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  • 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 »

    Week in Review: April 17, 2015

    by TJC Staff

    Prominent Jewish leaders in trouble with the law; rabbis write letters on behalf of convicted former Met Council CEO Willie Rapfogel; Meredith Ganzman reports on some of Broadway’s new offerings for the spring season; and a preview of next week’s Up Close interview with Marilyn Johnson, author of Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble.

    April 16, 2015 | No Comments »

    Up Close: Leah Wright Rigueur and Katha Pollitt

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    In this week’s episode of Up Close, we look at political choices that can be viewed as controversial.

    Minority voters have agreed on one thing since the days of FDR: in presidential elections, they vote for Democrats. But what about those who turn against that tide — what are they hoping for, and do they get there? Harvard University Kennedy School of Government Professor Leah Wright Rigueur explores the African-American community’s approach in The Loneliness of the Black Republican: Pragmatic Politics and the Pursuit of Power.

    And then, one of the major political choices we make is about the question of choice. But The Nation columnist Katha Pollitt has some words for those who think they’re advocates for choice in Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights.

    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 15, 2015 | No Comments »

    Up Close: Marie Gottschalk and Jan Jarboe Russell

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    This week on Up Close: incarceration.

    America today stands out as by far the country with the most individuals in jails and prisons. Why is that? What problems does it cause? What can we do about it? The University of Pennsylvania’s Marie Gottschalk discusses all of this in Caught: The Prison State and the Lockdown of American Politics.

    And then, amid America’s history of special incarcerations, the imprisoning of certain ethnic groups during World War II is a major topic. Contributing Editor for Texas Monthly Jan Jarboe Russell discusses some fascinating parts of that story in The Train to Crystal City: FDR’s Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America’s Only Family Internment Camp During World War II.

    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.

    March 30, 2015 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: March 27, 2015

    by TJC Staff

    Benjamin Netanyahu will remain Prime Minister with a coalition government of 67 Knesset members, including the new Kulanu party; but the Arab List did not accept Netanyahu’s apology for anti-Arab remarks he made leading up to the election – will American Jews? Meanwhile, TJC’s Christian Niedan reports on the business Beyond Conference that brought together American Jews and Israelis; Meredith Ganzman finds out what it’s like to be one of the 350 Jews in South Dakota; and we’ve got highlights from Steven I. Weiss’ Up Close interview with University of Pennsylvania’s Marie Gottschalk, author of Caught: The Prison State and the Lockdown of American Politics.

    March 27, 2015 | No Comments »

    Up Close: Emily Wilson and Johann Hari

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    We tend to hear a lot of people telling others how to live their lives, emphasizing the need for “personal responsibility.” In this week’s episode of Up Close, we’ll move across 2,000 years of history to see some of the origins of that discussion and its costs today.

    The philosopher Seneca is the original source of much of our dialogue around being self-made and pulling oneself up by one’s bootstraps. But it turns out he was born into wealth and privilege. The University of Pennsylvania’s Emily Wilson explores that in her book, The Greatest Empire: A Life of Seneca.

    And then, among those whom our society regards as taking the least personal responsibility are drug addicts, who are frequently treated like criminals. Journalist Johann Hari gives some reasons why they shouldn’t be in Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs.

    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.

    March 23, 2015 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: March 20, 2015

    by TJC Staff

    Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu wins by a decisive margin for a third consecutive term, despite polls indicating that might not be the case; Christian Niedan visits the Museum of the City of New York for an exhibit of films of Jews from pre-war Poland, updated in a sound and video installation called “Letters To Afar”; Meredith Ganzman visits a kosher food pop-up just in time for Passover, and takes us on a “Backstage Pass to Broadway” with theater publicist turned memoirist Susan L. Schulman, in a story from TJC’s theater show, Row J; and we get a few of the highlights from Steven I. Weiss’ Up Close interview with Emily Wilson, author of The Greatest Empire: A Life of Seneca.

    March 20, 2015 | No Comments »

    Up Close: Rabbi Ayelet Cohen and Eve Tushnet

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    On this episode of Up Close, we look at two different approaches to including people of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender identity in traditional faith communities.

    The first “gay synagogue,” as it calls itself, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (CBST) has its fascinating history told by its former assistant rabbi, Ayelet Cohen, in the book Changing Lives, Making History: Congregation Beit Simchat Torah.

    And for writer Eve Tushnet, coming out as a lesbian was a natural part of her adolescence. But when she converted from Reform Judaism to Catholicism, that led to a new wrestling between her sexuality and her faith. She writes about her journey in Gay and Catholic: Accepting My Sexuality, Finding Community, Living My Faith.

    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.

    March 16, 2015 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: March 13, 2015

    by TJC Staff

    Does a new poll suggest Netanyahu could face a real challenge in the upcoming Israeli elections? Steven I. Weiss breaks it down. Christian Niedan reports on a new documentary, “A Universal Language,” which uses comedy to break down barriers in Israel-Diaspora cultural relations, and Meredith Ganzman profiles Kurt Deutsch, producer of the new movie musical “The Last Five Years,” in a preview from the upcoming episode of our theater show, Row J.
    Plus, a peek at our Up Close interview with Rabbi Ayelet Cohen, author of Changing Lives, Making History: Congregation Beit Simchat Torah.

    March 12, 2015 | No Comments »

    Up Close: David Gelles and Gabriele Oettingen

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    This week on Up Close, examining ourselves and how we and the organizations we’re a part of can better achieve our goals.

    Meditating is the hot new thing for major corporations. And New York Times business reporter David Gelles has been meditating for more than a decade. He brings his personal experience to bear on his reporting in Mindful Work: How Meditation is Changing Business From the Inside Out.

    And then, for decades now we’ve been told that the way to think about what we want to achieve is to think positively. But scientific research shows otherwise. New York University Professor Gabriele Oettingen discusses her book, Rethinking Positive Thinking: Inside the New Science of Motivation.

    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.

    March 6, 2015 | No Comments »

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