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.

Carl Zimmer
In conversation with Annalee Newitz
Heredity isn’t just about genes that pass from parent to child, argues acclaimed science journalist Carl Zimmer. We also inherit other things that matter as much—or more—to our lives, from microbes to technologies we use to make life more comfortable. His book is She Has Her Mother’s Laugh.
Record date: October 23, 2019
Broadcast date: November 14, 2019

Gail Collins on the Women of a Certain Age
In conversation with Inflection Point’s Lauren Schiller
New York Times columnist Gail Collins explores how attitudes toward older women have shifted in America over the centuries. Hear why women can, and should, expect the best of their golden years. Her new book is No Stopping Us Now: A History of Older Women in America.
Record date: October 24, 2019
Broadcast date: November 21, 2019

Purple Reign: A Tribute to Prince
With the Portland Cello Project
Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to celebrate the genius and power of Prince. Portland’s premier alt-classical group Portland Cello Project returns to the JCCSF to pay tribute to one of the most talented rock stars of all time.
Record date: November 12, 2019
Broadcast date: November 28, 2019

Anand Giridharadas
In conversation with Teddy Schleifer
Today’s elites are some of the more socially concerned individuals in history. Yet, according to journalist and writer Anand Giridharadas, while their philanthropic missions may attempt to reform the root causes of unjust systems, many elite initiatives serve only to maintain the very power structures they claim they want to fix. Giridharadas joins us for an in-depth discussion on elite leaders and how communities might work together to create a more participatory democracy. His book is Winners Take All: The
Elite Charade of Changing the World.
Record date: October 29, 2019
Broadcast date: December 5, 2019

The Daily’s Michael Barbaro
In conversation with Crosscurrents’ Hana Baba
State surveillance in China. The bitter power struggle within the NRA. Using genealogy websites to fight crime. The Daily—a five-days-a-week podcast from the New York Times, hosted by Michael Barbaro—delves deeply into a fresh topic each episode, and listeners can’t get enough. Hear how Barbaro and his team create The Daily and get to know more about this compelling show.
Record date: October 28, 2019
Broadcast date: December 12, 2019

BJ Miller, Shoshana Berger
In conversation with Lucy Kalanithi
Palliative care physician BJ Miller and IDEO editorial director and former editor-in-chief and co-founder of ReadyMade Shoshana Berger provide step-by-step instructions on managing the end of life, and answer questions about death that we’re all afraid to ask. Their new book is A Beginner’s Guide to the End: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death.
Record date: October 27, 2019
Broadcast date: December 19, 2019

Adrienne Rich and Alicia Ostriker

Hanukkah: Light in Dark Hours
With Adrienne Rich
Poet Adrienne Rich’s work has explored issues of identity, sexuality and politics; her
formally ambitious poetics have reflected her continued search for social justice, her
role in the anti-war movement, and her radical feminism.
Record date: December 18, 2006
Alicia Ostriker
Known for her intelligence and passionate appraisal of women’s place in literature,
Alicia Suskin Ostriker’s poetry and criticism investigates themes of family, social
justice, Jewish identity, and personal growth.

Record date: 2013
Broadcast date: December 26, 2019