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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.

Member of the Virginia House of Delegates—and the first openly transgender woman to serve in a state legislature—Danica Roem shares insights on what it means to be a political leader in our country today.

René Redzepi, world-renowned chef and co-owner of noma in Copenhagen, and David Zilber, director of the noma fermentation lab, talk about fermentation as a foundation behind extraordinary flavors and traditions.

Russian conceptual artist, political activist and founder of the art collective Pussy Riot, Nadya Tolokonnikova talks about making political action exciting—even joyful—in the new political and social landscape. Her new book is Read & Riot: A Pussy Riot Guide to Activism.

Members of the Social Justice Sewing Academy share their stories—often related to issues like gender, discrimination, mass incarceration, gun violence and gentrification—through powerful imagery created in cloth.

On Binah, we feature conversations from the Jewish Community Center's Foodways series, where we focus on the histories of ingredients and some of the folks who grow and produce them, including today’s guests food writer Rowan Jacobsen and Namu Farm’s Kristyn Leach.

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 latest book is God, A Human History.

Binah: Tommy Orange

Sep 13, 2018

Author Tommy Orange discusses the plight of the urban Native American, coupled with a complex and painful history but also an inheritance of profound beauty and spirituality. His debut novel is There There.

Behavior expert Daniel Pink unlocks the scientific secrets to good timing to help you flourish at work, at school, and at home. His latest book is When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing.

Two icons of American food history, culture and writing, Alice Waters and Ruth Reichl talk about memoir writing, culinary culture and what it’s like to leave indelible marks on our culinary landscape.

Writer Daniel Mendelsohn talks about his transformative journey with his father in reading and reliving Homer’s The Odyssey.

IDEO founder and CEO David Kelley shares his revolutionary simple notions of humanizing design and unleashing the creative potential within us all.

Writer, illustrator and Instagram sensation Mari Andrew captures the feelings and comical complexities of navigating adulthood. Her new book is Am I There Yet?: The Loop-de-loop, Zigzagging Journey to Adulthood.

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

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.

LGBT scholar Lillian Faderman examines the life and legacy of Harvey Milk, from his Jewish childhood on Long Island to his final years as one of the most revolutionary politicians of the 20th century.

On today’s encore edition of Binah, we feature writers Ayelet Waldman, Michael Chabon and Fida Jiryis, contributors to Kingdom of Olives and Ash, a collection of essays on the human cost of fifty years of Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, and Yehuda Shaul of the Israeli NGO Breaking the Silence. They’re joined in conversation by Daniel Sokatch of the New Israel Fund.

Rabbi Jill Jacobs, Rabbi Michael Lezak and Dolores Canales discuss issues of injustice in the prison system, including mass incarceration, police reform, and people of color.

Founder of Aftelier Perfumes, Mandy Aftel, makes the profound connection between our sense of smell and the appetites that move us.

On today’s encore edition of Binah, 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 memoir Logical Family.

Binah: Bernie Krause

Jun 14, 2018

Musician and environmentalist Bernie Krause uses the language of music to make an impassioned case for conserving an overlooked natural resource: the music of the wild.

Food science writer Harold McGee translates the modern science of cooking into immediately useful information for food lovers everywhere.

Indie filmmakers and brothers Mark Duplass and Jay Duplass discuss the secrets of their lifelong partnership, its impact on their personal lives, and the process of separating family from business.

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak talks about taking the unprecedented step of proposing a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict—and the lifetime that led up to it. His new memoir is My Country, My Life: Fighting for Israel, Searching for Peace.

On today’s encore edition of Binah, legendary guitarist and co-founder of The Smiths, Johnny Marr discusses his career and personal story in his autobiography Set the Boy Free.

Binah: Esther Perel

May 10, 2018

On today’s encore edition of Binah, psychotherapist and relationship expert Esther Perel invites us to take a closer look at infidelity to find out what affairs are really about.

Playwright and screenwriter David Mamet shares his new book Chicago, which explores power relationships and corruption in the mobbed-up 1920s.

Historian Steven Zipperstein and civil rights activist and retired judge LaDoris Cordell examine a pogrom in late-Tsarist Russia and how can we understand it in our current political climate. Zipperstein’s new book is Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History.

Binah: Daniel Kahneman

Apr 19, 2018

Behavioral economist and psychologist Daniel Kahneman discusses when to trust intuition and how to tap the benefits of slow thinking.

Writers Helen Epstein and Elizabeth Rosner talking about the intergenerational aftermath of genocide, and how their families’ pasts shaped their own lives and the writers that they became.

Poet Juan Felipe Herrera talks about how his experiences as a child of migrant farm workers shaped his work.