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Thanks to everyone who joined us for our first 40 events. We're taking a brief hiatus to learn from our initial events so we can make things even better in the future. We'll be back soon and can't wait to see you then.

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Past events

May 19, 2020
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5pm PT / 8pm ET
Technologies for Vaccines for COVID-19
Speaker: 
Steve Chamow

Dr. Steve Chamow is back by popular demand for an extended conversation on COVID-19 drug discovery. Join us to learn more about the availability of technologies for therapeutics and vaccines and opportunities to shorten the timeline of clinical drug development.

May 8, 2020
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5:30pm PT / 8:30pm ET
The Philosophy of Happiness
Speaker: 
Joseph Stenberg

What does it mean to be happy? Philosopher Joseph Stenberg will help us understand how various thinkers' answers to that question can guide our own pursuit of happiness.

May 7, 2020
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6pm PT / 9pm ET
Coping with Climate Change & Trying to Stop It
Speaker: 
Lauren Oakes

The solution space for climate change isn’t only about stopping emissions. It’s also about coping with the consequences in our local communities. Conservation scientist Lauren Oakes will discuss two responses to climate change —adaptation vs. mitigation — and what we can do to help.

May 6, 2020
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9am PT / 12pm ET
The Strange History of Personality Testing and Its Continued Allure
Speaker: 
Merve Emre

Oxford English professor Merve Emre explains the bizarre origins of personality testing and explores why these tests continue to intrigue us.

May 5, 2020
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5pm PT / 8pm ET
What Does It Take to Develop a New Drug for COVID-19?
Speaker: 
Steve Chamow

The current pandemic is affecting our lives in ways we never expected, and scientists around the globe are working to stop its spread. In this timely talk with Dr. Steve Chamow, we'll learn about what it will take for drug companies to mitigate the impact of coronavirus.

May 3, 2020
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12pm PT / 3pm ET
How Saudi Money Changed the Muslim World

Award-winning journalist Krithika Varagur will discuss Saudi influence on the Muslim world and national security implications of the US-Saudi relationship.

May 2, 2020
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1pm PT / 4pm ET
Songwriting, Poetry, & Rap Workshop

Join Bay Area songwriter Alex "Frak" Fraknoi for a workshop series in songwriting, poetry, and rap. A fun creative outlet for ages 8-108! No prior experience needed.

May 1, 2020
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4pm PT / 7pm ET
How to Talk about Mental Health During a Pandemic (and Beyond)
Speaker: 
Dan Berstein

How do we talk candidly and sensitively about mental health during a pandemic (and beyond)? Dan Berstein draws on his professional training as a mediator, academic background in mental health, and personal experience living with bipolar disorder to help us navigate this critical topic.

April 30, 2020
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6pm PT / 9pm ET
Interactive Magic
Speaker: 
Ryan Oakes

We could all use some magic in our lives right about now. Watch magician Ryan Oakes perform, and master a few tricks yourself.

April 29, 2020
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5pm PT / 8pm ET
Cuisine a la Quarantine

Stuck inside? Sick of eating PB&J? Foodie David Rheinstrom will have five minutes per participant to come up with a delicious dish that incorporates the ingredients they have in their kitchen, meets their dietary preferences, and that they'd be happy to cook & eat. Can he rise to the challenge? Only one way to find out!

April 29, 2020
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9am PT / 12pm ET
Excavating Ancient Religion
Speaker: 
Andrew Henry

Religion scholar and former archaeological excavator Andrew Henry takes us on a journey into the past. We'll try to pinpoint the origins of religion and discuss the challenges of doing so.

April 28, 2020
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8pm PT / 11pm ET
How Do Self-Driving Cars Actually Work?
Speaker: 
Ophir Samson

Self-driving cars are in the news and on the roads, but how do they actually work? Industry veteran Ophir Samson will fill us in and engage us in a fascinating discussion about how autonomous vehicles will change our day-to-day lives.

April 27, 2020
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5pm PT / 8pm ET
How Babies Made America Modern
Speaker: 
Janet Golden

Historian Janet Golden believes babies have shaped many aspects of modern life, including medicine, government, consumer culture, and economics. Recommended for anyone who has ever been a baby!

April 26, 2020
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11am PT / 2pm ET
Capsule Cooking: The Art of Cooking with Less

Learn how to make simple, delicious, and beautiful home-cooked meals in this interactive session with Alex de Aranzeta.

April 25, 2020
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6pm PT / 9pm ET
In Times of Crisis: How Has America Responded?
Speaker: 
Al Camarillo

How have Americans and their leaders responded in times of crisis throughout our history? Join acclaimed Stanford historian Al Camarillo for this timely discussion.

April 23, 2020
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6pm PT / 9pm ET
Navigating Fear and Uncertainty
Speaker: 
Fallon Ukpe

Join bestselling author Dr. Fallon Ukpe for an interactive discussion about managing fear and uncertainty and charting a path forward. An MD/MBA by training, Fallon is as brilliant as she is empathetic.

April 21, 2020
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8pm PT / 11pm ET
Interactive Magic
Speaker: 
Ryan Oakes

We could all use some magic in our lives right about now. Watch magician Ryan Oakes perform, and master a few tricks yourself.

April 20, 2020
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5pm PT / 8pm ET
What Loneliness Can Teach Us About Connection

Join us for an interactive event with loneliness expert Kyla Sokoll-Ward, who'll share her research and teach us games that fuel connection.

April 19, 2020
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12pm PT / 3pm ET
Solving the Flint Water Crisis with Data Science
Speaker: 
Eric Schwartz

Learn how machine learning has helped researchers and policy makers take a targeted approach to solving water crises in Flint and beyond.

April 18, 2020
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6pm PT / 9pm ET
Space Junk: What To Do About Waste In Space
Speaker: 
Lisa Ruth Rand

Like industries on earth, the space industry also generates waste. Join science historian and space junk expert Lisa Ruth Rand to explore how space junk became a threat and to discuss the challenges faced by those who wish to fix the problem.

April 17, 2020
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5:30pm PT / 8:30pm ET
The Future of Jewish American Literature
Speaker: 
Andrew Ridker

Join acclaimed novelist Andrew Ridker for an engaging talk and discussion on the past, present, and future of Jewish American literature.

April 16, 2020
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6pm PT / 9pm ET
What Does It Take to Develop a New Drug for COVID-19?
Speaker: 
Steve Chamow

We're eager to learn from drug development expert Dr. Steve Chamow about what it will take to make drugs to treat COVID-19.

April 15, 2020
 at 
5pm PT / 8pm ET
Cuisine a la Quarantine

Stuck inside? Sick of eating PB&J? Foodie David Rheinstrom will have five minutes per participant to come up with a delicious dish that incorporates the ingredients they have in their kitchen, meets their dietary preferences, and that they'd be happy to cook & eat. Can he rise to the challenge? Only one way to find out!

April 15, 2020
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9am PT / 12pm ET
The History of Miscarriage in America

Join science historian Lara Freidenfelds for a discussion of how Americans' perceptions of miscarriage have changed over the past 250 years.

April 13, 2020
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5pm PT / 8pm ET
What to Do While Waiting for Precision Medicine
Speaker: 
Iris Litt

Most drugs prescribed today have only been tested on white men. Don't miss this opportunity to talk with esteemed Stanford Pediatrics Professor Dr. Iris Litt about how this affects patients and what can be done.

April 12, 2020
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12pm PT / 3pm ET
Interactive Magic for Kids
Speaker: 
Ryan Oakes

Magic for the whole family! At this event focused on kids ages 8-13, we'll watch magician Ryan Oakes perform, and we'll even master a few tricks ourselves. The whole family can share one ticket. We can't wait to make magic with you!

April 11, 2020
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1pm PT / 4pm ET
Songwriting, Poetry, & Rap Workshop (4 Sessions)

We could all use a creative outlet these days! Join rapper Alex "Frak" Fraknoi for a workshop on songwriting, poetry, and rap. We'll meet on Saturdays 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, & 5/2. The $59 fee covers all four sessions. Not ready to commit? Check out session #1 for $18. Ages 8-108 welcome!

April 10, 2020
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7pm PT / 10pm ET
Human Rights in the Arab World, from the 1970s to the Arab Spring

Spend the evening learning about human rights activism in the Arab world with law professor and historian Catherine Baylin Duryea.

April 9, 2020
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12pm PT / 3pm ET
Aroused: How Hormones Control Just About Everything

Medical writer Dr. Randi Hutter Epstein takes us on a fascinating journey into the history of hormones and the outsized role they play in our lives. Randi has an MD and MPH and teaches writing at Yale and Columbia.

April 2, 2020
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4pm PT / 7pm ET
Synthetic Biology: Beating the Cell at its Own Game
Speaker: 
Terry Johnson

Learn how scientists design and construct biological systems to do everything from edit the genome to make better dye for blue jeans.

April 1, 2020
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6pm PT / 9pm ET
Hope, Panic, and Action in a Warming World
Speaker: 
Lauren Oakes

Join conservation scientist Lauren Oakes to learn how we can adapt to climate change and support natural solutions to reduce emissions.

March 31, 2020
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8pm PT / 11pm ET
President Lincoln in Pop Culture
Speaker: 
Kim Kutz Elliot

Join historian Kim Kutz Elliott for a thought-provoking exploration of Abraham Lincoln's ubiquitous presence in American popular culture.

March 30, 2020
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5pm PT / 8pm ET
Magic Tricks
Speaker: 
Ryan Oakes

We could all use some magic in our lives right about now. Watch magician Ryan Oakes perform, and master a few tricks yourself.

March 26, 2020
 at 
4pm PT / 7pm ET
The History of Miscarriage in America

Join science historian Lara Freidenfelds for a discussion of how Americans' perceptions of miscarriage have changed over the past 250 years.

March 25, 2020
 at 
5pm PT / 8pm ET
Cuisine a la Quarantine

Stuck inside? Sick of eating PB&J? Foodie David Rheinstrom will have five minutes per participant to come up with a delicious dish that incorporates the ingredients they have in their kitchen, meets their dietary preferences, and that they'd be happy to cook & eat. Can he rise to the challenge? Only one way to find out!

March 24, 2020
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8pm PT / 11pm ET
Fake News & Free Speech
Speaker: 
Étienne Brown

Join philosopher Étienne Brown for a lively discussion about the tensions between free speech and fake news.

March 24, 2020
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5pm PT / 8pm ET
The Future of Jewish American Literature
Speaker: 
Andrew Ridker

Join acclaimed novelist Andrew Ridker for an engaging talk and discussion on the past, present, and future of Jewish American literature.

Testimonials from participants

“The interactive feeling of the event made me forget that all the attendees, including myself, were in our own homes. It felt as if we were at a common event site.”

— Speakeasy participant

“So much more meaningful than going to a bar or watching Netflix.”

— Speakeasy participant

“I feel like I’m the target audience for this — someone who loves learning and seeks intimate settings. Thank you so much for creating this.”

— Speakeasy participant

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