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The Commonwealth Club of California is the nation's largest public affairs forum. The nonpartisan and nonprofit Club produces and distributes programs featuring diverse viewpoints from thought leaders on important topics. The Club's weekly radio broadcast — the oldest in the U.S., since 1924 — is carried on hundreds of stations. Our website features audio and video of our programs. This podcast feed is usually updated multiple times each week.

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The Commonwealth Club of California is the nation's largest public affairs forum. The nonpartisan and nonprofit Club produces and distributes programs featuring diverse viewpoints from thought leaders on important topics. The Club's weekly radio broadcast — the oldest in the U.S., since 1924 — is carried on hundreds of stations. Our website features audio and video of our programs. This podcast feed is usually updated multiple times each week.

    Is It Over Yet? A Special Week to Week Political Roundtable

    Is It Over Yet? A Special Week to Week Political Roundtable

    With a pandemic raging, an economy in trouble, racial justice galvanizing protestors nationwide, it's not a bad time to have a political roundtable, right? We'll discuss the latest political news with civility and good humor, and we invite you to be a part of this virtual experience.

    Failure to Appear: Resistance, Loss and Identity

    Failure to Appear: Resistance, Loss and Identity

    In May 1969, Freeman was an anti-war pacifist working in Chicago as a draft counselor for a Quaker social action committee. She and a group of fellow activists broke into a Southside Chicago draft board, dragged 40,000 draft records out into the parking lot, and set them ablaze. Her federal trial began in May 1970, only a few days after four Kent State protestors had been killed by the National Guard. During her trial, the jury was not permitted to hear any testimony about the defendants’ ideals or motivation and it became clear that the judge was seeking unprecedentedly long sentences. So a few days before the trial ended she fled with her friend and co-defendant, a radical Catholic priest.

    In Failure to Appear, Freeman recounts her precarious life as a fugitive for almost two decades, her struggle to find her true identity amid the lies she told about herself, the pain and confusion of being "hidden in a closet within a closet," and how she finally found a way back out of both closets with her values intact.

    Sunny Panyanouvong-Rubeck: Looking to Make History

    Sunny Panyanouvong-Rubeck: Looking to Make History

    If Republican Sunny Panyanouvong-Rubeck wins her election to be a judge in the North Carolina 26th Judicial District, she would become the first Lao-American judge in U.S. history.

    Join us for a conversation about politics, identifying with the GOP, and the issues that are impacting immigrants and communities of people of color.

    In 1981, her family was sponsored by a Baptist church when they arrived as refugees to the United States. Panyanouvong-Rubeck says she dreamed of a judicial system that treated everybody with fairness and equality. She credits her ability to seek election to a judgeship to America’s heartfelt welcoming attitude and its commitment to the inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

    India, Israel and Berkeley

    India, Israel and Berkeley

    Our distinguished panel will discuss the ties between Israel, India and Berkeley, demonstrated in the Berkeley-based Magnes Collection of jewish Art and Life's beautiful collection of Indian Jewish artifacts.

    Deputy Consul General Zamir, who was previously stationed in Mumbai, will talk about his experiences there. The little known facts that Jews have lived in India for thousands of years and that presently about 80,000 Indian Jews live in Israel, will also be discussed.

    MLF ORGANIZER
    Celia Menczel
    NOTES
    MLF: Middle East

    Establishing a Culture of Intentional Integrity at Work

    Establishing a Culture of Intentional Integrity at Work

    Robert Chesnut , in his book Intentional Integrity, offers a 6-step process for leaders to foster and manage a culture of integrity at work. He explains the rationale and legal context for ethics and practices, and he presents scenarios to illuminate the nuances of thinking deeply and objectively about workplace culture. His experience is based on his broad experience at Airbnb, EBay and other tech environments.

    MLF ORGANIZER
    Elizabeth Carney

    Legacy Letters: Our Responsibility to Document This Time in History

    Legacy Letters: Our Responsibility to Document This Time in History

    Join us to take on the responsibility to document, communicate and preserve our lives and our times for those who’ll live in tomorrow’s world. Using a legacy letter format, we’ll address our experience, learning and love in this pivotal moment in history.

    This program is designed for beginning as well as practiced writers.

    MLF ORGANIZER

    Denise Michaud

    NOTES:

    MLF: Grownups

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226 Ratings

226 Ratings

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Benioff was great - lousy host

The woman who introduced Benioff interrupted and attempted to be funny to the point of distraction. Bad form.

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Identity politics

Lately they have been riding the identity politics train, which is really sad. We don’t need more societal atomization and emphasis on racial differences - a uniquely American and failing approach to societal tensions. Education, class, labor issues are the great equalizers of any society.

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