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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In "The White Elephant,” Yochai Maital walks us through the history of Tel Aviv’s ‘New’ Central Bus Station — a derelict eight-story behemoth and m...

  • Added: Mar 27, 2016
  • Length: 32:00
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The world's largest bus station, and a bus driver who wanted to be God.

Bought by WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass.


  • Added: Mar 27, 2016
  • Length: 54:12
  • Purchases: 1
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Stories of relationships that have ended, and the things (the often slightly nutty things) that people do in the aftermath.

  • Added: Mar 10, 2016
  • Length: 01:11:19
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How Moshe Dayan’s wife and Yasser Arafat’s mother-in-law became bosom buddies, and other tales of unlikely friendships.

  • Added: Jan 27, 2016
  • Length: 44:06
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How we change nature and nature changes us, from wildflower picking in Israel to ayahuasca retreats in Peru.

Bought by WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass.


  • Added: Jan 13, 2016
  • Length: 54:33
  • Purchases: 1
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For the year’s heaviest week of travel, Israel Story brings tales of love and interrogation at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport

  • Added: Dec 30, 2015
  • Length: 50:29
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Israel Story producers crisscrossed the small country, visiting every 48 Herzl Street and collecting stories from whomever they encountered.

  • Added: Dec 15, 2015
  • Length: 37:16
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This collaboration between Israel Story and Radiolab tells the story of Tal and Amir-- an Israeli couple who went to Nepal to pick up their three b...

  • Added: Dec 02, 2015
  • Length: 01:05:55
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What do you do when you realize that in order to be true to yourself, you have to shatter everything around you, including the lives of those you l...

  • Added: Nov 17, 2015
  • Length: 40:52
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For Israelis, especially in recent years, Rabin can take on almost any shape or form. Shai Satran speaks to filmmakers, educators and politicians a...

  • Added: Nov 11, 2015
  • Length: 09:29