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Episode 20: Oz Pearlman, mentalist and 'America's Got Talent' finalist

Oz Pearlman is an Israel-born mentalist and magician. While he had some measure of success in the early part of his career, he became instantly famous during the 2015 season of "America's Got Talent" on NBC. Week in and week out, he impressed the judges – Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel. His routines, where he read their minds and baffled the audience, left everybody gobsmacked. Out of the more than 10,000 acts that applied to be on the show that year, Oz Pearlman would...


Rebroadcast: Episode 2: Michael Pasikov, classical pianist and cancer survivor

Michael Pasikov spent his childhood in Chicago and began playing the piano when he was just 5 years old. He started with Mozart's Piano Sonata No. 16, learning it by ear and eventually mastering it like someone way beyond his years. Juilliard came calling, but he instead chose a career in math and computer science. He got married and became busy raising a family. He moved to Israel in 1999. Fifteen years went by and he barely played the piano. Then he got cancer, and while lying in his bed...


Episode 19: Oded Brenner, chocolate mogul

Oded Brenner is a modern-day Willy Wonka. In 1996, he launched a small chocolate shop called Max Brenner in Israel. That one location was such a success, he eventually expanded the concept to dozens of chocolate restaurants all across the globe – including in Israel, Australia, Singapore, Japan, Russia and in the United States. Max Brenner shops are inspired by “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" – even down to the chocolate pipes circumnavigating their way through the restaurant. It takes a...


Episode 18: Dean Kremer, first Israeli to be drafted into Major League Baseball

Dean Kremer is not just any pitcher. In June 2015, at 19 years old, he became the first Israeli to ever be drafted by a Major League Baseball team. This past summer, he made news again when he was part of a blockbuster trade. The Los Angeles Dodgers picked up superstar shortstop Manny Machado and, in exchange, sent five up-and-coming prospects to the Baltimore Orioles. One of those players was pitcher Dean Kremer. In addition to his major league play Kremer, who holds dual citizenship with...


Episode 17: Daniella Rudoff, professional matchmaker and relationship coach

Daniella Rudoff is a professional matchmaker and relationship coach based in Israel. In a world full of online dating apps, she offers a boutique service. She's worked with hundreds of singles with a singular goal in mind: helping them find that one needle in a haystack. When you think of matchmaking, you're likely taken back to an old world society – centuries before the invention of dating apps. But we've entered a new era of matchmaking. In a time when so many people are meeting through...


Episode 16: Gil Hovav, TV host and food journalist

If you've been to Israel in the past few years, you already know Gil Hovav. That's his voice over the loudspeaker, welcoming you to Ben Gurion International Airport, and wishing you a pleasant stay. It's no surprise, considering Gil's great-grandfather is credited with reviving the modern Hebrew language, writing one of the first-ever Hebrew dictionaries. Gil Hovav is a leading culinary journalist in Israel, a restaurant critic and the author of several best-selling books. His latest book,...


Episode 15: Niv Rabino, humanitarian relief worker

In the summer of 2017, Niv Rabino had just wrapped up a mission helping with the refugee crisis in Greece. He flew home to Israel, hoping to relax. But when he landed, news of Hurricane Harvey's devastation compelled him to rush back to the airport, and head to Texas. What's more, he had a personal connection to the tragedy: His niece had been visiting Houston, and was stuck for days on the second floor of a flooded house. Rabino hasn't left Houston since. For the past year, he's made the...


Episode 14: Dan Ariely, world-renowned social scientist

Dan Ariely a tenured professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University. If an academic could be a rockstar, then Ariely is certainly one. His books – like "Predictably Irrational" – are New York Times bestsellers and have been translated into more than a dozen languages. He has close to 200,000 Twitter followers. His numerous TED talks have been viewed 13 million times. Millions more read his advice column each week in the Wall Street Journal. The New York Times has called...


Rebroadcast: Episode 4: Eran Ben-Elia, professor who studies parking and traffic

Did you miss this hidden gem of an episode when it first aired? Now's your chance to hear it. A geography professor at Ben-Gurion University in Israel, Dr. Eran Ben-Elia has devoted the bulk of his research to studying people's parking and traffic habits. A niche field, for sure. He has turned his laboratory into an arcade. He believes that video games are unique ways to test his theories. Visitors to his lab strap on virtual reality glasses, sit down in front of a steering wheel and are...


Episode 13: Tal Ben-Shahar, professor of Harvard's most popular course

Tal Ben-Shahar, the professor of happiness, is famous for teaching the most popular course in the history of Harvard. It was called "Positive Psychology" and in it he teaches the secret to living a happy life. It's no wonder that at its peak, close to 1,000 students would pack into his lecture hall twice a week to hear his words of wisdom. He has since gone on to write several bestselling books including "Happier" and "The Pursuit of Perfection" and now travels the world giving seminars on...


Episode 12: Jon Medved, high-tech entrepreneur

High-tech entrepreneur Jon Medved is one of Israel's leading high-tech venture capitalists. He's the founder and CEO of OurCrowd, a company that has invested in more than 100 Israeli startups. What makes OurCrowd unique is that it's made up of 25,000 members from around the world, who all pool their resources together to fund these startups. They have 10 offices around the globe, from Tel Aviv to Toronto, and from San Diego to Singapore. Forbes called OurCrowd one of the largest...


Episode 11: Fashion designer Danit Peleg

Israeli fashion designer Danit Peleg, a graduate of Israel's Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, has created the world's first 3D printed fashion line without the use of a single sewing machine. She whipped up a homemade video about her unique collection and it went viral overnight. Soon, she was being asked to give a Ted Talk and the calls haven't stopped since. That initial burst of publicity led to stories about her work in the New York Times, Forbes, Wired Magazine and even Vogue...


Episode 10: Ron Ben-Israel, celebrity baker and TV judge

Ron Ben-Israel has appeared on "Good Morning America," David Letterman's show and has baked cakes for Oprah Winfrey and President Obama. He made a cake for the wedding of Robert Downey, Jr., Britney Spears' new album party, and Elton John's birthday. His cakes are nothing short of extraordinary. The cake he made celebrating the Plaza Hotel's 100th birthday was an exact replica of the iconic building. It included 1,199 windows, 75 balconies, 58 planters and 23 street level lamps, painted with...


Episode 9: Iris Bahr, comedian and actress

If you're a fan of the HBO hit "Curb Your Enthusiasm," you're likely familiar with actress Iris Bahr. The Israeli comedian has appeared on a number of episodes, including in a now-famous scene where she gets stuck on a ski lift with the show's star, Larry David. Besides "Curb Your Enthusiasm," she's been in a number of sitcoms: "Friends," "Blunt Talk" and "The King of Queens." She was a series regular on the Israeli TV show, "Irreversible." But what she spends the bulk of her time doing is...


Episode 8: Israel Hershkovitz, archaeologist

Dr. Israel Hershkovitz, a professor at Tel Aviv University, is one of Israel's leading archaeologists. More than that, he studies ancient bones with the eye of an anthropologist, hoping to discover some insight into evolution and the plight of the human condition. Why are we the way we are and what lessons can we learn from our past to pave a better future? Today we head to Dr. Hershkovitz' lab to chat with him about what it's like to be an archaeologist in the world's most fertile place for...


Episode 7: Brian Blum, book author and business reporter

The California-born Brian Blum moved with his family to Israel in 1994. Once there, he merged his twin loves of technology and writing and became a business journalist, and his work appears throughout the country. In 2012, he and his family became enamored with an Israeli electric car startup called Better Place. The company had an ingenious idea. Ten years ago, Better Place CEO Shai Agassi was on list after list of the world's most innovative young entrepreneurs. He appeared on magazine...


Episode 6: Sarah F. Berkowitz, Israeli food expert and recipe author

The Jerusalem-born Sarah Berkowitz is the resident chef at our Israeli Kitchen channel. Since 2015, she's been cooking up hundreds of recipes and sharing them with our readers. When she's not in the kitchen, she's traveling across the country to food shows to check out the latest trends. In addition to her work for us, she also writes a monthly food column for an international magazine that gets translated into multiple languages and distributed around the world. She's also worked as a...


Episode 5: Roni Grosz, curator of the Albert Einstein Archives

For more than a decade, Dr. Roni Grosz has served as curator of the Albert Einstein Archives, bequeathed by the Nobel Prize winner to Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In that capacity, Grosz oversees the largest collection of Einstein related material in the entire world. Visitors can see and touch the actual books that lined Einstein's home. There are thousands of documents, unfinished math equations, drafts of lectures, not to mention the many letters Einstein received during his lifetime –...


Episode 4: Eran Ben-Elia, professor who studies parking and traffic

A geography professor at Ben-Gurion University in Israel, Dr. Eran Ben-Elia has devoted the bulk of his research to studying people's parking and traffic habits. A niche field, for sure. He has turned his laboratory into an arcade. He believes that video games are unique ways to test his theories. Visitors to his lab strap on virtual reality glasses, sit down in front of a steering wheel and are instantly transported to a city street. He watches as they make parking and traffic decisions in...


Episode 3: Karni Ziv, Israeli television producer

Karni Ziv is the head of Drama and Comedy at Keshet Broadcasting. She is widely recognized as one of the most experienced women in the television industry. One of the show's that she shepherded to success is "Homeland," which is based on an Israeli TV show that won the Israeli Academy Award for Television for Best Drama Series. The meteoric success of "Homeland" has led Hollywood to come knocking on Keshet's door. Networks like HBO, Showtime, AMC, Hulu, NBC, CBS – they've all traveled to...