JCCSF Podcasts -


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.

We are always working to update this page so that it more accurately reflects the current broadcast season. We also invite you to visit our Podcast channel where new JCCSF lectures (Binah broadcasts included) are added regularly.


Reza Aslan
In conversation with Rabbi Sydney Mintz
Writer, commentator and religious studies scholar Reza Aslan discusses humanity’s struggle to make sense of the divine, and how the idea of god, from its prehistoric origins to its emergence as a single divine personality, continues to offer new ways of connecting people of different faiths today.
Record date: November 29, 2017
Broadcast date: September 20, 2018 

Foodways with Rowan Jacobsen and Kristyn Leach
The JCCSF Foodways Series focuses on the folks who grow and produce the ingredients we use. 

James Beard award-winning writer Rowan Jacobsen shares his book Apples of Uncommon Character. It is a beautifully written guide to varieties of apple, listing off their geographic origins, the time of their development, and what makes them unique.
Record date: September 8, 2014

Kristyn Leach of Namu Farm is a community organizer and environmental justice advocate whose farming methods prioritize soil health. She partners with Kitazawa Seed Company, the oldest seed company in the US specializing in Asian vegetable varieties, to preserve heritage and second-generation seeds, ensuring genetic diversity and cultural lineage. She’s joined in conversation with Shakirah Simley.
Record date: October 12, 2017
Broadcast date: September 27, 2018

Social Justice Sewing Academy
Featuring Sara Trail and members of the SJSA
In conversation with Jourdan Abel
Implementing hands-on workshops in schools, prisons and community centers nationwide, the Social Justice Sewing Academy (SJSA) empowers young people to use textile art as a vehicle for personal transformation and community cohesion, to become agents of social change. They share their stories—often related to issues like gender, discrimination, mass incarceration, gun violence and gentrification—through powerful imagery created in cloth.
Record date: September 16, 2018
Broadcast date: October 3, 2018

Neil Patrick Harris
From award-winning actor, Neil Patrick Harris, comes the second book in the NY Times bestselling series The Magic Misfits with even more tricks up its sleeve. 
Record date: September 28, 2018
Broadcast date: October 11, 2018

Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova
Russian conceptual artist and political activist Nadya Tolokonnikova is founder of the art collective Pussy Riot, which has emerged as the world’s most prominent activist art group in recent years. Join Nadya for a conversation about her new book Read & Riot: A Pussy Riot Guide to Activism and learn how to make political action exciting – even joyful – in the new political and social landscape.
Record date: October 10, 2018
Broadcast date: October 18, 2018

René Redzepi and David Zilber
Join René Redzepi, world-renowned chef and co-owner of noma in Copenhagen, and David Zilber, director of the noma fermentation lab, to celebrate the release of their new book, The Noma Guide to Fermentation.
Record date: October 16, 2018
Broadcast date: October 25, 2018

Danica Roen
In January, Danica Roen made history as the first openly transgender woman to serve in a state legislature. Running on a Democratic platform of traffic and road improvements, raising teacher pay and expanding access to healthcare in her district, she unseated Virginia’s 20-year House of Delegates incumbent of the 13th district, Bob Marshall. Delegate Roem discusses her trailblazing journey to the legislature and shares insights on what it means to be a political leader in our country today.
Record date: October 11, 2018
Broadcast date: November 1, 2018

Jill Soloway
When Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning director, writer and activist Jill Soloway’s parent came out as transgender, Soloway, who now identifies as genderqueer and nonbinary, pushed through Hollywood’s male-dominated landscape to create the groundbreaking Amazon TV series Transparent. Learn why her new memoir She Wants It is critically important at this moment.
Record date: October 24, 2018
Broadcast date: November 8, 2018

Kwame Anthony Appiah
Kwame Anthony Appiah, who pens the “Ethicist” column for the New York Times, in his new book The Lies That Bind, shows how identities are created by conflict and challenges our assumptions about how identities work.
Record date: October 28, 2018
Broadcast date: November 15, 2018

Yotam Ottolenghi
In conversation with Samin Nosrat
Beloved chef and cookbook author Yotam Ottolenghi returns to the JCCSF to celebrate his newest book Ottolenghi Simple. This is elemental Ottolenghi for everyone.
Record date: October 29, 2018
Broadcast date: November 29, 2018

Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter
Having herself participated in the default and indiscriminate use of technology with the dying and witnessed the resultant suffering, Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter has come to view this situation as a public health crisis. She is committed to reorienting our care of the dying to a more collaborative process whereby the patient, rather than her organ or disease, is the primary focus of care. She is the author of Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life.
Record date: November 18, 2018
Broadcast date: December 6, 2018

Jane Sherron de Hart on Ruth Bader Ginsberg
Learn how the 107th Supreme Court Justice became a trailblazer for gender equality and discover what shaped her passion for justice and jurisprudence as Jane Sherron de Hart discusses her biography, Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life, the first full-life exploration written with the cooperation of Ruth Bader Ginsburg herself.
Record date: November 27, 2018
Broadcast date: December 13, 2018

Neil Patrick Harris
In conversation with Jourdan Abel
Accomplished actor, producer, director—and former President of the Academy of Magical Arts—Neil Patrick Harris shares the second book in the NY Times bestselling series The Magic Misfits.
Record date: September 28, 2018
Broadcast date: December 20, 2018

Ta-Nehisi Coates
Join us for a conversation with one of the most influential black intellectuals of his generation, Ta-Nehisi Coates. “The Case for Reparations,” his cover story on slavery and race for The Atlantic, was one of the most talked-about pieces of nonfiction in recent memory. Between the World and Me, an exploration of racial history written to his young son, was awarded the National Book Award. Coates is also the author of The Beautiful Struggle, a memoir of growing up in Baltimore during the age of crack, the Marvel comic book series Black Panther and Captain America and the essay collection We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy, Coates’ response to the 2016 presidential election and its ramifications on American society.
Record date: December 17, 2018
Broadcast date: December 27, 2018