Israel

The “Big, Beautiful Wall” Edition

We discuss 1) the concrete wall being built along Israel’s northern border, to separate us from those who might want to do us harm 2) why our wards and clinics are so rife with violence, as nurses around the country went on strike, and 3) the swift rise of co-housing, which some people call “Kibbutz 2.0.”

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Milk

The enraged response of some women to a Minister of Health program to promote breastfeeding left us asking, “Should the government ‘stay out of our bras’ as their slogan insists?”

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Sweat (and Splendor)

A new movie — “The Unorthodox” — tells the heroic birth story of the Sephardi Ultra-Orthodox party Shas. What does it tell us about Israel in 1983 and Israel today?

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The “Blood, Sweat & Milk” Edition

We discuss 1) the outpouring of empathy for Druze anguish and insult over the Nation-State law 2) a new movie about the heroic birth of the Sephardi Ultra-Orthodox party Shas, and 3) the enraged response of some women to a program to promote breastfeeding.

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Street Smarts

Experts find that Dizengoff is the best street in Israel. But what makes a street great? And why are we so bad at creating hip and happening streets?

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B2LGBTQ

Hundreds of Israeli corporations rush to support LGBTQ activists after the Knesset fails to extend to gay men the right to use surrogates to bear children. Business usually avoid politics like the plague: why is this issue different?

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Radical Tail Wagging a Moderate Dog?

Polls show that Likud voters are socialist, gay and lesbian supporting, religious pluralists, who are far to the left of their leaders on most matters: How can this be?

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The “The Revolution Will Be Corporatized” Edition

We discuss 1) surveys that show Likud voters are socialist, gay and lesbian supporting, religious pluralists, who are far to the left of their leaders on most matters 2) the embrace offered the LGBTQ community by hundreds of Israeli corporations, and 3) what makes a great street great, and why can’t we build more?

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On the Media: Public Broadcasting, Regulation and Press Freedom in Israel

Dr. Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler, head of the Media Reform Program and the Open Government Program at the Israel Democracy Institute, joins us to discuss media policy in Israel and the way government interference may infringe on the country’s relatively robust freedom of the press.

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