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How to Make a Spaceship! (without NASA)

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Mon, Oct 24 2016 - 6:30pm

Julian Guthrie, Journalist; Author, How to Make a Spaceship: A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race, and the Birth of Private Spaceflight
Mike Melvill, World's First Commercial Astronaut
Matt Stinemetze, Engineer and Project Manager, Burt Rutan's SpaceShipOne
Erik Lindbergh, Grandson of Aviators Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh; Supporter of Private Race to Space Read more »

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Bread, Wine and Chocolate in a Warming World

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Tue, Oct 18 2016 - 6:30pm

Simran Sethi, Author, Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love
Anna Lappe, Author, Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It Read more »

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Robert Reich: The Oddest Presidential Election in Living Memory

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Tue, Sep 27 2016 - 6:30pm

Robert Reich, Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley; Former Secretary of Labor; Author, Saving Capitalism

In the midst of an unpredictable presidential election, get insight from a veteran political figure who knows Washington inside and out. Time magazine named Reich one of the 10 most effective cabinet secretaries of the 20th century. He is a founding editor of the American Prospect magazine and chairman of Common Cause. Come hear his provocative thoughts on the presidential election and the future of America. Read more »

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Elizabeth Lesser in Conversation with Isabel Allende

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Mon, Sep 26 2016 - 6:30pm

Elizabeth Lesser, Co Founder, Omega Institute; Author, Marrow: A Love Story
In Conversation with Isabel Allende, Novelist and Human Rights Activist

This program is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Read more »

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Anger and Mourning on the American Right

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Wed, Sep 14 2016 - 7:00pm

Arlie R. Hochschild, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, Department of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley

In Strangers in Their Own Land, the renowned sociologist Arlie Hochschild embarks on a thought-provoking journey from her liberal hometown of Berkeley, California, deep into Louisiana bayou country. In the right-wing world she explores, Hochschild discovers powerful forces that override self-interest, as progressives see it, and help explain the emotional appeal of a candidate like Donald Trump. Read more »

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BBC Correspondent Bill Hayton: Who Owns the South China Sea?

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Fri, Aug 26 2016 - 12:00pm

Bill Hayton, BBC Correspondent, Author, The South China Sea: The Struggle for Power in Asia
Frank Wu, Professor and former Dean, University of California Hastings Law School; Chairman, Committee of 100—Moderator Read more »

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Can California Get to 100-percent Clean Power?

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Tue, Aug 23 2016 - 6:30pm

Mark Ferron, Member, California Independent System Operator
Mark Jacobson, Professor, Stanford
Geisha J. Williams, President, PG&E

Mark Jacobson leads a team that says California and other states can get to 100-percent renewable power by 2050. Celebrity activists Mark Ruffalo and Leonardo DiCaprio are backing him. Read more »

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Nob Hill Walking Tour

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Fri, Aug 19 2016 - 1:45pm

Explore one of San Francisco’s 44 hills, and one of its original “Seven Hills”. Because of great views and its central position, Nob Hill became an exclusive enclave of the rich and famous on the west coast who built large mansions in the neighborhood. This included prominent tycoons such as Leland Stanford, and other members of the Big Four. Highlights include the history of four landmark hotels: The Fairmont, Mark Hopkins, Stanford Court, and Huntington Hotel. Read more »

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Will Durst: 2016 Election Madness!

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Wed, Aug 17 2016 - 6:30pm

Will Durst, Political Satirist; Twitter
Melissa Caen, Political Analyst, CBS SF—Moderator

In possibly one of the most contentious and hotly contested elections in our lifetimes, don’t miss Will Durst’s take on the 2016 election cycle and the candidates seeking the White House. Read more »

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Former San Francisco Giant Jeremy Affeldt: There Is Life After Baseball

Tue, Aug 16 2016 - 12:00pm

Jeremy Affeldt, San Francisco Giants Pitcher 2008-2015; Philanthropist; Author, To Stir A Movement, Life, Justice and Major League Baseball
In conversation with Lenny Mendonca, Director Emeritus, McKinsey & Company; Member, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors Read more »

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