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Israel Story is an award-winning podcast that tells true stories you won't hear on the news. Hosted by Mishy Harman, the bi-weekly show brings you extraordinary tales about ordinary Israelis. The show is produced in partnership with Tablet Magazine. For Hebrew episodes, see סיפור ישראלי, or go to our website: israelstory.org

Israel Story is an award-winning podcast that tells true stories you won't hear on the news. Hosted by Mishy Harman, the bi-weekly show brings you extraordinary tales about ordinary Israelis. The show is produced in partnership with Tablet Magazine. For Hebrew episodes, see סיפור ישראלי, or go to our website: israelstory.org

Location:

Jerusalem, Israel

Description:

Israel Story is an award-winning podcast that tells true stories you won't hear on the news. Hosted by Mishy Harman, the bi-weekly show brings you extraordinary tales about ordinary Israelis. The show is produced in partnership with Tablet Magazine. For Hebrew episodes, see סיפור ישראלי, or go to our website: israelstory.org

Twitter:

@israelstory

Language:

English


Episodes

Free Bonus: Behind the Scenes of “Pigging Out”

10/20/2021
You probably never thought that an innocent story about the history of the pig industry in Israel would be upended by a massive exposé revealing decades of pedophilia and abuse. Think again. While making our previous episode, a seemingly unrelated news expose had massive implications for a nearly-completed story. Naomi Schneider edited and scored this special with music from Blue Dot Sessions. Sela Waisblum created the mix. Stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and by...

Duration:00:16:01

69: Pigging Out

10/11/2021
BLTs and pork chops are not the first things that come to mind when you think about Israel. But, as it turns out, the Holy Land and swines go way back. In today’s episode, we go down a piggish path to encounter this most unlikely of Israeli animals. Stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and by signing up for our newsletter at israelstory.org/newsletter/. For more, head to our site or Tablet Magazine. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:01:11:51

68: No Place Like Home

9/27/2021
Sukkot is the Jewish holiday of temporary homes. And in our episode today we hear two very different stories - the first about one of Israel's most popular children's books and the second about a South Sudanese asylum seeker. But both of them are, deep down, about the same thing - making a home. Stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and by signing up for our newsletter at israelstory.org/newsletter/. For more, head to our site or Tablet Magazine. See acast.com/privacy...

Duration:01:04:30

Free Bonus: How Estee Got Her Zumba Back

9/14/2021
In our season opener - 'A Day at the Y' - we heard from forty-nine people hailing from eleven different countries. But we actually spoke to hundreds and hundreds of folks, whose stories you didn't get to hear. One of them was Estee Rose, the sport center's customer experience manager and a local Zumba icon. And we didn't tell her story because our friend Shaina Shealy had already done so, beautifully, on the wonderful podcast "Snap Judgment." So as a special bonus, we are re-airing it just...

Duration:00:37:30

67: A Day at the Y

9/6/2021
What many of us missed most during the pandemic was a sense of community. So, for our Season Six opener, we went to a place which is all about community - in fact, it's even called a community center - to find out what it feels like when a diverse community tries to regroup. Stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and by signing up for our newsletter at israelstory.org/newsletter/. For more, head to our site or Tablet Magazine. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out...

Duration:01:14:29

And... We're Back!

9/1/2021
At the end of a sweltering summer, and just in time for the New Year, we are coming back! Season Six Starts next week. Join us for yet another wonderful Israel Story journey. Here's a little taste of what's coming your way. Stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and by signing up for our newsletter at israelstory.org/newsletter/. For more, head to our site or Tablet Magazine. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:04:21

Bonus: Jews on First

8/3/2021
Israel has already won three olympic medals in Tokyo 2020. And what’s more, there are still several other Israeli athletes who could end up on the podium, including - of course - the Israeli baseball team. So, as a good luck charm, we’re re-releasing our season five episode, Game Changer, which aired in January 2021, and tells the complicated story of the Israeli national baseball team. Stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and by signing up for our newsletter at...

Duration:00:38:02

Bonus: A Land of Promises - A Passover Special

3/25/2021
As people around the world gather for (both real and virtual) Seders, we share a sneak preview of our upcoming season. A haunting tale of an exodus from Egypt and a quest for a place to call home. Zev Levi scored and sound designed this piece, with music from Blue Dot Sessions. Sela Waisblum created the mix. Thanks to our wonderful dubbers, David Satran and Karni Arkin. The end song is Aviv ("Spring"), written by Rachel Bluwstein, composed by Nissim Shuval and sung - in a rare 1967...

Duration:00:43:22

Bonus: "America"

3/16/2021
This is the time of year when all our producers are out and about, travelling around the country, interviewing people, and preparing the stories we’ll hear next season. But since we never like to be out of touch for too long, we wanted to share a little treat - Amichai Chasson’s poem, “America,” translated from Hebrew by Vivian Eden, and read by Mishael Zion. Also, please fill out our listener survey and help shape the future of our show! We want to hear from you! Simply head to...

Duration:00:06:40

Bonus: R&R, Revisited

2/8/2021
On Friday morning, Rut Dayan passed away, a month and a day shy of her 104th birthday. And in celebration of her long, meaningful and impactful life, we replay R&R - a story of an improbable friendship from our 2016 episode Besties. Stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and by signing up for our newsletter at israelstory.org/newsletter/. For more, head to our site or Tablet Magazine. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:18:38

We Want To Hear From You!

1/31/2021
We want your feedback! Please fill out our listener survey. Head to israelstory.org/survey and help us keep the show free. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:01:05

66: Game Changer

1/29/2021
With the fate of the 2020 - now 2021 - Tokyo Olympic Games still up in the air, our season finale tells the story of a dream to introduce a sport to a nation, and a nation to a sport. But it is a dream made up of as many tears of pain and disappointment as it is of joy and triumph. Joel Shupack scored and sound-designed the episode with music from Blue Dot Sessions. Sela Waisblum created the mix. The episode’s end song is Lifney She’Yigamer (“Before it Ends”) by Idan Raichel. Stay...

Duration:00:51:48

65: The Stories We Killed

1/26/2021
Like everything else in life, stories die. And, more often than not, we are the killers. Today we give you a behind-the-scenes peek into some of the stories you didn't get to hear this year. Skyler Inman produced this episode, and Zev Levi scored it with music from Blue Dot Sessions. Alicia Vergara created the artwork for the episode. The end song, Chalom Kehe (‘Dark Dream’), is by Assaf Amdursky. Stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and by signing up for our newsletter...

Duration:00:27:31

64: Tell Saki - Part II

1/21/2021
We conclude our two-part Tell Saki story by returning to the soldiers after the battle and following their respective journeys - full of pain and regret, but also full of longing and camaraderie - in the years since the Yom Kippur War. Yochai Maital produced, scored and sound-designed the episode. Mishy Harman edited it. Sela Waisblum created the mix. Thanks to our dubbers - Shlomo Maital, Boaz Dekel, Suri Krieger, Shai Avivi and Dror Keren. Thanks also to the Friendship and Heritage...

Duration:00:57:09

Bonus: The Bus Driver Who Wanted To Be God, Revisited

1/12/2021
As a little respite from the intensity of war explored in our two-part Tell Saki series, we replay a short piece of fiction by our beloved Etgar Keret. And, as a special bonus, we include highlights of a conversation we held with Etgar during lockdown. The Facebook Live event was produced by Marie Röder and Yoshi Fields, with music from Blue Dot Sessions. Alicia Vergara created the artwork for the episode. Thanks to Julie Subrin and Or Matias. The end song, Atid Matok (‘Sweet Future’), is...

Duration:00:24:16

63: Tell Saki - Part I

1/5/2021
We embark on a two-episode journey back to the 1973 Yom Kippur War, and specifically to one small hill - a dormant volcanic tell - in the southern Golan Heights. There, we follow a group of young IDF soldiers who, trapped in a small bunker for thirty-six hours, went to hell and back. Yochai Maital produced, scored and sound-designed the episode. Mishy Harman edited it. Sela Waisblum created the mix. Thanks to the Friendship and Heritage Foundation, an NGO set up by the survivors of Tell...

Duration:01:02:59

Bonus: The Most Beautiful Book Ever Written, Revisited

1/1/2021
On the very first day of 2021, when so many of us are busy making New Year’s resolutions and embarking on new and hopeful journeys, we re-air one of our favorite stories, all about a quixotic, improbable, yet inherently optimistic, search for love. Dana Ruttenberg read the story. Thanks to Mitra Kaboli, Paul Ruest and Julie Subrin. The end song, Ha’Hizayon Le’Francisco Goya (‘The Epiphany of Francisco Goya’) is by Ehud Banai, with lyrics by Pinchas Sadeh. Stay connected with us on...

Duration:00:24:49

62: Round Trip

12/24/2020
Many of us would normally be on the move around this time of year. But 2020 has, of course, been everything but normal. So in our episode today, we bring you two less-than-normal travel stories about people going back home - but doing so having gained a new understanding of the place from which they come. Zev Levi and Yochai Maital scored and sound-designed the episode with music from Blue Dot Sessions and Shane Ivers. Sela Waisblum created the mix. Thanks to Abby Neuschatz, Scarlett De...

Duration:00:55:45

Bonus: The Queen Rania Tree, Revisited

12/15/2020
As a special Hanukkah treat, and just before we enter the final stretch of the season, we travel back in time to revisit - and update - one of our all-time favorite episodes, “The Queen Rania Tree.” The original story was reported, produced and scored by Shoshi Shmuluvitz, with music from Podington Bear. The update was produced by Skyler Inman, Yoshi Fields and Marie Röder. The end song, “Seen,” is by Tzachi Halevi and Lucy Aharish. It was written and composed by Diane Warren and produced...

Duration:00:36:30

Bonus: The Pitcher, Revisited

12/11/2020
In celebration of Hanukkah, we revisit - and update - one of our fan favorites. An episode that - much like the tale of Hanukkah itself - is all about a miraculous jug of liquid. The original music in ‘The Pitcher’ was composed and performed by Ari Jacob. Sela Waisblum mixed the episode, and Zev Levi edited the re-release. The end song, Orot (“Lights”) is by Avrharam Tal. Stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and by signing up for our newsletter at...

Duration:00:39:40