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Ep. 269: Israeli actress Noa Tishby and Talking Heads drummer Chriz Frantz

April 8, 2021

This week on Unorthodox, we’re down to the championship round of our Jewish Name of the Year bracket.

Our Jewish guest is Israeli actress and activist Noa Tishby, whose new book is Israel: A Simple Guide to the Most Misunderstood Country on Earth. Tishby, who describes herself as “100% Israeli and 100% American,” tells us about bringing the Israeli show In Treatment to American audiences, her first experience in bridging Israeli and American culture. She also explains how her pro-Israel activism grew from dinner party defenses to her latest project, a book designed to demystify the Jewish state for international audiences.

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Our gentile of the week is Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz, whose memoir is Remain in Love: Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club, Tina. He tells us about attending Shadyside Academy in Pittsburgh (where he was friends with Mark Oppenheimer’s uncle!) before meeting future Talking Heads bandmates David Byrne and Tina Weymouth (also his future wife) at the Rhode Island School of Design and going on to conquer the music scene. His question for us is about what it means, logistically, to keep kosher.

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