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.
In conversation with Michael Bauer
James Beard Award-winning, Israeli-American chef Michael Solomonov is the torchbearer of modern Israeli cuisine. Hear how his unexpected path—including the death of his brother and a struggle with addiction—ultimately led to culinary fame, and learn the secret behind his world-renowned hummus.
Record date: October 25, 2015
Broadcast date: January 7, 2016
In conversation with Paul Henderson, San Francisco Deputy Chief of Staff and Public Safety Director
Former New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly talks about his life fighting crime and the dozens of plots foiled by his anti-terrorist teams after 9/11. He earned a tough reputation cleaning up troubled precincts and later transforming the NYPD into a counter-terrorism force to surpass the FBI and the Pentagon.
Record date: September 30, 2015
Broadcast date: January 14, 2016
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: January 21, 2016
Becoming a Whiskey Know-It-All
Richard Betts and Wendy MacNaughton in conversation with Jourdan Abel
Whiskey fever is sweeping the nation. Every day, craft whiskey distilleries are popping up in remote counties and urban centers, offering a wealth of great choices to consumers—and just as many puzzlements. In his witty kid-style book on an adult topic, Richard Betts along with illustrator Wendy MacNaughton make the learning slide down easy and help us to figure out the many varieties of whiskey.
Record date: October 28, 2015
Broadcast date: January 28, 2016
Niall Ferguson: Kissinger
In conversation with Roy Eisenhardt
Niall Ferguson is Professor of History at Harvard University and author of books on finance and economics, politics and history. He discusses the first volume of his biography of Henry Kissinger, examining his formative years, from his childhood in interwar Germany and forced emigration to the US through his Harvard career and becoming an adviser to Nelson Rockefeller, showing what Kissinger achieved before he was appointed national security adviser to Nixon was astonishing in its own right.
Record date: October 7, 2015
Broadcast date: February 4, 2016
Harvard professor Lisa Randall is among our most influential theoretical physicists. Her new book, Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs, explores the consequences of the comet responsible for the dinosaurs’ extinction, speculates about other possible missing elements and illustrates the importance of preserving the elements on Earth that are vital to our existence.
Record date: November 17, 2015
Broadcast date: February 11, 2016
In Conversation with Jourdan Abel
Nigella Lawson—food enthusiast, television personality and journalist—is the author of nine bestselling books that together have sold more than 12 million copies. These books, along with her successful apps and television series, have made her a household name around the world. Her new cookbook is Simply Nigella: Food to Nourish Body & Soul.
Record date: November 16, 2015
Broadcast date: February 18, 2016
Business analyst Daniel Pink explores the power of selling, which each of us does every day, consciously or not. Whether we’re entrepreneurs persuading funders, employees pitching colleagues, or parents and teachers cajoling kids, we spend our days trying to move others.
Recording date: January 14, 2013
Broadcast date: February 25, 2016
Marilyn Yalom and Theresa Donovan Brown
For most women, the bonds of female friendship are sacrosanct. Marilyn Yalom and Theresa Donovan Brown, co-authors of The Social Sex, explore the history of female friendship, from the Bible to the Enlightenment to the women’s rights movement, right up to Sex and the City and Broad City.
Record date: January 14, 2016
Broadcast date: March 3, 2016
In conversation with Greil Marcus
New York Times film critic A.O. Scott says critical thinking informs almost every aspect of artistic creation, civil action and interpersonal life. Drawing on the long tradition of criticism from Aristotle to Sontag, with detours through animated films and the songs of Chuck Berry, Scott maintains that real criticism allows true creativity to thrive.
Record date: February 16, 2016
Broadcast date: March 10, 2016
Egyptian–American writer and activist Mona Eltahawy, who has worked tirelessly to bridge the divide between Egypt and the West, says that women in the Arab world have two revolutions to undertake: one fought with men against oppressive regimes, and another fought against an entire political and economic system that treats women as second-class citizens. She discusses her provocative book Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution.
Record date: May 19, 2015
Broadcast date: March 17, 2016
Robert Putnam is the pre-eminent social scientist of our time. He has consulted for numerous heads of state—including the last three American presidents—and hundreds of grassroots leaders and activists around the world. His latest book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, offers a groundbreaking examination of why fewer Americans today have the opportunity for upward mobility.
Record date: March 14, 2016
Broadcast date: March 24, 2016
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