Checks and Balances

Ep. 134: Sen. Joe Lieberman on life after politics, and Skyler Inman on podcasting the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

May 3, 2018

This week on Unorthodox, we’re celebrating Lag Ba’Omer! Our Jewish guest is Senator Joe Lieberman, whose new book, With Liberty & Justice: The 50-Day Journey from Egypt to Sinai, highlights the importance of the the period between Passover and Shavuot known as the Omer. He tells us about being one of the most publically observant Jews in politics, why he never wore a yarmulke in the Senate, and whether the Gore White House would have had a kosher kitchen.

Our Gentile of the week is Skylar Inman, the host of Intractable, a podcast that explores the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by sharing the narratives and stories of people living on both sides. Skyler, who was raised Evangelical in Houston, Texas, tells us about moving to Israel after college and the unexpected benefits of approaching such a heated topic as a complete outsider. We also call up Tobias Wilinski, host of the German rap podcast ThemaTakt, to get the full story behind the two German rappers whose album featuring anti-Semitic lyrics won a music award.

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