February 2013

Book Discussion Group - 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann

Mon, Mar 4 2013 - 5:30pm

1491 creates a picture of the Americas before the Europeans landed by synthesizing scientific discoveries from anthropology, archaeology and paleolinguistics. Mann arrives at startling conclusions about the civilizations thriving before Columbus: a far more urban, populated and technologically advanced region than generally assumed. Read more »

Dark Energy and the Runaway Universe

Thu, Feb 28 2013 - 6:00pm

Alex Filippenko, Elected Member, National Academy of Sciences; Richard & Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor in the Physical Sciences, UC Berkeley; Researcher; Author Read more »

Dr. Claude Gruen: New Urban Development: Looking Back to See Forward

Tue, Apr 9 2013 - 6:00pm

Claude Gruen, Ph.D., Principal Economist, Gruen Gruen + Associates, San Francisco

Gabriel Metcalf, Executive Director, SPUR - Moderator Read more »

Sharing Economy

Tue, Mar 5 2013 - 5:00pm

Sharing Economy

Sharing Is the New Shopping

Andy Ruben, Co-founder, Yerdle
Bill Parish, President and Co-founder, Solar Mosaic
Lisa Gansky, Author, The Mesh: Why the Future of Business is Sharing

With a slow economy consumers are looking for ways to spend less and waste less. Read more »

Matt Walker: The Mysteries of Sleep

Mon, Mar 4 2013 - 7:00pm

The Mysteries of Sleep

Matt Walker, Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology, UC Berkeley 

Lisa Krieger, Science and Medical Research Reporter, San Jose Mercury News - Moderator

One of the great remaining scientific mysteries is the question, why do we sleep? Walker will discuss the importance of sleep and describe how a night of sleep remodels our brains, enhances memory, inspires creative insights and rebalances our next-day emotional reactivity. Read more »

Po Bronson: The Science of Winning and Losing

Thu, Feb 28 2013 - 6:00pm

Po Bronson

Author, Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing

Doug Sovern, KCBS Radio Correspondent - Moderator

What are the differences between a winning and losing performance? Why are we able to rise to the challenge one day, but wilt from it the next? Can we in fact become better competitors? In Top Dog, Bronson and co-author Ashley Merryman use cutting-edge science to tease out the hidden factors at the core of great triumphs ­– and tragic failures. Read more »

George Packer: The New America

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Tue, Jun 4 2013 - 6:00pm

Staff Writer, The New Yorker; Author, The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America

Doug Sovern, KCBS Radio Political Reporter - Moderator Read more »