Recent City Club Podcasts

Established to encourage new ideas and a free exchange of thought, the City Club is one of the oldest continuous free speech forums in the country, renowned for its tradition of debate and discussion.

The City Club firmly believes in the free expression of all ideas and the benefits of an open exchange. It is non-partisan and does not take positions on issues. All speakers must answer unfiltered, unrehearsed questions directly from the audience.

Each Forum is an hour long program. The program starts with a brief introduction followed by a 25-30 minute address by the speaker. Spirited, insightful and often challenging questions from the audience fill the final half hour of the program.

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September 19, 2017 Anatomy of Justice: The Mystery of Plea Agreements – Is Justice Being Served

Saleh Awadallah, Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor; The Honorable Michael P. Donnelly, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court; Vicki Ward, Defense Attorney; and Timothy Young, Director, Office of the Ohio Public Defender, speak about the plea process and whether it can be reformed in a conversation moderated by The Honorable John J. Russo, Presiding and Administrative Judge in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas.

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September 20, 2017 Is this Land My Land? Diversifying America's Parks

Dudley Edmonson, photographer and author, Black & Brown Faces in America's Wild Places; Whitnye Long Jones, Let's Move! Outside Community Coordinator, YMCA of Greater Cleveland; and Brian Zimmerman, CEO, Cleveland Metroparks discuss diversity, inclusion and the future of parks and recreation in a conversation moderated by City Club CEO Dan Moulthrop.

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September 15, 2017 Constitution Day Forum with Kavita Pawria-Sanchez

Kavita Pawria-Sanchez, Assistant Commissioner of the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs for the City of New York, speaks at the annual Constitution Day Forum about the power of citizenship.

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September 8, 2017 Life & Literature of Isabel Allende

Isabel Allende, internationally best-selling author and recipient of the 2017 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award Lifetime Achievement Award, discusses her life and work.

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August 25, 2017 Cleveland Mayoral Primary Debate

Cleveland mayoral primary candidates Eric Brewer, Brandon E. Chrostowski, Mayor Frank G. Jackson, Jeff Johnson, Robert Kilo, Tony Madalone, Bill Patmon, Zack Reed, and Dyrone Smith explain their platforms and differences during a debate moderated by ideastream® senior host/producer Rick Jackson. The top two finishers in the September 12 primary will advance to the general election on November 7.

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