July 2011

Elizabeth Kolbert (5/8/2006)

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New Yorker climate journalist Elizabeth Kolbert offers her take on whether increasingly fierce huricanes, changing animal migration patterns, and disapperaing glaciers signal that we're headed for global melt down.
The former New York Times reporter has made it her mission to educate the public about the very real threat of Earth's rising temperature, and what can be done, if anything, to save the planet and bring the thermometer back down a notch or two.

Her new book is titled "Field Notes From a Catastrophe"
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Dan Rather

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This program features a conversation with Dan Rather and UC Berkeley Journalism Dean Orville Schell.

The American newsman who covered almost every major story of the last 40 years-- from the Kennedy assassination to the front lines in Bosnia-- Dan Rather, offers his take on the state of American media in conversation with the Dean of UC Berkeley Journalism School, Orville Schell.

This program was recorded live on April 25, 2006 in Berkeley by The Commonwealth Club of California.

Charles Murray

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This program features a speech and Q&A session with Dr. Charles Murray.

Charles Murray, author of the highly controversial book "The Bell Curve", will share his radical new vision to replace the welfare state.

This program was recorded live on April 18, 2006 by The Commonwealth Club.

Rita Moreno (6/20/2006)

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Actress Rita Moreno speaks to The Club about her career and about race issues in modern day Hollywood film.

After toiling for a decade in film roles she found degrading, Moreno was swept into the spotlight with her Oscar winning portrayal of "Anita" in West Side Story. Since then she has challenged stereotypes in silver-and small-screen performances. Read more »

Michael Greco, President of The American Bar Association

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President of the American Bar Association, Michael S. Greco examines the legal issue that has divided America since September 11: What can, and can't, the federal government lawfully do in the name of defending us from the threat of terrorism?

Greco tells why he believes that Americans must reject the false choice that has been offered between protecting our security and protecting our liberty. "We can and must" , he says, "protect both". Read more »

Jonathan Alter (5/16/2006)

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Jonathan Alter is Senior Editor of Newsweek Magazine, Contributing Correspondent for NBC News and Author of "The Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope."

Mr. Alter explains why he believes the beleaguered Bush Administration should lookd to FDR's presidential legacy for help and guidance. A correspondent for the last six presidential elections, Alter takes us through FDR's ambitious mission to resurrect a nation on the brink of collapse, and reveals how his first months in office helped shape the society we live in today. Read more »

Eric Schlosser

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Eric Schlosser is author of Fast Food Nation and Chew on This. Fast Food Nation, Schlosser's most well know work is an expose on the practices of the fast food industry, especially focusing on it's sanitary conditions and treatment of workers and nutritional content of the food. His current book, Chew On This, is a children's book that deals with the same issues.

This program was recorded live in San Jose on May 2, 2006

Francis Fukuyama (5/10/2006)

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Francis Fukuyama is professor of international Political Economy at Johns Hopkins University and author of many books including "America at the Crossroads"

Mr. Fukuyama's speech is titled "American Policy After Iraq: A Post-Bush Agenda".

This progam was recorded live on May 10, 2006

Micropollution Panel

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A CLOSER LOOK AT HOW COMMUNITIES ARE IMPACTED BY INDUSTRIAL ACTIVITIES

MARK DESAULNIER, Member, California Air Resources Board
BRADLEY ANGEL, Executive Director, Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice
MEENA PALANIAPPAN, Senior Research Associate, The Pacific Institute
RICHARD SINKOFF, MCP, AICP Acting Environmental Planning Manager
Environmental Planning and Permitting Department Engineering Division Port of Oakland KIM MULVIHILL, M.D. Reporter CBS 5 Eyewitness News—Moderator

Dianne Feinstein, U.S. Senator (D-CA)

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Global Warming: A Real Threat and What To Do

California’s senior Senator Dianne Feinstein will talk about critical issues facing our state and nation, including global warming, immigration, and terrorism.