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  • Up Close: Steve Silberman and Reuven Fenton

    by TJC Staff
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    This week on Up Close, being stigmatized through no fault of one’s own is unfair and
    unfortunate, whether it’s for the way one is, or for what others think one has done.

    Autism is a condition we hear a lot about today, amid increasing discovery of methods and technologies that can help those affected to communicate and thrive. But our conversation about autism should look deeply into our past. Journalist Steve Silberman discusses autism’s history as a guide to its future in NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity.

    And then, if our society has often failed those with autism by not providing enough opportunity, tens of thousands of Americans today have been failed by having their opportunity ended, as they’ve been falsely imprisoned for someone else’s crimes. New York Post reporter Reuven Fenton discusses his book, Stolen Years: Stories of the Wrongfully Imprisoned.

    Watch the complete episode of Up Close on TJC on-demand on cable in the TJC Original Series/Interviews category. You can also 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.

    November 16, 2015 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: November 13, 2015

    by TJC Staff

    Obama and Netanyahu’s reconciliation; Michele Bachman wants to convert Jews to Christianity; Meredith Ganzman gets a preview of the new Broadway revival of “Fiddler on The Roof”; and a peek at Steven I. Weiss’ Up Close interview with journalist Steve Silberman, author of “NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity.”

    November 13, 2015 | No Comments »

    Up Close: Joy-Ann Reid and Gary Rivlin

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    This week on Up Close, being black in America means getting treated differently from those who are white in numerous ways.

    Within the world of politics, the African-American vote was alternately pursued and jettisoned by the major political parties, until the Democratic party won over the vast majority of African-Americans in the middle of the twentieth century. Exploring the Democratic party’s approach is MSNBC National Correspondent Joy-Ann Reid, author of Fracture: Barack Obama, The Clintons, and the Racial Divide.

    And then, if one single event typified the treatment of blacks in America in the first decade of the twentieth century, it was Hurricane Katrina and the flooding of New Orleans. Journalist Gary Rivlin spent a decade reporting on what happened there for Katrina: After the Flood.

    Watch the complete episode of Up Close on TJC on-demand on cable in the TJC Original Series/Interviews category. You can also 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.

    November 6, 2015 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: November 6, 2015

    by TJC Staff

    Conflict over women’s ordination within Orthodox Judaism; ultra-Orthodox on East Ramapo school board in the headlines; Meredith Ganzman talks jewelry and Jewish roots with the star of TruTV’s “Hardcore Pawn,” Ashley Gold; Steven I. Weiss sits down with MSNBC’s Joy-Ann Reid to discuss her new book, “Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons and the Racial Divide,” in a preview from next week’s “Up Close”; and more of this week’s Jewish news.

    November 5, 2015 | No Comments »

    Up Close: M.R. O’Connor and Sherry Turkle

    by TJC Staff
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    What makes us human? And is that something we could lose? In this week’s episode of Up Close, we look at those studying how to preserve species, and one psychologist’s call for preserving human communication.

    For many, the question of whether to preserve species in danger of extinction can be answered with an obvious, “Yes.” But that raises the questions of what exactly we’re preserving. If it’s genes and physical characteristics alone, there’s an animal culture of sorts that we’re surely leaving behind. M.R. O’Connor explores all these thorny questions in Resurrection Science: Conservation, De-Extinction and the Precarious Future of Wild Things.

    And then, if we can lose a given species of crow by changing its environment and taking away its inherited culture, can we also lose the culture that makes us human? That warning sign is being presented by MIT Professor Sherry Turkle in Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age.

    Watch the complete episode of Up Close on TJC on-demand on cable in the TJC Original Series/Interviews category. You can also 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.

    November 3, 2015 | No Comments »

    Row J 2-02 : THE JEWISH CHANNEL SALUTES ARTHUR MILLER ON “ROW J”

    by mganzman

    In-studio with “Incident at Vichy” star Richard Thomas

    Award-winning actor Richard Thomas discusses appearing in the Signature Theatre Company’s production of Arthur Miller’s “Incident at Vichy.”

    The Jewish Channel continues its second season of its popular theater-oriented monthly TV show, “Row J,” with Sandy Duncan, Michael Feinstein, Sheldon Harnick, Lisa Lampanelli, David Hyde Pierce, Seth Rudetsky, Will Swenson, Holland Taylor, Richard Thomas and more luminaries. “Row J” is hosted by TJC correspondent Meredith Ganzman. The executive producer is Brian Scott Lipton.

    Each episode of “Row J” focuses on Broadway and off-Broadway shows, highlighting Jewish themes, actors, writers and directors. Theater personalities discuss their current projects and careers, alongside reviews of new shows, on-location features with theater community notables, and other special segments. The October edition of “Row J” will include:

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    October 29, 2015 | No Comments »

    Up Close: Paul Barrett and Susan Aranoff

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    This week on Up Close, we tend to believe that a system of laws is there to protect us. We often believe in the integrity of that system, and that it can deliver the justice we expect.

    The largest verdict for environmental damages in history will forever be quite tainted. Lies, deception, corruption and more were found to be at the heart of a legal strategy that theoretically won billions of dollars for people harmed by oil pollution, but they might never see a dime of it. Bloomberg Businessweek Senior Writer Paul Barrett discusses, Law of the Jungle: The $19 Billion Legal Battle Over Oil in the Rain Forest and the Lawyer Who’d Stop at Nothing to Win, now out in paperback.

    And then, the Orthodox Jewish court system has long explicitly discriminated against women, where no women are judges. Perhaps the greatest symbol of a system designed without women is the agunah crisis, in which women are stuck in Orthodox Jewish marriages if their husbands refuse to give them divorces. Susan Aranoff has been an advocate on the issue for three decades, and is the co-author of The Wed-Locked Agunot: Orthodox Jewish Women Chained to Dead Marriages.

    Watch the complete episode of Up Close on TJC on-demand on cable in the TJC Original Series/Interviews category. You can also 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.

    October 27, 2015 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: October 23, 2015

    by TJC Staff

    An ultra-Orthodox enclave in Spring Valley, NY, is under scrutiny for violations of fire safety codes; Israel will spend about $78 million dollars on integrating Israelis of Ethiopian descent; an Eritrean refugee, mistaken for a terrorist, is attacked by a mob in Israel and killed. In happier news, Rebecca Honig Friedman reports on an organization providing guide dogs to the blind in Israel; Meredith Ganzman has the scoop on entertainer Michael Feinstein’s latest venture in a segment from our theater show, Row J; and Steven I. Weiss speaks with Bloomberg Businessweek Senior Writer Paul Barrett about his book, Law of the Jungle: The $19 Billion Legal Battle Over Oil in the Rain Forest and the Lawyer Who’d Stop at Nothing to Win, in a preview from next week’s Up Close.

    October 22, 2015 | No Comments »

    Up Close: Josh Levs and Sarah Weinman

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    This week on Up Close, what can men be doing better? How can men support women and increase their representation in key areas?

    Being a dad is hard. It’s even harder when laws and policies are designed to keep dads from doing their fair share. Josh Levs talks about that in All In: How Our Work-First Culture Fails Dads, Families, and Businesses–And How We Can Fix It Together.

    And then, when we thinking of breaking the law, most of us experience that world through fiction. Within crime fiction, increasingly, some of the best work is done by women, and so is some of the best work from previous eras. That’s the argument of Sarah Weinman, editor of Women Crime Writers: Eight Suspense Novels of the 1940s & 50s.

    Watch the complete episode of Up Close on TJC on-demand on cable in the TJC Original Series/Interviews category. You can also 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.

    October 19, 2015 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: October 16, 2015

    by TJC Staff

    This week in Jewish news: What the violent attacks on civilians in Israel mean for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict overall; French-Jewish pianist Simon Ghraichy’s debut at Carnegie Hall; and a preview of our “Up Close” interview with Sarah Weinman, editor of “Women Crime Writers: Eight Suspense Novels of the 1940s & 50s.”

    October 16, 2015 | No Comments »

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