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  • 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

    by TJC Staff
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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 »

    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.

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    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

    by TJC Staff
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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 »

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