PODCAST: MORGAN NEVILLE & CAITRIN ROGERS ON MUSIC OF STRANGERS: YO-YO MA & THE SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE

Filmmakers Morgan Neville & Caitrin Rogers talk about the making of their film Music of Strangers:Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Road Enesemble. We caught up with Neville and Rogers during the 59th San Francisco International Film Festival where their documentary was screened. On the surface the film appears to be about Yo-Yo Ma  and his quest… Continue Reading


Pico Iyer on writing, films, American pop culture & the persistence of the American Dream @kamlashow 2016

PODCAST: PICO IYER ON WRITING, FILMS, AMERICAN POP CULTURE & THE PERSISTENECE OF AMERICAN DREAM

Pico Iyer is an author and essayist, who divides his time between Japan and the US. We caught up with him in 2015 in San Francisco and spoke to him on a wide variety of topics ranging from how he defines his writing to his love for film, sports, American pop culture, the peristence of… Continue Reading


PODCAST: ANTON YELCHIN & VICTOR LEVIN

Anton Yelchin and Victor Levin’s film 9 to 5, was the closing night film at the 2015 Cinequest Film Festival. I recollect vividly how patiently Yelchin and Levin stood at the Red Carpet answering all our questions. When it was my turn to interview them I checked with Yelchin if he could speak in Russian. And,… Continue Reading


Weiner - a documentary on Anthony Weiner

AUDIO: JOSHUA KREIGMAN & ELYSE STEINBERG ON WEINER – A DOCUMENTARY ON ANTHONY WEINER

Joshua Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg’s documentary Weiner is about Anthony Weiner, a former New York Congressman, who also ran for Mayor of New York in 2013. Kreigman worked as Weiner’s political consultant before becoming a filmmaker. The film takes you behind the scenes and chronicles Weiner’s political life and spotlights his 2013 run for Mayor of… Continue Reading


AUDIO: YORGOS LANTHIMOS & ARIANE LABED ON “THE LOBSTER”

We caught up with filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos and actress Ariane Labed during the 59th San Francisco International Film Festival. Lanthimos was at the festival to show his first English feature film The Lobster. The Lobster has been described as a dark comedy and a dystopian Tour de Force. The film is about a parallel world with rules on… Continue Reading


AUDIO: FILMMAKER WHIT STILLMAN ON LOVE & FRIENDSHIP, KATE BECKINSALE & TOM BENNETT

Filmmaker Whit Stillman described as the Patron Saint of  luxury on a budget by GQ wrote and directed Love & Friendship that is based on Jane Austen’s  epistolary novella called Lady Susan. The novella was published after Austen’s death by her nephew. We caught up with Stillman during the 59th San Francisco International Film Festival, where… Continue Reading


PODCAST: MATT BROWN ON THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY

The Man Who Knew Infinity is a 2016 film about the life of the Indian mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan, who was born in India in 1887 and died at the young age of 32 years old. Within a short period of time Ramanujan established his mathematical brilliance and became one of the youngest Fellows of the… Continue Reading


PODCAST: PROF. FREEMAN DYSON ON SRINIVASA RAMANUJAN

Prof. Freeman Dyson of Princeton University worked on  Srinivasa Ramanujan‘s partition of numbers theory while studying at Cambridge University. In this interview Prof. Dyson shares how he first discovered about Ramanujan in ET Bell’s book Men of Mathematics, and later on he went on to work on Ramanujan’s number theory at Cambridge University and developed a tool called Rank.… Continue Reading


PODCAST:BEHIND THE SCENES OF SOLD WITH JEFFREY BROWN AND SUSHMITA MUKHERJEE

SOLD is a feature film about human trafficking and is based on the novel by the same name by Patricia McCormick. In this interview director Jeffrey Brown and actress Susmita Mukherjee take us behind the scenes. Brown shares how he read the book in one sitting and optioned for it the next day. He was… Continue Reading


PODCAST: MATTHEW HILL OF KITE HILL ON DAIRY FREE CHEESE & FOOD STARTUPS IN SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA

In the last few years San Francisco Bay area has emerged as a hub of food startups, who are using technology to create new products and Kite Hill is one such company. We talk with Matthew Sade, CEO of Kite Hill to find out what they are doing differently about making cheese that is dairy… Continue Reading


PODCAST: BILL POHLAD ON LOVE & MERCY, ANG LEE, TERRENCE MALICK, & MAKING FILMS

  Bill Pohlad directed and produced Love & Mercy (2015), a biopic of Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys fame. This is Pohlad’s portrait of the talented singer and composer Wilson and is not a “cradle to grave” biopic as he puts it. The film focusses on two different parts of Wilson’s life that is… Continue Reading


NO PODCAST INTERVIEWS THIS WEEK

Quick note to let you know there will be no podcast interviews this week. Will be back next week with a new podcast interview. You can listen and download our podcast interviews from our website, iTunes and some of them are available on our YouTube channel. If you like what you hear, do share and… Continue Reading


PODCAST: SHY MUDAKAVI ON BUILDING SAFARI KID

  Meet Shy Mudakavi founder and CEO of Safari Kid headquartered in the San Francisco Bay area. How Mudakavi built Safari Kid is a fascinating story of one woman’s determination to succeed in her mission and how she hired the right resources to expand. What drove her to build her school was her  belief, passion and committment.… Continue Reading


Martin Cooper

PODCAST: MARTIN COOPER “FATHER OF CELL PHONE”

Martin “Marty” Cooper is often described as the “Father of the Cell Phone.” Cooper along with his team worked on creating the first cell phone or wireless phone as it was known at Motorola. The very first call Cooper made in April 1973 from the streets of Manhattan was to his counterpart Joel Engel at… Continue Reading


PODCAST: MEET DR. VINITH MISRA, TECHNICAL CONSULTANT FOR HBO’s SILICON VALLEY

Ever wondered who created the compression algorithms and all the technical stuff  in the startup world that you see in HBO’s Silicon Valley. We talk to the character behind the technology. Meet Dr. Vinith Misra, the technical consultant, who worked with Mike Judge and his team on the series. He was working on his PhD with Prof. Tsachy… Continue Reading


PODCAST: STEFFI PAEPCKE ON ROBOTS, ROBOTICS & STEM EDUCATION

Meet Steffi Paepcke, lead designer and co-founder of Open Source Robotics Foundation (OSRF), a non-profit organization based in Mountain View. OSRF is a spin off from Willow Garage, a robotics startup in Menlo Park. OSRF’s mission is to support the development and distribution of open source software in robot research, education and product development points out… Continue Reading


PODCAST: LAWRENCE KASDAN ON STAR WARS, GEORGE LUCAS AND FILMS

Lawrence Kasdan is a writer, producer and director. He is the co-writer of Star Wars: The Force Awakens that opened today in the US.  Kasdan c0-wrote other Star Wars films. He wrote and directed The Big Chill. Earlier this year Kasdan was recognized for his work by Silicon Valley’s Cinequest Film Festival, which ia where we… Continue Reading


PODCAST: FILMMAKER JAY ROACH ON TRUMBO

Filmmaker Jay Roach’s new film Trumbo takes you back to the start of the Cold War period and the fight for the American way of life in Hollywood. The film revisits a dark phase in Hollywood’s history and how fear propelled people in the film industry to act in different ways. The film highlights how Trumbo… Continue Reading


PODCAST: NAJI ABU NOWAR ON HIS DEBUT FILM THEEB

Jordanian filmmaker Naji Abu Nowar’s debut film Theeb is a stunning coming of age film of a young Bedouin boy. This period film is set in 1916 during  World War I when the powerful Ottoman Empire was crumbling and losing its hold over this part of the Middle East. The film was shot in Jordan… Continue Reading


Dr. Todd Hylton, Brain Corp

PODCAST: ON ROBOTS & ROBOT OPERATING SYSTEMS WITH BRAIN CORP’S DR. TODD HYLTON

Ever wondered about the brains of a robot or the robot operating systems (ROS)? Is there a standardized ROS for robots? How do robots learn? How do you teach a robot? And then there other questions about Artificial Intelligence (AI), ethics and the future of robots in our society. We spoke with Dr. Todd Hylton,… Continue Reading


PODCAST: FILMMAKER LENNY ABRAHAMSON ON “ROOM”

Filmmaker Lenny Abrahamson’s new film Room is based on Emma Donoghue’s novel by the same name. The film is about a mother-son relationship in a little room, which is where they have been confined for a few years. That little room represents the whole universe for the little boy, and the only visitor they get is… Continue Reading


VIDEO: TAVA INDIAN KITCHEN’S HASNAIN ZAIDI

  Meet San Francisco Bay area’s Tava India Kitchen’s Hasnain Zaidi, Chief Operating Officer. In this interview Zaidi shares the back story of how Tava was born and what kind of food they serve. We also find out if they were inspired by the success of Chipotle, the restaurant chain that serves Mexican food. Tava… Continue Reading


PODCAST: CARY FUKUNAGA & ABRAHAM ATTAH ON BEASTS OF NO NATION

Filmmaker Cary Fukunaga’s new film, Beasts of No Nation, releases today in theatres and on Netflix.This is the first time that a feature film is releasing simultaneously in theatres and streaming  online. With this film could Los Gatos-based Netflix became a key player in the film industry? We spoke to Fukunaga and Abraham Attah, the young… Continue Reading


Cary Fukunaga

PODCAST: CARY FUKUNAGA & MIA WASIKOWSKA

Director Cary Fukunga and actress Mia Wasikowska talk about their film Jane Eyre that released in 2011. This is Fukunaga’s second feature film. His first feature film was Sin Nombre (Nameless) that he wrote and directed. The film was received well and won him a clutch of awards. In this 2011 interview we talk to Fukunaga and… Continue Reading


PODCAST: MANRESA BREAD’S AVERY RUZICKA

We caught up the talented Avery Ruzicka, head baker and partner of Manresa Bread in Los Gatos, CA at the BiteSV conference in Santa Clara. BiteSV was the first food and technology conference that was held in June 2015 in Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara. Chef/Owner David Kinch heads Manresa, a Michelin-starred restaurant that consistently gets rave reviews.… Continue Reading


Davis Guggenheim

PODCAST: DAVIS GUGGENHEIM ON “HE NAMED ME MALALA”

Davis Guggenheim’s new documentary He Called Me Malala is a profile of Malala Yousafzai. The brave young Pakistani Nobel Peace Prize winner needs no introduction. She narrowly cheated death in October 2012 when she and her two friends were shot by the Taliban in Pakistan’s Swat valley. The girls were on their way to school when their… Continue Reading


PODCAST: RAMIN BAHRANI ON 99 HOMES

Filmmaker Ramin Bahrani’s  99 Homes is a powerful film about the untold American story on the housing bubble. The film picks up where the news media left off on what happened to folks who were evicted from their homes during the great housing bubble of 2007-2009. There was non-stop news coverage about bad mortgages and… Continue Reading


Prof. Rishikesha Krishnan

PODCAST: PROF RISHIKESHA KRISHNAN ON INDIAN ECONOMY, INNOVATION, MAKE IN INDIA & EDUCATION

Why is India not innovative on a sustained basis? How do you create a sustainable environment for innovation in India? What about logistics and infrastructure? When we think of innovation in India why do we think only of tech innovation and not other areas.? What are the skill gaps in India? How can Make in India… Continue Reading


AUDIO: DOSA BROTHERS IN SAN FRANCISCO

Dosas in a San Francisco street corner? South India Street Food in the heart of San Francisco?  I walk by Market and Montogomery quite often and how in heaven’s name did I fail to see this?  Who started Dosa Brothers? These were the thoughts flitting through my mind as I impatiently waited for the traffic light to… Continue Reading