“The Commonwealth Club” Lecture Series on MCAET


“The Commonwealth Club” lecture series presents a new episode every Monday on MCAET.

The mission of the Commonwealth Club of California is to be the leading national forum open to all for the impartial discussion of public issues important to the membership, community and nation. MCAET is proud to present lectures from The Commonwealth Club, featuring a lineup of nationally renown speakers from chefs to authors, from mayors to Presidents.

Watch “Commonwealth Club” on MCAET.ORG/LIVE on the following days:
  • Mondays at 1:00 PM & 7:00 PM
  • Tuesdays at 1:00 AM & 7:00 AM

Here is the speaker schedule for November:

November 3rd & 4th: John Dean
Dean, one of the last major surviving figures of Watergate, connects the dots between what we’ve come to believe about Watergate and what actually happened. Watergate forever changed American politics, and in light of the revelations about the NSA’s widespread surveillance program, the scandal has taken on new significance. Dean draws on his own transcripts of almost a thousand conversations, a wealth of Nixon’s secretly recorded information, and documents in the National Archives and Nixon Library to provide the definitive answer to the question: What did President Nixon know and when did he know it?

November 10th & 11th: Nina Teicholz
Investigative journalist Nina Teicholz spent nine years deeply researching the effect that fats have on our bodies. She found the unthinkable: everything we thought we knew about dietary fats is wrong. For decades, we have been told that the best possible diet involves cutting back on fat, especially saturated fat, and that if we are not getting healthier or thinner it must be because we are not trying hard enough. What if those exact foods we’ve been denying ourselves — the creamy cheeses, the sizzling steaks — are themselves the key to reversing the epidemics of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease? Teicholz will discuss how the misinformation about saturated fats took hold in the scientific community as well as the public imagination, and how recent findings dispute those beliefs.

November 17th & 18th: Jack Devine
As one of the legendary spymasters of our time, Jack Devine served America’s interests for more than 30 years in a wide range of covert operations, ultimately overseeing the Directorate of Operations, a CIA division that watches over thousands of American covert operatives worldwide. Good Hunting is his guide to the art of spy craft, told with great wit, candor and common-sense wisdom. Caricatured by Hollywood, lionized by the right and pilloried by the left, the CIA remains one of the least understood instruments of the United States government. Now Devine sees the agency trapped within a larger bureaucracy, losing swaths of turf to the military and, most ominous of all, being transformed into a paramilitary organization, thereby degrading its capacity to do what it does best.

November 24th & 25th: Michael Mina & Michael Chiarello
In Travel + Leisure’s 2013 America’s Favorite Cities survey San Francisco was voted first place for fine-dining restaurants… no surprise there. San Franciscans are some of the luckiest eaters in the world, surrounded by award-winning spots, top produce and agriculture, and the most innovative chefs in the world. Two such masters of their craft are Michael Mina and Michael Chiarello, who have been movers and shakers in California cooking for the past three decades. Though each takes a distinct approach to American cuisine, both chefs share a fierce regional devotion and a passion for exploration – from pioneering culinary trends to promoting sustainable farming practices to embracing new technology and social media. Join us as rising star Evan Rich gets these two giants to open up about their passions, the process, the American dining landscape and their experiences shaping California food.

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