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Israel Story is a bi-weekly podcast, hosted by Mishy Harman and distributed by PRX, the Public Radio Exchange. It tells modern tales from an ancient land - the kind of stories you'd share with a friend over a plate of hummus on a Friday afternoon, or with your partner at the end of a long day. These are everyday stories, told by, and about, regular Israelis. The award-winning show is one of the most popular programs in Israel, where it is aired nationally, on prime-time.

Israel Story is a bi-weekly podcast, hosted by Mishy Harman and distributed by PRX, the Public Radio Exchange. It tells modern tales from an ancient land - the kind of stories you'd share with a friend over a plate of hummus on a Friday afternoon, or with your partner at the end of a long day. These are everyday stories, told by, and about, regular Israelis. The award-winning show is one of the most popular programs in Israel, where it is aired nationally, on prime-time.
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Israel Story is a bi-weekly podcast, hosted by Mishy Harman and distributed by PRX, the Public Radio Exchange. It tells modern tales from an ancient land - the kind of stories you'd share with a friend over a plate of hummus on a Friday afternoon, or with your partner at the end of a long day. These are everyday stories, told by, and about, regular Israelis. The award-winning show is one of the most popular programs in Israel, where it is aired nationally, on prime-time.

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Episodes

34: Coming Out, Getting In

3/30/2018
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Payam Feili is a gay Iranian poet. Nadav Schwartz is an Orthodox Israeli Jew. But in ways both astoundingly similar and utterly different, both men have journeyed out of their communities, leaving behind almost everything but their identity. In our Passover special, we bring you two surprising stories of wanderers searching for a new life.

Duration:01:05:21

Bonus: Meet Our Unorthodox Friends

2/19/2018
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Today, we bring you an episode from our friends over at Unorthodox - another show produced by Tablet Magazine: “The Kids Are Alright.”

Duration:01:12:18

33: Milk, Honey and Sweet Mary Jane

2/2/2018
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Cannabis in the Holy Land is clearly a booming business. Through the unlikely story of Amos Silver, the Israeli 'Green Giant,' we take a deep dive into the world of Telegrass, the hot application that has made buying weed as easy as ordering a pizza.

Duration:00:52:30

32: King of the Hill

12/23/2017
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From the top of Tell El-Ful, an abandoned hilltop in East Jerusalem, you can see all the way from Amman to Tel Aviv, from Jerusalem to Ramallah. And you can also travel back and forth in time, moving between the biblical King Saul and the bearded King Hussein. Along the way, we'll hear tales of brutalized concubines, murderous tribesmen, biblical archeology, royal families and devastating wars.

Duration:01:08:48

Short: Fed-Ex Over Your Snow

11/28/2017
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It's #GivingTuesday and your inboxes are probably flooded with appeals from every possible organization, institution and initiative telling you how much they need your help. Well… guess what? We need your help!

Duration:00:16:03

31: Dear Lord Rothschild

11/2/2017
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One hundred years after a single-page letter boosted the Zionist cause and changed the course of Jewish history, we go out in search of Balfour, and his declaration, in modern-day Israel.

Duration:01:05:07

30: Food Fight

10/4/2017
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Forget politics, forget territorial disputes, forget religion. Our new episode explores the real Middle Eastern battleground - food.

Duration:00:49:34

29: A Better Place?

9/8/2017
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Not that long ago, an Israeli vehicle was about to change the world. But it didn’t. In today's episode, we find out why the Better Place electric car generated such excitement and inspired such devotion, and why its ultimate demise was so devastating.

Duration:00:52:47

28: On the Outs

8/25/2017
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There are a zillion ways of being an outsider. That, of course, we all know. But what does it mean to belong, why do we want it so badly, and just how far are we willing to go in order to be on the 'inside'?

Duration:01:05:04

27: Jarab

7/28/2017
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They're enemies and cousins, neighbors and rivals, lovers and haters, and at times even one and the same. Ladies and gentleman, welcome to the complicated world of Israel's Arabs and Jews.

Duration:00:36:23

26: Oath of Blood

7/6/2017
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Imagine getting the worst news possible, learning it isn’t true, and then realizing it is after all — in the span of a single day. That’s what happened to the Harels of Jerusalem, in the chaotic frenzy of the First Lebanon War.

Duration:00:46:46

25: Peace Now. Almost.

6/5/2017
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In the immediate aftermath of the Six-Day War, a Palestinian lawyer and two Israeli reservists nearly brokered a peace agreement. Just imagine how history would have unfolded had they succeeded.

Duration:00:31:48

24: Losing My Religion

5/15/2017
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From secret bathroom texting all the way to negotiating a divorce in Venice (of all places...), we bring you heart-wrenching tales of lost faith.

Duration:00:49:15

23: A Severe Case of Second Generation

4/21/2017
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Lizzie Doron always felt there was an invisible ghost in her life. She wasn't wrong.

Duration:00:36:02

22: And in the End…

4/19/2017
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Our season opener takes us right to the end... An episode full of surprising stories that explore how we die, and what comes next.

Duration:00:49:23

21: 68 and Counting- Part II

5/30/2016
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In the second installment of this two-part series (and our season two finale), we pick up where we left off last week: Presenting small stories – one per decade – that took place on Israel’s Independence Day, Yom Ha’Atzmaut, and that, in some way, reflect their era. Part I, took us from 1948 to 1978. … Continue reading 21: 68 and Counting- Part II

Duration:00:49:33

19: Of Numbers and Names

5/5/2016
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This Thursday, May 5th, Israelis observe Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day. At 10 a.m., according to custom, an air raid will sound and the country will fall quiet for two long minutes. Silence won’t do for a podcast, so instead we bring you two stories. Act I, “B-1367,” is about an elderly father and his 53-year old son, and the inked number that binds them. In Act II, “Herr Eichmann,” we meet up with a group of men for whom Eichmann is not a symbol of Nazi evil, but a gaunt,...

Duration:00:48:42

18: Thicker Than Water

4/18/2016
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On Today's show, we delve into the messy territory of family bonds—how they’re formed, challenged, and change over time. We’ll meet three families who are all, at the end of the day, happy, but are not (contrary to Tolstoy’s claim) in any way alike. First we hear from Mishy's family—Dorothy, David, Danna and Oren—who like to talk to each other. A lot. In Act I, “The Missing Moms,” producer Shoshi Shmuluvitz introduces us to Tali Griffel, a thirty-six-year-old physical therapist from...

Duration:01:05:12

17: Stop That Bus!

3/25/2016
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Israeli buses regularly make international headlines, be it for suicide bombings, fights over gender segregation or clashes concerning Shabbat schedules. On today’s episode of Israel Story, we delve into the world of lesser known bus-related conflicts. In Act I, “The White Elephant,” Yochai Maital walks us through the history of Tel Aviv’s ‘New’ Central Bus Station — a derelict eight-story behemoth and modern day Tower of Babel — which mirrors much of modern Israeli history, with its grand...

Duration:00:54:12

16: Over and Out

3/10/2016
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In the last episode of Israel Story, we met couples in love. But for every story of love found, there are, of course, piles and piles of broken hearts. So today on our show, "Over and Out." We've got three stories of relationships that have ended, and the things (the often slightly nutty things) that people do once they no longer see eye to eye. We'll journey back to the early dates of the State of Israel, and then travel all around the world, to London and New York, even to Beijing.

Duration:01:11:18

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