Vox Tablet

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This is Vox Tablet, the weekly podcast of Tablet Magazine, the online Jewish arts and culture magazine that used to be known as Nextbook.org. Our archive of podcasts is available on our site, tablet2015.wpengine.com. Vox Tablet, hosted by Sara Ivry, varies widely in subject matter and sound -- one week it's a conversation with novelist Michael Chabon, theater critic Alisa Solomon, or anthropologist Ruth Behar. Another week brings the listener to "the etrog man" hocking his wares at a fruit-juice stand in a Jersualem market. Or into the hotel room with poet and rock musician David Berman an hour before he and his band, Silver Jews, head over to their next gig. Recent guests include Alex Ross, Shalom Auslander, Aline K. Crumb, Howard Jacobson, and the late Norman Mailer.

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Vox Tablet

Vox Tablet
1 For the Love of Suzie Louise: A Christmas Story2015-12-22 05:00:55
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2 My Grandfather, the Secret Policeman2015-09-16 04:00:49
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3 And Now for Something Completely Different2015-08-03 04:00:28
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4 Aunt Linda’s a Singer2015-06-10 04:00:11
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5 Blum’s Day2015-05-27 04:00:50
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6 A Lullaby for Auschwitz2015-05-13 04:00:05
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7 I Was a Teenage Stowaway2015-04-29 04:00:27
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8 Abraham Lincoln’s Other Minority2015-04-15 04:00:25
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9 We’ll Be Here All Night2015-03-29 02:00:20
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10 The Life and Painting of Mark Rothko2015-03-18 05:00:28
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11 Heroics Aside, the Story of Purim Is the Bible’s Greatest Farce2015-03-04 05:00:34
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Heroics Aside, the Story of Purim Is the Bible’s Greatest Farce

The Book of Esther is among the Bible’s shortest stories. It tells the tale of a young Jewish woman who saves her people from a genocidal plot conceived of by Haman, an adviser to King Ahasuerus. It’s a story Jews around the world celebrate on Purim with costumes and revelry. Robert Alter, a professor of comparative literature at the University of California at Berkeley, has been working for years on new translations of all the books of the Bible. Included in the most recent edition of project, Strong as Death Is Love, is Alter’s take on the Book of Esther. In living so closely with the Esther text, Alter has come to see the story as a great farce or satire. He joins Vox Tablet host Sara Ivry to offer his theories as to why the Book of Esther, one of the few to omit God’s name, was made part of the Bible, to share insights on the racy euphemisms that appear in Esther’s story, and to explain what Mardi Gras has to do with it all. Plus, if Purim’s here, Passover isn’t far behind. To get ready, Deena Robertson shares an unforgettable tale about matzo balls. And Vox Tablet listeners are invited to send in their own anecdotes of Seders past. …read more

12 Convince This Man You’re a Jew, and He’ll Move You to Israel2015-02-19 05:00:44
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13 What’s Love Got To Do With It?2015-02-11 05:00:26
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14 An Abridged Biography of Your Great-Grandfather (Probably)2015-02-06 05:00:15
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15 Roger Cohen Heads to South Africa To Examine His Family’s Itinerancy and Mental Illness2015-01-21 05:00:45
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16 Holy Cow! Three Tales of Bovine Worship2015-01-05 05:00:25
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17 Roz Chast Drags Us Kicking, Screaming, and Laughing, Into the Land of the Infirm2014-12-26 05:00:30
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18 Forget Spelling It: Most of Us Have No Idea What This Holiday Is Even About2014-12-15 05:00:00
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19 Being Ben-Gurion2014-12-08 05:00:06
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20 The Life and Good Times of Norman Lear2014-12-02 05:00:16
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