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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Rachel Rabin, Yitzhak Rabin’s little sister, isn’t so little anymore. Rachel, 91, reminisces about her childhood with her older brother who she rem...

  • Added: Nov 09, 2015
  • Length: 05:16
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Etgar Keret, an author and a regular contributor to our show, lives less than a ten minute walk from Kikar Malchey Israel, the square where Rabin w...

  • Added: Nov 09, 2015
  • Length: 20:08
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Like the JFK assassination, everyone remembers what they were doing when they heard the news. For Aliza Goren, that isn’t so hard – she was one of ...

  • Added: Nov 09, 2015
  • Length: 09:56
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Rabin is a symbol. An icon. But in Israel of 2015, twenty years after the Prime Minister's murder, it isn't so simple to understand what the reall...

  • Added: Nov 04, 2015
  • Length: 01:05:56
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For years Danna Harman had been reporting the same old political stories for The Jerusalem Post. She wanted out. That’s how she found herself in Ke...

  • Added: Oct 28, 2015
  • Length: 20:05
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In a makeshift library in Ethiopia, Yikealo Beyene – an Eritrean refugee – made an unlikely friend. Her harrowing tale stayed with him as he fled h...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Oct 28, 2015
  • Length: 13:59
  • Purchases: 1
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Two journeys - in very different directions, and taken for very different reasons - out of, and then into, Africa.

  • Added: Oct 21, 2015
  • Length: 44:14
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Israel Story's Mother's Day Special is the most unusual, unpredictable and touching tale you've heard in a while. Full hour and promo are now avai...

Bought by WYSO, WVPE, WZEN.org, KIOS-FM Omaha Public Radio, and WNYC


  • Added: Apr 24, 2015
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5
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Visitors to Jerusalem's Old City can reasonably expect to bump into a missionary or two. Mishy Harman and Nava Winkler introduce us to a couple of ...

  • Added: Mar 11, 2015
  • Length: 05:18
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The Aleppo Codex is a thousand year-old manuscript that medieval scholars declared an accurate biblical text. It has been worshiped, pillaged, salv...

  • Added: Mar 09, 2015
  • Length: 17:18