Commonwealth Club of California Podcast


Free Resource (#425) - October 30th, 2007
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Commonwealth Club Radio Program Podcast

The Commonwealth Club of California has been bringing fascinating speakers to their forum since 1903. Their podcast feed currently features almost two years of speaking events. Many of the podcasts feature authors such as actor Alan Alda on his book Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself, humorist P. J. O'Rourke on his book On the Wealth of Nations, and author Barbara Ehrenreich talking about her book Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy. You'll also find speeches from political figures such as presidential hopefuls John Edwards, Dennis Kucinich, and Bill Richardson.

This forum also features panel discussions on a variety of topics such as the Summer of Love, America's Budget Crisis, Religion in U.S. Culture and Society, Moving Forward in Iraq, Capitalism 3.0, The Politics Of Food, Health of Africa, and Digital Health. Scroll down the list of their podcasts and you're sure to find something that interests you. (Note: There is a chipmunk effect on the files due to the way the MP3s were encoded. If you download and play the programs you will not hear this chipmunk effect.)

Commonwealth Club Radio Program Podcast

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On the Wealth of Nations

As one of the first titles in Atlantic Monthly Press' "Books That Changed the World" series, America's most provocative satirist, P.J. O'Rourke, reads from Adam Smith's revolutionary The Wealth of Nations - so you don't have to.

Recognized almost instantly on its publication in 1776 as the fundamental work of economics, The Wealth of Nations was also recognized as really long. The original edition totaled over 900 pages in two volumes, including the blockbuster 67-page "digression concerning the variations in the value of silver during the course of the last four centuries", which, O'Rourke says, "to those uninterested in the historiography of currency supply, is like reading Modern Maturity in Urdu".

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