Full Show

Gimme Shelter – The Promised Podcast‏

Ilene, Noah and special guest Miriam Herschlag discuss: Whether we have lost the moral high-ground; whether we can still plan for peace in our bomb shelters; and whether the social protests of three years ago had any effect.

Letters to a young cadet contemplating conscientious objection – The Promised Podcast‏

A 17-year-old asks if he should refuse IDF service in the territories and we try to answer. Also, should the center parties propping up Netanyahu cut it out? And are Israeli taxi drivers toast?

‘Sextremism’ in the war on patriarchy is no vice! – The Promised Podcast‏

Is it time to revive Israel’s vicious political debate? Is the great summer exodus a search for ‘normality’? Will Femen’s ‘free and fearless Amazons’ win Israeli hearts and minds?

Losing Patience, Losing Power, & Losing Dignity – The Promised Podcast‏

Has Netanyahu lost his grip? Are mainstream Israelis losing patience with settlers? When we swoon over the Stones and Lady Gaga, have we lost our dignity?

Oy, the dissonance! – The Promised Podcast‏

Rubi Rivlin: the man; the contradictions. A pro-Palestinian settler leader: what gives? And the possible end of prisoner swaps? All on this episode of The Promised Podcast.

Borders matter; Family matters – The Tel Aviv Review

We talk to Prof. David Newman of Ben-Gurion University about why borders are becoming more important today; we discuss a special family edition of the Israel Studies Review with its editors.

Hamas, Darwin & Google – The Promised Podcast‏

Freaking out over Hamas, fretting over Google, and finally facing up to Darwin. Plus, the brilliant Balkan Beat Box! All on the Promised Podcast.

The Israeli who turned an entire nation on its head – The Tel Aviv Review

Dr Moshe Cohen-Gil talks about his new book “The Israelis who Wished to Cure the World,” which tells the story of the pioneers of alternative medicine in Israel.

Dining Out on Sacred Cow – The Promised Podcast‏

A Knesset member put forth a proposal to end the draft in favor of an all-volunteer army, but most Israelis are against it. Apart from the more practical considerations, canceling the draft would undermine Israeli society’s romantic and nationalistic image of the army as a melting pot and expression of citizenship.

Kids, try this at home: The formation of the Hebrew literary canon for children – The Tel Aviv Review

Prof. Yael Darr of the Program in Research of Child and Youth Culture at Tel Aviv University’s School of Cultural Studies and author of “Nation Building and the Hebrew Literary Canon for Children,” discusses the not-so-dogmatic indoctrination of Hebrew-speaking children in the 1930s-1950s.