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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Back in 1992, a twenty-four-year-old author from Tel Aviv – a guy by the name of Etgar Keret – was about to publish his very first collection of sh...

  • Added: Sep 10, 2020
  • Length: 13:52
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The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the ways in which we say goodbye to loved ones. Yochai Maital has been collecting sound from recorded online fune...

  • Added: Sep 10, 2020
  • Length: 07:49
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Despite the fear associated with having a serious underlying condition, the Covid-19 pandemic has been an extremely fruitful period for Etgar Keret...

  • Added: Sep 10, 2020
  • Length: 09:13
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Mishy Harman talks to Edwin Shuker, whose family fled Baghdad in 1971, about his hopes for a new Golden Age for Iraqi Jews. You can learn more abou...

  • Added: Sep 02, 2020
  • Length: 05:22
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Mishy Harman talks to Danny Tirza, a jovial retired IDF colonel who, back in 2002, was given an unusual – and logistically nearly impossible – miss...

  • Added: Sep 02, 2020
  • Length: 08:17
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Mishy Harman talks to two members of the IDF’s Home Front Command—a sergeant and a major. They discuss the army’s peculiar mission among the Ultra-...

  • Added: Sep 02, 2020
  • Length: 14:46
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Given an unusual journalistic assignment, Zev Levi walked up to a car full of drug dealers and got in.

  • Added: Aug 31, 2020
  • Length: 05:36
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When – in mid-April – Sivan Goren Arzony picked up her phone in Somerville, MA, she never imagined it was the start of her very own personal Via Do...

  • Added: Aug 31, 2020
  • Length: 17:33
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Israel’s SPCA shelters are packed, but not—as you might expect—with abandoned dogs and cats. Instead, they are full of people, seeking to adopt a q...

  • Added: Aug 12, 2020
  • Length: 09:23
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On June 2, 1978, five-year-old Eli Beer witnessed something that would impact the rest of his life: As he was walking home from school with his bro...

  • Added: Aug 12, 2020
  • Length: 34:24