I tell the story of two strangers in the night, a bag full of cash, and a ship full of weapons bound for the fledgling state of Israel in this special episode dedicated to Frank Sinatra’s jewish activism.
In 1945, Frank Sinatra made “The House I Live In”, a short film in which he confronts a gang of kids bullying a Jewish boy and tells them to stop being Nazis and start being American. It’s disturbingly relevant today. In this episode I also talk about the film, and Frank’s lifelong commitment to #antisemitism.
Guests: Anthony Summers, David Lehman, Shalom Goldman, Paul Karolyi, and Tony Michaels.
The House I Live In (1945) – shockingly relevant today, considering what’s been going on in the world…
My band Ray & Remora has a new full-length album of 11 original tunes coming out September 16. Here’s what BuzzBandsLA had to say about it:
“It’s smart, evocative dream-pop that at times recalls the likes of Camera Obscura, Saint Etienne, (certain periods of) Yo La Tengo and, on the opening track “The Happening,” Belle & Sebastian…File under: New indie-pop sophisticates.”
— BuzzBandsLA (Kevin Bronson)
David Wain – (Wet Hot American Summer, Role Models) who reveals the origins of his beefy-calved Israeli character Yaron in Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, and gives a shoutout about his summit experience.
Kasher vs Kasher – comedian Moshe Kasher and rabbi David Kasher square off on why jews are funny. Moshe dismisses the popular notion that comedy is about “finding truth” and unearths a little-known fact about Noah and his genitals in the bible.
Dan Patterson (Whose Line is it Anyway, Mock the Week) talks about the rise of anti-semitism in the UK.
Andrea Rosen (Episodes, Stella) talks about how being half-jewish influenced her comedy, and how she hates kugel.
Nana – my 95-year-old grandmother goes blue and tells some hilarious jokes
Ever wondered if kosher meat is more humanely raised and slaughtered than non-kosher meat? Want to know whether the eggs you’re buying are from humanely-raised chickens?
The 9th episode of The Kibitz features an exclusive tour inside Teva Foods, one of the few remaining kosher slaughterhouses in the LA area. We’ll discover how the kosher slaughter process takes place and examine whether kosher is a more or less humane method of processing beef for food.
I also interview Yadidya Greenberg—a Jewish Animal Welfare Advocate, Shochet, and Blogger who works with the Jewish Initiative for Animals—and Devora Kimelman-Block, the founder of KOL Foods, the only purveyor of pasture-raised grass-fed kosher beef in the US.
How did the pastrami sandwich come to be known as classic Jew food? Also, which sandwich is better, Langer’s #19 or the plain pastrami on rye? Episode 7 features interviews w/ David Sax, Norm & Tricia Langer and Zach Brooks of Food is the New Rock.
Interested in the origin stories of the guys who invented the original superheroes? Then check out episode five of The Kibitz featuring a conversation on that very subject between Jonathan Lethem (Motherless Brooklyn, Fortress of Solitude) Damon Lindelof (Lost, The Leftovers) and Rabbi Sharon Brous.
The second episode of The Kibitz includes interviews with Transparent producers Zackary Drucker (who reveals how the Berlin 1933 storyline from season 2 was partially inspired by true events in her family), and Micah Fitzerman-Blue—who talks about what it’s like being a cisgender male in the writer’s room, and growing up as the son of a rabbi in Oklahoma.
You don’t have to be Jewish to listen to The Kibitz…but it helps! Our debut episode is all about Hanukkah and features Moshe Kasher & brother David Kasher, Ronna & Beverly, the Sklar Brothers, chef Micah Wexler (of Wexler’s Deli) and others!