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Marty Nemko: What's the Big Idea?

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Thu, Aug 25 2016 - 6:00pm

Marty Nemko, Ph.D., Contributor, Time; Host, "Work with Marty Nemko," KALW 91.7 FM

What's the Big Idea? Possible Solutions to Our Biggest Problems. Imagine you are emperor of the United States of America. With a wave of your hand, you can enact any policy you want. A policy that would: Read more »

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Can Technology Make Aging Better and Cheaper?

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Wed, Aug 24 2016 - 5:15pm

Richard G. Caro, Ph.D., Co-founder, Tech-enhanced Life, PBC

While much of the Western world worries about the economic and human costs of an aging population, Dr. Caro argues that there is room for optimism—and that by harnessing the power of technology and the untapped wisdom of the older adult population, we can improve the quality of life as we age, expand the capabilities of caregivers, and perhaps even make the process of aging less costly.

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Music As an Alternative to Adversity

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Tue, Aug 23 2016 - 5:15pm

Peter Lewis, Musician; Composer; Songwriter; Guitarist; Founding Member, the San Francisco Rock Band Moby Grape
Arwen Lewis, Musician; Composer; Songwriter; Guitarist; Primary Artist and Lead Singer, Recent Album of Classic Moby Grape Compositions

Peter is Arwen's father, and together they travel and perform acoustic shows featuring original music written by both of them as well as classic Moby Grape compositions. 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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Interfaith Power and Light

Fri, Aug 19 2016 - 12:00pm

Reverend Sally Bingham, Executive Director, Interfaith Power and Light's Regeneration Project
Rabbi Marvin Goodman, Executive Director, Northern California Board of Rabbis
Sumbul Ali Karamali, Author, The Muslim Next Door
Michael Pappas, Executive Director, San Francisco Interfaith Council—Moderator Read more »

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Francis Fukuyama: American Political Decay or Renewal?

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Thu, Aug 18 2016 - 6:00pm

Francis Fukuyama, Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Mosbacher Director of the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, and Professor by Courtesy, Department of Political Science, Stanford University; Author, The End of History and the Last Man (1992) and Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy Read more »

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Safer Guns: A Tech Remedy for the Gun Violence Epidemic

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Tue, Aug 16 2016 - 6:00pm

Margot Hirsch, President, Smart Tech Challenges Foundation
Matt Drange, Technology and Business Writer, Forbes Read more »

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Women Leaders at the Table: Addressing Inequity in the Good Food Movement

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Mon, Aug 15 2016 - 6:45pm

Joann Lo, Executive Director, Food Chain Workers Alliance; Vice President, Los Angeles Food Policy Council’s Leadership Board
Brittni Chicuata, Government Relations Director, American Heart Association | American Stroke Association
Kristyn Leach, Farmer, Namu Farm
Dominica Rice Cisneros, Chef and Owner, Cosecha Cafe (Oakland)
Shakirah Simley, Community Development Director, Bi-Rite Market—Moderator Read more »

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Reading Californians Book Discussion Group

Mon, Aug 15 2016 - 6:00pm

The acclaimed novel The Sympathizer, by Pulitzer Prize-winner Viet Thanh Nguyen, will be discussed at the next meeting of our new book discussion group, Reading Californians. Nguyen was the gold medal winner for first fiction in The Commonwealth Club's recent California Book Awards, which recognized the best published writing in California in 2015. Read more »

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Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon

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Mon, Aug 15 2016 - 12:00pm

Larry Tye, Author, Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon

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

Nobody was better, half a century ago, at thinking about the biggest solutions for the problems of his age than Bobby, whether that be race riots roiling in cities across America, and especially in California; the war raging in Vietnam; or the general issue of inequality that was dividing people along lines of class, race, gender and generation. Read more »

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