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  • Week in Review: July 3, 2015

    by TJC Staff

    The space between two Riverdale Rabbis and a rift in modern-Orthodoxy, why a common Jewish genetic disease often goes undiagnosed, and a preview of our “Up Close” interview with Anya Kamenetz, author of The Test: Why Our Schools are Obsessed With Standardized Testing — But You Don’t Have To Be.

    July 2, 2015 | No Comments »

    Up Close: Marc Shapiro and Michal Lemberger

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    This week on Up Close, we all believe we can find a cultural tradition to explore, and texts to recognize as part of that tradition. But what are the ways that holes can get poked in that tradition, and how can a tradition be recovered or reclaimed?

    In the Jewish tradition, key texts have been changed, with items removed, added or altered — and in the cases we know about, it’s largely the ultra-Orthodox determining what stays and what goes. University of Scranton Professor Marc Shapiro reveals it all in Changing the Immutable: How Orthodox Judaism Rewrites its History.

    And if there’s any narrative most obviously missing from traditional Jewish texts, it’s the stories of women’s lives. Using short stories to fill in some gaps is American Jewish University Professor Michal Lemberger, in After Abel and Other Stories.

    Watch the complete episode of Up Close on TJC on-demand on cable in the TJC Original Series/Interviews category. You can also watch highlights from the episode in the video above, or 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.

    July 1, 2015 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: June 26, 2015

    by TJC Staff

    Racial unrest, debate over religious pluralism, and ultra-Orthodox poverty in Israel; Meredith Ganzman visits a retrospective of cartoonist Al Hirschfeld’s work; and a preview of Steven I. Weiss’ Up Close interview with American Jewish University Professor Michal Lemberger, author of “After Abel and Other Stories.”

    June 25, 2015 | No Comments »

    Up Close: Asne Seierstad and Emily Bazelon

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    This week on “Up Close,” when children are subjected to violence and more, what are we to do about it?

    One of the most horrible single events in recent memory was the killing of 77 people — including dozens of children — in a bombing and attack in Norway in 2011. Why did Anders Breivik decide to kill all those people, and what lessons is Norway trying to learn from it? Asne Seierstad finds out in “One of Us: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway.”

    Of course, most of the violence and difficulty children face is on a much smaller scale, but this kind of activity is also far more widespread, and adults are often a large part of the problem. New York Times Magazine Staff Writer Emily Bazelon discusses that in “Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy.”

    Watch the complete episode of Up Close on TJC on-demand on cable in the TJC Original Series/Interviews category. You can also watch highlights from the episode in the video above, or 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.

    June 22, 2015 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: June 19, 2015

    by TJC Staff

    Israeli police officer in case of beaten Ethiopian-Israeli soldier caught on video won’t face charges; Israeli soldiers are accused of beating unarmed Palestinian man; Muslim who saved French Jews during terrorist attack on Paris supermarket honored in New York City; Rebecca Honig Friedman speaks with the Arab-Israeli star of a new Israeli film opening in the U.S.; Meredith Ganzman chows down with the Tony-nominated start of “An American in Paris” in a segment from the upcoming episode of “Row J”; and Steven I. Weiss speaks with author Asne Seierstad about “One of Us: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway,” in a preview from next week’s “Up Close.”

    June 18, 2015 | No Comments »

    Up Close: Ashlee Vance and Robin Wall Kimmerer

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    This week on Up Close, our human ambitions have brought our civilization to literally unprecedented heights — but with great damage to the world we live in. Where do we go next?

    To Mars, argues Silicon Valley billionaire Elon Musk, who’s created a remarkably successful space company and an electric car company, and so much more. Joining us is Bloomberg Businessweek reporter Ashlee Vance, who is the author of Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for Fantastic Future.

    But in an approach that’s literally more down to earth, one botanist suggests that Native American heritage can guide us to a better coexistence with nature, if we can understand gratitude and generosity. Robin Wall Kimmerer is a professor at the State University of New York and founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, and the author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants, which is now out in paperback.

    Watch the complete episode of Up Close on TJC on-demand on cable in the TJC Original Series/Interviews category. You can also watch highlights from the episode in the video above, or 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.

    June 15, 2015 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: June 12, 2015

    by TJC Staff

    U.S. Supreme Court rules on “Jerusalem” as birthplace on U.S. passport; Meredith Ganzman finds out about famed filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock’s little-known Holocaust documentary; and a preview of Steven I. Weiss’ “Up Close” interview with “Braiding Sweetgrass” author Robin Wall Kimmerer

    June 12, 2015 | No Comments »

    Up Close: Meghan Daum, Jeanne Safer and Robin Rinaldi

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    This week on “Up Close,” we share two narratives of unconventional choices, what drives them, and the fallout from them.

    So many of us think of having children as simply the normal course of life. But some, of course, choose not to do so. Meghan Daum and Jeanne Safer are the editor of and a contributor to an anthology about that choice: Selfish, Shallow and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not To Have Kids.

    And then, when her husband told her he wouldn’t have a child with her, Robin Rinaldi chose to have a series of lovers instead. It’s a decision that has had life-long consequences for her, and also led to some surprising revelations. She shares her story in The Wild Oats Project.

    Watch the complete episode of Up Close on TJC on-demand on cable in the TJC Original Series/Interviews category. You can also watch highlights from the episode in the video above, or 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.

    June 9, 2015 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: June 5, 2015

    by TJC Staff

    Inside the controversy surrounding “The Sauna Rabbi,” Meredith Ganzman speaks with writer and activist Larry Kramer and others involved in the new documentary about him, and a preview of Steven I. Weiss’ Up Close interview with Robin Rinaldi, author of “The Wild Oats Project.”

    June 5, 2015 | No Comments »

    Up Close: Barney Frank and Shulem Deen

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    This week on Up Close, memoirs from two men who blazed a trail by being different from what many expected of them.

    Congressman Barney Frank was the first member of Congress to voluntarily come out as gay, and the first to marry someone of the same sex while in office. He also developed a reputation as a confrontational speaker and legislator, who fought for what he believed in. We discuss his book, Frank: A Life in Politics From the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage.

    And then, we see a lot of writing these days from ultra-Orthodox Jews who are leaving or who have left their communities and occasionally their families. But one man started that genre under the blog name “Hasidic Rebel.” He’s now got a memoir out, and Shulem Deen stopped by to discuss All Who Go Do Not Return.

    Watch the complete episode of Up Close on TJC on-demand on cable in the TJC Original Series/Interviews category. You can also watch highlights from the episode in the video above, or 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.

    May 29, 2015 | No Comments »

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