JCCSF Podcasts -

Welcome to Arts & Ideas Podcasts! Every year, we bring dozens of the country's most innovative and inspiring artists, thinkers and writers to the JCCSF stage and to our program on KALW, Binah. Now we're bringing them to your computer, MP3 player or mobile device, too!

Stay tuned for more recent podcasts from the JCCSF. Currently you can listen to Binah podcasts for selected events and you can also listen and watch all our events On Demand.

Mike Massimino & Adam Savage

Astronaut Mike Massimino comes to the JCCSF for some real talk about space! Nerd out 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. A rare opportunity to meet one of the heroes of outer space!
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Mark Bittman

Mark Bittman, longtime New York Times columnist and author of more than a dozen cookbooks, including the “bible” How to Cook Everything, 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.
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Bryan Cranston

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.
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Emma Cline

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.
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Child Psychologist Alison Gopnik

Alison Gopnik is author of several bestselling and critically-acclaimed books that take us into the minds of babies and children. In her latest thought-provoking 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."
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Carrie Brownstein

CarrieBrownstein_1of1_Autumn_de_Wilde_1of1_100_kl Portlandia and Transparent actress, Sleater-Kinney guitarist, NPR contributor, screenwriter and all-around cool person Carrie Brownstein has spent three years working on a deeply personal and revealing memoir. Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl is a narrative of Brownstein’s life in music, from ardent fan to her days as a guitarist for Excuse 17 – a pioneering band in the Riot Grrrl scene – to her success as both a comedic performer and rock luminary as Sleater-Kinney rose to the top of the indie-rock world. Hear the story of the dawn of the underground feminist punk-rock movement that would define music and pop culture from one of its founding mothers.

Wendell Pierce

Wendell Pierce Tony Award-winning actor and producer Wendell Pierce had leading roles in the HBO series The Wire and Treme and has appeared in feature films including Selma, Ray and Waiting to Exhale. He will star as Clarence Thomas in HBO’s upcoming series Confirmation opposite Karry Washington, who will portray Anita Hill. Since Hurricane Katrina, Pierce has been helping to rebuild the flood-ravaged Pontchartrain Park neighborhood in his native New Orleans. His new memoir The Wind in the Reeds: A Storm, A Play, and the City That Would Not Be Broken, reminds us of the collaborative potential art has to help heal ourselves, our families and our communities.

Sherry Turkle

Sherry TurkleMIT technology and society specialist psychologist Sherry Turkle (Alone Together) has been called the Margaret Mead of Digital Culture and our techno-Freud. In her latest book, Reclaiming Conversation, she discusses the power of conversation and the importance of reclaiming it in the digital age. Turkle argues that social media provides the illusion of companionship without the demands of intimacy, causing us to sacrifice authentic communication for mere connection. With digital technology still in its infancy, however, she says that there is ample time for us to reshape how we build and use it.

Diana Nyad

Diana Nyad After four failed attempts, Diana Nyad emerged onto the shores of Key West, Florida, after completing a 110-mile, fifty-three-hour, record-breaking swim through shark-infested waters from Cuba. Why, at age 64, was she able to achieve what she could not as a young woman? She shares her unforgettable journey – physical, spiritual, emotional, psychological –a triumphant tale about facing fears, following a passion, and living life with no regrets. A sports broadcaster filing for NPR, Fox Sports, ABC’s Wide World of Sports, and the New York Times, Nyad is one of our most compelling storytellers.

Maria Popova

Maria Popova Maria Popova’s wildly popular blog “Brainpickings,” which started as a weekly e-mail to seven friends, now has fans like William Gibson, Drew Carey, Mia Farrow and Biz Stone and is included in the Library of Congress permanent web archive. A recent sampling includes Sylvia Bornstein on Pablo Neruda, 19th century illustrations of owls and ospreys, and Mark Rothko on beauty, friendship and art. Popova, a self-proclaimed “curious mind at large,” has written for Wired UK, Atlantic, New York Times, and Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab, and is an MIT Futures of Entertainment Fellow. She appears in conversation with Alexis Madrigal, Fusion's Silicon Valley Bureau Chief, former senior editor at the Atlantic and staff writer at Wired, and author of Powering the Dream.