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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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
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A lot has been said about the Ultra-Orthodox community during the pandemic. But little has been heard from its members themselves. Yochai Maital an...

  • Added: Aug 11, 2020
  • Length: 15:34
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Long before Anthony Fauci became a household name, and we began peppering our speech with terms like “herd immunity” and “flattening the curve,” Mi...

  • Added: Aug 11, 2020
  • Length: 30:53
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Open-sea yacht rendezvous, off-book private jet landings and direct lines of communication to the highest echelons of power are usually the stuff o...

  • Added: Aug 10, 2020
  • Length: 12:24
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Normally, Rachel Gemara is an oncology nurse at Shaare Tzedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. But back in March, she was one of a handful of nurses tr...

  • Added: Aug 05, 2020
  • Length: 06:35
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On February 28, 2020, Roni Bargill was taken by ambulance to the special COVID-19 compound at Tel HaShomer Hospital, where he was informed that he ...

  • Added: Aug 05, 2020
  • Length: 28:12
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For her fiftieth birthday this year, Danna Harman planned to embark on a spiritual pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago and hopefully hit on a d...

  • Added: Aug 05, 2020
  • Length: 15:50
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In 2012, Jordan got a wakeup call. A strong-headed college student from a conservative Christian Arkensas family, she found herself in the Middle E...

  • Added: Jan 29, 2020
  • Length: 26:27
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When God first spoke to Benjamin, he was reading the newspaper. From that moment, he and his brother - two Orthodox Jewish boys from the Bronx - we...

  • Added: Jan 29, 2020
  • Length: 29:13
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Mishy Harman talks to Liron Lavi Turkenich, a type and graphic designer from Haifa, who invented a hybrid Hebrew-Arabic script.

  • Added: Jan 29, 2020
  • Length: 09:01