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Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

How a Russian Jewish lullaby turned into the anthem of the forgotten men and women of our country

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The Making (and Remaking) of a Jewish Jazz Masterpiece

Fifty years ago this month, a Jewish youth group issued a remarkable ‘concert service in jazz’ album featuring Herbie Hancock and other greats titled ‘Hear, O Israel’—but the composer hated it

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The Kids Are Alright

Ep. 124: Klezmer-rock band Golem, writer Molly Lambert on her grandmother’s exclusion from the 1936 Olympics, and a visit to a Hebrew language-focused elementary school in Harlem

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Across the Pond

Ep. 123: Live from Limmud, with vocalist and composer Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell and Bloody Good Period founder Gabby Edlin

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Q&A with Nick Valensi

The greatest living Jewish rock guitarist speaks about the Strokes, CRX, his North African Jewish father, his French mother, the import-export business, and getting his first Guns N’ Roses tape from Sam Goody

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‘The Exterminating Angel’ at the Met

The British composer Thomas Adès, the son of Syrian-Jewish immigrants to the United Kingdom, leads an operatic adaption of Luis Buñuel’s surrealist film into a biblical trap

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‘El Ángel Exterminador’ en el Met

Tablet en Español: El compositor británico Thomas Ádes, hijo de inmigrantes sirio-judíos que llegaron al Reino Unido, conduce una adaptación operística de la película surrealista de Luis Buñuel a una trampa bíblica

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Here I Am, Haim

On the road in America with three Jewish sisters who rock

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Caught With My Khalemoyed in My Hand

Rokhl’s Golden City: In the off-days of Sukkot: not going to shul, going out with observant friends to hear an all-female klezmer band, and visiting Eichmann at a museum

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A Golden ‘Girl of the West’

New York City Opera strikes it rich with Puccini’s ‘La Fanciulla,’ in a ‘triumphant’ return for the house of music of our humble European immigrant ancestors

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Happy Birthday, Jerry Garcia. We Love You. Here’s Why.

The Dead’s frontman would have turned 75 today. His Jewish followers are undying.

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Rick Rubin’s Def Jam Confidential

How the music guru landed on the logo that launched it all

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Concentration Camp: The Eichmann Trial and the Origins of Punk Rock

Donald Trump might Make Punk Great Again, but in America, it was traumatized, and defiant, Jews who made it

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I’m a Ringo

Episode 88: Joan Nathan dishes on her latest cookbook, and Rolling Stone columnist Rob Sheffield’s new book on The Beatles

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A Song About Israel

An American ballad, on the Jewish state’s Independence Day

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Billy Joel, the Donald Trump of Pop Music

To stave off our spiritual crisis, let’s begin by rejecting pop’s ultimate con man

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The Lace and the Grace

Remembering Leonard Cohen

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Views From the 6

Live from Toronto’s Beth Tzedec Congregation, Unorthodox talks to novelist David Bezmozgis and opera singer Julie Nesrallah

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The Wisdom of Brokenness in Leonard Cohen’s ‘Come Healing’

Mourning the poet, the troubador, the rabbi

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All We Need Is Love—and Leonard Cohen

At 82, the prophet releases another profound and beautiful chapter in his manual for living with defeat

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Blame the Puppies

This week on Unorthodox, filmmaker Noam Osband plays the ukulele and ‘Wall Street Journal’ writer Sohrab Ahmari talks identity politics and art

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Sha Na Na Tova

Happy New Year from a doo-wop singer who opened for Jimi at Woodstock, then became a biblical scholar

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Jewish Rap Kingpins and the Politics of Musical Identity

Campus Week: Your guide to today’s leading Jewish rappers, and where they started from, and now they’re here

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Rhythm and Jews

Mike Stoller, of the powerhouse songwriting duo Leiber and Stoller, talks about cultural appropriation, writing for Elvis, and the idea of the ‘soundtrack of our lives’

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Jewish Guitar God Mike Bloomfield’s Blues

A revised and updated rock bio explores the influential and tragic life of the underappreciated riff master

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Shai Tsabari Storms the Heavens, From Bat Yam to New York

The Israeli singer, with his Middle East Groove All Stars, is worth catching in performance on a rare U.S. trip this week

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Talking ‘Bout My Generation

This week on Unorthodox, 20-year-old twins David and Jack Cahn school us on Millennials, and Hare Krishna musician Gaura Vani teaches us a Kirtan chant

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Hello Darkness, My Old Friend

It has never been easy, even with all the accolades, to be Paul Simon. A new album, ‘Stranger to Stranger,’ shows the popular bridge-builder is still crazy after 74 years.

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Rock ’N’ Roll All Night

This week on Unorthodox, Miss Hitler 2016, plus writer and ‘domestic first responder’ Christopher Noxon and rock critic Jim Derogatis

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How an American Jewish Opera Star Accidentally Launched the Soviet Jewish Movement

The 60th anniversary of Jan Peerce’s landmark Cold War Moscow show, where a final encore pointed the way to deliverance

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