Episode Archives

The “From COVID Heroes to COVID Zeros” Edition

How did Israel go from one of the best to one of the worst at keeping COVID at bay? What does Israel’s newest mega-hit TV series tell us about how Israelis see Persian politics and culture? What can we learn from Peter Beinart’s new essays?

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300th Episode Special! Hebrew Bloopers From Around the World

Join us in celebrating our 300th episode with the best פספוסים, bloopers, by Hebrew learners around the world.

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Can We Inoculate Democracy From Populism?

Prof. Jan Werner Muller considers “militant democracy,” when constitutions protect countries from populist injury, Christian democracy, conservatives and populism, and how communities of democratic countries can deal with members who stray.

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Twilight of the Idols, or, How to Philosophize with a Hammer

As statues of Columbus get toppled in America, and statues of Leopold II get ripped down in Belgium, are there memorials and statues in Israel we’d be better or mothballing or melting down?

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Does Size Matter?

Would a small, “symbolic” annexation of lands in the West Bank sidestep the worst consequences of the bigger annexation authorized by the Trump peace plan?

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The “A Time to Build Up, A Time to Break Down” Edition

Will a smaller annexation sidestep the worst consequences? Are there memorials and statues here that should be torn down? Why ’o why should an army have a broadcast studio?

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Shimon Adaf’s “Aviva-No”

Marcela examines “Aviva-No,” Shimon Adaf’s wrenching and linguistically innovative elegy to his sister, who died at the age of 43. It won the 2010 Yehuda Amichai Prize.

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It Is a Sighted Man’s World

Dr Gili Hammer, anthropologist at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, discusses her book exploring how visually impaired Israeli women grasp and perform the interface between blindness and gender.

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