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Episode 95: Jamie Kirchick on the end of Europe and Muslim comedian Negin Farsad on making jokes in the Trump era

June 22, 2017


This week on Unorthodox, don’t even think about cutting Israel out of Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Our Jewish guest is journalist and Tablet columnist Jamie Kirchick, who returns to the show to discuss his new book, The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues and the Coming Dark Age. He tells us about the emboldening of extremes on both sides of the political spectrum, the dangers of countries like Hungary rewriting their World War II history, and what Europe’s instability means for the United States.

Our Gentile of the Week is Iranian-American Muslim comedian and writer Negin Farsad, author of How to Make White People Laugh and the host of the political comedy roundtable podcast Fake the Nation. She tells us why comedy has gotten harder in the era of Trump, plus the anti-racism ads she wants to put up on the president’s golf courses, and asks whether Jews consider themselves the veterans of oppressed religious groups.

Next week is Camp Week on Unorthodox! We want to hear your favorite camp memories, from color war breakouts to covert makeouts. Record a voice note or send us an email at [email protected]. We’ll share our favorites on the 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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