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This Week in Forward Arts and Culture

Paul Berger looks at the photography of Chris Stein, a founding member of the New York new wave band Blondie.

Philologos parses the etymology of the three rivers Yar — Yarden, Yarmuk and Yarkon.

Jenna Weissman Joselit reminds us of the Yemenite influence on Israeli fashion.

Josh Lambert scrutinizes the state of American Jewish Studies.

Laura Hodes reviews Joshua Braff’s sophomore novel “Peep Show,” a coming of age story set in the Times Square porn industry and the Brooklyn Hasidic community.

Gavriel Rosenfeld explores the glass façade of Philadelphia’s new National Museum of American Jewish History.

Allison Gaudet Yarrow talks to New Yorker editor Ben Greenman about his new collection of short stories, “What He’s Poised To Do,” for this week’s Yid Lit podcast.

And last week the Forverts officially launched its new video channel! Check out Forverts editor Boris Sandler talking to actor Mike Burstyn about his lead role in the Folksbiene Theater’s production of “The Adventures of Hershele Ostropolyer” below, and more videos here.

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