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People of the Pod is a weekly podcast analyzing global affairs through a Jewish lens, brought to you by AJC. Hosts Seffi Kogen and Manya Brachear Pashman examine current events, the people driving them, and what it all means for the Jewish people and Israel.

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People of the Pod is a weekly podcast analyzing global affairs through a Jewish lens, brought to you by AJC. Hosts Seffi Kogen and Manya Brachear Pashman examine current events, the people driving them, and what it all means for the Jewish people and Israel.

    The Biden Administration Gets Underway and Post-Inauguration Reflections

    The Biden Administration Gets Underway and Post-Inauguration Reflections

    One day after inauguration, we sit down with AJC Chief Policy and Political Affairs Officer Jason Isaacson to discuss President Joe Biden’s inaugural address and what to expect from the new administration. Then, we hear from AJC Senior Director of Policy and Political Affairs Julie Fishman Rayman on how to engage with those with whom we disagree, Manya Brachear Pashman on President Biden’s call for truth and his condemnation of white supremacy, and Seffi Kogen on the photo of Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) that launched a million memes.
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    Episode Lineup: 
    (0:41) Jason Isaacson
    (16:10) Julie Fishman Rayman
    (19:26) Manya Brachear Pashman
    (21:46) Seffi Kogen

    • 25 min
    Inside America’s Far Right; Congressman Ritchie Torres

    Inside America’s Far Right; Congressman Ritchie Torres

    This week, we sit down with Daniel Lombroso, director of The Atlantic’s first feature documentary, White Noise, an inside story of the far right in America. Lombroso, who spent four years with the leaders of white supremacist and antisemitic movements, joins us to discuss how that period informs his perspective on the horrific events of January 6 at the United States Capitol and the ensuing fallout. Then, if you missed our special episode yesterday, freshman Congressman Ritchie Torres (D-NY) shares his reflections on the antisemitism, racism, and white supremacy he witnessed on January 6; impeachment proceedings in Congress; and how the nation can move forward. 
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    Episode Lineup: 
    (0:40) Daniel Lombroso
    (24:42) Ritchie Torres
    (39:11) Holly Huffnagle
    (41:50) Manya Brachear Pashman
    (44:44) Seffi Kogen
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    Show Notes:
    White Noise on Amazon Prime Video: https://www.amazon.com/White-Noise-Lauren-Southern/dp/B08M5XPRLT
    White Noise on Apple TV: https://tv.apple.com/us/movie/white-noise/umc.cmc.6m36k2zgurb8lhdg4na0nw55s

    • 48 min
    A Special Conversation with Congressman Ritchie Torres

    A Special Conversation with Congressman Ritchie Torres

    Tune in for an exclusive conversation with freshman Congressman Ritchie Torres (D-NY) about the horrific events of January 6 at the United States Capitol. Listen as he shares his reflections on the antisemitism, racism, and white supremacy he witnessed that day; impeachment proceedings in Congress; and how the nation can move forward. 
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    Show notes:
    We must not ignore the presence of antisemitism in the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol - Instagram post: https://www.instagram.com/p/CJywbSQLJuV/

    • 16 min
    Ambassador Daniel Shapiro on Biden's Foreign Policy; Responding to the Attack on the Capitol

    Ambassador Daniel Shapiro on Biden's Foreign Policy; Responding to the Attack on the Capitol

    Earlier this week, we spoke to former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro, who served alongside President-elect Joe Biden in the Obama administration and was an advisor to his presidential campaign. Ambassador Shapiro broke down what we can expect from the Biden administration when it comes to Israel, Iran, the Palestinians, and the Abraham Accords. Then, as our nation reels from Wednesday’s mob attack on the United States Capitol, AJC Director of Contemporary Jewish Life Dr. Laura Shaw Frank, Manya Brachear Pashman, and Seffi Kogen share their reactions to the riots on Shabbat Table Talk.
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    Episode Lineup: 
    (00:40) Daniel Shapiro
    (23:17) Laura Shaw Frank
    (26:48) Manya Brachear Pashman
    (29:29) Seffi Kogen
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    Show Notes:
    12/17 Episode with UN Mideast Envoy Nickolay Mladenov: https://www.ajc.org/news/podcast/un-mideast-envoy-nickolay-mladenov-celebrating-hanukkah

    • 34 min
    Georgia Runoff Elections and Tackling Hate in America

    Georgia Runoff Elections and Tackling Hate in America

    This week, Atlanta Journal-Constitution political reporter Greg Bluestein joins us to break down the January 5 runoff elections in Georgia that will decide which party controls the United States Senate. Next, we hear from Melanie Maron Pell, AJC’s Managing Director of Regional Offices, on an antisemitic attack over this Hanukkah at the University of Kentucky and the importance of passing the NO HATE act, Manya Brachear Pashman on the new Wonder Woman movie, and Seffi Kogen on two Israeli TV recommendation

    • 31 min
    UN Mideast Envoy Nickolay Mladenov; Celebrating Hanukkah

    UN Mideast Envoy Nickolay Mladenov; Celebrating Hanukkah

    As United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov works to stave off escalations, speak up against violence, and promote peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Before he leaves his posting, Mladenov joins us on People of the Pod to reflect on his vital work. Then, AJC's Director of Interreligious and Intergroup Relations Rabbi Noam Marans shares his thoughts on the COVID-19 vaccine, and Manya Brachear Pashman recalls reporting on an attempt to break the world rec

    • 21 min

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