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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.

    Keep Calm and Bagel On

    Keep Calm and Bagel On

    This week (and for the foreseeable future) Erin and Esther are chilling at home while they social distance. Topics include catching up on what they're binging; sharing the best "Schoolhouse Rock" songs to teach kids while stuck at home; "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" songs to wash your hands to and the possibilities of Jewish life via Zoom.


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    • 54 min
    The Power of Pickles, Purim & Playlists

    The Power of Pickles, Purim & Playlists

    After spending a restrained 9 minutes on "Hunters," Esther and Erin SNAP OUT OF IT by getting "Moonstruck" before landing in a pickle over "Crossing Delancey." Later, the bagels tackle an array of topics including Purim costumes, how "Steel Magnolias" reminds us of the Jewish community, and why "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist" doesn't have us singing along in unison.





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    • 47 min
    Say Shalom to My Little Friends: Pacino Heads Band of Nazi Hunters in New Amazon Series

    Say Shalom to My Little Friends: Pacino Heads Band of Nazi Hunters in New Amazon Series

    Nazis in America? A group of diverse Nazi-hunters led by Al Pacino? Audiences are split on "Hunters," Amazon Prime's latest series from David Weil and produced by Jordan Peele.

    CAUTION: This episode contains spoilers from Episode 1 of "Hunters" because Erin is a loose cannon and it's conversationally helpful, but (mostly) refrains from other spoilers because Esther's committed to your experience as a potential viewer.

    • 50 min
    Will You Be Our Bageltine?

    Will You Be Our Bageltine?

    In honor of the made-up Hallmark holiday of love, Erin and Esther talk Valentines, Galentines, Shabbat-o-grams and unrealistic romantic expectations (thanks, rom-coms!). We're also celebrating Nora Ephron and "Booksmart," remembering mortifying moments, considering the potential for a "First Wives' Club" sequel and more.

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    • 52 min
    May The Fandoms Be With You

    May The Fandoms Be With You

    "THEY WERE ON A BREAK!" But now Erin and Esther are back, talking fandoms, including "Star Wars," "The West Wing" & "Friends." Esther shares notes from her "Star Wars & Judaism" presentation at Limmud Seattle while Erin bids a fond, fan farewell to "The West Wing Weekly" podcast. Plus, David Schwimmer's comments on "Friends" political incorrectness and Batwoman's continued love for, but absence of details about, her Bat Mitzvah. 


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    • 45 min
    We'd Like to Thank the Academy (and Make It More Diverse)

    We'd Like to Thank the Academy (and Make It More Diverse)

    As the Oscars approach, Esther and Erin called in civilian expert and Oscar blogger Jodi Berman Kustanovich (bermanoscarblog.blogspot.com), to talk nominations, predictions, and Hollywood's attitude toward diversity. Plus, "Jojo Rabbit," how Holocaust stories are told on-screen and why they win Oscars, and awaiting the return of the #MakeMoviesJewish hashtag game. And an exploration of musical episodes of television, inspired by NBC's latest musical series "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist." 

    • 56 min

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