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.

Bernard-Henri Lévy
In conversation with Robert Rosenthal
Philosopher, activist and filmmaker Bernard-Henri Lévy warns of the perils of America abdicating its leadership role on the world stage, and gives his impassioned plea for moral courage and clear thinking in these dark times.
Record date: February 24, 2019
Broadcast date: April 4, 2019

Shawn Naputi, Shawn Camacho and Kerri Ann “Ifit” Borja
In conversation with Angela Carrier
When Shawn Naputi and Shawn Camacho dreamed of bringing a culinary piece of their native Guam to San Francisco, their venture Prubechu’ was the first Guamanian restaurant in the Bay Area—and one of the first in the US. Guamanian cuisine is unique due to its variety of outside influences including Spain, Japan and the Americas. Also, SFSU Professor of Race and Resistance Studies Kerri Ann “Ifit” Borja gives an account of Guam’s tumultuous and complex history.
Record date: March 3, 2019
Broadcast date: April 11, 2019

Jennifer Eberhardt
In conversation with San Francisco Police Chief William “Bill” Scott
Social psychologist Jennifer Eberhardt studies the consequences of the psychological association between race and crime and uncovers disparities in education, employment, housing and the criminal justice system. Her new book, Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do, presents the science of bias and demonstrates the powerful role it plays in our institutions and our perceptions.
Record date: April 1, 2019
Broadcast date: April 18, 2019

San Francisco Housing Panel
With Karen Coppock, Wendi Burkhardt, Jeff Buckley and Scott Goering
Karen Coppock of Home Match SF and Wendi Burkhardt of Silvernest take part in a panel that highlights their services providing shared housing alternatives. Jeff Buckley, a senior policy advisor to the Mayor’s office, will share the ways the city of San Francisco is expediting permits for accessory development units. Scott Goering of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Conflict Intervention Service will provide information on maintaining harmonious relationships between landlords and tenants.
Record date: April 9, 2019
Broadcast date: April 25, 2019

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o
One of Africa’s best-loved writers, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, discusses and reads from Minutes of Glory and Other Stories, his latest story collection covering the period of British colonial rule and resistance in Kenya to the bittersweet experience of independence.
Record date: April 11, 2019
Broadcast date: May 2, 2019

Bob Woodward 
In conversation with Audrey Cooper, Editor-in-Chief of San Francisco
Chronicle Legendary journalist Bob Woodward discusses his reporting from Nixon to Trump and the challenges faced by the press, the presidency and American democracy. His latest No. 1 bestselling book is Fear: Trump in the White House.
Record date: April 7, 2019
Broadcast date: May 9, 2019

David Brooks 
Success, stability, security—achieving these goals is life’s “first mountain,” says New York Times op-ed columnist David Brooks. But what does it mean to move from material gain to spiritual satisfaction, to focus on building character rather than attaining status? In his latest book, The Second Mountain, Brooks offers his signature ethical perspective on this pivotal turning point.
Record date: April 30, 2019
Broadcast date: May 16, 2019

Lizzie Post
Lizzie Post—great-great granddaughter of Emily Post—explores the wide world of legalized weed. Combining cannabis culture’s norms with the Emily Post Institute’s tried-and-true principles, she navigates the social issues surrounding pot today.
Record date: May 6, 2019
Broadcast date: May 30, 2019

Julie Orringer
In conversation with Michael Chabon
Julie Orringer shares her new historical novel, The Flight Portfolio, set in occupied Europe and based on the true story of American journalist Varian Fry’s extraordinary rescue of Jewish artists and writers threatened by the Nazis.
Record date: May 14, 2019
Broadcast date: June 6, 2019

Luz Calvo and Catrióna Rueda Esquibel
Professors of Ethnic Studies Luz Calvo and Catrióna Rueda Esquibel research traditional pre-colonial Mesoamerican cuisine featuring plants indigenous to the Americas, and explore what it means to “decolonize your diet” and to reclaim culture and history through food and storytelling.
Record date: April 2, 2019
Broadcast date: June 13, 2019

Hal Foster: On Richard Serra
In conversation with SFMOMA’s Gary Garrels
Art historian and critic Hal Foster examines the life and work of legendary sculptor Richard Serra, whose often massive, site-specific steel structures have transformed the art form. Learn about one of our most brilliant and influential artists and what situates Serra in the history of sculpture across time and culture.
Record date: March 14, 2019
Broadcast date: June 20, 2019

Susie Linfield
Cultural critic Susie Linfield investigates how eight prominent twentieth-century intellectuals—including Hannah Arendt, Arthur Koestler, I. F. Stone, and Noam Chomsky—struggled with the philosophy of Zionism, and how the contemporary Left has become focused on anti-Zionism and how Israel itself has moved rightward.
Record date: May 21, 2019
Broadcast date: June 27, 2019