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Think Tank

Intimate conversations with newsmakers and power players in the Bay Area.

Kara Swisher


Think Tank is an occasional series of conversations with Bay Area power players, conducted by San Francisco editors. See them all here:

Janice Li, Newly elected member of the BART board of directors 

Rob Reich, Stanford Professor of Political Science 

Virgie Tovar, Author, Activist, and Babecamp Founder

Rafael Casal, Hip-Hop Artist, Poet, and Actor

Michael Pollan, Author and UC Berkeley School of Journalism Professor

Michael Chabon, Writer

James Damore, Former Google Engineer

Michele Dauber, Stanford Professor Aiming to Unseat the Brock Turner Judge

Robert Lustig, Revolutionary Pediatrician

Carol Christ, UC Berkeley Chancellor

Brittan Heller, the ADL's woman in Silicon Valley

Ellen Pao, Venture Partner at Kapor Capital 

Jesse Arreguin, Mayor of Berkeley

Jessica Nutik Zitter, Oakland Physician and End-of-Life Reformer

Kim Chambers, World Record–Holding Marathon Swimmer

Leila Janah, Founder and CEO of Samasource and LXMI 

Barbara Lee, U.S. Representative, 13th Congressional District

Khaled Hosseini, Writer 

Steve DeAngelo, Cofounder and Executive Director of Harborside

Bobby Seale, Political Organizer and Social Activist

Catharine Baker, Assemblywoman, 16th Assembly District

Lyndon Rive, CEO of SolarCity

Suzy Loftus, Police Commission President

Sarah Shourd, Journalist and Playwright, and Jerry Elster, Community Activist

Anne Wojcicki, CEO and Cofounder of 23andMe

Cintra Wilson, Marin-Born Author

Aaron Peskin, District 3 Supervisor

Vicki Hennessy, San Francisco Sheriff

Nico Sell, Cofounder of Wickr

David Campos, District 9 Supervisor

Cary Joji Fukunaga, Oakland-Born TV and Film Director 

Natalie Batalha, Astrophysicist in Search of Earth-like Planets

Marielle Heller, Bay Area–Born Writer-Director

Jack Davis, Crap-Slinging Political Consultant

Chad Robertson, Tartine Bakery Baker 

Peter Ragone, Give-No-Shits Spokesperson

Ed Lee, First Chinese-American Mayor of San Francisco

London Breed, President of the Board of Supervisors

Daniel Handler, Swashbuckling Writer

Larry Baer, Giant-Sized Olympic Booster 

Michael Tilson Thomas, Dynamo Symphony Conductor

Rebecca Kaplan, Would-Be Oakland Mayor

Richard Carranza, the "All-in" SF Unified School District Superintendent

Lacy T., Status Quo-Busting Raiderette

Neil Giuliano, AIDS Advocate

Kara Swisher, Straight-Shooting Tech Journalist

Mike Judge, Silicon Valley's Funny Man

Gabriel Metcalf, Urban Planning Guru


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