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.
In conversation with Barbara Lane
Beloved broadcast journalist Jane Pauley has been a familiar face on TV for more than 30 years, having served as cohost of Today and anchor of Dateline NBC. Pauley builds on her own story in her book, Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life, which helps people in midlife successfully navigate their ‘reinvention’ to build a positive, powerful future.
Recording date: January 26, 2014
Broadcast date: August 28, 2014
A longtime poetry advocate who presents a daily poem on The Writer’s Almanac on public radio, Garrison Keillor‘s first poetry collection, O, What A Luxury: Verses Lyrical, Vulgar, Pathetic and Profound, contains his characteristic humor and insight on love, modernity, nostalgia, politics, religion and other facets of daily life.
Recording date: November 7, 2013
Broadcast date: September 4, 2014
Jennifer Weiner writes witty, entertaining novels that often feature clever plus-sized women who triumph over skinny mean girls. Despite selling millions of books, she’s never been reviewed in the New York Times. Lately she’s in the news for igniting a public discussion about male bias in the publishing industry. Her new book, All Fall Down, takes on the topic of women and addiction.
Recording date: June 22, 2014
Broadcast date: September 11, 2014
In conversation with Douglas McGray, California Sunday Magazine and Pop-Up Magazine
As founder of IDEO, David Kelley built the company that created many icons of the digital age — the first Apple mouse, the first Palm Treo and the thumbs up/thumbs down button on the TiVo’s remote control, to name a few. But what really intrigues him is unlocking our creative potential so we can innovate routinely. His book, Creative Confidence, seeks to unleash the creativity that lies within each of us.
Recording date: March 13, 2014
Broadcast date: September 18, 2014
In conversation with Aidin Vaziri, San Francisco Chronicle
KISS front man and guitarist Paul Stanley mixes compelling personal revelations and gritty stories about life with his legendary band. In his memoir, Face the Music: A Life Exposed, he reveals how being born partially deaf instilled in him a burning desire to succeed.
Recording date: April 25, 2014
Broadcast date: September 25, 2014
Does it matter where you went to college? How racist are we really? What do your Facebook “likes” say about your intelligence? Drawing on data from Twitter, Facebook, OkCupid and Reddit, Dataclysm author and OkCupid co-founder Christian Rudder explores what our online lives reveal about who we really are—and discusses how such information will transform the science of human behavior.
Record date: September 16, 2014
Broadcast date: October 2, 2014
A chance encounter with an extraordinary child in front of an ice cream store compelled R. J. Palacio to write her first novel. That book, Wonder, about a boy born with a facial difference, became a No. 1 New York Times bestseller. Join us to celebrate R.J. Palacio’s new book 365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne’s Book of Precepts.
Record date: September 19, 2014
Broadcast date: October 9, 2014
Writing poetry that is fierce, whimsical, touching, controversial and witty, Patricia Lockwood has won acclaim as one of today’s most adventurous young poets. Her poem “Rape Joke” went viral and has been credited with awakening a generation’s interest in poetry. Her new collection, Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals, evokes images that would never occur in nature.
Record date: September 22, 2014
Broadcast date: October 16, 2014
Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist and best-selling author, Thomas Friedman is renowned for his direct reporting and sophisticated analysis of complex issues facing the modern world.
Record date: September 29, 2014
Broadcast date: October 23, 2014
Jason Segel is one of the most beloved names in film comedy today. His latest venture is a kids’ book, Nightmares! Inspired by his childhood nightmares, this hilariously frightening book follows a group of kids trying to save their town from fear itself.
Record date: September 18, 2014
Broadcast date: October 30, 2014
In conversation with Michael Ray
Latvian-born writer and filmmaker David Bezmozgis has explored themes of exile and aspiration through his award-winning collection Natasha and Other Stories and the heartfelt multigenerational saga Free World. His new novel, The Betrayers, set in the Crimea, is about a disgraced Russian Jewish dissident turned Israeli politician who meets the old friend who denounced him to the K.G.B. forty years earlier.
Record date: September 30, 2014
Broadcast date: November 6, 2014
Charmian Gooch is co-founder and co-director of Global Witness, an NGO that exposes corporate funding of conflict, corruption and natural resource exploitation. She jointly spearheaded a campaign to expose the trade in timber between the Khmer Rouge and Thai logging companies and their backers, and launched a groundbreaking campaign against “blood diamonds.”
Record date: October 1, 2014
Broadcast date: November 13, 2014
Indo-British-Muslim-American Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi opens up in his new memoir No Man’s Land about dealing with identity issues across three continents, climbing a ladder of brown-skinned stereotypes to Hollywood success, and how he finally came to own his Brown. Mandvi is also an accomplished stage, television and film actor.
Record date: October 11, 2014
Broadcast date: November 20, 2014
A picture book with no pictures? Who ever heard of such a thing? B.J. Novak, writer, actor, executive producer and director, has written a “picture book” that reimagines storytelling for a young audience. By delivering a text-only book designed to turn any reader into an extraordinary and hilarious storyteller, The Book with No Pictures puts a twist on the storytelling experience—the book and the child “team up” to force the adult to say silly things—and presents a whole new way to introduce children to the idea of what a book can do.
Record date: October 11, 2014
Broadcast date: November 27, 2014
In conversation with Barbara Lane
Modern Family co-creator and executive producer Steven Levitan has been making television hit comedies for more than 20 years, including Frasier, Wings, The Larry Sanders Show, Just Shoot Me and Greg the Bunny. Levitan’s numerous honors include eight Emmys, a Peabody and a Comedy Writer of the Year Award.
Record date: October 20, 2014
Broadcast date: December 4, 2014
In conversation with David Pescovitz
Can lesser-known artists still thrive in the Internet era? Can giant record labels avoid alienating their audiences? Science fiction author, activist, journalist and Boing Boing co-editor Cory Doctorow is the former European director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and co-founder of the U.K. Open Rights Group. His latest book, Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free, takes on the state of copyright and creative success in the digital age. He is joined by his partner at Boing Boing, co-editor David Pescovitz, for a conversation about the pitfalls and opportunities that creative industries (and individuals) face today.
Record date: October 29, 2014
Broadcast date: December 11, 2014
In conversation with Daniel Patterson
She’s been called “one of the fragrance industry’s most creative thinkers” by Vogue, dubbed the “Angel of Alchemy” by Vanity Fair and named one of the top bespoke perfumers in the world by Forbes. A pioneer in natural perfumery and the founder of Aftelier Perfumes, Mandy Aftel is also a teacher and award-winning author. She talks with Chef Daniel Patterson of Coi about her latest book, Fragrant, and the profound connection between our sense of smell and the appetites that move us.
Record date: November 5, 2014
Broadcast date: December 18, 2014
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: December 25, 2014