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Jonathan Safran Foer-Author, Everything Is Illuminated and Eating Animals

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Jonathan Safran Foer

Author, Everything Is Illuminated and Eating Animals

Foer looks at our dining habits, insatiable appetites and the cultural meaning of food. He explores the ethical, environmental and health risks behind commercial fishing and factory farming and discusses his journey from carnivore to vegetarian. Hear from the man that actress Natalie Portman claims changed her from a “20-year vegetarian to a vegan activist.” Read more »

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Rick Bayless, Chef-Restaurateur, Co-Founder of the Frontera Farmer Foundation (8/17/2010)

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Rick Bayless Chef; Restaurateur; Co-Founder, Frontera Farmer Foundation; Author, Fiesta at Rick’s: Fabulous Food, Luscious Libations, Great Times with Friends
In conversation with chef Joey Altman

Award winning Chef and TV Personality Bayless has spent the last 30 years putting his own delicious twist on gourmet Mexican cuisine. With successful restaurants around the country, he has cooked for everyone from Oprah Winfrey to President Obama. Read more »

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Muhammad Yunus: 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Winner; Founder, Grameen Bank (5/24/2010)

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Muhammad Yunus, 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Winner; Founder, Grameen Bank; Author, Building Social Business: The New Kind of Capitalism that Serves Humanity’s Most Pressing Needs Read more »

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Rise of the Graphic Novel

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Rise of the Graphic Novel

Gene Yang, Creator, American Born Chinese
Andy Hartzell, Creator, Fox Bunny Funny
Lark Pien, Creator, Long Tail Kitty; Colorist, American Born Chinese
Dash Shaw, Creator, Body World and Bottomless Belly Button
Summerlea Kashar, Acting Director, Cartoon Art Museum Read more »

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Governance in California: From Greatness to Gridlock in 50 Years (3/8/2010)

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William T. Bagley, Former California Assemblyman and UC Regent; Author, California’s Golden Years Read more »

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Bill George: Seven Lessons for Leading in Crisis (12/2/2009)

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Bill George, Professor, Harvard Business School; Former CEO, Medtronic; Author, Seven Lessons for Leading in Crisis

As the U.S. continues to feel the devastating effects of the economic meltdown and widespread job losses, George reminds us that it is precisely in times like these that leaders of organizations of all sizes must remember to “never waste a good crisis.” Read more »

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Greg Mortenson, Co-founder, Central Asia Institute; Co-author, Three Cups of Tea

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Greg Mortenson, Co-founder, Central Asia Institute; Co-author, Three Cups of Tea; Author, Stones in Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan Read more »

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A.J. Jacobs: My Life As an Experiment (9/16/2009)

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A.J. Jacobs, Author, The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life As an Experiment; Editor at Large, Esquire Read more »

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Frederick Hertz: Making It Legal (9/2/2009)

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Frederick Hertz, Attorney; Author

Fighting for the right to marry or register as domestic partners may be easy for many gays and lesbians to embrace, but deciding whether to legally partner your beloved raises far more personal questions.

This program was recorded in front of a live audience at The Commonwealth Club on September 2, 2009.

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Christopher Hitchens: Contributing Editor and Columnist, Vanity Fair; Media Fellow, Hoover Institution; Author, God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

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Christopher Hitchens, Contributing Editor and Columnist, Vanity Fair; Media Fellow, Hoover Institution; Author, God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

Acclaimed writer and political scholar, Hitchens may just be the only writer to have recently visited Iran, Iraq and North Korea. Join us for this special program as he examines all three of those the countries.

This program was recorded in front of a live audience at the Commonwealth Club in Palo Alto, on July 9th.

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