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.

Steven Pinker
Steven Pinker is a leading scientist of language and the mind and psychology professor at Harvard. His latest book, The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century, is a fascinating analysis of the ways in which skillfully chosen words engage the mind, and a cognitive science-based guide to  writing well.
Record date: October 8, 2014
Broadcast date: January 1, 2015

Alfie Kohn
Helicopter parents are hovering everywhere, overprotecting their children instead of letting them learn from failure. We indulge our kids, rather than setting limits. As a result, we’re raising a generation of narcissists. You’ve likely heard the charges—but are they true? Alfie Kohn, author of thirteen books on parenting challenges media-stoked fears about kids and modern parenting.
Record date: November 11, 2014
Broadcast date: January 8, 2015

Bob Odenkirk
In conversation with Tim Goodman
Emmy-winning comedy writer, producer and actor and Saturday Night Live veteran Bob Odenkirk (sleazy attorney Saul Goodman on Breaking Bad, co-star of Nebraska, and co-creator and star of Mr. Show) has a new book of comedy writings, A Load of Hooey.
Record date: October 26, 2014
Broadcast date: January 15, 2015

Philip Hook
Sotheby’s impressionist and modern art specialist Philip Hook revealed the inner workings of the fine art world and explained how art is assigned value.
Record date: November 6, 2014
Broadcast date: January 22, 2015

Amanda Palmer
In conversation with Armistead Maupin
Alt-rock icon Amanda Palmer, known for pushing boundaries in both her art and her lifestyle, made headlines when she raised nearly $1.2 million via Kickstarter to finance her album, Theatre Is Evil. Her new book, The Art of Asking, is a guide for creative people, or anyone who just wants to learn to ask for what they need.
Record date: November 20, 2014
Broadcast date: January 29, 2015

Lawrence Lessig
Harvard Law Professor and legal activist Lawrence Lessig believes he’s found a way to mitigate the corrosive effect of big money on elections. He discusses Mayday PAC, his own crowd-funded Super PAC, launched in order to elect a Congress committed to fundamentally reforming the way campaigns are financed.
Record date: January 8, 2015
Broadcast date: February 5, 2015

Dianne von Furstenberg
In conversation with Carolyne Zinko
Forty years ago, the wrap dress came to symbolize power and independence for an entire generation of women. Its creator, fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, whose mother was an Auschwitz survivor and who married a European prince, shares the lessons she learned on the road to becoming a modern icon and building a global brand.
Record date: November 21, 2014
Broadcast date: February 12, 2015

Dr. Vint Virga
Dr. Vint Virga is likely the only veterinarian in the country whose fulltime job is tending to the psychological welfare of animals in captivity. Virga enlightens us on how animals–in captivity or in our homes – are reporting their inner states and how we can respond.
Record date: January 21, 2015
Broadcast date: February 19, 2015

Lesley Stahl
In conversation with Barbara Lane
One of the country’s most recognized broadcast journalists, Lesley Stahl has had a career marked by political scoops, interviews with heads of state and award-winning foreign reporting. Beginning as a young reporter covering the Watergate scandal, she later covered the Reagan and Bush administrations for the CBS Evening News, and in 1991 became co-editor of 60 Minutes.
Record date: January 26, 2015
Broadcast date: February 26, 2015

Michael Gazzaniga
In conversation with Dr. Paul Kalanithi
More than fifty years ago, Michael Gazzaniga made one of the most important discoveries in all of neuroscience—the now foundational understanding that the brain’s right and left hemispheres have different strengths and can act independently from one another. Join the father of cognitive neuroscience for a conversation on the evolution of neuroscience and his life and career spent uncovering the mysteries of the brain.
Record date: February 10, 2015
Broadcast date: March 5, 2015

Issa Rae and Justin Simien
Issa Rae is the phenom behind the hit web series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl and author of a new book of the same name. Justin Simien wrote and directed the acclaimed feature film Dear White People. Both challenge traditional Hollywood stories and roles and share their razor-sharp observations from the frontlines.
Record date: February 20, 2015
Broadcast date: March 12, 2015

David Axelrod
In conversation with David Plouffe
David Axelrod masterminded Obama’s historic election campaigns and helped to redefine modern political campaign strategy. He has devoted a lifetime to questioning political certainties and bringing fresh, daring thinking into the political landscape. Axelrod opens up about his years as a young journalist, political consultant and ultimately senior adviser to the President.
Record date: February 18, 2015
Broadcast date: March 19, 2015

Kim Gordon
Sonic Youth co-founder, musician, visual artist, fashion icon and de facto professor of modern feminist pop mystique, Kim Gordon nurtured a young Kurt Cobain, coproduced Hole’s debut album, put a teenage Chloë Sevigny on-screen for the first time and, via the band’s album-cover art and videos, helped popularize the work of Spike Jonze, Gerhard Richter and Richard Prince. Gordon opens up in her new memoir Girl in a Band, telling the story of her life and art.
Record date: March 4, 2015
Broadcast date: March 26, 2015