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  • Week in Review: April 22, 2016

    by TJC Staff

    Breaking down the NY Democratic Primary, a.k.a the most Jewish vote in this year’s election; a glimpse of fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi’s first museum retrospective at The Jewish Museum; and more…

    April 21, 2016 | No Comments »

    Up Close: Ray Locker and Sheila Fitzpatrick

    by TJC Staff
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    This week on “Up Close,” there are times when those in charge of a country act with seemingly complete disregard for the law. We saw that in the United States with former President Richard Nixon. To a differing extent and in a different way, the Soviet Union saw it with Josef Stalin. But how did that culture of illegality develop, and how did those around them react?

    The culture of law-breaking and secrecy in Richard Nixon’s administration is examined by USA Today Washington Enterprise Editor Ray Locker, in Nixon’s Gamble: How a President’s Own Secret Government Destroyed His Administration.

    And then, telling stories about one of the most damaging governments in the 20th century, is University of Sydney Professor Sheila Fitzpatrick, author of On Stalin’s Team: The Years of Living Dangerously in Soviet Politics.

    Watch the complete episode of Up Close on TJC on-demand on cable in the TJC Original Series/Interviews category. You can also listen to the complete audio of this episode at the top of this post or by subscribing to our weekly audio podcast at http://feeds.feedburner.com/tjcupclose or on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/tjcs-up-close/id807702211.

    February 1, 2016 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: January 29, 2016

    by TJC Staff

    Presidential primary candidates’ views on Israel and Palestine; American Jews’ efforts to reform marriage in Israel; acclaimed Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai takes on the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin in a new film; and a preview of our Up Close interview with Sheila Fitzpatrick, author of “On Stalin’s Team: The Years of Living Dangerously in Soviet Politics.”

    January 28, 2016 | No Comments »

    Up Close: Maria Konnikova and Ross McCammon

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    This week on Up Close: How can our most basic human behaviors work against us? And what can we do to use them in our favor?

    They’re called “the artisans of crime,” and con artists use what they know about human behavior to identify, lure, and take advantage of a victim. How and why does it work? New Yorker contributing writer Maria Konnikova explains in The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for it… Every Time.

    But understanding all these little bits of psychology is not only helpful in avoiding becoming a victim. We can also learn to be better members of society. In the case of our next author, we can learn to be better co-workers. Esquire senior editor Ross McCammon talks about that in Works Well with Others: An Outsider’s Guide to Shaking Hands, Shutting Up, Handling Jerks, and Other Crucial Skills in Business That No One Ever Teaches You.

    Watch the complete episode of Up Close on TJC on-demand on cable in the TJC Original Series/Interviews category. You can also listen to the complete audio of this episode at the top of this post or by subscribing to our weekly audio podcast at http://feeds.feedburner.com/tjcupclose or on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/tjcs-up-close/id807702211.

    January 22, 2016 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: January 22, 2016

    by TJC Staff

    United States and European Union officials step up criticism of Israel for West Bank policies, and a preview of next week’s “Up Close” interview with Esquire’s Ross McCammon, author of “Works Well with Others.”

    January 21, 2016 | No Comments »

    Up Close: Stephen Silverman and Cheryl Claassen

    by TJC Staff
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    This week on Up Close, we’re uncovering the significance of ancient settlements – early Native Americans from 9,000 years ago, and Jewish life in the Catskills.

    It’s a bygone era that is now only available in memories and media. But when Jews vacationed extensively in the Catskills, it was a lifestyle that brought celebrity and glamour to shuffleboard and buffets. Stephen Silverman discusses the diverse and surprising narrative in The Catskills: Its History and How It Changed America.

    And then, sometimes to go digging into our pasts, we literally have to go digging. What we find can remind us of ourselves, or give us a new sense of the breadth of human traditions. Appalachian State University Professor Cheryl Claassen discusses Beliefs and Rituals in Archaic Eastern North America: An Interpretive Guide.

    Watch the complete episode of Up Close on TJC on-demand on cable in the TJC Original Series/Interviews category. You can also listen to the complete audio of this episode at the top of this post or by subscribing to our weekly audio podcast at http://feeds.feedburner.com/tjcupclose or on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/tjcs-up-close/id807702211.

    January 18, 2016 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: January 15, 2016

    by TJC Staff

    The Israeli peace activist accused of assisting in the execution of Palestinians; a record-breaking challah bake to promote Jewish unity; and going back in time in a preview of our “Up Close” interview with Stephen M. Silverman, author of “The Catskills: Its History and How It Changed America.”

    January 14, 2016 | No Comments »

    Up Close: Andrew Blauner and Aviya Kushner

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    This week on Up Close, what happens when you take some of the most well-known writers of today, and have them talk about some of the oldest stories we know of?

    Literary agent Andrew Blauner gathered together some of the names you know best from the worlds of journalism and fiction and had them write about passages in the Bible for the new collection: The Good Book: Writers Reflect on Favorite Bible Passages.

    And then, when Jewish day school graduate Aviya Kushner went to one of the most well-known graduate writing programs in the country, she studied under Marilynne Robinson, one of the most well-known writers in the country. It was in a class about the Bible that she discovered the traditional Jewish approach to reading the Bible is almost entirely absent from others’ readings. That led to her book, The Grammar of God: A Journey Into the Words and Worlds of the Bible.

    Watch the complete episode of Up Close on TJC on-demand on cable in the TJC Original Series/Interviews category. You can also listen to the complete audio of this episode at the top of this post or by subscribing to our weekly audio podcast at http://feeds.feedburner.com/tjcupclose or on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/tjcs-up-close/id807702211.

    January 11, 2016 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: January 8, 2016

    by TJC Staff

    Spy games between the U.S. and Israel; actor Tony Roberts on his new memoir, and a preview of our “Up Close” interview with literary agent Andrew Blauner on editing “The Good Book: Writers Reflect on Favorite Bible Passages.”

    January 8, 2016 | No Comments »

    Up Close: Jeanne Marie Laskas and Larissa MacFarquhar

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    This week on Up Close, what should we think about people who seem to have almost an obsession with helping others?

    The story of pathologist Bennet Omalu is now a major motion picture starring Will Smith. But if the National Football League had had its way, Omalu’s findings would never have seen the light of day. The story of his devotion to telling the truth about head injuries in football, and how he developed that devotion, is told by Jeanne Marie Laskas, author of Concussion.

    And then, so-called do-gooders sometimes place the lives of complete strangers ahead of those of members of their families and communities – and even their own. Is there something wrong with them, or are they on the right track? New Yorker Staff Writer Larissa MacFarquhar talks about her book, Strangers Drowning: Grappling With Impossible Idealism, Drastic Choices, and the Overpowering Urge to Help.

    Watch the complete episode of Up Close on TJC on-demand on cable in the TJC Original Series/Interviews category. You can also listen to the complete audio of this episode at the top of this post or by subscribing to our weekly audio podcast at http://feeds.feedburner.com/tjcupclose or on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/tjcs-up-close/id807702211.

    January 4, 2016 | No Comments »

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