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An inside view of how Israel can warm your heart and make your blood boil. It’s a show by a journalist, a professor and an NGO professional who live in and love Israel even though it drives them crazy, and who each week discuss the latest in Israeli politics, culture, and society.

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An inside view of how Israel can warm your heart and make your blood boil. It’s a show by a journalist, a professor and an NGO professional who live in and love Israel even though it drives them crazy, and who each week discuss the latest in Israeli politics, culture, and society.

    The “Challenging Assumptions” Edition

    The “Challenging Assumptions” Edition

    Is former US Ambassador to Israel, Martin Indyk, right that America needs to wean itself off the dream of bringing peace to the Middle East? Do Israelis really vote by straight class-interests, proving identity politics less powerful than we think? Is it finally time to get religion out of politics?

    • 1 hr 24 min
    The “Tube and Other Boobs” Edition

    The “Tube and Other Boobs” Edition

    Do the recently united Meretz and Labor-Gesher parties actually agree about anything? What do we make of the unity agreement between 3 of the 4 right-wing parties that leaves the far-right, neo-Kahanists to run on their own? Are reality shows political activism by other means?

    • 1 hr 22 min
    The “There Will Be Blood” Edition

    The “There Will Be Blood” Edition

    What's all the fracas over an interview with a sociologists who says Israeli “liberals” are the least tolerant folks? Is “activist journalism” what we need in an age of “fake news”? Should HMOs be providing free tests of “ritual purity” to religious women who want it?

    • 1 hr 20 min
    The “Pipe Dreams?” Edition

    The “Pipe Dreams?” Edition

    Should the Left unite before the upcoming elections? What are we to make of Palestinian President Abbas’s odd & moving decision to republish a memoir by an Iraqi-Israeli author? And an activist campaign against the new natural gas pipeline calling everyone liars? %URL%

    • 1 hr 22 min
    The “The Decade Surveyed” Edition

    The “The Decade Surveyed” Edition

    We discuss 1) the decision by the Religious Bayit ha-Yehudi party to run in these elections with the far-right Jewish Might party 2) a TV expose debunking claims that kids were kidnapped from immigrant parents in the '50s 3) the most important people, events and trends of the past decade

    • 1 hr 26 min
    The “Gettin’ Schooled!” Edition

    The “Gettin’ Schooled!” Edition

    We discuss 1) the Likud primaries which Netanyahu will almost certainly win 2) why young Israelis did so poorly on international standardized tests and what it says about our future 3) a controversy over the decision by a Tel Aviv high school to have boys sit with boys and girls sit with girls during a meeting with religious kids visiting from other schools

    • 1 hr 17 min

Customer Reviews

David J Bee ,

Witty, informative & authentic

Noah and his talented team share their perspectives on current events in israel and challenge listeners to see things differently. I enjoy it weekly even though I live in Canada and not Greece.

Golomar ,

Bound and gagged and loving every minute of it!

One of the first podcasts I listen to every week, The Promised Podcast will always have at least one item (if not all three) that will make you sit up and take notice if only because I can almost guarantee no one else is talking about Israel in quite the same colourful language that emanates weekly from host Noah Ephron and his band of regulars on this TLV1 podcast. And when the weekly podcast winds up with the "What a Country" segment, I am always ready to kvell with pride because of something the host and guests have found to renew their faith in that funny, little country we call Eretz Yisroel.

Acchaladka ,

Enflueghed and ensorcelled

The single most reliably interesting, entertaining work which Natalie Portman has ever done, and frankly, the supporting cast also makes me deeply happy each week with a combination of too-short deep / interesting debates and music I didn't know I liked. Also, the very best radio show you can find in English on Israeli politics culture and events. Put together by an extraordinary group, this keeps my connection alive too, and I'm grateful, actually damn grateful for this show. Damnit.

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