Jewish Identity

The Brian Lehrer Show

Malcolm Gladwell; Jewish Practice in 2013; Interracial Friendships

Friday, November 29, 2013

We’re replaying some of your favorite segments on this Black Friday. We’ll start with a recent conversation about the nature of Jewish identity and practice with Jane Eisner of The Forward. Plus: Amir Ahmad Nasr talks about how the Internet opened his mind about his own faith; Malcolm Gladwell of The New Yorker discusses his new book, David and Goliath, and the way uneven challenges shape our society; and Baratunde Thurston and Tanner Colby talk about the state of interracial friendships in 2013, including their own.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Development Deals; Hannukah in the U.S.; Lying

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Development projects are making their way through the approval pipeline in the final weeks of Mayor Bloomberg’s last term before Bill de Blasio takes office. Charles Bagli of The New York Times talks about the process and why developers are trying to get deals firmed up before the change in City Hall. Plus: your calls on the nature of Hannukah in the United States and how you celebrate the holiday; neuroscientist Sam Harris on his new essay on lying and the harmful deception in our society; and calls from shop owners promoting themselves to other listeners ahead of this weekend’s “Small Business Saturday.”

The Choral Mix with Kent Tritle

Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Handel, a master at oratorio, conducted this work more than 40 times. It was a marvelous success in its day specifically because of its favorable depiction of Judas Maccabeus, son of a Jewish priest.

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Inspiration Strikes After Tragedy: Alfred Kazin on His New Yorker Trilogy

Friday, November 02, 2012


Starting Out in the Thirties (1965), the second installment of Kazin's New Yorker Trilogy, had just been published when he gave this brief talk on the genesis of his artistic motivation at a 1965 Books and Authors Luncheon.

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The Choral Mix with Kent Tritle

Jewish Sacred Music for High Holy Days

Sunday, September 16, 2012

As the Jewish high holidays are celebrated, Kent Tritle shines light on the broad choral repertoire of that tradition. We hear works by Ernest Bloch, Samuel Adler, Yehudi Wyner and Koussevitzky, among others.

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Howard Jacobson Wins Man Booker Prize

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

“In comedy down is up.”  Yesterday, England’s most prestigious literary award, the Man Booker Prize for Fiction, was won by a literary dark horse, Manchester-born Howard Jacobson, for his comic novel “The Finkler Question.” The racing simile is apt, for the Booker is followed -- and bet on -- like a sporting event, and Jacobson nosed out the odds-on favorite, Tom McCarthy (for “C”).