76West: The JCC Podcast


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 world's funniest, brilliant, and fascinating individuals.

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 Zabars.com.

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Ariel Levy, Daphne Merkin, and Dani Shapiro with Abigail Pogrebin

This week's pod features "The Craft of Confession," a discussion between three leading authors of memoirs and Abigail Pogrebin. New Yorker staff writer Ariel Levy talks about her book The Rules Do Not Apply; Daphne Merkin about This Close to Happy: A Reckoning With Depression; and Dani Shapiro about her memoir Hourglass. This talk was recorded in front of a live audience on November 29th, 2017.

Secretary Madeleine Albright and Abigail Pogrebin

We open Season 3 with a discussion between one of America’s most admired public servants, Madeleine Albright, and author and former 60 Minutes producer Abigail Pogrebin. Aside from being the first woman to serve as U.S. secretary of state, Albright is also a former Ambassador to the United Nations. In this discussion, Secretary Albright and Abby discuss the Secretary’s book Fascism: A Warning, a personal, urgent examination of Fascism in the twentieth century and how its legacy shapes today’s world.  This conversation was recorded in front of a live audience on February 1st, 2019.


Candice Bergen and Abigail Pogrebin

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

Dr. Lucy Kalinithi and Rabbi Mychal Springer

A discussion about the New York Times best-selling 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 the book’s 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.

Alan Cumming and Abigail Pogrebin

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, and Eyes Wide Shut, and CBS's The Good Wife, for which he received Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominations. In this conversation, recorded before a live audience on May 6, 2015, Cumming discusses his work and his revelatory New York Times best-selling memoir, Not My Father's Son.

Roz Chast and Rabbi David Ingber

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.

Alan Alda and Abigail Pogrebin

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 13, 2017.

Ellie Kemper and Abigail Pogrebin

Season Two of 76West kicks off with 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 Pogrebin for a conversation about Kemper’s 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 on January 30, 2019, in front of a live audience.


Abigail Pogrebin and Rabbi Joy Levitt

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? 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. Her resulting entertaining, humorous, and honest book was My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew. On March 15, 2017, Pogrebin told us where the journey took her and how she was changed by it.

Dan Barber and Abigail Pogrebin

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.

Roxane Gay and Abigail Pogrebin

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 New York 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.

Thomas L. Friedman, Dov Seidman, and Rabbi Joy Levitt

Episode 3 of 76West features Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times writer Thomas L. Friedman and CEO and author Dov Seidman in conversation with JCC 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.

Ruth Reichl and Abigail Pogrebin

Episode two of 76West features 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 on April 20, 2016, in front of a live audience.

Colson Whitehead and Rabbi Joy Levitt

Welcome to the inaugural episode of 76West, featuring a discussion between author Colson Whitehead and JCC Executive Director Rabbi Joy Levitt. In their conversation, Whitehead, author of The Underground Railroad, which won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, as well as The Nickel Boys, John Henry Days, and Sag Harbor, discusses with Rabbi Levitt 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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