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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An eight-year-long personal investigation into the chain of events that lead to the assassination lead to, of all places, Israel's most popular rap...

  • Added: Dec 13, 2018
  • Length: 11:46
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Meant to be an Israeli version of Hair’s ‘Let the Sunshine In,’, Shir La’Shalom was quickly banned by generals and labeled as both defeatist and de...

  • Added: Dec 13, 2018
  • Length: 12:16
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For decades, Israeli radio stations ignored Mizrahi tunes and exclusively played music rooted in Ashkenazi traditions. That began to change in the ...

  • Added: Dec 13, 2018
  • Length: 21:07
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The story of a song that began the music careers of two Israelis each representing vastly different versions of what the future of Israel may hold

  • Added: Dec 13, 2018
  • Length: 32:43
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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: Dec 06, 2018
  • Length: 20:05
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A series of random events in Nepal bring an Israeli reporter and a nepalese teenager to grow an unlikely bond.

  • Added: Dec 06, 2018
  • Length: 23:57
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At a young age, Nadav Schwartz realized that he was attracted to men, but growing up in an Orthodox community he also realized that was not good ne...

  • Added: Dec 06, 2018
  • Length: 21:36
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When David Harman was eighteen-years-old, he returned to Israel to enlist in the IDF. Since the rest of his family was stationed abroad, he needed ...

  • Added: Dec 05, 2018
  • Length: 10:56
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In April 1948, a few weeks before the establishment of the State of Israel, Ezra and Saida Chakak, a Jewish couple from Baghdad, gave birth to iden...

  • Added: Dec 05, 2018
  • Length: 10:22
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Tucked away between Nazareth and Afula, in the heart of the Jezreel Valley, Moshav Balfouria feels like a time capsule: Its forty-six agricultural ...

  • Added: Dec 02, 2018
  • Length: 11:48