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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From the top of Tell El-Ful, an abandoned hilltop in East Jerusalem, you can see all the way from Amman to Tel Aviv, from Jerusalem to Ramallah. An...

  • Added: May 18, 2022
  • Length: 01:08:41
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On June 7, 2021 the entire Israel Story team – nine radio producers – descended upon the Jerusalem International YMCA. In a segregated city full of...

  • Added: May 15, 2022
  • Length: 01:12:29
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On August 9, 2001, 22-year-old Izz al-Din al-Masri blew himself up at a Sbarro branch in downtown Jerusalem, killing 15 people and injuring over 13...

  • Added: May 15, 2022
  • Length: 01:09:37
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What happens at number 48, Herzl Street in Jerusalem?

  • Added: May 15, 2022
  • Length: 04:48
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Leah Goldberg was a celebrated writer, translator, teacher, and professor of comparative literature. She is rediscovered anew by each generation of...

  • Added: Mar 08, 2022
  • Length: 15:53
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When neighbors Steve Gray and Anat Harrel of Kibbutz Hanaton in the Upper Galilee lost their jobs as tour guides due to the pandemic, they decided ...

  • Added: Mar 07, 2022
  • Length: 17:09
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Mishy Harman follows schach, or the palm branches used to cover Jewish temporary houses called Sukot, all the way from a Jordan Valley date farm to...

  • Added: Mar 07, 2022
  • Length: 06:54
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When neighbors Steve Gray and Anat Harrel of Kibbutz Hanaton in the Upper Galilee lost their jobs as tour guides due to the pandemic, they decided ...

  • Added: Mar 06, 2022
  • Length: 18:55
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When Marie Röder was eight years old, she survived a terrifying encounter with a wild boar in the depths of Berlin’s dark Tegeler Forst. The fright...

  • Added: Feb 28, 2022
  • Length: 12:16
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Dr. Lidar Sapir-Hen of Tel Aviv University introduces us to a celebrity piglet. Discovered in a Jerusalem home from the 8th century BCE, it challen...

  • Added: Feb 24, 2022
  • Length: 08:46