Israel Story

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Israel Story is a radio initiative that introduces long-form non-fiction content about Israel. We began as a small podcast, meant for family and friends, but what followed exceeded our wildest dreams: Within a few months, the program was picked up by the Israeli national radio and became one of the country's most popular radio hours. 

We have now begun producing hour-long shows in English as well. And, much like our radio role models at This American Life, every episode has a theme, and several stories that relate to the theme, in what we hope are non-intuitive ways. The stories range from the heartfelt to the hilarious, from the risqué through the informative to the outright bizarre. 

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10 Pieces

Israel Story is a bi-weekly podcast, hosted by Mishy Harman and distributed by PRX, the Public Radio Exchange. It tells modern tales from an ancient land - the kind of stories you'd share with a friend over a plate of hummus on a Friday afternoon, or with your partner at the end of a long day. These are everyday stories, told by, and about, regular Israelis. The award-winning show is one of the most popular programs in Israel, where it is aired nationally, on prime-time. Available every-other Wednesday.


Pieces

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When people know you’re in the storytelling business, everyone has a story for you. Our producers get countless pitches — from their friends, from ...

  • Added: Mar 01, 2021
  • Length: 18:44
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In Part II of this tale, Yochai Maital brings the kind of war story we rarely hear – that which begins once the fighting ends. On October 8, 1973, ...

  • Added: Mar 01, 2021
  • Length: 47:57
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In the first chapter of this two-part story, we embark on a journey back to the 1973 Yom Kippur War, and specifically, to one battle that unfolded ...

  • Added: Mar 01, 2021
  • Length: 52:51
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In an ambitious “extra-planetary” project, six Israelis entered a small container in the middle of the Negev Desert, and pretended they were on Mar...

  • Added: Feb 17, 2021
  • Length: 21:07
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Mishy Harman and Marie Röder visit an empty arrivals hall at Ben Gurion Airport, where they shadow the duo behind one of Israel’s most popular news...

  • Added: Feb 17, 2021
  • Length: 17:56
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In August 2005, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon implemented his highly contentious plan to unilaterally withdraw from the Gaza Strip and four i...

  • Added: Feb 17, 2021
  • Length: 52:34
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Documentary filmmaker Elise Coker and producer Joel Shupack introduce us to twenty-two-year-old Abdel Naser Musleh, from Kafr ‘Aqab, near Ramallah....

  • Added: Nov 30, 2020
  • Length: 28:07
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In this piece we take you to Vered HaGalil, a remote ‘dude ranch’ on a gorgeous hill overlooking the Sea of Galilee. There, we speak to head traine...

Bought by WAMC Northeast Public Radio


  • Added: Nov 30, 2020
  • Length: 08:48
  • Purchases: 1
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Forty years after Carl Sagan’s ‘Golden Records’ began their long voyage into the depths of outer space, Eyal Gever - an Israeli high-tech-wunderkin...

  • Added: Oct 29, 2020
  • Length: 31:11
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David Ben Shabat hates being called a prophet. As he sees it, he’s just a guy who stumbled upon a deep truth and wants to share it with the people....

  • Added: Oct 26, 2020
  • Length: 59:17