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Previous Episodes

Ep. 124 | State of the State at 71

After summarizing Israel’s 70th year, Alan and Mike discuss how Israel has measured up to its founders’ dreams. What would…

Ep. 124 | State of the State at 71 450 300 JU Israel

Ep. 123 | Voices from the Gaza Border

The Gaza battles this past weekend were, to some, just another round in the ongoing conflict. But for the people…

Ep. 123 | Voices from the Gaza Border 2000 1334 JU Israel

Ep. 122 | Israeli Holocaust Education

How is the Holocaust taught differently to Israeli and Diaspora students? How is the Holocaust relevant to this generation? Alan…

Ep. 122 | Israeli Holocaust Education 634 951 JU Israel

Ep. 121 | Professor Benjamin Ish-Shalom

Passover celebrates the Jews becoming a nation. What does that nation stand for? Join us for a discussion with Professor Benjamin…

Ep. 121 | Professor Benjamin Ish-Shalom 130 180 JU Israel

Ep. 120 | Coalition Building

Alan and Mike sit down with Benji on the day that President Rivlin begins the process of assembling a government…

Ep. 120 | Coalition Building 1331 911 JU Israel

Ep. 119 | Post-Election

The results are in! (Well, at least 97% of them as of Wednesday, April 10th in the afternoon) Alan, Mike…

Ep. 119 | Post-Election 765 764 JU Israel

Ep. 118 | Last Pre-Election Episode!

Oh boy!!! Elections are next week, and we are all on the edge of our seats! Alan, Mike and Matt…

Ep. 118 | Last Pre-Election Episode! 2519 1220 JU Israel

Ep. 117 | Gaza & Golan: Breaking News

Why has Hamas been launching rockets into central Israel? Why now? How is Israel responding? Why did President Trump change…

Ep. 117 | Gaza & Golan: Breaking News 450 290 JU Israel

Ep. 116 | Global Terrorism

What is terrorism? How is it different from resistance or freedom fighting? Can it be stopped? Is it a form…

Ep. 116 | Global Terrorism 520 800 JU Israel

Ep. 115 | Conversion in Israel

There are thousands of Israelis who do not meet the definition of “Jew” by the standards of Orthodox Judaism. Imagine…

Ep. 115 | Conversion in Israel 343 250 JU Israel

Ep. 114 | Understanding the Indictments

Israel waited for Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit’s announcement that Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu would face indictment. Now that it finally…

Ep. 114 | Understanding the Indictments 2000 1541 JU Israel

Ep. 113 | Blue & White Changes the Race

We’re releasing this week’s episode early, because the game has changed. After weighing the concern over too much politics talk,…

Ep. 113 | Blue & White Changes the Race 640 400 JU Israel

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