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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

Now That’s a Buzzword!

6/27/2018
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A quick note from a big celebration.

Duration:00:02:03

39: Mixtape Part IV – War, Peace and Bumper Stickers

6/15/2018
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In our season finale, we explore two songs that - perhaps more than any others - capture the complex and intermingled nature of Israeli society: A military band's hit that, in its afterlife, became an anthem for peace, and a rap tune penned by one of the country's leading novelists.

Duration:00:43:41

38: Mixtape Part III – Eastward Bound

6/8/2018
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In a music scene dominated by Ashkenazi culture, Mizrahi singers had to patiently pave their way to the Israeli mainstream one song at a time. In Part III of our miniseries, we meet two Yemenite trailblazers, who took very different approaches to their heritage.

Duration:00:47:53

37: Mixtape Part II – Iron and Gold

6/1/2018
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Our musical journey through the intricacies of Israeli society continues. And this time we explore a song that, ever since the dramatic month that forever changed Israeli history, has become the country's soundtrack: "Jerusalem of Gold."

Duration:00:44:25

36: Mixtape Part I – Our Hope?

5/25/2018
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Welcome to 'Mixtape,' our very first mini-series. Over the course of the next four episodes, we will go on a musical journey through anthems, songs of yearning, of war, of peace, and hear the stories behind some of Israel's most iconic tunes. And today, in part one of the mini-series, we visit the "mother-ship" - Israel's national anthem.

Duration:00:36:35

35: Whither Thou Goest

5/18/2018
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Ruth the Moabite said she'd follow her mother-in-law, Naomi, anywhere. That blind devotion has since made her an enduring symbol of loyalty, faith and determination. And, just in time for our smorgasbord of cheesecakes, lasagnas and blintzes, we bring you a surprising Shavout special - three modern-day Ruth stories.

Duration:01:08:55

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