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Mixtape Part IV: War, Peace, and Bumper Stickers

In our season finale, we explore two songs that—perhaps more than any others—capture the complex and intermingled nature of Israeli society: a military band’s hit that, in its afterlife, became an anthem for peace, and a rap tune penned by the country’s leading novelist

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Mixtape Part III: Eastward Bound

In a music scene dominated by Ashkenazi culture, Mizrahi singers had to patiently pave their way to the Israeli mainstream one song at a time. In Part III of our miniseries, we meet two Yemenite trailblazers, who took very different approaches to their heritage.

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Mixtape Part II: Iron and Gold

We continue our musical journey through the intricacies of Israeli society. And this time we explore a song that, ever since the dramatic month that forever changed Israeli history, has become the soundtrack of the country: ‘Jerusalem of Gold.’

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Mixtape Part I: Our Hope?

We begin a four-part musical journey through anthems, songs of yearning, of war, and of peace, and hear the stories behind some of Israel’s most iconic tunes. In the first part of the miniseries—the national anthem.

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Whither Thou Goest

Ruth the Moabite said she’d follow her mother-in-law, Naomi, anywhere, making her an enduring symbol of loyalty, faith, and determination. Just in time for Shavuot, when the Book of Ruth is read, we present three modern-day Ruth stories.

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Coming Out, Getting In

Just in time for Passover, Israel Story brings us the surprising tale of Payam Feili, an Iranian poet who journeyed out of his country, leaving behind almost everything but his identity, and is now searching for a new life in Zion

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Milk, Honey, and Sweet Mary Jane

Cannabis in the Holy Land is a booming business. Israel Story takes a deep dive into the world of Telegrass, the Israeli app that made buying weed as easy as ordering a pizza.

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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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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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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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A Better Place?

Not that long ago, an Israeli car was about to change the world. But it didn’t. Israel Story explores why the Better Place electric car generated such excitement and inspired such devotion, and why its demise was so devastating.

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On the Outs

There are a zillion ways of being an outsider. That we all know. But what does it mean to belong, why do we want it so badly, and how far are we willing to go just to be on the inside?

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Jarab

Welcome to the complicated world of Israel’s Jews and Arabs: They’re enemies and cousins, neighbors and rivals, lovers and haters, and at times even one and the same

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Oath of Blood

Imagine getting the worst news possible, learning it isn’t true, and then realizing it is true after all—in the span of a single day. That’s what happened to the Harels of Jerusalem, in the chaotic frenzy of the First Lebanon War.

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So Long, Farewell

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

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Louis Brandeis: The Jewish Boy From Kentucky Who Became a Supreme Court Legend

A new biography examines the ground-breaking cases, comportment, and all-around genius of the country’s first Jewish justice

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Tanya’s Story

How a young woman learned the painful lesson that there are times when trying to do what’s ‘right’ can go very, very wrong

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A New Kind of Prayer Book

The Conservative movement’s latest siddur goes way beyond traditional liturgy

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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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Sticks and Stones

This week on Unorthodox: Trump supporters namedrop Auschwitz, plus debut novelist Jessamyn Hope and Nazi war-crimes expert Lawrence Douglas

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Genius Bar

This week on Unorthodox, ‘The Geography of Genius’ author Eric Weiner and Oxford English Dictionary editor Katherine Connor Martin

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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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Family Matters

This week on Unorthodox, we learn what klezmer aerobics is, plus we talk to writer Daniel Oppenheimer and essayist Roxane Gay

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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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Hannah (Montana) and Her Sisters

This week on Unorthodox: Word maven Lizzie Skurnick wants to know your favorite expression, and writer Bill Schulz says he inspired the worst character in ‘Trainwreck’

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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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