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!  

Felicia Day

Felicia Day

Actress Felicia Day (Buffy, Supernatural, The Guild, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog), self-proclaimed “Queen of the Geeks,” has achieved fame on her own ‘weird’ terms. She appears in conversation with world-renowned alternate reality game designer Jane McGonigal to celebrate the release of her memoir You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) and spread the message that embracing individuality fuels creation, community and innovation on the Internet and beyond.

The American Yoga Revolution

Yoga ReEvolution

A conversation with Manouso Manos and Patricia Walden, two of the worlds foremost yoga teachers who helped shape the evolution of yoga in the United States and beyond. Manouso and Patricia were both close disciples of the late Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar for over thirty years. They talked about the history of American yoga as well as where yoga may be headed in the future.

Former CIA Operative Robert Baer

Robert Baer

Back by popular demand! Reposted from his appearance on November 10, 2014

Former CIA operative Robert Baer is one of the most accomplished operatives in the agency’s history. He spent much of his 21 years with the CIA in the Middle East, and one of his notable assignments was an attempt to assassinate Saddam Hussein. His memoirs were turned into the Oscar-winning film Syriana. Robert discussed the history of assassination– the subject of his latest book, The Perfect Kill– with PBS Frontline correspondent Lowell Bergman.

Issa Rae and Justin Simien

IssaRae_JustinSimien_1of1_WEB_klBack by popular demand! Reposted from their appearance on February 20, 2014

Issa Rae, the phenom behind The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl and so much more, and Justin Simien (Dear White People) hold forth in a remarkable, hilarious conversation on their work and career, the changing face of Hollywood, and so much more.

Neil Gaiman

Neil GaimanBack by popular demand! Reposted from his appearance on March 12, 2015

An extraordinary evening of storytelling, readings, and memories of Sir Terry Pratchett on the eve of his passing with Neil Gaiman and Michael Chabon.

Michael Oren

Michael Oren

Former Ambassador of Israel to the United States Michael Oren and journalist Janine Zacharia discussed Israel, the Iran deal, Obama, and American Jews.  Oren also spoke about ways to reinforce a two state “situation”, setting up interim goals such as joint programs in water purification that make the most of what each side can do.

Avishai Margalit


Israel’s foremost philosopher offered a fresh perspective on the upheavals in the Middle East in a wide-ranging conversation with Eran Kaplan, Rhoda and Richard Goldman Chair in Israel Studies at SFSU.

Michael Gazzaniga


Father of modern neuroscience Michael Gazzaniga shared stories from his life and career in a remarkable on-stage conversation. He tells the story of how science works interwoven within the story of his life.

Kim Gordon with Carrie Brownstein

gordonSonic Youth cofounder Kim Gordon and Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein sat down for a sprawling and hilarious conversation to promote Kim’s new memoir Girl In A Band. Watch the two alt-rock veterans battle awkward silences and giggles to discuss Gordon’s time in Sonic Youth, bass guitar inspiration and the weird idea of being labeled a “girl in a band.”

WWI and the Jews with Derek Penslar



A conversation with Professors Derek Penslar and Steven J. Zipperstein about the variety of Jewish experiences during WWI.