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Welcome to 76West, the JCC's very first subscription podcast.

76West features the best of the JCC's acclaimed Conversations series, in which we welcome some of the most fascinating people on earth, turn them loose in front of a mike, and the results are unpredictable.

Enjoy our first season below. Season 2 will start on March 21, 2019.  Episode one will feature Abigail Pogrebin in conversation with Ellie Kemper (The Office, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt).

Produced by Megan Whitman and Eric Winick, with original music written and performed by Perl Wolfe and editing by Matt Temkin, 76West is brought to you by Zabar's and

Find 76West at iTunes, Google Play, or wherever you get your podcasts.


Episode 6 of 76West features Abigail Pogrebin, journalist, author, and host of the JCC's What Everone's Talking About series, in conversation with JCC Executive Director Rabbi Joy Levitt. Why does there seem to be a Jewish holiday every minute? And what makes these holidays so powerful and urgent in this modern moment? Abby Pogrebin asked these questions of over 60 rabbis and scholars, taking a deep, personal dive into the Jewish calendar for the first time -- researching and observing every ritual and fast. The resulting entertaining, humorous, and honest book was My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew. And on March 15, 2017, Abby told us where the journey took her and how she was changed by it.


Episode 5 of 76West features Dan Barber in conversation with Abigail Pogrebin. Barber has changed not only the way people eat, but the way we think about food. In this discussion, recorded March 25, 2015, the acclaimed chef and revolutionary farmer of Blue Hill, and Blue Hill at Stone Barns, discusses his book The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food.


Episode 4 of 76West features Roxane Gay, author of the New York Times best-selling books Bad Feminist and Hunger, and the nationally best-selling Difficult Women, in conversation with Abigail Pogrebin. Gay’s writing has appeared in the NY Times, McSweeney's, The Nation, and other publications. She is also the first African-American woman to write for Marvel; her comic series, World of Wakanda, is set in the Black Panther universe. This talk was recorded before a live audience on October 8, 2018.


Episode 3 of 76West features Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times writer Thomas L. Friedman and CEO and author Dov Seidman in conversation with the JCC's Executive Director, Rabbi Joy Levitt. The divisive effects of this new political climate and the breakdowns in truth and trust seem beyond what we have previously experienced. When this country is so divided into "us" and "them," the fundamental American value of "We the People" seems to be at risk. How does this happen? What is the impact on our country? And, from their perspectives, what do we who seek "repair" do next in this climate? Presented with the JCC's Joseph Stern Center for Social Responsibility, this talk was recorded before a live audience on November 27, 2017.


Welcome to episode two of 76West, featuring a discussion between Ruth Reichl and author and former 60 Minutes producer Abigail Pogrebin. In this pod, legendary food critic, editor, and best-selling author Reichl describes her journey away from Gourmet magazine and back to her own kitchen, resulting in the book, My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life. A six-time James Beard Award honoree, Reichl captures not only her zeal for the great meal, but the joy to be found in small culinary encounters, and how what we eat can animate our lives. This talk was recorded April 20, 2016 in front of a live audience.


Welcome to the inaugural episode of 76West, featuring a discussion between author Colson Whitehead and JCC Executive Director Rabbi Joy Levitt. Author of the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Underground Railroad, as well as the books John Henry Days and Sag Harbor, Whitehead’s conversation with Rabbi Levitt tackles The Underground Railroad and the legacy of slavery in our country today. This talk was recorded at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan on May 17, 2017 in front of a live audience.



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