61 episodes

Yonit Levi of Channel 12 Israel and Jonathan Freedland of The Guardian are two Jews on the news. Each week on the podcast, Levi in Tel Aviv and Freedland in London give their take on developments in politics and life in Israel, the US, the UK and around the world. Since they’re Jews, you can expect to hear far more than two opinions at any given time.

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    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 117 Ratings

Yonit Levi of Channel 12 Israel and Jonathan Freedland of The Guardian are two Jews on the news. Each week on the podcast, Levi in Tel Aviv and Freedland in London give their take on developments in politics and life in Israel, the US, the UK and around the world. Since they’re Jews, you can expect to hear far more than two opinions at any given time.

    Coalition Crisis, AIPAC and an Interview with Mayim Bialik

    Coalition Crisis, AIPAC and an Interview with Mayim Bialik

    Israel's PM Naftali Bennett hoped to silence his government’s swan song - but the music is getting louder by the moment, with a surprising exit stage left of the coalition, possibly giving Netanyahu the one-up he needed.

    We discuss the great replacement theory, how the world viewed one funeral in Jerusalem, and why everyone is talking about AIPAC.

    And this week we are joined by special guest Mayim Bialik, actress and host of "Jeopardy!", who tells us how Jewish mourning rituals influenced her directorial debut, the film "As They Made Us"; shares her experiences as a pro-Israel actress in Hollywood; plus - helps us determine once and for all: is Jonathan Freedland a geek or a nerd?

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    The death of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh during an IDF raid in the Palestinian city of Jenin has shifted the international spotlight back on Israel. Yonit and Jonathan discuss the contradicting narratives and the implications of this tragedy for both sides.

    In the meantime, the Bennett-Lapid coalition is keeping its head above water for now, but the answer to whether it makes it to safe shores or drowns is still pending. 

    For dessert, we hope you don’t mind a dish served cold - as our mensch of the week award is an excuse for a bit of revenge against a certain English co-host....

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    Field Commander Cohen – with special guest Matti Friedman

    Field Commander Cohen – with special guest Matti Friedman

    **This episode was recorded before the terror attack in central Israel**

    On Israel's Independence Day, Yonit and Jonathan talk to award winning author Matti Friedman about his new book, "Who By Fire: Leonard Cohen in the Sinai", in which he details the extraordinary episode of Cohen's musical tour during the Yom Kippur war.

    In the shadow of the Roe v. Wade row in the U.S. - how do Judaism and Israel view abortions. Why Israel in practice is more liberal on abortions than the U.S.

    Plus – we discuss Israel's slowly shifting its position on Ukraine, and which country (yes, a whole country!) receives the mensch award of the week?

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    Supernova - with special guest Ronan Farrow

    Supernova - with special guest Ronan Farrow

    Yonit and Jonathan are back from Passover break and seder with a lot on their plate –

    We tackle Israeli PM Naftali Bennett's huge takeout bill, the results of the French Presidential election through the eyes of French Jews and French expats in Israel, and our mutual addiction to the series WeCrashed about Israeli entrepreneur Adam Neumann.

    We're joined by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Ronan Farrow to discuss his recent piece for The New Yorker on NSO group, his groundbreaking reporting on the Harvey Weinstein case, his experiences in Jerusalem, and what it’s like to be a college student at age of 11.

    We also discuss Jonathan's new book coming out in June, "The Escape Artist" – the story of the man who broke out of Auschwitz to warn the world.

    You can pre order the book here:

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Conversations We Love: Kara Swisher

    Conversations We Love: Kara Swisher

    Just before they return from Passover break, Yonit and Jonathan revisit their conversation with Kara Swisher, the most influential tech journalist in the world. They discuss the big tech companies and their accountability (or lack thereof), U.S. politics, the success of Israeli tech companies, and tips on how to co-host a podcast…

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    • 36 min
    Conversations We Love: Yuval Noah Harari

    Conversations We Love: Yuval Noah Harari

    For Passover, Yonit and Jonathan revisit their conversation with intellectual icon Yuval Noah Harari. 
    They discuss the future of humans, pandemics, climate change, corporations vs. governments, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, trans rights, and Yuval shares his secret of success…

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    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
117 Ratings

117 Ratings

Ramni24 ,

Correction

I absolutely love your podcast. Listen to it religiously during my runs.

Just a small error jhabvala was born in Germany. Not india. She married an Indian of Iranian origin and then moved there.

Can’t wait for more episodes.

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LOVE this podcast!

Smart, pointed discussions and interviews. Recommended!

BelleAm ,

On Jews and basketball

I love this podcast, it’s like NPR for Jews. I love the international perspective, especially, being in the US. It’s my Friday morning treat. But… What you two don’t know about basketball’s Jewish history is a lot. Basketball wasn’t invented by the Jews. It was invented in Springfield, Massachusetts, by a Christian man who was trying to offer a sport to (Christian) boys and young men that they could play during the cold New England winters. Basketball was his solution. (Today, Springfield is home to the Basketball Hall of Fame.) Springfield is a medium-sized city. Before long, the game became popular there, and was carried to larger cities — Boston, NYC, Philadelphia — where it caught on among the children of late-19th and early-20th century immigrants. Especially the ones in poorer neighborhoods. Including Jewish ones. Long story short: prior to the NBA, there were not only Jewish leagues, but predominantly Jewish teams were playing non-Jewish teams. Those Jewish teams’ uniforms sometimes had Hebrew letters on them, and the Magen David. Jewish players invented some well-known NBA moves, that non-Jews labeled as “Jew ball,” because they helped some of the shorter players maneuver around taller ones. (Not all Jewish players were short, just to explode that stereotype.) Jewish players were dominant in basketball from the 1920s through about the early 1950s. A fun, if minor, documentary on this subject, from 2010 iirc, is called “The First Basket,” and you should try to find it. The title refers to the first basket in the then-new NBA having been made by a Jew. The film features interviews with quite a few of the early players. There are a couple of books out about Jews in basketball, but from what I’ve read, there are some inaccuracies in them. Anyway, enough with the “Jews can’t jump” jokes, please. And keep up the fine work on the podcast. I even love the theme music.

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