JCCSF Podcasts -

Welcome to Arts & Ideas Podcasts! Every year, we bring dozens of the country's most innovative and inspiring artists, thinkers and writers to the JCCSF  stage and to our program on KALW, Binah. Now we're bringing them to your computer, MP3 player or mobile device, too!

Whether you missed an event or simply want to experience it again, you can now listen to some of the outstanding speakers presented by the JCCSF through our podcasts. Want to see the entire list of authors from the last four Arts & Ideas seasons? Just select "List by Author". Check the "Recent Recordings" tab for podcasts as they become available, and/or subscribe to get the newest lectures as soon as they're posted. And, of course, you can always join us and enjoy the excitement of being part of the live audience at an upcoming  lecture!  

Masha Gessen


Masha Gessen enlightened the audience with insight about the current political and cultural life in Putin’s Russia, the bleak outlook for LGBT Russians, and the story behind the Boston Marathon massacre’s  Tsarnaev brothers.

David Brooks


David Brooks, New York Times Op-Ed columnist, captivated the audience with stories of great thinkers and the road to building their strong inner characters.

Cuba and the US: Defining a New Era


U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee, the Washington Post’s Nick Miroff and KQED’s Michael Krasny discussed what President Obama’s re-opening of relations with Cuba means socially, politically and culturally.

Karen Armstrong

ArmstrongBack by popular demand! Reposted from her appearance on November 13, 2014.

Karen Armstrong, one of the world’s leading commentators on religious affairs, has written more than 20 books on Islam, Judaism, Christianity and on her own years in a convent and spiritual awakening. She believes religion is a force for harmony, and her latest book, The Case for God, explores the lengths humans will go to in search of a sacred experience called God, Brahman, Nirvana, Allah or Dao.

Talking about Israel: Jews and Muslims

_DonnielHartman_ImamAbjullahAnteli_1of1_WEB_klRabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman, President of the Shalom Hartman Institute of Jerusalem, and Imam Abdullah T. Antepli, a co-founder of the Institute’s Muslim Leadership, spoke of the challenges of Jewish/Muslim dialogue, the role Zionism and Israel plays in interfaith relations, and why rising bigotry is not unique to one faith community nor one-way.  This event was the first in a three-part series of dialogues about the Jewish State, including scholars from Jewish, Muslim, and Christian backgrounds.

Pseudonymous Bosch


Pseudonymous Bosch, author of the bestselling Secret Series, discussing the first book in his exciting new mystery trilogy, Bad Magic.

Patricia Lockwood


Outrageous, irreverent, funny, Patricia Lockwood held the audience spell-bound with edgy sections from her memoir and select poems. Shot of whickey (hers) and live bird calls from the audience rounded out a spirited evening.

Rabbi Joseph Telushkin


Rabbi Joseph Telushkin’s warm and personal stories about the teachings of Chasidim’s Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson charmed and enlightened a large crowd eager to absorb the wisdom of THE REBBE.

Lawrence Wright

LawrenceWright_1of2_KennyBraun_WEB_klWith the rise of Islamic militarism in the world it’s important to understand its roots.  Lawrence Wright traces the history of the existence of the state of Israel and the historic enmity between Israelis and Arabs.  He treated the audience to fascinating psychological profiles of Jimmy Carter, Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat, the three leaders who forged the Camp David  accord in 1978, giving us an important reminder how peace is made.

Linda Darling-Hammond


Education guru and Stanford Professor Linda Darling Hammond, Obama’s former chief education advisor and consultant to Governor Jerry Brown gave an optimistic assessment of how California is making great progress in once again making education a priority.