Ph.D., has been a household name since the publication of his 1968 bestseller, The Population Bomb. He is Bing Professor of Population Studies Emeritus and President of the Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford University. Ehrlich is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a recipient of the Crafoord Prize, the Blue Planet Prize, and numerous other international honors. He investigates a wide range of topics in population biology, ecology, evolution, human ecology, and environmental science. MLF ORGANIZER NAME Patty James NOTES MLF: Health & Medicine

11.18.2018
11.18.2018
11.18.2018
11.18.2018
11.16.2018

Steven Johnson's Farsighted

Life is fraught with hard choices and decisions. How does one make them? Most of us are familiar with pros versus cons lists, which can be applied to everything from personal diet to public welfare. But that method only involves taking an existing understanding of the decision at hand, so it is limited by one’s imagination. The key to making a better decision is to see it with fresh eyes, to make imaginative leaps, and to discover new paths and potential outcomes. Over the past few decades, a field of research has emerged that will help us do just that. Spanning cognitive science, management theory and literary studies, its methods and procedures can help us make big decisions—and make them better. This science has been followed, explained and brought to life by best-selling author Steven Johnson in his 11th book, Farsighted: How We Make the Decisions That Matter the Most. Please join us for a conversation with Steven Johnson, who will open up his toolbox and show us how to make better choices. By way of private anecdotes and political research, Johnson will take us through methods for generating alternatives and seeking options, resisting the pitfalls of groupthink, planning scenarios, storytelling and creating a “premortem”: a fascinating technique that asks you to project yourself months into the future and imagine that your decision has been carried out—with unforeseen and disastrous results. The final step in reaching a difficult decision, according to Johnson, involves creating a “value model”—a more nuanced and powerful version of the pros and cons list. Johnson, a former Marin County resident, is the author of 11 books, including Wonderland, Where Good Ideas Come From and The Ghost Map. Johnson is also host of the PBS series “How We Got to Now” and the podcast “American Innovations.”

11.16.2018
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11.09.2018
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