The Promised Podcast

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.

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.

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.

For richer or poorer, for better or verse – The Promised Podcast‏

Is Tel Aviv winning the European basketball championship “proof that Zionism has failed?” Should the minimum wage be boosted by a third? Why is Israel awash with poetry? Plus, new searing protest music by David Broza!

The conflict? There’s an app for that now – The Promised Podcast‏

An iPhone app that puts the dispossession of Palestinian homes and villages into your pocket? Declaring the Talmud as “the basis of the Israeli legal system”? Is Israel on the way to becoming ungovernable? All on this week’s Promised Podcast!

Drawing lines & drawing conclusions – The Promised Podcast‏

Why is the American Jewish Establishment keeping J-Street out of the club? And why are “alternative” ceremonies pissing off the Israeli Jewish establishment?

Politicizing, psychologizing & corporatizing – The Promised Podcast‏

Politicizing the Holocaust, psychologizing the Palestinian President and corporatizing Israeli school kid, oh my!