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The Commonwealth Club
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."
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 1:47pm
Chris Matthews, Host, "Hardball with Chris Matthews," MSNBC; Author, Tip and Gipper: When Politics Worked
Michael Moritz, Managing Member, Sequoia Capital - Moderator
An established Washington insider, Matthews spent six years as a top aide and chief-of-staff to legendary Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill (D-Mass). During that time he witnessed the inner workings of the highest levels of American politics, including the evolving relationship between two of the most powerful men in the country – O’Neill and then-President Ronald Reagan. Now Matthews focuses on the unlikely friendship between the pair, which endured philosophical differences and bipartisan politics to reach much-needed compromise. Leaving behind a career in politics for journalism, Matthews has worked for the San Francisco Examiner and San Francisco Chronicle and has hosted “Hardball with Chris Matthews” since 1997.
This program was recorded in front of a live audience at The Commonwealth Club of California on October 7, 2013
Friday, December 6, 2013 5:00pm
Mark Halperin, Editor-at-Large and Senior Political Analyst, Time; Co-author, Double Down: Game Change 2012; Twitter: @MarkHalperin
John Heilemann, National Political Correspondent and Columnist, New York Magazine; Co-author, Double Down: Game Change 2012; Twitter: @jheil
Melissa Griffin Caen, Political Analyst, "Mornings with Melissa," CBS SF; Political Writer, San Francisco Magazine; Attorney — Moderator; Twitter @melgriffincaen
John Heilemann and Mark Halperin set the national conversation on fire with their best-selling account of the 2008 presidential election, Game Change. Now, they apply their unparalleled access and storytelling savvy to the 2012 election, rendering an equally compelling narrative about the circuslike Republican nomination fight, the rise and fall of Mitt Romney, and the trials, tribulations and Election Day triumph of Barack Obama. Drawing on hundreds of interviews with the people who lived the story, Heilemann and Halperin offer a panoramic account of a campaign at once intensely hard fought and lastingly consequential.
This program was recorded in front of a live audience at The Commonwealth Club of California on November 13, 2013
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 5:38pm
Peter V. Lee, Executive Director, Covered California
The Lundberg Institute's Third Annual Lecture features Peter Lee of Covered California, which aims to provide affordable health insurance to 5.3 million Californians. The Affordable Care Act will be a historic change in American health care.
This program was recorded in front of a live audience at The Commonwealth Club of California on November 14, 2013
Friday, November 22, 2013 3:31pm
Robert Reich, Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley; Former Secretary of Labor
Time magazine named Reich one of the 10 most effective Cabinet secretaries of the 20th century. He is a founding editor of the American Prospect magazine and chairman of Common Cause.
This program was recorded in front of a live audience at The Commonwealth Club of California on November 21, 2013
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 5:14pm
Gary Kamiya, Author, Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco; Co-founder, Salon.com; Columnist, "Portals of the Past, SF Chronicle
In conversation with Mark Hertsgaard, Independent Journalist and Author
Learn the hidden history of San Francisco with Cool Gray City of Love, a new, kaleidoscopic love letter to San Francisco by Kamiya. Each of the 49 chapters explores a different location in the city, from the seamy depths of the Tenderloin to the towering cliffs at Lands End. From the city's absurd beginnings as a distant and moth-eaten colonial outpost to its instantaneous fame during the Gold Rush; from its apocalyptic destruction by earthquake and fire to its perennial embrace of rebels, dreamers, hedonists and misfits of all stripes, the City by the Bay has always followed a trajectory as wildly independent as the untrammeled natural forces that created it. Kamiya's columns about San Francisco history, "Portals of the Past," appear every Saturday in the San Francisco Chronicle. He is a Bay Area native.
This program was recorded in front of a live audience at The Commonwealth Club of California on October 2, 2013