Of Einstein & Bagels

May 14th, 2007

Tonight's show (at 7:30) was tremendous fun. For the first time in our program's short history, we taped in front of a live audience -- at the gloriously remodeled Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. The crowd was fantastic -- as was my guest, biographer extraordinaire Walter Isaacson. I loved his Franklin biography from a few years back, and his new, best-selling book -- Einstein: His Life & Universe -- is that rare combination: a page-turner with depth and substance. It was a pleasure to talk with him -- and a relief to discover that he approved of the way I tried to explain general relativity with a bagel and a couple of macaroons (donated by the JCCSF's café).

It was also a thrill for me to be present at the beginning of what I hope will be a long partnership between two great organizations: the JCCSF and KQED. I don't know anything about technical stuff, but I could tell that it was quite a challenge to have the show run relatively smoothly for both the live audience and the viewer at home -- but our crew just did a fantastic job. And the folks at the JCCSF made us feel so comfortable, it was like being in our home away from home.

What would Einstein have made of the convergence of public television and a JCC? One can only begin to imagine. ...

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  • 1. Sue T.  |  May 14th, 2007 at 9:46 pm

    Good show, Josh, although of course your regular viewers know that you ALWAYS read the book! (Actually, it would be kind of interesting to see you interview Danielle Steel someday.) And was that a black & white cookie I saw at the very end? I might have to stop by the JCCSF cafe sometime if they carry those delicacies!

    I’m looking forward to CITIZEN JOSH — just got a pair of excellent seats for Memorial Day weekend!

  • 2. David J  |  May 18th, 2007 at 11:12 am

    That’s a great show! Love the format. Love the live audience and the way that opens up both of you. And a terrific guest who seemed to rise to it with you. Hope you can do more like this. I’m guessing the interview was more than twenty minutes long, with all those people there. Any plans to post the whole thing? I’d love to see it.

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