Monthly Archives: January 2017

Episode #129: “Jewish Americana music.”

World got you down? Step into the Twilight Lounge, where the boys are going to great lengths this week to avoid political and/or soul-crushing topics. Body- and morale-crushing topics, including Rosen’s unfortunate failings with his personal trainer, however, are wide open. So are disturbing stories about Goldbrener working at Round Table Pizza and Rosen avoiding hepatitis.

Less disturbing is the realization that Anson “Potsie” Williams is not only Jewish but also the second cousin of Henry Heimlich, and that big leaguers are exporting baseball to Israel. These are mere appetizers, of course, to the pressing question of the day, namely:

Is “Jewish Americana” music good for the Jews?

While you might think that, for country music fan Rosen, “Jewish Americana” music would be just what the rabbi ordered, he’s not so sure. Jewish artists performing Americana? sure; Americana music with Jewish-based lyrics? Not so much.

Also: are Jews eligible to sing the blues? Was Matisyahu all a pose? Listen in to find out.

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Jewish music: at the crossroads?

Episode #128: “Kushner in the WH, JCCs in peril.”

It’s a stormy and stormy night and Rosen is thankful to have arrived at the Twilight Lounge unscathed, which in no way distracts Goldbrener from his latest Facebook confrontations and a general feeling that debate, as we once knew it, is dead. Meanwhile, the Rosen family is fielding complements from random strangers, Mike Chabon is a major award winner and 28 JCCs are receiving bomb threats in a single day. Don’t let that distract you from the question of the day, however, namely:

Is Jared Kushner in the White House good for the Jews?

How naive is Rosen? Extremely naive, it turns out. After the boys discuss the impact of prior White House-connected Jews, Goldbrener explains why “the kid” has no chance to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, inevitably steering the conversation into familiar Middle East territory before swerving back to take a long look at this young, lightning rod of a Jew.

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Yes, it is still raining.

Episode #127: “Avoid these colleges!”

Where were you when BART stopped? Goldbrener was trapped on a train. Rosen was wearing insufficient shoes. Combined, this meant a podcast rainout but a no less feisty Goldbrener. Join him and his foil, Rosen, as they discuss the booming sales of Mein Kampf, Ukrainian anti-semitism and this week’s pressing question:

Is a list of “40 Worst Colleges for Jewish Students” good for the Jews?

Rosen wants to know why Israel is singled out on college campuses, which means it’s time for him to get schooled (again) by Goldbrener on matters both Middle Eastern and worldly, with a few  tips on how to engage with an enemy thrown in. In the end, neither Jew is entirely convinced that a list of the 40 Worst Colleges for Jewish Students is good for the Jews.

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I wouldn’t send a dog out on a night like this.