This series, which is broadcast on KALW 91.7 FM on Thursday afternoons at noon, features many of the remarkable artists and thinkers who continue to speak at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco.
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George W. Bush nicknamed her The Cobra. New York magazine called her “the most dangerous columnist in America.” The only female columnist at the New York Times and winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary, Maureen Dowd has covered four presidential campaigns and served as a White House correspondent. Known for her critical attitude and irreverence toward those in power—she called Dick Cheney “Big Time” and has referred to President Obama as “Spock”—she also delights in exploring gender issues through the lens of her own brand of feminism.
Record date: October 24, 2013
Broadcast date: July 3, 2014
Joyce Goldstein: Inside the California Food Revolution
In conversation with Patricia Unterman
Seasonal. Artisanal. Local. Fresh. Organic. From Alice Waters to Bill Niman to Wolfgang Puck, California cuisine forever changed how Americans eat. In authoritative new book, Inside the California Food Revolution: Thirty Years That Changed Our Culinary Consciousness, celebrated author and chef Joyce Goldstein traces California food culture from the 1970s to the present, when farm-to-table, foraging and fusion cuisine have become part of the national vocabulary.
Recording date: November 18, 2013
Broadcast date: July 10, 2014
In conversation with Molly Antopol
Bestselling novelist Meg Wolitzer is the author of nine novels including The Ten-Year Nap and This Is Your Life, which was made into the Nora Ephron film This Is My Life. Her latest book, The Interestings, spans more than thirty years in the lives of a six friends who meet at a summer camp in the ’70s. It explores what becomes of early talent; the roles that art, money and envy can play in close friendships and how the past becomes increasingly real as we grow older.
Recording date: April 22, 2014
Broadcast date: July 17, 2014
Judith Martin: The World According to Miss Manners
Judith Martin, also known as Miss Manners, shares her advice on navigating the stormy seas of etiquette. She has helped thousands of readers via her column, which runs in more than 200 newspapers. A Washington expert who covered the White House before creating her column, this amusing but sternly correct taskmaster has written 14 books on how to behave, plus two novels and one work of nonfiction about her beloved Venice.
Record date: October 7, 2013
Broadcast date: July 24, 2014
Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity
In his new book, Far from the Tree, Solomon examines families coping with children who have extraordinary disabilities as well as children who are prodigies, who are conceived in rape and who become criminals. Showing that differences within families are universal, Solomon expands our understanding of what connects us as humans.
Record date: October 23, 2013
Broadcast date: July 31, 2014
Ann Patchett’s novels are feats of imagination. Whether spinning a tale about an opera singer held hostage inside a vice presidential mansion (Bel Canto) or the story of a forgotten tribe along the banks of the Amazon (State of Wonder), she creates richly textured worlds. Her latest book, This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage, invites us into her own life, sharing the significant experiences and small moments that have shaped her as a daughter, wife, writer and friend.
Recording date: November 19, 2013
Broadcast date: August 7, 2014
Richard Ravitch: Fixing Delusional Local and State Budgets
In conversation with David Crane
Former New York Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch was one of the key players who saved New York City from bankruptcy in the 1970s and recently was appointed Special Advisor to the judge overseeing Detroit’s bankruptcy. Those experiences and his recent co-chairmanship of the State Budget Crisis Task Force give him unique insight into the fiscal crises to be faced by other cities and states, including California.
Recording date: June 6, 2014
Broadcast date: August 14, 2014
In conversation with Lowell Bergman
Investigative journalist Gabriel Sherman’s The Loudest Voice in the Room: The Inside Story of how Roger Ailes and Fox News Remade American Politics has been the subject of much comment, speculation and accusation in the press and online. Sherman spent more than two years covering Fox News, working as a contributing editor for New York magazine and reporting for the book.
Recording date: February 11, 2014
Broadcast date: August 21, 2014
In conversation with Barbara Lane
Beloved broadcast journalist Jane Pauley has been a familiar face on TV for more than 30 years, having served as cohost of Today and anchor of Dateline NBC. Pauley builds on her own story in her book, Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life, which helps people in midlife successfully navigate their ‘reinvention’ to build a positive, powerful future.
Recording date: January 26, 2014
Broadcast date: August 28, 2014
A longtime poetry advocate who presents a daily poem on The Writer’s Almanac on public radio, Garrison Keillor‘s first poetry collection, O, What A Luxury: Verses Lyrical, Vulgar, Pathetic and Profound, contains his characteristic humor and insight on love, modernity, nostalgia, politics, religion and other facets of daily life.
Recording date: November 7, 2013
Broadcast date: September 4, 2014
Jennifer Weiner writes witty, entertaining novels that often feature clever plus-sized women who triumph over skinny mean girls. Despite selling millions of books, she’s never been reviewed in the New York Times. Lately she’s in the news for igniting a public discussion about male bias in the publishing industry. Her new book, All Fall Down, takes on the topic of women and addiction.
Recording date: June 22, 2014
Broadcast date: September 11, 2014
In conversation with Douglas McGray, California Sunday Magazine and Pop-Up Magazine
As founder of IDEO, David Kelley built the company that created many icons of the digital age — the first Apple mouse, the first Palm Treo and the thumbs up/thumbs down button on the TiVo’s remote control, to name a few. But what really intrigues him is unlocking our creative potential so we can innovate routinely. His book, Creative Confidence, seeks to unleash the creativity that lies within each of us.
Recording date: March 13, 2014
Broadcast date: September 18, 2014
In conversation with Aidin Vaziri, San Francisco Chronicle
KISS front man and guitarist Paul Stanley mixes compelling personal revelations and gritty stories about life with his legendary band. In his memoir, Face the Music: A Life Exposed, he reveals how being born partially deaf instilled in him a burning desire to succeed.
Recording date: April 25, 2014
Broadcast date: September 25, 2014