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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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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.

Binah: Harold McGee with Brian Garrick

Jun 7, 2018

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.

Binah: Ehud Barak with Janine Zacharia

May 24, 2018

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.

Binah: Johnny Marr with Aidin Vaziri

May 17, 2018

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.

Binah: David Mamet with Michael Krasny

May 3, 2018

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.

Binah: Helen Epstein and Elizabeth Rosner

Apr 12, 2018

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.

Binah: Juan Felipe Herrera

Apr 5, 2018

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

Binah: Sherry Turkle with Katie Hafner

Mar 29, 2018

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.

Binah: Hida Viloria with Sam McConnell

Mar 22, 2018

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.

Binah: Mayim Bialik with Jourdan Abel

Mar 15, 2018

Actress, writer, neuroscientist and founder of, 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.

Binah: Alice Waters and Ruth Reichl

Mar 8, 2018

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.

Binah: Daniel Pink with Nicholas Thompson

Mar 1, 2018

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.

Binah: Gloria Steinem with Jada Pinkett Smith

Feb 22, 2018

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.

Binah: Reza Aslan with Rabbi Sydney Mintz

Jan 25, 2018

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.

Binah: Carrie Brownstein with Dave Eggers

Jan 18, 2018

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

Binah: Al Gore with Roy Eisenhardt

Jan 11, 2018

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.

Binah: Daniel Mendelsohn with Ayelet Waldman

Dec 28, 2017

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.

Binah: George Mitchell with Alon Sachar

Dec 21, 2017

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.

Binah: Deb Perelman with Margo True

Dec 14, 2017

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

Binah: Dan Ariely with Jeff Kreisler

Dec 7, 2017

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.