New Podcast: Mark Cohen

Overweight Sensation-CohenMark Cohen, author of Overweight Sensation: The Life and Comedy of Allan Sherman, shares stories and clips from Sherman’s exciting yet brief career.

Hear long-lost parodies of Broadway favorites! Fifty years ago Allan Sherman released his megahit song “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh,” and a comedy legend was born. Sherman changed American comedy and popular culture, bringing ethnicity into the mainstream. Mark Cohen, the leading expert on Sherman, was given exclusive access to Sherman’s papers, recordings and interviews to write this first biography of the groundbreaking song parodist.

Mark Cohen is a writer, editor, and journalist specializing in American Jewish culture. His previous books include Missing a Beat: The Rants and Regrets of Seymour Krim, and Last Century of a Sephardic Community. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

“Allan Sherman was the original. . . . Before Forbidden Broadway, before Weird Al Yankovic, there was Allan Sherman—brilliant wit, satirist beyond compare, and stand-up comic with a melody.”—Jason Alexander, actor

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Mark Cohen Podcast

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New Podcast: Walter Mosley

Little Green-MosleyBestselling author Walter Mosley burst onto the literary scene in 1990 with his first Easy Rawlins mystery, Devil in a Blue Dress. His latest, Little Green, the 12th book in the Easy Rawlins series, is an engrossing and atmospheric mystery. Mosley brings his signature grit and panache to this tough-minded exploration of good and evil and the power of guilt and redemption.

Walter Mosley has written over forty books. He is the recipient of the Anisfield Wolf Award, NAACP Image Award, the “Risktaker Award” given by Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute and a Grammy. Mosley presently serves on the boards of The Nation and TransAfrica. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he now lives in New York City.

“Mosley returns here to doing what he does best: setting the pain and pleasure of individual lives, lived mostly in L.A.’s black community, within an instantly recognizable historical moment and allowing the two to feed off one another…. [A] major event for crime-fiction fans.” —Bill Ott, Booklist

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Walter Mosley Podcast

New Podcast: Chef Todd Gray and Ellen Kassoff Gray

New Jewish TableThe marriage of Chef Todd Gray and Ellen Kassoff initiated Todd into the world of Jewish cooking. In 1999, Todd combined his love for farm-to-table ingredients with his passion for Jewish cuisine by opening the acclaimed Equinox Restaurant in Washington, D.C.

Watch as Todd & Ellen walk us through one of their favorite recipes. Then, sample the finished product!

The New Jewish Table by Chef Todd Gray and Ellen Kassoff Gray explores the melding of two different cooking cultures, seasonal American and Eastern-European Jewish. Todd and Ellen talk about the food they grew up with, their life together, and how rewarding the sharing of traditions— and meals—can be.

Todd Gray is a five-time James Beard Award nominee. He graduated with honors from the Culinary Institute of America and has cooked with some of the nation’s top chefs. Both he and Ellen co-own and operate Equinox Restaurant, Muse at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and Hamill Gray Catering. Todd is also the culinary director for Salamander Hotels and Resorts and the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

Ellen Kassoff Gray is an award-winning General Manager for all their operations. She is a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier and has received the Women Chefs and Restaurateurs Golden Fork Award for Front-of-the-House Excellence.

Praise for The New Jewish Table:
“Fresh and appealing, this book reflects a unique blend of traditions. Great for families interested in contemporary Jewish cuisine. Highly recommended.” —Library Journal

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Kassoff Gray Podcast

New Podcast: Sayed Kashua

Israeli Arab author and screenwriter Sayed Kashua answers audience questions about his TV show Arab Labor and his satirical newspaper column.

Israeli Arab writer Sayed Kashua is the creator of the hit Israeli TV show Arab Labor. His weekly satirical column in the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz addresses the problems faced by Arabs in Israel. We’ll watch an episode from the newly released Season 3 ofArab Labor and talk to Sayed Kashua about the challenges—and opportunities—of being caught between two worlds.

Sayed Kashua is the author of three novels: Dancing Arabs, Let it Be Morning, and Second Person Singular, winner of the Berstein Prize. In 2004 Kashua was awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize in Literature. He is also the subject of the documentary “Forever Scared.”

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Sayed Kashua Podcast

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