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Hey, Mister DJ: Put a (Diaspora-Blending, Genre-Bending) Record On

Booty-shaking new music from A-Wa, Sandaraa, and Schizophonia

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From Kooky Waif to A-List Beauty: The Story of Barbra Streisand

Neal Gabler examines how the performer’s evolution changed the definition of femininity and Jewishness

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What’s Free Will Got To Do With It?

Especially in election season, we love talking about the moral fiber (or lack thereof) of our candidates. But when it comes to ethics, no man—or woman—is an island.

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Builders of a New Jerusalem

In a new book, Adina Hoffman brings to life three architects who transformed the city in the days of the British Mandate

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Bathe in the Waters

A radio documentary asks: Is there a way for women to dunk ritually that doesn’t conflict with their feminism?

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Beyond Drake

A handful of personalities come to mind when we think of African-American Jews. Let’s change that.

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The Saddlemaker, the Schindler, and the Miller of Wlodowa

Golems, messiahs, tradesmen, Nazis, and townspeople converge in the story collection ‘In the Land of Armadillos’

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Expelliarmus!

This week on Unorthodox, Hillary’s Jewish outreach, plus Scholastic deputy general counsel Mark Seidenfeld—Harry Potter’s lawyer—and bioethicist Alice Dreger

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The Man Behind the Mustache

Critic Lee Siegel explores the misanthropy that drove Groucho Marx and examines how we miss the mark on the comedic giant

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A Year of Firsts

An audio portrait of Luzer Twersky, just after he quit his life as a Hasid, and long before he played one in films

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The Best of Unorthodox in 2015

Featuring never-before-aired segments and memorable moments with Simon Doonan, Bat Sheva Marcus, Dave Hill, and more

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For the Love of Suzie Louise: A Christmas Story

In middle-century Skokie, a young Jewish boy searches for a stolen Jesus to comfort his bereft Christian girlfriend

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The Most Haunted Leading Man

In ‘Son of Saul,’ actor Géza Röhrig defies our every expectation of a Holocaust movie hero

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Unorthodox Celebrates Hanukkah

Jewish competitive eater Don ‘Moses’ Lerman devours latkes on the air, Hanukkah Down Under, the best books to gift kids, and more

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A Very Unorthodox Thanksgiving

This week, we turn the mic around, calling listeners and reading their letters—the good, the bad, and the ugly

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Girlhood, Interrupted

Cynthia Kaplan Shamash fled Iraq 40-odd years ago, when she was just a kid. Her flight foreshadowed that of young refugees fleeing Syria now. Where did she land? Where will they?

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The Birds and the Bees

This week on Unorthodox, sex counselor Bat Sheva Marcus and Slate advice columnist Mallory Ortberg

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Let ‘Freedom’ Ring: A Flutist Gives Life to Musical Celebrations of Liberations

Mimi Stillman’s new album features works inspired by upheaval in Europe and the Middle East

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Sweet Madeleine

Marcel Proust went from dilettante to literary legend. Biographer Benjamin Taylor explains how.

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Out of Africa … and Back Again

Israel Story is back! In this episode, we meet an Eritrean seeking refuge in Israel and an Israeli seeking purpose in Kenya.

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Puzzle Master

For years, scholars dismissed the Arabic on text fragments from Cairo’s genizah as unimportant scribbling. Then along came Marina Rustow, bona fide ‘genius.’

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The Original Gallery Girl

Peggy Guggenheim: the bon vivant and tell-all memoirist who defied her family, took a thousand lovers, and forever changed the art world

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My Grandfather, the Secret Policeman

Rita Gabis knew only that her mother’s Catholic family came from Lithuania after the Holocaust. Then she started asking hard questions.

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Beyond the Pulpit

What does a rabbi do in late August when he no longer needs to prep for High Holidays?

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André Aciman, Sarah Wildman, and Others Build a Summer Reading List

Looking for a good book to sink into at the beach in these waning dog days? Friends share what they’ve loved lately.

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And Now for Something Completely Different

Vox Tablet is delighted to share the inaugural episode of Tablet’s newest podcast, Unorthodox

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How One Zealous Looter Changed Jewish History in the Name of Its Preservation

Historian Lisa Leff tracks the perplexing journey of a 20th century collector, scholar, survivor, and thief

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Einstein: Patent Clerk, Rebel, Equivocal Zionist

Biographer Steven Gimbel Talks Us Through the Physicist’s Views on Religion, Israel, and (Yikes) His Theory of Relativity

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Recovering From a Brain Injury, One Measuring Spoon at a Time

After a burst blood vessel nearly killed her, Jessica Fechtor discovers the restorative power of baking—and receiving—a cake

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Aunt Linda’s a Singer

Vox Tablet launches a revue of our favorite episodes from the past decade with this gem of a story from Janice Erlbaum

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