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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: Marita Grudzen and Amos Oz

Jan 10, 2019

Marita Grudzen, Deputy Director of the Stanford Geriatric Education Center, talks about fostering meaningful connections and healing rituals with those who are terminally ill.

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.

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.