Interview Series


Mystery Shrouds Macy's Titanic Plaque

By Paul Berger

TITANIC ANNIVERSARY: Macy’s employees contributed to a memorial for their boss, Isidor Straus, and his wife, Ida. What happened to the plaque is now a mystery.Read More


The Personal Stories of the Warsaw Ghetto

While most German studies of the Holocaust center on the perpetrators, a new wave of historians are focusing on the victims. Andrea Löw’s new book takes a personal look at the Warsaw Ghetto.Read More


Massacres, Riots and Shagging

Forward Managing Editor Dan Friedman talks with award-winning author Naomi Alderman about her new novel set in Roman-occupied Judea.Read More


Reading Ladino in Greece

Aron Rodrigue and Sarah Abrevaya Stein talk about their new book which looks back at the Jewish life in the Ottoman port town of Salonica.Read More


Winding Road from ‘Casablanca’

By Jon Kalish

Playwright Michelanne Forster stumbled onto her family’s real-life Hollywood drama. Her grandfather directed ‘Casablanca’ and relatives hid their Jewish roots for years.Read More


Jews Face Special Risks, Napolitano Says

By Nathan Guttman

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says Jews face special security risks and defends a controversial grant program in a meeting with Forward staff.Read More


Talking Comics With Diane Noomin

By Michael Kaminer and Nate Lavey

Women’s comics pioneer Diane Noomin talks about Wimmen’s Comix, Twisted Sister and her comic alter ego of several decades — Didi Glitz.Read More


Child Sex-Abuse Scandal in Australia's Jewish Community Spills Into U.S.

By Paul Berger

Members of the Australian Jewish community say suspected child molesters ended up in the United States after community leaders failed to report them to authorities.Read More


Podcast: Oran B. Hesterman on Making Food Policy Fairer

The Forward’s Jane Eisner and Devra Ferst speak with Oran B. Hesterman about his new book, “Fair Food,” which details how public policy can and should shape the ways we grow and consume food.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





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