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Betting the House

Episode 99: Live in New York City with FiveThirtyEight political reporter Harry Enten and ‘How to Be a Muslim’ author Haroon Moghul

July 31, 2017
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This week, we’re coming at you live from JCC Manhattan, with some very special guests.

Our Jew of the week is Harry Enten, senior political writer and analyst for FiveThirtyEight and a regular on the FiveThirtyEight Politics Podcast. He tells us about the Catskills resort his grandparents owned—where Neil Sedaka met Enten’s aunt, whom he later married—plus why he loves Twitter, where he has nearly 95,000 followers, and what dating was like as a poll analyst after the election.

Our Gentile of the Week is Haroon Moghul, author of How to Be a Muslim: An American Story and a fellow in Jewish-Muslim Relations at the Shalom Hartman Institute. He tells us the dumbest things he’s been asked while promoting his book, plus how a 2015 trip to Israel with Muslim and Jewish leaders changed the course of his career, and what he wants the rest of us to know about American Muslims.

Plus some live show extras!

We love hearing from you! Email us at [email protected]—we’ll share our favorite notes on-air.

Today’s podcast is sponsored by Jewish Lives, biographies that illuminate the Jewish experience. Visit to get 25 percent off all books and curated collections with the code JLBOOKS.

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