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Archive for December, 2015

Fiddler on the Roof

this evening (monday 28th), 7.00-10.00pm, on bbc radio 3 (repeated from 22nd june)
fiddler on the roof (presented by ian skelly) (in the proms 2015 series) (more…)

The House by the Lake

every morning this week (monday 28th to friday 1st), 9.45-10.00am, on bbc radio 4 (repeated at 12.30am)
the house by the lake: a story of germany, by thomas harding (read by david horowitz) (5 episodes) (in the book of the week series)

“In the summer of 1993, Thomas Harding travelled to Germany with his grandmother to visit a small house by a lake on the outskirts of Berlin. It had been her ‘soul place’ as a child, she said, a holiday home for her and her family, but much more – a sanctuary, a refuge.

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Silwad attempted ramming

after a two-month bbc news blackout on the daily murderous attacks on innocent jewish civilians (many successful, and many resulting in the arrest of the attacker), the bbc still only comes up with an 11-second report on an attack on israeli soldiers, resulting in no injury to the soldiers, and the death of the attacker

last friday night/saturday morning (26th december), 12.11am (11 seconds), on bbc radio 4
midnight news (presented by howard philpott) includes …

Israeli police say a Palestinian woman was shot dead when she tried to ram her car into a patrol in the West bank. At a border crossing with Gaza, another Palestinian was killed during a protest.”

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Newshour: Bethlehem confrontations

last thursday evening (24th december), 9.36-9.44pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
newshour (presented by tim franks) includes …

In Bethlehem, a short distance to the south of Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank, confrontations between young Palestinians and Israeli soldiers continue on an almost daily basis …”

including contributions from …
• bbc reporter yolande knell
amos harel of haaretz
• father jamal khader (more…)

Howard Jacobson’s sermons

last sunday morning (27th december), 8.48-8.58am, on bbc radio 4
sermons, by howard jacobson (in the a point of view series)

Howard Jacobson would sooner see Radio 4’s Thought for the Day more not less religious, and argues that humanists and the religious can meet in sermonizing when it’s of the majesty of a great preacher like John Donne.
‘I fall to wondering what exactly non-religious needs are, and whether, by insisting on a distinction between the religious and the non-religious, humanists aren’t making an unpardonably limiting assumption about both’.”

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Newshour: Samir Kuntar

last sunday (20th december), 1.15-1.19pm, and 9.10-9.19pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
newshour (presented by rebecca kesby) includes …

Samir Kuntar died when missiles hit a residential building in Damascus…
Samir Kuntar had previously been jailed by the Israelis for a notorious attack on a police officer and his family back in 1979. We”ll be hearing from his widow,”

including interviews with …
• journalist (and author of if it smells like apartheid) rami khouri
• widow smadar haran kaiser (more…)

Howard Jacobson’s Christmas

last sunday morning (20th december), 8.48-8.58am, on bbc radio 4
christmas, by howard jacobson (in the a point of view series)

Howard Jacobson recalls the healthy mongrel mix of traditions in his Jewish family’s festivities at Christmas.
‘Let’s rejoice in the eclecticism, I say, and find in the varieties of ways people choose to mark or miss the point of Christmas the universal love that is its message’.”

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Israel’s feral cats

after a two-month bbc news blackout on the daily murderous attacks on innocent jewish civilians, the bbc finally comes up with a report on neutering cats in israel

last saturday morning (19th december), 8.25-8.30am, on bbc radio 4
today includes …

Israel has a feral cat problem, with as many as two million feral cats living rough and scavenging for food around the country.
A neutering programme run by an animal charity has been keeping the numbers down but this year faced a challenge from a right-wing, religious Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel, who felt that it was against Jewish ethical principles to spend Israeli state money on interfering with the reproductive cycle.
Middle East correspondent Kevin Connolly reports.”

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Reconquest

last tuesday evening (14th december), 9.00-10.00pm, on bbc 4 tv
reconquest (episode 2 of 3 in the the making of spain series) (presented by simon sebag-montefiore)

“Simon uncovers the truth about Spain’s hero El Cid.
He also investigates the horror of the Spanish Inquisition and in the process discovers an unsettling story about one of his own ancestors, who escaped the Inquisition in Mexico.”

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The Golden Bride

last wednesday afternoon (9th december), 1.24-1.29pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
newshour (presented by james menendez) includes …

“With immigrants arriving in the city from Central Europe and Russia, New York had a thriving Yiddish theatre scene. It’s said in 1923 there were 14 plays on in the theatre district, all performed in Yiddish. And this was one of them, Di Goldene Kale (The Golden Bride) … a new production has just opened in New York.”

including contributions from …
• producer zalman mlotek
• soprano rachel policar
(see also http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/28/theater/preparing-the-golden-bride-for…) (more…)

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