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The Enduring Relevance of ‘Broadcast News’

Thirty years after its release, the movie’s shoulder pads and videotapes look dated—but the issues it tackles remain as timely as ever

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Song of Songs

Episode 119: West Virginia Rabbi Joseph Hample and musicians David Chevan and Warren Byrd of the Afro-Semitic Experience

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A Forgotten Gay Jewish Pioneer Rises Again

Activist Leo Skir wove together his identities in a groundbreaking essay more than 50 years ago

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Israel Grows a Beard

They’re not just for Hasidim and scruffy kibbutzniks anymore

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Dear Unorthodox

Ep. 118: Our hosts respond to listener questions on everything from tin foil to conversion homework

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The Man Who Made Jewish History in Canada—Twice—and Was Then Forgotten

George Benjamin broke barriers as an elected official, newspaper editor, and leader of a Protestant organization

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King of the Hill

From Tell El-Ful, an abandoned hilltop in East Jerusalem, you can see all the way from Amman to Tel Aviv, from Jerusalem to Ramallah. Its history stretches from the biblical King Saul to the bearded King Hussein, and includes tales of raped concubines, the Six-Day War, and pot-smoking teenagers.

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The Nose Job Episode

Ep. 117: Looking at rhinoplasty from every angle: Jewish, feminist, historical, and more!

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Going South for the Winter

How Florida became home to Jewish snowbirds

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Gelt Trip

Ep. 116: Ringing in Hanukkah with writer Jordana Horn Gordon and religion scholar Reza Aslan

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A Place for the Disabled: on Stage and Screen

Jewish organizations are at the forefront of the battle for greater inclusion of people with disabilities, particularly in the performing arts

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Hanger Management

Ep. 115: Mark Bittman’s new cookbook and ‘By the Book’ podcast host Kristen Meinzer on embracing self-help books

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Farewell to Miki Gurdus, Israel’s National Listener

With a powerful shortwave radio and a battery of TV screens, he broke national news long before the internet, scooping everything from the Entebbe raid to the first Gulf War

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The Diary of the Italian Resistance

Emanuele Artom, a young scholar from Turin, could have become one of the greatest Jewish chroniclers of WWII. He didn’t survive. But his diaries did.

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Movers and Shakers

Episode 114: New York Magazine’s Noreen Malone and feminist author Phyllis Chesler

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How American Jews Adopted—and Adapted—Thanksgiving

Special synagogue services may be a thing of the past but otherwise observing the holiday helped Jews feel like at one with the turkey-loving nation

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Dear Lord Rothschild

One hundred years after a single-page letter boosted the Zionist cause and changed the course of Jewish history, Israel Story goes in search of Balfour, and his declaration, in modern-day Israel

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Eye of Newt

Episode 110: Alice Hoffman’s new prequel to ‘Practical Magic,’ and neo-pagan priest and Harvard Divinity student Charles Griggs

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Amid Celebrations of Martin Luther, Some Want to Talk About His Anti-Semitism

On the anniversary of the Reformation, we can’t forget what Luther thought about Jews

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The Halloween Dilemma

How did a holiday that once seemed like a bit of harmless fun turn into a source of conflict for many American Jews?

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Preserving Jewish History in Mexico City

Monica Unikel has been leading tours for 23 years. But she’s also helped to create a cultural center inside one of the oldest synagogues in the Mexican capital.

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Preservando la Historia Judía en Ciudad de México

Tablet en Español: Mónica Unikel ha guiado tours por 23 años. Pero además ayudó a crear un centro cultural dentro de una de las más antiguas sinagogas en la capital mexicana.

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You’ve Made Aliyah. Now What?

Israeli agencies offer programs to help newcomers settle in, but some worry that the country needs to offer more support to prevent them from leaving

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The Converso Comeback

Hispanic crypto-Jews use social media and DNA testing to reconnect with their heritage

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If You Build It, They Will Come—to Synagogue

The Ark Builders, a group of volunteer woodworkers, have transformed the way their congregation worships

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New Year, New You?

Episode 107: Rabbi Shai Held offers realistic advice for 5778

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Food Fight

Forget politics, forget territorial disputes, forget religion. Israel Story takes us to the arena where the Middle East’s truly important battles are fought: food.

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I’m Sorry

Episode 106: Our third-annual Yom Kippur apology show, with clemency advocate Mark Osler, apology blogger Ari Kohen, and a personal story from podcaster Vanessa Zoltan

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‘Strangers’ in the Vineyards

West Bank wineries find unexpected help from Christian volunteers who see themselves fulfilling a Biblical prophecy

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Lost and Found on the Lower East Side

Photographers Janet Russek and David Scheinbaum document what remains of the old Jewish neighborhood

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