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Prep-ing for Hanukkah

Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan on preppy style and drag culture; Molly Yeh on her Hanukkah Food Network special; and One Day University’s Steven Schragis

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Yiddish Kidlit

Rokhl’s Golden City: The revolution that belatedly gave birth to children’s books in Yiddish

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The End of ‘Sh’ma’

The plucky Jewish magazine’s 50-year history leaves a wealth of stories worth revisiting

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The War of the Curls

In Israel, female politicians, models, and celebrities are pressured to straighten their hair. But a curly haired rebellion is taking root.

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A History of Silence

The story behind the AIDS crisis’ most iconic poster

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Breaking Bread

Ep. 205: Live from Detroit with Jackie Victor of Avalon International Breads and Phil Goldsmith of New York Bagel, plus a pilgrimage to Zingerman’s Deli in Ann Arbor, Michigan

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The Birth of Tradition

The story of three women behind a hugely popular Jewish board game

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Giving Thanks in America

How Jewish immigrants showed love for their new country

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Philadelphia Shel Zahav

Ep. 204: A visit to Mike Solomonov and Steve Cook’s Israeli restaurant, and a look at Parsha in Progress with Abigail Pogrebin

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Buried Treasure

Rokhl’s Golden City: Rokhl Oyerbakh belatedly gains recognition for uncovering the truth about life in the Warsaw Ghetto

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By the Rivers of Babylon

A century ago, close to one-third of Baghdad’s population was Jewish. Today, just five Jews remain. We explore the story of Jews in Iraq, from Nahum the prophet to a Jerusalemite grandmother who became the unlikely champion of kidnapped Yazidi girls.

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The Rabbi and the Revolutionary

Ep. 203: Rabbi Joseph Telushkin and Ethan Allen CEO Farooq Kathwari, live from Stamford, Connecticut

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The Yemenite Giant and the Death of Stalin

How the demise of the Soviet dictator changed the history of basketball in Israel and gave my father’s famed jump shot an unexpected role in Cold War politics

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Bolsheviks and Bundists

Rokhl’s Golden City: Confronting anti-Semitism during the Russian Revolution

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Unorthodox Unedited: Two Jews, Infinite Opinions

Liel Leibovitz and author and teacher Jay Michaelson discuss faith, politics, and life in this unedited conversation

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Big Mouths

Ep. 202: Comedian and ‘Big Mouth’ creator Nick Kroll and ‘The Guest Book’ novelist Sarah Blake

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To Save a Stranger’s Life

Kidney donations are on the rise among Orthodox Israelis

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The Needle

In May 1960, the Mossad captured Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires, and brought him to stand trial in Jerusalem. Why did the doctor who sedated the Nazi mastermind minimize his role in the saga—and what can that tell us about the legacy of WWII?

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Pittsburgh, One Year Later

Episode 201: Revisiting the Tree of Life massacre, speaking with survivors, and pondering Jewish notions of vengeance

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Yiddish: Not Just for Jews

Rokhl’s Golden City: Why non-Jews are drawn to the language and its culture

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The Jewish Woman Who Invented Recycling

Salvaging rags, scrap metal, and discarded junk, Jewish immigrants helped create a whole industry

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The 200th Episode

Jodi Kantor on ‘She Said’ and breaking the Harvey Weinstein story, and Peter Pomerantsev on disinformation and democracy

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A Synagogue’s Second Act

Around the country, shuls facing declining attendance are being converted into museums and cultural centers

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The Magic of an ‘Etrog’

Rokhl’s Golden City: How a strange fruit inspired Yiddish writers

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Going Viral

Ep. 199: Live from San Francisco with Bari Weiss, author of ‘How to Fight Anti-Semitism,’ and Andrew Marantz, who covers online extremism for ‘The New Yorker’

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Explosive Confession: A Yom Kippur Special

Repentance, prayer, and charity, we are told, are our saving graces when Yom Kippur comes around. And, of course, confession is a big part of that trifecta. But do we still get the coveted brownie points if that confession took 30 years?

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The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia

Ep. 198: Celebrating the publication of our new book with help from some famous friends

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Dear God: a Rosh Hashanah Special

The Jewish New Year is cleanup time—even at the Kotel

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The Apology Episode, 5780

Ep. 197: Starting the new year with stories of apology, forgiveness, and reckoning, featuring Rabbi Angela Warnick Buchdahl, Neshama Carlebach, Marjorie Ingall, Lauren Mechling, Emily Stone, and our listeners

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Paul Robeson Goes to Summer Camp

Rokhl’s Golden City: Remembering the legendary singer’s summer at Camp Kinderland

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