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  • Up Close: Ann Goldstein and Leslie Day

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    This week on Up Close, we talk about about people who explore the natural world around them and find inspiration.

    For one of the greatest Jewish writers of all time, being a chemist was a major part of how he saw the world. Primo Levi also wrote about it. New Yorker editor Ann Goldstein discusses the translation project she led, The Complete Works of Primo Levi.

    And then, being a New Yorker didn’t keep school teacher Leslie Day from communig with nature. We discuss her Field Guide to the Neighborhood Birds of New York City.

    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.

    December 14, 2015 | No Comments »

    Up Close: Roberta Kaplan and Peninnah Schram & R’ Sandy Eisenberg Sasso

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    This week on Up Close, love stories make up a large part of American culture, though beyond the Biblical book of “Song of Songs,” Shir Hashirim, it doesn’t seem to be the biggest part of Jewish culture.

    And yet, this year, the love story of two Jewish women was the one that ended discrimination against same-sex marriages within the U.S. federal government, in what instantly became one of the most famous Supreme Court decisions. Arguing that case was lawyer Roberta Kaplan, and she shares her story and theirs in Then Comes Marriage: United States v. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA.

    And then, two women are trying to put love stories into the heart of the Jewish tradition with retellings of folk tales, love letters from prominent Jewish thinkers, and more. Peninnah Schram and Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso discuss their partnered effort, Jewish Stories of Love and Marriage: Folktales, Legends, & Letters.

    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.

    December 7, 2015 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: December 4, 2015

    by TJC Staff

    Former Speaker of the NY State Assembly Sheldon Silver found guilty in public corruption trial; Meredith Ganzman gets tips on making Jewish soul food for Chanukah from cookbook author Carol Ungar; and a preview of Steven I. Weiss’ “Up Close” interview with attorney Roberta Kaplan, author of “Then Comes Marriage: United States V. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA.”

    December 4, 2015 | No Comments »

    Up Close: Deborah Davis and Molly Crabapple

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    This week on Up Close, what does it take to make an artist? This week, we speak with a biographer of one of the most famous artists of the 20th Century, and one woman who is working her way up in the field, in the middle of her career.

    Andy Warhol is a name only slightly better-known than his iconic pictures of subjects ranging from Campbell’s soup cans to Marilyn Monroe. But as he was crafting art, he was crafting himself as an artist. Deborah Davis explores that development in The Trip: Andy Warhol’s Plastic Fantastic Cross-Country Adventure.

    And then, Molly Crabapple has a story to tell about what it’s taken to get to this point in her career, with a number of successful independent shows and projects, some awards won, and a perch as a contributing editor at Vice. Her memoir is Drawing Blood.

    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 30, 2015 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: November 27, 2015

    by TJC Staff

    Eighteen-year-old American citizen Ezra Schwartz killed in terrorist attack in the West Bank; bomb threat at a pominent Manhattan synagogue; terrorist threats in Brussels, Belgium; and Argentina’s president-elect will cancel a joint investigation with Iran into the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center.
    Meredith Ganzman visits one of New York’s oldest kosher butcher shops; and a preview of Steven I. Weiss’ “Up Close” interview with Deborah Davis, author of “The Trip: Andy Warhol’s Plastic Fantastic Cross-Country Adventure.”

    November 25, 2015 | No Comments »

    Up Close: Imran Garda and Meera Subramanian

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    This week on Up Close, we’re taking you on two voyages of discovery, and the mix of pessimism and hope we find along the way.

    News anchor Imran Garda, covering the past few years for Al Jazeera and other networks, has seen an Arab Spring flow into a refugee crisis. His novel travels around Africa and beyond to bring us a story in the midst of the story, with The Thunder That Roars.

    And then, Meera Subramanian visited the land of her father to explore the way the world’s largest democracy was coping with environmental problems, and how some Indians hope to forge a new path. She tells her story in A River Runs Again: India’s Natural World in Crisis, from the Barren Cliffs of Rajasthan to the Farmlands of Karnataka.

    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 23, 2015 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: November 20, 2015

    by TJC Staff

    This week in ‪‎Jewish‬ ‪‎news‬: new buildings in East Jerusalem and what they mean for Israeli-American relations and Israeli-Palestinian relations; “‪‎Fiddler On The Roof”‬ is back on ‪‎Broadway‬ and in a preview from the new episode of ‪”Row J‬,” Meredith Ganzman gets a sewing lesson with “Motel the Tailor,” aka actor Adam Kantor; and we share some highlights from Steven I. Weiss’ interview with “‪‎A River Runs Again”‬ author Meera Subramanian from this week’s episode of “Up Close‬.”

    November 20, 2015 | No Comments »

    Up Close: Steve Silberman and Reuven Fenton

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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 »

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