Ep. 314: Barry Manilow on his new musical ‘Harmony,’ Andy Markovits on the power of a passport, and Tablet’s Maggie Phillips on religious literacy
This week, we’re grabbing our passports.
First we talk to the legendary Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman about their off-Broadway musical Harmony, which tells the true story of the Comedian Harmonists, a trailblazing troupe of Jewish-and-gentile entertainers in 1920s Germany.
Professor Andy Markovits joins us to discuss his new memoir, The Passport as Home: Comfort in Rootlessness, about what he learned growing up as a Jew in Romania and Vienna before emigrating to the United States, and why he embraces the idea of the rootless cosmopolitan, despite (or perhaps in spite of) the term’s antisemitic origin.
Our gentile of the week is Tablet’s own Maggie Phillips, who reports about different religious communities in the United States as part of a grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations to improve religious literacy. You can read Maggie’s work here.
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