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!  

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.


Amanda Palmer

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Amanda Palmer wowed a sold-out crowd with some songs, readings from her new book, The Art of Asking, and a fun, revealing conversation with beloved author Armistead Maupin. Fans came all over the Bay Area and beyond to hear the indie rock icon.

Lawrence Lessig

Lessig_PhotoCreditYanaiYechielAccording to Harvard Law School professor and activist Lawrence Lessig, the outcome of elections is decided ahead of the vote by a tiny fraction of the population — the donors who give to Super PACs. Lessig believes that we, as American citizens, can change this. Using his unique presentation style of rapid-fire visuals, he discussed some of his efforts toward reform, including Mayday PAC and the NH Rebellion and inspired the audience toward action.

Cory Doctorow


Cory Doctorow and David Pescovitz engaged a rapt audience with their fast-moving conversation on the state of copyright and creative success in the digital age. Cory eloquently and elegantly discussed the pitfalls and opportunities creative industries are facing today—about how the old models have failed or found new footing, and about what might soon replace them. His new book, Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free, is an essential read for anyone with a stake in the future of the arts.

Philip Hook


Charming, debonair, and terribly British, Sotheby’s impressionist and modern art specialist Philip Hook revealed the inner workings of the fine art world and explained how art is assigned value. 


Bob Odenkirk


From his unconventional ‘hidden’ introduction intro of Arts & Ideas Director Barbara Lane to his hysterical ruminations on high fat ice cream, Bob Odenkirk was in brilliant quirky form.  Video clips included Breaking Bad’s Saul Goodman, Charles Manson as a dog, and a phantom Abraham Lincoln…and if that doesn’t make sense, well, you just have to listen.

Rowan Jacobsen


What a wonderful way to start off the 2014 Fall Arts & Ideas season! James Beard award winning writer Rowan Jacobsen captivated an audience of food enthusiasts, home cooks and local farmers with a delightful hour dedicated to apples.  Who knew there were over 7,000 varieties in America? Hear Rowan speak and read his beautiful Apples of Uncommon Character and you’ll never eat a mealy Red Delicious again.