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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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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New Podcast: Parveneh Vahidmanesh and Hasan Sarbakhshian

Hear a podcast of Iranian journalists Parveneh Vahidmanesh and Hasan Sarbakhshian speaking about being forced to leave their homeland.

Writer Parveneh Vahidmanesh and photojournalist Hasan Sarbakhshian, both Muslim, were forced to flee Iran because of their efforts to document the daily lives of Iranian Jews.Moment Magazine‘s November/December 2011 issue published a selection of the 2,000 photos they brought out with them–most of which had never before been published. Join Nadine Epstein, Moment‘s editor and publisher, as she interviews Vahidmanesh and Sarbakhshian about their experiences, shares their photographs and delves into the present-day lives of the approximately 20,000 Jews remaining in Iran.

Parveneh Vahidmanesh is a program officer and human rights activist at Freedom House, where she focuses on human rights for the future of Iran.

Hasan Sarbakhshian is among Iran’s most esteemed photographers and documentary filmmakers. He’s served as a photographer for the Associated Press for over a decade.

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New Podcast: Ari Schonbrun and Edie Lutnick

Hear the podcast from “9/11: A Time for Change” featuring authors Ari Schonbrun and Edie Lutnick.

The spiritually charged days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are called “The Ten Days of Repentance”–a time for deep introspection and personal change.

Ari Schonbrun, a Cantor Fitzgerald employee who changed his life after narrowly escaping death in the World Trade Center, reveals the power of creating meaningful connections that transcend differences in Miracles and Fate on ’78.

Edie Lutnick, co-founder and executive director of The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, turned her personal tragedy into an opportunity to repair the world, and has raised and distributed over 180 million dollars to over 800 families of 9/11 victims. Her book, An Unbreakable BondThe Untold Story of How the 658 Cantor Fitzgerald Families Faced the Tragedy of 9/11 and Beyond, recounts her tale.

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9/11 Podcast

New Podcast: Randy Cohen

Randy Cohen

Randy Cohen

Hear former New York Times “Ethicist” Randy Cohen answer ethical questions and speak about his book Be Good: How to Navigate the Ethics of Everything.

For twelve years the New York Times‘ original “Ethicist” Randy Cohen helped readers locate their own internal ethical compasses. His new book deals with both everyday ethics and public policy–the moral problems we face as a society–using scenarios from his popular column as a guide to making moral choices.

Randy Cohen was the author of the popular “The Ethicist Column” in the New York Times for twelve years. He has been a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Anderson 360 and NPR. He is currently the creator and host of “Person Place Thing,” a public radio show produced by WAMC.

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New Podcast: Joshua Eli Plaut

A Kosher Christmas

A Kosher Christmas

Hear Rabbi Joshua Eli Plaut speak about his book A Kosher Christmas: ‘Tis the Season to Be Jewish.

Christmas is not everybody’s favorite holiday. Historically, Jews in America have devised a multitude of unique strategies to respond to the holiday season. Creative and innovative, these responses range from composing America’s most beloved Christmas songs, transforming Hanukkah into the Jewish Christmas, creating a national Jewish tradition of patronizing Chinese restaurants and comedy shows on Christmas Eve, volunteering at shelters and soup kitchens on Christmas Day, dressing up as Santa Claus to spread good cheer and much more. The book, the first on the subject of Jews and Christmas in the United States, portrays how Jews are shaping the public and private character of Christmas by transforming December into a joyous holiday season belonging to all Americans.

Joshua Eli Plaut, an ordained rabbi, holds a Ph.D. in Hebrew and Judaic Studies. He is the author of Greek Jewry in the Twentieth Century, 1913–1983 and has documented Jewish life and popular culture through photography, oral history, and ethnography.

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Plaut Podcast

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