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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.

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.

MIT professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology Sherry Turkle discusses the power of conversation and the importance of reclaiming it in the digital age.

Writer and intersex activist Hida Viloria, whose memoir is Born Both: An Intersex Life, discusses fighting for human rights and equality for intersex people everywhere, and embracing identity that doesn’t fit standard definitions of male or female.

Actress, writer, neuroscientist and founder of GrokNation.com, Mayim Bialik shares what it means to grow from a girl to a woman biologically, psychologically and sociologically, from her book Girling Up: How to Be Strong, Smart and Spectacular.

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.

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

Feminist icon, journalist, and activist Gloria Steinem describes how unexpected people and encounters led her to transformative ideas.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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