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Today: opera Mamzer

this morning (friday 15th), 8.51-8.56am, on bbc radio 4
today (presented by justin webb and john humphrys) includes …

“A most unusual opera is being staged this week at the Hackney Empire … it puts in an operatic setting music inspired by the prayers and the texts sung by a cantor in a synagogue. Unusual too because the story is about life in the closed world of a Hasidic community in New York.”

including contributions from

• bbc reporter james naughtie
• composer na’ama zisser
• cantor netanel hershtik
(see also

BC: Schindler’s Ark

sunday 2nd december 2007, 4.00-4.30pm (repeated 4.00pm thursday), on bbc radio 4
schindler’s ark (presented by james naughtie) (in the bookclub series)

Thomas Keneally discusses his Booker Prize-winning novel Schindler’s Ark(more…)

Today: Philip Roth dies

this morning (wednesday 23rd), from 6.02-6.03am, 6.07-6.09am, 6.34-6.38am, 6.53-6.57am, 7.01-7.02am, 7.24-7.28am, 8.00-8.02am, 8.21-8.28am, 8.49-8.56am, and at 8.59am, on bbc radio 4
today (presented by martha kearney) leads with …

Philip Roth, regarded by some as the greatest American writer of his generation, has died at the age of 85.”

including interviews with …
• bbc reporter james naughtie
• biographer blake bailey
• bbc reporter nick hyam
• biographer and critic d j taylor
• bbc reporter david willis
• professor hermione lee
• author and critic erica wagner
david baddiel
• professor sarah churchwell
(see also

Today: Jonathan Safran Foer

this morning (thursday 1st), 8.47-8.51am, on bbc radio 4
today (presented by nick robinson) includes …

James Naughtie has been to the Hay Festival to speak to one of the big literary names from this year’s line-up, • the American novelist Jonathan Safran Foer, about his latest novel, Here I am.
‘This book gives a lot of thought to Jewish identity and to American identity’ … ‘what this book imagines is the virtual destruction of Israel, not by war but by natural disaster which opens the way to extinction’.”


Book club: Judith Kerr

5th february 2015, 3.30-4.00pm, on bbc radio 4
book club (presented by james naughtie)

Judith Kerr discusses her novel When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit.


Today: David Cesarani dies

this morning (monday 26th), 8.37-8.41am, on bbc radio 4
today (presented by james naughtie and justin webb) includes …

“British historian David Cesarani, who specialised in Jewish history and the Holocaust, has died aged 58.
Dr James Smith, co-founder of the National Holocaust Centre, is live on the programme.”


Today: BOTH communities frightened?

this morning (saturday 24th), 8.50-8.55am, on bbc radio 4
today (presented by james naughtie) includes …

“Most of the dead are Palestinians, some have died in the familiar violent clashes with the Israeli security forces in the West bank, but some of the deaths have occurred when individual Palestinians, not known to be members of militant groups, have made stabbing attacks on Israelis and then been shot dead by the police or the army. It’s a new type of attack, and it’s left people in both communities anxious and frightened. Our Middle East correspondent Kevin Connolly has been talking to Palestinians and Israelis about their fears”

the interview** of the palestinian chef bassem obeid does not support james naughtie’s introductory remark, that palestinians also are frightened
including contributions from …
dovi singel and • naama singel, residents of armon hanatziv
* palestinian chef bassem obeid, working in a west jerusalem hotel
**(and the bbc article at (more…)

Today: Eitam and Naama Henkin

this morning (friday 2nd), 8.43-8.46am, on bbc radio 4
today (presented by justin webb and james naughtie) includes …

“The Israeli army is searching for the killers of a Jewish couple who were shot dead in their car in front of their four children. and hundreds of soldiers are now being deployed close to Nablus in the West Bank. … more than 20 Palestinians have died in political violence on the West Bank this year, at least a half a dozen Israelis … of course they move towards the Western Wall in the Old City, that means they’re close to the Al Aqsa Mosque compound, many in the Arab world see that as a kind of attack on their religious identity …”


Today: Chief Rabbi meets Pope

last friday morning (4th september), 8.15-8.20am, on bbc radio 4
today (presented by justin webb and james naughtie) includes …

“The Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis told this programme that a paradigm change in mindset was needed to prevent a deeper loss of life. He said Britain needed to do much more.”

… interview with:
• chief rabbi ephraim mirvis

(Ephraim Mirvis 2:19:28) “When there’s a person knocking on your door and that person’s life is in on the line, go out there and help that individual.”


Today: John Fieldsend

this morning (thursday 3rd), 8.39-8.43am, on bbc radio 4
today (presented by justin webb and james naughtie) includes …

“What do you make of the plight of the Syrian refugees, the children in particular, if you yourself were once in a similar situation?”

… interview with:
• “kinder”, rev john fieldsend (more…)

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