Winners and Losers

Ep. 271: Devin Gordon on loving the losing New York Mets, and Julie Lythcott-Haims on how to be an adult

April 22, 2021

Join us Sunday, May 2 at 7 p.m. EDT/4 p.m. PT for a special virtual live show with Tovah Feldshuh, presented by the Community Scholar Program of Orange County, California. It’s free, but registration is required:

This week on Unorthodox, Andrew Cuomo’s Jewish “tree houses” and Israel’s wild boars.

Our Jewish guest is Devin Gordon, author of the new book So Many Ways to Lose: The Amazin True Story of the New York Mets—the Best Worst Team in Sports. He tells us why Mets fandom is a profound spiritual exercise in perpetual disappointment, and Liel offers his take on why the Mets are a fundamentally Jewish team.

Our gentile of the week is writer, speaker, and activist Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of How to Raise an Adult, and most recently, Your Turn: How to Be an Adult. She explains the societal factors making it harder for today’s young adults to grow into their full potential, and offers advice for young people on how best to build meaningful and full adult lives. Her question for the hosts is how non-Jews can be better allies to the Jewish community.

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Upcoming virtual events:

Sunday, May 2 — Join us at 7 p.m. EDT/4 p.m. PT for a special virtual live show with Tovah Feldshuh, presented by the Community Scholar Program of Orange County California. It’s free, but you’ll need to register: This event is co-sponsored by the Merage Jewish Community Center and is fully funded by a grant from the Albert and Rhoda Weissman Arts Endowment Fund, a joint program of Jewish Community Foundation Orange County and Jewish Federation Orange County

Thursday, April 29 — Stephanie will be moderating Rachel Bloom and Tovah Feldshuh in A Conversation Between a (Television) Daughter and Mother, presented by The Jewish Museum and the Jewish Book Council, 7 p.m. EDT. Register here.

Thursday, April 29 — Liel will be discussing podcasting with JCast Network’s Darone Ruskay, presented by Ansche Chesed. 7 p.m. EDT; Register here.

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