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544 Days in an Iranian Prison

Wed, Oct 5 2016 - 7:00pm

Jared Huffman, U.S. Representative
In conversation with Ali Rezaian

Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian, a U.S. citizen, was held in an Iranian prison on undisclosed charges for 18 months. Why is Jason's story relevant today? Congressman Jared Huffman and Jason's brother, Ali, will give us the inside story of dogged diplomacy, and knowledge gained which may help other Americans detained overseas.

This program includes complimentary light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar from 7-7:45.

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KQED’s Michael Krasny: Oy, Does He Have Jokes for You

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Wed, Oct 5 2016 - 6:30pm

Michael Krasny, Host, "Forum"; Author, Let There Be Laughter: A Treasury of Great Jewish Humor and What It Means
In conversation with Peter Coyote

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

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California Power Politics

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Wed, Oct 5 2016 - 6:30pm

Kevin de Leon, President, California State Senate (D-Los Angeles)

Climate disruption and the California drought have been mocked or marginalized in the national political debate. Are Republicans and Democrats in California similarly divided? Where can they agree on water, energy, agriculture and other issues related to the changing climate? Climate impacts such as massive forest fires, rising tides, and severe storms are hitting the state today. Governor Jerry Brown is trying to extend the state’s main climate law, AB 32. Is that going to happen? Read more »

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Sir Roger Penrose: What We All Need to Know About Physics

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Tue, Oct 4 2016 - 6:30pm

Roger Penrose, Theoretical Physicist; Author, Fashion, Faith, and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe 
In conversation with Dr. David Eisenbud, director, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute and Professor of Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley Read more »

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Autonomous Vehicles and the Future of Transport

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Mon, Oct 3 2016 - 6:30pm

Emily Castor, Director of Transportation Policy, Lyft
Lauren Isaac, Manager of Transportation Sustainability, Parsons Brinckerhoff
Linsey Willis, Director of External Affairs, Contra Costa Transportation Authority
Jeanette Shaw, CEO, Techolicy—Moderator Read more »

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Rorke Denver: U.S. Navy SEAL Commander

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Thu, Sep 29 2016 - 7:00pm

Rorke Denver, Navy SEAL Commander; Mentor, "American Grit"; Author, Worth Dying For: A Navy Seal’s Call to a Nation; Twitter:

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

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Tech Talk with Kayak.com founder Paul English and Author Tracy Kidder

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Thu, Sep 29 2016 - 6:30pm

Paul English, Co-founder, Kayak.com
Tracy Kidder, Pulitzer Prize Winner; Author, A Truck Full of Money
Becky Worley, Tech Contributor, "Good Morning America"—Moderator

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

Tech titan Paul English, founder of Kayak.com, and his biographer, Tracy Kidder, will talk with "Good Morning America" tech reporter Becky Worley. Read more »

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Waterfront Walking Tour

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Thu, Sep 29 2016 - 1:45pm

Join Rick Evans for his new walking tour exploring the historic sites of the waterfront neighborhood that surrounds the location of the future Commonwealth Club headquarters. Hear the dynamic stories of the entrepreneurs, controversial artists and labor organizers who created this recently revitalized neighborhood. This tour will give you a lively overview of the historic significance of this neighborhood and a close look at the ongoing development.

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Francisco Jiménez

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Wed, Sep 28 2016 - 7:30pm

Francisco Jiménez, Poet; Author; and Educator
In Conversation with Lalo Alcaraz, Nationally Syndicated Artist and Cartoonist

Born in Mexico in 1943, Jiménez spent much of his childhood moving around California with no permanent home or regular schooling. Against incredible odds he went on to earn a Ph.D. and become a professor at his alma mater, Santa Clara University. 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
Holly Kernan, Executive Editor for News, KQED—Moderator Read more »

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