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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Every few years, once its warehouses of unclaimed lost-and-found items fill up, the Israeli police becomes Sotheby’s for a day. Back in November 20...

  • Added: Jun 28, 2022
  • Length: 03:47
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Where does a refugee’s story begin? Marie Röder tells the haunting tale of one woman’s quest to find a place to call home.

  • Added: Jun 26, 2022
  • Length: 33:07
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For some people, such as Tali Aronsky, life is a meal. So how can chicken drumsticks, kubeh soup, hard boiled eggs, lamb biryani and lahme bi ajeen...

  • Added: Jun 22, 2022
  • Length: 17:09
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Mishy joins his 18-month-old niece, Sol, for dinner. He tries, with partial success, to find out what her favorite food is.

  • Added: Jun 21, 2022
  • Length: 02:02
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Mishy Harman visits Anton Fokarev’s kingdom: The lost-and-found department at the entrance to the Savidor Merkaz train station in Tel Aviv. This is...

  • Added: Jun 20, 2022
  • Length: 05:51
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Yoshi Fields doesn’t eat pigs, but he traveled across Israel tracing the history of pork in the Holy Land. Along the way, he learned how, over the ...

  • Added: Jun 20, 2022
  • Length: 35:26
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A behind-the-scenes account of a scandal that rocked “Pa’amoney Ha’Yovel” (Bells of Jubilee), Israel’s fiftieth anniversary celebration. Yet the fi...

  • Added: Jun 15, 2022
  • Length: 10:28
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Nearly a quarter of Israel’s population gathered to watch the 20th anniversary military parade in a newly unified Jerusalem. We’re taken back to th...

  • Added: Jun 15, 2022
  • Length: 11:21
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“There’s a Wall Between Us,” began as a radio piece called “Checkpoints and Secrets,” which followed the winding love affair of two men, an Israel...

  • Added: Jun 14, 2022
  • Length: 17:11
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Israeli buses regularly make international headlines, be it for suicide bombings, fights over gender segregation or clashes concerning Shabbat sche...

  • Added: Jun 13, 2022
  • Length: 07:16