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The Commonwealth Club of California is the largest and oldest public affairs forum in the U.S. For over 90 years, the Club has been presenting address by individuals actively concerned with the day-to-day decisions that can affect lives and livelihoods across the nation and around the world. Recent speakers have included Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala; Former Secetary of State Henry Kissinger; 1992 Presidential Candidate Ross Perot; Feminist Author Susan Faludi; and Microsoft Chairman and CEO Bill Gates. The Club's non-partisan policy strives to bring a balanced viewpoint on all issues in its commitment to "getting the facts."
Friday, February 28, 2014 8:00pm
U.S. Senator (D-California); Chairman, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee; Chairman, Senate Ethics Committee; Senior Member, Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Senate Commerce Committee
Dr. Mary Marcy, President, Dominican University of California – moderator
While the economy is beginning to recover from the worst recession since the Great Depression, millions of Americans are falling behind and losing out on their chance at the American Dream. U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer will discuss the need to raise the minimum wage and pursue other policies that will help strengthen the middle class.
This program was recorded in front of a live audience at The Commonwealth Club of California on February 19, 2014
Friday, February 21, 2014 5:06pm
Larry Gerston, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science, San Jose State University; Political Analyst, NBC Bay Area; Author, Not So Golden After All: The Rise and Fall of California;
C.W. Nevius, Columnist, San Francisco Chronicle; Twitter @cwnevius
Debra J. Saunders, Columnist, San Francisco Chronicle; "Token Conservative" blogger, SFGate.com
John Zipperer, Vice President of Media & Editorial, The Commonwealth Club - Host
Join us for a new year of the Bay Area's premier political roundtable! Week to Week has become a must-attend political discussion and social event. Join our panelists for informative and engaging commentary on political and other major news, audience discussion of the week’s events, and our news quiz!
This program was recorded in front of a live audience at The Commonwealth Club of California on February 21, 2014
Friday, February 14, 2014 3:08pm
Tom Perkins, Co-founder, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
In conversation with Adam Lashinsky, Senior Editor at Large, Fortune
"I perceive a rising tide of hatred of the successful one percent," wrote Tom Perkins in a letter to The Wall Street Journal earlier this month.
Tom Perkins is the co-founder of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, one of Silicon Valley’s first Venture Capital firms on the legendary Sand Hill Road. He is an alumnus of Harvard and MIT, a renowned businessman and outspoken capitalist. In January of this year Tom Perkins wrote a letter published by The Wall Street Journal to “call attention to the parallels of fascist Nazi Germany to its war on its 'one percent,' namely its Jews, to the progressive war on the American one percent, namely the 'rich.'” The letter was widely criticized (in The Atlantic, The Independent among bloggers, Twitter users, and even "his own colleagues in Silicon Valley"). Perkins later apologized for making comparisons with Nazi Germany, but otherwise stood by the message of his letter.
This program was recorded in front of a live audience at The Commonwealth Club of California on February 13, 2014
Monday, February 3, 2014 2:02pm
Former NASA Astronaut; CEO and Co-founder, B612 Foundation
Brian Hackney, Meteorologist and Reporter, KPIX 5 Television, San Francisco - Moderator
In a recent “60 Minutes” interview, Lu pointed out that more than a million “near-Earth asteroids” are larger than the asteroid that struck Tunguska, Siberia, in 1908 – and about 1,000 times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. The 1908 asteroid was only about 40 meters across, yet it destroyed an area roughly the size of the San Francisco Bay Area. Nature magazine has just reported that “the risk of similar objects hitting our planet may be ten times larger than previously thought. What can be done, if anything, to identify and combat threats? Dr. Lu flew three space missions, including six months on the International Space Station. He discusses his mission to detect and track the million asteroids with the potential to destroy any major city on Earth and how his B612 Foundation plans to build, launch and operate a deep space telescope with an infrared lens – the first private-sector deep space mission in history.
This program was recorded in front of a live audience at The Commonwealth Club of California on January 14, 2014
Monday, February 10, 2014 2:15pm
Grammy Award-winning Musician; Author, Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir
In conversation with Barbara Marshman, Editorial Pages Editor, San Jose Mercury News
Linda Ronstadt was the first female artist to release four consecutive platinum albums and has collaborated with everyone from Neil Young to Frank Sinatra to Dolly Parton. Her music represents all facets of rock, pop, country, jazz and Latin, and she has sold more than 100 million records worldwide. Join us as Ronstadt traces the roots of her musical journey starting with her childhood in Arizona, her introduction to the Los Angeles music scene, and coping with success as one of the most iconic singers of our time. Learn more about her fascinating life, political activism and ongoing commitment to arts education.
This program was recorded in front of a live audience at The Commonwealth Club of California on January 24, 2014