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Welcome to 76West, the JCC's signature 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.

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 12 of 76West, our season two finale, features a discussion between American icon Candice Bergen and Abigail Pogrebin. Acclaimed for her decade-long lead role in the recently revived Murphy Brown, Bergen's acting career – from Carnal Knowledge to Boston Legal -- spans television, film, and Broadway. Her memoir, A Fine Romance, was an instant best-seller. This talk was recorded before a live audience on November 18, 2015.


This week on 76West, we’ll be listening to a discussion about the NY Times bestselling memoir, When Breath Becomes Air, an intimate look at how Dr Paul Kalanithi, a 36-year-old neurosurgeon, dealt with his stage IV lung cancer diagnosis. This powerful book has impacted millions of readers who, through Dr Kalanithi's insightful writing, follow the journey of a doctor-turned-patient as he evaluates what it means to live. In this talk, Paul’s widow, and author of the book's epilogue Dr Lucy Kalanithi shares Paul's story and the journey her life has taken since its publication. Dr. Lucy Kalanithi is interviewed by Rabbi Mychal Springer, Director of the Center for Pastoral Education at The Jewish Theological Seminary. This talk was recorded in front of a live audience on April 5, 2017, and was presented in conjunction with the JCC’s end of life initiative, What Matters: Caring Conversations About End of Life.


Our tenth episode features a discussion between actor, activist, and author Alan Cumming and Abigail Pogrebin. Aside from his Tony Award-winning run in the Broadway musical Cabaret, audiences know Cumming from the films Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, Goldeneye, Eyes Wide Shut, and CBS's "The Good Wife," for which he received Golden Globe & Emmy Award nominations. In his talk with Abby, recorded before a live audience on May 6, 2015, Cumming discusses his work and his revelatory New York Times bestselling memoir Not My Father's Son.


This week, a discussion between acclaimed cartoonist Roz Chast and Rabbi David Ingber, founder and spiritual leader of Romemu. Since joining the New Yorker in 1978, Chast has established herself as one of our greatest chroniclers of the anxieties, superstitions, furies, and insecurities of modern life. In this conversation, Chast references her best-selling book Can't We Talk About Some­thing More Pleasant?, which chronicles her relationship with her aging parents as they shift from independence to dependence. (While you don’t need the book to follow what Chast is referencing, you can view some of her cartoons here) The talk was recorded in front of a live audience on October 29, 2018, and was cosponsored by What Matters: Caring Conversations About End of Life, as part of Reimagine End of Life, a citywide exploration of death and celebration of life through creativity and conversation.


This week, it's a discussion between actor, director, and writer Alan Alda and Abigail Pogrebin. For over a decade as the host of PBS' Scientific American Frontiers, and in his role at Stony Brook University's Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, Alda has been helping people grasp complex ideas. In his lively book, If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face? the Tony- and Oscar-nominee, and seven-time Emmy Award winner uses his trademark humor to teach us how to better communicate and learn from each other. This conversation was recorded in front of a live audience on September 13th, 2017.


Welcome to season two of 76West! This week's episode (#7) features a discussion between Ellie Kemper and author and former 60 Minutes producer Abigail Pogrebin. In this pod, Kemper, the star of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Office, and Bridesmaids joins Abby for a conversation about her collection of essays, My Squirrel Days, which hilariously chronicles her adventures, from her childhood in suburban St. Louis to her move to Hollywood and start in show business. This talk was recorded January 30, 2019 in front of a live audience.


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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