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  • Up Close: Meghan Daum, Jeanne Safer and Robin Rinaldi

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    This week on “Up Close,” we share two narratives of unconventional choices, what drives them, and the fallout from them.

    So many of us think of having children as simply the normal course of life. But some, of course, choose not to do so. Meghan Daum and Jeanne Safer are the editor of and a contributor to an anthology about that choice: Selfish, Shallow and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not To Have Kids.

    And then, when her husband told her he wouldn’t have a child with her, Robin Rinaldi chose to have a series of lovers instead. It’s a decision that has had life-long consequences for her, and also led to some surprising revelations. She shares her story in The Wild Oats Project.

    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.

    June 9, 2015 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: June 5, 2015

    by TJC Staff

    Inside the controversy surrounding “The Sauna Rabbi,” Meredith Ganzman speaks with writer and activist Larry Kramer and others involved in the new documentary about him, and a preview of Steven I. Weiss’ Up Close interview with Robin Rinaldi, author of “The Wild Oats Project.”

    June 5, 2015 | No Comments »

    Up Close: Barney Frank and Shulem Deen

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    This week on Up Close, memoirs from two men who blazed a trail by being different from what many expected of them.

    Congressman Barney Frank was the first member of Congress to voluntarily come out as gay, and the first to marry someone of the same sex while in office. He also developed a reputation as a confrontational speaker and legislator, who fought for what he believed in. We discuss his book, Frank: A Life in Politics From the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage.

    And then, we see a lot of writing these days from ultra-Orthodox Jews who are leaving or who have left their communities and occasionally their families. But one man started that genre under the blog name “Hasidic Rebel.” He’s now got a memoir out, and Shulem Deen stopped by to discuss All Who Go Do Not Return.

    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.

    May 29, 2015 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: May 29, 2015

    by TJC Staff

    President Obama’s Jewish outreach; ultra-Orthodox publications remove women from the official photo of Israel’s Knesset; Rebecca Honig Friedman takes us inside a Hebrew school for Israeli-American children; Meredith Ganzman speaks with Drama Desk Award nominees for our theater show, “Row J”; and a preview of Steven I. Weiss’ “Up Close” interview with former U.S. Congressman Barney Frank, author of “Frank: A Life in Politics From the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage.”

    May 28, 2015 | No Comments »

    Up Close: Paul Sullivan and Michael Casey

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    This week on Up Close, what does money mean to us? In our society, it’s often much more than just a means to buy stuff.

    Sometimes money is the way we communicate values of who we are and how we pass those values on to the next generation. How do we get on the right side of those values? New York Times Columnist Paul Sullivan attempts to answer those questions in, “The Thin Green Line: The Money Secrets of the Super Wealthy.”

    And then, sometimes money is an instrument of the government and banks that makes us give up a level of control we’re not comfortable with. Exploring new solutions to take those institutions out of the equation is Wall Street Journal Columnist Michael Casey, who is co-author of “The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and Digital Money are Challenging the Global Economic Order.”

    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.

    May 26, 2015 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: May 22, 2015

    by TJC Staff

    Controversial, right-wing appointments in Israel’s new government and Obama’s reaction; Netanyahu’s special committee to fight racism in Israel; Meredith Ganzman interviews this year’s Tony Awards nominees for “Row J”; and a Steven I. Weiss speaks with New York Times Columnist Paul Sullivan about “The Thin Green Line: The Money Secrets of the Super Wealthy” in a preview of this week’s “Up Close.”

    May 22, 2015 | No Comments »

    Up Close: Pamela Katz and Annie Cohen-Solal

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    This week on Up Close, making a career in the arts is hard enough; doing the kind of groundbreaking work that will be remembered for generations is yet more difficult.

    “The Threepenny Opera” changed what we think about theater, drama, and music. The story that birthed it, and that surrounded it, is told by Pamela Katz in The Partnership: Brecht, Weill, Three Women, and Germany on the Brink.

    And then, there are few painters whose work is so distinctive that even a casual observer can instantly recognize their work. Mark Rothko rebelled against the art world to become one of those artists, as Annie Cohen-Solal describes in Mark Rothko: Toward the Light in the Chapel.

    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.

    May 18, 2015 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: May 15, 2015

    by TJC Staff

    Netanyahu seeks to expand government to fulfill promises made to his coalition partners; Israel’s Religious Affairs Minister Naftali Bennet adds hundreds of rabbis to the State payroll; convicted rabbi-to-the-stars is sentenced to prison time; and a co-conspirator in the scheme that stole from the Met Council on Jewish Poverty is also sentenced to jail time. On a different note, the anniversaries of V.E. Day and the liberation of the Dachau Concentration camp were celebrated recently, and Meredith Ganzman spoke with Holocaust survivor Ben Lesser, also an author, entrepreneur and foundation founder, about his recollections of that fateful day. Plus, a preview of Steven I. Weiss’ “Up Close” interview with Pamela Katz, author of “The Partnership: Brecht, Weill, Three Women, and Germany on the Brink.”

    May 14, 2015 | No Comments »

    Up Close: Mary Pilon and Amy-Jill Levine

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    This week on Up Close: We’re told a lot of stories as children. Sometimes those stories are worth revisiting as adults — both to find out what was true, and to find out how they speak to larger truths.

    Mary Pilon dug into the story of the board game Monopoly, and what she found is that there’s very much more going on under the surface. We discuss her book, “The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind the World’s Favorite Board Game.”

    And then, Vanderbilt University Professor Amy-Jill Levine has spent a career explaining Judaism to Christians, and Christianity to Jews. In digging deeply into the parables of Jesus, she finds lessons that provide a different picture than the one often portrayed. Her book is “Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi.”

    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.

    May 11, 2015 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: May 8, 2015

    by TJC Staff

    Ethiopian-Israelis protest against racism; Netanyahu’s remarks to the Ethiopian IDF soldier who was a victim of police brutality that was caught on tape; Israeli legislation regarding ultra-Orthodox communities is rolled back as incentive for haredi parties to join Netanyahu’s coalition government; Meredith Ganzman explores the Jewish history of New York’s famed Algonquin Hotel; and a preview of Steven I. Weiss’ Up Close interview with Vanderbilt professor Amy-Jill Levine, author of “Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi.”

    May 7, 2015 | No Comments »

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