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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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So Long, Farewell

After 11 years and 500 episodes, Vox Tablet signs off for good

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Ramon’s Piano

An Israeli rock musician faces repeated public family tragedy head on, to emerge from the long shadow of his hero father, Israel’s first astronaut

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Fifty Years Ago This Week, Two of Rock’s Greatest Albums Were Released on the Same Day

‘Blonde on Blonde’ and ‘Pet Sounds’ are American gospel

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School Ties

Live from the American Hebrew Academy, Unorthodox talks with Marshall Rauch, North Carolina’s first Jewish state senator, and trumpet player Judith Saxton

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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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Wonder Women

This week on Unorthodox, the Jewish Supreme Court nominee with a not very Jewish-sounding name, plus Ladino songstress Sarah Aroeste, and ACLU lawyer Gillian Thomas

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The Loneliest Man I Ever Met

The legendary songwriter, novelist, and Texas phenom is touring on his first new album in three decades, but Kinky Friedman will still sign anything except bad legislation

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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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A. J. Weberman

A conversation with the noted garbologist about Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Meir Kahane, being a drug dealer, and what’s wrong with NY today

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Hey Jew: The Beatles Meet the Chosen

No, the Fab Four weren’t Jewish, but the ‘Fifth Beatle’ Brian Epstein was. A writer who covered the 1964 American tour remembers Yom Kippur in New Orleans, John Lennon’s Hitler salutes in the hotel, and Paul McCartney at the bima.

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Israel’s Happiness Revolution

What my preschooler’s taste in Mizrahi pop says about where the country is at

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Jorma Kaukonen Finds Somebody To Love

The former Jefferson Airplane guitarist and Hot Tuna lead man comes home to his mother’s faith at his Fur Peace Ranch in Ohio

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A Day in the Life of Lipa Schmeltzer, Ex-Ultra-Orthodox Celebrity

From the confines of Skverer Hasidism to Columbia University and fashion eyewear shops, the singer and Internet sensation isn’t slowing down soon

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‘Don’t Your People Got None of Your Own Music?’

Confessions of a Jewish teenage folkie

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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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‘Mr. Sinatra Adored Israel, and Israel Adored Him Back.’

The Chairman of the Board died 17 years ago today. In his centennial year, a tour of his deep-seated Zionism.

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