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.


Reshma Saujani
In conversation with Bozoma Saint John
Since 2012, Girls Who Code has taught computing skills to and inspired more than 40,000 girls across the U.S., in an effort to close the gender gap in technology. Hear how its founder, Reshma Saujani, is changing the face of tech, one girl at a time, and learn how to join the movement for a more equal and better future.
Record date: August 24, 2017
Broadcast date: October 5, 2017

Judy Chicago
In conversation with Sarah Thornton
Artist Judy Chicago changed the way we look at women’s history, feminist arts and crafts, and the political relevance of culture. Her internationally acclaimed installation The Dinner Party made its debut at SFMOMA in 1979, and this conversation coincides with the opening of Judy Chicago’s Pussies at Jessica Silverman Gallery. Chicago will discuss her life and career, from her Jewish roots, to her interest in human rights, to her search for feminist aesthetic forms and beyond.
Record date: September 10, 2017
Broadcast date: October 12, 2017

Nicole Krauss
In conversation with Judson True
Hailed by the New York Times as “one of America’s most important novelists,” Nicole Krauss discusses her latest work of fiction, Forest Dark, that interweaves the stories of two disparate individuals—an older lawyer and a young novelist—whose transcendental search leads them to the same Israeli desert.
Record date: September 26, 2017
Broadcast date: October 19, 2017

Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh
In conversation with Peter Stein
Known for his vibrant savory and vegetarian dishes, as well as his eponymous delis and fine-dining restaurant NOPI, Yotam Ottolenghi found a sweet collaborator in pastry chef Helen Goh, now his head of product development. In their new cookbook Sweet, they share their secrets for making the very best baked goods, desserts and confections.
Recording date: October 3, 2017
Broadcast date: October 26, 2017

Ed Asner
In conversation with Ed. Weinberger
Ed Asner, the Emmy Award–winning television actor is also an activist and a self proclaimed dauntless Democrat from the old days. In his new book The Grouchy Historian, he explains how liberals can reclaim the Constitution from the right-wingers who think that they—and only they—know how to interpret it. Asner is joined on stage by co-author and former Mary Tyler Moore Show producer Ed. Weinberger.
Record date: October 19, 2017
Broadcast date: November 2, 2017

Armistead Maupin
In conversation with Peter Stein 
Writer Armistead Maupin shares his long-awaited memoir Logical Family, which chronicles his odyssey from the Old South to freewheeling San Francisco, and his evolution from curious youth to groundbreaking writer and gay rights pioneer.
Record date: October 11, 2017
Broadcast date: November 9, 2017

Walter Isaacson
Author Walter Isaacson tells the story of how Leonardo da Vinci’s wide-ranging passions—from anatomy and birds to flying machines and weaponry—combined with his ability to stand at the crossroads of art and science, makes him history’s most creative genius.
Record date: October 24, 2017
Broadcast date: November 16, 2017

Esther Perel
Relationship expert Esther Perel discusses the fraught topic of couples’ intimacy—or their lack of it. In her new book, The State of Affairs, she invites us to take a closer look at infidelity to find out what affairs are really about.
Record date: October 26, 2017
Broadcast date: November 30, 2017

Dan Ariely
In his new book Dollars and Sense, behavioral economist Dan Ariely brings his signature blend of humor and insight to bear on the truly illogical world of personal finance, revealing why we make bad financial decisions and providing some practical tools for making better ones.
Record date: November 15, 2017
Broadcast date: December 7, 2017

Deb Perelman
In conversation with Sunset Magazine’s Margo True
Since starting her blog Smitten Kitchen in 2006, Deb Perelman’s online recipe site has become a 5-million-visits-per-month tour de force. Hailed as a Barefoot Contessa to urban hosts, Perelman is a self-taught home cook making magic happen in a small New York City kitchen.
Record date: November 16, 2017
Broadcast date: December 14, 2017

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