Commonwealth Club of California on 89.5-1

Wednesdays at noon

The nation's oldest and largest public affairs forum. The Commonwealth Club presents over 400 annual events on topics ranging across politics, culture, society and the economy to its 15,000 members, and a nation-wide public radio audience.

Wednesday July 2  Freakonomics with Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner

Steven Levitt, Author, Think Like a FreakFreakonomics and SuperFreakonomics

Stephen Dubner, Author, Think Like a FreakFreakonomics and SuperFreakonomicsNow, it’s time for you to think like a “freak.” Levitt and Dubner’s newest masterpiece helps us get wacky to analyze the decisions we make, the plans we create and even the morals we chose. Get freaky – and these statistic gurus will teach you how to make smarter, harder and better decisions. With practical insights from “The Upside of Quitting” to “How to Succeed – With No Talent,” Levitt and Dubner have again turned our brains inside out and made statistics sexy. There’s a hidden side to everything. Get the inside scope from freakonomists Dubner and Levitt.

Wednesday July 9  An Evening of Botany & Booze with the Drunken Botanist

Amy Stewart, Author, The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks; Blogger, GardenRant 

Wondering how to enhance your garden and become a better bartender? Enter Amy Stewart, New York Times best-selling author of Wicked Bugs, Wicked Plants and, most recently, The Drunken Botanist, a guide to the most interesting, unusual and delicious herbs, flowers, trees, fruits and fungi that have helped create the world’s most intoxicating spirits. Join Amy as she blends together one part science, one part history and just a splash of mixology to explore the fascinating world of botany and booze – with a few gardening tips and drink recipes along the way.

Wednesday July 16  David Boies and Theodore Olson: The Case for Marriage Equality

David Boies, Chairman, Boies, Schiller, and Flexner LLP; Co-Author, Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality
Theodore B. Olson, Partner, Gibson, Dunn, and Crutcher, Co-Author, Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality 

Hear the riveting inside story of the Supreme Court’s landmark rulings on The Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8. On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a pair of landmark decisions, reinstating the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in California. Boies and Olson – who argued against each other all the way to the Supreme Court in Bush v. Gore – joined forces to forge the unique legal argument that would carry the day. Now they discuss the story of the five-year struggle to win the right for gay couples to marry, from Proposition 8’s adoption in 2008 to its defeat before the highest court in the land in Hollingsworth v. Perry in 2013. 

Wednesday July 23  SF’s Power Women of Eventbrite, ModCloth & One Kings Lane

Julia Hartz, Co-Founder and President, Eventbrite

Susan Gregg Koger, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer, ModCloth
Alison Pincus, Co-Founder, One Kings Lane; Founder, Hunters AlleyOn
Jory Des Jardins, Co-Founder and President of Strategic Alliances, BlogHer

ModCloth, One Kings Lane and Eventbrite are three ventures that have grown from revolutionary beginnings and transformed the world of commerce. Join us as we host three of San Francisco’s most innovative female entrepreneurs for a conversation on gutsily growing your business and being a woman power player.

Wednesday July 30  Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel: Reinventing American Health Care

Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D., Former Chief Health Policy Advisor to President Obama; Vice Provost for Global Initiatives and Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, University of Pennsylvania; Author, Reinventing American Health Care and Brothers Emanuel: A Memoir of an American Family

Emanuel has written what is being called a brilliant diagnostic explanation of why health care in America has become such a divisive social issue, how money and medicine have their own – quite distinct – American story, and why reform has bedeviled both liberal and conservative presidents for more than 100 years. He will forecast six mega trends in health that will determine the market for health care in 2020 and beyond.

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