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.


Making of ‘Making a Murderer’
With Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos
In conversation with The Center for Investigative Reporting’s Michael Montgomery
Filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos discuss the making of their documentary Making a Murderer about Steven Avery, a Wisconsin DNA exoneree who two years after his release, while pursuing a $36 million wrongful conviction lawsuit, is charged with the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach. The filmmakers examine the evolution of the American criminal justice system from Avery’s wrongful conviction through the investigation and prosecution of this new case.
Broadcast date: March 24, 2016

Timothy Snyder
Timothy Snyder, Yale historian and expert on Central and Eastern Europe, discusses Black Earth, his groundbreaking history of the Holocaust and assessment of today’s risks in the face of mounting ideological and environmental challenges to the world order.
Record date: March 17, 2016
Broadcast date: March 31, 2016

Rebecca Traister
In conversation with Peggy Orenstein
Rebecca Traister traces the history of unmarried women in America. When women have been given options beyond early heterosexual marriage, the results have been massive social change—temperance, abolition, secondary education and more. Join Rebecca for a conversation on contemporary American life and how we got here, through the lens of the single American woman.
Record date: March 8, 2016
Broadcast date: April 7, 2016

Göran Rosenberg
Göran Rosenberg, one of Sweden’s best-known journalists and writers, discusses his new memoir A Brief Stop on the Road from Auschwitz, in which he tells the story of his father, who survived Nazi Germany and then struggled to rebuild his shattered life. The book is a winner of the prestigious August Prize.
Record date: November 11, 2015
Broadcast date: April 14, 2016

Dan Savage
Dan Savage’s graphic, pragmatic and witty advice changed the cultural conversation about monogamy, gay rights, religion and politics. “Savage Love,” Dan’s sex-advice column is syndicated to more than 50 papers. Savage Lovecast is one of iTunes’ top 50 podcasts. The It Gets Better Project, co-founded by Dan and his husband Terry Miller, has gathered more than 50,000 videos from people around the world offering hope to LBGT kids.
Record date: March 21, 2016
Broadcast date: April 21, 2016

Joyce Goldstein
In Conversation with Miriam Morgan, San Francisco Chronicle Food Editor
For thousands of years, the people of the Jewish diaspora have carried their culinary traditions and kosher laws throughout the world. Joyce Goldstein tells the story of how Jewish cooks successfully brought the local ingredients, techniques and traditions of their new homelands into their kitchens.
Record date: March 31, 2016
Broadcast date: April 28, 2016

Jules Howard
Dinosaur misogyny, female octopi capable of killing males during intercourse, a homosexual flamingo couple, and promiscuous pandas. Take a journey of discovery through the spectacular intricacies of reproduction in the animal kingdom with zoologist and BBC broadcaster Jules Howard.
Record date: April 21, 2016
Broadcast date: May 5, 2016

Dave Isay
Over thousands of archived and broadcast interviews, StoryCorps founder Dave Isay has created an unprecedented document of the dreams and fears of everyday Americans, speaking in their own voices. Isay’s new book, Callings, shares unforgettable stories of people who are pursuing the work they were born to do, channeling their passion, courage and commitment to transform a vocation into a calling.
Record date: April 29, 2016
Broadcast date: May 12, 2016

Arianna Huffington
With Katharine Zaleski of PowerToFly
As president and editor-in-chief of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Huffington Post and one of Forbes’ Most Influential Women In Media, Arianna Huffington has begun a groundbreaking movement to make success equally inclusive of personal health, well-being and giving. In The Sleep Revolution, this business tycoon takes a scientifically rigorous and deeply personal look at how vital sleep is to our health, happiness, well-being and productivity.
Record date: April 12, 2016
Broadcast date: May 19, 2016

Nicole Prause
There has been no quick fix to revolutionize female sexual response the way Viagra did for men. Neuroscientist Nicole Prause is trying to change that. She founded a company to address what she feels is the woefully inadequate state of research into women’s sexuality and conducts scientific studies on orgasm as a way to boost desire and alleviate depression.
Record date: April 5, 2016
Broadcast date: May 26, 2016

BJ Miller
In conversation with Jon Mooallem and Lucy Kalanithi

Despite best intentions, today’s fractured healthcare systems largely compound our collective fear of the end of life as a time of suffering and disconnection. San Francisco’s Zen Hospice Project Senior Director, BJ Miller invites us to think about and discuss the end of life through the lens of a mindful, human-centered model of care, one that embraces death not as a medical event but rather as a universally shared life experience.
Recording date: April 6, 2016
Broadcast date: June 2, 2016

Jonathan and Drew Scott
Millions of television viewers have learned the ins and outs (and joys and heartbreaks) of real estate and renovation from the hit shows of identical twins Jonathan and Drew Scott on HGTV, where the brothers offer concrete tips on selling, buying, renovating and designing a home.
Record date: April 10, 2016
Broadcast date: June 9, 2016

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
Former Google data scientist and New York Times op-ed contributor Seth Stephens-Davidowitz explains the differences between what we tell people about our sex lives and what our Google searches reveal. Find out what big-data sources say about our bodies, how much sex we’re (really) having, and our deepest fears about how our sexual partners perceive us.
Record date: May 2, 2016
Broadcast date: June 16, 2016

Esther Perel
Esther Perel is recognized as one of the most insightful and provocative voices on personal and professional relationships and the complex science behind human interaction. She is a practicing psychotherapist and organizational consultant to Fortune 500 companies who has shifted the paradigm of our approach to modern relationships.
Record date: May 15, 2016
Broadcast date: June 23, 2016

Siddhartha Mukherjee
Cancer physician and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Siddhartha Mukherjee brings his passion and precision to bear in his latest book The Gene: An Intimate History, a synthesis of the science of life and a response to the defining question of the future: What becomes of being human when we learn to “read” and “write” our own genetic information?
Record date: May 16, 2016
Broadcast date: June 30, 2016