For what may be their wonkiest episode ever, peppering the four-time regional Emmy winner (for his 2011 documentary “Saving the Bay”) with questions about his newest venture, a 13-part documentary called “Saving the City.”
Among the citified topics discussed are why San Francisco can’t be more like Vancouver, how uniform subway fares prevent homogeneity, if “modern” cities like Atlanta and Dallas are real cities, why you should wait before booking tickets on California’s high-speed rail and if urban living was/is/will be good for the Jews, because Jews are certainly good for the cities.
For a session designed to help Rosen work through his existential crisis regarding Barack Obama. Along the way, they also discuss unlikely occupations for Jews, how Libertarians are like the ACLU, famous Jews in San Francisco, Ron’s musical daughter Laura (whose country-tinged track, “Once,” closes the episode) and why Rosen cares about Israel.
Also, Goldbrener briefly introduces a plastic bag logical fallacy.
On the eve of her move to Atlanta, Georgia, second-time guest and official Wandering Jew Rabbi Ruth returns to the Twilight Lounge to discuss pressing Jewish issues of the day, namely whether or not Madonna really did buy a condo in Tel Aviv.
Also covered: Eric’s inspiring take on atonement, whether or not “looking Jewish” is a thing, the likelihood that Eric and Ruth’s grandparents were once neighbors and how the American South has treated its Jewish residents.
Also featured: Larry saying “segue” as often as possible.
As God is our witness, Rabbi Ruth will never go hungry again, once she moves to Atlanta.