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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 »

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Lilia Shevtsova - Author of Russia: Lost in Transition, The Yeltsin & Putin Legacies (10/16/2007)

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Russian professor Lilia Shevtsova (Senior Associate at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) speaks to the Club about all things Russia. Her book is Russia, Lost in Transition: The Yelsten & Putin Legacies

This program was recorded live on October 16, 2007.

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Panel Discussion: Reflections on Ken Burns' "The War" (1/10/2008)

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PANEL:

LYNN NOVICK, Co-Director, The War

SASCHA WEINZHEIMER, Sacramento Witness

DAVID KENNEDY, Professor of History, Stanford University

BURNETT MILLER, Sacramento Witness; Participant; World War II Veteran



REFLECTIONS ON KEN BURNS’ “THE WAR” Read more »

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Dee Dee Myers, Former Press Secretary; Author, Why Women Should Run the World

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Why Women Should Run the World



Dee Dee Myers, Former Press Secretary; Author, Why Women Should Run the World Read more »

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Shelley Lapkoff, Ph.D., Demographer

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The Surprising History of the Pledge of Allegiance


Shelley Lapkoff, Ph.D., Demographer


We memorize it at an early age and repeat it at public gatherings, but few know the real story behind the Pledge of Allegiance. In this national election year, when words and phrases like “patriotism” and “under God” invoke heated discussion, Lapkoff provides an intriguing and insightful glimpse of our broader social, economic and political history through the lens of this enshrined collective oath.
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Steve Forbes, Chairman/CEO, Forbes, Inc.; Editor-in-Chief, Forbes; Author, A New Birth of Freedom (8/7/2008)

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Elections and the Credit Crisis: What’s Next for the U.S. Economy

Steve Forbes, Chairman/CEO, Forbes, Inc.; Editor-in-Chief, Forbes; Author, A New Birth of Freedom Read more »

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Richard Kovacevich, Chairman, Wells Fargo & Company (10/21/2008)

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“Now and Then” with Dick Kovacevich: Leadership in a Time of Financial Crisis


Richard Kovacevich, Chairman, Wells Fargo & Company Read more »

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Problems with Progress: A Historical Perspective on the Presidency (1/15/2009)

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Leon Litwack, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Historian; Professor, UC Berkeley (retired); Author, How Free Is Free
James Taylor, Associate Professor of Politics, University of San Francisco Read more »

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