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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What was a nice Jewish grandmother doing flying into ISIS territory, preparing for a secret mission? After Lisa Miara's family suffered through ter...

  • Added: Jan 29, 2020
  • Length: 31:56
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An innocent nerdy-boy-turned-soldier visits his pot-smoking friend in the Muslim quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem in the late 1980s. Tensions r...

  • Added: Jan 28, 2020
  • Length: 21:47
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The common tradition when visiting the holy Western Wall in Jerusalem is to write a small note to God and push it between the cracks of the sacred ...

  • Added: Jan 28, 2020
  • Length: 18:17
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In 1988, a handful of tough, idealistic women banded together to fight for women's rights to pray, as men do, at the holiest Jewish site in the wor...

  • Added: Jan 28, 2020
  • Length: 47:26
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What happens when an internationally renowned artist stands in front of their inspiring muse? In 1957, Leonard Bernstein travelled to Israel to see...

  • Added: Jan 28, 2020
  • Length: 11:03
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Today, we take internet communication for granted, but for one man, complacency is not an option. Widely considered to be the inventor of the moder...

  • Added: Jan 28, 2020
  • Length: 26:22
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In the middle of a warzone, in a battle for holy ground, some soldiers heard a pregnant woman in distress and ran to help their enemy. More than ha...

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  • Added: Jan 28, 2020
  • Length: 41:32
  • Purchases: 1
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How do famous sayings originate? Are there philosophers who grasp society enough to condense common experiences into a perfect phrase? Sometimes, a...

  • Added: Jan 23, 2020
  • Length: 10:19
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Yoshi Fields explores the advertising world from a unique perspective. In 2009, Cellcom was one of the largest telecommunication companies in Israe...

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  • Added: Aug 27, 2019
  • Length: 13:24
  • Purchases: 1
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Arianna Skibell takes us to Battir, a pastoral village about three kilometers southwest of Jerusalem. Over the centuries, the serene landscape has ...

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  • Added: Aug 27, 2019
  • Length: 19:16
  • Purchases: 1