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.



Juan Felipe Herrera
Former United States Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, the first Mexican American to hold the position, learned to love poetry by singing about the Mexican Revolution with his mother, a migrant farmworker in California. Herrera’s appointment came as the country was debating immigration, a recurring subject of his work.
Record date: October 1, 2015
First broadcast date: November 5, 2015
Repeat broadcast date: April 5, 2018

Intergenerational Trauma and the Holocaust
With Helen Epstein and Elizabeth Rosner
Join acclaimed writers Helen Epstein and Elizabeth Rosner, the daughters of Holocaust survivors, for an intimate conversation about the intergenerational aftermath of genocide. Epstein and Rosner share how their families’ pasts shaped their own lives and the writers that they became.
Record date: March 5, 2018
Broadcast date: April 12, 2018

Daniel Kahneman
Psychologist and Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman discusses when to trust intuition and how to tap the benefits of slow thinking.
Recording date: November 7, 2011
First broadcast date: December 15, 2011
Repeat broadcast date: April 19, 2018

Resisting Together: Blacks and Jews in the Shadow of a Russian Pogrom
With Steven Zipperstein and LaDoris Cordell
In conversation Rabbi Sydney Mintz
The Kishinev pogrom of 1903 was an anti-Jewish riot that left 49 dead in a provincial town in late-Tsarist Russia. Stanford historian Steven Zipperstein and judge LaDoris Cordell discuss how this incident has come to define so much, and how can we understand it in our current political climate, when public outrage is focused on the treatment of refugees, violence against women and state-enabled anti-semitism.
Record date: April 8, 2018
Broadcast date: April 26, 2018

David Mamet
In conversation with Michael Krasny
David Mamet is the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of twenty-three plays including Glengarry Glen Ross and Speed-the-Plow, and an Oscar-nominated screenwriter of eighteen films including The Verdict and The Untouchables. Best known for rapid-fire dialogue and explorations of power relationships, masculinity, and corporate corruption, Mamet’s new book Chicago is set in the mobbed-up 1920s.
Record date: April 19, 2018
Broadcast date: May 3, 2018

Esther Perel
Relationship expert Esther Perel discusses the fraught topic of couples’ intimacy – or their lack of it. In her book, The State of Affairs, she invites us to take a closer look at infidelity to find out what affairs are really about.
Record date: October 26, 2017
First broadcast date: November 30, 2017
Repeat broadcast date: May 10, 2018

Johnny Marr
In conversation with San Francisco Chronicle’s Aidin Vaziri
The legendary guitarist and co-founder of the seminal British band The Smiths, Johnny Marr discusses his influential band’s rapid ascent, strained relationships and ending, his successful and varied career after, and the personal story of this bona-fide guitar hero. 
Record date: November 18, 2016
First broadcast date: January 26, 2017
Repeat broadcast date: May 17, 2018

Kingdom of Olives and Ash
With Michael Chabon, Ayelet Waldman, Fida Jiryis and Yehuda Shaul
In conversation with New Israel Fund CEO Daniel Sokatch
Authors Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman join forces with the Israeli NGO Breaking the Silence – an organization of veteran soldiers who served in the occupied territories since the Second Intifada – and a host of writers to tell the stories of the people on the ground in the contested territories and to explore the human cost of the conflict.
Record date: June 7, 2017
First broadcast date: July 6, 2017
Repeat broadcast date: May 24, 2018

The Duplass Brothers
Mark and Jay Duplass have produced dozens of American indie film features, written and directed four well-received movies and created two HBO series. Individually, they’ve also carved out notable acting careers. In their new book Like Brothers, they share the secrets of their lifelong partnership, reveal its impact on their personal lives, and discuss the process of separating family from business.
Record date: May 12, 2018
Broadcast date: May 31, 2018

Harold McGee
In conversation with Brian Garrick
Foremost expert on the science of cooking, Harold McGee is the author of the awardwinning classic, On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen.
Recording date: December 15, 2011
First broadcast date: September 27 2012
Repeat broadcast date: June 7, 2018

Bernie Krause
Musician and environmentalist Bernie Krause has been recording nature’s vibrant sounds for decades. Author of The Great Animal Orchestra: Finding the Origins of Music in the World’s Wild Places, he uses the language of music to make an impassioned case for conserving of one of our most overlooked natural resources: the music of the wild.
Recording date: November 13, 2012
First broadcast date: August 15, 2013
Repeat broadcast date: June 14, 2018

Armistead Maupin
In conversation with Peter Stein
Writer Armistead Maupin shares his memoir Logical Family, which chronicles his odyssey from the Old South to freewheeling San Francisco, and his evolution from curious youth to groundbreaking writer and gay rights pioneer.
Record date: October 11, 2017
First broadcast date: November 9, 2017
Repeat broadcast date: June 21, 2018

Mandy Aftel
In conversation with Daniel Patterson
A pioneer in natural perfumery and the founder of Aftelier Perfumes, Mandy Aftel is also a teacher and award-winning author. She discusses her book, Fragrant, and the profound connection between our sense of smell and the appetites that move us. 
Record date: November 5, 2014
First broadcast date: July 9, 2015
Repeat broadcast date: June 28, 2018