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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In the immediate aftermath of the Six-Day war, a Palestinian lawyer and two Israeli army reservists nearly brokered a peace agreement that could ha...

  • Added: Aug 05, 2018
  • Length: 13:27
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In the wake of tragedy, Susi forms an unexpected bond with the woman who should have been her mother-in-law. It's a modern day version of the bibli...

  • Added: Jul 22, 2018
  • Length: 20:12
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It took the words of a misfit poet and a Romanian folk melody to create Israel's first viral song - and it's national anthem. Now, decades later, w...

  • Added: Jul 22, 2018
  • Length: 12:13
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Some kids dream of going to the moon or playing for the Yankees. Ariel Harpaz had a seemingly more attainable goal in mind: to get his picture up o...

  • Added: Jul 18, 2018
  • Length: 20:49
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An Orthodox Jewish mother leads a double life: outwardly observant but inwardly questioning. For years she has kept up this charade until it all st...

Bought by WAMC


  • Added: Jul 18, 2018
  • Length: 18:08
  • Purchases: 1
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Sharon and Cansu are from enemy countries and have no common language. They also happen to be in love. A story of a relationship in the age of Goog...

Bought by WAMC and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jul 17, 2018
  • Length: 09:16
  • Purchases: 2
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An Ultra-Orthodox couple seems to have a fairy-tale love until one of them begins studies at a secular university. Exposure to the outside world st...

  • Added: Jul 17, 2018
  • Length: 22:17
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An Israeli writer was invited by text message to the funeral of a woman she never knew. She attends out of curiosity and finds over seventy people ...

Bought by WAMC


  • Added: Jul 10, 2018
  • Length: 06:15
  • Purchases: 1
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Shlomo Avni devoted the last few years of his life to a fight to be buried the way he wanted. Although, buried isn't quite the word - he wanted his...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Jul 10, 2018
  • Length: 22:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Oren was a forty-year-old bachelor and chronically uncertain in relationships. That is, until his beloved grandmother - his Savta - died unexpected...

  • Added: Jul 10, 2018
  • Length: 11:23