Reporters' Roundtable: The Murky Story of Anat Kamm

Reporter Josh Nathan-Kazis recently spoke with editor Jane Eisner and, via phone, with Washington-based staff writer Nathan Guttman about the murky story of Anat Kamm. A 23-year-old Israeli woman, Kamm is awaiting trial on espionage charges, stemming from allegations that she leaked classified Israeli military documents to a newspaper reporter. In this podcast, Forward staffers take a look at what’s known about the contents of the documents at issue, at the case’s similarities to America’s Pentagon Papers leak during the 1970s, and at how the Kamm affair has impacted the relationship between the Israeli government and the Israeli press.Read More

The Forward Roundtable

Forward reporter Josh Nathan-Kazis sits down with colleagues Gal Beckerman, a staff writer, and Larry Cohler-Esses, the news editor, to discuss President Obama’s push for new U.N. sanctions against Iran. They weigh in on which trade-offs will be necessary to get Russia and China to support the sanctions, the coded language that Jewish leaders use when discussing how to curtail Iran’s nuclear ambitions and to what extent the Iran issue and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process are linked.Read More

The Forward This Week

This week on the Forward podcast, editor Jane Eisner provides a look at what’s in the April 16 issue of the Forward, Allison Gaudet Yarrow sits down with writer and filmmaker Etgar Keret and Jeremiah Lockwood performs the second installment of his Nigun Project, alongside Brian Chase of the “Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs.”Read More

Forward Staffers Tell Their Passover Stories

This week, in honor of the Passover holiday, several Forward staffers shared their favorite holiday memories for this podcast:Read More

The Forward This Week

This week on the Forward podcast, editor Jane Eisner provides a look at what’s inside the April 2 edition of the newspaper, and Web editor Gabrielle Birkner sits down with author Elisa New, the author of “Jacob’s Cane: A Jewish Family’s Journey from the Four Lands of Lithuania to the Ports of London and Baltimore,” (Basic Books) about her decade-long quest to unravel her mysterious family history.Read More

The Forward This Week

Forward editor Jane Eisner on what’s in the March 26th edition of the Forward.Read More

The Forward This Week

On this week’s Forward podcast: editor Jane Eisner on what’s in the March 19th edition of the paper, and musician and Forward artist-in-residence Jeremiah Lockwood releases the first installment of his Nigunim project.Read More

The Forward This Week

In this week’s podcast, Forward editor Jane Eisner has a roundup of the stories in the March 12 issue of the Forward and Arts and Culture editor Dan Friedman interviews Efraim Zuroff. Known as “the last Nazi hunter,” Efraim Zuroff is more properly described as the director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center office in Jerusalem and coordinator of Nazi war crimes research worldwide for the Wiesenthal Center.Read More

The Forward This Week

In this week’s podcast, Forward editor Jane Eisner has a roundup of the stories in the March 3 issue of the Forward, Allison Gaudet Yarrow interviews Justin Taylor, author of the new story collection “Everything Here is the Best Thing Ever,” about secular southern Jewishness, and Ruth Messinger offers her take on the devastation in Haiti.Read More

The Forward This Week

In this week’s podcast, Forward editor Jane Eisner has a roundup of the stories in the February 26 issue of the Forward; Nadja Spiegelman interviews filmmaker Nicole Opper on her new documentary about a young black woman raised by Jewish lesbian parents, and Allison Gaudet Yarrow speaks with author Hannah Seligson on the generation delaying marriage.Read More

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