100 episodes

The Bagel Report is a pop-culture entertainment podcast featuring award-winning culture and entertainment writers Esther D. Kustanowitz and Erin Ben-Moche. Each episode, these entertainment junkies discuss all things Jewish in the arts & entertainment world while exploring how Jewish identity is portrayed on the big and small screen. Follow us on social @estherk and @ebenmoche and on Twitter and Facebook @TheBagelReport .

The Bagel Report Esther D. Kustanowitz and Erin Ben-Moche

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 20 Ratings

The Bagel Report is a pop-culture entertainment podcast featuring award-winning culture and entertainment writers Esther D. Kustanowitz and Erin Ben-Moche. Each episode, these entertainment junkies discuss all things Jewish in the arts & entertainment world while exploring how Jewish identity is portrayed on the big and small screen. Follow us on social @estherk and @ebenmoche and on Twitter and Facebook @TheBagelReport .

    Comedian Rob Kutner on Ant-Man Memoir and God's Gang

    Comedian Rob Kutner on Ant-Man Memoir and God's Gang

    This week, the Bagels are joined in the virtual studio by Emmy-winning comedian Rob Kutner. He shares his experiences writing on Conan and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, as well as how he ghostwrote Marvel's meta-novel, Look Out for the Little Guy. Kutner also updates Erin and Esther on his latest project, God's Gang, a multicultural kid's series about superheroes, unity and peace.
     
    Check out these links:
    God's Gang: Full Episode
    God's Gang Website 
    Look Out for the Little Guy Trailer 
    More on Rob Kutner!

    • 40 min
    Our Enthusiasm has Been Curbed

    Our Enthusiasm has Been Curbed

    What a week: Curb Your Enthusiasm ended, Alex Edelman's Just For Us dropped on Max, and We Were The Lucky Ones, Dinner with the Parents, and tons of other shows are keeping TV Jewy. This week Esther and Erin tackle the big questions: who's worse, Larry David or the Seinfeld Four? Why do LD's friends tolerate him? And why wasn't there more of a tribute to Richard Lewis? And to top it all off, Passover's coming...and we've got playlists and parodies and haggadahs, oh my!
    Check out these Links!
    Curb's Last Day on Set
    Dinner with The Parents Trailer 
    Lena Dunham Learns She's Jewish 
    Can You Feel the Dayen-ergy? Esther's Kenough Passover
    Kveller's Passover Parody Contest
    Passover Playlist from Mike Boberg of The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati 
    And his Purim playlist
    Raymond Simonson's Playlist to an Exodus
     

    Crazy Ex-Girlfriend audio haggadah
    playlist
    episode that explains the playlist

     
    More Passover pop culture from Esther:
    Heroes Haggadah
    Schitt's Creek Haggadah

    • 46 min
    Bagels & Brous: Mending Broken Hearts w/ Rabbi Sharon Brous

    Bagels & Brous: Mending Broken Hearts w/ Rabbi Sharon Brous

    This week, the Bagels were joined by Rabbi Sharon Brous, the founder of IKAR in Los Angeles. Esther and Erin asked questions about Brous' new book, "The Amen Effect: Ancient Wisdom to Mend Our Broken Hearts and World." The bagels and Brous touched on the value of community in the darkest of times while also finding moments of joy. The Bagels also recapped the Oscars and Rabbi Brous joined in on a pop-culture speed round. 
    You can find The Amen Effect at a bookstore --virtual or in-person-- near you.
    Check out these links:
    Erin's Oscar Coverage
    Rabbi Sharon Brous' Ted Talk 
     
     

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Dune Discourse and Oscar Prep

    Dune Discourse and Oscar Prep

    This week Erin shares her journey to the 96th Academy Awards and tries to explain all 2 hours and 46 minutes of Dune: Part 2 to Esther. Later, Esther and Erin remember comedian Richard Lewis who passed away last week at the age of 76. Esther recalls his recent Curb Your Enthusiasm cameos and other famous roles as well as his impact on comedy. 
    Check out these links:

    Follow Erin's Oscar coverage here (kfiam640.iheart.com)
    ‘Dune 2’ is set thousands of years in the future — so why does it feel like a parable about Gaza?
    Is ‘Dune’ a Retelling of the Passover Story?
    Murtaza Hussain & Yair Rosenberg on The Daily Show


    The Ally 
     
        

    • 37 min
    Hollywood's Current Zone of Interest: The Holocaust

    Hollywood's Current Zone of Interest: The Holocaust

    Perhaps in honor of January's Holocaust Remembrance Day, or perhaps in anticipation of March's Oscars and May's Yom Hashoah — it's never the wrong time to #NeverForget. This week the Bagels talk about the influx of Holocaust-themed movies and TV shows like The New Look, A Small Light, Transatlantic and the upcoming One Life, The Tattooist of Auschwitz and We Were the Lucky Ones.  Erin saw The Zone of Interest during an L.A. flood warning and Esther took a virtual tour of Auschwitz. The two discuss what the trend in Holocaust content means and how it affects antisemitism and Jewish representation.  Plus, Schindler's List is 30; a delayed news brief about the Shabbat on Broadway event that seemed to come out of nowhere; and Susie and Jeff have a Curb Your Enthusiasm podcast.
    Check out these links: Six Million Voices 
    Difficult People 

    The New Look Coco Chanel's Nazi History 

    Schindler's List Oral History -- The Hollywood Reporter 
    Seinfeld Schindler's List Scene

    Shabbat on Broadway 

    Curb Your Enthusiasm Podcast 
    Hadassah Magazine The Wolf Hunt 
     

     

    • 53 min
    Carbing Our Enthusiasm

    Carbing Our Enthusiasm

    Get it? Cause we're bagels...Grab a cup of spite and a dry scone because this week the bagels are talking about the final season of Larry David's Curb Your Enthusiasm. This episode has everything: guest stars, fan contributions, the Holocaust and Elmo.  Let us know what you think of the 12th season of the series, which is now available on HBO and MAX.
     
    Check out these links!
    A Real Pain
    The Floaters
    ElmoGate
    Larry David Defends ElmoGate on Seth Meyers
    Larry Latte Pop-Up

     

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

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20 Ratings

20 Ratings

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I listened to my first episode of the podcast The Bagel Report and loved it. Esther D. Kustanowitz and Erin Ben-Moche are smart, insightful, and funny about all pop culture things with a Jewish slant. Looking forward to hearing more episodes!

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