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Thursdays at 2pm

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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Tim Chapman

On today’s encore edition of Binah, satirical novelist and journalist Carl Hiaasen shares rollicking misadventures inspired by the colorful annals of greed and corruption in South Florida.

Claire Kendrick (cropped)

Curators Heidi Rabben and Qianjin Montoya from the Contemporary Jewish Museum talk about how art and artists can inspire us in times of crisis, in terms of helping us process, criticize and reflect on world events.

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Assessor for the City and County of San Francisco Carmen Chu and San Francisco Mayor London Breed discuss how their personal experiences as women of color influence their leadership styles, as well as their commitments to promoting voting rights, racial equity and civic engagement.

Steve Petteway / Supreme Court of the United States

Ruth Bader Ginsburg biographer and historian Jane Sherron de Hart discusses how the Supreme Court Justice became a trailblazer for gender equality and what shaped her passion for justice and jurisprudence. De Hart is joined in conversation by Your Call's Rose Aguilar.

Gabriela Herman / Michael Singer

Cookbook author Joan Nathan and food writer Ruth Reichl talk about the foundation of Jewish cooking in America—and how much the Jewish kitchen has changed.

Jessica Chou (cropped from original)

Rabbi Zac Kamenetz discusses the mystical insights afforded by psychedelics, such as LSD and magic mushrooms, and how it will fundamentally change the way we think about Jewish religion and spirituality.

Jewish Community Center of San Francisco

During this pandemic, many parents are overwhelmed: raising their kids while simultaneously holding down the role of a worker, teacher, cook, housecleaner and much more. Clinician Madeline Levine and Anita Friedman of Jewish Family and Children’s Services discuss navigating this incredibly demanding and stressful time.

On today’s encore edition of Binah, legendary investigative journalist Bob Woodward discusses his reporting from Nixon to Trump, and the challenges faced today by the press, the presidency and American democracy.

Jason Madera

Dr. Larry Brilliant describes his life trajectory when love, compassion, and determination met the right circumstances to effect the eradication of one of the worst pandemics in human history. He is an epidemiologist, technologist and philanthropist, notable for his 1973–76 work with the World Health Organization, helping to successfully stamp out smallpox.

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

John Henry Mentz / SFMTA

San Francisco writer Rebecca Solnit explores people’s capacity to rise to major disasters with creativity and courage. She looks at moments of altruism, resourcefulness, and generosity that arise amid grief and disruption and considers their implications for everyday life.

Kwame Anthony Appiah, who writes the “Ethicist” column for The New York Times Magazine, discusses how identities are created by conflict and challenges our assumptions about how identities work.

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.

Since 2002, Mortified has been a cultural phenomenon where adults relive their awkward adolescence by reading their teen diaries, poems, letters and more in front of total strangers.

Former editors and reporters for The Tenderloin Times discuss the collective power of the publication and its lasting impact on our city.

Social psychologist Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt, a leading expert on unconscious racial bias, and SFPD Chief Bill Scott discuss Dr. Eberhardt’s groundbreaking research on implicit bias and the consequences of the psychological association between race and crime.

Beloved chefs and cookbook authors Yotam Ottolenghi and Samin Nosrat discuss the unified theory of Ottolenghi’s cooking.

Meredith Nierman

Former US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy warns of the dangers of loneliness and the lasting impact it can have on our health. 

Historian Marcia Chatelain shares the untold story of how fast food became one of the greatest generators of black wealth in America. Her new book is Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America.

Historian Sarah Abrevaya Stein follows the true story of one family to trace the history of Sephardic Jews through the twentieth century. Her new book is Family Papers: A Sephardic Journey Through the Twentieth Century.

Poets Danez Smith, Safia Elhillo and Sam Sax share work about the saving grace of friendship and the search for joy and intimacy in a world where both can seem scarce.

Writer and memoirist Dani Shapiro and author and professor of medicine Dr. Abraham Verghese explore genealogy, identity and family secrets in the present day of science and technology.

Writer Peggy Orenstein dives into the lives of young men to reveal how they understand and negotiate the new rules of physical and emotional intimacy. Her new book is Boys & Sex: Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, and Navigating the New Masculinity.

Karen Kuehn / Blue Flower Arts

U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo reads and performs her poetry, which she describes as “carriers of dreams, knowledge and wisdom,” telling an American story of tradition and loss, reckoning and myth-making.

Abby Stein talks about leaving behind the Hasidic world and a rabbinical degree when she came out as a woman and activist of trans experience.

Binah: Lindy West

Feb 6, 2020
Jenny Jimenez

New York Times columnist and author of the acclaimed memoir and Hulu television series Shrill, Lindy West gives us all the kindling we need to burn our restrictive and outdated social norms to the ground. Her new book is The Witches Are Coming.

Dr. Shelly Garone talks about what happens to the human body nearing death and whether there are things we can know in terms of meeting our loved ones’ needs and preventing their suffering.

Oncologist Azra Raza ruminates on the lost war on cancer, and why has so little progress been made in diagnosing and treating cancer over the past few decades.

Los Angeles street rat turned world-famous rock star Flea, the bassist and co-founder of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, tells his origin story. His new memoir is Acid for the Children.

Poet Saeed Jones tells his coming-of-age story as a larger examination of race and queerness, and power and vulnerability. His new memoir is How We Fight for Our Lives.