November 2009

Captain Chesley Sullenberger: Bay Area Hero Pilot "Sully" Discusses Priorities for Life and Work

Mon, Nov 30 2009 - 6:00pm

Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger

Bay Area Pilot; Author, Highest Duty

In conversation KGO TV’s Dan Ashley

Note: This program is sold out

Sullenberger had less than three minutes to plan and execute the water landing hailed around the world as “the miracle on the Hudson” last winter. Read more »

SFDebate Asks Is Buying Locally Grown Food Just Market Hype?

Tue, Nov 24 2009 - 7:00pm

SF Debate Asks, Is Buying Locally Grown Food Just Marketing Hype?

Is buying locally really better for the environment and the community than buying generic grocery store products? Those supporting the locally grown food movement advocate for neighborhood business owners and argue that local options provide more environmentally friendly food and a boost for the local economy. However, some don’t buy it - figuratively and literally. Critics claim locally grown food uses too much land to produce the same amount of food and use inefficient delivery systems. Read more »

The Millennial Changemakers

Mon, Nov 23 2009 - 6:30pm

The Millennial Changemakers

Erica Fernandez, Stanford student; Grassroots Organizer Opposing Liquefied Gas and Pesticide Spraying in S. CA
Rachel Barge, Director and Founder, Campus InPower
Alec Loorz, Founder, Kids vs. Global Warming
May Boeve, Co-coordinator, 350.org

The Millennials and Generation Y are perhaps the most eco-savvy generations in U.S. history. Born between 1978 and 2000, 95 million youth are inheriting an ecosystem on the brink. Read more »

ChaosMaster: Leading Through Disorder and Attaining Order

Mon, Nov 23 2009 - 12:00pm

ChaosMaster: Leading Through Disorder and Attaining Order

Brendan James Murphy, D.T.M.

Do you fold like a poker player with a busted straight, or do you thrive in the midst of chaos? Leadership requires the ability to manage frantic disorder whenever and wherever it occurs. Read more »

Andre Agassi

Published in:
Fri, Nov 20 2009 - 1:00pm

Andre Agassi

This program is sold out

Professional Tennis Champion; Author, Open: An Autobiography

In conversation with Barry MacKay, Tennis Promoter and Broadcaster

During his exhilarating, epic 21-year professional career, Agassi captured eight Grand Slam championships and is the only man to win a career “Golden Slam” – adding an Olympic gold medal to his four Grand Slams. Read more »

Gary Pomerantz: The Competitive Tensions in Marriage at the Bridge Table & Other Games

Fri, Nov 20 2009 - 12:00pm

Competitive Tensions in Marriage at the Bridge Table and Other Games

Gary Pomerantz, Journalist; Visiting Lecturer, Stanford University; Author, The Devil’s Tickets

What can card games teach us about marital tensions in the 1920s and ’30s and today? Celebrated nonfiction author Pomerantz gives a richly detailed account of how bridge became a nationwide craze during the Depression and was even at the center of a sensational murder trial. Read more »

Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress, Harms the Planet, Threatens Lives

Thu, Nov 19 2009 - 6:00pm

Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress, Harms the Planet, and Threatens Our Lives

Michael Specter, Author, Denialism; Staff Writer, The New Yorker

Specter says that Americans have come to mistrust institutions, especially science, more today than ever before. For centuries, the general view had been that science is neither good nor bad, that it merely supplies information and that new information is always beneficial. Read more »

Minds For Sale: The Future of the Internet - and How to Stop It

Thu, Nov 19 2009 - 6:30pm

Minds for Sale

Jonathan Zittrain, Professor of Law, Harvard University; Author, The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It

In conversation with Amanda Congdon, Co-president, Oxmour Entertainment; Co-owner, Rocketboom; Independent Videoblogger, Starring Amanda Congdon

Imagine a future in which passengers on a subway stare into screens for a few minutes – and earn as much money in that time as their respective skills and stations allow. Read more »

Heart of Dryness: How the Kalahari Bushmen Can Help California Endure the Coming Permanent Drought

Wed, Nov 18 2009 - 6:00pm

Heart of Dryness: How the Kalahari Bushmen Can Help California Endure the Coming Permanent Drought

James Workman, Water Resources Consultant; Author, Heart of Dryness

In the central Kalahari Desert, a quiet crisis and struggle for survival foreshadows the permanent global drought to come. The besieged indigenous Bushmen of Botswana use voluntary survival strategies, while the government enforces regulatory rule. Worldwide, two in three thirsty humans will soon endure shortages. Read more »

John Perkins: How to Remake the Global Economy

Wed, Nov 18 2009 - 6:30pm

How to Remake the Global Economy

John Perkins, Author, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man and Hoodwinked

Economic hit man Perkins has confessed the sins of predatory politicians and analyzed the reasons for the current meltdown. A reformed economist, he warns that returning to our “normal” blueprints for the global economy would prove disastrous. Read more »