Podcasts


Reporters' Roundtable: J Street in Hot Water; Eli Valley's Comics

Host Josh Nathan-Kazis speaks with staff writer Nathan Guttman about the implications of J Street’s admission that it has received money from George Soros. Then the Forward’s comic artist, Eli Valley, joins the conversation, discussing his creative process and his latest satirical column, in which the oversized head of reporter Helen Thomas inspires young Jews to mate and procreate.Read More


Reporters' Roundtable: NIF's New Rules; Meir Kahane's Reign

In this week’s Forward Reporters’ Roundtable, host Josh Nathan-Kazis speaks with Washington correspondent Nathan Guttman about the New Israel Fund’s new guidelines that restrict funding to organizations that accept Israel as a Jewish homeland. Then, staff writer Gal Beckerman discusses his new book, “When They Come for Us, We’ll Be Gone: The Epic Struggle to Save Soviet Jewry” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) — specifically about this excerpt, dealing with Meir Kahane’s tumultuous reign over the Soviet Jewry movement.Read More


The Interview: Young, Queer and Orthodox

By Nadja Spiegelman

Mordechai Levovitz, co-founder of Jewish Queer Youth, a support network for queer Orthodox Jews under 30, visits the Forward’s podcast studio to discuss how he’s learned to to live as a gay observant Jew.Read More


Yid Lit: Rebecca Traister

By Allison Gaudet Yarrow

Contrary to the title of Rebecca Traister’s new book, “Big Girls Don’t Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women,” there’s quite a bit of crying in it: everyone from Sarah Palin to Gloria Steinem, to Traister herself show their emotions in this raw, narrative look at the 2008 race to the presidency from a reporter who covered it — often times through a feminist lens — for Salon.com. The feeling approach to the boxing match of politics is part of what is so delightful and unique about the book, which is a story of tearing down barriers, making tough decisions and admitting that, though women have come quite far, we have only just begun to change attitudes and a culture still inordinately built towards men.Read More


Reporters' Roundtable: The Tea Party and the Jews; Haiti's Heartbreak

In this week’s Forward Reporters’ Roundtable, host Josh Nathan-Kazis speaks with staff writer Nathan Guttman about the implications of the results of the September 14 political primaries, and about our new political blog, MitzVote. Then, Forward editor Jane Eisner discusses what she witnessed on her recent reporting trip to earthquake-ravaged Haiti.Read More


Yid Lit: Adam Langer

By Allison Gaudet Yarrow

Adam Langer’s novel, “The Thieves of Manhattan” uses an all-too-familiar climate of made-up memoirs as a place to set con games. In this Yid Lit Podcast, Langer talks about writing to Stephen Sondheim, world-class literary hoaxes and why he doesn’t think of himself as a Jewish writer.Read More


Mark Cohen on Seymour Krim

By Dan Friedman

Mark Cohen, editor of “Missing a Beat: The Rants and Regrets of Seymour Krim,” explains why Krim has been neglected as a Beat, a writer and a Jew. The Forward’s Arts & Culture editor Dan Friedman talks with Cohen about his forthcoming work on the parody songwriter Allan Sherman, an essay about which is slated to appear in the Forward.Read More


Yid Lit: Rachel Shukert

By Allison Gaudet Yarrow

In her new memoir, “Everything is Going to Be Great,” author and performer Rachel Shukert travels to Europe after college to “escape the weight of [her] own expectations,” which involves no small measure of drinking, gallivanting and sleeping with (non-American) boys.Read More


Reporters' Roundtable: Jabotinsky's Legacy; the Jews of Argentina

In this week’s Forward Reporters’ Roundtable, host Josh Nathan-Kazis speaks with staff writer Gal Beckerman about the life and worldview of the late revisionist Zionist Ze’ev Jabotinsky, and about those who consider themselves Jabotinsky’s ideological heirs. Then Arty Semite blog co-editor Ezra Glinter discusses an exhibit about the Jews of Argentina, now on view at Berlin’s Jewish Museum.Read More


Yid Lit: Jennifer Gilmore

By Allison Gaudet Yarrow

Jennifer Gilmore’s fiction centers on an inevitability — that everything from the food we eat to our friends and politics is affected by the ideas first formed in our childhood homes.Read More





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