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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.

    Inside the Adachi Project

    Inside the Adachi Project

    Join us for an inside look at The Adachi Project, a first-of-its-kind storytelling initiative that spotlights powerful stories and unseen perspectives of the U.S. criminal legal system via compelling documentary film, video and photojournalism.
    Following an introduction to The Adachi Project by Mano Raju and Santhosh Daniel, we'll view one of the films from the project and feature a discussion with the people involved.
    SPEAKERS
    Santhosh Daniel
    Founding Partner, The Adachi Project; Founder, Compound; Co-Founder, First Kitchen Media
    Mohammad Gorjestani
    Founding Partner, The Adachi Project; Filmmaker and Creative Director
    Carolyn Ji Jong Goossen
    San Francisco Policy Director, San Francisco Public Defender’s Office; Leading Member, The Adachi Project
    William M. Palmer II (Tariq)
    Criminal Justice Advocate; Committee Member, San Francisco Reentry Sentencing Commission, Direct Services; Co-Leader, Subcommittee on Legislation, Policy & Practices; Communications Fellow, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children; CEO, Life After Next
    Hadi Razzaq
    Managing Attorney, San Francisco Public Defender’s Office; Core Member, The Adachi Project
    Mano Raju
    Public Defender, City and County of San Francisco
    Michelle Meow
    Producer and Host, "The Michelle Meow Show," KBCW/KPIX and Podcast; Member, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors—Host
    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently hosting all of our live programming via YouTube live stream. This program was recorded via video conference on April 23rd, 2021 by the Commonwealth Club of California.
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    A Conversation with Cindy McCain

    A Conversation with Cindy McCain

    "My husband, John McCain, never viewed himself as larger than life—but he was. He had more tenacity and resolve than anybody I ever met. Being with him didn’t hold me back—it gave me flight, a courage I never would have felt on my own." —Cindy McCain
    John McCain was a respected six-term senator from Arizona, Navy hero, and dedicated family man. No one knew him better than his wife of 38 years, Cindy McCain.
    She said, “My husband John lived by a code: country first. We are Republicans, yes, but Americans foremost. . . ." Last year she made the bold decision to cross party lines and endorse Joe Biden for president. 
    In her new book Stronger, she reveals her own successes and challenges and how Sen. McCain inspired her to fight for family, honor and country.
    Join an inspirational conversation with Cindy McCain about her life and her husband's lasting legacy.
    NOTES
    This program is part of The Commonwealth Club’s Series on Ethics and Accountability, generously underwritten by The Travers Family Foundation.
    Thanks to the support of the Bernard Osher Foundation, this program is also part of our Good Lit series
    SPEAKERS
    Cindy McCain
    Author, Stronger: Courage, Hope, and Humor in My Life with John McCain; Twitter @cindymccain
    In Conversation with Dan Ashley
    Anchor, ABC7 KGO-TV and Member, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors; Twitter: @DanAshleyABC7
    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently hosting all of our live programming via YouTube live stream. This program was recorded via video conference on May 5th, 2021 by the Commonwealth Club of California.
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    Commonwealth Club Week in Review for May 7, 2021

    Commonwealth Club Week in Review for May 7, 2021

    This is your Commonwealth Club week in review. Hear what you missed this week, and what we’ve got lined up for you next week.
    We’re always adding new programs - check out commonwealthclub.org/online for all of our upcoming events.
    If you haven’t already - please consider becoming a member of the Club. Enjoy exclusive discounts and access to special programs all while knowing your contributions directly support our many public programs and civic initiatives.
    Visit commonwealthclub.org/special, for special rates on memberships.
    Thanks for your support and as always - thanks for listening!
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    The Illusion of Evidence-Based Medicine: Distorted Science in the Age of Big Pharma

    The Illusion of Evidence-Based Medicine: Distorted Science in the Age of Big Pharma

    Financial interests distort the truths of evidence-based medicine, says Dr. Leemon B. McHenry. By revealing previously confidential documents released in litigation, Dr. McHenry exposes the role that pharmaceutical marketing has in the construction of medical literature, conference presentations and continuing medical education. The marketing spin is designed to be indistinguishable from the genuine science, he says, thus seriously misleading our medical professionals and the public.
    Leemon B. McHenry, Ph.D. specializes in medical ethics and philosophy of science. He is a legal research consultant, and is a professor emeritus at California State University in Northridge. He is the co-author of The Illusion of Evidence-Based Medicine: Exposing the Crisis of Credibility in Clinical Research.
    MLF ORGANIZER
    Adrea Brier
    NOTES
    MLF: Health & Medicine
    SPEAKERS
    Leemon B. McHenry
    Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, California State University, Northridge; Co-Author, The Illusion of Evidence-Based Medicine: Exposing the Crisis of Credibility in Clinical Research
    Adrea Brier
    CHNP, CLC, Vice Chair, Health and Medicine Member-Led Forum; International Integrative Epigenetic Cancer Consultant; Life Coach—Moderator
    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently hosting all of our live programming via YouTube live stream. This program was recorded via video conference on May 4th, 2021 by the Commonwealth Club of California.
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    CLIMATE ONE: Climate Stories We Tell Ourselves

    CLIMATE ONE: Climate Stories We Tell Ourselves

    How do our identities and values shape the way we listen to others’ climate experience? Author Nathaniel Rich and journalist Meera Subramanian cover the hopes, fears, and middle-of-the-night concerns affecting the people living closest to climate change. 
    In Georgia, farmers were convinced that climate is a political issue — until too-warm winters began upending the Peach State’s prized crop. In a wealthy Los Angeles suburb, an invisible methane gas leak caused outrage and hysteria for local residents concerned about personal health and property values — but not the climate.
    “I think we've all gotten really used to telling our stories, putting them out there in the world, and it sometimes feels like maybe not so many people are actually listening to them,” Subramanian says. “And so I think sometimes showing up as a journalist and just being all ears can feel kind of profound.”
    Guests:
    Nathaniel Rich, Author, Losing Earth; Second Nature
    Meera Subramanian, Environmental Journalist

    Have you ever had a difficult conversation about climate? A disagreement, perhaps, or coming to terms with a new reality? We’d like to hear your stories. Please call (650) 382-3869 and leave us a voicemail about your toughest climate conversation. Or drop us a line at climateone@gmail.com. We may use your story in an upcoming episode.
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    Making Waves: Protecting Nature and Culture in Micronesia

    Making Waves: Protecting Nature and Culture in Micronesia

    Climate change threatens the very existence of many small island nations. Sea-level rise, weather extremes and coral reef destruction caused by warming waters have driven untold destruction and outmigration, with some communities fleeing—literally—to higher ground.
    Fighting for their collective survival, three small Pacific Island nations and two U.S. territories spanning over 2 million square miles of ocean launched the Micronesia Challenge in the mid-2000s to protect critical land and marine ecosystems by 2020—reducing human impact that imperils reefs, coastlines and mountains. A strategic partner since the Challenge’s founding, The Nature Conservancy is working across Micronesia as this initiative launches bold new 2030 targets for people and nature.
    SPEAKERS
    Kate Brown
    Executive Director, Global Island Partnership
    Willy Kostka
    Executive Director, Micronesia Conservation Trust
    Trina Leberer
    Director, Pacific Regional Partnerships, The Nature Conservancy
    Ben Doherty
    Pacific EditorThe Guardian—Moderator
    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently hosting all of our live programming via YouTube live stream. This program was recorded via video conference on April 29th, 2021 by the Commonwealth Club of California.
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Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
276 Ratings

276 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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Such a treat - join the “club”

I was a longtime Commonwealth Club member until life got in the way. So great to have this podcasts with the top thinkers of our day.

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Love It But Episode Overload

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