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  • Week in Review: August 14, 2015

    by TJC Staff

    “Jewish terrorism” continues to be a focus for Israel with the death of a Palestinian father from last week’s firebombing and the arrest of several Jewish suspects; a video of two men holding hands and being harassed in Jerusalem goes viral; Meredith Ganzman shines a spotlight on transgender Jews in America, interviewing YU professor Joy Ladin; and a preview of Steven I. Weiss’ “Up Close” interview with William Arkin, author of “Unmanned: Drones, Data, and the Illusion of Perfect Warfare.”

    August 13, 2015 | No Comments »

    Up Close: Goldie Blumenstyk and Amy Fusselman

    by TJC Staff
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    This week on Up Close, when it comes to raising the next generation, what tools will we give them?

    Many would argue that one tool that’s worked well in the past is now broken. Chronicle of Higher Education Senior Writer Goldie Blumenstyk is the author of American Higher Education in Crisis?: What Everyone Needs to Know, now out in paperback.

    And then, if you go to a special part of Tokyo, you’ll see children literally playing with tools — hammers, nails, even fire. It’s an approach we don’t see much in the United States. Amy Fusselman explores this fascinating playground in Savage Park: A Meditation on Play, Space and Risk for Americans Who Are Nervous, Distracted, and Afraid to Die.

    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 10, 2015 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: August 7, 2015

    by TJC Staff

    The killing of a Palestinian toddler in an arson attack and several other recent incidents put focus on “Jewish Terrorism”; Jerusalem Pride Parade attack leaves five injured and a 16-year-old Israeli girl dead; New York City will investigate complaints that ultra-Orthodox yeshivas are failing to give their students an adequate secular education. Rebecca Honig Friedman reports on voting rights issues in part 2 of our series on the Catskills village of Bloomingburg, NY; Meredith Ganzman sits down with the Jewish star and creator of Bravo’s “Odd Mom Out,” Jill Kargman; and a preview of Steven I. Weiss’ “Up Close” interview with Goldie Blumenstyk, author of “American Higher Education in Crisis?: What Everyone Needs to Know.”

    August 6, 2015 | No Comments »

    Jill Kargman, “Odd Mom Out” star and creator, stops by The Jewish Channel

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    Check out Meredith Ganzman’s special interview with “Odd Mom Out” star and creator Jill Kargman, before the season finale tonight at 10/9c on Bravo.

    August 3, 2015 | No Comments »

    Up Close: Tracy Dahlby and Blaine Harden

    by TJC Staff
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    This week on Up Close, as Asian economies increasingly rise in prominence and productivity, the home of more than half the world’s population becomes an increasing part of our discussion in the West. Two journalists in this week’s episode offer varying looks at some of the more prominent countries in the region.

    First, Tracy Dahlby spent decades going in and out of Japan, China, Vietnam, and more. Reflecting on his reporting for National Geographic and other publications, he discusses his book Into the Field: a Foreign Correspondent’s Notebook.

    And then, one country that stands as a major outlier in the region for seeing no rise in prosperity at all is North Korea. Former Washington Post correspondent Blaine Harden examines the country as a study in contrast, in The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot: The True Story of the Tyrant Who Created North Korea and the Young Lieutenant Who Stole His Way to Freedom.

    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 3, 2015 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: July 31, 2015

    by TJC Staff

    Jonathan Pollard will be released; Israeli arsonists of Jewish-Arab school sentenced; and allegations of fraud at a Jewish-run charity; Meredith Ganzman sits down with the producers of a new documentary about ground-breaking Jewish entertainer Sophie Tucker; and a preview of Steven I. Weiss’ “Up Close” interview with journalist Tracy Dahlby, author of “Into the Field: A Foreign Correspondent’s Notebook.”

    July 30, 2015 | No Comments »

    Up Close: Jon Fine and Lynn Davidman

    by TJC Staff
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    This week on Up Close, what does it mean to be set free from the strictures of one’s childhood, and find a calling somewhere else?

    In the 1980s, many youths across America found meaning in music that was loud, hard and fast — and a sense of community, as well. Inc. Magazine Executive Editor Jon Fine discusses his path in “Your Band Sucks: What I Learned at Indie Rock’s Revolution (But Can No Longer Hear).”

    And then, we’ve heard many individual stories of people who grew up in the Ultra-Orthodox community and eventually left, but what’s the larger story that they tell us, when combined together? Kansas University Distinguished Professor of Jewish Studies Lynn Davidman researches that in “Becoming Unorthodox: Stories of Ex-Hasidic Jews.”

    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.

    July 27, 2015 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: July 24, 2015

    by TJC Staff

    The EU calls for a return to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process; controversy in the Catskills over a housing development and a group of Hasidic newcomers; a vegan take on high-end men’s fashion; and a peek at next week’s “Up Close” interview with Lynn Davidman, author of “Becoming Un-Orthodox: Stories of Ex-Hasidic Jews.”

    July 24, 2015 | No Comments »

    Up Close: Nathaniel Popper and Alice Dreger

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    This week on Up Close, when new ideas come forward, we can have a hard time accepting them for the value they represent.

    In the case of bitcoin, the virtual currency that’s now worth billions of dollars, value is precisely the question. New York Times Business Reporter Nathaniel Popper digs under the surface to find out more in Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying To Reinvent Money.

    And then, in a world increasingly driven by popular discussion, the possibility of popular outrage at scientific discovery has the ability to shut down discussions and ruin careers. Northwestern University Professor Alice Dreger shares her findings in Galileo’s Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science.

    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.

    July 20, 2015 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: July 17, 2015

    by TJC Staff

    TJC’s Steven I. Weiss breaks down the Iran nuclear deal; Rebecca Honig Friedman investigates the halachic prenuptial agreement; and a preview of our “Up Close” interview with Alice Dreger, author of “Galileo’s Middle Finger.”

    July 16, 2015 | No Comments »

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