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  • Week in Review: May 22, 2015

    by TJC Staff

    Controversial, right-wing appointments in Israel’s new government and Obama’s reaction; Netanyahu’s special committee to fight racism in Israel; Meredith Ganzman interviews this year’s Tony Awards nominees for “Row J”; and a Steven I. Weiss speaks with New York Times Columnist Paul Sullivan about “The Thin Green Line: The Money Secrets of the Super Wealthy” in a preview of this week’s “Up Close.”

    May 22, 2015 | No Comments »

    Up Close: Pamela Katz and Annie Cohen-Solal

    by TJC Staff
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    This week on Up Close, making a career in the arts is hard enough; doing the kind of groundbreaking work that will be remembered for generations is yet more difficult.

    “The Threepenny Opera” changed what we think about theater, drama, and music. The story that birthed it, and that surrounded it, is told by Pamela Katz in The Partnership: Brecht, Weill, Three Women, and Germany on the Brink.

    And then, there are few painters whose work is so distinctive that even a casual observer can instantly recognize their work. Mark Rothko rebelled against the art world to become one of those artists, as Annie Cohen-Solal describes in Mark Rothko: Toward the Light in the Chapel.

    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 18, 2015 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: May 15, 2015

    by TJC Staff

    Netanyahu seeks to expand government to fulfill promises made to his coalition partners; Israel’s Religious Affairs Minister Naftali Bennet adds hundreds of rabbis to the State payroll; convicted rabbi-to-the-stars is sentenced to prison time; and a co-conspirator in the scheme that stole from the Met Council on Jewish Poverty is also sentenced to jail time. On a different note, the anniversaries of V.E. Day and the liberation of the Dachau Concentration camp were celebrated recently, and Meredith Ganzman spoke with Holocaust survivor Ben Lesser, also an author, entrepreneur and foundation founder, about his recollections of that fateful day. Plus, a preview of Steven I. Weiss’ “Up Close” interview with Pamela Katz, author of “The Partnership: Brecht, Weill, Three Women, and Germany on the Brink.”

    May 14, 2015 | No Comments »

    Up Close: Mary Pilon and Amy-Jill Levine

    by TJC Staff
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    This week on Up Close: We’re told a lot of stories as children. Sometimes those stories are worth revisiting as adults — both to find out what was true, and to find out how they speak to larger truths.

    Mary Pilon dug into the story of the board game Monopoly, and what she found is that there’s very much more going on under the surface. We discuss her book, “The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind the World’s Favorite Board Game.”

    And then, Vanderbilt University Professor Amy-Jill Levine has spent a career explaining Judaism to Christians, and Christianity to Jews. In digging deeply into the parables of Jesus, she finds lessons that provide a different picture than the one often portrayed. Her book is “Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi.”

    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 11, 2015 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: May 8, 2015

    by TJC Staff

    Ethiopian-Israelis protest against racism; Netanyahu’s remarks to the Ethiopian IDF soldier who was a victim of police brutality that was caught on tape; Israeli legislation regarding ultra-Orthodox communities is rolled back as incentive for haredi parties to join Netanyahu’s coalition government; Meredith Ganzman explores the Jewish history of New York’s famed Algonquin Hotel; and a preview of Steven I. Weiss’ Up Close interview with Vanderbilt professor Amy-Jill Levine, author of “Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi.”

    May 7, 2015 | No Comments »

    Up Close: Laura Colby and Nicholas Carlson

    by TJC Staff
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    This week on UP CLOSE: women’s advancement is a major goal for many, and we’re now seeing a new generation of women as CEOs of at least a few of America’s largest companies.

    Exemplifying two very different approaches to getting to the top of the corporate ladder, at two companies that are quite different from each other, are GM’s Mary Barra and Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer.

    Barra’s story is told by Bloomberg News reporter at large Laura Colby, in Road to Power: How GM’s Mary Barra Shattered the Glass Ceiling.

    And then, Silicon Valley’s most prominent female CEO is profiled by Business Insider’s Nicholas Carlson in Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo!

    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 4, 2015 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: May 1, 2015

    by TJC Staff

    Christians beheaded by ISIS sought refuge in Israel; an Ethiopian-Israeli soldier beaten by Israeli police; “Prodfather” Rabbi Mendel Epstein found guilty of conspiring to kidnap; and Skvere Hasidim celebrate a man who was convicted of attempted arson and assault. Meredith Ganzman reports on the Israeli Consulate in New York’s Yom Hazikaron celebration, and get a preview of Steven I. Weiss’ Up Close interview with Bloomberg News reporter Laura Colby, author of “Road to Power: How GM’s Mary Barra Shattered the Glass Ceiling.”

    April 30, 2015 | No Comments »

    Up Close: Alan Wolfe and Shira Dicker

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    This week on Up Close, what makes Jews lose their sense of place? And what can give it back to them?

    For Boston College Political Science Professor Alan Wolfe, the answer to where Jews should be comfortable is straightforward: in the diaspora, where they’ve primarily been for the past 2,000 years. We discuss his book, At Home in Exile: Why Diaspora is Good for the Jews.

    And then, for Shira Dicker, finding comfort at an American college campus has been a bit of a challenge. She shares some of her experiences in a novella, The Jerusalem Lover.

    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.

    April 27, 2015 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: April 24, 2015

    by TJC Staff

    A Palestinian teenager is recognized by Israel as a victim of terrorism; how Israelis feel about public transportation on the Sabbath; and the NYC subway ad that has ultra-Orthodox Brooklynites up in arms. Then, Rebecca Honig Friedman speaks to the author of A Good Place To Hide: How One French Community Saved Thousands of Lives During World War II, journalist Peter Grose; Meredith Ganzman gets the scoop on a new book about composer Cy Coleman in a segment from TJC’s theater show, Row J; and a preview from Steven I. Weiss’ Up Close interview with Boston College Political Science Professor Alan Wolfe, author of At Home in Exile: Why Diaspora is Good for the Jews.

    April 23, 2015 | No Comments »

    Up Close: Marilyn Johnson and Maira Kalman

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    This week on Up Close, the joy of discovery.

    We owe so much of what we know and think about our pasts and ourselves to archaeologists. Exploring what makes them tick and how hard it is to get their work done is Marilyn Johnson, author of Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble.

    And then, artist Maira Kalman’s work has been a joyous discovery for many. But the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum turned the tables by asking her to dip into their collection and reveal what she finds delightul. Her book from that adventure is, My Favorite Things: Maira Kalman’s Illustrated Catalog of Unusual Objects, Memories, and Delight.

    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.

    April 17, 2015 | No Comments »

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