(Photo collage: Tablet Magazine)Harry Potter

Ferris Bueller and the Chamber of Secrets

This week on Unorthodox, Jason Diamond’s memoir about John Hughes, and the divinity school graduates analyzing Harry Potter as though it were a sacred text

December 15, 2016
(Photo collage: Tablet Magazine)Harry Potter

This week on Unorthodox, Burger King in Israel debuts the SufganiKing—a hamburger inside a jelly doughnut.

Our Jewish guest is Jason Diamond, author of the new memoir, Searching for John Hughes: Or Everything I Thought I Needed to Know About Life I Learned From Watching ‘80s Movies. He tells us about growing up in the suburbs of Chicago as iconic films like Pretty in Pink and Sixteen Candles were being filmed nearby, and gives us his must-see John Hughes movies.

Our Gentile of the Week is actually a Jew and a gentile—Vanessa Zoltan and Casper ter Kuile—the hosts of Harry Potter and the Sacred Text. Each episode of the podcast features a chapter of J.K. Rowling’s wildly popular series, which they read and analyze Talmudically. They tell us why they decided to treat the books as sacred texts, and how Harry Potter is actually about the Holocaust.

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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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