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!

Currently, you can listen to Binah podcasts for selected events and you can also listen and watch all our events On Demand.

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.

U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera

Juan Felipe Herrera

United States Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, the first Mexican American to hold the position, learned to love poetry by singing about the Mexican Revolution with his mother, a migrant farmworker in California. Inspired by her spirit, he has spent his life crossing borders, erasing boundaries and expanding what it means to be American. Herrera’s appointment  comes as the country is debating immigration, a recurring subject of his work, which has been collected in books like Border-Crosser With a Lamborghini Dream and 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can’t Cross the Border.

Dennis Lehane

Dennis Lehane

Dennis Lehane has had the kind of career most authors would kill for. Already riding high with a string of New York Times bestsellers, Lehane found Hollywood producers hungry for his dark plots, unforgettable characters and cinematic thrills. From the multi-Oscar-winning Mystic River (for which he was nominated for adapted screenplay) to Gone, Baby, Gone to Shutter Island and The Drop, Lehane is increasingly in demand in the film industry, and has written for acclaimed series like The Wire and Boardwalk Empire. He discusses his book-to-film career, as well as his most recent novel, World Gone By.

Todd Haynes

Todd Haynes

Todd Haynes’ provocative films subvert narrative structure and resound with transgressive, complex eroticism. His work includes Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story, a psychological docudrama about the life and death of the singer that is satirical yet compassionate; Poison, an exploration of AIDS-era deviancy, alienation and persecution told as a vox-pop documentary, ’50s sci-fi horror fantasy and gay love story; and Safe, the story of a San Fernando Valley housewife (Julianne Moore) who is literally allergic to the 20th century, both a brilliant analogy for the AIDS crisis and a coolly devastating portrait of despair and isolation.

New Masters of Radio with Glynn Washington, Roman Mars and Jessica Abel

Masters of Radio

Hear radio being created in front of your ears and go behind the scenes of some of today’s most popular narrative radio shows and podcasts with their creators and producers, including Snap Judgement’s Glynn Washington and 99 Percent Invisible’s Roman Mars. Noted graphic novelist Jessica Abel tells their story in her new book Out on the Wire, which offers an unexpected window into this new kind of storytelling.

Felicia Day

Felicia Day

Actress Felicia Day (Buffy, Supernatural, The Guild, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog), self-proclaimed “Queen of the Geeks,” has achieved fame on her own ‘weird’ terms. She appears in conversation with world-renowned alternate reality game designer Jane McGonigal to celebrate the release of her memoir You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) and spread the message that embracing individuality fuels creation, community and innovation on the Internet and beyond.

The American Yoga Revolution

Yoga ReEvolution

A conversation with Manouso Manos and Patricia Walden, two of the worlds foremost yoga teachers who helped shape the evolution of yoga in the United States and beyond. Manouso and Patricia were both close disciples of the late Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar for over thirty years. They talked about the history of American yoga as well as where yoga may be headed in the future.

Former CIA Operative Robert Baer

Robert Baer

Back by popular demand! Reposted from his appearance on November 10, 2014

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.

Issa Rae and Justin Simien

IssaRae_JustinSimien_1of1_WEB_klBack by popular demand! Reposted from their appearance on February 20, 2014

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.