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  • Week in Review: January 30, 2015

    by TJC Staff

    One of New York State’s most powerful politicians, and an Orthodox Jew, Sheldon Silver is arrested; a new shakshuka truck hits the streets of New York City; miniature models of iconic synagogues on display at the YU Museum; and a preview of our UP CLOSE interview with Mike Kelly, author of “The Bus on Jaffa Road: A Story of Middle East Terrorism and the Search for Justice.”

    January 29, 2015 | No Comments »

    Up Close: Kathryn Cramer Brownell and Paula Rabinowitz

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    This week on Up Close, what happens when an elite domain becomes available to the masses?

    First, how did the mass medium of Hollywood film influence what was once a more closed American political system, creating the campaign system we know today? Steven I. Weiss interviews Purdue University Prof. Kathryn Cramer Brownell, author of Showbiz Politics: Hollywood in American Political Life.

    Then, books were once expensive, available mostly to the rich and well-educated, until cheap paperbacks came into the market. University of Michigan Prof. Paula Rabinowitz describes this phenomenon and its consequences in her book American Pulp: How Paperbacks Brought Modernism to Main Street.

    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.

    January 26, 2015 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: January 23, 2015

    by TJC Staff

    Is the death of Argentine prosecutor Albert Nisman part of an international conspiracy to cover up a terrorist attack on Jews?; twelve Hezbollah and Iranian Revolutionary Guard operatives killed; TJC’s Meredith Ganzman gets to know the eight-year-old, award-winning designer of Lyla Tov Monsters; TJC’s Christian Niedan takes us to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a look at ancient, artisanal glass from the mysterious Semitic glassmaker known as Ennion; and a preview of Steven I. Weiss’ Up Close interview with Paula Rabinowitz, author of American Pulp: How Paperbacks Brought Modernism to Main Street.

    January 22, 2015 | No Comments »

    Up Close: Nazila Fathi and Suki Kim

    by TJC Staff
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    This week on UP CLOSE, two memoirs about living in authoritarian regimes.

    First, Iranian-born and raised former New York Times reporter Nazila Fathi is living in exile because of threats on her life. Yet she has a message of hope for the future of her home country. She and Steven I. Weiss discuss her memoir about growing up during the Iranian Revolution, The Lonely War: One Woman’s Account of The Struggle for Modern Iran.

    Then, accounts of life in North Korea are rare because the spread of information in and out is so closely guarded by the powers that be. But journalist Suki Kim, originally from South Korea, managed to get unprecedented access by living there for over a year as a teacher in a boarding school for North Korea’s top students. She discusses her book about her experiences, Without You There Is No Us: My Time With The Sons of North Korea’s Elite.

    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.

    January 15, 2015 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: January 16, 2015

    by TJC Staff

    Jews killed for being Jews in Paris terror attacks; a look inside the 90-year-old Streit’s matzo factory before it moves from the Lower East Side; we learn how to write a Yiddish letter with the help of some actors and co-author of the new book, “Dear Mendl, Dear Reyzl”; and highlights from the upcoming UP CLOSE interview with Suki Kim, author of Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea’s Elite.

    January 15, 2015 | No Comments »

    Up Close: Zephyr Teachout and Fatma Muge Gocek

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    This week on Up Close, an examination of sin and the state.

    First, American law has long been concerned with guarding against corruption by those in power, but those concerns and how they play out in anti-corruption laws have evolved over the years. Fordham Law School professor Zephyr Teachout, a former Democratic primary candidate for Governor of New York, charts this evolution in her book, Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin’s Snuff-box to Citizens United.

    Then, how does an “original sin” from the past taint the very fiber of a state in the present? University of Michigan professor Fatma Muge Gocek, a Turkish muslim, argues that the Turkish denial of the Armenian genocide has led to authoritarianism in contemporary Turkey. She discusses her book, Denial of Violence: Ottoman Past, Turkish Present, and Collective Violence against the Armenians, 1789-2009.

    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.

    January 9, 2015 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: January 9, 2015

    by TJC Staff

    The Palestinian push at the United Nations, stories from the author of “The Untold Stories of Broadway” in a segment from ROW J, and highlights from our UP CLOSE interview with former Democratic primary candidate for governor of New York, Zephyr Teachout, author of “Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin’s Snuffbox to Citizens United.”

    January 8, 2015 | No Comments »

    Up Close: Mindy Greenstein and Meryl Comer

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    This week on Up Close, the good and the bad of aging.

    First, though many of us fear the aging process, our golden years can actually be the best ones. So argue Mindy Greenstein and her co-author, Jamie Holland, in Lighter As We Go: Virtues, Character Strengths, and Aging. Greenstein talks with Steven I. Weiss about why the older we get, the more we can enjoy life.

    But that’s not to say aging doesn’t come with real problems, especially when it comes to our health, and Alzheimer’s is one of the more devastating age-related illnesses. Former broadcast journalist Meryl Comer relates her decades-long struggle to care for her husband in Slow Dancing with a Stranger: Lost and Found in the Age of Alzheimer’s. She discusses her journey and offers advice for others in how to prepare themselves for the pitfalls of aging.

    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.

    December 29, 2014 | No Comments »

    Week In Review: December 26, 2014

    by TJC Staff

    A new dreidel spinning world record has been set by a group of Israelis including politician Tzipi Livni; Coca-Cola will establish a bottling plant in Gaza; “Honeymoon in Vegas” is coming to Broadway and Meredith Ganzman talks to the stars, including Tony Danza; and a peek at Steven I. Weiss’ Up Close interview with Mindy Greenstein, co-author of “Lighter As We Go: Virtues, Character Strengths, and Aging.”

    December 25, 2014 | No Comments »

    Up Close: December 22, 2014

    by TJC Staff
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    This week on Up Close, we explore the ways art has been used to promote Jewish life and to condemn it.

    First, anti-Semitic symbols were a trope of medieval art, but what if the images themselves were often the source of anti-Semitic feelings? That’s what SUNY Stony Brook professor Sara Lipton argues in her book Dark Mirror: The Medieval Origins of Anti-Jewish Iconography.

    Then, there was a time when Jewish liturgy was at the forefront of the avant-garde. Duke University professor Laura Lieber examines the cutting edge poetry popularized in early synagogues in her book A Vocabulary of Desire: The Song of Songs in the Early Synagogue.

    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.

    December 22, 2014 | No Comments »

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