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.


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 22, 2017

Masha Gessen
In conversation with Sue Fishkoff

Acclaimed Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen reveals the complex, strange and heart-wrenching truth of Jews in twentieth-century Russia that begins with pogroms and ends with emigration. Gessen also shares advice for surviving under autocratic rule, drawing from historical sources and personal experience.
Record date: November 14, 2016

Kingdom of Olives and Ash
With Michael Chabon, Ayelet Waldman, Fida Jiryis and Yehuda Shaul
Moderated by 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
Broadcast date: July 6, 2017

We Marched, We Rallied, Now What? A Community Panel on Women’s Rights
Join us for a community panel featuring representatives from various women’s organizations to discuss the challenges they face during the new administration. Panelists include Clare Winterton from Global Fund for Women, Rebecca Griffin from NARAL Pro Choice California, Amy Whelan from National Center for Lesbian Rights, and Lourdes Martinez from Mujeres Unidas y Activas. The moderator is Kanishka Karunaratne. Co-presented by Women’s March San Francisco.
Record date: May 9, 2017
Broadcast date: July 13, 2017

Terry Tempest Williams
Author, conservationist and activist Terry Tempest Williams celebrates the centennial of the National Park Service. Her book The Hour of Land features lyrical portraits of twelve parks – from Yellowstone in Wyoming, to Acadia in Maine, to Big Bend in Texas – that illuminate the unique grandeur of each place.
Record date: June 9, 2016
Broadcast date: July 20, 2017

Krista Tippett
In conversation with Tiffany Schlain
National Humanities Medalist and award-winning broadcaster Krista Tippett’s NPR program and podcast, On Being, profiles people whose insights kindle within us a sense of wonder and courage. Her book, Becoming Wise, is a master class in the art of living, focused not simply on personal growth but on public life and human spiritual evolution.
Record date: April 19, 2016
Broadcast date: July 27, 2017

Al Franken
In conversation with KALW’s Matt Martin
Comedic actor and writer, author and politician Al Franken shares his new memoir, Al Franken, Giant of the Senate, which recounts his journey from Saturday Night Live to the United States Senate.
Record date: July 5, 2017
Broadcast date: August 3, 2017

Maria Popova
In conversation with Alexis Madrigal, Silicon Valley Bureau Chief of Fusion
Maria Popova’s wildly popular blog Brainpickings, which started as a weekly e-mail to friends, is now included in the Library of Congress permanent web archive. A sampling includes
Sylvia Bornstein on Pablo Neruda, 19th century illustrations of owls and ospreys, and Mark Rothko on beauty, friendship and art.
Record date: October 15, 2015
Broadcast date: August 10, 2017

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: August 17, 2017

Colm Tóibín
Acclaimed Irish writer Colm Tóibín is the author of nine novels including Brooklyn and Nora Webster. In his new novel, House of Names, Tóibín brings his modern sensibility to the story of Clytemnestra, the vengeful wife of Ancient Greece’s King Agamemnon. 
Record date: June 21, 2017
Broadcast date: August 24, 2017

Mark Bittman
In conversation with Sunset Magazine’s Margo True
One of America’s most known and respected food writers, Mark Bittman shares his book How to Bake Everything and deconstructs current food production practices and trends.
Record date: October 13, 2016
Broadcast date: August 31, 2017

Roman Mars, Glynn Washington and Jessica Abel
In conversation with Jourdan Abel
Join the creators behind Snap Judgment and 99% Invisible, Glynn Washington and Roman Mars, along with cartoonist and writer Jessica Abel, author of Out on the Wire: The Storytelling Secrets of the New Masters of Radio, for a conversation on how radio producers construct some of the most exciting and innovative storytelling available today.
Record date: September 21, 2015
Broadcast date: September 7, 2017

Sherman Alexie
Poet, writer and filmmaker Sherman Alexie has explored contemporary Native American culture. His new memoir, You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me, is a searing, deeply moving account about growing up dirt-poor on a reservation, one of four children raised by alcoholic parents.
Record date: July 19, 2017
Broadcast date: September 14, 2017

Mary Ellen Hannibal
Science and culture writer and editor Mary Ellen Hannibal wades into tide pools, follows hawks and scours mountains to collect data on threatened species as part of her wideranging exploration of today’s tech-enabled citizen science. Her book, Citizen Scientist, gives us a blueprint for pursuing what may be our last, best hope in slowing an unprecedented mass extinction.
Record date: September 20, 2016
Broadcast date: September 21, 2017

Cleve Jones
In conversation with Peter Stein
Cleve Jones conceived the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, co-founded the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and, more recently, fought to overturn California’s Proposition 8 and legalize same-sex marriage. Cleve’s memoir, When We Rise, details the nearly four decades that he has spent at the center of the movement to give voice to people who, for much of human history, have been made invisible.
Record date: December 9, 2016
Broadcast date: September 28, 2017