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!  

Bernard-Henri Lévy


Renowned thinker Bernard-Henri Levy discusses the political positions of the new anti-Semitism and the state of anti-Semitism today.

Mona Eltahawy


Mona Eltahawy  inspired the audience with her fiery, passionate plea for justice for women here and abroad.  She also spoke from personal experience about the complexities of choosing to wear a headscarf.

Maria Bello


Maria Bello (Coyote Ugly, A History of Violence) sits down with author Ayelet Waldman for an intimate conversation about family and relationships to celebrate Bello’s new memoir “Whatever … Love is Love“, which expands on a column Bello wrote in 2013 for The New York Times. Maria reveals her personal and radical self-exploration and questions the status quo imposed not just by her but also by society in general, and encourages all of us to reconsider the labels we give ourselves.

Masha Gessen


Masha Gessen enlightened the audience with insight about the current political and cultural life in Putin’s Russia, the bleak outlook for LGBT Russians, and the story behind the Boston Marathon massacre’s  Tsarnaev brothers.

David Brooks


David Brooks, New York Times Op-Ed columnist, captivated the audience with stories of great thinkers and the road to building their strong inner characters.

Cuba and the US: Defining a New Era


U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee, the Washington Post’s Nick Miroff and KQED’s Michael Krasny discussed what President Obama’s re-opening of relations with Cuba means socially, politically and culturally.

Karen Armstrong

ArmstrongBack by popular demand! Reposted from her appearance on November 13, 2014.

Karen Armstrong, one of the world’s leading commentators on religious affairs, has written more than 20 books on Islam, Judaism, Christianity and on her own years in a convent and spiritual awakening. She believes religion is a force for harmony, and her latest book, The Case for God, explores the lengths humans will go to in search of a sacred experience called God, Brahman, Nirvana, Allah or Dao.

Talking about Israel: Jews and Muslims

_DonnielHartman_ImamAbjullahAnteli_1of1_WEB_klRabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman, President of the Shalom Hartman Institute of Jerusalem, and Imam Abdullah T. Antepli, a co-founder of the Institute’s Muslim Leadership, spoke of the challenges of Jewish/Muslim dialogue, the role Zionism and Israel plays in interfaith relations, and why rising bigotry is not unique to one faith community nor one-way.  This event was the first in a three-part series of dialogues about the Jewish State, including scholars from Jewish, Muslim, and Christian backgrounds.

Pseudonymous Bosch


Pseudonymous Bosch, author of the bestselling Secret Series, discussing the first book in his exciting new mystery trilogy, Bad Magic.

Patricia Lockwood


Outrageous, irreverent, funny, Patricia Lockwood held the audience spell-bound with edgy sections from her memoir and select poems. Shot of whickey (hers) and live bird calls from the audience rounded out a spirited evening.