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David Kwan

Editor and Producer, Binah

David Kwan is the editor and producer of Binah, featuring remarkable artists and thinkers who’ve come to speak at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco as part of their Arts & Ideas program. He is also a visual artist and composer who creates interdisciplinary works for a variety of settings including installation, screenings and performance. He has taught electronic arts and music at Bay Area colleges and abroad.

Brigitte Lacombe

Writer Julie Orringer shares the true story of American journalist Varian Fry’s extraordinary rescue of Jewish artists and writers threatened by the Nazis.

Lizzie Post, great-great granddaughter of Emily Post and Co-President of the Emily Post Institute, explores the wide world of legalized weed and navigates the social etiquette surrounding pot today.

Binah: David Brooks

May 23, 2019
Howard Schatz

New York Times op-ed columnist David Brooks talks about moving from material gain to spiritual satisfaction, to focus on building character rather than attaining status. His new book is The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life.

Legendary investigative journalist Bob Woodward discusses his reporting from Nixon to Trump and the challenges faced by the press, the presidency and American democracy. His latest book is Fear: Trump in the White House.

Tarina Westlund

On today’s edition of Binah, the Portland Cello Project performs Radiohead’s now classic dystopian opus OK Computer.

Hear the Portland Cello Project today at noon, here on KALW 91.7 FM.

Binah: Amie Gordon

May 2, 2019

Social-personality psychologist Amie Gordon discusses the science of positive emotions, why we need them and how to cultivate them in daily life.


Karen Coppock of Home Match SF and Wendi Burkhardt of Silvernest highlight their services providing shared housing alternatives. 

Social psychologist Jennifer Eberhardt studies the psychological associations between race and crime, and uncovers disparities in our institutions and our perceptions.

The chef and business partner of San Francisco’s premiere Chamorro and Guamanian pop-up restaurant, talk about bringing a culinary piece of their native Guam to San Francisco.

Philosopher, activist and filmmaker Bernard-Henri Lévy warns of the perils of America abdicating its leadership role on the world stage, and gives his impassioned plea for moral courage and clear thinking in these dark times.

Former editors Sara Colm and Rob Waters and former reporters Chanthanom Ounkeo and Dennis Conkin for The Tenderloin Times discuss the collective power of the publication and its lasting impact on our city. The moderator is Joe Wilson, Executive Director of Hospitality House.

Musician Marky Ramone, the last surviving member of the classic lineup of the Ramones, shares stories of his life and career, as well as tales behind the Ramones’ iconic music.

Former Starbucks chairman and CEO Howard Schultz shares his personal story and his vision for positive social change and mutual responsibility.

Playwright Young Jean Lee deconstructs topics like race, class, feminism, and religion through storytelling approaches that defy tradition and expectations.

Binah: Robert Reich

Feb 21, 2019
Delaney Inamine

Political commentator, professor and author Robert Reich argues that societies undergo both virtuous and vicious cycles, and that the vicious cycle the US is now undergoing can and must be reversed.

Tracy K. Smith, Poet Laureate of the United States, talks about traveling the country on a quest to bring poetry to people living in rural America.

Rabbi Anne Brener uses Kabbalistic and psychotherapeutic concepts to reframe our understanding of the stages of grief.

Binah: Steven Pinker

Jan 31, 2019

Cognitive psychologist and science writer Steven Pinker defends the idea that reason drives history forward, and that the principles of science and humanism are directly enhancing the quality of life for everyone.

Chef and photographer Magnus Nilsson, who is head chef at the restaurant Fäviken in Sweden, shares his explorations of the rich food traditions and landscapes of the Nordic region.

Mortified is a cultural phenomenon where adults relive their awkward adolescence by reading their teen diaries, poems, letters and more in front of total strangers. Part comedy, part theater, part therapy, participants range from professional performers to amateurs. Since its inception 13 years ago, Mortified has expanded from a stage show to a documentary movie, a Sundance TV series, a Netflix series and several books.

Binah: Robert Alter

Jan 3, 2019

Biblical scholar Robert Alter discusses his landmark achievement—ten years in the making—of the first single-author literary translation of the complete Hebrew Bible.

Accomplished actor, producer, director—and former President of the Academy of Magical Arts—Neil Patrick Harris shares the second book in the New York Times bestselling series The Magic Misfits.

Historian Jane Sherron de Hart discusses how Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg became a trailblazer for gender equality and what shaped her passion for justice and jurisprudence.

Dr. Jessica Zitter reorients our care of the dying to a more collaborative process whereby the patient, rather than the disease or even the indiscriminate use of technology, is the primary focus of care.

Beloved chef and cookbook author Yotam Ottolenghi returns to Binah to celebrate his newest book Ottolenghi Simple.

Crystal Wahpepah of Wahpepah’s Kitchen, and Vincent Medina and Louis Trevino of mak-’amham and Café Ohlone, talk about Native American cuisine and reflect on the future of Indigenous culture and identity.

Kwame Anthony Appiah, who writes the "Ethicist" column for The New York Times, discusses how identities are created by conflict and challenges our assumptions about how identities work. His new book is The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity.

Director, writer and creator of groundbreaking television series Transparent Jill Soloway challenges the status quo and reflects on the shifting power dynamics that continue to shape our collective worldview.