Miriam Udel – Honey on the Page: A Treasury of Yiddish Children’s Literature
Fiction / November 30, 2020

November 30, 2020 -What are your favorite stories from growing up? Well, make room on your bookshelf for the chickens who dreamed of speaking Yiddish. We dive into a treasure trove of children’s literature, brought together here for the first time by Miriam Udel. Her book is Honey on the Page: A Treasury of Yiddish Children’s Literature. Perfect for anyone on your Hanukah or Christmas list. That’s right. Santa can clean out the bookshelves on this one — a great gift for any young person year ’round. Storytelling binds us all together, so you don’t have to be of the Jewish faith to enjoy these tales, although they’ll speak in a different way to those readers. Miriam Udel is associate professor of Yiddish language, literature, and culture at Emory University. She holds an AB in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and a PhD in Comparative Literature, both from Harvard. In 2019, she was ordained a rabbi at Yeshivat Maharat. Her previous book is  Never Better! The Modern Jewish Picaresque, which earned the 2017 National Jewish Book Award in Modern Jewish Thought and Experience. For more, visit MiriamUdel.com or Miriam Udel on Twitter and Instagram. Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:04:29 — 147.6MB)Subscribe:…

Todd D. Snyder – Bundini: Don’t Believe the Hype
Sports / November 16, 2020

November 16, 2020 – “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” The phrase is the stuff of legend, but who wrote that memorable lyric? In this episode, we meet the street poet with a heart of gold, Drew “Bundini” Brown, Jr., one of boxing’s most mysterious and misunderstood figures — and the one who motivated Muhammad Ali to be the greatest. Join us in the corner of Sugar Ray Robinson and the young Cassius Clay as he transforms into a transcendent sports icon. Bundini kept the boxer grounded, sticking by him despite opposition from the Nation of Islam, who tried to bully, bribe and brush him out of the entourage for marrying a Jewish woman. Born in the Jim Crow South, Bundini struggled out of poverty and a broken home, to enlist in the U.S. Navy, appear in several Hollywood films (including the Blaxploitation classic Shaft), and break convention to uplift everyone around him. Khalilah Camacho-Ali, Muhammad Ali’s second wife, said, “When you talk about Bundini, you are talking about the mouthpiece of Muhammad Ali, an extension of Muhammad Ali’s spirit. There would never have been a Muhammad Ali without Drew ‘Bundini’ Brown.” This enigmatic figure of the sweet…

David Pietrusza – 1932: The Rise of Hitler and FDR
American Presidents , World Leaders , WWII / November 2, 2020

November 2, 2020 – One of Europe’s greatest monsters. One of America’s greatest presidents. We’ll dig into the parallel paths that led these men and their nations to very different final destinations with renowned historian David Pietrusza. We sat down at the FDR Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, N.Y., to discuss his book 1932: The Rise of Hitler and FDR ―Two Tales of Politics, Betrayal, and Unlikely Destiny. We last chatted with the award-winning historian about his books… 1920: The Year of the Six Presidents, and, TR’s Last War: Theodore Roosevelt, the Great War, and a Journey of Triumph and Tragedy, as well as, Rothstein: The Life, Times, and Murder of the Criminal Genius Who Fixed the 1919 World Series. David Pietrusza has written or edited a stack of best-selling, award-winning books, including those on pivotal presidential election years 1948 and 1960, in addition to the ’20 and ’32 campaigns. He’s appeared everywhere from C-SPAN and the History Channel, to ESPN and Fox Sports Channel, and AMC’s Making of the Mob: New York. It’s easy to see why he’s been called one “one of the great political historians … of all time.” Follow him @DPietrusza on Twitter and…