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Rebecca Solnit

One of San Francisco’s most provocative writers, Rebecca Solnit explores major disaster and discovers people’s capacity to rise to the occasion with creativity and courage.



Charles Bernstein and Norman Fischer

Poets Charles Bernstein and Norman Fischer discuss how being Jewish reflects on their poetry and how the avant-garde tradition informs their identity.

Kevin Starr and John Rothmann

Former California State Historian Kevin Starr talks to KGO Radio’s John Rothmann about the final volume of his magnum opus on the Golden State.



Jared Cohen

While still a student, Jared Cohen defied government warnings and made a series of perilous journeys to Iran, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. Cohen’s eye-opening, first-hand account of a thriving and progressive Muslim youth culture includes perspectives from Hezbollah members, Palestinian refugees and Iraqi insurgents.

Natan Sharansky

Former Soviet dissident, political prisoner, and human rights icon, Natan Sharansky has spent his life championing democracy and freedom. In 1977, he was arrested by the KGB for his activism and his support for Soviet Jewry’s demands to emigrate to Israel and imprisoned for nine years. His latest book, Defending Identity, is a piercing examination of the dominant force that shapes political interactions and its indispensable role in protecting democracy.

Robert Thurman

An international authority on world religions and spirituality, Asian history, philosophy and Tibetan Buddhism, Thurman is an eloquent teacher of the relevance of Eastern knowledge and ideas to our daily lives. Drawing an analogy between Tibetans and Jews in regard to finding the courage to overcome genocide and exile, Thurman encourages incorporating Eastern traditions into your life as a way of “enriching what you already are.”


Jane Smiley

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Thousand Acres has written eleven novels. An outspoken anti-Bush blogger, Smiley speaks her mind on subjects ranging from horse training to marriage, Barbie, and impulse buying. Her new novel Ten Days in the Hills is about Hollywood and sex.

Ishmael Beah

There may be as many as 300,000 child soldiers, high on drugs and wielding AK-47s, in more than 50 conflicts around the world. Ishmael Beah used to be one of them. This former child soldier, who was swept up in Sierra Leone’s civil war, gives us one of the only first-person accounts of a child abducted into the horrors of warfare.

Agi Mishol

One of Israel’s most celebrated poets, Agi Mishol discusses her work and her growing up in Israel as the child of Holocaust survivors.


Jennifer Baumgardner

Thirty-something feminist activist Jennifer Baumgardner argues that the women’s movement didn’t necessarily provide her generation with a road map to the equal, fulfilling relationships that they expected. It is the insurgent voices of bisexual women, she says, that are furthering the aims of the feminist dream for a better world.