Israel Story

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Israel Story is a radio initiative that introduces long-form non-fiction content about Israel. We began as a small podcast, meant for family and friends, but what followed exceeded our wildest dreams: Within a few months, the program was picked up by the Israeli national radio and became one of the country's most popular radio hours. 

We have now begun producing hour-long shows in English as well. And, much like our radio role models at This American Life, every episode has a theme, and several stories that relate to the theme, in what we hope are non-intuitive ways. The stories range from the heartfelt to the hilarious, from the risqué through the informative to the outright bizarre. 

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10 Pieces

Israel Story is a bi-weekly podcast, hosted by Mishy Harman and distributed by PRX, the Public Radio Exchange. It tells modern tales from an ancient land - the kind of stories you'd share with a friend over a plate of hummus on a Friday afternoon, or with your partner at the end of a long day. These are everyday stories, told by, and about, regular Israelis. The award-winning show is one of the most popular programs in Israel, where it is aired nationally, on prime-time. Available every-other Wednesday.


Pieces

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Lizzie Doron grew up in the shadow of the horrors of the holocaust and had to use her imagination to fill in the blanks of her own story. And, in h...

  • Added: Feb 14, 2019
  • Length: 18:54
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Payam Feili could have gone on speaking tours, received standing ovations at AIPAC, and become a symbol of all that is good about the Jewish State....

  • Added: Feb 14, 2019
  • Length: 25:56
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Long before Banksy became a mysterious international star, Eliezer Sonnenschein from Haifa was being called an “artist/terrorist” after he decided ...

  • Added: Jan 29, 2019
  • Length: 12:45
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The unusual story of Eliyahu Rips begins in Riga, Latvia, with a radical act of political defiance. And it ends, almost half-a-century later, with ...

  • Added: Jan 29, 2019
  • Length: 22:50
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Cannabis in Israel is a booming business, and through the unlikely story of Amos Silver, the Israeli 'Green Giant,' we take a deep dive into the wo...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN


  • Added: Jan 28, 2019
  • Length: 40:42
  • Purchases: 1
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An eight-year-long personal investigation into the chain of events that lead to the assassination lead to, of all places, Israel's most popular rap...

  • Added: Dec 13, 2018
  • Length: 11:46
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Meant to be an Israeli version of Hair’s ‘Let the Sunshine In,’, Shir La’Shalom was quickly banned by generals and labeled as both defeatist and de...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN and PRX Remix


  • Added: Dec 13, 2018
  • Length: 12:16
  • Purchases: 2
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For decades, Israeli radio stations ignored Mizrahi tunes and exclusively played music rooted in Ashkenazi traditions. That began to change in the ...

  • Added: Dec 13, 2018
  • Length: 21:07
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The story of a song that began the music careers of two Israelis each representing vastly different versions of what the future of Israel may hold

  • Added: Dec 13, 2018
  • Length: 32:43
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In the wake of tragedy, Susi forms an unexpected bond with the woman who should have been her mother-in-law. It's a modern day version of the bibli...

  • Added: Dec 06, 2018
  • Length: 20:05