Past Events

January 30

David Cay Johnston with Terrence McNally

David Cay Johnston is a Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative reporter and bestselling author of The Making of Donald Trump. He writes a weekly column for The Daily Beast and as well as frequent opinion pieces for other publications. “One of America’s most important journalists” (The Washington Monthly), winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and author of the New York Times bestseller The Making of Donald Trump, David Cay Johnston examines the Trump Administration’s policies in its first one hundred days, showing how its actions affect our jobs, finances, safety, and much more.

January 29

Daymond John with Sam Rubin

Daymond John is CEO and founder of FUBU, a celebrated global lifestyle brand with over $6 billion in sales. He is one of the country’s most visible and respected entrepreneurs as one of the stars of ABC series Shark Tank. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Power of Broke, as well as the bestsellers Display of Power and The Brand Within. Daymond has received over 35 awards, including Brandweek Marketer of the Year and Ernst & Young’s New York Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He is CEO of The Shark Group, a consulting firm whose clients range from Fortune 500 companies to Continue reading…

January 25

James Syhabout with Roy Choi

Anthony Bourdain says of James Syhabout: “With Hawker Fare, Syhabout has done more than any other person in the world to get the word out about this unfairly, unnecessarily secret country and cuisine, and he’s done so with the most perfect invitation ever invented by mankind: spicy, fishy, MSG-y bowls of goodness. And BBQ. This book will make you a better person. That’s before you even try any of the recipes.”

January 24

Jessica Yu with Julie Hébert

Jessica Yu is a prolific filmmaker known for both her scripted and nonfiction work, which includes the Academy Award-winning short Breathing Lessons. Jessica also directs episodic TV including Grey’s Anatomy, Parenthood, and most recently 13 Reasons Why. Her documentaries have focused on art, social justice, and the environment.  In Garden of the Lost and Abandoned, Jessica Yu turns her keen filmmaker’s eye on the story of Gladys Kalibbala, a Ugandan “orphan sleuth,” who writes the Lost and Abandoned column for Uganda’s largest newspaper in an effort to reunite castaway children with their estranged families. 

January 22

Michael Shermer with Adam Felber

Michael Shermer is the publisher of Skeptic magazine, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, and a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University. He is the author of The Moral Arc, The Believing Brain, and many other bestselling titles.  In his most ambitious work yet, Michael Shermer sets out to discover what drives humans’ belief in life after death. Heavens on Earth: The Scientific Search for the Afterlife, Immortality, and Utopia delves into humanity’s obsession with the afterlife and the quest for immortality. 

January 11

Breakfast with

Pete Souza

Pete Souza was the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama and the Director of the White House Photo Office.   Obama: An Intimate Portrait includes a foreword by President Obama, in which he writes, “Over those eight years, Pete became more than my photographer—he became a friend, a confidant, and a brother.” This is the definitive visual biography of the Obama presidency, including never-before-seen photos of the administration, the president, and his family. Souza’s photographs and poignant behind-the-scenes captions and stories that accompany them, communicate the pace and power of our nation’s highest office.

January 8

An Evening with

John Gray

Dr. John Gray is the author of Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, which was first published in 1992 and has sold sold over 50 million copies worldwide. We host him marking the 25th anniversary of it’s release and featuring a conversation on his latest book, Beyond Mars and Venus: Relationship Skills for Today’s Complex World.  In Beyond Mars and Venus, Gray teaches you how to strengthen your bond and grow in love together, so you and your loved one can meet each other’s needs in the best way possible, bringing you lasting happiness and a fulfilling partnership.

December 13

An Evening with 

Daniel Ellsberg

Join us for a timely event featuring the legendary whistle-blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers, an eyewitness exposé of the dangers of America’s Top Secret, seventy-year-long nuclear policy that–chillingly–continues to this day. In 1961, Daniel Ellsberg, a consultant to the Department of Defense and the White House, drafted Secretary Robert McNamara’s plans for nuclear war. Later he leaked the Pentagon Papers. He lectures and writes on the dangers of the nuclear era and the need for whistle-blowing. Ellsberg is the author of Secrets and the subject of the Oscar-nominated documentary The Most Dangerous Man in America. He is also a key figure in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming film Continue reading…

December 10

Jenifer Lewis with D.J. “Shangela” Pierce 

Jenifer Lewis has appeared in more than three hundred television and film roles. She currently stars as the spirited grandmother, Ruby Johnson, on the Emmy-nominated ABC hit black-ish, now in its fourth season. The “Mega Diva” and star of Black-ish looks back on her memorable journey to fame and the unforgettable life lessons she learned along the way. 

December 6

Denis Leary with Peter Tolan

From the author of the bestselling Why We Suck, comes a searing comic look at these divisive times, skewering liberals and conservatives alike with a signature dose of sarcasm and common sense.  He is an actor, writer, producer, singer and comedian. He was the star and co-creator of Rescue Me, which ran for seven seasons. His film credits include playing Captain George Stacy in Marc Webb’s film, The Amazing Spider-Man, Cleveland Browns Head Coach Vince Penn in Ivan Reitman’s film, Draft Day, and as the voice of Francis in A Bug’s Life and Diego in the Ice Age franchise. From 2015 to 2016, Leary wrote and starred in the comedy series, Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll on FX.