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  • 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

    by TJC Staff
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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 »

    Week in Review: December 19, 2014

    by TJC Staff

    Israeli politicians Tzipi Livni and Isaac Herzog are teaming up for the upcoming elections; will the UN recognize Palestine as a state?; Israelis think the US/Israel relationship is in crisis; Palestinian cabinet minister killed at an anti-Israel protest; TJC checks in at the Chabad-Lubavitch World Headquarters after an anti-Semitic stabbing there last week; how to give gifts that give back at Bloomingdales this Hanukkah; and a peek at our Up Close interview with Sara Lipton, author of “Dark Mirror: The Medieval Origins of Anti-Jewish Iconography.”

    December 19, 2014 | No Comments »

    Up Close: December 15, 2014

    by TJC Staff
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    This week on Up Close, differing notions of faith.

    First, why is a nice Jewish boy trekking across the path laid out by The Book of Mormon? Author Avi Steinberg discusses his new book, The Lost Book of Mormon: A Journey Through the Mythic Lands of Nephi, Zarehemla, and Kansas City, Missouri.

    Then, they’ve been on the NY Times bestseller list with their series about the wondrous occurrences in our everyday lives. Yitta Halberstam and Judith Leventhal dish about the newest book in the Small Miracles series, Small Miracles From Beyond, this time with a more supernatural bent.

    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 15, 2014 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: December 12, 2014

    by TJC Staff

    Antisemitic attack at Chabad’s headquarters in Brooklyn; U2’s Bono does not dress like a Hasid; PLO’s upgraded status at the International Criminal Court; just in time for holiday shopping, Christian Niedan spotlights the Jewish founders of one of Brooklyn’s hippest flea markets, Artists & Fleas; Meredith Ganzman hears from theater writers about the actors who bring their work to life at the Dramatists Guild Fund Gala; and we get a preview of Steven I. Weiss’ Up Close interview with Avi Steinberg, author of The Lost Book of Mormon.

    December 11, 2014 | No Comments »

    Up Close: December 8, 2014

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    On this week’s Up Close, a look at interfaith marriage in America.

    First, in addition to being of different religious backgrounds, Lucinda Franks and Robert Morgenthau are decades apart in age, but that didn’t stop them from falling in love. The youngest woman to ever win the Pulitzer Prize, journalist Lucinda Franks talks about how she met and married famed Jewish NY District Attorney Bob Morgenthau, and the reaction to their unlikely union, in her book, Timeless: Love, Morgenthau, and Me.

    Then, taking a broader view of the interfaith marriage phenomenon and its effect on American society is Naomi Schaefer Riley. She discusses the results of national surveys and in-depth interviews she conducted for her book, ‘Til Faith Do Us Part: How Interfaith Marriage is Transforming America.

    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 8, 2014 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: December 5, 2014

    by TJC Staff

    Israeli PM Netanyahu fires Ministers Tzipi Livni and Yair Lapid; Russian-American Jews are nominated for Person of the Year Awards; actor Ben Rimalower is bad with money and has new one-man show about it; and a preview of our Up Close interview with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Lucinda Franks, author of Timeless: Love, Morgenthau, and Me.

    December 4, 2014 | No Comments »

    Up Close: December 1, 2014

    by TJC Staff
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    This week on Up Close, how the narratives of childhood can affect the rest of our lives.

    First, when it comes to how children play, and where they play, cultural differences can have a tremendous impact. Author Susan G. Solomon discusses the way in which different kinds of playgrounds impart different values to the children who play on them. Her new book is The Science of Play: How to Build Playgrounds That Enhance Children’s Development.

    Then, as we go through childhood and adolescence, popular music can have a tremendous effect on our development. That was especially true for kids growing up during the height of The Beatles’ popularity, and in turn, and as those kids grew up, they impacted the world in ways influenced by the music, argues Candy Leonard. She is author of Beatleness: How The Beatles and Their Fans Remade the World.

    Finally, what do you do when you find out your father distributed perhaps the most famous porn film of all time? If you’re Kristin Battista-Frazee, you write a book about it. She discusses that book, The Pornographer’s Daughter: A Memoir of Childhood, My Dad, and Deep Throat.

    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 1, 2014 | No Comments »

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