Listen to the podcasts of some of our past Leadership Lectures from the privacy of your own homes. Be inspired by these remarkable leaders and be sure to attend our Upcoming Lectures.
- Fred Spier (August 27, 2012)
In his book, Big History and the Future of Humanity, Dr. Fred Spier presents an original theoretical approach that makes “big history” – the placing of the human past within the history of life, the Earth, and the Universe. .
- Michael David Lukas (April 25, 2012)
Join author, David Lukas and KQED host Michale Krasny in a discussion of the novel The Oracle of Stamboul at this special OBOM culmination event.
- Annie Lamont (April 11, 2012)
In Some Assembly Required, bestselling author Anne Lamott and her son, Sam, chronicle his first year as a father and her own evolution from mother to grandmother.
- Robert Bellah (February 9, 2012)
Author, Robert Bellah discusses his book Religion in Human Evolution. It is a work of extraordinary ambition which answers the call for a critical history of religion grounded in the full range of human constraints and possibilities.
- Tom Brokaw, (January 22, 2012)
Tom Brokaw, known and beloved for his landmark work in American journalism and for the New York Times bestsellers The Greatest Generation and Boom!, now turns his attention to the challenges that face America in the new millennium, to offer reflections on how we can restore America’s greatness.
- Chris Matthews (November 9, 2011)
To Chris Matthews, the host of Hardball on MSNBC, President Kennedy has long been both an avatar and a puzzle, a beacon and a conundrum. Years in the making, Matthews has woven his firsthand encounters with JFK into a remarkable new portrait, Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero.
- Jane Lynch (September 25, 2011)
Reflecting upon the successes of her recent past and wishing she could have told her more anxious, younger self to not worry so much, the star of Glee has written a memoir, Happy Accidents.
- Khaled Hosseini (September 15, 2011)
InThe Kite Runner Graphic Novel, Hosseini brings his spellbinding story to a new generation of readers. It is a beautiful new rendering of a story loved by millions around the world.
- Brian Swimme (September 7, 2011)
Cosmologist and host Brian Swimme takes viewers on a 14 billion-year voyage through time and space in this scientific narrative as he daringly combines science with humanistic insights about the nature of our universe.
- Rick Steves (November 10, 2010)
Rick Steves, travel writer, PBS television host, and Seattle businessman shares what he has learned in his 30 years of travel.
- Robert B. Reich (October 1, 2010)
Robert B. Reich, one of America's most trenchant and informed economy experts, speaks about his new novel, Aftershock.
- Rosanne Cash (August 18, 2010)
Rosanne Cash, daughter of country music legend Johnny Cash, speaks about her musical career and her new book, Composed: a Memoir.
- Craig Robinson (April 27, 2010)
Craig Robinson offers a stunning tribute to the mentors in his life who contributed to his understanding of what it means to have character on and off the basketball court.
- Michael Chabon (April 28, 2010)
Michael Chabon, hailed as one of America’s finest current writers, talks about his inventive new novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.
- Bill McKibben (April 22, 2010)
Bill McKibben continues the argument that climate change is already upon us, drastically changing the planet. In fact, our current planet is so fundamentally different from the old globe that we might as well change its name.
- Atul Gawande (January 12, 2010)
Dr. Atul Gawande details the lifesaving potential of the everyday checklist in the complex world of surgery.
- David Plouffe (November 11, 2009)
David Plouffe, the architect behind Barack Obama’s election to the presidency, shares how the Obama campaign reenergized America’s very idea of Democracy.
- Barbara Ehrenreich (October 23, 2009)
Barbara Ehrenreich breaks down America’s stay-positive mentality to show that it’s not always a good thing to ignore potential negatives.
- Sue Monk Kidd (September 18, 2009)
Sue Monk Kidd, author of The Secret Life of Bees, shares the spotlight with daughter Ann Kidd Taylor as the two of them retell a story of indulgence in travel, spirituality, and femininity.
- Daniel Goleman (May 13, 2009)
Daniel Goleman explains that as a slew of new information technologies enter the world forum, the way we consume will not only become more transparent, but will be forever changed by our environmental conscience.
- Dave Eggers (April 23, 2009)
Dave Eggers, author of the highly acclaimed novel What is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng, tells the incredible story of lost boy Valentino Achak Deng as he treks across Africa to escape the Sudanese genocide.
- Germaine Greer (March 30, 2009)
In Shakespeare's Wife, acclaimed feminist author Germaine Greer reclaims Ann Hathaway, Shakespeare's little-known wife, from generations of scholarly neglect and misogyny.
- Nancy Pelosi (August 12, 2008)
“We have made history, now let us make progress.” Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi reaches out to America’s women, encouraging them to speak up and make their voices heard.
- Amy Tan (May 6, 2008)
Amy Tan describes her creation of Saving Fish from Drowning, a provocative tale set in Burma that walks the line between what is real and what is make believe.
- Cherie Blair (October 20, 2008)
Cherie Blair discusses her experiences in growing up, her encounters and friendships with foreign leaders, and how a young girl with an unconventional childhood grew up into a working mother and wife of England’s prime minister.
- Marian Wright Edelman (October 27, 2008)
Civil rights leader Marian Wright Edelman implores America to invest in its children, thereby investing in its present and future as a nation.