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. 

Series

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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 a remote corner of Tel Aviv's grimy, labyrinthine central bus station, Mendy Cahan has built a home for Israel's rejected Yiddish books, and it'...

  • Added: Mar 09, 2015
  • Length: 16:05
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Chaya Gilboa falls deeply in love with a library book, and becomes convinced that her soulmate will have felt the same connection to the text. She ...

  • Added: Mar 09, 2015
  • Length: 12:51
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Noa Guy was a promising Israeli composer. When she came to New York twenty-one years ago to rehearse for a concert at Carnegie Hall, she never imag...

  • Added: Mar 08, 2015
  • Length: 14:09
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In nineteenth century Jerusalem, Moses Wilhelm Shapira created forgeries of ancient relics that shook the world. But even today, 130 years later, n...

Bought by KFAI Minneapolis and PRX Remix


  • Added: Mar 04, 2015
  • Length: 21:27
  • Purchases: 2
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As a cadet in the Israeli Army, he always did things by the book, but when Yochai Maital falls in love with a girl who's about to leave the country...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Mar 04, 2015
  • Length: 14:09
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Mishy Harman and his grandmother, Zena Harman.
At an extremely early age, Shavit Ben-Arie became the leading expert on the female members of the Israeli parliament and in many cases, he became t...

  • Added: Feb 27, 2015
  • Length: 21:25
Caption: The infamous staircase., Credit: Mishy Harman
Mishy Harman shares the zany matchmaking adventures of his Orthodox downstairs neighbor, which he had no chance but to overhear because all her dat...

Bought by WAMC Northeast Public Radio and PRX Remix


  • Added: Feb 26, 2015
  • Length: 09:27
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Michael and Leah.
Michael and Leah have been together for 37 years, living in a counter-cultural religious community that follows the teachings of “The Singing Rabbi...

  • Added: Feb 25, 2015
  • Length: 06:21
Caption: Dubi tending to his water buffalo.
Dubi Ayalon, a retired IDF lieutenant-colonel, traded a life as a school principal in Israel for a life of raising and miking water buffalo in rura...

  • Added: Feb 25, 2015
  • Length: 17:03
Caption: "Yoram" aiming at one of his soon-to-be crow victims.
Every summer tourists flock to the beautiful beaches of Eilat, Israel. But in the past thirty years, a new kind of tourist has made its way down so...

Bought by KFAI Minneapolis and PRX Remix


  • Added: Feb 25, 2015
  • Length: 12:49
  • Purchases: 2