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The Yiddish Book Center's podcast includes conversations with Jewish culture makers, plus news and stories related to Yiddish literature, language, and culture.

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The Yiddish Book Center's podcast includes conversations with Jewish culture makers, plus news and stories related to Yiddish literature, language, and culture.

    Episode 0264: Mendel Osherowitch's Account of Soviet Ukraine in 1932

    Episode 0264: Mendel Osherowitch's Account of Soviet Ukraine in 1932

    Lubomyr Luciuk spoke with The Shmooze about the recent release of his edited volume "How People Live in Soviet Russia: Impressions from a Journey." Newly translated from the Yiddish, the book chronicles journalist Mendel Osherowitch's account of his visit to Soviet Ukraine in 1932 at a time when millions of Ukrainians were dying of starvation in what historians have come to see as a direct result of Soviet policy. The book has been described as "one of the most penetrating and moving accounts of daily life in Ukraine during the famine."

    Episode 0264
    July 2, 2020
    Yiddish Book Center
    Amherst, Massachusetts

    • 30 min
    Episode 0263: Dylan, "Babylon Berlin," and Camus: Seth Rogovoy's Recommendations

    Episode 0263: Dylan, "Babylon Berlin," and Camus: Seth Rogovoy's Recommendations

    This week we decided to ask cultural critic, author, and music enthusiast Seth Rogovoy to share his recommendations on what to read, watch, and listen to--and the list surprised us! From a first review of Bob Dylan's new album to an obscure film and a classic novel, Seth makes the case for why these are his top picks.

    Episode 0263
    June 26, 2020
    Yiddish Book Center
    Amherst, Massachusetts

    • 26 min
    Episode 0262: Yiddish Theater Lab: Reviving the Forgotten Works of the Yiddish Theater

    Episode 0262: Yiddish Theater Lab: Reviving the Forgotten Works of the Yiddish Theater

    "The Shmooze" visited with Adam Immerwahr, artistic director of Theater J, the nation's largest and most prominent Jewish theater, to talk about Theater J's Yiddish Theater Lab. In our conversation, we learn about an upcoming virtual performance from Yiddish Theater Lab--a reading of "One of Those," an epic, proto-feminist drama written by Paula Prilutski and originally presented in Warsaw in 1912, adapted and translated by Allen Lewis Rickman (June 18).

    Episode 0262
    June 12, 2020
    Yiddish Book Center
    Amherst, Massachusetts

    • 23 min
    Episode 0261: Author Elissa Bemporad: "Legacy of Blood"

    Episode 0261: Author Elissa Bemporad: "Legacy of Blood"

    Elissa Bemporad's latest book, "Legacy of Blood," traces the legacies of the two classical and most extreme manifestations of tsarist antisemitism--pogroms and blood libels--in the Soviet Union from 1917 to the early 1960s. Elissa talks with us about what drew her to research and write about this lesser-known history.

    Episode 0261
    June 4, 2020
    Yiddish Book Center
    Amherst, Massachusetts

    • 31 min
    Episode 0260: Yiddish Comes to America: A Collection of Newly Translated Work

    Episode 0260: Yiddish Comes to America: A Collection of Newly Translated Work

    "The Shmooze" catches up with the Yiddish Book Center's director of translation initiatives, Mindl Cohen, to talk about the 2020 "Pakn Treger Digital Translation Issue." This year's anthology of newly translated work includes memoirs, stories, and other works themed to "Yiddish Comes to America." As Mindl explains, "While there are some extremely funny and touching moments in these newly translated works of Yiddish literature, there are very few rosy portrayals of 'di goldene medine,' the golden country of America. Instead, many of these works offer at best a silhouette of the American Dream, set in stark relief against the reality of the experience of immigration."

    Episode 0260
    May 28, 2020
    Yiddish Book Center
    Amherst, Massachusetts

    • 26 min
    Episode 0259: Jewish Film Festival Favorites for Home Streaming

    Episode 0259: Jewish Film Festival Favorites for Home Streaming

    The Shmooze recently caught up with Deb Krivoy, director of the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival (PVJFF), to ask her for a list of past Festival favorites that can be streamed at home. The annual ten-day festival, which features screenings presented at venues across the Pioneer Valley, had to be postponed this year due to the pandemic, so while we wait for it to be rescheduled, we thought it would be fun to share those recommendations with you.

    Episode 0259
    May 15, 2020
    Yiddish Book Center
    Amherst, Massachusetts

    • 30 min

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