Political satirist P.J. O'Rourke visited The Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco today (September 30, 2010). He was in town to discuss his new book, Don't Vote: It Just Encourages the Bastards. Following his speech and audience question-and-answer session, he sat down with The Club's editor for an interview.
P.J. O'Rourke! Madeleine Albright! Bay Area Bikes! Health Care! Republicans! Christina Romer! Buy this month's issue of The Commonwealth for interesting words from famous thinkers, expert panelists, and the occasional former National Lampoon editor.
Speeches from controversial economist Dambisa Moyo on a better way to aid African development; John Kamm on how China has changed since Tiananmen Square; Canon Andrew White on reconciliation -- and survival -- in Iraq; plus a debate between the heads of Chevron and the Sierra Club; Dr. Gloria Duffy on the value of work; and more.
Our special combined July/August issue focuses on science in many forms, including behind the scenes with "Darwin Awards" creator Wendy Northcutt, astronomer Alan Boss on extraterrestrial life, Prof. Paul R. Ehrlich on "The Dominant Animal," researcher Mary Roach on sex, David Bisno on Darwin's captain, and Alexander Rose and Laura Welcher on saving dying languages. Also, Dr. Gloria Duffy on North Korea and Iran, Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir, and how California prisons dilute prison gangs.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi discusses personal and political power, oilman and investor T. Boone Pickens explains his energy plan, Bo Derek warns of the dangers of wild animal poaching, Matt Miller talks about dead ideas that need to be chucked into the dustbin, foreign consuls discuss the world's view of America under Obama, Dr. Gloria Duffy on her newest houseguest, and more.
Journalist Gwen Ifill discusses the new generation of African-American leaders typified by President Obama, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, and others. Also in this issue: San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom discusses his record and his future plans; science writer Jonah Lehrer on the science of decision-making; Michael Kinsley talks about journalism standards; California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger discusses rescuing the state's gridlocked politics; plus Dr. Gloria Duffy on news after newspapers, Mark Hanis on Darfur genocide, and more.
Travel expert Rick Steves reports on his trip to Iran to learn more about the Iranian people. Dr. Carol Fleming explains how President Lincoln defined and united the country with his Gettysburg Address. An expert panel discusses energy efficiency, and Claire Kremen talks about colony collapse disorder. Plus Dr. Gloria Duffy on the media's role in the economic troubles, a Q&A with radio host Michael Krasny, and more.
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger gives a high-profile argument for green technologies and environmental standards, and he prods Detroit and Washington, D.C., to get out of California's way. Also in this issue: Actor George Hamilton, former eBay executive Meg Whitman, former Shell chief John Hofmeister, Wells Fargo Chairman Dick Kovacevich, Greg Mortenson on helping Third World female education, Dr. Gloria Duffy on corporate e-mail etiquette, plus checking in with Jacques Pepin, Len Downie, Steve Fainaru, and more.