Welcome to 76West, a podcast of the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan in New York City.
76West features the very 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.
During seasons, new episodes will drop every two weeks. You’ll hear conversation with some of the smartest, funniest, and most challenging figures of our time.
Produced by Megan Whitman and Eric Winick, with editing by Matt Temkin, and original music written and performed by Perl Wolfe.76West is brought to you by Zabar’s and Zabars.com.
24. Colson Whitehead and Ruth Messinger
On the season finale of 76West, we're listening to two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Colson Whitehead in conversation with Ruth Messinger, former Manhattan borough president, global ambassador for American Jewish World Service, and current activist in residence at the JCC’s Joseph Stern Center for Social Responsibility. In this podcast, Whitehead discusses his New York Times best seller, The Nickel Boys, in which a strand of American history is dramatized through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida. Recorded live on February 5, 2020, this event was presented in partnership with The Stern Center for Social Responsibility.
23. Bob Roth, Sharon Isbin, and Dr. Norman Rosenthal
This week: “Exploring the Science of Creativity, Meditation, and the Brain," a conversation between renowned psychiatrist Dr. Norman Rosenthal, classical guitar virtuoso Sharon Isbin, and esteemed Transcendental Meditation teacher and CEO of the David Lynch Foundation, Bob Roth. In their conversation on the science and art of meditation and creativity, they discuss how stress impacts the creativity centers of the brain, and how meditation can help heal and awaken our senses. This conversation was recorded in front of a live audience on May 10, 2017.
22. Nathan Englander and Abigail Pogrebin
This week, Abigail Pogrebin interviews author Nathan Englander, as part of Abby’s ongoing series at the JCC, What Everyone’s Talking About. Nathan Englander is author of the novels Dinner at the Center of the Earth, The Ministry of Special Cases, and kaddish.com. He’s responsible for the story collections For the Relief of Unbearable Urges and What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank. Englander’s short fiction has been widely anthologized, including in 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories. This conversation was recorded in front of a live audience on April 17, 2019.
21. Bill T. Jones and Rabbi Ayelet Cohen
This week, we're listening to “Idealism and Activism: A Conversation” featuring Choreographer Bill T. Jones with Rabbi Ayelet Cohen. Jones is a multi-talented artist, choreographer, dancer, artistic director, and writer who has, over a 40-plus-year career, received distinguished honors including the National Medal of Arts, a MacArthur "Genius" Award, a Kennedy Center Honor, and two Tony Awards. Rabbi Cohen, a former center head at the JCC, is currently Senior Director of the New Israel Fund for New York and the tri-state region. Recorded before a live audience on January 18, 2016.
20. Lisa Brennan-Jobs and Abigail Pogrebin
This week on our podcast 76West, it’s writer Lisa Brennan-Jobs, the daughter of Steve Jobs, talking with Abigail Pogrebin about Brennan-Jobs's intimate, heartbreaking coming-of-age memoir, SMALL FRY, which made it onto The New York Times and The New Yorker’s Top 10 Books of the Year lists. This talk was recorded in front of a live audience on January 15, 2020.
19. Malcolm Gladwell and Abigail Pogrebin
We open season 4 with a discussion from January 2013 between one of America’s most admired authors, Malcolm Gladwell, and Abigail Pogrebin. Gladwell is the author of five New York Times bestsellers — The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw, and David and Goliath. He has been included in the TIME 100 Most Influential People list and touted as one of Foreign Policy’s Top Global Thinkers. In this podcast, Gladwell discusses David and Goliath, and how he created such a singular journalistic niche.
What’s with the wait?
This podcast is of live interviews, often with authors on a book tour, yet they are held for weeks or months before released as pods. The result is that they feel stale and irrelevant, far away from the current important conversation. It’s a shame. What’s up with that? Why?