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Members of The Commonwealth Club enjoy extensive benefits, including free access to lectures and roundtables scheduled Mondays and Fridays at The Commonwealth Club's Market Street headquarters, and access to and discounts on thought-provoking events. All members receive a physical and digital subscription to club's magazine, the Commonwealth. Joint membership bestows all the benefits of an individual membership upon two people living in the same household. Membership holders can see speakers such as General Colin Powell, Willie Brown, Nobel Laureate economist and NYT columnist Paul Krugman, The Economist senior correspondent Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran, radio host and author Dennis Prager, and Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, who will reflect on her 25 years of representing San Francisco in Congress and her rise to become the first woman Speaker of the House. Members can also access live video feeds of selected events and peruse the archive of past recordings, staying up to date on important issues from the vantage point of a soft armchair or world-inverting gravity boots.
1903 was the year of the first transatlantic radio broadcast, which sent a message from President Theodore Roosevelt in Cape Cod to King Edward VII of England on a cold January night. That same year, San Francisco Chronicle editorial writer Edward F. Adams founded The Commonwealth Club as a public service, spreading political and cultural savvy among laymen via discourse. Prevailing human rights discussions gained a larger audience in 1924 via a weekly radio broadcast that is the oldest in the nation, and the establishment of the California Book Awards in 1931 encouraged John Steinbeck and Amy Tan to develop their art. Today, a talkative group of 15,000 members supports the non-profit, which in turn enriches their dinner table conversations with panel discussions on the current president or "Capitalism in an Era of Climate Change." Breaking news arrives straight from the source with lectures from speakers such as political commentator Rachel Maddow, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, and Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi, as well as from the effervescent babble of Jefferson's cup of knowledge.
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