The Commonwealth Club

Saturdays at 1pm

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."

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Podcasts

  • Monday, June 23, 2014 4:12pm

    Kenneth Turan, Film Critic, LA Times and NPR’s "Morning Edition"; Author, Not to be Missed: Fifty-Four Favorites from a Lifetime of Film
    Brian Hackney, Reporter, KPIX TV – Moderator

    Turan’s favorite films span a century of the world’s most satisfying romances and funniest comedies, the most heart-stopping dramas and chilling thrillers from All About Eve to Seven Samurai to Sherlock Jr. Come hear about these timeless films – classic and contemporary, familiar and obscure, with budgets big and small – and judge for yourself the truth of director Ingmar Bergman’s observation that “no form of art goes beyond ordinary consciousness as film does, straight to our emotions, deep into the twilight room of the soul.”

    This program was recorded at The Commonwealth Club of California on June 23, 2014

  • Tuesday, July 1, 2014 10:14am

    Melissa Griffin Caen, Contributor, KPIX-TV and San Francisco Magazine; Attorney
    Mollie Reilly, Deputy Politics Editor, Huffington Post
    Martin G. Reynolds, Senior Editor, Community Engagement and Training, Bay Area News Group/Digital First Media; Co-founder, Voices

    The primaries are over, the fall election is months away. Meanwhile the Bay Area, the state, and the nation continue to deal with economic growth concerns, political warfare in the nation's capital, and jockeying over 2016. Week to Week takes a look at the issues and the people in our politics. 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 at The Commonwealth Club of California on June 30, 2014

  • Wednesday, May 21, 2014 12:29pm

    Steven Levitt, Author, Think Like a Freak, Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics
    Stephen Dubner, Author, Think Like a Freak, Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics
    In conversation with Kishore Hari, Director, Bay Area Science Festival

    Now, it’s time for you to think like a “freak.” Levitt and Dubner’s newest masterpiece helps us get wacky to analyze the decisions we make, the plans we create and even the morals we chose. Get freaky – and these statistic gurus will teach you how to make smarter, harder and better decisions. With practical insights from “The Upside of Quitting” to “How to Succeed – With No Talent,” Levitt and Dubner have again turned our brains inside out and made statistics sexy. There’s a hidden side to everything. Get the inside scope from freakonomists Dubner and Levitt.


    This program was recorded at The Commonwealth Club of California on May 20, 2014

  • Wednesday, May 14, 2014 12:55pm

    Willie Brown, Former Mayor, San Francisco; Former Speaker, California State Assembly

    Former San Francisco Mayor Brown gives his annual lecture on national and regional political trends. A two-term mayor of San Francisco, powerful speaker of the California State Assembly and widely regarded as one of the most influential African-American politicians of the late 20th century, Brown has been at the center of California politics, government and civic life for an astonishing four decades. Most recently, a myriad of celebrities gathered to celebrate the naming of the western portion of the Bay Bridge in his honor.


    This program was recorded at The Commonwealth Club of California on May 8, 2014

  • Monday, May 19, 2014 4:10pm

    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
    Carla Marinucci, Senior Political Writer, San Francisco Chronicle
    Bill Whalen, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
    John Zipperer, Vice President of Media & Editorial, Commonwealth Club - Host

    What do you think Karl Rove meant with his recent comments? Is The New York Times a good place for female journalists to get ahead? Which GOP challenger is going to attempt to unseat Governor Brown?

    California's electing new leaders this year, and issues like income inequality and affordability are dominating the headlines. Week to Week will take a look at the issues and the people in local, state and national politics. In its first two years, 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 at The Commonwealth Club of California on May 19, 2014