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Radio Program: Dan Pfeiffer and Katy Tur

This radio program from The Commonwealth Club draws on two separate events: "Dan Pfeiffer: Battling the Big Lie" and "Katy Tur: Rough Draft." 

"Pod Save America" co-host Dan Pfeiffer argues that democracy relies on a shared understanding of reality—and with misinformation and fake news saturating the American political right, this shared understanding is in peril. Hobbling America’s ability to rationally deal with threats like the COVID pandemic and climate change, Pfeiffer argues that something must be done about right wing media—and fast.

MSNBC anchor and New York Times bestselling author Katy Tur knows precisely what difficulties come from a life chasing news stories. Though she gained popularity covering then-candidate Donald Trump in 2015 and 2016, her newest release Rough Draft details the early years of her life as the daughter of two groundbreaking helicopter journalists in Los Angeles leading up to her own breakout career as a reporter. She explores the gift and curse of family legacy and for the first time, opens up about her complicated relationship with her parents. She also takes readers behind the desk to reveal what it is like to report during a time of massive chaos, disinformation and extremism, and she shares how she navigated the unprecedented and embraced the moment.


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

Bernard Osher Foundation

Katy Tur photo courtesy of NBC.

June 12, 2022

The Commonwealth Club of California
United States


Dan Pfeiffer

Co-host, "Pod Save America"; Author, Battling the Big Lie: How Fox, Facebook, and the MAGA Media Are Destroying America

In Conversation with Clara Jeffery

Editor in Chief, Mother Jones

Katy Tur

Anchor, MSNBC Live; Author, Rough Draft: A Memoir; Twitter @KatyTurNBC

In Conversation with Marisa Lagos

Correspondent for California Politics and Government, KQED; Twitter @mlagos