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Binah features creative voices from the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. In this series, we bring you remarkable artists and thinkers who’ve come to speak at the JCCSF as part of their Arts & Ideas program.

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Binah: Robert Sapolsky

Feb 15, 2018

Neuroendocrinologist Robert Sapolsky presents an entertaining romp through the worlds of psychology, primatology, sociology and neurobiology to explain why we behave the way we do.

We feature representatives from various racial justice organizations to discuss the challenges they face during the new administration, including Katherin Canton of Emerging Arts Professionals, Alex U. Inn of Momma’s Boyz, Rahula Janowski of Catalyst Project, and Vanessa Moses of Causa Justa. The moderator is Angeles Roy.

Binah: David Biale

Feb 1, 2018

Historian David Biale discusses how, far from being a throwback to the Middle Ages, Hasidism is a product of modernity that forged its identity as a radical alternative to the secular world.

Binah: Reza Aslan with Rabbi Sydney Mintz

Jan 25, 2018

Religious studies scholar Reza Aslan explores how believers have conceptualized the idea of God from the early origins of religion through present day, and why and how they tend to anthropomorphize the divine. His new book is God, A Human History.

Binah: Carrie Brownstein with Dave Eggers

Jan 18, 2018

Musician, actress, and writer Carrie Brownstein talks about the dawn of the underground feminist punk-rock movement that would define music and pop culture.

Binah: Al Gore with Roy Eisenhardt

Jan 11, 2018

Former Vice President Al Gore discusses the critical issues facing the climate crisis movement today and the solutions we have at hand to build a sustainable future for our planet.

We feature representatives from various disability rights organizations to discuss the challenges they face during the new administration, including Alicia Contreras from Spanish Speaking Citizens' Foundation, Susan Henderson from Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund, Jessica Lehman from Senior and Disability Action, Karyn Skultety from Openhouse, and Yomi Wrong from Sutter Health. The moderator is Meghan Freebeck from Project Homeless Connect and Simply the Basics.

Binah: Daniel Mendelsohn with Ayelet Waldman

Dec 28, 2017

Writer Daniel Mendelsohn talks about his transformative journey with his father in reading and reliving Homer’s The Odyssey. Daniel’s new memoir is An Odyssey: A Father, a Son and an Epic.

Binah: George Mitchell with Alon Sachar

Dec 21, 2017

Former U.S. Senator and U.S. Special Envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell offers his insider account of the specific concessions the Israelis and the Palestinians must make to finally achieve lasting peace.

Binah: Deb Perelman with Margo True

Dec 14, 2017

Food writer Deb Perelman shares her triumphant and unfussy home cooking in her wildly popular food blog Smitten Kitchen.

Binah: Dan Ariely with Jeff Kreisler

Dec 7, 2017

Behavioral economist Dan Ariely looks into the illogical world of personal finance, revealing why we make bad financial decisions and providing some practical tools for making better ones.

Binah: Esther Perel

Nov 30, 2017

Psychotherapist and relationship expert Esther Perel invites us to take a closer look at infidelity to find out what affairs are really about. Her new book is The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity.

Binah: Walter Isaacson

Nov 16, 2017

Author, journalist and biographer Walter Isaacson discusses how Leonardo da Vinci's wide-ranging passions, combined with his ability to stand at the crossroads of art and science, made him history's most creative genius.

Binah: Armistead Maupin with Peter Stein

Nov 9, 2017

Writer Armistead Maupin chronicles his odyssey from the Old South to freewheeling San Francisco, and his evolution from curious youth to groundbreaking writer and gay rights pioneer, in his new memoir Logical Family.

Binah: Ed Asner with Ed Weinberger

Nov 2, 2017

Television actor and activist Ed Asner explains how liberals can reclaim the Constitution from the right-wingers who think that they—and only they—know how to interpret it. His new book is The Grouchy Historian: An Old-Time Lefty Defends Our Constitution Against Right-Wing Hypocrites and Nutjobs.

Chef, writer and restauranteur Yotam Ottolenghi and his long-time collaborator Helen Goh share their new cookbook Sweet: Desserts From London’s Ottolenghi.

Binah: Nicole Krauss with Judson True

Oct 19, 2017

Writer Nicole Krauss interweaves the stories of two disparate people whose transcendental search leads them to the same Israeli desert.

Binah: Judy Chicago with Sarah Thornton

Oct 12, 2017

Artist Judy Chicago talks about changing the way we look at women’s history, feminist arts and crafts, and the political impact of culture.

Binah: Reshma Saujani with Bozoma Saint John

Oct 5, 2017

Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, talks about closing the gender gap in technology.

Binah: Cleve Jones with Peter Stein

Sep 28, 2017

AIDS and LGBT activist Cleve Jones talks about his nearly four decades at the center of a movement to give voice to people who have been made invisible. His memoir is When We Rise: My Life in the Movement.

We feature representatives from various environmental organizations to discuss the challenges they face during the new administration, including Samantha Couch from NextGen Climate, Lisa Hoyos from Climate Parents, Sheridan Enomoto from Greenaction, and Amy Aguilera from PODER. The moderator is Kanishka Karunaratne.

Binah: Al Franken with Matt Martin

Sep 14, 2017

On today’s encore edition of Binah, comedian, writer and politician Al Franken recounts his career journey from Saturday Night Live to the United States Senate. His new memoir is Al Franken, Giant of the Senate.

Snap Judgment’s Glynn Washington, 99% Invisible’s Roman Mars and cartoonist Jessica Abel examine how radio producers construct some of today’s most exciting and innovative storytelling. Jessica’s graphic narrative about radio storytelling is Out on the Wire: The Storytelling Secrets of the New Masters of Radio.

Binah: Mark Bittman with Margo True

Aug 31, 2017

Food journalist, author, and former columnist for The New York Times Mark Bittman deconstructs and debunks myths about food production practices and trends.

Binah: Colm Tóibín

Aug 24, 2017

Writer Colm Tóibín brings his modern sensibility to rewrite a Greek tragedy. His new novel is House of Names.

Zen Hospice Project’s BJ Miller talks about embracing death not as a medical event but rather as a universally shared life experience.

Binah: Maria Popova with Alexis Madrigal

Aug 10, 2017

Maria Popova talks about her wildly popular blog BrainPickings, once described as “walking into the Museum of Modern Art and having somebody give you a customized, guided tour.”

Binah: Al Franken with Matt Martin

Aug 3, 2017

Comedian, writer and politician Al Franken recounts his career journey from Saturday Night Live to the United States Senate. His new memoir is Al Franken, Giant of the Senate.

Binah: Krista Tippett with Tiffany Schlain

Jul 27, 2017

Krista Tippett, producer of the popular podcast On Being, profiles people whose insights inspire a sense of wonder and courage.

Binah: Terry Tempest Williams

Jul 20, 2017

Author, conservationist and activist Terry Tempest Williams celebrates the centennial of the National Park Service with lyrical portraits of America’s grandest parks.