The “The People Demand What, Now?” Edition

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Allison Kaplan Sommer, Don Futterman and Noah Efron discuss three topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week.

Face the Nation-State
Israel’s Supreme Court votes 10 to 1 to let the controversial “Nation-State Law” stay on the books. Could both the 10 and the 1 be right at the same time?

Sins of the Fathers
Toddler’s whose fathers study full-time in Yeshivas just lost their day-care subsidies. Should tots suffer because dads don’t work?

Is a Dream a Lie if It Don’t Come True, or Is It Somethin’ Worse
Ten years ago this week, Israel was rocked by the biggest protests in the country’s history. Did they make any difference?

The State of Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Migrant Workers in Israel
For our most unreasonably generous Patreon supporters, in our extra-special, special extra discussion, we talk with Julie Fisher, the founder and director of the Consortium for Israel & the Asylum Seekers, about the state of asylum seekers, refugees and migrant workers in the age of Corona, in Tel Aviv, and Israel in general.

All that and the strange and uncategorizable charm of Onili!


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  • Games (Original Mix)
  • Sentimental
  • I’ll Kiss Him

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2 comments on “The “The People Demand What, Now?” Edition

  1. Rebecca Landes says:

    I love your podcast.

    Suggestion – when a host or guest mentions an organization it would be helpful for the show notes to include a link to the organization’s website. For example the discussion with Julie Fisher in the extra special special extra segment included mention of several organizations helping asylum seekers in Israel. I would love to be able to look them up and maybe even donate.

    Also the hosts frequently mention interesting books. Can the show notes include the names of the authors and books mentioned? Noah recently referred to Israeli journalist Rachel Neiman whose sister Rina wrote a book about her mother growing up in Palestine (I think that’s what Noah said). I tried to find the book and couldn’t. Can I get this info and can it be included in the show notes? Other podcasts I listen to do this, cf. Slate’s Political Gabfest.


    1. Noah Efron says:

      Dear Rebecca,

      Thanks for the kind word and the excellent suggestions. I’ll try to do exactly what you said in the future. No doubt I’ll fail sometimes (get swept up in the riptide of the university, family, etc, after the recording and forget), but I’ll succeed sometimes, too.

      As for the specific things you brought up (though I *do* understand your point was a general one), Rina Z. Neiman’s somewhat novelized book about her mother is called “Born Under Fire” (

      Julie Fisher’s Consortium for Israel and the Asylum Seekers can be found here:

      If you want an introduction to either of these amazing women, let me know.

      And thanks for the constructive criticism, and the lovely encouragement, too.


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