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It’s Almost Over

Unorthodox breaks down the neverending 2016 election with Gen. Tom Hill, ‘Boston Globe’ columnist Jeff Jacoby, and NPR’s Jeremy Hobson

November 3, 2016
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This episode of Unorthodox was recorded in front of a live audience at Hebrew College in Newton, Mass.

Our first (!) Jewish guest is Jeremy Hobson, co-host of NPR’s “Here and Now.” He tells us about recording a daily show during an election when the news cycle changes at the speed of a tweetstorm, and why Trump supporters he’s interviewed around the country are supporting the candidate.

Our second Jewish guest is Boston Globe op-ed columnist Jeff Jacoby, the lone conservative voice at the newspaper. He explains the damage wrought by Trump’s candidacy on the conservative movement, and why he’s voting for Gary Johnson.

Our Gentile of the Week is General Tom Hill, a highly decorated combat infantryman and diplomat who retired from the U.S. Army after 36 years of active service to the nation. He tells us about growing around Jews in El Paso, TX, his issue with the phrase “there are no atheists in foxholes,” and why high-ranking military officers shouldn’t involve themselves in presidential elections.

We’re also joined by our in-house Jewbadour, Jim Knable, who debuts several new Unorthodox-themed songs.

Our friends and fellow podcasters at Israel Story are performing live in New York on November 9 and 10! Tickets here.

We love hearing from you! Email us at [email protected] with comments or questions, or just to say hi. We may share your note on air.

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Unorthodox is a smart, fresh, fun weekly take on Jewish news and culture hosted by Mark Oppenheimer, Stephanie Butnick, and Liel Leibovitz. You can listen to individual episodes here or subscribe on iTunes.

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