This week on Unorthodox, Mel Gibson gives tzedakah.

Our Jewish guest is Ukrainian-born writer Sana Krasikov, whose latest novel, The Patriots, explores the effects of the Cold War on three generations of a Jewish-American family, from the 1930s to the present. She tells us what inspired her Russian family drama, why so many Russian Jews voted for Trump, and the unexpected things she encounters as she raises an American child.

Our Gentile of the Week is Republican strategist Patrick Ruffini, co-founder of data-intelligence company Echelon Insights and founder of the digital agency Engage. He tells us what the future of data and technology looks like for political campaigns, and the value of data under a president who is openly dismissive of unfavorable polls.

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