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Israel Story

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Israel Story is a new radio initiative aimed at introducing 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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For Yom HaShoah, stories of Israeli encounters with the Holocaust in the years and decades after it ended.

  • Added: May 25, 2016
  • Length: 48:42
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On Today's show, we delve into the messy territory of family bonds—how they’re formed, challenged, and change over time. We’ll meet three families ...

Bought by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation


  • Added: Apr 18, 2016
  • Length: 01:00:24
  • Purchases: 1
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In "The White Elephant,” Yochai Maital walks us through the history of Tel Aviv’s ‘New’ Central Bus Station — a derelict eight-story behemoth and m...

  • Added: Mar 27, 2016
  • Length: 32:00
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The world's largest bus station, and a bus driver who wanted to be God.

  • Added: Mar 27, 2016
  • Length: 54:12
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Stories of relationships that have ended, and the things (the often slightly nutty things) that people do in the aftermath.

  • Added: Mar 10, 2016
  • Length: 01:11:19
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How Moshe Dayan’s wife and Yasser Arafat’s mother-in-law became bosom buddies, and other tales of unlikely friendships.

  • Added: Jan 27, 2016
  • Length: 44:06
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How we change nature and nature changes us, from wildflower picking in Israel to ayahuasca retreats in Peru.

  • Added: Jan 13, 2016
  • Length: 54:33
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For the year’s heaviest week of travel, Israel Story brings tales of love and interrogation at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport

  • Added: Dec 30, 2015
  • Length: 50:29
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Israel Story producers crisscrossed the small country, visiting every 48 Herzl Street and collecting stories from whomever they encountered.

  • Added: Dec 15, 2015
  • Length: 37:16
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This collaboration between Israel Story and Radiolab tells the story of Tal and Amir-- an Israeli couple who went to Nepal to pick up their three b...

  • Added: Dec 02, 2015
  • Length: 01:05:55
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What do you do when you realize that in order to be true to yourself, you have to shatter everything around you, including the lives of those you l...

  • Added: Nov 17, 2015
  • Length: 40:52
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For Israelis, especially in recent years, Rabin can take on almost any shape or form. Shai Satran speaks to filmmakers, educators and politicians a...

  • Added: Nov 11, 2015
  • Length: 09:29
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Rachel Rabin, Yitzhak Rabin’s little sister, isn’t so little anymore. Rachel, 91, reminisces about her childhood with her older brother who she rem...

  • Added: Nov 09, 2015
  • Length: 05:16
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Etgar Keret, an author and a regular contributor to our show, lives less than a ten minute walk from Kikar Malchey Israel, the square where Rabin w...

  • Added: Nov 09, 2015
  • Length: 20:08
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Like the JFK assassination, everyone remembers what they were doing when they heard the news. For Aliza Goren, that isn’t so hard – she was one of ...

  • Added: Nov 09, 2015
  • Length: 09:56
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Rabin is a symbol. An icon. But in Israel of 2015, twenty years after the Prime Minister's murder, it isn't so simple to understand what the reall...

  • Added: Nov 04, 2015
  • Length: 01:05:56
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For years Danna Harman had been reporting the same old political stories for The Jerusalem Post. She wanted out. That’s how she found herself in Ke...

  • Added: Oct 28, 2015
  • Length: 20:05
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In a makeshift library in Ethiopia, Yikealo Beyene – an Eritrean refugee – made an unlikely friend. Her harrowing tale stayed with him as he fled h...

  • Added: Oct 28, 2015
  • Length: 13:59
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Two journeys - in very different directions, and taken for very different reasons - out of, and then into, Africa.

  • Added: Oct 21, 2015
  • Length: 44:14
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Israel Story's Mother's Day Special is the most unusual, unpredictable and touching tale you've heard in a while. Full hour and promo are now avai...

Bought by WYSO, WVPE, WZEN.org, KIOS-FM Omaha Public Radio, and WNYC


  • Added: Apr 24, 2015
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5