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.


Mandy Aftel
In conversation with Daniel Patterson
A pioneer in natural perfumery and the founder of Aftelier Perfumes, Mandy Aftel is also a teacher and award-winning author. She discusses her book, Fragrant, and the profound connection between our sense of smell and the appetites that move us. 
Record date: November 5, 2014
First broadcast date: July 9, 2015
Repeat broadcast date: June 28, 2018

Rabbi Jill Jacobs, Rabbi Michael Lezak and Dolores Canales
Rabbi Jill Jacobs of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, Rabbi Michael Lezak of the Glide Center for Social Justice, and Dolores Canales of California Families to Abolish Solitary Confinement discuss issues of injustice in the prison system, including mass incarceration, police reform, and people of color.
Record date: March 25, 2018
Broadcast date: July 5, 2018

Kingdom of Olives and Ash
With Michael Chabon, Ayelet Waldman, Fida Jiryis and Yehuda Shaul
Moderated by New Israel Fund CEO Daniel Sokatch
Authors Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman join forces with the Israeli NGO Breaking the Silence – an organization of veteran soldiers who served in the occupied territories since the Second Intifada—and a host of writers to tell the stories of the people on the ground in the contested territories and to explore the human cost of the conflict.
Record date: June 7, 2017
Broadcast date: July 12, 2018

Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death
With Lillian Faderman and Michelle Tea
Authors Lillian Faderman and Michelle Tea look back at the life and legacy of Harvey Milk, from his Jewish childhood on Long Island to his final years as one of the most revolutionary politicians of the 20th century.
Record date: June 21, 2018
Broadcast date: July 19, 2018

Dan Ariely
In conversation with Jeff Kreisler
In his latest 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: July 26, 2018

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: August 2, 2018

Mari Andrew
In conversation with Ramona Sharples
With her signature drawings and essays, writer, illustrator and Instagram sensation Mari Andrew captures the feelings and comical complexities of navigating adulthood. From creating a home in a new city, to understanding the links to good self-esteem, to dealing with the depths of heartache and loss, these tales of the twentysomething document a road less traveled – a road that sometimes takes you exactly where you’re meant to go.
Record date: June 6, 2018
Broadcast date: August 9, 2018

IDEO’s David Kelley
In conversation with Douglas McGray
IDEO founder and CEO David Kelley keeps an audience rapt with his revolutionary simple notions of humanizing design and unleashing the creative potential within us all. 
Record date: March 13, 2014
Broadcast date: August 16, 2018

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. Mendelsohn shares his 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: August 23, 2018

Alice Waters and Ruth Reichl
Join two icons of American food history, culture and writing for a rare and intimate conversation on memoir writing, culinary culture and what it’s like to leave indelible marks on our culinary landscape. Waters’ memoir, Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook, traces the times leading to the opening of Chez Panisse, arguably America’s most influential restaurant.
Record date: February 28, 2018
Broadcast date: August 30, 2018

Tommy Orange
Tommy Orange’s first novel, There There, is a wondrous and shattering portrait of the plight of the urban Native American, the Native American in the city, that grapples with a complex and painful history, with an inheritance of beauty and profound spirituality, and with a plague of addiction, abuse, and suicide.
Record date: June 19, 2018
Broadcast date: September 6, 2018

Daniel Pink
In conversation with Nicholas Thompson
Daniel Pink is the author of books on work, management, and behavioral science. In his book, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, he unlocks the scientific secrets to good timing to help you flourish at work, at school, and at home.
Record date: February 14, 2018
Broadcast date: September 13, 2018

Reza Aslan
In conversation with Rabbi Sydney Mintz
Writer, commentator and religious studies scholar Reza Aslan discusses humanity’s struggle to make sense of the divine, and how the idea of god, from its prehistoric origins to its emergence as a single divine personality, continues to offer new ways of connecting people of different faiths today.
Record date: November 29, 2017
Broadcast date: September 20, 2018 

Rowan Jacobsen / Kristyn Leach
In the JCCSF Foodways Series, we focus on the folks who grow and produce the ingredients we use.

Rowan Jacobsen
James Beard award-winning writer Rowan Jacobsen reads from his book Apples of Uncommon Character. It is a beautifully written guide to varieties of apple, listing off their geographic origins, the time of their development, and what makes them unique.
Record date: September 8, 2014

Kristyn Leach
In conversation with Shakirah Simley
Kristyn Leach of Namu Farm is a community organizer and environmental justice advocate whose farming methods prioritize soil health. She partners with Kitazawa Seed Company, the oldest seed company in the US specializing in Asian vegetable varieties, to preserve heritage and second-generation seeds, ensuring genetic diversity and cultural lineage.
Record date: October 12, 2017
Broadcast date: September 27, 2018