May 2011

Bruce Bodaken – December 3, 2002


Bruce Bodaken, Chairman, President & CEO,  

Given the way many people feel about HMOs, you might conclude that embracing universal health care is part of a clever public relations campaign to spruce up our image. But Blue Shield of California has, for 63 years, committed to a mission of providing access to affordable health care - so presenting this plan tonight to make sure every Californian has health coverage is a natural step for us. Read more »

Annie Jacobsen: The Uncensored History of Area 51

Mon, May 23 2011 - 6:00pm

The Uncensored History of Area 51

Annie Jacobsen, Columnist, Los Angeles Times Magazine; Author, Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base

Gil Gross, KGO Radio Host - Moderator Read more »

Richard North Patterson

Wed, May 11 2011 - 6:30pm

Richard North Patterson

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Former Assistant Attorney General, Ohio; Former Trial Lawyer, Securities and Exchange Commission; Author, Eclipse and Exile

Jonathan Curiel, San Francisco Journalist; Author, 'Al' America - Moderator

Patterson has brought us 15 novels, 11 of them best sellers. Read more »

Eli Pariser: What the Internet is Hiding from You

Thu, May 19 2011 - 6:30pm

Eli Pariser

Board President and Former Executive Director,; Author, The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You
With the Internet changing the way we shop, get our news and connect with friends, how can our privacy be protected online? The former executive director of MoveOn, Pariser provides a controversial and eye-opening account of how personalization on the Internet is controlling and limiting the information we get. Read more »

Pole Position and Charge It?

Thu, May 12 2011 - 10:00am

Pole Position

Forrest Beanum, Vice President of Government Relations, Coda Automotive
Oliver Kuttner, CEO, Edison2
Bill Reinert, National Manager, Toyota
Michael Robinson, VP for Environment, Energy and Safety Policy, General Motors
Dan Sperling, Member, California Air Resources Board; Professor, UC Davis

Will plug-in hybrids or pure electric vehicles get more traction with car buyers looking for cool and clean wheels? Read more »

Bruce H. Lipton: The Biology of Belief

Wed, May 18 2011 - 6:00pm

Bruce Lipton: Biology of Belief

This program is sold out

Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., Author; Motivational Speaker

Lipton unveils a vision of life science that is shattering old myths. New discoveries in cell biology, epigenetics and physics suggest that we are not victims of our genes but instead have unlimited capacity to live a life overflowing with peace, happiness and love. Read more »

Tavis Smiley

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Tue, May 10 2011 - 12:00pm

Tavis Smiley

TV Host, PBS; Radio Host, PRI; Author, Fail Up: 20 Lessons on Building Success from Failure

Award-winning television and radio broadcaster Smiley gives a peek behind the curtain of success to share personal stories of his missteps, misdeeds and miscalculations. Smiley recounts 20 instances of perceived “failures” that were, in fact, “lessons” that shaped the principles and practices he steadfastly employs in his business and personal life today. Read more »

Special Members-Only Teleconference: The Killing of Osama bin Laden

May 9, 2011 @ 9:34 AM

The Killing of Osama bin Laden: Implications for the fight against terrorism

DATE: Mon, May 9, 2011 TIME: 12:00 PM Pacific Time Read more »

News Media vs. Social Media: Can Both Survive?

Mon, May 9 2011 - 6:00pm

News Media vs. Social Media: Can Both Survive?

Diane Dwyer, News Anchor, NBC Bay Area

Monday Night Philosophy explores the disruptive force of the Internet throughout the established news media. The future of newspapers is in doubt, broadcast news is being splintered into niche markets, and no one knows who will pay for relatively objective but labor-intensive international reporting. Into the breach steps Facebook and other social media, with blogs and personal reporting.  But where is the editorial control? Read more »