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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.

AIDS and LGBT activist Cleve Jones talks about his nearly four decades at the center of a movement to give voice to people who have been made invisible. His memoir is When We Rise: My Life in the Movement.

We feature representatives from various environmental organizations to discuss the challenges they face during the new administration, including Samantha Couch from NextGen Climate, Lisa Hoyos from Climate Parents, Sheridan Enomoto from Greenaction, and Amy Aguilera from PODER. The moderator is Kanishka Karunaratne.

On today’s encore edition of Binah, comedian, writer and politician Al Franken recounts his career journey from Saturday Night Live to the United States Senate. His new memoir is Al Franken, Giant of the Senate.

Snap Judgment’s Glynn Washington, 99% Invisible’s Roman Mars and cartoonist Jessica Abel examine how radio producers construct some of today’s most exciting and innovative storytelling. Jessica’s graphic narrative about radio storytelling is Out on the Wire: The Storytelling Secrets of the New Masters of Radio.

Food journalist, author, and former columnist for The New York Times Mark Bittman deconstructs and debunks myths about food production practices and trends.

Binah: Colm Tóibín

Aug 24, 2017

Writer Colm Tóibín brings his modern sensibility to rewrite a Greek tragedy. His new novel is House of Names.

Zen Hospice Project’s BJ Miller talks about embracing death not as a medical event but rather as a universally shared life experience.

Maria Popova talks about her wildly popular blog BrainPickings, once described as “walking into the Museum of Modern Art and having somebody give you a customized, guided tour.”

Comedian, writer and politician Al Franken recounts his career journey from Saturday Night Live to the United States Senate. His new memoir is Al Franken, Giant of the Senate.

Krista Tippett, producer of the popular podcast On Being, profiles people whose insights inspire a sense of wonder and courage.

Author, conservationist and activist Terry Tempest Williams celebrates the centennial of the National Park Service with lyrical portraits of America’s grandest parks.

We feature representatives from various women’s organizations to discuss the challenges they face during the new administration, including Clare Winterton, Global Fund for Women; Rebecca Griffin, NARAL Pro-Choice California; Amy Whelan, National Center for Lesbian Rights; Lourdes Martinez, Mujeres Unidas y Activas. The moderator is Kanishka Karunaratne.

On the July 6th edition of Binah, we feature writers Ayelet Waldman, Michael Chabon and Fida Jiryis, contributors to Kingdom of Olives and Ash, a new 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.

Journalist Masha Gessen reveals the complex, strange and heart-wrenching truth of Jews in twentieth-century Russia that begins with pogroms and ends with emigration. She also shares advice for surviving under autocratic rule, drawing from historical sources and personal experience.

Binah: Esther Perel

Jun 22, 2017

Psychotherapist Esther Perel offers personal and professional insights and the complex science behind human interaction in modern relationships.