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.

Venture Capital 101 with David Hornik, Amy Errett and Hunter Walk
In conversation with Sue Kwon
Three of Silicon Valley’s top venture capitalists reveal how their world works, what makes a successful pitch, what’s hot and what’s not: David Hornik, general partner at August Capital; Amy Errett, founder and CEO of Madison Reed and former venture capitalist at Maveron Ventures; and Hunter Walk, formerly with Google and YouTube and creator of Homebrew, a $35-million seed-stage fund.
Record date: January 30, 2017
Broadcast date: March 9, 2017

Dr. Larry Brilliant
Dr. Larry Brilliant - philosopher, mystic, hippie, doctor, groundbreaking tech innovator and key player in the eradication of one of the worst pandemics in human history — discusses his inspiring life, chronicled in his remarkable new memoir, Sometimes Brilliant: The Impossible Adventure of a Spiritual Seeker and Visionary Physician Who Helped Conquer the Worst Disease in History.
Record date: February 6, 2017
Broadcast date: March 16, 2017

George Saunders
In conversation with Dana Spiotta
Acclaimed writer of short stories, essays, novellas and children’s books, George Saunders discusses his first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic, historical framework into a thrilling supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying. Record date: February 13, 2017
Broadcast date: March 23, 2017

Stosh Cotler
As CEO of Bend the Arc, the leading progressive Jewish organization working to make this nation one that honors the dignity of all communities, Stosh Cotler is at the forefront of advancing civil and human rights in the United States. She discusses the prophetic role the Jewish community must play in advancing social justice in 21st century America. Record date: February 15, 2017
Broadcast date: March 30, 2017

The Executive Order on Immigration: A Community Forum
Featuring Madihha Ahussain, Muslim Advocates; Jonathan Blazer, ACLU; Grisel Ruiz, Immigrant Legal Resource Center; and Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan, Lehrhaus Judaica; moderated by Peter Waldman, Bloomberg News
The recent Presidential Executive Order on immigration has dominated the news. Who is affected? How will it be enforced? Is it legal? What is the reaction domestically and globally? And what  can we do to help ensure the safety and dignity of victims of violence and persecution around the world? Join us for a community forum during which legal and immigration experts provide information and answer questions.
Record date: February 21, 2017
Broadcast date: April 6, 2017

Dr. Craig Packer
Dr. Craig Packer, the world’s leading expert on lion conservation, has sparred with angry trophy hunters, taken on corrupt politicians and fended off death threats. His new book, Lions in the Balance, offers the most timely, humorous and brutally honest account of lion behavior, ecology and conservation to date.
Record date: December 1, 2016
Broadcast date: April 13, 2017

We Marched, We Rallied, Now What?
Join us for a new series of community panels on the state of the nation, the challenges we will encounter, and how ordinary citizens can affect change, presented in partnership with the Women’s March of San Francisco. Today's panelists are Ameena Jandali of Islamic Networks Group, Minda Berbeco of The Sierra Club, Gabriela Jimenez of Planned Parenthood, and Melanie Nathan of SF Pride. The moderator is Kanishka Karunaratne, legislative aide to San Francisco Supervisor Mark Farrell.
Record date: March 28, 2017
Broadcast date: April 20, 2017

Ariel Levy
In conversation with Kerry Corrigan
Journalist and staff writer for The New Yorker magazine, Ariel Levy discusses her new memoir, The Rules Do Not Apply, which tells the story of how she built an unconventional life and then watched it fall apart with astonishing speed.
Record date: March 21, 2017
Broadcast date: April 27, 2017

David Mandel
In conversation with The Hollywood Reporter’s Tim Goodman
David Mandel takes us inside Veep, the hottest comedy on television, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, for which he is showrunner and executive producer. He also shares stories about Curb Your Enthusiasm, for which he is executive producer and a writer, and discusses his beloved collection of original comic book art and Star Wars memorabilia.
Record date: March 24, 2017
Broadcast date: May 4, 2017

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: May 11, 2017

Stephen Tobolowsky
In his books and on his podcast The Tobolowsky Files, legendary character actor Stephen Tobolowsky shares stories about life, love, catastrophe, triumph and the entertainment industry.
Record date: April 24, 2017
Broadcast date: May 18, 2017

Ronald Leopold
Executive Director of the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, Ronald Leopold discusses the moral dilemmas in the appropriation of Anne Frank as an icon and a household name representing a wide range of social and political causes.
Record date: April 25, 2017
Broadcast date: May 25, 2017

Mary Gaitskill
In conversation with Zeotrope: All-Story editor Michael Ray
Novelist, essayist and short story writer Mary Gaitskill discusses her latest book Somebody With a Little Hammer, a fascinating and fearless collection of insights on a variety of topics ranging from pop culture and politics to dating and rape debates.
Record date: May 15, 2017
Broadcast date: June 1, 2017

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 new book Girling Up: How to Be Strong, Smart and Spectacular.
Record date: May 24, 2017
Broadcast date: June 8, 2017

Peter Hook
In conversation with San Francisco Chronicle pop music critic Aidin Vaziri
Musician and co-founder of the seminal bands Joy Division and New Order discusses his new memoir, Substance: Inside New Order, a no-hold-barred account of his 27-year history with the band.
Record date: February 4, 2017
Broadcast date: June 15, 2017

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

Alan Alda
Actor, director, author, and science advocate, Alan Alda discusses his latest book, If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?: My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating. Drawing on his years of experience with acting, improvisation, science and storytelling, Alda reveals what it means to be a true communicator in every aspect of our lives.
Record date: June 14, 2017
Broadcast date: June 29, 2017