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!

Whether you missed an event or simply want to experience it again, you can now listen to some of the outstanding speakers presented by the JCCSF through our podcasts. Want to see the entire list of authors from the last four Arts & Ideas seasons? Just select "List by Author". Check the "Recent Recordings" tab for podcasts as they become available, and/or subscribe to get the newest lectures as soon as they're posted. And, of course, you can always join us and enjoy the excitement of being part of the live audience at an upcoming  lecture!  

Yotam Ottolenghi

YotamOttolenghi_1of1_WEB_klBack by popular demand! Reposted from his appearance on October 24, 2014.

Yotam Ottolenghi charmed a sold-out Kanbar Hall audience to celebrate the release of his new book Plenty More, a continuation of the vibrant, flavorful, and amazing vegetable recipes he shared with the world in his bestselling cookbook, Plenty, and his Guardian column. He was joined in conversation by the always-amazing Peter Stein. They discussed everything from Yotam’s early taste memories to his current focus on ingredients a bit further afield than those of his native Israel.

Roger Cohen and Leon Wieseltier


On January 29, we hosted an extremely thoughtful and thought-provoking conversation between Roger Cohen and Leon Wieseltier that ranged on topics both personal and political, including Jews and Muslims in Europe, displacement, identity, belonging, and Zionism.  It was one of the best conversations we’ve presented on our stage.


Melissa Arnot


Mountaineer and Western Women’s Mount Everest record-holder Melissa Arnot tells the story of her climbing life, from her first hike (in college!) to negotiating climbers off of Mt. Everest safely during an altercation, to the foundation she started to raise money for the families of Sherpas killed or injured on the mountain.


Former CIA Operative Robert Baer


Former CIA operative Robert Baer is one of the most accomplished operatives in the agency’s history. He spent much of his 21 years with the CIA in the Middle East, and one of his notable assignments was an attempt to assassinate Saddam Hussein. His memoirs were turned into the Oscar-winning film Syriana. Robert discussed the history of assassination– the subject of his latest book, The Perfect Kill– with PBS Frontline correspondent Lowell Bergman.

David Axelrod


Political consultant and former adviser to the president David Axelrod looks back at his political career and the Obama White House in a riveting conversation with former campaign manager David Plouffe.



Issa Rae and Justin Simien


Issa Rae, the phenom behind The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl and so much more, and Justin Simien (Dear White People) hold forth in a remarkable, hilarious conversation on their work and career, the changing face of Hollywood, and so much more.


Lesley Stahl


Broadcast veteran Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes fame charmed a full house with stories of her career in politics—from Watergate to Ferguson—with some personal revelations about everything from her “cement” hair to her adored grandchildren.



Cheryl Strayed


Back by popular demand! Reposted from her appearance on April 2, 2013

In conversation with Barbara Lane
In the wake of her mother’s death, with her family scattered and her marriage in tatters, author Cheryl Strayed made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the 1,100-mile Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and to do it alone. The story of how that 1,100-mile hike broke her down and built her back up again, chronicled in her bestselling book Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, has resonated with audiences around the world.

Gillian Flynn


Back by popular demand! Reposted from her appearance on April 23, 2013.

Gillian Flynn’s latest novel Gone Girl tells the story of a young woman who disappears on the morning of her fifth wedding anniversary and who may, or may not, have been killed by her husband. As he discovers, the truth is more twisted and disturbing than the murder of which he’s accused.

Dr. Vint Virga


Animal lovers of all stripes showed up to hear animal behaviorist Dr. Vint Virga, in conversation with KQED’s Amy Standen,  explain why animals—in zoos and in our homes– get depressed or obsessive compulsive or lonely and how we can help them.