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.

Andrew Solomon
In his book, Far From the Tree, Andrew Solomon examines families coping with children who have extraordinary disabilities as well as children who are prodigies, who are conceived in rape and who become criminals. Showing that differences within families are universal, Solomon expands our understanding of what connects us as humans.
Broadcast date: March 26, 2015

Robert Baer
In conversation with Lowell Bergman 
One of the most accomplished CIA operatives in the agency’s history, Robert Baer spent much of his 21 years with the CIA in the Middle East. One assignment:  attempting to assassinate Saddam Hussein. George Clooney portrayed him in Syriana, the film based on Baer’s New York Times bestseller See No Evil. Currently national security affairs analyst for CNN, Baer takes us on a wild adventure through the history of assassination.
Record date: November 10, 2014
Broadcast date: April 2, 2014

Roger Cohen & Leon Wieseltier
New York Times columnist Roger Cohen and Leon Wieseltier, former literary critic of The New Republic, reflect on topics both personal and political, including Jews and Muslims in Europe, anti-Semitism past and present, and the state of journalism today.
Record date: January 29, 2015
Broadcast date: April 9, 2014

Yotam Ottolenghi
In conversation with Peter Stein
Yotam Ottolenghi celebrates the release of his new book, Plenty More, a continuation of the vibrant, flavorful, and amazing vegetable recipes he shared with the world in his bestselling cookbook, Plenty, and his Guardian column. He discusses everything from his early taste memories to his current focus on ingredients a bit further afield than those of his native Israel
Record date: October 24, 2014
Broadcast date: April 16, 2015

Neil Gaiman
In conversation with Michael Chabon
Neil Gaiman is one of fantasy’s most extraordinary innovators. Long considered a top writer of comics, he is also the creator of genre-defying prose, poetry, film, and drama for audiences of all ages. Gaiman’s award-winning works include the bestselling adult novels The Ocean at the End of the Lane and Anansi Boys, the young adult novel Coraline, the TV series Neverwhere, and the groundbreaking Sandman comics series.
Record date: March 12, 2015
Broadcast date: April 23, 2015

Linda Darling Hammond
Linda Darling-Hammond – leader of President Obama’s education transition team, and chair of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing – discusses fresh approaches to education being pioneered in California, which are prompting a major turnaround.
Record date: January 22, 2015
Broadcast date: April 30, 2015

Scott Simon
NPR’s Scott Simon is one of America’s most admired writers and broadcasters. He has reported from all fifty states, five continents, and ten wars, from El Salvador to Iraq. In 2013, his tender, lyrical Tweets during his mother’s final days went viral, sparking a national conversation on good deaths and good lives. Join us for an intimate evening celebrating the universal bond between mother and child, and the meaning of good deaths and good lives.
Record date: April 15, 2015
Broadcast date: May 7, 2015

David Brooks
David Brooks is one of the country’s most prominent political commentators. As an Op-Ed columnist at the New York Times, an analyst on NPR’s All Thing’s Considered and as a commentator on PBS NewsHour, he’s become renowned for his savvy analysis of politics and foreign affairs and keen observation of the social currents that underpin American life – often presented with his unique brand of humor. His latest book is The Road to Character.
Record date: April 27, 2015
Broadcast date: May 14, 2015

Masha Gessen
In conversation with Peter Finn, national security editor, Washington Post 
Masha Gessen is a fearless Russian-American journalist noted for her opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin and the author of The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin and Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot. Her latest book, about the Tsarnaevs, the Chechen brothers suspected of perpetrating the Boston Marathon bombings, explores the struggle between assimilation and alienation that fueled their apparent metamorphosis into a new breed of homegrown terrorist.
Record date: April 29, 2015
Broadcast date: May 21, 2015

Cuba and the U.S.: Defining a New Era
With Nick Miroff and Michael Krasny
What does President Obama’s recent move to re-open relations with Cuba mean here in the U.S. and on the ground in Cuba? Join Washington Post Latin America correspondent Nick Miroff and KQED’s Michael Krasny, who traveled to Cuba with the JCCSF, for a wide-ranging conversation on the potential impact of re-establishing relations with Cuba and a look at what the future holds.
Record date: May 7, 2015
Broadcast date: May 28, 2015

Maria Bello
Actress and activist Maria Bello wrote one of the ten most popular New York Times articles of the decade. Her Modern Love column “Coming Out as a Modern Family” sparked a worldwide conversation about how many familiar labels (like gay, straight, bi) are simply outdated. She continues questioning those labels in her new memoir, Whatever…Love is Love.
Record date: May 8, 2015
Broadcast date: June 4, 2015

Mona Eltahawy
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 new book Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution.
Record date: May 19, 2015
Broadcast date: June 11, 2015

Matthieu Ricard
Buddhist monk, humanitarian activist, scientist and author Matthieu Ricard turns his lens from the personal to the global with a rousing argument that altruism, genuine concern for the well-being of others, could be the saving grace of the 21st century. Altruism is, he believes, the vital force that can solve the greatest challenges of our time—from a troubled economy, to decreased life satisfaction, to environmental problems.
Record date: June 2, 2015
Broadcast date: June 18

Bernard-Henri Lévy
France’s leading public intellectual, Bernard-Henri Lévy is the author of dozens of works of philosophy, fiction, and biography. Earlier this year, Lévy delivered the keynote speech at the U.N. General Assembly on the rise of anti-Semitic violence worldwide, the first-ever meeting devoted to anti-Semitism by the United Nations.
Record date: June 16, 2015
Broadcast date: June 25