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The Bagel Report is a pop-culture entertainment podcast featuring Jewish Journal Contributing Writer Esther D. Kustanowitz and Digital Content Manager 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.

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

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The Bagel Report is a pop-culture entertainment podcast featuring Jewish Journal Contributing Writer Esther D. Kustanowitz and Digital Content Manager 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.

    Mindy and Mandy Moved Us While Oscars Snoozed Us

    Mindy and Mandy Moved Us While Oscars Snoozed Us

    After briefly breaking down the Oscars, the Bagels compare it to the Jewish community after COVID (of course) and wonder if the trailers for "In The Heights" and "West Side Story" are too similar. Erin's looking forward to the Steven Spielberg remake of "West Side Story;" Esther's looking forward to being less confused about where to find which movies and TV shows. Erin invents the term "platon-com" to describe the upcoming Tiffany Haddish & Billy Crystal movie, "Here Today." The upcoming season of "Never Have I Ever" (created by Mindy Kaling) renews the conversation about Jewish stereotyping and invoking the Holocaust; and we talk about Erin's favorite interview subject Mandy Patinkin's discovery on "Finding Your Roots."

     

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    • 38 min
    Shtisel, Shiva and Donny Oy Vey!

    Shtisel, Shiva and Donny Oy Vey!

    What do shivas and b'nai mitzvah have in common? Bagels, of course, and this week, it's the new films "Shiva Baby" and "Donny's Bar Mitzvah" that are getting The Bagel Report treatment. While one film is subtle and intense, the other takes caricature to 11. The Bagels review them both and reflect on their own b'nai mitzvah and shiva experiences. Esther wants more character and content and less caricature, while Erin looks back on her Detroit-area bat mitzvah years with nostalgia and horror. Plus, the pair reflect on their Passover experiences, talk about the popularity of the "'Schitt's Creek' Haggadah" and get into some "Shtisel," which Erin still can't sit down and watch.
     
    Links:
    -Check out Esther's "Schitt's Creek" Haggadah 
    -From ‘Shtisel’ to ‘Tiger King,’ the secret TV bingeing pleasures of America’s Jewish clergy
    "Shiva Baby"
    "Donny's Bar Mitzvah"
    "On the Spectrum" 



     

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    • 50 min
    #ReleasetheSederCut

    #ReleasetheSederCut

    Sorry listeners, Esther and Erin don't have time to recap the 4-hour-long Snyder Cut this week because they have to prepare for Passover!!! Realizing they're still not ready, they stall and talk about Passover's past and share traditions, stories, special foods and other influences that define the holiday for their respective families. They also discuss crossover possibilities between Passover and popular culture. Later they take a moment to remember their colleague, entertainment writer Gerri Miller, who died on March 14. 
     
    Links
    Night at the Museum clip
    Easy Farfel Muffin Recipe
    Remembering Gerri Miller
    Stop AAPI Hate
     

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    • 52 min
    The Bagel Report: The Podcast: The Series w/ Julia Lester!

    The Bagel Report: The Podcast: The Series w/ Julia Lester!

    The Bagels welcome Julia Lester, one of the stars of "High School Musical: The Musical: The Series." After some getting-to-know-you conversations and Jewish geography, we talk about her character Ashlyn on the Disney+ reboot and what it's like to be a part of the 15-year-old franchise. Erin geeks out with Julia over a cappella connections and Esther does her best to understand nostalgia for a show she never watched. Plus, a speed round of questions delving into favorite Broadway shows, bat mitzvah themes and beyond!!
     
    Relevant Links:
    "Wondering" Music Video
    "HSMTMTS" Season 1 Trailer
    Hanukkah Medley from "High School Musical: The Musical: The Holiday Special"
    Follow Julia Lester on Instagram and Twitter! 
     

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    • 48 min
    Sacha, Sorkin, Schitt & Shtisel: The Golden Globes and Beyond

    Sacha, Sorkin, Schitt & Shtisel: The Golden Globes and Beyond

    After acknowledging the first anniversary of COVID hitting America, the Bagels are not getting ready for the Holiday of Matzah and are reviewing the Golden Globes. From virtual awards shows to what's newy and Jewy, Esther and Erin explore pop culture through their particular Jewish lens: highlighting the career of Shira Haas, sending good wishes to Gal Gadot & looking forward to the return of "Shtisel'' in late March.
     
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    • 29 min
    Exploring the Rise and Fall of Stan Lee with 'True Believer' Author Abraham Riesman

    Exploring the Rise and Fall of Stan Lee with 'True Believer' Author Abraham Riesman

    Everybody knows Stan Lee, but nobody knows Stan Lee— except people like critically-acclaimed writer Abraham Riesman, who has written a new book about the late Marvel Comics founder. Riesman joins the Bagels to discuss  "True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee," which shatters fans' assumptions about the life of the man who started out as Stanley Lieber. 
     
    Riesman also provides background on comic book fandom and culture, questions Jewish characters in Marvel universe and asks if we go too far in looking for Jewish themes and identity in comic book superheroes and their stories. Later, Esther talks trauma as a crucible for storytelling and Erin reveals a surprising turn in her "WandaVision" fandom. 
     
    Relavent Links:
    Find his book here.
    Follow Riesman on Twitter @abrahamjoseph
    Check out his latest WandaVision Recaps here!
     

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    • 52 min

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