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.



George Mitchell
Senator and U.S. Special Envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell offers his insider account of how the Israelis and the Palestinians have progressed—and regressed—in their negotiations through the years and outlines the specific concessions each side must make to finally achieve lasting peace.
Record date: October 30, 2017
Broadcast date: December 21, 2017

Daniel Mendelsohn
In conversation with Ayelet Waldman 
After author Daniel Mendelsohn’s octogenarian father landed in his Homer seminar at Bard College, they were inspired to board a ship and retrace Odysseus’s famous voyage through the Mediterranean. Daniel Mendelsohn shares his new memoir, An Odyssey, along with stories about his transformative journey in reading—and reliving—Homer’s epic masterpiece.
Record date: November 8, 2017
Broadcast date: December 28, 2017

We Marched, We Rallied, Now What? On Disability Rights
Women with disabilities suffer from double discrimination based on their sex as well as their disability, as noted by the United Nations. Women with disabilities face greater risk of violence, abuse, neglect or exploitation and have often been ignored in the women’s movement. This panel features representatives from local non-profit organizations discussing their work, the challenges of advocating for disabled members of our community and the intersection between women’s rights and disability rights.
Record date: November 13, 2017
Broadcast date: January 4, 2018

Al Gore
In conversation with Roy Eisenhardt
Former Vice President Al Gore is optimistic in the fight against climate change, despite Donald Trump’s efforts to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. Join Gore for a rare in-person conversation about the critical issues facing the climate crisis movement today and the solutions we have at hand to build a sustainable future for our planet.
Record date: December 7, 2017
Broadcast date: January 11, 2018

Carrie Brownstein
In conversation with Dave Eggers
Portlandia and Transparent actress, Sleater-Kinney guitarist and NPR contributor Carrie Brownstein talks about her deeply personal and revealing memoir Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl. Hear the story of the dawn of the underground feminist punk-rock movement that would define music and pop culture from one of its founding mothers. The eighth and final season of Portlandia premieres on IFC on January 18th.
Record date: November 4, 2015
Broadcast date: January 18, 2018

Reza Aslan
In conversation with Rabbi Sydney Mintz
Writer, commentator and religious studies scholar Reza Aslan discusses humanity’s struggle to make sense of the divine, and how the idea of god, from its prehistoric origins to its emergence as a single divine personality, continues to offer new ways of connecting people of different faiths today.
Record date: November 29, 2017
Broadcast date: January 25, 2018

David Biale
David Biale’s new book, Hasidism: A New History, is the first comprehensive history of the pietistic movement that shaped modern Judaism. The book’s unique blend of intellectual, religious, and social history offers perspectives on the movement’s leaders as well as its followers, and demonstrates that, far from being a throwback to the Middle Ages, Hasidism is a product of modernity that forged its identity as a radical alternative to the secular world.
Record date: January 21, 2018
Broadcast date: February 1, 2018

We Marched, We Rallied, Now What? On Racial Justice
Racial discrimination continues to permeate 21st Century America. Widely publicized incidents involving law enforcement and President Trump’s attempted immigration ban are examples of discrimination that women of color experience on a daily basis. In this panel discussion, representatives from local non-profit organizations discuss their work defending civil liberties for all.
Record date: January 30, 2018
Broadcast date: February 8, 2018

Robert Sapolsky
Neuroendocrinologist, author and MacArthur Foundation grant awardee Robert Sapolsky presents a hilarious romp through the multiple worlds of psychology, primatology, sociology and neurobiology to explain why we behave the way we do. His latest book is Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst.
Record Date: February 6, 2018
Broadcast date: February 15, 2018

Gloria Steinem
In conversation with Jada Pickett Smith
Feminist icon Gloria Steinem discusses her first book in over 20 years, My Life on the Road, a candid account of how unexpected people and encounters led her to transformative ideas. Steinem co-founded Ms. Magazine in 1972, and in 2013, received the Presidential Medal of
Freedom from President Obama.
Record date: November 10, 2015
Broadcast date: February 22, 2018

Daniel Pink
Daniel Pink is the author of books on work, management, and behavioral science. In his new book, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, he unlocks the scientific secrets to good timing to help you flourish at work, at school, and at home.
Record date: February 14, 2018
Broadcast date: March 1, 2018

Alice Waters and Ruth Reichl
Join two icons of American food history, culture and writing for a rare and intimate conversation on memoir writing, culinary culture and what it’s like to leave indelible marks on our culinary landscape. Restaurateur Alice Waters of Chez Panisse and food writer Ruth Reichl discuss Waters’ new memoir, Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook, which traces the times leading to the opening of Chez Panisse, arguably America’s most influential restaurant.
Record date: February 28, 2018
Broadcast date: March 8, 2018

Mayim Bialik
Actress, writer, neuroscientist and founder of GrokNation.com, Mayim Bialik addresses what it means to grow from a girl to a woman biologically, psychologically and sociologically in her book Girling Up: How to Be Strong, Smart and Spectacular.
Record date: May 24, 2017
Broadcast date: March 15, 2018

Hida Viloria
In conversation with Sam McConnell, producer of The Trans List
Gender-fluid, Latinx intersex author and activist, Hida Viloria, was born with genitals and reproductive organs that don’t fit standard definitions of male or female. The first openly intersex person invited to speak at the United Nations, Hida is founding Director of the Intersex Campaign for Equality and Chairperson of Organization Intersex International, the largest intersex advocacy organization in the world.
Record date: April 7, 2017
Broadcast date: March 22, 2018

From the JCCSF Foodways Series: Namu Farm / Hodo Soy
In the JCCSF Foodways Series, we focus on the folks who grow and produce the ingredients we use.

Namu Farm: Kristyn Leach in conversation with Shakirah Simley
Kristyn Leach of Namu Farm is a community organizer and environmental justice advocate whose farming methods prioritize soil health. She partners with Kitazawa Seed Company, the oldest seed company in the US specializing in Asian vegetable varieties, to preserve heritage and second-generation seeds, ensuring genetic diversity and cultural lineage.
Record date: October 12, 2017

Hodo Soy
Hodo Soy is an artisanal, organic soy company based locally in Oakland that is revolutionizing the tofu industry. Along with a group of cousins and friends, founder Minh Tsai makes soymilk, tofu and yuba with organic, non-GMO soybeans out of a family-run commercial kitchen.
Record date: February 5, 2018

Broadcast date: March 29, 2018