Unorthodox

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Unorthodox is the world’s leading Jewish podcast™ - but you don’t have to be Jewish to love it! Hosted by Mark Oppenheimer, Stephanie Butnick, and Liel Leibovitz of Tablet Magazine, each episode we bring you interesting guests (one Jewish and one gentile), News of the Jews, and so much more.

Episode Date
Roots and Boots: Ep. 140
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This week on Unorthodox, we’re all about food and futbol. <br><br>Our Jewish guest is writer and food historian <a href="https://afroculinaria.com/">Michael Twitty</a>, whose book <a href="https://thecookinggene.com/">The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South</a>, won two James Beard Awards this year. He describes being told that a book by a black, Jewish, gay man would never succeed (and how it felt to prove them wrong!), explains how most of the foods we eat today originated in Africa, and tells us why Jewish food is more than just gefilte fish. <br><br>Our Gentile of the Week is Simon Doonan, creative ambassador-at-large for Barneys New York, whose latest book, <a href="http://www.simondoonan.com/soccer-style/">Soccer Style: The Magic and Madness</a>, is out in time for World Cup madness. He returns to the show (last time is <a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/192697/return-of-the-shiksa-unorthodox-episode-2 ">here</a>) to dish on life with his Jewish husband Jonathan Adler, tell us what to look out for in this summer's World Cup, and explain why, despite being British, he calls it soccer, not football.<br><br>Finally, fan favorite <a href="http://www.mollyyeh.com/">Molly Yeh</a> calls in to tell us about her new Food Network show, <a href="https://www.foodnetwork.com/shows/girl-meets-farm">Girl Meets Farm</a>, which premieres June 24. (<a href="https://www.foodnetwork.com/fn-dish/shows/2018/11-things-you-didnt-know-about-molly-yeh">Here she is</a> telling the Food Network about her "favorite podcast of all time" and making us blush.)<br><br>Our next live show is July 18 at the JCC Manhattan, and it’s an episode devoted to the question, “Is it OK to say ‘JAP’”? <a href="http://www.jillkargman.com/">Jill Kargman</a> of <a href="http://www.bravotv.com/odd-mom-out">Odd Mom Out</a> joins us to screen a <a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/264820/is-it-okay-to-say-jewish-american-princess">short film</a> we made about the persistence of the Jewish American Princess stereotype. We’ll follow with a lively discussion with guests including Judith Rosenbaum of the Jewish Women’s Archive and Bat Sheva Marcus of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, audience questions, and much more. Get your tickets <a href="https://ebiz.jccmanhattan.org/PersonifyEBusiness/Default.aspx?TabID=416&amp;pid=649507466&amp;_ga=2.145564020.1144536444.1528310215-624974148.1502829335">here</a>.<br><br>We love hearing from our listeners! Email us at <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a> or leave a message at our listener line: 914-570-4869. We may share your note on the air. If you like us, please consider leaving a review in iTunes.<br><br>Follow us on <a href="https://twitter.com/unorthodox_pod">Twitter</a> and <a href="https://www.instagram.com/unorthodoxpodcast/">Instagram</a>, and join <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/UnorthodoxPodcast">our Facebook group</a> to chat with the hosts and see what happens behind-the-scenes! Sign up for <a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">our weekly newsletter</a> to get new episodes, photos, and more. Show your love for Unorthodox with our new T-shirts, sweatshirts, and baby onesies. Get yours at <a href="http://bit.ly/unorthoshirt">bit.ly/unorthoshirt</a>.<br><br>This episode is sponsored by Harry’s. Get a free trial shave set when you sign up at <a href="http://harrys.com/unorthodox">harrys.com/unorthodox</a>.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 21, 2018
Kung Fu Naches: Ep. 139
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This week on Unorthodox, we talk to Rabbi Mike Moskowitz, the new scholar in residence for trans and queer Jewish studies at <a href="https://cbst.org/">CBST</a>, the world's largest LGBTQ synagogue. He's the first Orthodox rabbi at the New York City synagogue, and he explains how Judaism, even at its most observant, can make room for transgender adherents—and how Jews could learn a lot from the trans community.&nbsp; <br><br>We're also joined by Gentile of the week Matthew Polly, whose latest book is <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Bruce-Lee-Life-Matthew-Polly/dp/1501187627">Bruce Lee: A Life</a>. He tells us about Lee's continued influence in not just martial arts but Hollywood as well, describes his own two-year study of kung fu at the Shaolin Temple in China, and shares a surprising discovery he made while researching the book:<a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/263301/bruce-lee-was-jewish"> Bruce Lee is one-eighth Jewish!</a><br><br>Mark sits down with our Jewish guest, Arnold Gorlick, owner of <a href="http://www.madisonartcinemas.com/page/3620/About-Us">Madison Art Cinemas</a>, one of the country's last great arthouses. He tells Mark about growing up in Brooklyn as the son of an appetizing store owner before moving to Connecticut and devoting himself to indie movies.<br><br>And in honor of Father's Day, we're airing Liel's moving story about fatherhood, and his own father, which he shared at a <a href="https://themoth.org/stories/real-men-dont-rob-banks">Moth storytelling event</a>.<br><br>Our next live show is July 18 at the JCC Manhattan, and it’s an episode devoted to the question “Is it OK to say ‘JAP’?” Jill Kargman of Odd Mom Out joins us to screen our short film about the persistence of the Jewish American Princess stereotype. We’ll follow with a lively discussion with guests including Judith Rosenbaum of the Jewish Women’s Archive and Bat Sheva Marcus of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, audience questions, and much more. <a href="https://ebiz.jccmanhattan.org/PersonifyEBusiness/Default.aspx?TabID=416&amp;pid=649507466&amp;_ga=2.145564020.1144536444.1528310215-624974148.1502829335">Get your tickets here</a>.<br><br>We love hearing from our listeners! Email us at <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a> or leave a message at our listener line: 914-570-4869. We may share your note on the air. If you like us, please consider leaving a review in iTunes.<br><br>Follow us on <a href="https://twitter.com/unorthodox_pod">Twitter</a> and <a href="https://www.instagram.com/unorthodoxpodcast/">Instagram</a>, and join our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/UnorthodoxPodcast">Facebook group</a> to chat with the hosts and see what happens behind-the-scenes! <a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">Sign up for our weekly newsletter</a> to get new episodes, photos, and more. Show your love for Unorthodox with our new T-shirts, sweatshirts, and baby onesies. Get yours at <a href="http://bit.ly/unorthoshirt">bit.ly/unorthoshirt</a>.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 14, 2018
People of the Book: Ep. 138
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For our first book club episode, we talk to Israeli-born writer Ruby Namdar about his ambitious second book, T<a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-arts-and-culture/books/248507/smoke-in-the-air">he Ruined House</a>, which won Israel's most prestigious literary award and was recently translated into English. The book is set in New York City, where he's lived for the past 18 years, and follows a charming and successful professor named Andrew P. Cohen as he descends into a very peculiar kind of madness. Ruby tells us why he made his protagonist such a specific male archetype, and explains the difference between American and Israeli literary culture (he didn't discover Philip Roth until he moved to the U.S.). He also answers questions from listeners who read the book along with us, such as, "Why does the main character live near Columbia if he teaches downtown at NYU?"<br><br>Plus, New York Times writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner joins us to talk about <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/24/books/philip-roth-jewish-education.html">her essay</a> about what reading Philip Roth in an observant household taught her about being an American Jew.<br><br>New York listeners, come see Stephanie moderate the Jewish Book Council's Unpacking the Book event at the Jewish Museum on June 14 at 7 p.m. Info <a href="https://www.jewishbookcouncil.org/events/unpacking-the-book">here</a>.<br><br>Our next full live show is July 18 at the JCC Manhattan, and it's an episode we're calling: <em>"Is it OK to say ‘JAP’?”. </em>Jill Kargman of <a href="http://www.bravotv.com/odd-mom-out"><em>Odd Mom Out</em>&nbsp;</a>joins us to screen a new short film about the persistence of the Jewish American Princess stereotype. We'll follow with a lively discussion with guests including <a href="https://jwa.org/aboutjwa/whoweare">Judith Rosenbaum</a> of the Jewish Women's Archive and <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/25/magazine/the-orthodox-sex-guru.html">Bat Sheva Marcus</a> from the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (who appear in the film) and more. There will be loads of audience participation as well! Get your <a href="https://ebiz.jccmanhattan.org/personifyebusiness/Programs/ProgramDetail.aspx?pid=649507466&amp;_ga=2.145564020.1144536444.1528310215-624974148.1502829335">tickets here</a>. <br><br>We love hearing from our listeners! Email us at <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a> or leave a message at our listener line: 914-570-4869. We may share your note on the air. If you like us, please consider leaving a review in iTunes.<br><br>Follow us on <a href="https://twitter.com/unorthodox_pod">Twitter</a> and <a href="https://www.instagram.com/unorthodoxpodcast/">Instagram</a>, and join <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/UnorthodoxPodcast">our Facebook group</a> to chat with the hosts and see what happens behind-the-scenes! Sign up for <a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">our weekly newsletter</a> to get new episodes, photos, and more. Show your love for Unorthodox with our new T-shirts, sweatshirts, and baby onesies. Get yours at <a href="http://bit.ly/unorthoshirt">bit.ly/unorthoshirt</a>.<br><br>This episode is sponsored by Harry’s. Get a free trial shave set when you sign up at <a href="http://harrys.com/unorthodox">harrys.com/unorthodox</a>.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 07, 2018
A Philip Roth Bonus Minisode
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Philip Roth died on May 22, 2018, and we wanted to bring you a few pieces while you wait for our next episode. First up, Mark Oppenheimer visited <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/podcasts/gist.html">The Gist</a> to talk with host Mike Pesca about Roth's place in the literary and Jewish canon. Plus, our editor Noah Levinson goes on the Newark public library's tour around the Weequahic neighborhood where Roth grew up.<br>We love hearing from our listeners! Email us at <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a> or leave a message at our listener line: 914-570-4869. We may share your note on the air. If you like us, please consider leaving a review in iTunes.<br>Follow us on <a href="https://twitter.com/unorthodox_pod]">Twitter</a> and <a href="https://www.instagram.com/unorthodoxpodcast/">Instagram</a>, and join our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/UnorthodoxPodcast">Facebook group</a> to chat with the hosts and see what happens behind-the-scenes! Sign up for <a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">our weekly newsletter</a> to get new episodes, photos, and more. Show your love for Unorthodox with our new T-shirts, sweatshirts, and baby onesies. Get yours at <a href="http://bit.ly/unorthoshirt">bit.ly/unorthoshirt</a>.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 05, 2018
Telling Truths: Ep. 137
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This week on Unorthodox, Liel prepares for his role as honorary grand marshal at <a href="http://celebrateisraelny.org/parade/this-years-line-up/special-guests/">New York City's Celebrate Israel Parade</a> on June 3. Our Jewish guest is Yossi Klein Halevi, senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and the author of '<a href="https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062844910/letters-to-my-palestinian-neighbor/">Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor</a>.' He tells us how he, as a religious Jew in Jerusalem, came to understand the Palestinian perspective, why he framed the book as a letter to an imagined interlocutor, and the crucial need to recognize that both sides have their own truths, and that respecting each of those truths is the first step towards any reconciliation.<br><br> Our gentile of the week is <a href="https://twitter.com/AsteadWesley">Astead Herndon</a>, who recently joined the New York Times as a national political reporter from the Boston Globe. He tells us about the challenges of covering the Trump administration, growing up as the son of two Pentecostal preachers, and the summer he spent as a JCC camp counselor in Chicago.<br><br>We love hearing from our listeners! Email us at <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a> or leave a message at our listener line: 914-570-4869. We may share your note on the air. If you like us, please consider leaving a review in iTunes.<br><br>Follow us on <a href="https://twitter.com/unorthodox_pod">Twitter</a> and <a href="https://www.instagram.com/unorthodoxpodcast/">Instagram</a>, and join <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/UnorthodoxPodcast">our Facebook group</a> to chat with the hosts and see what happens behind-the-scenes! Sign up for <a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">our weekly newsletter</a> to get new episodes, photos, and more. Show your love for Unorthodox with our new T-shirts, sweatshirts, and baby onesies. Get yours at bit.ly/unorthoshirt.<br><br>This episode is sponsored by Harry’s. Get a free trial shave set when you sign up at <a href="http://harrys.com/unorthodox">harrys.com/unorthodox</a>.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 24, 2018
The Conversion Episode: Ep 136
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On Shavuot we read the Book of Ruth, which tells the story of Ruth, the first convert to Judaism, who ultimately becomes the great-grandmother of King David. In Ruth's honor, this week we're talking about conversion to Judaism, and hearing stories from people around the globe who have chosen to become Jewish—starting with our listeners. <br><br>Reporter <a href="http://medium.com/@abbyholtzman">Abby Holtzman</a> travels to Savannah, Georgia, to bring us the story of a 13-year-old girl who has taken the plunge, literally, to convert to Judaism. <br><br>Rabbi Seth Farber, the director of <a href="http://www.itim.org.il/">ITIM</a>, an advocacy organization that helps people convert to Judaism outside the Orthodox Rabbinate, explains the complexities of conversion in Israel, and how he's trying to change that. <br><br><a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-life-and-religion/257811/mormon-lost-and-found">Nathan Steiger shares his story</a> of losing his Mormon faith and, together with his wife and daughters, embracing Orthodox Judaism and converting as a family. <br><br>Naomi Telushkin (sister of our producer Shira Telushkin) and her fiancee, Ben Pigett, an Australian submariner converting to Judaism, discuss what Judaism—and Ben's conversion—means to both of them. <br><br>Listener Yolanda Wu tells us about her decision to finish her conversion 20 years after she started it — and the very jewish life she and her family lived in that time.<br><br>We love hearing from our listeners! Email us at <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a> or leave a message at our listener line: 914-570-4869. We may share your note on the air. If you like us, please consider leaving a review in iTunes.<br><br>Follow us on <a href="https://twitter.com/unorthodox_pod">Twitter</a> and <a href="https://www.instagram.com/unorthodoxpodcast/">Instagram</a>, and join <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/UnorthodoxPodcast">our Facebook group</a> to chat with the hosts and see what happens behind-the-scenes! Sign up for <a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">our weekly newsletter</a> to get new episodes, photos, and more. Show your love for Unorthodox with our new T-shirts, sweatshirts, and baby onesies. Get yours at <a href="http://bit.ly/unorthoshirt">bit.ly/unorthoshirt</a>.<br><br>This episode is sponsored by <a href="https://www.onedayu.com/">One Day University</a>, which brings together the greatest professors from the world's top schools to present special versions of their best lectures live. Register for upcoming events at <a href="https://www.onedayu.com/">www.onedayu.com</a> using the code JEWISH for 30 percent off.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 17, 2018
Motherhood, Burgers, and Bacon: Ep. 135
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Our Jewish guest this week is Peninah Lamm Kaplansky, who in 2015 wrote a <a href="http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/thoughts-from-a-member-of-the-miscarriage-club/">candid and moving account of her miscarriage</a>, at 21 weeks, and the need for more resources and discussion surrounding infertility and miscarriage in Jewish communities. Our Gentile of the Week is <a href="https://messyjesusbusiness.com/about-sister-julia/">Sister Julia Walsh</a>, a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration and a Catholic youth minister. Sister Julia tells us about the painful decision to give up motherhood, something she had always dreamed of, when she entered the life at 24, and the unexpected freedom she found in her work for the church. <br><br>We also sit down with filmmaker Rachel Myers and her grandmother Roberta Mahler, the director and star of <a href="http://wendysshabbat.com/">Wendy’s Shabbat</a>, a documentary about a group of seniors who meet each week for Shabbat dinner at a local Wendy’s fast-food restaurant. Rachel and Roberta tell us what they learned about each other while making a film together, Roberta’s newfound celebrity status, and the ways Jewish community can be forged in the unlikeliest places.<br><br>We love hearing from our listeners! Email us at Unorthodox@tabletmag.com or leave a message at our listener line: 914-570-4869. We may share your note on the air. If you like us, please consider leaving a review in iTunes.<br><br>Follow us on <a href="https://twitter.com/unorthodox_pod">Twitter</a> and <a href="https://www.instagram.com/unorthodoxpodcast/">Instagram</a>, and join <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/UnorthodoxPodcast">our Facebook group</a> to chat with the hosts and see what happens behind-the-scenes! Sign up for <a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">our weekly newsletter</a> to get new episodes, photos, and more. Show your love for Unorthodox with our new T-shirts, sweatshirts, and baby onesies. Get yours at <a href="http://bit.ly/Unorthoshirt">bit.ly/unorthoshirt</a>.<br><br>This episode is sponsored by <a href="https://www.onedayu.com/">One Day University</a>, which brings together the greatest professors from the world's top schools to present special versions of their best lectures live. Register for upcoming events at www.onedayu.com using the code UNORTHODOX for 30 percent off.<br><br>This episode is also sponsored by Harry’s. Get a free trial shave set when you sign up at <a href="http://harrys.com/unorthodox">harrys.com/unorthodox</a>.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 10, 2018
Checks and Balances: Ep. 134
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&nbsp;It's Lag Ba'Omer, aka the 33rd day of the Omer, aka the period between Passover and Shavuot! Our Jewish guest is Sen. Joe Lieberman, whose new book, '<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Liberty-Justice-Fifty-Journey-Egypt/dp/1592645011">With Liberty &amp; Justice: The 50-Day Journey from Egypt to Sinai</a>,' explores the importance of the Omer. He tells us about being one of the most publically observant Jews in politics, why he never wore a yarmulke in the Senate, and whether the Gore White House would have had a kosher kitchen. <br><br>Our Gentile of the week is Skylar Inman, the host of <a href="https://www.intractablepodcast.com/">Intractable</a>, a podcast that explores the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by sharing the narratives and stories of people living on both sides. Skyler, who was raised Evangelical in Houston, Texas, tells us why she decided to move to Israel after college and the unexpected benefits of approaching such a heated topic as a complete outsider.&nbsp; <br><br>We also call up Tobias Wilinski, host of the German rap podcast <a href="https://www.thematakt.de/">ThemaTakt</a>, to get the full story behind the two German rappers whose album featuring anti-Semitic lyrics <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/18/arts/music/anti-semitism-german-rap.html">won</a> a music award.<br><br>We love hearing from our listeners! Email us at Unorthodox@tabletmag.com or leave a message at our listener line: 914-570-4869. We may share your note on the air. If you like us, please consider leaving a review in iTunes.<br><br>Follow us on <a href="https://twitter.com/unorthodox_pod">Twitter</a> and <a href="https://www.instagram.com/unorthodoxpodcast/">Instagram</a> and join <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/UnorthodoxPodcast">our Facebook group</a> to chat with the hosts and see what happens behind-the-scenes! Sign up for <a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">our weekly newsletter</a> to get new episodes, photos, and more. Show your love for Unorthodox with our new T-shirts, sweatshirts, and baby onesies. Get yours at <a href="http://bit.ly/unorthoshirt">bit.ly/unorthoshirt</a>.<br><br>This episode is sponsored by <a href="https://www.onedayu.com/">One Day University</a>, which brings together the greatest professors from the world's top schools to present special versions of their best lectures live. Register for upcoming events at www.onedayu.com using the code UNORTHODOX for 30 percent off.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 03, 2018
Knocked Out: Ep. 133
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Natalie Portman won't accept 'Jewish Nobel Prize' in Israel, plus Jewish artichoke drama in Italy.<br><br>Our Jewish guest is Rachel Simmons, the author of<a href="http://rsim2.wpengine.com/books-and-advice/enough-as-she-is/"> Enough As She Is: How to Help Girls Move Beyond Impossible Standards of Success to Live Healthy, Happy and Fulfilling Lives</a>. Rachel explains the pressures facing young girls in America today, how we can support our daughters and nieces and friends, and whether things are any better at Jewish schools. <br><br>Our gentile of the week is Linda Curtis, whose memoir <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Shunned-Lost-Religion-Found-Myself/dp/1631523287">Shunned: How I Lost My Religion and Found Myself</a>, chronicles her decision to leave her close-knit Jehovah’s Witness community and ultimately being formally shunned by the religion. Linda tells us about life as a Jehovah's Witness, why she left, and why she has no animosity towards the community—and family—that shunned her. Her question for the panel is whether Jews are ever formally excommunicated like she was.<br><br>We love hearing from our listeners! Email us at <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a> or leave a message at our new listener line: 914-570-4869. We may share your note on the air. If you like us, please consider leaving a review in iTunes.<br><br>Want more Unorthodox in your life? <a href="https://twitter.com/unorthodox_pod">Follow us</a> on Twitter and join <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/UnorthodoxPodcast">our Facebook group</a> to chat with the hosts and see what happens behind-the-scenes! Sign up for our <a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">weekly newsletter</a> to get new episodes, photos, and more. Show your love for Unorthodox with our new T-shirts, sweatshirts, and baby onesies. Get yours at <a href="http://bit.ly/Unorthoshirt">bit.ly/Unorthoshirt</a>.<br><br>This episode is sponsored by Harry’s. Get a free trial shave set when you sign up at <a href="http://harrys.com/unorthodox">harrys.com/unorthodox</a>.<br><br>This episode is sponsored by <a href="https://www.onedayu.com/">One Day University</a>, which brings together the greatest professors from the world's top schools to present special versions of their best lectures live. Register for upcoming events at <a href="http://www.onedayu.com">www.onedayu.com </a>using code UNORTHODOX for 30 percent off.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 26, 2018
Sabra Cadabra: Ep. 132
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<br>This week on Unorthodox, we're celebrating 70 years of Israeli food, music, and culture in honor of Yom Ha'atzmaut, Israel's independence day. First, we're joined by writer and comedian <a href="http://www.perielaschenbrand.com/">Periel Aschenbrand</a>, who tells us what it's like to be married to an Israeli man. Next, we check out the newest outpost of Israeli chef Eyal Shani's pita empire, <a href="https://www.miznonnyc.com/menu/#pita">Miznon</a>, here in New York, and chat with Shani over his world famous cauliflower pita. We also chat with Israeli singer and activist<a href="https://www.yaeldeckelbaum.com/en/biography"> Yael Deckelbaum</a>, whose song "<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyFM-pWdqrY">Prayer of the Mothers</a>" is a call for peace between Israelis and Palestinians. <br><br>We love hearing from our listeners! Email us at <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a> or leave a message at our new listener line: 914-570-4869. We may share your note on the air.<br><br>Want more Unorthodox in your life? Follow <a href="https://twitter.com/unorthodox_pod">us on Twitter</a> and join our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/UnorthodoxPodcast">Facebook group</a> to chat with the hosts and see what happens behind-the-scenes! Sign up for <a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">our weekly newsletter</a> to get new episodes, photos, and more. Show your love for Unorthodox with our new T-shirts, sweatshirts, and baby onesies. Get yours here: <a href="http://bit.ly/Unorthoshirt">bit.ly/Unorthoshirt</a>.<br><br>This episode is sponsored by <a href="https://www.onedayu.com/">One Day University</a>, which brings together the greatest professors from the world's top schools to present special versions of their best lectures live. Register for upcoming events at www.onedayu.com using the code UNORTHODOX for 30 percent off.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 19, 2018
Walk With Me, Unorthodox: Ep. 131
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<br>This week on Unorthodox, a crossover episode! We're joined by Joshua Malina and Hrishikesh Hirway, hosts of <a href="http://thewestwingweekly.com/">The West Wing Weekly</a> podcast, an episode-by-episode discussion of one of television's most beloved shows. Malina, who played Will Bailey on The West Wing, currently stars in Scandal, which will air its series finale later this month. Hirway, a musician and composer, is the creator and host of the <a href="http://songexploder.net/">Song Exploder</a> podcast. We talk about revisiting the glory days of early aughts TV programming, <a href="https://twitter.com/JoshMalina">being Jewish on Twitter</a>, and, of course, Jewish food. We also talk to Rabbi Rick Eisenberg, who left the pulpit to work as an opioid addiction counselor in the Jewish community.<br><br><br>We love hearing from our listeners! <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Email us</a> or leave a message at our new listener line: 914-570-4869. We may share your note on the air.<br><br>Want more Unorthodox in your life? Join our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/UnorthodoxPodcast">Facebook group</a> to chat with the hosts and see what happens behind-the-scenes! Sign up for our <a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">weekly newsletter</a> to get new episodes, photos, and more. <br><br>Show your love for Unorthodox with our new T-shirts, sweatshirts, and baby onesies. Get yours here: <a href="http://bit.ly/Unorthoshirt">bit.ly/Unorthoshirt</a>. <br><br>This episode is sponsored by the UJA Federation of New York. Join their “Matzah Challenge” on social media. Snap a picture of your matzah using the hashtag #MatzahChallenge. Every photo posted with the hashtag will result in an $18 donation to help someone in need.<br><br>This episode is also sponsored by Harry’s. Get a free trial shave set when you sign up at <a href="http://harrys.com/unorthodox">harrys.com/unorthodox</a>.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 05, 2018
Ask Unorthodox: Passover Edition: Ep. 130
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Download your free copy of <a href="http://tabletmag.com/unorthodoxhaggadah">the Unorthodox Haggadah!</a> <br><br>This week on Unorthodox, everything you ever wanted to know about Passover. We answer listener questions, writer <a href="http://www.royahakakian.com/ ">Roya Hakakian</a> tells us about Persian Passover traditions, including scallion whipping at the Seder, and producer Josh Kross’s mother-in-law Elsie Apfelbaum shares the magic of <a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-life-and-religion/29821/it-is-risen">Mimouna</a>, the Moroccan festival celebrating the end of Passover (with some help from Josh’s daughter Stella). <br><br>Jay Miah tells the story of how his father worked at the Streit’s Matzo Factory upon immigrating to America from Bangladesh, and humorist <a href="http://www.adammansbach.com/">Adam Mansbach</a> talks about comedic haggadot—he cowrote <a href="https://www.amazon.com/This-We-Left-Egypt-Passover/dp/1250110211">For This We Left Egypt</a> with <a href="http://www.davebarry.com/">Dave Barry</a> and <a href="http://alanzweibel.com/">Alan Zweibel</a>—and the enduring power of the Passover story.<br><br>We love hearing from our listeners! <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Email us</a> or leave a message at our new listener line: 914-570-4869. We may share your note on the air.<br><br>Want more Unorthodox in your life? Join our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/UnorthodoxPodcast">Facebook group</a> to chat with the hosts and see what happens behind-the-scenes! <a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">Sign up</a> for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes, photos, and more. Show your love for Unorthodox with our new T-shirts, sweatshirts, and baby onesies. Get yours <a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">here</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 29, 2018
Snowfu: Ep. 129
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Proof that Jews don't <a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/257785/d-c-lawmaker-pins-recent-snowfall-on-the-rothschilds">control the weather</a>? Our live show was cancelled due to snow in the New York area. But thanks to a pre-Passover miracle we were able to record an interview with our gentile of the week, <a href="https://bartcampolo.org/">Bart Campolo</a>, in producer Josh Kross' living room. (With everyone's kids, since school was cancelled.) <br><br>Bart Campolo is evangelical Christian royalty—his father, Tony Campolo, is one of the most well-known leaders of the evangelical left—and became a believer himself as a teenager. He spent the next 30 years as an evangelical preacher, but his faith slowly unraveled until 2011, when he finally came out as secular. Bart now works as a humanist chaplain at the University of Cincinnati. He tells us about his dramatic journey, explains what a campus humanist chaplain does, and describes his coaching practice with people navigating their own faith transitions. Learn more about Bart and his podcast, Humanize Me, at <a href="https://bartcampolo.org/">bartcampolo.org</a>.<br><br>Head over to <a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/unorthodoxhaggadah">www.tabletmag.com/unorthodoxhaggadah</a> to get the official Unorthodox Haggadah.<br><br>We love hearing from our listeners! <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Email us</a> or leave a message at our new listener line: 914-570-4869. We may share your note on the air.<br><br>Want more Unorthodox in your life? Join our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/UnorthodoxPodcast">Facebook group</a> to chat with the hosts and see what happens behind-the-scenes! <a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">Sign up </a>for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes, photos, and more. Show your love for Unorthodox with our new T-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs, and baby onesies. Get yours here: <a href="http://bit.ly/unorthoshirt">bit.ly/Unorthoshirt</a>. <br><br>This episode is sponsored by Harry’s. Get a free trial shave set when you sign up at <a href="http://harrys.com/unorthodox">Harrys.com/Unorthodox</a><br><br>This episode is also sponsored by Hello Fresh. Visit <a href="http://hellofresh.com ">hellofresh.com </a>and use promo code UNORTHODOX for $30 off your first week of deliveries.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 26, 2018
Leading the Pack : Ep: 128
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Our Jewish guest this week is Leah Sarna, a student at Yeshivat Maharat, the <a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-life-and-religion/134369/orthodox-women-ordained">first yeshiva to ordain women</a> as Orthodox Jewish clergy. She explains the institutional conflict over female ordination in the Orthodox community and tells us what her role will be at an Orthodox congregation in Chicago after graduation —and what title she’ll go by. Our Gentile of the week is writer <a href="https://twitter.com/laurenoyler">Lauren Oyler</a>, who tells us why honest cultural criticism is more important than ever, and recommends some books for our listeners to check out.&nbsp; <br><br>New York-area listeners, join us for a live Unorthodox taping with guests Senator Joe Lieberman and Bart Campolo, host of the podcast <a href="https://bartcampolo.org/humanizeme">Humanize Me</a>, on Wednesday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan. Buy tickets <a href="https://ebiz.jccmanhattan.org/PersonifyEBusiness/Default.aspx?TabID=416&amp;pid=648364080&amp;_ga=2.182795750.1134758165.1517425509-922507407.1515010444">here</a>.&nbsp; <br><br>We love hearing from our listeners! <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Email us</a> or leave a message at our new listener line: 914-570-4869. We may share your note on the air.<br><br>Want more Unorthodox in your life? Join our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/UnorthodoxPodcast">Facebook group</a> to chat with the hosts and see what happens behind-the-scenes! <a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">Sign up for our weekly newsletter</a> to get new episodes, photos, and more. Show your love for Unorthodox with our new T-shirts, sweatshirts, stickers, and, of course, baby onesies. Get yours <a href="http://bit.ly/Unorthoshirt">here</a>. <br><br>This episode is sponsored by the Jewish Activism Summer School in Berlin. To learn more about the program, visit <a href="http://www.jassberlin.org">www.jassberlin.org</a>.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 15, 2018
Candy for Salome: Ep: 127
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<br>Be part of our next Ask Unorthodox episode, airing during Passover. Send us your burning questions about Jewish ritual, culture, or traditions by March 9. Email them to <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a> or leave us a message at 914-570-4869.<br><br>Our first guest is Israeli food writer and tv personality Gil Hovav, whose new memoir, <a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-life-and-religion/249813/a-recipe-for-a-sweet-childhood">Candies from Heaven</a>, is about growing up in Jerusalem in a close-knit family (and not just any family: Hovav's great grandfather is Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, who revived the modern Hebrew language). Our second guest is Alan Robert Ginsberg, author of <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Salome-Ensemble-Pastor-Stokes-Yezierska/dp/0815610653">The Salome Ensemble: Rose Pastor Stokes, Anzia Yezierska, Sonya Levien, and Jetta Goudal</a>, about the four Jewish women behind the novel and subsequent 1925 film Salome of the Tenements.<br><br>Our next live show is Wednesday, March 21 at the JCC Manhattan. <a href="https://ebiz.jccmanhattan.org/PersonifyEBusiness/Default.aspx?TabID=416&amp;pid=648364080&amp;_ga=2.182795750.1134758165.1517425509-922507407.1515010444">Tickets here</a>.&nbsp; <br><br>Show your love for Unorthodox with our new T-shirts, sweatshirts, and baby onesies. Get yours here: <a href="http://bit.ly/Unorthoshirt">bit.ly/Unorthoshirt</a>.<br><br>Want more Unorthodox in your life? Join our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/UnorthodoxPodcast">Facebook group</a> to chat with the hosts and see what happens behind-the-scenes! <a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">Sign up for our weekly newsletter</a> to get new episodes, photos, and more. <br><br>This episode is sponsored by Harry’s. Get a free trial shave set when you sign up at <a href="http://harrys.com/unorthodox">Harrys.com/Unorthodox</a>.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 08, 2018
Winner's Circle: Ep. 126
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This week, we're getting our grogger on for Purim. <a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/tag/jordan-hoffman">Returning</a> to the show is film critic <a href="https://twitter.com/jhoffman">Jordan Hoffman</a>, who preps us for the Oscars this weekend and offers his picks for the big winners. We're also joined by former FBI counterintelligence agent <a href="https://twitter.com/AshaRangappa_">Asha Rangappa</a>, now a CNN analyst an senior lecturer at Yale, who tells us how being an FBI agent is not what it looks like on TV.<br><br>Be part of our next Ask Unorthodox episode, airing during Passover. Send us your burning questions about the holiday, or really anything—Jewish traditions, baby names, etiquette—by March 9. Email them to <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a> or leave us a message at 914-570-4869.<br><br>Our next live show is Wednesday, March 21 at the JCC Manhattan. <a href="https://ebiz.jccmanhattan.org/PersonifyEBusiness/Default.aspx?TabID=416&amp;pid=648364080&amp;_ga=2.182795750.1134758165.1517425509-922507407.1515010444">Tickets here</a>.&nbsp; <br><br>We've got swag! Show your love for Unorthodox with our new T-shirts, sweatshirts, and baby onesies. <a href="http://bit.ly/Unorthoshirt">Get yours here</a>.<br><br>Want more Unorthodox in your life? Join our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/UnorthodoxPodcast">Facebook group</a> to chat with the hosts and see what happens behind-the-scenes! <a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">Sign up for our weekly newsletter</a> to get new episodes, photos, and more.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 01, 2018
Netflix and Phil: Ep. 125
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Our Jewish guest is Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal, whose new Netflix series '<a href="https://www.netflix.com/title/80146601">Somebody Feed Phil</a>' chronicles his eating adventures around the word. He tells about the episode filmed in Tel Aviv—with cameos from chefs <a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-life-and-religion/196144/pride-peoplehood-and-pitas">Michael Solomonov</a> and <a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-life-and-religion/251279/shabbat-dinner-libyan-style">Uri Buri</a>—and why he thinks food is such a unifying force. Our gentile of the week is <a href="https://twitter.com/junethomas">June Thomas</a>, managing producer of Slate podcasts and one of the hosts of the <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/podcasts/doublex_gabfest.html">Double X Gabfest</a>. She explains why podcast hosts like talking to other podcast hosts, and presents the panel with a great question: Who’s the best Jewish character in U.S. television history?<br><br>Mark Oppenheimer will be speaking at the Greenwich Reform Synagogue Friday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m.&nbsp; <a href="https://grs.org/events/jews-and-the-news-friday-feburary-23/">More info here</a>. Our next live show is Wednesday, March 21 at the JCC Manhattan. <a href="https://ebiz.jccmanhattan.org/PersonifyEBusiness/Default.aspx?TabID=416&amp;pid=648364080&amp;_ga=2.182795750.1134758165.1517425509-922507407.1515010444">Tickets here</a>.&nbsp; <br><br>Want more Unorthodox in your life? Join our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/UnorthodoxPodcast">Facebook group</a> to chat with the hosts and see what happens behind-the-scenes! <a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">Sign up</a> for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes, photos, and more. <br><br>We've got swag! Show your love for Unorthodox with our new T-shirts, sweatshirts, and baby onesies. Get yours <a href="http://bit.ly/unorthoshirt">here</a>.<br><br>We love hearing from our listeners. <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Email us</a> or leave a message at our new listener line: 914-570-4869. We may share your note on the air.<br><br>This episode is sponsored by Harry’s. Get a free trial shave set when you sign up at <a href="http://harrys.com/unorthodox">harrys.com/unorthodox</a>.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 22, 2018
Israel Story: King of the Hill
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We're bringing you a special treat in our feed, a taste of our sister podcast, <a href="https://israelstory.org/en/">Israel Story</a>.&nbsp; First, we talk to the creator of Israel Story, and then we share one of our favorite episodes, King of the Hill.<br><br>From the top of Tell El-Ful, an abandoned hilltop in East Jerusalem, you can see all the way from Amman to Tel Aviv, from Jerusalem to Ramallah. And you can also travel back and forth in time, moving between the biblical King Saul and the bearded King Hussein. Along the way, we'll hear tales of brutalized concubines, murderous tribesmen, biblical archeology, royal families and devastating wars.<br><br>We're pretty sure that once you're done, you'll want to subscribe to their show as well.&nbsp; <br><br>Buy an Unorthodox shirt! Click <a href="http://bit.ly/unorthoshirt">here</a> and use the coupon code UnorthodoxLaunch2018.<br><br>Our next live show is Wednesday, March 21 at the JCC Manhattan. Buy tickets <a href="https://ebiz.jccmanhattan.org/PersonifyEBusiness/Default.aspx?TabID=416&amp;amp;pid=648364080&amp;amp;_ga=2.182795750.1134758165.1517425509-922507407.1515010444">here</a>.<br><br>Want more Unorthodox in your life? Join our Facebook group to chat with the hosts and see what happens behind-the-scenes! <a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">Sign up</a> for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes, photos, and more. <br><br>We love hearing from our listeners! <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Email us</a> or leave a message at our listener line: 914-570-4869. We may share your note on the air.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 19, 2018
The Kids are Alright: Ep. 124
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This week, we talk to writer Molly Lambert, who <a href="https://www.newyorker.com/news/sporting-scene/my-grandmother-the-nazis-and-the-shadow-of-the-olympics">shares the story of her grandmother Margaret Bergmann Lambert</a> , a German-Jewish high jumper barred from the 1936 Olympics. We're also joined by Annette Ezekiel Kogan and Jeremy Brown of <a href="http://golemrocks.com/">Golem</a>, the klezmer-rock band behind our <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4BHiCgz7Xk&amp;index=4&amp;list=PLEjB5r098TUSmKI_TYNU-080f8IwCyjom">theme music</a>. They perform a few favorites for us, including <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsUelg9EvtQ&amp;index=6&amp;list=PLEjB5r098TUSmKI_TYNU-080f8IwCyjom">7:40</a>, a song based on the "Hava Nagilah of Russia."<br><br>But wait, there's more! We visited the <a href="https://harlemhebrewcharter.org">Harlem Hebrew Language Academy Charter School</a>, a diverse dual-language elementary school in New York City, to see if Liel could keep up with the students b'ivrit.<br><br>Buy an Unorthodox shirt! Click <a href="http://bit.ly/unorthoshirt">here</a> and use the coupon code UnorthodoxLaunch2018.<br><br>Our next live show is Wednesday, March 21 at the JCC Manhattan. Buy tickets <a href="https://ebiz.jccmanhattan.org/PersonifyEBusiness/Default.aspx?TabID=416&amp;amp;pid=648364080&amp;amp;_ga=2.182795750.1134758165.1517425509-922507407.1515010444">here</a>.<br><br>Want more Unorthodox in your life? Join our Facebook group to chat with the hosts and see what happens behind-the-scenes! <a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">Sign up</a> for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes, photos, and more. <br><br>We love hearing from our listeners! <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Email us</a> or leave a message at our listener line: 914-570-4869. We may share your note on the air.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 15, 2018
Across the Pond: Ep. 123
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Recorded live at at the <a href="https://limmud.org/festival/">Limmud Festival</a>, an international celebration of Jewish learning and culture, in Birmingham, U.K. over Christmas. Mark hosted the show with <a href="http://www.sarahklegman.com/">writer</a> and <a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-life-and-religion/188572/for-the-love-of-braided-bread">challah maven</a> Sarah Klegman. Our guests are <a href="https://www.anthonyrussellbass.com/">Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell</a>, a vocalist, composer, and arranger specializing in <a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-life-and-religion/166969/passover-negro-spirituals">Yiddish art and folk song</a>, and Gabby Edlin, the founder of <a href="https://www.bloodygoodperiod.com/">Bloody Good Period</a>, which provides sanitary supplies to asylum seekers, refugees &amp; those who can't afford them.<br><br>Tablet is conducting a reader survey, and we'd love to hear from Unorthodox listeners (even if you don't read Tablet and only listen to Unorthodox). Plus, you'll be entered to win a $250 Russ &amp; Daughters gift card! <a href="http://bit.ly/FBUnorthGrp">Take the survey here</a>.<br><br>Upcoming events:<br>Stephanie will be moderating a discussion between Simon Doonan and Jonathan Adler about their relationship and how Judaism figures in it on Thursday, February 15th at Congregation Rodeph Sholom in New York City. It's free—<a href="https://rodephsholom.org/register-for-jonathan-adler-here/">RSVP here</a>.<br><br>Our next live show is Wednesday, March 21 at the JCC Manhattan. Buy tickets <a href="https://ebiz.jccmanhattan.org/PersonifyEBusiness/Default.aspx?TabID=416&amp;amp;pid=648364080&amp;amp;_ga=2.182795750.1134758165.1517425509-922507407.1515010444">here</a>.<br><br>Want more Unorthodox in your life? Join our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/UnorthodoxPodcast">Facebook group</a> to chat with the hosts and see what happens behind-the-scenes! <a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">Sign up</a> for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes, photos, and more.<br><br>We love hearing from our listeners. <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Email us</a> or leave a message at our new listener line: 914-570-4869. We may share your note on the air.<br>This episode is sponsored by Harry’s. Get a free trial shave set when you sign up at <a href="http://Harrys.com/Unorthodox">Harrys.com/Unorthodox</a>.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 08, 2018
Leaving the Nest: Ep. 122
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Our guest this week is <a href="http://tovamirvis.com/">Tova Mirvis</a>, whose memoir, <a href="http://tovamirvis.com/author/books/book-of-separation/"><em>The Book of Separation</em></a>, tells the story of her decision to leave Modern Orthodox Judaism, a world she recreated vividly for readers in the novels Visible City, The Outside World, and The Ladies Auxiliary.<br><br>Our next live show is Wednesday, March 21 at the JCC Manhattan. Tickets <a href="https://ebiz.jccmanhattan.org/PersonifyEBusiness/Default.aspx?TabID=416&amp;pid=648364080&amp;_ga=2.182795750.1134758165.1517425509-922507407.1515010444">here</a>.<br><br>Want more Unorthodox in your life? Join our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/UnorthodoxPodcast">Facebook group</a> to chat with the hosts and see what happens behind-the-scenes! We love hearing from our listeners. Email us at <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a> or leave a message at our new listener line: 914-570-4869. We may share your note on the air.<br><br>Sign up for our newsletter <a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">here</a>.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 01, 2018
The Golden Rule: Ep. 121
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This week's episode was recorded at the <a href="https://www.jccmanhattan.org/arts-ideas/conversations/unorthodox/">Manhattan JCC</a>. Our Jewish guest is comedian and actor <a href="http://judygold.com/">Judy Gold</a>, host of the podcast <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/kill-me-now-with-judy-gold/id992129589?mt=2">Kill Me Now</a>. Our gentile of the week is <a href="https://www.harperone.com/jamesmartin/">Father James Martin</a>, Jesuit priest and editor at large of <a href="https://www.americamagazine.org">America magazine</a>.<br><br>Missed the live show? Join us Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. for an intimate, off-the-record chat with Rabbi Sara Luria at <a href="http://www.belovedbk.org">Beloved</a> in Brooklyn. Tickets <a href="https://unorthodoxbrooklyn.splashthat.com">here</a>.<br><br>Want more Unorthodox in your life? Join our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/UnorthodoxPodcas">Facebook group</a> to chat with the hosts and see what happens behind-the-scenes! <a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">Sign up</a> for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes, photos, and more. Follow us on Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/tabletmag">@tabletmag</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/liel">@liel</a>, and <a href="https://twitter.com/stuffism">@stuffism</a>. You can also hear Stephanie discussing immigration and the American Dream under Trump on the Jan 29 episode of <a href="https://www.wnyc.org/story/immigration-and-american-dream-under-trump/">WNYC Midday</a>, with two-time Unorthodox guest <a href="http://neginfarsad.com/">Negin Farsad</a>.<br><br>We love hearing from our listeners. Email us at unorthodox@tabletmag.com or leave a message at our new listener line: 914-570-4869. We may share your note on the air.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 29, 2018
A Helping Hand
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This week, we've got something a little different for you. In honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Jan 27, we sat down with Sandy Myers and Desiree Nazarian of <a href="https://selfhelp.net/holocaust-survivor-program.php">Selfhelp Community Services</a>, an organization that provides assistance to Holocaust survivors in need in the New York area. There are thousands of survivors living in the New York area today, and they have very particular emotional and physical needs as they age. You can read more about the work of the organization—and how to help—in this extended feature on <a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/253985/a-conversation-with-selfhelp-a-non-profit-dedicated-to-helping-holocaust-survivors">Tablet</a>.<br><br>Our next full episode will drop on Monday, Jan 29.<br><br>Some announcements:<br><br>Come hang with us on Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m! We’ll be joining Rabbi Sara Luria for an intimate, off-the-record chat at <a href="http://www.belovedbk.org">Beloved</a> in Brooklyn. Tickets <a href="https://unorthodoxbrooklyn.splashthat.com/">here</a>.<br><br>Want more Unorthodox in your life? Join our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/UnorthodoxPodcast">Facebook group</a> to chat with the hosts and see what happens behind-the-scenes! And subscribe to our newsletter <a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">here</a>. (Yep, it's different to the main Tablet newsletter!)<br><br>We love hearing from our listeners. Email us at unorthodox@tabletmag.com or leave a message at our new listener line: 914-570-4869. We may share your note on the air.<br><br>This episode is sponsored by Hello Fresh. Visit <a href="https://www.hellofresh.com/">hellofresh.com</a> and use promo code UNORTHODOX for $30 off your first week of deliveries.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 25, 2018
The Big Q&A: Ep. 120
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Come see us live at the Manhattan JCC on Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m., with special guests comedian Judy Gold and Father James Martin! More info and tickets <a href="http://bit.ly/2AL67j5">here</a>. And on Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m., we’ll be joining Rabbi Sara Luria for an intimate, off-the-record chat at Beloved in Brooklyn. Tickets <a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxBeloved">here</a>.<br><br>This week on Unorthodox, Mark calls up Roy Moore's 'Jewish lawyer,' and Stephanie sits down with Jeffrey Masters, host of the podcast <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/lgbtq-a/id1151561226?mt=2">LGBTQ&amp;A</a>, which documents stories of the LGBTQ community. We're also joined by <a href="https://www.anneedelstein.com">Anne Edelstein</a>, author of a new memoir about death and grief, <em>Lifesaving for Beginners.</em><br><br>Want more Unorthodox in your life? Join our official <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/UnorthodoxPodcast">Facebook group</a> to chat with the hosts and see what happens behind-the-scenes! We love hearing from our listeners. Email us at unorthodox@tabletmag.com or leave a message at our new listener line: 914-570-4869. We may share your note on the air.<br><br>This week's episode is brought to you by Harry’s. Get a free trial shave set when you sign up at <a href="https://www.harrys.com/go/pod-1?utm_medium=sponsorship-podcast&amp;utm_source=unorthodox&amp;utm_campaign=ft-lp-redeem&amp;utm_content=pb&amp;hid=l1-us:en:sponsorship-podcast:unorthodox:pbp:hry:pro:raz:mtd&amp;name=Unorthodox+listeners&amp;code=UNORTHODOX&amp;Offer=$5+Off">Harrys.com/Unorthodox</a>.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 18, 2018
Song of Songs: Ep. 119
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We have two upcoming events! A live recording at JCC Manhattan on 1/24 (tickets <a href="http://bit.ly/2AL67j5">here</a>), and a intimate, off-the-record schmooze with the hosts at Beloved in Brooklyn on 1/30 (tickets <a href="https://unorthodoxbrooklyn.splashthat.com/">here</a>). Plus, we're looking for a<a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/252409/unorthodox-is-looking-for-a-new-producer"> new producer</a>—maybe that person is... you?<br><br>This week, Mark sits down with Rabbi Joseph Hample of the <a href="https://www.etzhaim.org/about-us/rabbi-2">Tree of Life Congregation</a> in Morgantown, West Virginia. We're also joined by musicians David Chevan and Warren Byrd of the <a href="https://afrosemiticexperience.net">Afro-Semitic Experience</a>, who tell us about fusing Jewish and African American liturgical traditions. <br><br>Want more Unorthodox in your life? Sign up for our <a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">newsletter</a>, and join our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/UnorthodoxPodcast/">Facebook group</a> to chat with the hosts and see what happens behind-the-scenes!<br><br>We love hearing from our listeners. Email us at unorthodox@tabletmag.com or leave a message on our hotline: 914-570-4869. We may share your note on the air.<br><br>This episode is brought to you by Harry’s. Get a free trial shave set when you sign up at <a href="https://www.harrys.com/go/pod-1?utm_medium=sponsorship-podcast&amp;utm_source=unorthodox&amp;utm_campaign=ft-lp-redeem&amp;utm_content=pb&amp;hid=l1-us:en:sponsorship-podcast:unorthodox:pbp:hry:pro:raz:mtd&amp;name=Unorthodox+listeners&amp;code=UNORTHODOX&amp;Offer=$5+Off">Harrys.com/Unorthodox</a>.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 11, 2018
Dear Unorthodox: Ep. 118
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We'll be recording live at the Manhattan JCC on Wednesday 1/24 at with special guests <a href="http://judygold.com/">Judy Gold</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/FrJamesMartin/">Father James Martin</a>! Get your tickets <a href="http://bit.ly/2AL67j5">here</a>.<br><br>This week on Unorthodox, we respond to your questions on everything from Jewish pregnancy superstitions to what to read and watch while converting to Judaism. Plus we dive into the great <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/UnorthodoxPodcast/permalink/734414783424388/">tin foil vs. plastic baggie</a> debate.<br><br>Want more Unorthodox in your life? Join our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/UnorthodoxPodcast">Facebook group</a> to chat with the hosts and see what happens behind-the-scenes! And sign up for our weekly newsletter <a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">here</a>.<br><br>We love hearing from our listeners. Please send your feedback to unorthodox@tabletmag.com—we may read your comments on the air.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 28, 2017
The Nose Job Episode: Ep. 117
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We'll be recording live in NYC on 1/24 with comedian Judy Gold and Father James Martin! Buy your tickets <a href="https://ebiz.jccmanhattan.org/PersonifyEBusiness/Default.aspx?TabID=416&amp;pid=648236814&amp;_ga=2.79879893.395110566.1513550247-324837631.1508385755">here</a>.<br><br>This week: Everything you ever wanted to know about nose jobs, and their particular prominence in American Jewish life. Tablet editor-in-chief Alana Newhouse and executive editor Wayne Hoffman discuss their personal experiences with rhinoplasty. Plastic surgeon Jonathan Kaplan, founder of price transparency platform <a href="https://www.buildmybod.com">BuildMyBod</a>, breaks down exactly what happens during a nose job, and explains how 'deviated septum' became a euphemism. Professor and art historian Matthew Baigell tells us about the first Jewish nose job, performed in Berlin in 1898, and how <a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-arts-and-culture/228099/implacable-urge-to-defame">stereotypes</a> of Jews and noses can be traced all the way back to the 1300s. Filmmaker <a href="https://www.gaylekirschenbaum.com">Gayle Kirschenbaum</a>, who documented her mother's very unsubtle requests that she get rhinoplasty in '<a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/mynose">My Nose</a>,' tells us about coming to terms with her nose—and her <a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/lookatusnowmother">mother</a>.<br><br>Want more Unorthodox in your life? Join our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/UnorthodoxPodcast">Facebook group</a> to chat with the hosts and see what happens behind-the-scenes!<br><br>We love hearing from our listeners. Please send your feedback to unorthodox@tabletmag.com—we may read your comments on the air.<br><br>This episode of Unorthodox is brought to you by PJ Library, the program that sends FREE Jewish books to more than 200,000 children around the world. Sign up at <a href="https://pjlibrary.org/enroll-in-a-community.aspx?refer=15">pjlibrary.org/unorthodox</a> and they’ll send you a new book each month.<br><br>This episode of Unorthodox is also brought to you by Wrestling Jerusalem, a unique film about Israel and Palestine, now available on DVD. Learn more at <a href="http://www.wrestlingjerusalem.com/">wrestlingjerusalem.com</a>.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 21, 2017
Is It OK to Call Someone a 'Jew'?
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Hey J.Crew! A little bonus content for you this Monday afternoon:<br><br>Unorthodox host Mark Oppenheimer published an <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/22/opinion/reclaiming-jew.html">op-ed</a> in <em>The New York Times </em>earlier this year about our aversion to using the word 'Jew,' as opposed to 'Jewish.' On Wednesday, he appeared on WNYC's 'On the Media' with Brooke Gladstone to discuss these ideas in the context of Kayla Moore's recent controversial remarks about the Moores' Jewish attorney. Give a listen, and, as always, let us know what you think at <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a>.<br><br>Our next full episode will drop Thursday, December 21. Happy Hanukkah!<br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 18, 2017
Gelt Trip: Ep. 116
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We'll be recording live at the Manhattan JCC on Wednesday, January 24 at 7:30 p.m. with special guests comedian Judy Gold and Father James Martin! Buy tickets <a href="http://ebiz.jccmanhattan.org/PersonifyEBusiness/Default.aspx?TabID=416&amp;pid=648236814&amp;_ga=2.135939765.526307706.1513030089-557203300.1512077329">here</a>.<br><br>Our Jewish guest this week is writer <a href="https://www.kveller.com/author/jordana-horn">Jordana Horn Gordon</a>, who <a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-life-and-religion/239077/unorthodox-episode-96-jewish-summer-camp">returns</a> to discuss her Hanukkah gifting strategy as the mother of six children. Our gentile of the week is journalist and religion scholar Reza Aslan, who tells us about his latest book, <a href="https://www.amazon.com/God-Human-History-Reza-Aslan/dp/055339472X"><em>God: A Human History</em></a>.<br><br>Want more Unorthodox in your life? Join our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/UnorthodoxPodcast">Facebook group</a> to chat with the hosts and see what happens behind-the-scenes! And sign up for our weekly newsletter <a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">here</a>.<br><br>We love hearing from our listeners. Please send your feedback to unorthodox@tabletmag.com—we may read your comments on the air.<br><br>This episode of Unorthodox is brought to you by Harry's. As a special holiday offer for fans, we’ve partnered with Harry’s to give you $5 off your order when you go to <a href="https://www.harrys.com/go/pod-1?utm_medium=sponsorship-podcast&amp;utm_source=unorthodox&amp;utm_campaign=ft-lp-redeem&amp;utm_content=pb&amp;hid=l1-us:en:sponsorship-podcast:unorthodox:pbp:hry:pro:raz:mtd&amp;name=Unorthodox+listeners&amp;code=UNORTHODOX&amp;Offer=$5+Off">Harrys.com/UNORTHODOX</a>.<br><br>This episode of Unorthodox is also brought to you by PJ Library, the program that sends FREE Jewish books to more than 200,000 children around the world. Sign up at <a href="https://pjlibrary.org/enroll-in-a-community.aspx?refer=15">pjlibrary.org/unorthodox</a> and they’ll send you a new book each month.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 14, 2017
Hanger Management: Ep. 115
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This week we're coming to you live from <a href="https://rodephsholom.org/">Congregation Rodeph Sholom</a> in New York City!<br><br>Our next live show will take place on January 24 at JCC Manhattan, with Father James Martin and comedian Judy Gold. Get your tickets <a href="http://ebiz.jccmanhattan.org/PersonifyEBusiness/Default.aspx?TabID=416&amp;pid=648236814&amp;_ga=2.136440112.1401292337.1512688432-557203300.1512077329">here</a>!<br><br>Our Jewish guest is food writer <a href="http://markbittman.com/">Mark Bittman</a>, who just released the tenth anniversary edition of <em>How To Cook Everything Vegetarian</em>. He talked to us about the link between agriculture and global warming, and why Americans need to eat more real food. (But despite that, he still enjoys the occasional trip to McDonald's.)<br><br>Our gentile of the week is Kristen Meinzer, co-host of the podcast <a href="https://www.panoply.fm/podcasts/bythebook">By the Book</a>. On each episode, Meinzer and her co-host Jolenta Greenberg live by the rules of a different self-help book—their selections include <em>The Secret</em>, <em>The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up</em>, and <em>French Women Don't Get Fat</em>. She explains why women, historically neglected in conversations about health and wellness, are drawn to self-help books, why <em>The Secret</em> is bogus, and tells us what her self-help book would espouse. A Christmas obsessive, her question for the hosts is whether Jewish parents warn their children not to tell their gentile classmates that Santa isn't real. <br><br>Want more Unorthodox in your life? Join our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/UnorthodoxPodcast">Facebook group</a> to chat with the hosts and see what happens behind-the-scenes!<br><br>We love hearing from our listeners. Please send your feedback to unorthodox@tabletmag.com—we may read your comments on the air.<br><br>This episode of Unorthodox is brought to you by PJ Library, the program that sends FREE Jewish books to more than 200,000 children around the world. Sign up at <a href="https://pjlibrary.org/enroll-in-a-community.aspx?refer=15">pjlibrary.org/unorthodox</a> and they’ll send you a new book each month.<br><br>This week’s episode is sponsored by HelloFresh. For $30 off your first week of deliveries, visit <a href="https://www.hellofresh.com/">hellofresh.com</a> and enter UNORTHODOX30 when you subscribe.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 08, 2017
Movers and Shakers: Ep. 114
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This week on Unorthodox: Beauty pageant diplomacy, Gal Gadot's Mossad mix-up, and so much more. <br><br>Our gentile of the week is <a href="http://nymag.com/author/Noreen%20Malone/">Noreen Malone</a>, <em>New York</em> magazine features editor and <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/podcasts/doublex_gabfest.html">DoubleX Gabfest</a> panelist. She tells us about growing up Catholic in the heavily Jewish neighborhood of Shaker Heights, her powerful 2015 <a href="https://www.thecut.com/2015/07/bill-cosbys-accusers-speak-out.html">cover story</a> on 35 of Bill Cosby's accusers, and asks whether it's ever okay to call someone "jappy."<br><br>Our Jewish guest this week is feminist author, speaker, and psychologist <a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/author/phyllischesler">Phyllis Chesler</a>. She talks to us about anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism in the feminist movement, and the future of feminism. <br><br>Want more Unorthodox in your life? Join our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/UnorthodoxPodcast">Facebook group</a> to chat with the hosts and see what happens behind-the-scenes!<br><br>We love hearing from our listeners. Please send your feedback to <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a>—we might read your comments on the air.<br><br>This episode of Unorthodox is brought to you by Harry's. As a special holiday offer for fans, we’ve partnered with Harry’s to give you $5 off your order when you go to <a href="https://www.harrys.com/go/pod-1?utm_medium=sponsorship-podcast&amp;utm_source=unorthodox&amp;utm_campaign=ft-lp-redeem&amp;utm_content=pb&amp;hid=l1-us:en:sponsorship-podcast:unorthodox:pbp:hry:pro:raz:mtd&amp;name=Unorthodox+listeners&amp;code=UNORTHODOX&amp;Offer=$5+Off">Harrys.com/UNORTHODOX</a>.<br><br>This episode of Unorthodox is also brought to you by PJ Library, the program that sends FREE Jewish books to more than 200,000 children around the world. Sign up at <a href="https://pjlibrary.org/enroll-in-a-community.aspx?refer=15">pjlibrary.org/unorthodox</a> and they’ll send you a new book each month.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 30, 2017
Like a Roman Stone: Ep. 113
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Our Jewish guest this week is <a href="https://www.footstepsorg.org/staff/">Lani Santo</a>, the executive director of Footsteps, a New York-based organization dedicated to helping formerly-Orthodox Jews establish new lives outside the insular communities in which they were raised. We discuss the new Netflix documentary ‘<a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/19/movies/one-of-us-review.html">One of Us</a>,’ which follows the lives of three Footsteps members.<br><br>Our gentile of the week is <a href="https://scholar.harvard.edu/rthomas/home">Richard F. Thomas</a>, Harvard Classics professor and author of the new book <a href="https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062685735/why-bob-dylan-matters"><em>Why Bob Dylan Matters</em></a>, which explores the literary themes linking the beloved American songwriter with the ancient poets of Greece and Rome. (So maybe that surprise <a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/215760/the-right-and-rightful-choice">Nobel win</a> last year shouldn't have been a surprise at all.)<br><br>Want more Unorthodox in your life? Join our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/UnorthodoxPodcast">Facebook group</a>, sign up for our <a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">newsletter</a>, and follow us on Twitter (<a href="ttps://twitter.com/tabletmag">@tabletmag</a> , <a href="https://twitter.com/markopp1">@markopp1</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/liel">@liel</a>, and <a href="https://twitter.com/stuffism">@stuffism</a>)!<br><br>Kvetch and kvell to us directly at <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a>—we might read your comments on the air.<br><br>This episode of Unorthodox is brought to you by PJ Library, the program that sends FREE Jewish books to more than 200,000 children around the world. Sign up at <a href="https://pjlibrary.org/unorthodox">pjlibrary.org/unorthodox</a> and they’ll send you a new book each month.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 27, 2017
Bad to the Bone: Episode 112
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This week on Unorthodox, we can't be tamed.<br><br>Our Jewish guest is Eddy Portnoy, senior researcher and director of exhibitions at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, whose new book is <a href="http://www.sup.org/books/title/?id=26395"><em>Bad Rabbi: And Other Strange but True Stories from the Yiddish Press</em></a>. He tells us how he stumbled upon these colorful, less-remembered characters and tales—so many of which seem to involve Jews rioting—and why it's important for a community to examine the good with the bad to truly know its history. Our gentile of the week is <em>Washington Post</em> religion reporter <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/sarah-pulliam-bailey/?utm_term=.d020976bfd4b">Sarah Pulliam Bailey</a>, who dropped by the studio in early October to tell us about growing up in a conservative, Christian environment in Indiana, the intricacies of covering religion while being a person of faith herself, and the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.<br><br>We're giving away two copies of the <em>Kale and Caramel</em> cookbook, by <a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-life-and-religion/248935/unorthodox-episode-111-lily-diamond-kale-and-caramel-kerry-brodie-emmas-torch">episode 111</a> guest Lily Diamond! Enter the draw to win <a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/giveaways/win-a-copy-of-the-kale-and-caramel-cookbook-lily-diamond">here</a>.<br><br>Join our new <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/UnorthodoxPodcast">Facebook group</a>! And <a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">sign up</a> for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes, behind-the-scenes photos, and more! Email us at <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a>—we may read your note on air.<br><br>Follow us on Twitter: <a href="ttps://twitter.com/tabletmag">@tabletmag</a> , <a href="https://twitter.com/markopp1">@markopp1</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/liel">@liel</a>, and <a href="https://twitter.com/stuffism">@stuffism</a>.<br><br>This episode is brought to you by Harry’s. Get a free trial shave set—including razor handle, blades, and gel—when you sign up at <a href="https://www.harrys.com/go/pod-1?utm_medium=sponsorship-podcast&amp;utm_source=unorthodox&amp;utm_campaign=ft-lp-redeem&amp;utm_content=pb&amp;hid=l1-us:en:sponsorship-podcast:unorthodox:pbp:hry:pro:raz:mtd&amp;name=Unorthodox+listeners">Harrys.com/Unorthodox</a>.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 16, 2017
Food for Thought: Ep. 111
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This week on Unorthodox, we've got food on the brain.<br><br>Our first guest is Kerry Brodie, founder of <a href="https://emmastorch.org">Emma's Torch</a>, a cafe in Brooklyn that employs and trains refugees and political asylum seekers. She tells us about her unlikely transition from government work to culinary school, what she learned about refugees by working alongside them in the kitchen, and why she believes food is such a powerful uniting force.<br><br>Our second guest is Lily Diamond, the Maui-born blogger behind <a href="https://www.kaleandcaramel.com">Kale and Caramel</a>, and the author of a brand new <a href="https://www.kaleandcaramel.com/kale-caramel-cookbook-recipes-for-body-heart-and-table">cookbook</a> by the same name. She tells us about fleeing her laid-back Hawaiian high school for Yale, accidentally becoming a food blogger, and how food and cooking helped her grieve her mother's death. (Enter the draw to win a copy of her book <a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/giveaways/win-a-copy-of-the-kale-and-caramel-cookbook-lily-diamond">here</a>!)<br><br>Join our new <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/UnorthodoxPodcast">Facebook group</a>! And <a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">sign up</a> for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes, behind-the-scenes photos, and more! Email us at <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a>—we may read your note on air.<br><br>Follow us on Twitter: <a href="ttps://twitter.com/tabletmag">@tabletmag</a> , <a href="https://twitter.com/markopp1">@markopp1</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/liel">@liel</a>, and <a href="https://twitter.com/stuffism">@stuffism</a>.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 09, 2017
Eye of Newt: Ep. 110
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This week on Unorthodox, we're totally bewitched. Our Jewish guest is novelist Alice Hoffman, whose new book is <a href="http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Rules-of-Magic/Alice-Hoffman/9781501137471"><em>The Rules of Magic</em></a>, a prequel to her bestselling 1995 novel <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22896.Practical_Magic"><em>Practical Magic</em></a>, which was made into the 1998 film starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman. She tells us how she re-immersed herself in the magical Owens family 20 years later, the ways in which her Jewish background influenced her interest in rebellious women, and why it's important to her to redefine the popular mythology of witches.<br><br>Our gentile of the week is Charles Griggs, who has been practicing in the pagan world for 13 years. He's a witch and priest in the Minoan Brotherhood, and and studies neo-paganism at Harvard Divinity School. He tells us the difference between witches and pagans, how he planned to celebrate Samhain, the pagan festival also known as Halloween, and why eye of newt is something you might already have in your kitchen cabinet. <br><br>Join our new <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/UnorthodoxPodcast">Facebook group</a>! And <a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">sign up</a> for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes, behind-the-scenes photos, and more! Email us at <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a>—we may read your note on air.<br><br>Follow us on Twitter: <a href="ttps://twitter.com/tabletmag">@tabletmag</a> , <a href="https://twitter.com/markopp1">@markopp1</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/liel">@liel</a>, and <a href="https://twitter.com/stuffism">@stuffism</a>.<br><br>This episode is brought to you by Harry’s. Get a free trial shave set—including razor handle, blades, and gel—when you sign up at <a href="http://www.Harrys.com/Unorthodox">Harrys.com/Unorthodox</a>.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 02, 2017
Relatively Speaking: Ep. 109
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This week, we're live from <a href="http://www.jccmanhattan.org/">JCC Manhattan</a>!<br><br>Our Jewish guest is writer A.J. Jacobs—our <a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/192475/sandler-vs-samberg-unorthodox-episode-1]">first-ever guest</a> back in 2015—whose latest book is <a href="http://ajjacobs.com/books/its-all-relative"><em>It's All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World's Family Tree</em></a>. He tells us about his unlikely entry into the world of genealogy, the famous—and infamous—relatives he discovered, and, in a 'Maury'-style twist, reveals which hosts are related to him.<br><br>Our gentile of the week is actor Kobi Libii, who played Cantor Duvid on <a href="http://ew.com/recap/transparent-season-3-recaps">Season 3 </a>of 'Transparent' and currently appears on Comedy Central's '<a href="http://www.cc.com/shows/the-opposition-with-jordan-klepper">The Opposition With Jordan Klepper</a>'. He tells us about meeting with rabbis and other Jewish leaders to prepare for the 'Transparent' role, which required him to speak Hebrew, pivoting to political satire, and what he does to unwind from the constant news cycle he now covers.<br><br>Join our new <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/UnorthodoxPodcast">Facebook group</a>! And <a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">sign up</a> for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes, behind-the-scenes photos, and more! Email us at <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a>—we may read your note on air.<br><br>Follow us on Twitter: <a href="ttps://twitter.com/tabletmag">@tabletmag</a> , <a href="https://twitter.com/markopp1">@markopp1</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/liel">@liel</a>, and <a href="https://twitter.com/stuffism">@stuffism</a>.<br><br>Unorthodox is sponsored by Hello Fresh, the leading meal-delivery kit service. Visit <a href="https://www.hellofresh.com/">hellofresh.com</a> and use promo code UNORTHODOX for $30 off your first week.<br><br>Unorthodox is also sponsored by <a href="https://moderntribe.com">ModernTribe.com</a>, a new kind of Jewish gift shop. Use the code UNORTHODOX to save 10% on your order through 2017.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Oct 30, 2017
Chag Sameach, Obama: Ep. 108
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Our Jewish guest this week is David Litt, author of <a href="https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062568458/thanks-obama"><em>Thanks, Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years</em></a>, a memoir about his time as a speechwriter in the Obama White House. He tells us about teaching President Obama to say 'chag sameach' for a Passover video, writing jokes for the White House Correspondent's Dinner, and the time his grandpa sent him a water pipeline proposal to show the president.<br><br>Our gentile of the week is U.S. Naval War College professor Thomas Nichols, whose latest book is <a href="https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-death-of-expertise-9780190469412?cc=us&amp;lang=en&amp;"><em>The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why It Matters</em></a>. He explains how experts today have been branded as out-of-touch elites and experience itself is being shunned—and how President Trump is the avatar of this cultural shift. We also discuss how his students' view of him changed after he was on <em>Jeopardy</em>, and why Jews feel such an affinity for Greeks.<br><br>Come see us live on October 25 at the Manhattan JCC! Get your tickets <a href="http://bit.ly/2w3kYCX">here</a>.<br><br><a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">Sign up</a> for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes, behind-the-scenes photos, and more! Email us at <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a>—we may read your note on air.<br><br>Follow us on Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/tabletmag">@tabletmag</a> , <a href="https://twitter.com/markopp1">@markopp1</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/liel">@liel</a>, and <a href="https://twitter.com/stuffism">@stuffism</a>.<br><br>This episode is brought to you by Harry’s. Get a free trial shave set—including razor handle, blades, and gel—when you sign up at <a href="http://www.Harrys.com/Unorthodox">Harrys.com/Unorthodox</a>.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Oct 19, 2017
New Year, New You? Ep. 107
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This week on Unorthodox, we're all about 5778. Our guest this week is Rabbi Shai Held, president and dean of the continuing education institute <a href="https://www.hadar.org/">Mechon Hadar</a>, and the author of <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Heart-Torah-Essays-Weekly-Portion/dp/0827613059">The Heart of Torah</a>, a new two-volume book of essays about each weekly Torah portion. He tells us why he dreaded tackling Leviticus but learned the most from it, explains why he's optimistic about the future of Judaism, and gives us some useful advice for the new year.<br><br>Come see us live on October 25 at the Manhattan JCC! Get your tickets <a href="http://bit.ly/2w3kYCX">here</a>.<br><br><a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">Sign up</a> for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes, behind-the-scenes photos, and more! And email us at <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a>—we’ll share our favorite notes on-air.<br><br>Follow us on Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/tabletmag">@tabletmag</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/markopp1">@markopp1</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/liel">@liel</a>, and <a href="https://twitter.com/stuffism">@stuffism</a>.<br><br>This episode is brought to you by <a href="https://www.harrys.com/en/us">Harry’s</a>! Get a free trial shave set (including razor handle, blades, and gel) valued at $13 when you sign up at <a href="http://harrys.com/unorthodox">Harrys.com/Unorthodox</a>.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Oct 09, 2017
I'm Sorry: Ep. 106
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This week, we're all about atonement. For our third annual apology episode, we're joined by University of Nebraska–Lincoln professor Ari Kohen, who explains what makes an apology truly bad (and why he stopped <a href="http://kohenari.net/tagged/apology">blogging</a> about apologies). <a href="https://www.stthomas.edu/law/facultystaff/a-z-index/mark-osler.html">Mark Osler</a>, a former federal prosecutor turned clemency advocate, tells us about the personal journey behind his career change. Vanessa Zoltan, host of the podcast <a href="http://www.harrypottersacredtext.com">Harry Potter and the Sacred Text</a>, returns with a true story about a family apology that didn’t quite take. We also share your letters about Yom Kippur atonement, and offer our own apologies. (You can listen to our previous Yom Kippur episodes <a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-life-and-religion/193270/hard-to-say-im-sorry">here</a> and <a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-life-and-religion/214944/unorthodox-episode-60-yom-kippur-apology-show">here</a>!)<br><br>Want to come to an Unorthodox taping IRL? (Of course you do!) Our next live show will be recorded in New York on October 25—tickets and info <a href="http://bit.ly/2w3kYCX">right here</a>.<br><br><a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">Sign up</a> for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes, behind-the-scenes photos, and more! And email us at <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a>—we’ll share our favorite notes on-air.<br><br>Follow us on Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/tabletmag">@tabletmag</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/markopp1">@markopp1</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/liel">@liel</a>, and <a href="https://twitter.com/stuffism">@stuffism</a>.<br><br>This episode is brought to you by <a href="https://www.harrys.com/en/us">Harry’s</a>! Get a free trial shave set (including razor handle, blades, and gel) valued at $13 when you sign up at <a href="http://harrys.com/unorthodox">Harrys.com/Unorthodox</a>.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Sep 28, 2017
We Are Family: Ep. 105
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This week on Unorthodox: We recap the <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/10/fashion/weddings/stephanie-butnick-benjamin-cohen.html">Butnick-Cohen</a> nuptials (mazel tov!), Liel has a big reveal, and our guests wrestle with complicated legacies—both personal and political.<br><br>Our first Jewish guest is <a href="https://www.annabellegurwitch.com/">Annabelle Gurwitch</a>, the author of <em>Wherever You Go, There They Are</em>, a funny, wise memoir about the families we’re born into—and the families we choose. She talks about growing up with a fabulist father, becoming a drug mule for her elderly mother, her colorful Southern Jewish clan, and the various tribes she’s joined over the years in her quest for belonging.<br><br>Our gentile of the week, director <a href="https://twitter.com/DylanKussman">Dylan Kussman</a>, comes with a bonus Jewish guest—actor/writer Aaron Davidman. They’re the creative duo behind <a href="http://www.wrestlingjerusalem.com/"><em>Wrestling Jerusalem</em></a>, a new film adaptation of Davidman’s one-man play that explores the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the lens of 17 characters from a range of religious, political, and ethnic backgrounds. Kussman explains what attracted him to a story about one of the world’s most controversial conflicts, and Davidman tells us how he recovers from his marathon stage performances. <em>Wrestling Jerusalem</em> is showing at <a href="https://www.symphonyspace.org/event/9715/Film/wrestling-jerusalem-new-york-premiere">Symphony Space</a> in New York City through September 17.<br><br>We love hearing from you! Email us at <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a>—we’ll share our favorite notes on-air.<br><br>Follow us on Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/tabletmag">@tabletmag</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/markopp1">@markopp1</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/liel">@liel</a>, and <a href="https://twitter.com/stuffism">@stuffism</a>.<br><br>This episode is brought to you by Harry’s. Get a free trial shave set (including razor handle, blades, and gel) valued at $13 when you sign up at <a href="http://harrys.com/unorthodox">Harrys.com/Unorthodox</a>.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Sep 14, 2017
You Got to Have Friends: Ep. 104
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NB: There was a little audio glitch when we uploaded the episode (you may hear it starting at the 46 minute mark), which was fixed at 8am ET. Please delete the episode from your app and <em>re-download</em> for the flawless 💫 version. <br><br>This episode is brought to you by the letter A, for ally.<br><br>Our Jewish guest is <a href="http://brookekroeger.com/the-suffragents/">Brooke Kroeger</a>, author of <em>The Suffragents: How Women Used Men to Get the Vote</em>. She tells us about the men whose support helped women get the vote, and what those of us who want to be allies to marginalized communities today should learn from their efforts. Our gentile of the week is German-Danish historian Thorsten Wagner, the academic director of <a href="http://www.faspe.info">FASPE</a>: Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics, which sends law, medical, journalism, and business school students on specialized trips to Germany and Poland. He tells us why the FASPE programs deliberately focus on perpetrators and enablers, not victims, and weighs in on the current U.S. debate over monuments and memorials.<br><br><a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">Sign up</a> for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes, behind-the-scenes photos, and more! Email us at Unorthodox@tabletmag.com—we may read your note on air.<br><br>Follow us on Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/tabletmag">@tabletmag</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/markopp1">@markopp1</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/liel">@liel</a>, and <a href="https://twitter.com/stuffism">@stuffism</a>.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Sep 07, 2017
My Big Fat Jewish Wedding: Ep. 103
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If you love listening to Unorthodox, please make a <a href="https://www.generosity.com/fundraising/unorthodox-podcast--2">donation</a> before our fundraising drive ends next week!<br><br>This week: Everything you ever wanted to know about Jewish weddings.<br><br>Author Anita Diamant tells us about <a href="http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Jewish-Wedding-Now/Anita-Diamant/9781501153945"><em>The Jewish Wedding Now</em></a>, her newly updated guide to planning a meaningful Jewish celebration. Roberta Grossman, director of the documentary <a href="http://www.havanagilamovie.com/">Hava Nagila (The Movie)</a> explains how the catchy Hebrew folk song became a staple at Jewish weddings. Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie of New York’s <a href="https://labshul.org/labshul-is">Lab/Shul</a> explains his recent <a href="http://jewishweek.timesofisrael.com/maverick-rabbi-breaks-ranks-over-intermarriage">decision</a> to leave the rabbinic arm of the Conservative movement over its prohibition on performing interfaith weddings. Bat Sheva Marcus, clinical director of <a href="https://www.mazewomenshealth.com">Maze Women’s Health</a> and co-host of the <a href="http://jpmedia.co/podcasts/joy-of-text">Joy of Text</a> podcast, tells us about the importance of communication for maintaining a healthy sex life, as newlyweds and beyond. And finally, <a href="http://www.bridesmaidforhire.com">Bridesmaid for Hire</a> Jen Glantz explains why she decided to turn a much-maligned obligation into a profession.<br><br><a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcas">Sign up</a> for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes, behind-the-scenes photos, and more! Email us at Unorthodox@tabletmag.com—we may read your note on air.<br><br>Follow us on Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/tabletmag">@tabletmag</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/markopp1">@markopp1</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/liel">@liel</a>, and <a href="https://twitter.com/stuffism">@stuffism</a>.<br><br>This episode is brought to you by Harry’s. Get a free trial shave set, valued at $13, when you sign up at <a href="http://try.harrys.com/lp-redeem-o/?utm_medium=Sponsorship-Podcast&amp;utm_source=Unorthodox&amp;utm_campaign=ft-lp-redeem&amp;utm_content=pb&amp;hid=l1-us:en:sponsorship-podcast:unorthodox:pbp:hry:pro:raz:mtd&amp;name=Unorthodox+listeners">harrys.com/unorthodox</a>.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Aug 31, 2017
Birthright for WASPs?: Ep. 102
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If you love listening to Unorthodox every week, please consider <a href="https://www.generosity.com/fundraising/unorthodox-podcast--2">donating</a> to keep us going for another hundred episodes. We put together a bunch of fun gifts, from tote bags to studio visits to an exclusive Sept. 6 cocktail party in New York City with Mark, Liel, and Stephanie.<br><br>Our Jewish guest is linguist Sarah Bunin Benor, an expert in Jewish languages and the <a href="http://becomingfrum.weebly.com/author.html">author</a> of <em>Becoming Frum: How Newcomers Learn the Language and Culture of Orthodox Judaism</em>, an in-depth study of American Jewish language<em>.</em> She breaks down the linguistic 'tells' of Orthodox Jews, explains how religious Jews often code switch depending on their audience, and describes her experience as a non-Orthodox Jew immersing herself in Orthodox homes and communities for research.<br><br>Our gentile of the week is architect and card-carrying WASP <a href="http://www.duodickinson.com/">Duo Dickinson</a>, who <a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/205328/just-the-two-of-us">returns</a> to the show to tell us about his forthcoming <a href="http://globepequot.com/book/9781493018468">book</a>, <em>A Home Called New England</em>. He also tells us what it's like being a white Christian male in America today, especially one who loves football, and poses an interesting question: Are week-long summer trips to Vermont essentially Birthright for WASPS? <br><br><a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">Sign up</a> for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes, behind-the-scenes photos, and more! Email us at Unorthodox@tabletmag.com—we may read your note on air.<br><br>Follow us on Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/tabletmag">@tabletmag</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/markopp1">@markopp1</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/liel">@liel</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/stuffism">@stuffism</a>.<br><br>This episode is brought to you by Jewish Lives, biographies that illuminate the Jewish experience. Visit <a href="https://www.jewishlives.org/">JewishLives.org</a> to get 25 percent off all books and curated collections with the code JLBOOKS.<br><br>Music:<br><br>"Mikveh Bath" by Golem<br>"C.R.E.A.M." by Wu-Tang Clan<br>"A Duo" by James Horner, from the film<em> An American Tail</em><br>"F Minor Klezmer" by The Underscore Orkestra<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Aug 24, 2017
The Dating Option: Ep. 101
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If you love listening to Unorthodox every week, please consider <a href="https://www.generosity.com/fundraising/unorthodox-podcast--2">making a donation</a> to keep us going for another hundred episodes. We put together a bunch of fun gifts for donors, from tote bags to studio visits to a cocktail party with Mark, Liel, and Stephanie.<br><br>We’re #blessed with three Jewish guests this week: Leah Gottfried, Jessica Schechter, and Danny Hoffman, the team behind the popular web series '<a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuMGWHFZ2BmJmjisxc4WoLw">Soon By You,</a>' which depicts the dating drama of young, modern Orthodox Manhattanites. They tell us about their worst dates, how they differ from their on-screen personas, and the relationship roadblocks specific to the observant community, like disagreement about making aliyah.<br><br>Our gentile of the week is Rod Dreher, senior editor at <em>The American Conservative</em> and the author of <a href="http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/547188/the-benedict-option-by-rod-dreher/9780735213296/"><em>The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation</em>.</a> He tells us why we would all be better off living in cloistered communities given the fragmentation and atomization of religious life in America today, and poses an interesting question for us: whether we believe Jewish culture can endure without religion.<br><br><a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">Sign up</a> for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes, behind-the-scenes photos, and more! Email us at Unorthodox@tabletmag.com—we may read your note on air.<br><br>Follow us on Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/tabletmag">@tabletmag</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/markopp1">@markopp1</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/liel">@liel</a>, and <a href="https://twitter.com/stuffism">@stuffism</a>.<br><br>This episode is brought to you by Harry’s. Get a free trial shave set, valued at $13, when you sign up at harrys.com/unorthodox.<br><br>Music: <br><br>"Mikveh Bath" by Golem<br>"If You Could See Her" by John Kander and Fred Ebb, from the <em>Cabaret </em>Original Soundtrack<br>"Money (Instrumental)" by Pink Floyd<br>"Thoroughly Modern Millie" by Jeanine Tesori and Dick Scanlan, from the film <em>Thoroughly Modern Millie</em><br>"Wishin' and Hopin'" by Nancy Sinatra<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Aug 17, 2017
The Big 100
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We’re celebrating two years—and 100 episodes!—of Unorthodox with a very unorthodox fundraising drive. We've put together a bunch of fun gifts, from tote bags to studio visits to a cocktail party with Mark, Liel, and Stephanie. If you love listening to Unorthodox every week, please consider <a href="https://www.generosity.com/fundraising/unorthodox-podcast--2/x/17069438">making a donation</a> to keep us going for another two years.<br><br>This week, we turn the show over to Tablet contributor Periel Aschenbrand, who interviews hosts Mark, Stephanie, and Liel about the past two years of Unorthodox. They discuss how the show got started, how it’s changed over the past 100 episodes, and how it’s changed them. It gets real.<br><br><a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">Sign up</a> for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes, behind-the-scenes photos, and more! Email us at Unorthodox@tabletmag.com—we may read your note on air.<br><br>Follow us on Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/tabletmag">@tabletmag</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/markopp1">@markopp1</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/liel">@liel</a>, and <a href="https://twitter.com/stuffism">@stuffism</a>.<br><br>This episode is brought to you by Jewish Lives, biographies that illuminate the Jewish experience. Visit <a href="https://www.jewishlives.org/">JewishLives.org</a> to get 25 percent off all books and curated collections with the code JLBOOKS.<br><br>This episode is also brought to you by Harry’s. Get a free trial shave set, valued at $13, when you sign up at <a href="http://harrys.com/unorthodox">harrys.com/unorthodox</a>.<br><br>Music:<br><br>"Mikveh Bath" by Golem<br>"Money Trees" by Kendrick Lamar ft. Jay Rock<br>"Liam Rides a Pony" by The Polyrhythmics<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Aug 10, 2017
Betting the House: Ep. 99
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Episode description: This week, we’re coming at you live from <a href="http://www.jccmanhattan.org">JCC Manhattan</a>, with some very special guests and other fun surprises.<br><br>But first: If you're a fan of Unorthodox—and if you're reading this, you must be!—please consider making a donation to our <a href="https://www.generosity.com/fundraising/unorthodox-podcast--2">fundraising drive</a> so we can keep producing the podcast you love for another 99 episodes. We've put together a whole range of fun gifts to sweeten the deal, from tote bags to studio visits to a cocktail party with Mark, Liel, and Stephanie.<br><br>Our Jew of the week is <a href="https://fivethirtyeight.com/contributors/harry-enten">Harry Enten</a>, senior political writer and analyst for FiveThirtyEight and a regular on the site’s <a href="https://fivethirtyeight.com/tag/politics-podcast">Politics Podcast</a>. He tells us about the Catskills resort his grandparents owned—where Neil Sedaka met Enten’s aunt, whom he later married—plus why he loves Twitter, where he has nearly <a href="https://twitter.com/ForecasterEnten">95,000 followers</a>, and what dating was like as a poll analyst after the election.<br><br>Our Gentile of the Week is <a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/236733/meet-the-muslim-memoirist-who-works-with-zionists-to-try-and-forge-islamic-jewish-ties">Haroon Moghul</a>, author of <a href="https://www.amazon.com/How-Be-Muslim-American-Story/dp/0807020745"><em>How to Be a Muslim: An American Story</em></a> and a fellow in Jewish-Muslim Relations at the Shalom Hartman Institute. He tells us the dumbest things he’s been asked while promoting his book, plus how a 2015 trip to Israel with Muslim and Jewish leaders changed the course of his career, and what he wants the rest of us to know about American Muslims.<br><br><a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">Sign up</a> for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes, behind-the-scenes photos, and more! Email us at Unorthodox@tabletmag.com—we may read your note on air.<br><br>Follow us on Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/tabletmag">@tabletmag</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/markopp1">@markopp1</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/liel">@liel</a>, and <a href="https://twitter.com/stuffism">@stuffism</a>.<br><br>Today's podcast is sponsored by Jewish Lives, biographies that illuminate the Jewish experience. Visit <a href="https://www.jewishlives.org/">JewishLives.org</a> to get 25% off all books and curated collections with the code JLBOOKS.<br><br>Music:<br><br>"Mikveh Bath" by Golem<br>"Ruthless" by the Statler Brothers<br>"Harry Enten is Looking for a Girlfriend" by Jonathan Mann<br>"Love Will Keep Us Together" by Neil Sedaka<br>"Mounsell Forts/Accent on the 'A'" by Roger Plexico, prod. Squish Turner, ft. Haroon Mogul<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jul 31, 2017
Cinema Verite: Ep. 98
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First things first: Don't forget to get <a href="http://bit.ly/2vgH7Om">tickets</a> for our live show Tuesday, July 25 at 7:30 p.m. at JCC Manhattan!<br><br>This week, we find out Mark isn't the only Oppenheimer who sneaks into movies without paying. And we've got two Jewish guests joining us: First, our favorite film critic <a href="https://twitter.com/jhoffman">Jordan Hoffman</a> returns to tell us all about the summer's best movies, including the new film <em>War For the Planet of the Apes</em>, which he explains is actually a story about Jews. Then we talk to Stacy Berman about her journey from running fitness boot camps in Central Park to apprenticing as a shaman and incorporating natural medicine into her training program, <a href="https://www.thesystembystacy.com/">The System by Stacy</a>.<br><br><a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">Sign up</a> for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes, behind-the-scenes photos, and more! Email us at unorthodox@tabletmag.com—we may read your note on air.<br><br>Follow us on Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/tabletmag">@tabletmag</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/markopp1">@markopp1</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/liel">@liel</a>, and <a href="https://twitter.com/stuffism">@stuffism</a>.<br><br>Today's episode is sponsored by Jewish Lives, biographies that illuminate the Jewish experience. Visit <a href="https://www.jewishlives.org/">JewishLives.org</a> to get 25% off all books and curated collections with the code JLBOOKS.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jul 20, 2017
The Cat’s Meow: Ep. 97
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Hey J-Crew: Before you do literally anything else today, <a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthJCCManhattan725newsletterbanner">buy a ticket</a> to our next live show in NYC on July 25!<br><br>This week we talk Birthright, Hobby Lobby, and Jay-Z—oh my. <br><br>Our Jewish guest is historian Jenna Weissman Joselit, whose latest book is <a href="https://global.oup.com/academic/product/set-in-stone-9780190253196?cc=us&amp;lang=en&amp;"><em>Set in Stone: America's Embrace of the Ten Commandments</em></a>. She tells us how the Ten Commandments, which have become so politicized, were actually once a unifying force in America, and dishes on the 19th century drama over a Lower East Side synagogue’s stained glass depiction of the decalogue. Plus she tests us to see if we can list all ten commandments from memory.<br><br>Our gentile of the week is cat therapist <a href="http://thecattherapist.com">Carole Wilbourn</a>, who co-founded the first veterinary hospital exclusively for cats, and who has <a href="https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/4xawvn/my-cat-wouldnt-let-me-sleep-so-i-got-him-a-therapist">treated</a> behavioral problems in more than 13,000 felines. She brings motorized cats that coo at us while she explains the <a href="http://thecattherapist.com/how-it-works/">Wilbourn Way</a>, which incorporates feline Reiki, and is designed to treat both the animals and their guardians. She also helps Stephanie with her problem cat, Cat Stevens.<br><br><a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">Sign up</a> for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes, behind-the-scenes photos, and more! Email us at Unorthodox@tabletmag.com—we may read your note on air.<br><br>Follow us on Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/tabletmag">@tabletmag</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/markopp1">@markopp1</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/liel">@liel</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/stuffism">@stuffism</a>.<br><br>This week’s sponsors are:<br><br>Harry’s: Go to <a href="https://www.harrys.com/en/us">Harrys.com</a> and enter code UNORTHODOX at checkout to get a free post shave balm.<br>Hello Fresh: For $30 off your first week of HelloFresh, visit <a href="https://www.hellofresh.com/tasty/">hellofresh.com</a> and enter code UNORTHODOX30.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jul 13, 2017
Notes on Camp: Ep. 96
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Break out the bug juice—it’s summer camp week on Unorthodox! We’re talking campfires, Color War, and Mark’s traumatic summer at a nudist camp. <br>Our first guest is Sandy Fox, a doctoral candidate studying language and everyday life in Zionist, Yiddishist, and denominational summer camps. She’s also the founder of <a href="http://www.vaybertaytsh.com/">Vaybertaytsh</a>, a feminist podcast entirely in Yiddish. She explains how different Jewish ideologies shaped each kind of camp, tells us about a post-war summer camp for children of Holocaust survivors, and breaks the news that while summer camp is distinctly Jewish in many ways, Jews didn’t actually invent it (we totally reshaped color war, though).<br><br>Micah Hart, co-host of the podcast <a href="https://campfiresandcolorwars.com/podcast/">Campfires and Color Wars</a>, talks to us about what summers were like as the camp director’s son, the difference between a Jewish camp and a camp where most of the campers happen to be Jewish, and what it means to be ‘camp hot.’<br><br>We also talk to writer <a href="http://www.kveller.com/author/jordana-horn/">Jordana Horn</a>, who hated camp but whose kids love it—all six of them are attending some form of Jewish camp this summer. She tells us how Jewish camps give her children a space to develop their own Jewish identity and community, how social media has changed the camp experience for campers and their parents, and what really goes down when the kids ship out for the summer.<br><br>Sign up for our <a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">weekly newsletter</a> to get new episodes, behind-the-scenes photos, and more! Email us at Unorthodox@tabletmag.com—we may read your note on air.<br><br>Follow us on Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/tabletmag">@tabletmag</a>&nbsp; <a href="https://twitter.com/markopp1">@markopp1</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/liel">@liel </a><a href="https://twitter.com/stuffism">@stuffism<br></a><br>This episode is brought to you by Harry’s. Go to Harrys.com and enter code UNORTHODOX at checkout to get a free post shave balm.<br><br>This episode is also brought to you by AT&amp;T. Enjoy unlimited entertainment with unlimited data from AT&amp;T. Learn more at att.com/unlimited.<br><br>Music:&nbsp;<br>"Mikveh Bath" by Golem<br>"Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah" by Allan Sherman<br>"Suburban Kids with Biblical Names" by Shitty Weekend<br>"Gucci Gucci" by Kreayshawn<br>"Rose's Turn" by Stephen Sondheim, performed by Bette Middler<br>"Hatikvah" performed by Francki Perez et Broadway<br>"That Power" by Childish Gambino<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 29, 2017
H. Alan Scott on 'Pinkwashing' in Israel
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Back in May, <a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-life-and-religion/232770/unorthodox-episode-89-latter-day-jew-h-alan-scott">we interviewed</a> L.A.-based comedian and writer <a href="http://www.halanscott.com/">H Alan Scott</a> about converting to Judaism, surviving cancer, and his deep love of <em>The Golden Girls</em>.<br><br>We recently caught up with H Alan by phone to discuss his first trip to Israel (for Tel Aviv Pride!) and his subsequent <a href="http://www.newsweek.com/lbgt-tel-aviv-gay-pride-israel-palestine-peace-624086"><em>Newsweek</em>&nbsp;article</a> about "pinkwashing" and the BDS movement. We discussed LGBT politics, Zionism, and anti-Semitism—and of course, hummus. Though we talked before the Chicago Dyke March <a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/238762/dykes-vs-kikes">controversy</a>, this conversation should still help contextualize the debates currently taking place in the LGBT community vis-à-vis Israel.<br><br>We hope you enjoy this bonus midweek dose of Unorthodox! We'll be back in your feed on June 29 with our next full episode. As always, we welcome your thoughts and feedback at <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a>.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 28, 2017
Children of Kindness: Episode 95
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Description: This week on Unorthodox, don’t even think about <a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/237991/to-lyricists-chagrin-israel-references-removed-from-joseph-musical">cutting</a> Israel out of Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat.<br><br>Our Jewish guest is journalist and <a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/author/jkirchick">Tablet columnist</a> Jamie Kirchick, who returns to the show to discuss his new <a href="http://jameskirchick.com/the-end-of-europe-ictators-demagogues-and-the-coming-dark-age">book</a>, <em>The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues and the Coming Dark Age</em>. He tells us about the emboldening of extremes on both sides of the political spectrum, the dangers of countries like Hungary rewriting their World War II history, and what it all means for the United States.<br><br>Our Gentile of the Week is comedian and writer <a href="https://twitter.com/NeginFarsad">Negin Farsad</a>, author of <a href="http://www.howtomakewhitepeoplelaugh.com/"><em>How to Make White People Laugh</em></a> and the host of the political comedy roundtable podcast <a href="http://www.earwolf.com/show/fake-the-nation">Fake the Nation</a>. She tells us why comedy has gotten harder in the era of Trump, plus the anti-racism ads she wants to put up on the president’s golf courses, and asks whether Jews consider themselves the veterans of oppressed religious groups.<br><br>Next week is Camp Week 🏕️ on Unorthodox! We want to hear your favorite camp memories, from color war breakouts to covert makeouts. Record a voice note or send us an email at Unorthodox@tabletmag.com.<br><br><a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">Sign up</a> for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes, behind-the-scenes photos, and more! Follow us on Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/tabletmag">@tabletmag</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/markopp1">@markopp1</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/liel">@liel</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/stuffism">@stuffism</a>.<br><br>This episode is brought to you by AT&amp;T. Enjoy unlimited entertainment with unlimited data from AT&amp;T. Learn more at <a href="https://www.att.com/plans/unlimited-data-plans.html">att.com/unlimited</a>.<br><br>Music:<br><br>"Mikveh Bath" by Golem&nbsp;<br>"Close Every Door" written by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, performed by Danny Osmond<br>"European Son" by Velvet Underground<br>"The Spark" by The Roots<br>"Kapara Sheli" by Nechi Nech<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 22, 2017
Talking Jewish With Lexicon Valley: Ep. 94
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This week, we recorded a special crossover episode with <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/podcasts/lexicon_valley.html">Lexicon Valley</a>, the podcast hosted by linguist John McWhorter. John was a <a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-arts-and-culture/books/220652/unorthodox-episode-72-avivah-zornberg-moses-john-mcwhorter">guest</a> on our show in December 2016, and when we weren’t interrupting him, we were discussing things like the word ‘like’ and his latest book, <a href="http://blpress.org/books/talking-back-talking-black/"><em>Talking Back, Talking Black</em></a>. We sat down with him again for an in-depth conversation about whether there’s such a thing as Jewish English, the beauty of yeshivish, and, of course, the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYY9Epog0rs">dinner scene</a> from 'Annie Hall.'<br><br>Check out Lexicon Valley <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/podcasts/lexicon_valley.html">here</a>.<br><br><a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">Sign up</a> for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes, behind-the-scenes photos, and more! Email us at Unorthodox@tabletmag.com—we may read your note on air.<br><br>Follow us on Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/tabletmag">@tabletmag</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/markopp1">@markopp1</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/liel">@liel</a>, and <a href="https://twitter.com/stuffism">@stuffism</a>.<br><br>This episode is brought to you by Harry’s. Go to <a href="https://www.harrys.com/">Harrys.com</a> and enter code UNORTHODOX at checkout to get a free post shave balm.<br><br>This episode is also brought to you by AT&amp;T. Enjoy unlimited entertainment with unlimited data from AT&amp;T. Learn more at <a href="https://www.att.com/plans/unlimited-data-plans.html">att.com/unlimited</a>.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 15, 2017
Master and Commander: Ep. 93
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Our Jewish guest this week is <a href="https://twitter.com/FredKuhr">Fred Kuhr</a>, who hosts <a href="http://thepointguys.net">The Point</a>, a Toronto-based talk show that brings gay and straight men together “to see what happens.” He explains the stereotypes gay men have about straight men, the difference between American and Canadian homophobia, and adjusting to Montreal bagels as a Brooklyn-born expat.<br><br>Our Gentile of the Week is Jonathan Frakes, best known for his portrayal of Commander William T. Riker in Star Trek: The Next Generation. He tells us about navigating obsessive Star Trek fans at conventions and his thoughts on the state of sci-fi today. <br><br><a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">Sign up</a> for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes, behind-the-scenes photos, and more! Email us at Unorthodox@tabletmag.com—we may read your note on air.<br><br>Follow us Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/tabletmag">@tabletmag</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/markopp1">@markopp1</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/liel">@liel</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/stuffism">@stuffism</a>. We're also on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/tabletmag">Facebook</a> and <a href="https://www.instagram.com/tabletmag/">Instagram</a>.<br><br>Music: &nbsp;<br>"Mikveh Bath" by Golem<br>"People" by Barbara Streisand<br>"Too Much (ft. Sampha)" by Drake<br>"Star Trek: The Next Generation Theme" by Alexander Courage and Jerry Goldsmith<br>"Tell Me Something Good" by Rufus and Chaka Khan<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 08, 2017
The Stephen Show: Ep. 92
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This week on Unorthodox, we’re still full from all that Shavuot cheesecake. Our Jewish guest is actor Stephen Tobolowsky, who plays Jack Barker on HBO’s <em>Silicon Valley</em>, and whose latest book is <a href="http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/My-Adventures-with-God/Stephen-Tobolowsky/9781476766461"><em>My Adventures with God</em></a>. He tells us about getting recognized in shul (he started going to synagogue twice a day to say kaddish after his mother died), what it’s like to tackle something as intimate as faith while working in Hollywood, and the time he had to shoot a movie on Yom Kippur, even though five of the actors in the film were Jewish. Our Gentile of the week is <em>Esquire</em> columnist Stephen Marche, author of <a href="http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Unmade-Bed/Stephen-Marche/9781476780153"><em>The Unmade Bed: The Messy Truth About Men and Women in the 21st Century</em></a>. He tells us about quitting his job and leaving New York when his wife landed her dream job in Toronto, adjusting to life as the primary caregiver for their children, and why he hates the term ‘bro.’<br><br><a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">Sign up</a> for for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes, behind-the-scenes photos, and more! Email us at <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a>—we'll share our favorite notes on air.<br><br>This episode is brought to you by Harry’s. Go to <a href="https://www.harrys.com/">Harrys.com</a> and enter code UNORTHODOX at checkout to get a free post shave balm.<br><br>This episode is also brought to you by AT&amp;T. Enjoy unlimited entertainment with unlimited data from AT&amp;T. Learn more at <a href="http://att.com/unlimited">att.com/unlimited</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Music:<br>"Mikveh Bath" by Golem<br>"Good&nbsp; News" by Randy Newman<br>"I Got You, Babe" by Sonny &amp; Cher<br>"HUA!" by Brazzmatazz<br>"Toxic"&nbsp; by Britney Spears, cover by Yael Naim<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 02, 2017
Wall This Way: Ep. 91
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This week, we break down Donald Trump’s Holy Land adventure.<br><br>Our Jewish guest is Yascha Mounk, a lecturer at Harvard whose area of research—how to preserve liberal democracy in the face of populism—has made him extremely popular lately. He tells us how worried we should be about rising populist tides in Europe and the U.S., explains some of the difficulties currently facing multiethnic societies, and tells us how it felt when he became a U.S. citizen in March. Our Gentile of the week is Irish novelist Ruth Gilligan, whose latest book, Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan, was inspired by the largely unknown story of the Jewish community in Ireland. She tells us about the similarities between the Jews and the Irish and explains her research for the novel, which started over tea in the homes of the remaining Jews of Cork and took her to Israel, where she met Irish emigrants.<br><br><a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">Sign up</a> for for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes, behind-the-scenes photos, and more! Email us at <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a>—we'll share our favorite notes on air.<br><br>This episode is brought to you by <a href="https://www.att.com">AT&amp;T</a>. Enjoy unlimited entertainment with unlimited data from AT&amp;T. Learn more at <a href="https://www.att.com/plans/unlimited-data-plans.html">att.com/unlimited</a>.<br><br>This episode is also brought to you by <a href="https://pjlibrary.org/Home">PJ Library</a>, a free book program for families raising Jewish children. Sign up at <a href="http://pjlibrary.org/unorthodox">pjlibrary.org/unorthodox</a>, and they’ll send you a free picture book each month until your child turns nine.<br><br>Music:&nbsp;<br>"Mikveh Bath" by Golem<br>"Ring of Fire" by Johnny Cash<br>"Walk this Way" by Aerosmith<br>"The Boys of the County Cork" written by Tom Murphy<br>"Sunday Lights" by Blue Dot Sessions<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 25, 2017
On the [Jew] Media
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Unorthodox host Mark Oppenheimer recently published an <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/22/opinion/reclaiming-jew.html">op-ed</a> in <em>The New York Times </em>about our aversion to using the word 'Jew,' as opposed to 'Jewish.' Is 'Jew' still considered a slur? By many, yes. Should we reclaim it? Definitely, says Mark.<br><br>He discussed his op-ed with <a href="http://www.wnyc.org/shows/otm/">On the Media</a>'s Brooke Gladstone a couple of weeks ago, and we're pleased to share their conversation with you here in full. (Don't worry, the next full episode of Unorthodox will go live as scheduled on May 25!)<br><br>As always, we welcome your thoughts and feedback at <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a>.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 24, 2017
All Shakshuk Up: Ep. 90
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When Maya Jankelowitz and her husband Dean opened Jack’s Wife Freda in New York City in 2012, they mined their respective Israeli and South African upbringings for family recipes and traditional spices. The result was trendy downtown dining with a home-cooked vibe and a dash of nostalgia (the restaurant is named after Dean's grandparents). The pair now run two restaurants, identically named, and just published the Jack's Wife Freda <a href="http://jackswifefreda.com/cookbook/">cookbook</a>, which features recipes like peri peri chicken, malva pudding, and Maya’s mother’s chicken schnitzel. Maya joins us to talk about offering a Sephardic take on Jewish comfort food in a city dominated by bagels and lox, serving green shakshuka to Israeli tourists in Manhattan, and the first meal she eats when she goes back to Israel.<br><br>We also talk to scholar Barry Holtz, whose latest book is <a href="http://yalebooks.com/book/9780300204872/rabbi-akiva"><em>Rabbi Akiva: The Sage of the Talmud</em></a>. He shares some of his favorite stories about the preeminent teacher, whom he describes the model of Jewish intellectual creativity, and explains why we should approach the Talmud as a “multivolume, postmodern experimental novel.”<br><br><a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">Sign up</a> for for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes, behind-the-scenes photos, and more! Email us at <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a>—we'll share our favorite notes on air.<br><br>This episode is brought to you by Harry’s. Go to <a href="https://www.harrys.com/">Harrys.com</a> and enter code UNORTHODOX at checkout to get a free post shave balm.<br><br>This episode is also brought to you by <a href="https://pjlibrary.org/Home">PJ Library</a>, a free book program for families raising Jewish children. Sign up at <a href="http://pjlibrary.org/unorthodox">pjlibrary.org/unorthodox</a>, and they’ll send you a free picture book each month until your child turns nine.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 18, 2017
My Super Sweet Bar Mitzvah: Ep. 89
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This week's guest is comedian and writer <a href="http://www.halanscott.com/">H. Alan Scott</a>, who was raised Mormon in St. Louis and converted to Judaism when he was 31. He’s preparing for his bar mitzvah by immersing himself in Jewish life and culture, and it’s all being chronicled in <a href="https://latterday-jew.squarespace.com/"><em>Latter Day Jew</em></a>, a documentary by Aliza Rosen. H. Alan tells us about coming out to his Mormon family, how cancer jumpstarted his conversion to Judaism, and his deep love of <em>The Golden Girls</em>.<br><br><a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">Sign up</a> for for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes, behind-the-scenes photos, and more! Email us at <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a>—we'll share our favorite notes on air.<br><br>This episode is brought to you by <a href="https://pjlibrary.org/Home">PJ Library</a>, a free book program for families raising Jewish children. Sign up at <a href="http://pjlibrary.org/unorthodox">pjlibrary.org/unorthodox</a>, and they’ll send you a free picture book each month until your child turns nine.<br><br>Music:<br><br>"Mikveh Bath" by Golem<br>"I'll Be There For You" by The Rembrandts<br>"Baby ft. Ludacris" by Justin Bieber<br>"Love Me Too" by The Losers<br>"Some People" by Jule Styne and Steven Sondheim, performed by Bette Midler, from the 1993 TV Movie of <em>Gypsy<br></em>"Let's Get it On" by Marvin Gaye<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 11, 2017
I'm a Ringo: Ep. 88
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This week on Unorthodox: chocolate sausage! Our Jewish guest is Tablet’s <a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/author/jnathan">food columnist</a> Joan Nathan. Her <a href="http://joannathan.com/shop-item/king-solomons-table/">latest cookbook</a> is <em>King Solomon’s Table: a Culinary Exploration of Jewish Cooking from Around the World</em>, which features recipes like <a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-life-and-religion/229549/schokoladenwurst-chocolate-sausage"><em>schokoladenwurst</em></a>, a dessert that made its way from Berlin to El Salvador in the 1920s (and doesn’t actually have any meat in it). She tells us about drawing inspiration from the flavors and spices of the ancient Jewish world and why so many Jewish chefs today are winning <a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/231906/jewish-chefs-2017-james-beard-awards-michael-solomonov">top honors</a> in the food world.<br><br>Our Gentile of the week is <em>Rolling Stone</em> columnist <a href="http://www.robsheffield.com/">Rob Sheffield</a>, whose new <a href="https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062207654/dreaming-the-beatles">book</a> is <em>Dreaming the Beatles: The Love Story of One Band and the Whole World</em>. He tells us why the Beatles have remained so rabidly popular half a century after the band broke up, what British pop sensation One Direction owes to the Fab Four, and what his favorite new music acts are.<br><br><a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">Sign up</a> for for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes, behind-the-scenes photos, and more! Email us at <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a>—we'll share our favorite notes on air.<br><br>This episode is brought to you by Harry’s. Go to <a href="https://www.harrys.com/">Harrys.com</a> and enter code UNORTHODOX at checkout to get a free post shave balm.<br><br>Music:<br><br>"Mikveh Bath" by Golem<br>"Oops I Did it Again" by Max Martin and Rami, cover by Max Raabe<br>"School Spirit" by Kanye West<br>"Buddy Guy" by Action Bronson<br>"While My Guitar Gently Weeps" by The Beatles<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 04, 2017
Brand Management: Ep. 87
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This week on Unorthodox, we speak to the author of Donald Trump’s favorite book.<br>Our Jewish guest is Danya Shults, the founder of <a href="http://thisisarq.com/">Arq</a>, a website and community inspired by Jewish culture. She tells us how her own interfaith marriage inspired her to help people “connect with Jewish life and culture in a relevant, inclusive, and convenient way,” and explains where—<a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-28/selling-judaism-religion-not-included">if anywhere</a>—actual religion fits into the Arq universe. Our Gentile of the Week is Michael Knowles, managing editor of the Daily Wire and the mind behind the Amazon <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Reasons-Vote-Democrats-Comprehensive-Guide/dp/1543024971">bestseller</a> <em>Reasons to Vote for Democrats: A Comprehensive Guide</em>, which is a completely blank book. He tells us about the book’s unexpected success—he self-published it to get a rise out of his liberal friends—culminating in a Twitter <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/04/17/trump-plugs-reasons-to-vote-for-democrats-book-filled-with-blank-pages/?utm_term=.7a87b8942aeb">endorsement</a> from the president, and describes the stereotypes that dog a young conservative today.<br><a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">Sign up</a> for for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes, behind-the-scenes photos, and more! Email us at <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a>—we'll share our favorite notes on air.<br>This episode is brought to you by Harry’s. Go to <a href="https://www.harrys.com/">Harrys.com</a> and enter code UNORTHODOX at checkout to get a free post shave balm.<br>This episode is also brought to you by <a href="https://pjlibrary.org/Home">PJ Library</a>, a free book program for families raising Jewish children. Sign up at <a href="http://pjlibrary.org/unorthodox">pjlibrary.org/unorthodox</a>, and they’ll send you a free picture book each month until your child turns nine.<br><br>Music:&nbsp;<br><br>"Mikveh Bath" by Golem&nbsp;<br>"I Need a Dollar" by Aloe Blacc<br>"We Did It" by Dora the Explorer&nbsp;<br>"Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" by James Brown<br>"The Ballad of Eva Braun" by Noam Osband<br>"Ricky Bobby" by Kenny Floreat<br>"Unwritten" by Natasha Bedingfield&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 27, 2017
Cannonball Moment: Ep. 86
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This week on Unorthodox, we’re still trying to find those Holocaust centers Sean Spicer was talking about. <br>Our Jewish guest is filmmaker Ferne Pearlstein, whose latest <a href="https://www.lastlaughfilm.us/">documentary</a>, <em>The Last Laugh</em>, <a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-life-and-religion/225847/can-we-joke-about-the-holocaust">asks</a> comedians like Mel Brooks and Sarah Silverman whether or not we can joke about the Holocaust. She tells us why she decided to tackle such a taboo topic, how gallows humor can be a survival mechanism, and whether it matters if the joke-teller is Jewish or not. <em>The Last Laugh</em> <a href="http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/films/last-laugh/">premieres</a> Monday, April 24 on Independent Lens on PBS.<br>Our Gentile of the Week is Ashley McKinless, associate editor at <a href="http://www.americamagazine.org/"><em>America</em></a> magazine, the Jesuit Review of Faith and Culture. She co-hosts the new podcast <a href="http://www.americamagazine.org/politics-society/2017/02/28/welcome-jesuitical">Jesuitical</a>, which we lovingly call the Catholic version of Unorthodox. She explains who the Jesuits are, tells us about life as a 20-something practicing Catholic in New York City, and confirms that Liel is the only Leibovitz currently subscribed to <em>America</em> magazine.<br><a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">Sign up</a> for for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes, behind-the-scenes photos, and more! Email us at <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a>—we'll share our favorite notes on air.<br><br>This episode is brought to you by Harry’s. Go to <a href="https://www.harrys.com/">Harrys.com</a> and enter code UNORTHODOX at checkout to get a free post shave balm.<br>This episode is also brought to you by <a href="https://pjlibrary.org/Home">PJ Library</a>, a free book program for families raising Jewish children. Sign up at <a href="http://pjlibrary.org/unorthodox">pjlibrary.org/unorthodox</a>, and they’ll send you a free picture book each month until your child turns nine.<br><br>Music:<br><br>"Mikveh Bath" by Golem<br>"Anti Anti" by Bonaparte<br>"Frolic" by Luciano Michelini<br>"Make 'Em Laugh" Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed, from the 2012 London Cast Recording of <em>Singin' in the Rain<br></em>"Hitler the Vegetarian" by Noam Osband<br>"Camino Rojo ft. Lulacruza" by The Polish Ambassador<br>"We Were the People Our Parents Warned Us About" by Jimmy Buffett&nbsp;<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 20, 2017
The Bagel Show: Ep. 85
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This week on Unorthodox, we’re filling up on <em>chametz </em>before Passover starts. We talk to bagel makers from Montreal to Australia (and Cleveland!), get the scoop on the bagel scene in Israel, and find out how bagels became the unofficial food of the Jews.<br>Our guests span the globe, but have one thing in common: they love bagels. We talk to Ben Pigette, a lieutenant in the Royal Australian Navy who taught himself how to make bagels to impress his Jewish girlfriend. Geoff Hardman, co-founder of the <a href="http://clebagelco.com/">Cleveland Bagel Company</a>, tells us how he and his neighbor Dan Herbst decided to start making bagels despite having zero baking experience—and how their chewy-on-the-inside, crisp-on-the-outside creations are putting Cleveland on the bagel tourism map. Tel Aviv-based Tablet <a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/author/dana-kessler">contributor</a> Dana Kessler fills us in on the <em>beigale</em> scene in Israel: American bagels, Romanian bagels, Jerusalem bagels, and more. Vince Morena calls in from the famed <a href="http://www.stviateurbagel.com/about">St. Viateur Bagel</a> in Montreal to describe (and defend) Montreal-style bagels. He also tells us how his Italian father was hired as a teenager by Myer Lewkowicz, the Holocaust survivor who <a href="http://www.stviateurbagel.com/about-svb">founded</a> the shop in 1957, and ended up learning Yiddish and taking over the business when Lewkowicz died. Shannon Sarna, editor of <a href="http://www.myjewishlearning.com/the-nosher/">The Nosher</a> and author of the forthcoming <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Modern-Jewish-Baker-Challah-Bagels/dp/1682680215/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1490651317&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=shannon+sarna">cookbook</a> <em>Modern Jewish Baker: Challah, Babka, Bagels &amp; More</em>, tells us how bagels came to be such strong cultural markers of Judaism, and the newfangled bagel trend she can’t get on board with.<br>And a special low-carb treat: Rabbi Moshe Rosenberg, who just published <a href="https://www.amazon.com/unofficial-Hogwarts-Haggadah-Moshe-Rosenberg/dp/0692859055"><em>The (Unofficial) Hogwarts Haggadah</em></a>, explains why Harry Potter is such a good language for teaching his students about Judaism.<br><a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">Sign up</a> for for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes, behind-the-scenes photos, and more! Email us at <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a>—we'll share our favorite notes on air.<br>Sponsors: <a href="http://hellofresh.com/">HelloFresh</a>: For $35 off your first week of deliveries, enter code UNORTHODOX35 when you subscribe. <a href="http://harrys.com/">Harry’s</a>: Enter code UNORTHODOX at checkout to get a free post-shave balm.<br><br>Music Credits:<br>"Mikveh Bath" by Golem<br>"Tradition" written Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, from the original Broadway cast recording of <em>Fiddler on the Roof</em><br>"Hot Salsa Trip" by Arsonist<br>"Dear Future Husband" by Meghan Trainor<br>"Toledo Surprise" by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, from the original Broadway cast recording of The Drowsy Chaperone<br>"It's Magic" by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn, performed by Keely Smith<br>"Yea! Heavy and a Bottle of Bread" by Bob Dylan and The Band<br>"Finagle the Bagel" by Troy Ave<br>"Dayenu" by The Maccabeats<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 06, 2017
The Great Depression: Ep. 84
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This week on Unorthodox: a Jewish writer and an Episcopal priest walk into a podcast. Our Jewish guest is writer and essayist <a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/author/dmerkin">Daphne Merkin</a>, whose latest book is <a href="http://us.macmillan.com/thisclosetohappy/daphnemerkin/9780374140366/"><em>This Close to Happy: A Reckoning With Depression</em></a>. She tells us what it was like to write such a personal book—Tablet literary critic Adam Kirsch <a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-arts-and-culture/books/223625/depression-classic">called it</a> “a hybrid of memoir, case study, and confession”—and discusses the stigma that continues to surround depression in the Jewish community and beyond. Our Gentile of the Week is <a href="https://twitter.com/RevEdBacon">Father Ed Bacon</a>, a retired Episcopal priest legendary for his work with All Saints Church in Pasadena, California, which he turned into an activist, multi-ethnic congregation in a mostly white and wealthy town. He is also an <em>Oprah</em> regular and author of the book <a href="http://www.8habitsoflove.com/">8 Habits of Love</a>.<br><a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">Sign up</a> for for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes, behind-the-scenes photos, and more! Email us at <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a>—we'll share our favorite notes on air.<br><br>Music Credits:<br>"Mikveh Bath" by Golem<br>"Don't Hang Up" by The Orlons<br>"where the sunshine goes" by Yshwa<br>"No Rain" by Blind Melon<br>"A Perceptible Shift" by Andy G. Cohen<br>"Once Upon a Time... Storybook Love" by Mark Knopfler, from the film <em>A Princess Bride</em><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 30, 2017
Glasnost Ceiling: Ep. 83
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This week on Unorthodox, Mel Gibson gives tzedakah. Our Jewish guest is Ukrainian-born writer Sana Krasikov, whose latest novel, <a href="http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/95606/the-patriots-by-sana-krasikov/9780385524414/"><em>The Patriots</em></a>, explores the effects of the Cold War on three generations of a Jewish-American family, from the 1930s to the present. Our Gentile of the Week is Republican strategist <a href="https://twitter.com/PatrickRuffini">Patrick Ruffini</a>, who tells us what the future of data and technology looks like for political campaigns, and the value of data under a president who is openly dismissive of unfavorable polls.<br><br>Sign up for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes, behind-the-scenes photos, and more! Email us at <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a>—we'll share our favorite notes on air.<br>This episode is sponsored by <a href="http://harrys.com/">Harry’s</a>. Enter code UNORTHODOX at checkout to get a free post-shave balm.<br><br>Music Credits: <br>“Mikveh Bath” by Golem<br>“Dancing Tiger” by Damscray<br>“A Spoonful Of Sugar” by Richard and Roger Sherman, from the film <em>Mary Poppins<br></em>"Outro Dia" by Diogo Cadaval<em><br></em>“The One on the Right is on the Left” by Johnny Cash<br>“Birds of Prey” by Dark Sunn<br>“Stranger in Moscow” by Michael Jackson<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 23, 2017
Land's End: Ep. 82
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This week on Unorthodox, Mark ditches us for the Holy Land. It was snowing in New York, but we trudged to the studio and were graciously joined by Israeli filmmaker Shimon Dotan, whose latest film is <em>The Settlers</em>, a documentary about the controversial settler movement in Israel (you can read Tablet film critic J. Hoberman's review <a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-arts-and-culture/225697/the-settlers-movie">here</a>). He tells us why he decided to take on such a contentious topic, how he created a nuanced cinematic portrait of a group of people with whom he fundamentally disagrees, and how it felt to encounter protests from BDS activists who hadn’t seen the film.<br>Sign up for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes, behind-the-scenes photos, and more! Email us at <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a>—we'll share our favorite notes on air.<br><br>Music Credits:&nbsp;<br><br>"Mikveh Bath" by Golem<br>"That's What I Call Love" by Crowded House<br>"Kolomeika" by Tres Tristes Tangos<br>"The Pinch Paid Off, Pt. 1" by Albert King<br>"Full Stop" by Ketsa<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 16, 2017
All Aboard: Ep. 81
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This week on Unorthodox, Jewish baseball is having a moment. <br><br>Our Jewish guest is Adam Irving, whose documentary <a href="http://www.offtherailsmovie.com/"><em>Off the Rails</em></a> tells the story of Darius McCollum, an obsessive transit buff with Aspberger’s syndrome who has been arrested 32 times for impersonating New York City subway conductors and bus drivers. Adam tells us how his life has changed since releasing the film (his first) to critical <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/18/movies/off-the-rails-review.html?_r=0">acclaim</a>, getting his start in reality TV, and how he feels about Darrius’s story getting the Hollywood treatment in a forthcoming <a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/julie-roberts-playing-lawyer-train-875698">film</a> starring Julia Roberts as his lawyer.<br><br>Our Gentile of the Week is writer and reviewer Macy Halford, whose first book, <a href="http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/215729/my-utmost-by-macy-halford/9780307957986/"><em>My Utmost: A Devotional Memoir</em></a>, tells the story of Macy’s life through the lens of the bestselling Evangelical daily devotional <em>My Utmost for His Highest</em>. She read the book nightly, from her childhood in an Evangelical Christian family in Dallas to her years attending Barnard and then <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/contributors/macy-halford">working</a> for the <em>New Yorker</em>, and finally goes in search of its mysterious author, Oswald Chambers. She tells us about being called “an Esther”—hiding among non-believers at the <em>New Yorker</em>—by her mother, and what it was like to visit her family’s conservative Dallas community in the wake of the 2016 election.<br><br>Sponsors: <a href="http://hellofresh.com/">HelloFresh</a>: For $35 off your first week of deliveries, enter code UNORTHODOX35 when you subscribe.<a href="http://harrys.com/">Harry’s</a>: Enter code UNORTHODOX at checkout to get a free post-shave balm.<br><br>Music Credits:&nbsp;<br><br>"Mikveh Bath" by Golem<br>"Balkan Español" by Golem<br>"Sinnerman," written by Les Baxter and Will Holt, performed by Nina Simone<br>"What's New, Pussycat?" written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, performed by Franck Pourcel et Son Grand Orchestre<br>"Belief" by John Mayer<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 09, 2017
British Invasion: Ep. 80
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This week on Unorthodox, we check in with Jake Turx, the now-famous Orthodox White House reporter who asked Trump about anti-Semitism. <br><br>Our guests this week are <a href="http://leahgreentweets/">Leah Green</a> and <a href="http://fredmcconnell/">Freddy McConnell</a>, co-hosts of The Guardian’s “Token” <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/society/series/token">podcast</a>. Leah is mixed-race—her mother is Jewish and her father Nigerian—and Freddy is transgender and gay, and on their show they discuss topics like sex, gender, and race with frankness and humor (and British accents). We talk about whether Jews are white, find out the worst thing you can say to someone when you find out they’re transgender, and debate anti-Semitism on the British left. <br>Sign up for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes, behind-the-scenes photos, and more! Email us at <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a>—we'll share our favorite notes on air.<br><br>Music Credits:<br><br>"Unorthodox Theme Song" by Golem<br>"Yakety Sax" by Spider Rich and Boots Randolph<br>"D'Bronx Tanz" by Tres Tristes Tango<br>"Hello City" by Barenaked Ladies<br>"Thorn in Your Side" by Namoli Brennet<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 02, 2017
And the Oscar Goes To... Ep. 79
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This week on Unorthodox, we’ve got two Jewish guests. First up is <a href="http://scottfeinberg.com/">Scott Feinberg</a>, the awards <a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/blogs/race">columnist</a> for <em>The Hollywood Reporter</em> and host of the Awards Chatter <a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/topic/awards-chatter-podcast">podcast</a>, and one of the “most informed Oscarologists,” according to the <em>New York Times</em>. He tells us how he makes his Oscar predictions and where he'll be Sunday night as the winners are announced.<br>Our next guest knows the way to our hearts: homemade hamantaschen filled with sprinkles. <a href="https://twitter.com/mollyyeh">Molly Yeh</a> is the author of <a href="http://mynameisyeh.com/cookbook/"><em>Molly on the Range</em></a>, one of the <em>New York Times’</em> top fall cookbook releases of 2016, and the creator of <a href="http://mynameisyeh.com/">my name is yeh</a>, named Saveur’s 2015 Blog of the Year. She tells us about fielding questions from strangers about her ethnicity (her father is Chinese and her mother is Jewish), leaving Brooklyn for a sugar beet farm on the North Dakota-Minnesota border, and how far she has to go for a good bagel with lox these days.<br>Sign up for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes, behind-the-scenes photos, and more! Email us at <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a>—we'll share our favorite notes on air.<br>This episode is sponsored by <a href="http://harrys.com/">Harry’s</a>. Enter code UNORTHODOX at checkout to get a free post-shave balm.<br><br>Music Credits<br>"Unorthodox Theme Song" by Golem<br>"Come Get Me" by Nas<br>"Klezmer Happy Birthday" by Gypsy Jive Band<br>"Hooray for Hollywood" by Richard A. Whiting and Johnny Mercer<br>"Hi, Stephanie" by 임형복, ft. David Duchovny &amp; iOS7, prod. by Squish Turner<br>"Home on the Range" written by Daniel E. Kelley and Brewster M. Higley, performed by Roy Rogers<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 23, 2017
In Florida We Trust: Ep. 78
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This episode was recorded live at <a href="http://www.temple-israel.com/">Temple Israel</a> in West Palm Beach, Florida. <br>Our Jewish guest is Igor Shteyrenberg, director of the <a href="http://miamijewishfilmfestival.org/">Miami Jewish Film Festival</a>, which in five years he grew from an annual event with 4,000 attendees to the third largest Jewish film festival in the U.S. He tells us his favorite new Jewish films, the most controversial film the festival has screened (hint: there were zombies), and the Jewish movie he’d make if he were given carte blanche to choose from all the actors and directors in the world. <br><br>Our Gentile of the Week is Rocco Mangel, the restaurateur behind <a href="http://www.roccostacos.com/">Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar</a>, which has six locations in Florida and one in Brooklyn. He tells us about getting his start in the business working in his family’s New York restaurants as a teenager, studying tequila in Mexico before opening his first location, and which South Florida location is the rowdiest (sorry, Boca).<br><br>Sign up for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes, behind-the-scenes photos, and more! Email us at <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a>—we'll share our favorite notes on air.<br><br>Music Credits: &nbsp;<br>"Unorthodox Theme Song" by Golem<br>"We'll Meet Again" by Johnny Cash<br>"Odessa" by Golem<br>"Prince Igor, Act II: Polovtsian Dance" by Alexander Borodin, performed by Bolshoi Theater Choir<br>"Amor Verdadero" by The Afro-Cuban All Stars<br>"Volver, Volver" by Vincente Fernandez<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 16, 2017
X’s and O’s: Ep. 77
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This week on Unorthodox, we’re getting into the Valentine’s Day spirit. Or as we call it around here, Secular Tu B’Av.<br><br>Our Jewish guest is Israeli-American novelist and essayist Ayelet Waldman, whose latest book, <a href="http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/545767/a-really-good-day-by-ayelet-waldman/9780451494092/"><em>A Really Good Day</em></a> chronicles her experience taking microdoses of LSD to treat her mood disorder. She explains what microdosing <em>is</em> and how it helped her and her marriage, and tells us what it’s like to be married to another <a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/tag/michael-chabon">writer</a>.<br><br>Our second guest is a self-described “pizza bagel”—half Jewish, half Italian. Andrea Silenzi is the host and producer of “<a href="http://www.whyohwhyradio.com/%5D">Why Oh Why</a>,” a podcast about dating and relationships. She tells us how people use emojis to signal their Jewishness on dating apps like Tinder, whether it’s hard to date while hosting a podcast about dating, and the challenges educated women in New York City face when seeking a partner.<br><br>Our Gentile of the Week would call us gentiles, too. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich is a history professor at Harvard and a practicing Mormon. Her latest book is <a href="http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/207173/a-house-full-of-females-by-laurel-thatcher-ulrich/9780307594907/"><em>A House Full of Females: Plural Marriage and Women’s Rights in Early Mormonism</em></a>. She tells us the unexpected ways in which plural marriage empowered the women involved in it, and why the practice was ultimately abolished.<br><br>We're also joined by <a href="http://www.noamosband.com/">Noam Osband</a>, who performs some original love-themed songs on the ukulele. <br><br><a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">Sign up</a> for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes, behind-the-scenes photos, and more! Email us at <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a>—we'll share our favorite notes on air.<br><br>Sponsors:<br><a href="http://hellofresh.com/">HelloFresh</a>: For $35 off your first week of deliveries, enter code UNORTHODOX35 when you subscribe.<br><a href="http://harrys.com/">Harry’s</a>: Enter code UNORTHODOX at checkout to get a free post-shave balm.<br><br>Music Credits:<br>“Mack the Knife” by Louis Armstrong<br>“Chervona Ruta” by Golem<br>“Lysergic Bliss” by Of Montreal<br>“Why, Oh Why” by Woodie Guthrie<br>“Tomorrow is a Latter Day” from The Book of Mormon<br>“The Luna Moth Song” by Noam Osband<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 09, 2017
Live From New York! Ep. 76
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This week’s episode was recorded live at <a href="http://www.jccmanhattan.org/">JCC Manhattan</a>. Our first Jewish guest is Canadian transplant and longtime "This American Life" contributor Jonathan Goldstein, who now hosts the podcast <a href="https://gimletmedia.com/heavyweight/">Heavyweight</a>. He tells us about mining his personal life for stories to tell on his show and gives us a definitive (if very Canadian) answer on Montreal bagels vs. New York bagels. Our Gentile of the Week is Catholic <em>New York Times</em> <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/column/ross-douthat">columnist</a> Ross Douthat, who tells us about being a conservative voice writing for a largely liberal audience, why so many voters on the Christian right supported Trump despite mounting evidence of his moral failings, and why conservatives love fantasy novels like <em>Lord of the Rings</em>. Our second Jewish guest is <a href="http://www.jenspyra.com/">Jen Spyra</a>, comedian and writer on <em>The Late Show with Stephen Colbert</em>. She tells us about her <em>Late Show</em> audition, the challenges of writing jokes during a Trump administration, and when she first realized she was funny. <br><a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">Sign up</a> for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes and more. Email us with comments, questions and kvetches at <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a>—we'll share our favorite notes on air.&nbsp;<br>This episode is dedicated to the memory of J.J. the dog.<br><br>Special thanks to our live band, the Jewbadourians: Jim Knable, Sunny Knable, and Claudia Mogel.<br><br>Music Credits:&nbsp;<br><br>“Unorthodox Theme Song” by Golem<br> “Swing Gitane” by The Underscore Orkestra&nbsp;<br>“Jonathan Goldstein” by The Jewbadourians<br>“If Your Dad Doesn’t Have A Beard, You’ve Got Two Mums” by The Beards<br>“Ross Douthat” by The Jewbadourians<br>“Bad Religion” by Frank Ocean<br>“Jen Spyra” by The Jewbadourians<br>“LA Jews” by The Jewbadourians<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 02, 2017
Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor
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This week, in addition to our regular Thursday episode, we’re doing something a bit different. President Trump’s Executive Order on immigration struck us as so troubling, so decidedly antithetical to the Jewish values we hold dear—and such a disappointment given our own paths to this country—that we were moved to respond. On this mini-episode, Liel Leibovitz, Stephanie Butnick, and producer Elissa Goldstein offer brief reflections. <br><br><a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">Sign up</a> for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes and more. Email us at <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a>—we'll share our favorite notes on air.<br><br>Song credits:<br><br>“Unorthodox Theme Song” by Golem<br>“Ten Years Before” by Lobo Loco<br>“Waiting for my Man” by The Velvet Underground<br>“What Would You Do?” from the Original Cast Recording of <em>Cabaret</em><br>“Cylinder Six” by Chris Zabriskie<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 31, 2017
The Truth is Out There: Ep. 75
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Our Jewish guest this week is actor David Duchovny, whose latest novel, <a href="http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25666054-bucky-f-cking-dent"><em>Bucky F*cking Dent</em></a>, follows a Red Sox-loving father and son during the 1978 World Series. He tells us how fox Mulder, the fictional FBI agent he played on <em>The X-Files</em>, would feel about James Comey right about now, his favorite <em>X-Files</em> <a href="https://twitter.com/davidduchovny/status/804361932891242496">meme</a>, and his long-lost Yale Ph.D. thesis on magic and technology in 20th century fiction. <br>Our Gentile of the Week is John Cleese, whose memoir, <a href="http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22460748-so-anyway"><em>So, Anyway</em></a>, is out in paperback. The legendary British comedian and actor tells Liel about the first time he heard a good Jewish joke, why <em>The Hangover</em> is a terrible movie, and how the Black Knights from Monty Python and the Holy Grail might just be a metaphor for Jewish history.<br><a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">Sign up</a> for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes and more. Email us with comments, questions and kvetches at <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a>—we'll share our favorite notes on air. <br>Sponsored by <a href="http://harrys.com/">Harry’s</a>: Enter code UNORTHODOX at checkout to get a free post shave balm.<br>Music Credits:<br>“Unorthodox Theme Song” by Golem<br>“Egg Man” by The Beastie Boys<br>"Main Title Theme from Californication" by Tree Adams &amp; Tyler Bates<br>“David Duchovny” by Bree Sharp<br>“Mailtime” from Blues Clues<br>“Planta Baja” by Tres Tristes Tangos<br>“Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” by Eric Idle, performed by the Traditional Jazz Band of Brasil<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 26, 2017
Staff Pick: Heavyweight
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In anticipation of our Wednesday (1/25) live show at the Manhattan JCC (tickets available <a href="http://ebiz.jccmanhattan.org/PersonifyEBusiness/Default.aspx?TabID=416&amp;pid=647371826&amp;_ga=1.114388039.1961955299.1483633662&amp;utm_source=Conversations&amp;utm_campaign=UNORTHODOX&amp;utm_medium=FacebookEvent-1-5-17">here</a>), we thought we'd share the season finale of Jonathan Goldstein's <a href="https://gimletmedia.com/heavyweight/">Heavyweight</a> podcast. Jonathan is a radio storytelling legend and he'll be one of our guests on Wednesday night, so if you're coming to the show, listen up, and if not, listen anyway. If you like us, we bet you'll like him too.<br>In this episode (#8 Jeremy), Jonathan revisits his tricky relationship with Judaism by reconnecting with an acquaintance he hasn't heard from in decades.&nbsp;<br>Heavyweight is a production of Gimlet Media.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 24, 2017
Inaugural Distress: Ep. 74
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This week on Unorthodox, Bernie Madoff's prison hot chocolate scheme. We've got two Jewish guests this week: our first is return visitor Rosie Gray, who covered the election for BuzzFeed and is now a staff writer at the Atlantic. Our second guest is Charlie Brotman, who has announced every inauguration parade from Eisenhower to Obama but was snubbed by the Trump inauguration committee.<br><a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">Sign up</a> for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes and more. Email us with comments, questions and kvetches at <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a> (we may share your note on air!).<br>Music credits:&nbsp;<br>“Unorthodox Theme Song” by Golem<br>“NPR’s Morning Edition Theme” by BJ Liederman<br>“Le Hustle” by Polyrhytmics<br>“Rosie” by Jackson Browne<br>“Alley Cat” by Bent Fabric<br>“Hail to the Chief” by American Patriotic Music Ensemble<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 19, 2017
Here’s Looking at You, Kinder: Ep. 73
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This week on Unorthodox: We’ll always have <em>Casablanca</em> (except Mark).<br>Our Jewish guest is writer and comedian Lynn Harris, founder of <a href="http://www.goldcomedyforgirls.com/">Comedy GOLD</a>, which teaches girls and women how to empower themselves through comedy. Our Gentile of the Week is author and <a href="http://bloggingheads.tv/">Bloggingheads</a> founder Robert Wright, who was raised Southern Baptist but now practices Buddhism. <br><a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">Sign up</a> for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes and more. Email us with comments, questions and kvetches at<a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a> (we may share your note on air!).<br>Sponsors:<br><a href="http://hellofresh.com/">HelloFresh</a>: For $35 off your first week of deliveries, enter UNORTHODOX35 when you subscribe.<br><a href="http://harrys.com/">Harry’s</a>: Try a shave set for free—just cover shipping when you sign up. Enter code UNORTHODOX at checkout to get a free post shave balm.<br><br>Music Credits:<br>"Unorthodox Theme Song" by Golem<br>“As Time Goes By” by Herman Hupfeld, from the soundtrack to Casablanca<br>“Goodbye Columbus” by The Association<br>“Crate Diggin’” by Ari De Niro<br>“Send in the Clowns” by Stephen Sondheim, as performed by Herschel Krustofsky<br>“Rythme Gitan” by Latche Swing<br>“Hotel California” by The Eagles<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 12, 2017
Let My People Go: Ep 72
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This week on Unorthodox, Jared and Ivanka go shul shopping in Washington, D.C.<br>Our Jewish guest is renowned biblical scholar <a href="http://www.avivahzornberg.com/">Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg</a>, whose latest <a href="http://yalebooks.com/book/9780300209624/moses">book</a> examines the life of Moses, one of the most enigmatic biblical figures (you can read an excerpt <a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-arts-and-culture/books/218375/idolizing-moses">here</a>). She tells us about exploring the often overlooked aspects of Moses’s life—his speech impediment, for example–and why she believes Moses is one of the most compelling literary characters of all time. (This segment is sponsored by <a href="http://yalebooks.com/series/jewish-lives">Yale Jewish Lives</a>.)<br>Our Gentile of the Week is linguist John McWhorter, author of the forthcoming book, <a href="http://blpress.org/books/talking-back-talking-black/">Talking Back, Talking Black</a>. He tells us the latest linguistic trends he's noticed among his college students, why there’s no such thing as a safe space (or at least an unironic one), and why it’s OK to say ‘like’ a lot, as long as you’re not in a meeting.<br><a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">Sign up</a> for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes and more. Email us with comments, questions and kvetches at <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a>. We may share your note on air.&nbsp;<br>Thank you to all our listeners for your support and encouragement throughout 2016. We can’t wait to see what 2017 brings!<br><br>Music credits;&nbsp;<br>"Unorthodox Theme Song" by Golem<br>“Freedom Drops” by Ari De Niro<br>“A Partir Desse Dia” by Dark Sunn<br>“Go Down, Moses” performed by Louis Armstrong<br>“Words” by Boyzone<br>“Ballad of the Jewbadour” by Jim Knable<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 29, 2016
Have Yourself an Unorthodox Little Christmas: Ep. 71
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This week we’re celebrating Christmas the only way we know how: Chinese food and a movie. Plus a bunch of amazing guests!<br>We’re joined by <em>New York Times</em> reporter <a href="http://marcsworc.tumblr.com/">Marc Tracy</a>, who tells us about the tradition of Jews eating <a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-life-and-religion/53569/jewish-christmas">Chinese food on Christmas</a>, and the Jewish songwriters behind some of the most well-known <a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-arts-and-culture/music/22910/have-yourself-a-jewish-little-christmas">Christmas songs</a>. Jessica Grose, the editor of the email newsletter <a href="http://www.lennyletter.com/">Lenny</a>, tells us why it’s OK for Jews to have a <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/life/faithbased/features/2010/should_jews_own_christmas_trees/beware_of_bland_american_consumerism.html">Christmas tree</a>. Film critic <a href="http://jordanhoffman.com/">Jordan Hoffman</a> shares his favorite Christmas movies—and one classic he’s <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038650/">not so into</a>. Librarian <a href="https://nssbethel.org/Libraries-and-Facilities">Rachel Kamin</a> talks about a No Good Very Bad <a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/214625/shmelf-the-hanukkah-elf-book-takes-wrong-approach-to-educating-kids-about-holidays">children's Hanukkah book</a> (and recommends a few good ones), writer and activist Robin Rice tells us about her latest project, <a href="http://www.yourholidaymom.com/">Your Holiday Mom</a>, and Natasha Zaretsky <a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/157346/why-soviet-jews-have-christmas-trees">explains</a> why Soviet Jews have New Years trees.<br>Wishing you and your loved ones, pets, and frenemies a wonderful, meaningful, and delicious Hanukkah, and a merry Jewish Christmas!<br>We love hearing from you. Email us at <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a> with comments or questions, or just to say hi. We may share your note on air.<br>Music Credits:<br>"Unorthodox Theme Song" by Golem<br>"Last Christmas" by Wham<br>“Joy to The World” by The Klezmonauts“Deck the Halls” by The Klezmonauts<br>"God Bless Ye Merry Gentlemen" by The Klezmonauts<br>"A Jew on Christmas" by Kyle“Santa Baby” by Eartha Kitt“<br>Have Yourself a Politically-Correct Christmas” by Sam Tucker<br>“Christmastime is Here” by the Vince Guaraldi Trio<br>“Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer” performed by Jewlia Eisenberg<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 22, 2016
Ferris Bueller and the Chamber of Secrets: Ep. 70
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This week on Unorthodox, Israeli Burger King debuts the SufganiKing—a hamburger inside a jelly donut.<br>Our Jewish guest is Jason Diamond, author of the new <a href="https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062424839/searching-for-john-hughes">memoir</a>, <em>Searching for John Hughes: Or Everything I thought I Needed to Know About Life I Learned from Watching ‘80s Movies</em>. He gives us his list of the must-see John Hughes movies. Our Gentile of the Week is actually a Jew and a gentile—Vanessa Zoltan and Casper ter Kuile—the hosts of <a href="http://www.harrypottersacredtext.com/listen/">Harry Potter and the Sacred Text</a>, a podcast that Talmudically analyzes the wildly popular J.K. Rowling’s series. They tell us how (spoiler) Harry Potter is actually about the Holocaust.<br><a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">Sign up</a> for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes and more. Email us with comments, questions and kvetches at <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a>. We may share your note on air. <br>Today’s episode is brought to you by Harry’s. Go to <a href="http://harrys.com/">Harrys.com</a> to get a limited edition holiday shave set while supplies last—use the promo code UNORTHODOX at checkout for $5 off your order.<br>Music credits:<br>"Unorthodox Theme Song" by Golem<br>"Outer Orbit" by Revolution Void<br>"Hedwig's Theme" by John Williams<br>"Don't You Forget About Me" by Simple Minds<br>"Physionics" by Stephan Siebert&nbsp;<br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 15, 2016
A Cut Above: Ep. 69
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This week on Unorthodox, Ivanka Trump steals a kugel. Our Jewish guest is Naftali Hanau, founder of <a href="https://growandbehold.com/">Grow and Behold Foods</a>, the Brooklyn-based purveyor of kosher meat from animals raised on family farms with no hormones or antibiotics. He tells us about being trained as a kosher butcher, or <em>shochet</em>, and why he’s made it his mission to provide ethically-produced kosher meat. Our Gentile of the Week is Glynn Washington, host of NPR’s <a href="http://snapjudgment.org/">Snap Judgment</a>. He talks about what it takes to tell stories on the radio and how he knows when he's got a great one.<br><a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">Sign up</a> for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes and more. Email us with comments, questions and kvetches at <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a>. We may share your note on air. <br>Today’s episode is also brought to you by Harry’s. Go to <a href="http://harrys.com/">Harrys.com</a> to get a limited edition holiday shave set while supplies last—use the promo code UNORTHODOX at checkout for $5 off your order.<br><br>Music credits for this episode (in order):&nbsp;<br>"Unorthodox Theme Song" by Golem<br>"Teddy Bears' Picnic" by John Walter Bratton and performed by Henry Hall &amp; his Orchestra<br>"Theme from Schindler's List" by John Williams<br>"Fairweather Fiends"&nbsp; by Polyrhythmics<br>"Don't Dream It's Over" by Crowded House<br>"Spinning" by Nangdo<br>"Come to Me" by Hyson<br>"California" by Phantom Planet<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 08, 2016
Into the Woods: Ep. 68
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Our guest this week is Rabbi Brent Chaim Spodek of the Beacon Hebrew Alliance, whose mission is bringing Judaism out of the pews and into the daily lives of his congregants. He tells us about his popular Soul Strolls through the idyllic Hudson Valley woods on Saturdays, why it’s OK to watch movies on Shabbat, and why he wants to end the bar mitzvah practice as we know it. Plus, the Jewbadour Jim Knable contributes a ballad about Liel's travel woes. <br><br><a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">Sign up</a> for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes and more. Email us with comments, questions and kvetches at <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a>. We may share your note on air. <br><br>This week’s episode is brought to you by Audible. Get a free audiobook with a 30-day trial at <a href="http://www.audiblepodcast.com/unorthodox">audible.com/unorthodox</a>.<br><br>Today’s episode is also brought to you by Harry’s. Go to <a href="http://harrys.com/">Harrys.com</a> to get a limited edition holiday shave set while supplies last—use the promo code UNORTHODOX at checkout for $5 off your order.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 01, 2016
Views from the 6: Ep. 67
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This week’s episode was recorded live at <a href="https://www.beth-tzedec.org/">Beth Tzedec Congregation</a> in Drake's hometown of Toronto. Our Jewish guest is writer and filmmaker <a href="http://www.bezmozgis.com/">David Bezmozgis</a>, who moved with his family from Latvia to Toronto when he was six years old. He tells us just how dangerous he thinks a Trump presidency will be, and why Americans shouldn’t flee to Canada but instead stay and fight. Our Gentile of the week is <a href="http://www.julienesrallah.com/">Julie Nesrallah</a>, mezzo-soprano and host of <a href="http://www.cbcmusic.ca/programs/tempo">Tempo</a>, CBC Radio 2’s classical music program. She tells us about founding <a href="http://www.julienesrallah.com/category/carmen-on-tap/">Carmen on Tap</a>, a company that performs Georges Bizet’s opera <em>Carmen </em>as dinner theatre, and treats us to a song from the 1875 opera.Like listening to Unorthodox? <a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">Sign up</a> for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes and more. Email us at <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a> with comments, questions, and kvetches. We may share your letter on air.<br>Today’s episode is brought to you by Harry’s. For a great shave at an affordable price, go to <a href="http://www.harrys.com/">Harrys.com</a> and use promo code UNORTHODOX at checkout to get their free trial set and post-shave balm.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 23, 2016
Betting on Trump: Bonus Episode
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In this bonus episode, Mark chats with his only Facebook friend supporting Donald Trump: Bob Barnes, a Yale classmate he hasn't seen in 22 years. Barnes, a lawyer and self-described populist who hasn't voted in a presidential election since 1992, put $125,000 on a Trump win at 4 to 1 odds in London. Now a half million dollars richer, he talks to Mark about why he supports the President-Elect, how he saw this result coming, and what the left needs to do to win back the middle.<br><br>Like listening to Unorthodox? <a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">Sign up</a> for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes and more. Email us at <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a> with comments, questions, and kvetches. We may share your letter on air.<br>Shalom, friends.&nbsp;<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 21, 2016
A Little on the Nose, History: Ep. 66
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Torontonians! Join us tonight, Nov. 17, for our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/205612439867987/">live show</a> at Beth Tzedec Congregation at 7:30 p.m. Tickets <a href="https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/unorthodox-a-tablet-magazine-podcast-tickets-27911144986?aff=es2">here</a>.<br>Today we’re joined by a special guest to help us process what happened in last week’s presidential election, and where we go from here. Former U.S. Congressman Barney Frank, who represented the fourth district of Massachusetts from 1981 to 2013, talks about the impacts of race and class on the election, and what the Democratic establishment needs to address moving forward.<br>Like listening to Unorthodox? <a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">Sign up</a> for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes and more. Email us at <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a> with comments, questions, and kvetches. We may share your letter on air.<br>Today’s episode is brought to you by Harry’s. For a great shave at an affordable price, go to <a href="http://www.harrys.com/">Harrys.com</a> and use promo code UNORTHODOX at checkout to get their free trial set and post-shave balm.<br>Shalom, friends.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 17, 2016
Super Tuesday: Ep. 65
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Join us next week in Toronto! We’ll be recording a <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/205612439867987/">live show</a> at Beth Tzedec Congregation Thursday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets <a href="https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/unorthodox-a-tablet-magazine-podcast-tickets-27911144986?aff=es2">here</a>.<br>Surprise! We’re getting our Unorthodox on a little early this week, with a jam-packed episode for you to listen to while you wait on line to vote. Our first Jewish guest is Stephanie’s maternal grandfather, Albert Rothaus, calling in from Boca Raton, Florida. The lifelong Democrat tells us about being a Hillary voter in Trumpland and putting friendships on ice during the election. Our second Jewish guest is Tablet <a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/author/jkirchick">columnist</a> Jamie Kirchick, who tells us which Republicans have <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/10/19/the-unforgivables-trump-s-top-collaborators.html">most disappointed him</a> this election season and the worst thing he’s been called on Twitter. Our third Jewish guest is <em>National Review</em> Washington editor <a href="https://twitter.com/elianayjohnson">Eliana Johnson</a>, who describes the mood in her office these days and tells us why she’s not voting the top of the ticket. Our Gentile of the Week is legendary <em>Washington Post</em> reporter Bob Woodward, who offers his election predictions and tells us whether he ever gets sick of ‘-gate’ being added to the end of every political scandal. Also, producer Noah Levinson reports from a Melania Trump event. <br><br>Like listening to Unorthodox? <a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">Sign up</a> for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes and more. Email us at <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a> with comments, questions, and kvetches. We may share your letter on air.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 08, 2016
It's Almost Over: Ep. 64
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This week’s episode was recorded live at Hebrew College in Newton, Mass. We’re joined by three great guests to talk about the never evening presidential election. <br><br>Our first Jewish guest is Jeremy Hobson, co-host of NPR’s "<a href="http://www.wbur.org/hereandnow">Here and Now</a>," who has traveled the country to talk to voters about why they support Donald Trump. Our second Jewish guest is <em>Boston Globe op-ed </em>columnist <a href="https://www.bostonglobe.com/staff/jacoby">Jeff Jacoby</a>, the lone conservative voice at the newspaper. Our Gentile of the Week is General Tom Hill, a highly decorated combat infantryman and diplomat who retired from the U.S. Army after 36 years of active service to the nation, who explains why he thinks high-ranking military officers shouldn’t involve themselves in elections.<br><br>We’re also treated to some new songs, performed live by our in-house Jewbadour, <a href="http://www.jimknable.com/">Jim Knable</a>. <br><br>Like listening to Unorthodox? Sign up for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes and more. Email us at <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a> with comments, questions, and complaints, and we may share your letter on air!<br><br>Today’s episode is brought to you by Harry’s. For a great shave at an affordable price, go to <a href="http://harrys.com/">Harrys.com</a> and use promo code UNORTHODOX at checkout to get their free trial set and post-shave balm.<br><br>Today’s episode is also brought to you by Primary, offering stylish basics for babies and kids in fun colors and soft fabrics, all under $25. Go to <a href="http://primary.com/unorthodox">Primary.com/unorthodox</a> and use the promo code UNORTHODOX to save 25% off your first purchase, AND free shipping!<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 03, 2016
Blame the Puppies: Ep. 63
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Boston-area listeners, join us for our live show tonight at Hebrew College in Newton, Mass, at 7:30 p.m.—tickets available <a href="https://secure.hebrewcollege.edu/unorthodox-podcast-registration">here</a>.<br> <br>This week on Unorthodox, Bar Refaeli gets pixelated. Our Gentile of the Week is Sohrab Ahmari, a London-based editorial writer for the Wall Street Journal and the author of <a href="https://www.bitebackpublishing.com/books/the-new-philistines"><em>The New Philistines: How Identity Politics Disfigure the Arts</em></a>. He tells us about watching the presidential election from abroad and his ongoing conversion to Catholicism. Our Jewish guest is filmmaker and anthropologist Noam Osband, who profiled Baruch Marzel, one of the leaders of Israel's far-right—and a distant relative of Osband’s—for his latest documentary, <a href="https://vimeo.com/115909643"><em>The Radical Jew</em></a>. He tells us what surprised him most about the political firebrand, and plays us a song about puppies on his ukelele. <br><br>Like listening to Unorthodox? <a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">Sign up</a> for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes and more. Email us at <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a> with comments, questions, and complaints, and we may share your letter on air!<br><br>This week's show is brought to you by Harry’s. For a great shave at an affordable price, go to <a href="http://www.harrys.com/">Harrys.com</a> and use promo code UNORTHODOX at checkout to get their free trial set and post-shave balm. <br><br>Today's episode is also brought to you by HelloFresh, the leading meal-delivery kit service. For $35 off your first week of deliveries, visit <a href="http://hellofresh.com/">hellofresh.com</a> and enter the promo code UNORTHODOX when you subscribe!<br><br>&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Oct 27, 2016
Jack of All Trades: Ep. 62
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This week on Unorthodox, Robert Zimmerman gets a Nobel Prize. Our Jewish guest is David Kaufman, editor in chief of <em>Alexa</em>, the luxury magazine of the <em>New York Post</em>. He tells us about <a href="http://nypost.com/2016/10/09/ex-knick-amare-stoudemire-reveals-his-holy-life-in-jerusalem/">visiting</a> Amar’e Stoudemire and his family in Jerusalem, and why moving to Israel was a relief for the former New York Knick. Our Gentile of the Week is Nelson Eddy, the official historian for the Jack Daniels distillery. He tells us about the brand getting kosher certification, and offers to make Liel a <a href="http://jackdanielsbottles.com/distillery/tennessee-squire-association/">Tennessee Squire</a>. We’ve got another live show coming up! <a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/215851/unorthodox-live-hebrew-college-boston-october-27">Join us</a> at Hebrew College in Newton, Mass, Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m.—tickets available <a href="https://secure.hebrewcollege.edu/unorthodox-podcast-registration">here</a>.<br><br>Like listening to Unorthodox? <a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">Sign up</a> for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes and more. Email us at <a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a> with comments, questions, and complaints. We may share your letter on air<br><br>Today’s episode is brought to you by Harry’s. For a great shave at an affordable price, go to <a href="http://harrys.com/">Harrys.com</a> and use promo code UNORTHODOX at checkout to get their free trial set and post-shave balm.<br><br>This episode is brought to you by the new film <em>Denial</em>. From the screenwriter of <em>The Hours</em> and <em>The Reader</em> comes the true story of one woman’s court battle for historical truth against a Holocaust denier. Starring Rachel Weisz and Tom Wilkinson.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Oct 20, 2016
Guilt Trip: Ep. 61
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This week on Unorthodox, we’re partying like it’s 5777. Our Jewish guest is Gitl Schaechter Viswanath, co-author of the new&nbsp;<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Comprehensive-English-Yiddish-Dictionary-Gitl-Schaechter-Viswanath/dp/0253022827">Comprehensive English-Yiddish Dictionary</a>, an 850-page volume that adapts the Eastern European language for the modern world—and includes a new Yiddish term for 'sexting.' Our Gentile of the Week is actress Tessa Kim, whose one-woman show,&nbsp;<a href="http://thebadgerman.com/">The Bad German</a>, tells the story of reconciling her German identity after moving to New York.&nbsp;<br><br>Like listening to Unorthodox?&nbsp;<a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">Sign up</a>&nbsp;for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes and more. Email us at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a>&nbsp;with comments, questions, and complaints. We may share your letter on air<br><br>Today’s episode is brought to you by Harry’s. For a great shave at an affordable price, go to&nbsp;<a href="http://harrys.com/">Harrys.com</a>&nbsp;and use promo code UNORTHODOX at checkout to get their free trial set and post-shave balm.<br><br>This episode is brought to you by the new film&nbsp;<em>Denial</em>. From the screenwriter of&nbsp;<em>The Hours</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>The Reader</em>&nbsp;comes the true story of one woman’s court battle for historical truth against a Holocaust denier. Starring Rachel Weisz and Tom Wilkinson.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Oct 13, 2016
Sorry Not Sorry: Ep. 60
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This week on Unorthodox, we’re gearing up for Yom Kippur with our second annual Apology episode. Marjorie Ingall, Unorthodox regular and co-founder of the website&nbsp;<a href="http://sorrywatch.com/">SorryWatch.com</a>, tells us about the best and worst public apologies of the last year. We talk to Richard Cellini, the founder of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.georgetownmemoryproject.org/">Georgetown Memory Project</a>, and the force behind the university’s recent decision to grant preferential admissions to the descendants of the 272 slaves it sold in 1838 to save the school from financial default. We also speak with Dvorah Telushkin, mother of our co-producer Shira Telushkin and the Upper West Side's most obsessive apologizer. We hear a story about the tough conversations in which we ask for forgiveness from others—or ask others to ask for forgiveness from us—from&nbsp;<a href="http://www.immersenyc.org/">ImmerseNYC</a>&nbsp;founder Rabbi Sara Luria.<br><br>This episode is brought to you by the new film&nbsp;<em>Denial</em>. From the screenwriter of&nbsp;<em>The Hours</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>The Reader</em>&nbsp;comes the true story of one woman’s court battle for historical truth against a Holocaust denier. Starring Rachel Weisz and Tom Wilkinson.<br><br>Today’s episode is brought to you by Harry’s. For a great shave at an affordable price, go to&nbsp;<a href="http://harrys.com/">Harrys.com</a>&nbsp;and use promo code UNORTHODOX at checkout to get their free trial set and post-shave balm.<br><br>Like listening to Unorthodox?&nbsp;<a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">Sign up</a>&nbsp;for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes and more. Email us at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a>&nbsp;with comments, questions, and complaints. We may share your letter on air.<br><br>To fill out the Panoply survey go to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.panoply.fm/survey">www.panoply.fm/survey</a>.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Oct 06, 2016
The Bottle Episode: Ep. 59
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Rosh Hashanah has us feeling reflective, so we decided to put together a special mini-episode for the Jewish New Year, featuring stories of new beginnings from our hosts. Mark Oppenheimer discusses how a failure his freshman year in college forced him to rethink his priorities and get a new life, Stephanie Butnick describes the freedom of a semester abroad, and Liel Leibovitz tells an old Hasidic tale of how to talk to God in the Days of Awe.<br><br>We'll be back next Thursday with a full-length episode—a special Yom Kippur show dedicated to apologies. You can listen to last year's apology show&nbsp;<a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-life-and-religion/193270/hard-to-say-im-sorry">here</a>. &nbsp;<br>Like listening to Unorthodox?&nbsp;<a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">Sign up</a>&nbsp;for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes and more. Email us at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a>&nbsp;with comments, questions, and complaints. We may share your letter on air.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Sep 29, 2016
New England Prep: Ep. 58
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This episode was recorded live from the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.jccnh.org/">JCC of Greater New Haven</a>. Our Jewish guest is Connecticut Lt. Gov.&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/LtGovWyman/#">Nancy Wyman</a>, who explains what exactly a Lieutenant Governor does. She also tells us how she made her way from Brooklyn to New England, whether she’d run for governor, and what she thinks of Donald Trump. Our Gentile of the Week is humorist and WNPR host&nbsp;<a href="http://wnpr.org/programs/colin-mcenroe-show#stream/0">Colin McEnroe</a>, who returns for his second visit to the show. He tells us how the 2016 election has driven him back to church, plus how reality TV impulses have invaded the political realm.&nbsp;<br><br>Like listening to Unorthodox?&nbsp;<a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">Sign up</a>&nbsp;for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes and more. We love hearing from you! Email us at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a>&nbsp;with comments, questions, and complaints. We may share your letter on air.<br><br>Today’s episode is brought to you by Harry’s. For a great shave at an affordable price, go to&nbsp;<a href="http://harrys.com/">Harrys.com</a>&nbsp;and use promo code UNORTHODOX at checkout to get their free trial set and post-shave balm.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Sep 26, 2016
Schwartz Authority: Ep. 57
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This week on Unorthodox, who said it:&nbsp;<em>Harry Potter</em>&nbsp;star Emma Watson or Hillel the Elder? Our Jewish guest is professional football player Geoff Schwartz, one half of the first set of Jewish brothers to play in the NFL since Ralph and Arnold Horween in 1923. He and his brother, Mitchell Schwartz, are the authors of a new book called&nbsp;<a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01B1MWL5M/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&amp;btkr=1"><em>Eat MySchwartz: Our Story of NFL Football, Food, Family, and Faith</em></a>. Our Gentile of the Week is Patricia Napier-Fitzpatrick, founder and president of The Etiquette School of New York, which offers lessons on everything from dining etiquette and table manners to social media protocol and workplace small talk. She tells us the most frustrating etiquette faux pas she sees young people committing today, and asks us about proper etiquette for a non-Jewish person attending a synagogue.<br>Join us Monday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m., at our live taping at the JCC of Greater New Haven. Tickets are available&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/153353125093520/">here</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Like listening to Unorthodox?&nbsp;<a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">Sign up</a>&nbsp;for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes and more. We love hearing from you! Email us at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a>&nbsp;with comments, questions, and complaints. We may share your letter on air.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Sep 15, 2016
Fashionably Late: Ep: 56
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This week on Unorthodox, the hottest meal in Scottish prisons is… kosher.<br><br>Our Jewish guest is Willard Spiegelman, longtime English professor at Southern Methodist University and author of the new book of essays,&nbsp;<em>Senior Moments: Looking Back, Looking Ahead</em>. He tells us the worst fashion trend among college students today and why retiring to Manhattan is the secret to a long life. Our Gentile of the Week is R.J. Hernández, whose new novel,&nbsp;<em>An Innocent Fashion</em>, which tells the story of a Cuban-American Ivy League grad who lands an internship at an elite fashion magazine and assumes a genteel-sounding name and pedigree, is based on his own experiences (R.J. interned at Vogue under the name Seymour Glass.) He tells us why he felt he had to hide his heritage to make it in the high fashion world, and schools us on Fashion Week, currently underway in New York City.<br><br>Like listening to Unorthodox?&nbsp;<a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">Sign up</a>&nbsp;for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes and more.&nbsp;<br><br>We love hearing from you! Email us at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a>&nbsp;with comments, questions, and complaints. We may share your letter on air.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Sep 08, 2016
Teach Your Children Well: Ep 55
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This week on Unorthodox, singer Sia gets sued for a sub-par Tel Aviv concert.<br><br>Our Jewish guest is Justin Sakofs, creator of MagneticShul, a toy designed to engage kids in ritual Jewish life (yes, we try it out). Our Gentile of the Week is Paris-based writer Thomas Chatterton Williams, who tells us about his perspective on American politics as an ex-pat and his next book, a reckoning with how we define race in America, based on his 2015 essay about being a black man with a blonde daughter. His question for us: Are Jews white?<br><br>Like listening to Unorthodox?&nbsp;<a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">Sign up</a>&nbsp;for our weekly newsletter to get new episodes and more.&nbsp;<br><br>We love hearing from you! Email us at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a>&nbsp;with comments, questions, and complaints. We may share your letter on air.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Aug 25, 2016
Talkin 'Bout My Generation: Ep 54
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This week on Unorthodox, we’re obsessed with the Olympics.&nbsp;<br><br>Our Jewish guests are 20-year-old twins Jack and David Cahn, co-authors of a new book called&nbsp;<em>When Millennials Rule: The Reshaping of America</em>. They tell us what they think of the 2016 election, which twin is better at chess, and how to prepare for the Millennial takeover. Our Gentile of<br>the Week is Gaura Vani, a lifelong Hare Krishna and performer of Mantra Music, which is based on the ancient call-and-response devotional tradition known as Kirtan. He leads us in a chant and even tells us we have good voices.&nbsp;<br><br>Like listening to us each week? Consider&nbsp;<a href="https://tabletmag.networkforgood.com/projects/15176-tablet-unorthodox-podcast">making a contribution</a>&nbsp;to support the show.<br><br>We love hearing from you! Email us at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a>&nbsp;with comments, questions, and complaints. We may share your letter on air.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Aug 18, 2016
The Parent Trap: Ep. 53
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<br>We’ve got a special show for you this week, Unorthodoxers. We’re excited to have Tablet columnist Marjorie Ingall back on to discuss her new book,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mamalehknowsbest.com/"><em>Mamaleh Knows Best: What Jewish Mothers Do to Raise Successful, Creative, Empathetic, Independent Children</em></a>, which comes out August 30. In it, she challenges the stereotype of the overbearing, coddling Jewish mother, arguing that Jewish mothers actually instill in their children confidence, independence, and a healthy skepticism of authority. She’s joined on-air by Rav Danya Ruttenberg, author of&nbsp;<a href="http://us.macmillan.com/static/fib/nurture-the-wow/"><em>Nurture the Wow: Finding Spirituality in the Frustration, Boredom, Tears, Poop, Desperation, Wonder, and Radical Amazement of Parenting</em></a>, which came out this spring.<br><br>Our fundraising drive is coming to an end. Thank you to everyone who contributed, we geniunely appreciate the support (and funny notes!). And if you’re catching up on episodes, it’s never too late to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/donate">give some shekels</a>&nbsp;to your favorite Jewish podcast.<br><br>We love hearing from you! Email us at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a>&nbsp;with comments, questions, and complaints. We may share your letter on air.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Aug 11, 2016
Happy Trails: Ep. 52
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This week on Unorthodox, Amar’e Stoudemire ditches the NBA for the Holy Land. Our Jewish guest is BuzzFeed reporter&nbsp;<a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/rosiegray">Rosie Gray</a>, who has spent the past six months following the Republican presidential candidates on the campaign trail, producing behind-the-scenes dispatches from everything from&nbsp;<a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/rosiegray/inside-a-white-nationalist-conference-energized-by-trumps-ri?utm_term=.ig6PP2L8Le#.sgzaaldZd6">white supremacist rallies</a>&nbsp;to&nbsp;<a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/mckaycoppins/rubio-bails-last-minute-on-conservative-gathering-packed-wit?utm_term=.xe2wNWnE2#.qhjpvGEMq">contentious Republican meetings</a>, and reporting on Donald Trump’s&nbsp;<a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/rosiegray/donald-trump-accepts-the-gop-nomination-with-a-very-differen">nomination</a>&nbsp;at the RNC in Cleveland. Our Gentile of the Week is actor, director, and screenwriter&nbsp;<a href="http://www.adamlinn.com/index.html">Adam Linn</a>, author of the 2012 novel&nbsp;<a href="http://www.adamlinn.com/american-sexy.html"><em>American Sexy</em></a>. He tells us how he came to direct movies despite losing his eyesight at a young age, and the most annoying thing to hear as a blind person.<br><br>This episode marks one year of Unorthodox. If you’ve enjoyed listening to the show as much as we’ve enjoyed making it, please consider&nbsp;<a href="https://tabletmag.networkforgood.com/projects/15176-tablet-unorthodox-podcast">making a contribution</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>We love hearing from you! Email us at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a>&nbsp;with comments, questions, and complaints. We may share your letter on air.<br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Aug 04, 2016
Get Your (Scape)goat: Ep. 51
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This week, Vilnius's hottest wedding destination is a former concentration camp.&nbsp;Our Jewish guest is Deena Gottlieb, who just finished her first year of reform rabbinical school. She tells us what that first year in&nbsp;Israel was like (less&nbsp;<em>Real World</em>, more studying), why she wants to become a reform rabbi, and how she gets through to distracted bar mitzvah students. Our Gentile of the week is Arsalan Iftikhar, aka&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/TheMuslimGuy">@TheMuslimGuy</a>, human rights lawyer, media commentator, and author of the recent book&nbsp;<em>Scapegoats: How Islamophobia Helps Our Enemies &amp; Threatens Our Freedoms</em>. He has an interesting question for the panel: As members of a community that has been historically scapegoated, what advice can you give to seven million American Muslims who are witnessing the rise of Islamophobia here in the United States today?<br><br>Like listening to us each week? Consider making a contribution at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/donate">tabletmag.com/donate</a>.<br><br>We love to hear from you! Email us at Unorthodox@tabletmag.com. Sign up for our weekly newsletter at&nbsp;<a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast.">http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast</a>.<br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jul 28, 2016
The Hot Seat: Ep. 50
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This week, we can't stop talking about the Republican National Convention. Our Jewish guest is the very funny Catie Lazarus, writer and host of "Employee of the Month," a monthly live talk show at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, for which she’s interviewed Bette Midler,<br>Jon Stewart, and Lin-Manuel Miranda. She tells us how she found her calling as a live interviewer and about the time she went to Park Slope, Brooklyn to hawk truly local milk—breast milk.&nbsp;<br><br>Our Gentile of the Week is Scott Jones, lead pastor at Ascencion Church, and the host of&nbsp;<em>Mockingcast</em>, the podcast of the online magazine&nbsp;<em>Mockingbird&nbsp;</em>(we're calling it the Christian version of our show). Over pizza-flavored Goldfish and whiskey, he tells us how a fundamentalist Christian friend from childhood with a really good curve ball led him to Jesus, and asks about the most Jewish cocktail (Manischewitz fizz).&nbsp;<br><br>Like listening to us each week? Consider making a contribution at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/donate">tabletmag.com/donate</a>.<br><br>We love to hear from you! Email us at Unorthodox@tabletmag.com. Sign up for our weekly&nbsp;newsletter at&nbsp;<a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast.">http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast</a>.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jul 21, 2016
The Other Cheek: Ep. 49
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This week on Unorthodox, our favorite Jewish gymnast is headed to Rio.<br><br>Our Jewish guest is Deborah Pardo-Kaplan, a freelance journalist working on a memoir about her life as a Messianic Jew. She explains what Messianic Jews believe, and her journey from a traditional Jewish upbringing to ultimately adopting those beliefs—plus the unexpected difficulties of dating as a Messianic Jew. Our Gentile of the Week is Bruce Barber, the general manager of WNHU-FM, the campus and community run radio station at the University of New Haven. He asks about yarmulke protocol for non-Jews in a synagogue, and we call up an expert to get the answer.&nbsp;<br><br>Like listening to us each week? Consider making a contribution at&nbsp;<a href="http://tabletmag.com/donate">tabletmag.com/donate</a>.<br>We love to hear from you! Email us at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a>. Sign up for our weekly newsletter at&nbsp;<a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast</a>.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jul 14, 2016
Rock N’ Roll All Night: Ep. 48
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Our Jewish guest is writer and illustrator Christopher Noxon, author of the novel,&nbsp;<em>Plus One</em>,<em>&nbsp;</em>and the husband of&nbsp;<em>Weeds</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>Orange is the New Black</em>&nbsp;creator Jenji Kohan. He tells us why he prefers the term ‘domestic first responder’ to ‘house husband,’ and about the ritual bloodletting required to complete his conversion to Judaism. Our Gentile of the Week is rock critic Jim DeRogatis, co-host of the WBEZ talk show “Sound Opinions.” He tells us how meeting Lester Bangs made him want to become a rock critic, and how to discover good new music today.&nbsp;<br><br><br><br>If you like listening to us each week, consider making a donation to support the show at&nbsp;<a href="http://tabletmag.com/donate">tabletmag.com/donate</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>We love to hear from you! Email us at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a>. Sign up for our weekly newsletter at&nbsp;<a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast</a>.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jul 07, 2016
Hello, Gorgeous: Ep. 47
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This week on Unorthodox: Kappa connections, ruff times for dogs in Iran, and a new original song from our in-house Jewbadour Jim Knable.<br><br>Our Jewish guest is Rebecca Schiff, whose debut short story collection,&nbsp;<em>The Bed Moved</em>, was published in April .&nbsp; She reads us one of the stories, and tells us what her mom thinks of the sex and pot references in the book, and why she’s attracted to Jewish guys. Our Gentile of the Week is Mo Rocca, NPR ‘Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me’ regular. The former&nbsp;<em>Daily Show&nbsp;</em>fixture and VH1 commentator (he&nbsp;<em>Loves the 80s</em>) tells us about the time he judged a Trump-owned Miss U.S.A. pageant, his hamantaschen-baking habit, and what gentiles say when the Jews leave the room.<br><br>If you like listening to us each week, consider making a contribution to keep Unorthodox going until 120. All sorts of on-air goodies await those who donate at&nbsp;<a href="http://tabletmag.com/donate">tabletmag.com/donate</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>We love to hear from you! Email us at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a>. Sign up for our weekly newsletter at&nbsp;<a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast</a>.<br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 30, 2016
Don't Hate The Player: Ep. 46
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This week, El Al helps herd biblical sheep to Israel. Our Jewish guest is Matthew Futterman, senior special writer for sports at The Wall Street Journal and the author of&nbsp;<em>Players: The Story of Sports and Money, and the Visionaries Who Fought to Create a Revolution</em>. He tells us how NFL quarterbacks used to sell real estate in the off-season to support themselves, plus what he’s looking forward to at this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio and why water polo is an underrated Olympic sport. Our Gentile of the Week is longtime book editor Ann Patty, whose memoir,<em>&nbsp;Living with a Dead Language: My Romance with Latin,</em>&nbsp;is about how she decided to learn Latin after leaving the publishing industry. She tells us about the Vassar students she met in her introductory Latin class, and the week-long Latin camp she’s attending this summer.<br><br>We love to hear from you! Email us at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a>. Sign up for our weekly newsletter at&nbsp;<a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast</a>.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 23, 2016
Just The Two of Us: Ep. 45
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This week on Unorthodox: public swimming pool drama in Brooklyn, and one Jewish man’s unusual sperm donation program.<br>We don’t have a Jewish guest this week, but we have reached peak gentile: award-winning architect Duo Dickinson, a cradle Episcopalian, joins us for a lively discussion about Jews, WASPs, and the difference between designing a church and a synagogue. We also get a visit from our producer Julie’s daughter Leah, who joins us on-air for a discussion of presumed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.&nbsp;<br>We love to hear from you! Email us at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a>. Sign up for our weekly newsletter at&nbsp;<a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast</a>.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 16, 2016
Father Figures: Ep. 44
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This week, Unorthodox jumpstarts the Father’s Day festivities with a special episode—because is there any figure more overlooked and misunderstood than the Jewish father? Liel talks to Tablet’s Gabe Sanders about archetypal father figures, starting with the biblical Abraham, and how their own identities changed when they became fathers. Stephanie sits down with Unorthodox regular Marjorie Ingall to break down the problematic aspects of Father’s Day, as well as the tough rap Jewish dads get—and how that’s wrapped up in the Jewish mother stereotype. Mark sits down with his dad, Tim Oppenheimer, who opens up about everything from his father’s many marriages and divorces to his own depression after his youngest child left for college. &nbsp;<br>This episode of Unorthodox is brought to you by Harry’s. Stop overpaying for a great shave. Go to&nbsp;<a href="http://harrys.com/">Harrys.com</a>&nbsp;and enter the code UNORTHODOX at checkout for $5 off your first order.&nbsp;<br><br>We love to hear from you! Email us at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a>. Sign up for our weekly newsletter at&nbsp;<a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 09, 2016
Cult Following: Ep. 43
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This week on the show: Nazis, Taylor Swift, and cats—the Unorthodox trifecta.<br>Our Jewish guest is Chicago native Jeff Aeder, who founded the online Jewish Baseball Museum. The Cubs fan tells us about some of the lesser-known Jewish figures in America’s national pastime, why he thinks we need a museum dedicated to Jews in baseball, and when we can expect a brick-and-mortar outpost. Our Gentile of the Week is Carrie Poppy—writer, actress, and co-host of the podcast Oh No Ross and Carrie, which investigates fringe science and religious groups. She tells us the wackiest movement she’s encountered and what she thinks draws people to these kinds of groups.<br><br>We love to hear from you! Email us at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a>. Sign up for our weekly newsletter at&nbsp;<a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast</a>.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 02, 2016
Throwback Thursday: Ep. 42
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This week on Unorthodox, the '90s are back: The Intifada is all the rage at UC Irvine,&nbsp;<em>90210's</em>&nbsp;Andrea Zuckerman is on our minds, and a Clinton is running for president.<br>Our Jewish guest is BuzzFeed News national reporter Amanda Chicago Lewis, who covers the burgeoning marijuana industry and the politics of legalization. In lieu of a Gentile of the Week, we read from a Jews for Jesus pamphlet left in the lobby of our producer Julie’s apartment building.<br><br>We love to hear from you! Email us at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a>. Sign up for our weekly newsletter at&nbsp;<a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast</a>.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 26, 2016
School Ties: Ep. 41
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This week, Unorthodox goes back to high school. This episode was recorded live from the American Hebrew Academy in Greensboro, N.C, the world's only International Jewish College Prep boarding school. Our Jewish guest is former North Carolina State Senator Marshall Rauch, who when he was elected in 1967 became the first Jew in the state senate, where he spearheaded legislation making Yom Kippur a state holiday. Our Gentile of the Week is musician Judith Saxton, who is in her tenth year as Trumpet Artist/Faculty and Brass/Percussion Chair at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and is principal cornet of the North Carolina Brass Band.&nbsp;<br>We love to hear from you! Email us at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a>. Sign up for our weekly newsletter at&nbsp;<a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast</a>.&nbsp;<br>This episode of Unorthodox is brought to you by Harry’s. Stop overpaying for a great shave. Go to Harrys.com and enter the code UNORTHODOX at checkout for $5 off your first order.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 19, 2016
On the Rocks: Ep. 40
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This week on Unorthodox: Gentiles love Manischewitz, the new Han Solo’s Jewish, and Nazi pugs exist. Our Jewish guest is Rosie Schaap, “Drink” columnist for the&nbsp;<em>New York Times Magazine</em>&nbsp;and the author of&nbsp;<em>Drinking With Men: A Memoir.</em>&nbsp;She tells us why there’s more to bars than drinking and the cocktail essentials every drinker should have at home. Our Gentile of the Week is Doug Henwood, publisher of&nbsp;<em>Left Business Observer</em>&nbsp;and the author of the 2015 anti-Hillary book,&nbsp;<em>My Turn: Hillary Clinton Targets the Presidency</em>. He tells us what he thinks will happen to Bernie’s campaign and who he’d vote for in a Clinton-Trump election.<br>We love to hear from you! Email us at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a>. Sign up for our weekly newsletter at&nbsp;<a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast</a>. Come see us live May 16 at the American Hebrew Academy in Greensboro, North Carolina.<br>This episode of Unorthodox is brought to you by Harry’s. Stop overpaying for a great shave. Go to Harrys.com and enter the code UNORTHODOX at checkout for $5 off your first order.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 12, 2016
Free Agents
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This week on Unorthodox:&nbsp;<em>Broad City</em>&nbsp;skewers Birthright. Our Jewish guest is literary agent and author Betsy Lerner, whose latest book,&nbsp;<em>The Bridge Ladies</em>, tells the story of the women in her mother’s bridge group, which has been meeting weekly for 50 years. Our Gentile of the Week is CNN political reporter Nia-Malika Henderson, who covers the 2016 election with a special focus on identity politics, exploring the dynamics of demographics, race and religion.&nbsp;<br>We love to hear from you! Email us at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:Unorthodox@tabletmag.com">Unorthodox@tabletmag.com</a>. Sign up for our weekly newsletter at&nbsp;<a href="http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast">http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast</a>. Come see us live at the American Hebrew Academy in Greensboro, North Carolina, on May 16.<br>This episode of Unorthodox is brought to you by Harry’s. Stop overpaying for a great shave. Go to Harrys.com and enter the code UNORTHODOX at checkout for $5 off your first order.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 28, 2016
Irish Spring
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This week on Unorthodox, we’re searching for chametz and waiting for the Red Sea to part. Our Jewish guest is comedian David Tuchman, who hosts the lively and irreverent-er OMGWTFBIBLE podcast, which each week features a guest reading from Tuchman’s own translation of the Bible, while he chimes in with jokes. He tells us how getting started in comedy unexpectedly brought him back to his yeshiva roots. Our Gentile of the Week is Irish journalist Maitiú Ó Coimin, who took issue with Mark Oppenheimer’s characterization a few episodes back of Irish as a language no one speaks anymore. He schools us on the vibrant and large Irish speaking community, and curses Mark out in Irish. We love to hear from you! Email us at Unorthodox@tabletmag.com. Sign up for our weekly newsletter at http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast. Come see us live at the American Hebrew Academy in Greensboro, North Carolina, on May 16. This episode of Unorthodox is brought to you by Harry’s. Stop overpaying for a great shave. Go to Harrys.com and enter the code UNORTHODOX at checkout for $5 off your first order.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 21, 2016
Start-Up Nation
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This week, Unorthodox heads to Palo Alto, California, for a special live taping at the Oshman Family JCC. Our Jewish guest is Eddan Katz, a cyber-crime lawyer who founded Sudo Room, a hackerspace in Oakland. Our Gentile of the Week is Amanda Bradford, founder and CEO of The League, an invite-only dating app that uses data from Facebook and LinkedIn to match its highly selective pool of ambitious singles. We love to hear from you! Email us at Unorthodox@tabletmag.com. Sign up for our weekly newsletter at http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast. Come see us live at the American Hebrew Academy in Greensboro, North Carolina, on May 16.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 14, 2016
It's a Bard, It's a Plane
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This week on Unorthodox: Tel Aviv, so hot right now. Our Jewish guest is writer Jillian Keenan, whose first book, Sex with Shakespeare, explores her dual passions for the Bard and BDSM. She tells us why she identifies with Caliban from The Tempest, and who she thinks is the most underrated Shakespeare character. Our Gentile of the Week is Jeff Yang, editor and publisher of aMagazine, an Asian American periodical, whose son, Hudson Yang, stars on ABC’sFresh Off the Boat. He tells us about his enduring love for comic books, and what it’s like having his 12-year-old son star on a sitcom. This episode of Unorthodox is brought to you by Harry’s. Stop overpaying for a great shave. Go to Harrys.com and enter the code UNORTHODOX at checkout for $5 off your first order. We love to hear from you! Email us at Unorthodox@tabletmag.com. Sign up for our weekly newsletter at http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 07, 2016
Sporting Goods
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This week on Unorthodox: Scottish Jews get their own official tartan. Our Jewish guest is L. Jon Wertheim, executive editor of Sports Illustrated and the co-author of the book, This is Your Brain on Sports: The Science of Underdogs, the Value of Rivalry, and What we Can Learn from the T-Shirt Cannon. He tells us how he got into sports journalism, and what he thinks the least Jewish sports are. Our Gentile of the Week is Imani Perry, professor in the Center for African American Studies at Princeton. She tells us why she thinks Bernie Sanders should have more support from African American voters, and what she really thinks of Drake.   We love to hear from you! Email us at Unorthodox@tabletmag.com. Sign up for our weekly newsletter at http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast.  <br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 31, 2016
Wonder Women
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This week on Unorthodox: Israeli actress Gal Gadot proves she’s Wonder Woman off-screen, too. Our Jewish guest is Ladino singer-songwriter Sarah Aroeste, who tells us what Ladino is, and why it’s so important to keep the Sephardic language and culture alive. She performs a song from her new Ladino children’s album, and (warning!) even gets the hosts to sing along. Our Gentile of the Week is ACLU lawyer Gillian Thomas, whose new book, Because of Sex: One Law, Ten Cases, and Fifty Years That Changed American Women’s Lives at Work, explores the impact of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which prohibited gender discrimination in the workplace. She tells us how much progress we've actually made in the 50 years since the trailblazing women she profiles took their fight for workplace equality to the Supreme Court. We love to hear from you! Email us at Unorthodox@tabletmag.com. Sign up for our weekly newsletter at http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast.  <br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 24, 2016
Sticks and Stones
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This week on Unorthodox: Name-calling at a basketball game between a Catholic high school and a heavily Jewish public school in a Boston suburb takes a weirdly dark turn. Our Jewish guest is Jessamyn Hope, whose debut novel, Safekeeping, tells the intertwined stories of several strangers who find their way to a kibbutz in the summer of 1994, and was partly inspired by her own brief stay on a kibbutz. Our other Jewish guest (we are short a Gentile of the Week–forgive us!) is legal scholar Lawrence Douglas, whose latest book, The Right Wrong Man: John Demjanjuk and the Last Great Nazi War Crimes Trial, chronicles the dramatic effort to try the former Nazi known as Ivan the Terrible. We love to hear from you! Email us at Unorthodox@tabletmag.com. Sign up for our weekly newsletter at http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 17, 2016
Genius Bar
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This week on Unorthodox: Israeli settlers and Palestinians working together… to grow marijuana. Our Jewish guest is Eric Weiner, author of the new book, The Geography of Genius. He tells us the cities throughout history most conducive to breeding genius, how he really feels about Silicon Valley, and whether cats are smarter than dogs. Our Gentile of the Week is Katherine Connor Martin, editor of the Oxford English Dictionary and the New Oxford American Dictionary. She tells us why "Trumpmentum" doesn’t hold a candle to "Joementum," and asks about the difference between the words kippah, yarmulke, and skullcap.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 10, 2016
Miracle of Miracles
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This week on Unorthodox: the Oscars' Jewish highlights (and lowlights). Our Jewish guest, Adam Kantor, plays the tailor Mottel Kamzoil in the Broadway revivial of "Fiddler on the Roof," which opened in December. He made his Broadway debut in 2008 as Mark Cohen in "Rent." Our Gentile of the Week is writer and comedian Mandy Stadtmiller. She discusses her new Unwifeable column for New York magazine (and her recent wedding) and the mysteries of Kabbalah.   We love to hear from you! Email us at Unorthodox@tabletmag.com. Sign up for our weekly newsletter at http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 03, 2016
Brand Awareness
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Our Jewish guest this week is Ben Ostrower, whose design firm created Bernie Sanders’ logo. He tells us how campaign logos have evolved over time and how the Obama campaign catapulted branding and logos to the forefront of election-season consciousness. Our Gentile of the Week is Chris Eigeman, who made his acting debut as preppy New York City teen Nick Smith in Whit Stillman’s 1990 film, Metropolitan. He tells us about playing an Upper East Side WASP despite being from Denver and his latest directing project. We love to hear from you! Email us at Unorthodox@tabletmag.com. Sign up for our weekly newsletter at http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast.  <br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 25, 2016
Family Matters
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This week on Unorthodox: Klezmer aerobics and the strangest bris story you've ever heard. Our Jewish guest is Daniel Oppenheimer, author of the new book, Exit Right: The People Who Left the Left and Reshaped the American Century. He’s also—you guessed it—the brother of our host Mark Oppenheimer. Our Gentile of the Week is novelist and essayist Roxane Gay, whose latest book, Bad Feminist, cleverly tackles issues in contemporary feminism alongside considerations of culture, identity, and race. We love to hear from you! Email us at Unorthodox@tabletmag.com. Sign up for our weekly newsletter at http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 18, 2016
Unorthodox, Unorthodox, Make Me a Match
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This week on a special Valentine’s Day episode, Unorthodox plays Yenta. Our Jewish guest is Jill Kargman—creator, writer, producer, and star of the Bravo comedy Odd Mom Out, a thinly-veiled satire of life and motherhood on the Upper East Side, a world the lifelong New Yorker is no stranger to and isn’t afraid to lampoon.   A few weeks ago we put out a call for listeners who wanted to be set up by Unorthodox, and we were so overwhelmed by the amount and quality of the submissions we received that we enlisted the help of an expert: professional dating coach Nancy Slotnick. She preps us for our first Unorthodox matchmaking session, in which we meet Shira Ginsburg, a cantor and singer based in New York City who’s looking for her beshert.   Know a great guy for Shira? Email us at Unorthodox@tabletmag.com. Sign up for our weekly newsletter at http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast.   This episode of Unorthodox is brought to you by Harry’s. Stop overpaying for a great shave. Go to Harrys.com and enter the code UNORTHODOX at checkout for $5 off your first order.    <br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 11, 2016
Hannah (Montana) and Her Sisters
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This week on Unorthodox: Miley meets Woody. Our Jewish guest is word maven Lizzie Skurnick, whose book, That Should Be A Word, is based on her popular New York Times Magazine column of the same name. In 2013 she founded Lizzie Skurnick Books, which reissues classic young adult literature. Our Gentile of the Week is Bill Schulz, former co-host of Fox News Channel's 3 a.m. satirical talk show, Red Eye. He claims Amy Schumer, a frequent guest on Red Eye, based the terrible character Schultz in her hit film Trainwreck on him.    We love to hear from you! Email us at Unorthodox@tabletmag.com. Sign up for our weekly newsletter at http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast.   This episode of Unorthodox is brought to you by Harry’s. Stop overpaying for a great shave. Go to Harrys.com and enter the code UNORTHODOX at checkout for $5 off your first order.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 04, 2016
Expelliarmus!
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This week on Unorthodox:  Bloomberg, Bernie, and Trump, oh my! Our Jewish guest is Mark Seidenfeld, vice president and deputy general counsel at Scholastic, publisher of the wildly successful Harry Potter and The Hunger Games series. He tells us about traveling to Scotland to pick up a manuscript from Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling—and then sitting on it during the flight back to New York to keep it safe. Our non-Jewish guest is bioethicist and writer Alice Dreger, whose new book, Galileo’s Middle Finger, explores the at-times contentious clashes between scientists and activists throughout history.   We love to hear from you! Email us at Unorthodox@tabletmag.com. Sign up for our weekly newsletter at http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast. This episode of Unorthodox is brought to you by Harry’s. Stop overpaying for a great shave. Go to Harrys.com and enter the code UNORTHODOX at checkout for $5 off your first order.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 28, 2016
Bringing the Heat
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Our Jewish guest this week is Rebecca Vilkomerson, executive director of Jewish Voice for Peace, an organization whose mission includes ending the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem, and which supports the controversial Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement. She explains why she believes her organization's work is more important now than ever, and spars with Liel over the merits of BDS.    Our Gentile of the Week is Mike Albo—writer, performer, and humorist—whose next project is an off-Broadway performance based on his 2015 memoir, 'Spermhood: Diary of a Donor.' His question for the panel is simple: Why are gay Jewish men so good in bed?   We love to hear from you! Email us at Unorthodox@tabletmag.com. Sign up for our weekly newsletter at http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 21, 2016
Arts and Letters
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This week on Unorthodox: Bar Refaeli baby watch begins, and Mel Gibson returns (shudder). Our Jewish guest is painter Archie Rand, whose new book, The 613, is the culmination of his most ambitious project yet: painting visual representations of each of Judaism’s 613 mitzvot, or commandments. Our Gentile of the Week is Catherine Burns, the longtime artistic director of the hit storytelling series The Moth. Her question to the panel is about Jewish burial traditions, and, characteristically, takes the form of a story. We love to hear from you! Email us at Unorthodox@tabletmag.com. Sign up for our weekly newsletter at http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 14, 2016
Codes of Conduct
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This week on Unorthodox: kosher marijuana, the great bagel scooping debate, and one very WASPy cardigan. Our Jewish guest is Bethany Mandel, author of the Convert's Bill of Rights, which she wrote after learning she was one of the women videotaped by Rabbi Barry Freundel while using the mikveh, or Jewish ritual bath. (The Orthodox rabbi was sentenced in May 2015 to 6 1/2 years in prison for filming more than 150 women, many of them converts, using the ritual bath.) Our Gentile of the Week is writer Rand Cooper, who asks the panel the ever-important question, "Is Jewdar real?" We love to hear from you! Email us at Unorthodox@tabletmag.com. Sign up for our weekly newsletter at http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast.  <br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 07, 2016
The Best of Unorthodox in 2015
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From Drake to Bernie Sanders, Amy Schumer to the presidential election—and, of course, Israeli cats—we’ve covered a lot this year on Unorthodox. We’re ringing in the new year with a special compilation of our favorite moments from 2015, including never-before aired segments, highlights from our live shows, and guests Simon Doonan, sex therapist Bat Sheva Marcus, comedian Dave Hill, lexicographer Erin McKean, and more.  Want more Unorthodox? Email us at Unorthodox@tabletmag.com, and sign up for our weekly newsletter at http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast. <br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 31, 2015
I'm Dreaming of an Unorthodox Christmas
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This week, Unorthodox celebrates Christmas—or as we call it, Christian Hanukkah—the only way we know how: binge-watching Netflix (the new ‘going to a movie’) and eating Chinese food. We’re joined by Orange is the New Black’s Yael Stone, who tells us about playing the memorable Lorna Morello, a compulsive shopper and lovable stalker, on the hit Netflix show. Her newest role is as Peretta Jones on the SyFy series Childhood’s End, which you can binge-watch after you finish Season 3 of Orange is the New Black. She tells us about moving to the U.S. from Australia, where she grew up, and directs us to watch her new show using that distinctive Morello accent. ​We’re also joined by Jennifer 8. Lee, whose book The Fortune Cookie Chronicles explores, among other things, the relationship between Jews and Chinese food. She tells us why chow mein is “the chosen food of the chosen people,” and how Chinese food on Christmas became a veritable Jewish American tradition. She also tells us about the Dumpling Emoji Project, her campaign to get a dumpling added to the canon of emoji available on your smartphone. While you’re Netflix-ing on Christmas Day, check out the excellent documentary she produced, The Search for General Tso. We wish you a merry, Unorthodox Christmas, no matter how you celebrate. Now pass the lo mein. We love to hear from you! Email us at Unorthodox@tabletmag.com. Sign up for our weekly newsletter at http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast.    You can watch SyFy's Childhood's End online at http://www.syfy.com/childhoodsend/episodes, and Orange is the New Black on Netflix at https://www.netflix.com/mx-en/title/70242311. For more on Jennifer 8. Lee, check out http://www.jennifer8lee.com/, and http://fortunecookiechronicles.com/. Show your support for the dumpling emoji campaign at https://www.change.org/p/unicode-consortium-we-need-a-dumpling-emoji. <br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 24, 2015
In Unorthodox We Trust
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This week on Unorthodox, a special live taping from the nation's capital featuring Jewish food maven Joan Nathan and New Republic writer Elizabeth Bruenig, and much, much more   This week, Unorthodox heads to our nation's capital for a special live episode at  the Washington DCJCC. Our Jewish guest is food maven and Tablet contributor Joan Nathan, who discusses her Yemenite chicken soup recipe and explains why we're all missing out on Libyan Jewish cuisine. She tells us about her favorite chefs, visits to the White House, and which president she considers the 'most Jewish.'    Our non-Jewish guest is Elizabeth Bruenig, who writes about Christianity, politics, and poverty for the New Republic. She tells us how a Methodist from Texas ended up at Brandeis University—and then converted to Catholicism. Her question for the panel is whether Bernie Sanders' campaign has been exciting for Jews to watch.    For more Joan Nathan, visit http://joannathan.com/, or get her Tablet recipes at http://www.tabletmag.com/author/jnathan. You find Elizabeth Bruenig's articles athttps://newrepublic.com/authors/elizabeth-bruenig. For more of our in-house Jewbadour, Jim Knable, check out jimknable.com.    We love to hear from you! Email us at Unorthodox@tabletmag.com. Sign up for our weekly newsletter at http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast. <br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 17, 2015
Leading Ladies
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On this week's episode: America’s most badass Supreme Court Justice and TV’s most visible rabbi.   Our Jewish guest is MSNBC reporter Irin Carmon, whose new book, Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, is a smart, entertaining biography of the Supreme Court justice. She tells us about RBG’s recent turn as a feminist pop culture icon, her important role on the Supreme Court today, and the octogenarian’s impressive workout routine.   Our non-Jewish guest is actress Kathryn Hahn, who tells us what it’s like to regularly play Jewish characters (see: Transparent, Afternoon Delight, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days). She explains how she prepared for her latest role as Rabbi Raquel Fein on Jill Soloway’s Amazon hit Transparent, which returns Friday for Season 2. She asks the panel about Judaism’s earliest female rabbis.   Our next episode will be a live taping on Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Washington DC JCC, in Washington, D.C. You can buy tickets at http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar?id=151257&view=Detail.   To buy Notorious RBG, go to http://notoriousrbg.tumblr.com/book. For more Transparent, check out amazon.com/transparent.   We love to hear from you! Email us at Unorthodox@tabletmag.com. Sign up for our weekly newsletter at http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast. <br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 10, 2015
Unorthodox Celebrates Hanukkah
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This week, we're, we’re ringing in the Festival of Lights with a special episode filled with Unorthodox holiday cheer, Adam Sandler’s updated “Hanukkah Song,” and a whole lot of latkes.   We’re joined by Jewish competitive eater Don Moses Lerman, who comes out of retirement to see how many Russ & Daughters potato latkes he can eat in five minutes on the air. Tablet columnist Marjorie Ingall, who previously gave us a crash course in pre-Yom Kippur apologies, stops by with some advice on how not to make Hanukkah all about the presents for kids, and recommends the best new Jewish children's books. Tablet’s art director Esther Werdiger also returns this week with a tale of Hanukkah Down Under—where the holiday falls smack in the middle of summer, and instead of snowflakes and fireplaces there are arbecues and beach parties.   We're recording a live show December 15 at 7 p.m. at the Washington DC JCC in Washington, D.C. You can buy tickets here: http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar?id=151257&view=Detail.    Let us know what you really think of Unorthodox! Email us at Unorthodox@tabletmag.com. You can sign up for our weekly newsletter at http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast.    For more about Don Lerman, check out his website: http://www.donmoseslerman.com/. You can find Marjorie Ingall's list of the best children's books of 2015 here:http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-life-and-religion/195314/best-jewish-childrens-books-2015.  <br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 03, 2015
A Very Unorthodox Thanksgiving
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This Thanksgiving, we're thankful for good health, cats, and Drake. But mostly, dear listeners, we're thankful for you. Over the past 17 weeks, you've not only listened to our humble podcast, you've gotten your friends to listen, showed up at our first live taping, and, best of all, written to us to tell us exactly what you think of the show. A lot.  We so appreciate you taking the time to write us (even when it's to tell us we talk too fast, or don't know what we're talking about) that we've dedicated this special Thanksgiving episode to your letters. We speak to several listeners who have written us, hear from comedians Jo Firestone and Connor Ratliff as they read your letters aloud, and get singer-songwriter Jim Knable to turn your emailed words into the catchiest song you'll hear all day.  Happy Thanksgiving, and keep those letters coming at Unorthodox@tabletmag.com. You can sign up for our weekly newsletter at http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast.    For more Jo Firestone, check out http://www.jofirestone.com/. Follow Connor Ratliff on Twitter at https://twitter.com/connorratliff. You can hear more of Jim Knable's work at http://www.jimknable.com/  <br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 25, 2015
The Birds and the Bees
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Our Jewish guest, Bat Sheva Marcus, is a sex counselor, podcast host, and president of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance. She tells us about the most common issues her patients face, the challenges of finding rabinically-approved erotica for observant Jews, and the importance of maintaining a sexual connection in long-term monogamous relationships.    Our non-Jewish guest is Mallory Ortberg, founder and editor of feminist literary website the Toast, and Slate's new Dear Prudence advice columnist. She talks to us about her bestselling book, Texts From Jane Eyre, her evangelical pastor father, and the difficulties of dispensing advice. Her questions for the panel are whether lox is different from smoked salmon, and why there aren't as many Jewish denominations as there are Christian.   For more Bat Sheva Marcus, check out her podcast, The Joy of Text, here: http://jpmedia.co/podcasts/joy-of-text/. You can read Mallory Ortberg's Slate columns here: http://www.slate.com/authors.mallory_ortberg.html. Check out The Toast at http://the-toast.net/.    We love hearing from you. Email us at Unorthodox@tabletmag.com, and sign up for our weekly newsletter at http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast. <br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 19, 2015
On a Mission
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This week on Unorthodox: Preaching to the unconverted. Our Jewish guest is our very own editor-in-chief, Alana Newhouse. She talks to us about Tablet’s new print magazine and shares exclusive details from the first issue, which comes out next week. Our non-Jewish guest is Dr. Albert Mohler,  president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a prolific writer and podcaster. The evangelical macher poses two questions to the panel: Why are Jews are so reliably Democratic? And what are the best Jewish-themed movies? We love hearing from you. Email us at Unorthodox@tabletmag.com, and sign up for our weekly newsletter at http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast.    You can subscribe to our print magazine here: imsnews.com/tablet. For more about Dr. Mohler, check out his website at http://www.albertmohler.com/. <br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 12, 2015
Our Cats, Our Horas
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This week on Unorthodox, our Jewish guest is journalist Alyssa Katz, a member of the New York Daily News editorial board. Her new book, "The Influence Machine," is about the vast political influence—and lobbying money—wielded by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. She tells the panel what the Chamber of Commerce actually is and how it got so powerful, and explains why, in today's social media-filled political climate, newspaper editorials still matter.    Our non-Jewish guest is poet and high-school English teacher Emily Moore, who discusses high schoolers, country camp music, and motherhood. She asks the panel whether there are various levels of horas danced at different types of Jewish wedding, and how American Jews get their other, Hebrew names.   We love hearing from you. Email us at  Unorthodox@tabletmag.com, and sign up for our weekly newsletter at http://bit.ly/UnorthodoxPodcast.    For more about Alyssa Katz's book, see here: http://www.amazon.com/The-Influence-Machine-Commerce-Corporate/dp/0812993284. You can find Emily Moore's poetry here:"http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/emily-moore<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 05, 2015
Animal Kingdom
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This week marks the thirteenth episode of Unorthodox, and we’re ready to party like it’s our bar mitzvah all over again.   Our Jewish guest is Wayne Hoffman, executive editor of Tablet and the author of several novels. His latest is An Older Man, which follows 42-year-old Moe Pearlman (the protagonist from Hoffman’s first novel, Hard, about New York City’s gay scene in the 1990s), as he deals with getting older and finding companionship during Bear Week in Provincetown, MA. Hoffman discusses bear culture and what’s changed for the gay community since the days of Hard.   Our non-Jewish guest is Elvis Harvey, a dog trainer on the Upper West Side who’s gotten to know quite a few Jews since moving his business to New York City from Texas. He talks about the difference between Jewish and Catholic (as well as liberal and conservative) dog owners.   We love hearing from you. Email Unorthodox@tabletmag.com with questions, comments, or complaints. We’ll share our favorites on the air.   You can learn more about Wayne Hoffman's books at www.waynehoffmanwriter.com/.   You can find information about Elvis Harvey at BarkingCommonSense.com.   For more Unorthodox, visit tabletmag.com/unorthodox. Email us at unorthodox@tabletmag.com.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Oct 29, 2015
You Do You
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This week on Unorthodox, James Franco’s star-studded bar mitzvah for charity (seriously, it raised $2.5 million); a viral video celebrating—with spoken word poetry—the diversity of the Jewish people; and how Malcolm Gladwell can help us understand the recent rash of violent stabbing attacks in Israel. Our Jewish guest is Shulem Deen, whose moving memoir, All Who Go Do Not Return, describes his journey out of the Skverer Hasidic sect. Deen—who’s now on the board of Footsteps, an organization that offers support and community for people leaving ultra-Orthodoxy—tells us about the different challenges faced by men and women who leave the community, what the secular world can learn from the close-knit Haredi world, and the first movies he ever watched. Our non-Jewish guest is Wall Street Journal sports columnist Jason Gay, whose new book, Little Victories: Perfect Rules for Imperfect Living, offers a humorous blueprint for living a slightly more relaxed and fulfilling life. He asks what the reaction would be today if a Jewish pitcher declined to play in the World Series because of Yom Kippur, as Los Angeles Dodger Sandy Koufax famously did in 1965. We love hearing from you. Email Unorthodox@tabletmag.com with questions, comments, or complaints. We’ll share our favorites on the air.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Oct 22, 2015
School Spirit
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This week, we present first-ever Unorthodox live show, recorded at the Slifka Center at Yale University. Our Jewish guest is Shelly Kagan, Clark Professor of Philosophy at Yale. He talks about his reputation as Tough Grader on Campus, and explains what it means that he’s a non-welfarist consequentialist.   Our guest gentile of the week—who told us he preferred the term “token goy” or “goykin”—is humorist and WNPR radio host Colin McEnroe. He asked the panel why yarmulkes always seem to fall off his head at bar mitzvah services, and, more seriously, why there seem to be certain tripwires within discussions about Israel that, when crossed, trigger accusations of anti-Jewish sentiment.   You can watch Shelly Kagan's Death course at: http://oyc.yale.edu/philosophy/phil-176. Listen to the Colin McEnroe Show here: http://wnpr.org/programs/colin-mcenroe-show.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Oct 15, 2015
Text Messages
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This week on Unorthodox, host Mark Oppenheimer and Tablet staffers Stephanie Butnick and Liel Leibovitz discuss Amy Schumer's $8 million book deal, Ralph Lauren stepping down as CEO of his namesake brand, and Mahmoud Abbas's speech at the U.N. General Assembly.   Our Jewish guest is best-selling essayist Sloane Crosley, whose first novel, 'The Clasp,' tells the story of college friends who reunited 10 years later and get swept up in a modern-day treasure hunt across Europe. She tells the panel how a Jewish girl ended up with the name Sloane Crosley and about the transition from essay-writing to fiction.    Our non-Jewish guest is New York Times poetry critic David Orr, whose newest book, 'The Road Not Taken,' is about the Robert Frost poem people love—but completely misunderstand. He asks the panel why Jews, who have long been a staple of the literary world, are less present in the field of poetry.   You can get Sloane Crosley's book here: http://www.sloanecrosley.com/theclasp, and David Orr's book here: http://www.davidorr.com/books/the-road-not-taken/.    For more Unorthodox, visit tabletmag.com/unorthodox. Email us at unorthodox@tabletmag.com.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Oct 08, 2015
Law and Order
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This week on Unorthodox, host Mark Oppenheimer and Tablet staffers Stephanie Butnick and Liel Leibovitz discuss Ann Coulter's ill-advised tweet during the Republican presidential debate about "f---ing Jews"; the Pope's visit to the U.S.; and a campaign to end the little-known Jewish practice of Kapporos, in which chickens are ritually slaughtered before Yom Kippur.  Our Jewish guest is defense lawyer and former Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz, whose latest book is "Abraham: The World's First (But Certainly Not Last) Jewish Lawyer." He talks about his former research assistant Natalie Portman, and explains why some critics of Israel are bigots while others are not.    Our non-Jewish guest is Muslim comedian Negin Farsad, who is currently suing the MTA for pulling ads publicizing her documentary, "The Muslims Are Coming," just before they were scheduled to run. One such ad reads: "The Ugly Truth About Muslims: Muslims Have Great Frittata Recipes." Farsad asks the panel why some Jewish men are so ready to court and date non-Jews, only to dump them as things start to get serious because they're not Jewish. You can get Alan Dershowitz's book on Abraham here: http://www.amazon.com/Abraham-Worlds-Certainly-Jewish-Lawyer/dp/0805242937/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1427481946&sr=1-4&keywords=abraham+the+worlds+first. For more of Negin Farsad's work, check out her website, http://www.neginfarsad.com/. Watch the trailer for her film at http://themuslimsarecoming.com/.  For more Unorthodox, visit tabletmag.com/unorthodox. Email us at unorthodox@tabletmag.com.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Sep 24, 2015
Chai Fashion
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This week on Unorthodox, host Mark Oppenheimer and Tablet staffers Stephanie Butnick and Liel Leibovitz ring in the year 5776 with the latest news of the Jews. They sound off on a controversial New York Times feature that listed the Democrats in the House and Senate who voted against the Iran nuclear deal--and indicated which of those politicians were Jewish. (The 'Jewish?' column was quickly  ​ removed from the chart, and a correction was issued.)   Our Jewish guest is writer, model, and college student Julia Frakes, who describes getting her start as a writer in the fashion world when she was 16. She talks about ​ where to find smart fashion writing, and how she ended up on the runway.   Our non-Jewish guest is Erin McKean, lexicographer, word-lover, and founder of Wordnik.com, the "world's biggest online dictionary." She asks what Hebrew words we should be importing into English, and shares a ​ little-known​  Yiddish term she  ​feels is much deserving of a comeback.   You can follow Julia Frakes on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/bunnyBISOUS. Check out Wordnik's adopt-a-word fundraiser here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1574790974/lets-add-a-million-missing-words-to-the-dictionary.   For more Unorthodox, visit tabletmag.com/unorthodox. Email us at unorthodox@tabletmag.com.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Sep 17, 2015
Holy Ground
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Host Mark Oppenheimer and Tablet staffers Stephanie Butnick and Liel Leibovitz sound off about public schools closing for Jewish holidays, and discuss a New York Times opinion piece about how some of the most violent West Bank extremists are from the United States. Rabbi Avi Shafran explains why he dislikes like the term ultra-Orthodox, why secular Jews shouldn't feel hostility towards more observant Jews (and vice versa), and why he doesn't accept reform conversions.     Guest non-Jew Alex Sheshunoff describes his new book, A Beginner's Guide to Paradise, which chronicles his year living on the South Pacific island of Pig reading the 100 books he's always wanted to read. He asks the panel about the fishing wire strung from electrical poles in areas with large Jewish populations. (Known as an eruv, the string denotes an area in which items may be carried by observant Jews for Shabbat.)    To learn more about Avi Shafran, check out his website, http://rabbiavishafran.com/. You can read the first chapter of Sheshunoff's book at http://www.abeginnersguidetoparadise.com/#a-beginners-guide-to-paradise   For more Unorthodox, visit tabletmag.com/unorthodox. Email us at unorthodox@tabletmag.com.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Sep 10, 2015
Hard to Say I'm Sorry
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This special Yom Kippur episode of Unorthodox features stories about apologies from host Mark Oppenheimer, writer and Harvard Divinity student Shira Telushkin, and Tablet's Esther Werdiger. What happens when an apology goes wrong? What happens when we’ve done something so awful we can’t face the other person? What happens when somebody apologizes to us—and we can’t forgive?   Special guest Marjorie Ingall, who blogs at sorrywatch.com, offers her five rules for what makes a good apology.   For more Unorthodox, visit tabletmag.com/unorthodox. Email us at unorthodox@tabletmag.com. <br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Sep 03, 2015
Did You Hear The One About
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Tablet staffers Mark Oppenheimer, Liel Leibovitz, and Stephanie Butnick sound off on the news of the week, including the death of the world’s oldest living Jew and a Palestinian prisoner's hunger strike. New York Times comedy critic Jason Zinoman discusses Amy Schumer, Sarah Silverman, and the new Jewish comedy. Dan Savage, this week's guest non-Jew, asks a question about a long-ago romance lost in translation: specifically, his German boyfriend thinking he was Jewish.    Follow Jason Zinoman on Twitter: https://twitter.com/zinoman. Check out Dan Savage's Savage Love column here: http://www.thestranger.com/authors/259/dan-savage,    For more Unorthodox, visit tabletmag.com/unorthodox. Email us at unorthodox@tabletmag.com. <br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Aug 27, 2015
No Business Like Show Business
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Tablet staffers Mark Oppenheimer, Liel Leibovitz, and Stephanie Butnick sound off about Jewish rapper Matisyahu getting booted from a Spanish reggae festival for refusing to condemn Israel; Jews in Hollywood signing off on the Iran deal; and former NWA manager Jerry Heller's portrayal in the new film "Straight Outta Compton." Katha Pollitt, longtime columnist for The Nation, discusses being portrayed by Patricia Clarkson in the upcoming film, "Learning to Drive," and the recent political attacks on Planned Parenthood. Comedian and musician Dave Hill, this week's non-Jewish guest, asks why Jews don't drink as much as Catholics and why Hasidic men don't take advantage of their fashion opportunity.   You can read Katha's columns for The Nation here: http://www.thenation.com/authors/katha-pollitt/. For more about Dave and his upcoming appearances, check outhttp://www.davehillonline.com/   Sign up for the weekly Unorthodox newsletter: eepurl.com/bsZlGr. Email us with comments, questions and ideas at unorthodox@tabletmag.com. <br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Aug 20, 2015
All's Fair in Love and J-War
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Tablet staffers Mark Oppenheimer, Liel Leibovitz, and Stephanie Butnick sound off about the (legal) battle of the Jewish dating apps, a crowd-funded effort to reelect Canada's Jewish prime minister, and a Nazi-themed romance novel. Ophira Eisenberg, stand-up comic and host of NPR's quiz show 'Ask Me Another,' discusses the politics of strangers touching pregnant women's bumps, and why her NPR celebrity status matters not at all to her big Canadian family. Humor writer and guest non-Jew Henry Alford asks why his gaydar doesn't seem to work for Jewish guys, who all seem to own multiple sweaters and have close relationships with their mothers.You can find more about Ophira Eisenberg, plus her stand-up schedule, here: http://ophiraeisenberg.com/. For more about Henry Alford, check out his website, http://henryalford.com/.For more Unorthodox, visit tabletmag.com/unorthodox. Let us know what you think of Unorthodox: emailunorthodox@tabletmag.com  <br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Aug 13, 2015
Return of the Shiksa
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Host Mark Oppenheimer and Tablet staffers Stephanie Butnick and Liel Leibovitz discuss this year’s European Maccabiah Games—a Jewish Olympics of sorts—which are being held this week in Berlin at the stadium Hitler built for the 1936 Olympics. They also sound off on Mike Huckabee’s ill-advised Holocaust analogy, and an investigation into academic rigor at New York City’s Orthodox yeshivas.     Celebrity ghostwriter Hilary Liftin discusses her new novel, Movie Star By Lizzie Pepper, a tell-all written by a fictional Hollywood starlet swept away by an older Hollywood heartthrob involved in a strange cult. She doesn’t name names.   Unorthodox’s gentile of the week is Simon Doonan--Barneys’ creative ambassador, writer, and man-about-town. He describes his lifelong affinity for the Jewish people, his Jewish wedding to celebrity ceramicist Jonathan Adler, and schools the hosts with his Yiddishisms.   For more about Simon Doonan, check out his website http://www.simondoonan.com/. Hilary Liftin’s novel Movie Star By Lizzie Pepper is available here http://hilaryliftin.com/.   Learn more about Unorthodox at www.tabletmag.com/tag/unorthodox, and sign up for our weekly newsletter at http://eepurl.com/bsZlGr. Let us know what you think of the podcast by emailing Unorthodox@tabletmag.com.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Aug 06, 2015
Sandler vs. Samberg: Ep 1
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Host Mark Oppenheimer and Tablet staffers Stephanie Butnick and Liel Leibovitz sound off about gay marriage in Israel, the suicide of a formerly Orthodox young woman, and Adam Sandler's latest movie. New York Times bestselling author A.J. Jacobs discusses his latest project: hosting the world's largest family reunion and compiling a massive family tree that includes President Obama, Judge Judy, and yes, Adam Sandler. Writer and 'This American Life' contributor Elna Baker describes leaving the Mormon church and asks why non-practicing Jews get to call themselves Jewish, which isn't the case for Mormons.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;<br>For more information about A.J. Jacobs, visit his website www.ajjacobs.com. You can find out more about his Global Family Reunion at http://globalfamilyreunion.com/. Elna Baker's memoir, The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance, is available at http://www.elnabaker.com/book.html.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jul 30, 2015
A New Podcast From The Editors Of Tablet Magazine
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Your first listen to the new podcast from the editors of Tablet Magazine.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jul 17, 2015