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EPISODE 25

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Though few people grasped it at the time, the Six-Day War put the young state of Israel on an entirely new trajectory. Some see the war’s outcome as a historic ...

EPISODE 24

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In 1991, REM’s Michael Stipe famously sang, “That’s me in the spotlight, losing my religion, trying to keep up with you, and I don’t know if I can do it.” ...

EPISODE 23

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Early next week we will mark Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. There are just about 160,000 Holocaust survivors still living in Israel, but they are rapidly vanishing. More than forty ...

EPISODE 22

49:21

It’s springtime in Israel and renewal is in the air: Wildflowers are blooming, short pants make their first appearances of the year, and – most importantly – we are back ...

EPISODE 21

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In the second installment of this two-part series (and our season two finale), we pick up where we left off last week: Presenting small stories – one per decade – ...

EPISODE 20

52:10

This is the first in a two-part series that takes us through Israel’s short but dramatic history. Over the last few months, we’ve spent many hours, in all kinds of ...

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EPISODE 19

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This Thursday, May 5th, Israelis observe Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day.  At 10 a.m., according to custom, an air raid will sound and the country will fall quiet for ...

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EPISODE 18

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On today’s show, we delve into the world of family bonds. We’ll ask how they’re formed, and how they change over time, and are challenged in a bunch of different ...

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EPISODE 17

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Israeli buses regularly make international headlines, be it for suicide bombings, fights over gender segregation or clashes concerning Shabbat schedules. On this week’s episode, we delve into the world of lesser known bus-related conflicts.

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EPISODE 16

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Stories of relationships that have ended, and the things (the often slightly nutty things) that people do in the aftermath.

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EPISODE 15

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The stories in today’s episode come from our most recent live show, “Israel in Love.” We’ll meet three couples looking back at their love affairs from very different vantage points.

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EPISODE 14

44:06

How Moshe Dayan’s wife and Yasser Arafat’s mother-in-law became bosom buddies, and other tales of unlikely friendships.

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EPISODE 13

54:34

How we change nature and nature changes us, from wildflower picking in Israel to ayahuasca retreats in Peru.

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EPISODE 12

50:29

The first place travelers to Israel encounter is usually Ben Gurion Airport. What they’ll remember of that experience depends in part on their relationship to the country. Are they coming home? Arriving to a place they’ve always dreamed of visiting? Passing through, with fear or wariness, en route to someplace else?

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EPISODE 11

34:13

Israel Story producers crisscrossed the small country, visiting every 48 Herzl Street and collecting stories from whomever they encountered.

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EPISODE 10

65:55

An Israeli couple flies to Nepal to pick up their three babies from two surrogate mothers and discover that the transaction is not as straightforward as it seems.

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EPISODE 9

40:52

What do you do when you realize that in order to be true to yourself, you have to shatter everything around you, including the lives of those you love most?

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EPISODE 8

65:56

Rabin is a symbol. An icon. Twenty years later, it isn't so simple to understand what he truly stands for anymore.

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EPISODE 7

44:14

Two journeys - in very different directions, and taken for very different reasons - out of, and then into, Africa.

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EPISODE 6

56:52

Valentine’s Day is not native to Israel, but the country does not lack for tales of love, romance, and the pursuit thereof.

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EPISODE 5

62:06

We’ve got four featured moo-ers: a red heifer that some think will bring the messiah, a cow that’s become the symbol of radical Israeli veganism, buffalos that hold the future for a self-described “Israeli redneck,” and the golden calf that was biblical big-business.

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EPISODE 4

55:35

Three Israelis who are not religious but have pursued unusual hobbies with missionary zeal. One is a hitman-for-hire, another collects a highly specific classification of autographs, and the third is a professional whistler.

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EPISODE 3

60:59

Three stories that all revolve around people who rescue books, chase after books, or otherwise allow books to determine their destiny—from a Yiddish book collector based in the Tel Aviv central bus station to a lonely college student to bibliophiles in search of the lost fragments of the Aleppo Codex.

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EPISODE 2

57:06

For Enid, the birth of her sixth child—born with Down syndrome, started her and her family on an incredible journey—to Tzfat, Israel, and from there to court rooms, hospitals, ultra-Orthodox yeshivas, and wedding halls, all so she could do right by her child and the other special-needs children she picked up along the way.

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EPISODE 1

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From our relationship with Ira Glass to priceless antiquities all the way to coveted sick passes – Israeli stories that are anything but real. In our very first episode, the Israel Story team delves into the realm of fakes, forgeries, and mimicry.

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