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  • Week in Review: February 27, 2015

    by TJC Staff

    Netanyahu and Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush get chummy on Twitter; the PLO and PA were fined in a U.S. court for alleged involvement in six terrorist attacks that took place from 2002-2004; Christian Niedan reports on one Jewish museum’s efforts to reach visitors beyond the confines of the objects on display; Meredith Ganzman looks into efforts to reach Jewish students with special needs; and Steven I. Weiss sits down with essayist Daphne Merkin, author of The Fame Lunches, in a preview of next week’s episode of Up Close.

    February 26, 2015 | No Comments »

    Up Close: Peter Manseau and Brigitte Sion

    by TJC Staff
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    On this week’s episode, we explore different ways of looking at our pasts, and what we recover when we do so.

    Our first book is a must-read for anyone interested in religion in America. Delivering a perspective of religious difference in a country often described as Christian, Peter Manseau stops by to discuss his book, One Nation, Under Gods: A New American History.

    And then, what we remember of the past is often colored by the way we choose to memorialize it. Brigitte Sion examines the impact of such monuments in Memorials in Berlin and Buenos Aires: Balancing Memory, Architecture, and Tourism.

    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.

    February 23, 2015 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: February 20, 2015

    by TJC Staff

    Two people killed in anti-Semitic attacks in Denmark — Danish leaders and Israeli PM Netanyahu respond; a conference examines Judaism and gender twenty five years after the publication of Judith Plaskow’s “Standing Again At Sinai”; and a preview of Steven I. Weiss’ Up Close interview with Brigitte Sion, author of “Memorials in Berlin and Buenos Aires: Balancing Memory, Architecture, and Tourism.”

    February 19, 2015 | No Comments »

    Up Close: Shane Harris and Joel Simon

    by TJC Staff
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    On this week’s episode of Up Close, we’re looking at new kinds of warfare, including the consequences for non-combatants.

    Many people talk about the idea that cyber warfare is coming and that we’ll someday be seeing large-scale attacks that have ramifications in the real world. But senior correspondent at The Daily Beast Shane Harris reports that cyber war is here, and has been for some time. We discuss the reality and the consequences in his book, @War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex.

    To know more about war and what our businesses and governments are doing, we need reporting on those things. But journalists are increasingly facing great dangers in their professions. Executive Director of the Committee to Protect Journalists Joel Simon is the author of The New Censorship: Inside the Global Battle for Media Freedom.

    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.

    February 17, 2015 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: February 13, 2015

    by TJC Staff

    Netanyahu’s planned speech before Congress and claim to be a “representative of the Jewish people” continues to generate controversy, while a majority of Israelis think he should cancel the speech; former Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel Yona Metzger indicted; group of Hasidic Jewish landlords in U.S. arrested for bribery and kickback scandal; F.E.G.S. under investigation by law enforcement officials; and victims of Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme will receive a payout of more than $300 million.
    Christian Niedan stops by 92Y for a discussion of the new “Breaking Bad” spinoff, “Better Call Saul”; Rebecca Honig Friedman talks to the filmmakers of Israel’s entry to the Oscars, “Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem”; and Meredith Ganzman speaks to the cast of the new Broadway revival of Wendy Wasserstein’s “The Heidi Chronicles” in a segment from TJC’s theater show, Row J. Plus a preview of Steven I. Weiss’ Up Close interview with The Daily Beast senior correspondent Shane Harris about his book, “@War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex.”

    February 13, 2015 | No Comments »

    Up Close: Melanie Notkin and Ari Goldman

    by Steven I. Weiss
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    This week on Up Close, as we reach new stages in life, embracing who we are and who we’ll become can help us achieve a greater measure of happiness. We’ll speak to two people embracing new ways of thinking about their respective stages in life.

    For Melanie Notkin, reaching her early forties without the husband and children she’d long planned to have offered an opportunity to look at life in a different way. Speaking for millions of women in the situation, she’s defined a group called the “Otherhood,” and we’ll discuss her book of that name.

    But sometimes the most we can hope for with our old dreams is to get close to what we’d imagined, and acknowledge that achieving something, even in a less-than-perfect manner, is still worthwhile. Journalism professor Ari Goldman picked up the cello on the eve of his 60th birthday, deciding to simply do the best that he could. He chronicles that experience in “The Late Starters Orchestra.”

    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.

    February 9, 2015 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: February 6, 2015

    by TJC Staff

    February 5, 2015 | No Comments »

    Up Close: Meline Toumani and Mike Kelly

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    This week on Up Close, finding empathy with victims of political violence, collectively and individually.

    First, much of the world — including the U.S., Israel, and many Jewish organizations — has not recognized the Armenian Genocide of 1915 as a genocide, and the focus on gaining recognition and grappling with the history of that event has defined the Armenian Disapora experience in not always positive ways, argues Meline Toumani, author of the memoir There Was and There Was Not: A Journey Through Hate and Possibility in Turkey, Armenia, and Beyond. Toumani and TJC’s Steven I. Weiss discuss the controversy surrounding Toumani’s book and the commonalities between the Armenian-American and the Jewish-American experiences.

    Then, coverage of terrorism in the Middle East tends to focus on numbers and groups of people, rather than individuals, but Bergen Record columnist Mike Kelly sought a more personal, in-depth take on the 1996 Jerusalem bus bombing that killed, among others, two Jewish-American citizens, Sara Duker and Matthew Eisenfeld. His book, The Bus on Jaffa Road: A Story of Middle East Peace and the Search for Justice, examines the lives of the victims and their families, and includes an interview with one of the perpetrators of the bombing.

    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.

    February 2, 2015 | No Comments »

    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

    by TJC Staff
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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 »

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