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.


Mara Liasson
A Citizen’s Guide to the 2016 Election
Mara Liasson, National Public Radio’s chief political correspondent, can be heard regularly on NPR’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition, providing extensive coverage of the White House and Congress as well as reports on political trends beyond the Beltway. Each election year, she provides key coverage of the candidates and issues in both presidential and congressional races.
Record date: September 18, 2016
Broadcast date: October 6, 2016

Daveed Diggs
In conversation with Chinaka Hodge
Daveed Diggs, the breakout star and breakneck rapper who took home the 2016 Tony Award for his portrayals of Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson in the Broadway blockbuster Hamilton, gets real about getting his shot on Broadway, his love for the performing arts and spoken word, and how his Oakland upbringing is influencing his artistic path.
Record date: September 10, 2016
Broadcast date: October 13, 2016

Carl Hiaasen
Carl Hiaasen has built a career writing rollicking misadventures inspired by the colorful annals of greed and corruption in South Florida. His latest novel, Razor Girl, is vintage Hiaasen: quick- witted, packed with colorful characters, and highly entertaining.
Record date: September 11, 2016
Broadcast date: October 20, 2016

Mary Ellen Hannibal
Science and culture writer and editor Mary Ellen Hannibal wades into tide pools, follows hawks and scours mountains to collect data on threatened species as part of her wideranging
exploration of today’s tech-enabled citizen science. Her new book, Citizen Scientist, gives us a blueprint for pursuing what may be our last, best hope in slowing an unprecedented mass extinction.
Record date: September 20, 2016
Broadcast date: October 27, 2016

Alison Gopnik
In conversation with Dacher Keltner
Child psychologists Alison Gopnik is the author of bestselling and critically-acclaimed books that take us into the minds of babies and children. In her latest book, The Gardener and the Carpenter: What the New Science of Child Development Tells Us About the Relationship between Parents and Children, she shatters the myth of “good parenting.” She shows that although caring for children is profoundly important, it is not a matter of shaping them to turn out a particular way.
Record date: September 21, 2016
Broadcast date: November 3, 2016

Emma Cline
In conversation with Barbara Lane
Emma Cline’s debut novel, The Girls, has taken the country by storm, easily becoming the most talked-about book of the year. With razor-sharp precision and startling psychological insight, the novel tells a seductive coming-of-age story inspired by the slavish young women caught up in Charles Manson’s bloody cult.
Record date: October 10, 2016
Broadcast date: November 10, 2016

Mark Bittman
In conversation with Sunset Magazine’s Margo True
Mark Bittman is one of America’s most known, beloved and respected food writers. His new book, How to Bake Everything, demystifies, deconstructs and debunks myths about baking, making it simpler than ever before. From American favorites like Crunchy Toffee Cookies and Baked Alaska, to global baked treats like Nordic Ruis and Afghan Snowshoe Naan, these recipes satisfy every sweet tooth.
Record date: October 13, 2016
Broadcast date: November 17, 2016

Bryan Cranston
In conversation with Barbara Lane
He’s played President Lyndon B. Johnson, a sitcom dad on Malcom in the Middle, blacklisted Hollywood writer Dalton Trumbo—and, most famously, chemistry teacher-turned-cancer patient-turned-meth overlord Walter White in Breaking Bad. In his riveting new memoir, A Life in Parts, Bryan Cranston opens up about the many parts he’s played on camera and off, and traces his zigzag journey from chaotic childhood to mega-stardom and cult-like following.
Record date: October 14, 2016
Broadcast date: December 1, 2016

Mike Massimino
In conversation with Adam Savage
Astronaut Mike Massimino talks about everything NASA—from the first time he saw Earth from space and his first spacewalk, to his deep and abiding love for the Hubble telescope and what having “the right stuff” really means. Spaceman is his first book. He will be in conversation with industrial special effects designer, actor, educator and television host Adam Savage.
Record date: October 16, 2016
Broadcast date: December 8, 2016

Alan Schwarz
More than one in seven children now get diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder—three times what experts say is appropriate. New York Times correspondent Alan Schwarz’s latest book, ADHD Nation: Children, Doctors, Big Pharma, and the Making of an American Epidemic, exposes the roots and rise of ADHD, and reveals the powerful cultural and economic forces fueling its widespread diagnosis and drug treatment.
Record date: October 18, 2016
Broadcast date: December 15, 2016

Jessi Klein
In conversation with Chris Colin
Inside Amy Schumer head writer and executive producer Jessi Klein offers a relentlessly funny yet poignant take on the rites of modern femininity, hilariously and candidly exploring the journey of the twenty-first century woman. Klein strives beyond mere chuckles, also offering a more thorough accounting of what it means to be a woman in the world today.
Record date: October 26, 2016
Broadcast date: December 22, 2016

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 invests broadly in information technology companies. Amy Errett, founder and CEO of Madison Reed and former venture capitalist at Maveron Ventures, has a proven track record of transforming industries that are ripe for disruption. And Hunter Walk, formerly with Google and YouTube, created Homebrew, a $35-million seed-stage fund.
Record date: October 19, 2016
Broadcast date: December 29, 2016