The Promised Podcast

The “Winners & Losers, Accusers & Excusers” Edition

Are the ultra-Orthodox parties the big “winners” of the new coalition? Do we need an app that allows us to virtually visit old military outposts in Lebanon? Is it the responsibility of Israelis abroad to present Israel in a good light?

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The “Judges and Grudges, Libel and Bible” Edition

What do we make of Bibi’s supporters who say he’s persecuted by a cabal of leftist judges and journalists? Are leftists leaving Israel as “political exiles”? As we celebrate Shavuot, we ask: what are we to do with the Torah in 2020?

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The “Vision of No Vision” Edition

Did Bibi and Gantz just present their vision of no vision for the future? What’s behind a study showing that Israeli Leftists suffered more during the pandemic than right-wing folks? What can we learn about our past, present and future from a new Golda Meir documentary?

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The “Small Screen, Big Government” Edition

We discuss: our new and biggest gov’ in history; whether broadcasting live Supreme Court hearings will add to the stature of the court, or diminish it; whether or not an Evangelical cable TV station broadcasting in Hebrew should keep its license.

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The “A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery Inside an Enigma Tucked in a Virus” Edition

We discuss the Supreme Court’s earth-shaking verdict, why Israel is suddenly racing to undo coronavirus restrictions, and a crowdsource campaign to pay the legal fees for a British woman assaulted by Israeli young men in Cyprus

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The “Pandemic & Patriarchy” Edition

Who killed the Labor Party? Is art an essential need, and should artists receive priority governmental support? How might the coronavirus be a feminist issue, and is it time for “feminist civil disobedience?”

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The “What is Israeli?” Edition

What do we need to know about the just signed coalition agreement? Do Israelis have less of a stomach for COVID-19 deaths than people in other countries? On this independence day we ask, what is Israeli?

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The “Still Wandering the Desert” Edition

Are negotiation of an “emergency government” failing? Will Israel’s “Exit Strategy” committee miss important things because it lacks diversity? Does Israel’s militarist, masculinist, xenophobizing reaction to coronavirus in need of a good “queering”?

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The “Dialectics of Dayenu” Edition

We discuss: 1) Labor’s plan to merge into Blue & White 2) why most COVID-19 victims are Ultra-Orthodox 3) whether the song Dayenu says something profound about Israeli politics

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The “What Gantz Wants” Edition

We discuss: 1) what the hell is behind Gantz’s decision to abandon his allies in the center and join Bibi as his deputy 2) whether the Coronavirus is going to kill off Reagan-Thatcherite neoliberal economics, drawing us back to being a social democracy

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