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  • Up Close: Linda Hirshman and E.M. Rose

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    The law of the land can help us, and it can hurt us.

    In pushing against laws that kept women unequal in the United States, Ruth Bader Ginsburg achieved many things for the first time in our nation’s history. But she wouldn’t be the first woman to sit on the Supreme Court; that honor went to Sandra Day O’Connor. The groundbreaking efforts and judgments by the two women who first served as justices for the entire nation are explored by Linda Hirshman, in “Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World.”

    And then, the Western system of justice treated Jews horribly for centuries. Perhaps the clearest example of that injustice was the blood libel, which traces back to a fixed trial with bad evidence nearly 900 years ago. EM Rose gathers together that evidence to tell the story of “The Murder of William of Norwich: The Origins of the Blood Libel in Medieval Europe.”

    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.

    October 4, 2015 | No Comments »

    Up Close: Casey Schwartz and Christine Hayes

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    This week on Up Close, when we examine what’s controlling us, we find different sources of authority.

    In the realm of the mind, new science reveals that our brain is making decisions before we’re even consciously aware of them. The conflict and interaction between our theory of the mind and what science is discovering is explored by journalist Casey Schwartz in In the Mind Fields: Exploring the New Science of Neuropsychoanalysis.

    And then, the realm of the law includes many citations of a higher authority. But who establishes that authority, and how? Yale University Christine Hayes examines that question with What’s Divine About Divine Law?: Early Perspectives.

    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.

    September 25, 2015 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: September 25, 2015

    by TJC Staff

    Clashes over the Temple Mount, and rockets fired from Gaza; “The Nanny’s” Jewish mom, actress Renee Taylor, talks with Meredith Ganzman about her new movie, working with her husband and son, and dispenses marriage advice for Hollywood couples; and a preview of Steven I. Weiss’ “Up Close” interview with Casey Schwartz, author of “In the Mind Fields: Exploring the New Science of Neuropsychoanalysis.”

    September 25, 2015 | No Comments »

    Up Close: Alyssa Katz and Stephen Witt

    by TJC Staff
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    On this week’s episode of Up Close, when people work together to accomplish a goal, they can do more than any one individual. But, sometimes, that’s a bad thing.

    The tobacco industry has been able to do more to sell harmful products, and the trucking industry has been able to do more to keep dangerous drivers on the road, thanks to one organization that used to have a very different reputation. The NY Daily News’ Alyssa Katz discusses her book, The Influence Machine: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Corporate Capture of American Life.

    And then, when given the technology to do so, untold millions of people pirated incredible quantities of copyrighted music. The mp3 revolution and what it’s meant for the music industry is explored by Stephen Witt in How Music Got Free: The End of an Industry, The Turn of the Century and the Patient Zero of Piracy.

    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.

    September 22, 2015 | No Comments »

    Up Close: Gillian Tett and Jonathan Weisman

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    This week on Up Close, we often close ourselves off from information and experiences that can help us — and ignore the opportunities right under our noses.

    We’re also ignoring the danger that might lurk in areas we’ve walled-off from our concern. Information hidden in silos can be vital. That’s the argument of Financial Times US Managing Editor Gillian Tett, author of “The Silo Effect: The Peril of Expertise and the Promise of Breaking Down Barriers.”

    And sometimes new experiences and new acquaintances can teach us how to be the people we’ll become. That’s a theme in the novel by New York Times Deputy Washington Editor Jonathan Weisman, “No. 4 Imperial Lane.”

    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.

    September 11, 2015 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: September 11, 2015

    by TJC Staff

    Majority of Jewish lawmakers will back the Iran nuclear deal; in Israel, another victim of Jewish terrorism dies, while the state grapples with discrimination and violence against black Jews; and the Jerusalem Pride Parade attacker has been charged with murder. Rebecca Honig Friedman reports on the Reform movement’s new High Holidays prayer book, and Meredith Ganzman gets the scoop on a most unusual revival of the Tony-winning Broadway musical “Spring Awakening,” in a preview of our “Row J” season premiere. Plus, a peek at Steven I. Weiss’ “Up Close” interview with New York Times’ Jonathan Weisman about his novel, “No. 4 Imperial Lane.”

    September 10, 2015 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: August 28, 2015

    by TJC Staff

    This week in Jewish news: Israeli court finds Netanyahu administration mistreated refugees from Africa, and Netanyahu makes a deal with ultra-Orthodox political parties. In America, Orthodox rabbis make policy pronouncements regarding children’s vaccination and how to handle suspected child abuse; and Rebecca Honig Friedman reports on Breakthrough’s “Dudes Against Violence Against Women” comedy showcase for a cause.

    August 27, 2015 | No Comments »

    Up Close: Jeanne Bishop and Amy Milligan

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    This week on Up Close, sometimes, the faithful among us do things that are exceptional and rarely understood.

    The loss of a loved one is among the greatest losses one can face. To have a loved one murdered in cold blood is a pain many would think incomprehensible. So how did one woman come to forgive the man who murdered her sister? Jeanne Bishop talks about that in Change of Heart: Justice, Mercy and Making Peace with My Sister’s Killer.

    And then, in a culture that emphasizes exposing ever more of oneself, some women take on a Jewish practice of covering their hair. Exploring why and how is Elizabethtown College Professor Amy Milligan, in Hair, Headwear and Orthodox Jewish Women: Kallah’s Choice.

    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.

    August 24, 2015 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: August 21, 2015

    by TJC Staff

    Why are Jewish Americans, including reggae singer Matisyahu, being asked to answer for Israel in the public square?; the “Sauna Rabbi,” R’ Jonathan Rosenblatt of the Riverdale Jewish Center, will keep his job; and what makes a murderer worthy of forgiveness? In a preview from the next episode of our “Up Close” author interview series, Steven I. Weiss and Jeanne Bishop discuss that question and Bishop’s book, “Change of Heart: Justice, Mercy, and Making Peace with My Sister’s Killer.”

    August 20, 2015 | No Comments »

    Up Close: William Arkin and Nancy Moses

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    This week on Up Close, we’re looking at things that end up in unexpected places.

    Twenty years ago, no one thought we’d be able to place a flying weapon across the globe from its pilot, and engage in warfare. William Arkin discusses his book, Unmanned: Drones, Data, and the Illusion of Perfect Warfare.

    And then, when a young German Jewish woman sat for a famous portrait, no one thought it would end up the subject of one of the greatest art disputes in history. Nancy Moses discusses that and more in Stolen, Smuggled, Sold: on the Hunt for Cultural Treasures.

    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.

    August 17, 2015 | No Comments »

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