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LW: Deborah Feldman

monday 11th may, on bbc radio 5 live 

unorthodox author: why I left strict satmar jewish community (in the live wires series) (presented by emma barnett

Deborah Feldman grew up in the strict Satmar Jewish community in Brooklyn.

She had an arranged marriage at 17 and gave birth to her son at 19 – but always knew she wanted more than being a wife and mother and following strict rules and customs.

At 23, she made the difficult decision to leave the community and wrote a book about her experiences, which has now become a hit series on Netflix.”

including interview with …

• author deborah feldman 


WH: Deborah Feldman

this morning (thursday 30th), 10.32-10.42am, on bbc radio 4 

woman’s hour (presented by jenni murray) includes …

“The Netflix series Unorthodox tells the story of a teenager who flees her ultra Orthodox Hasidic Jewish community and an arranged marriage in New York, for a new life in Berlin. The four part drama series is inspired by Deborah Feldman’s 2012 autobiography Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots.”

including interview with …

• author deborah feldman 

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Outlook: Deborah Feldman

8th september 2010, on bbc world service radio 

outlook (presented by jo fidgen) concludes with …

Deborah Feldman grew up in a strict Hasidic community in New York. As her custom dictated she had to cover her shaved head with a wig and dress modestly. But despite this display of devotion she led a secret life devouring forbidden books, which inspired her with ideas of becoming independent. After an arranged marriage to a Hasidic man at seventeen, and having a son, she decided to leave the community in pursuit of a new life where wearing lipstick and jeans was allowed.”

including interview with …

• author deborah feldman 


Praying to be a girl

this afternoon (monday 6th), 12.06-12.29pm (repeated 6.06pm), on bbc world service radio

outlook (presented by jo fidgen) includes …

Abby Stein grew up in New York, in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, one of the most gender segregated societies in the world. Abby’s parents considered her their firstborn son but she was adamant that she was a girl. She has written a book about her experiences called Becoming Eve.” 


Outlook: Lipa Schmeltzer

this afternoon (monday 22nd), 12.32-12.47pm (repeated 6.32pm), on bbc world service radio

outlook (presented by jo fidgen) includes …

Lipa Schmeltzer has been called the Jewish Lady Gaga. That’s because Lipa’s style of traditional singing is filled with pop flair. He grew up in a Hasidic Jewish family in upstate New York, without much influence from the outside world. His father was a Holocaust survivor and wanted Lipa to become a rabbi.

But the pull of music proved too strong for Lipa. First he was involved with the traditional singing of his community, and then found pop when he heard it for the first time on the radio aged 20.

Colm Flynn went to meet him.”


Newshour: Measles outbreak

this afternoon (wednesday 27th), 2.20-2.25pm, on bbc world service radio

newshour (presented by razia iqbal) includes …

“The community in Rockland County that you’re referring to right now is an Orthodox Jewish community that has a very low rate of vaccinations of their children … it happened also in New York City among their civic Jewish population.”

including interview with …

anthony fauci, director, national institute of allergy and infectious diseases, maryland


P4t: Berger 12/3/2019

last monday morning (11th march), 5.45-5.49am, on bbc radio 2

pause for thought by rabbi jeff berger

Compassion and forgiveness: ’We each have a choice how to react when things don’t go as planned’.”


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COTW: George Gershwin

four afternoons this week (monday 31st and wednesday 2nd to friday 4th), 12.00-1.00pm, on bbc radio 3
george gershwin (1898-1937) (presented by donald mcleod) (in the composer of the week series)

1. Gershwin’s early life and love of the piano.
2. Gershwin and jazz.
3. Gershwin’s excursions in the concert hall.
4. Gershwin’s final years.

MM: Bernstein 100

tomorrow afternoon (saturday 25th), 12.15-1.00pm (repeated 10.00pm monday), on bbc radio 3
bernstein 100 (presented by tom service) (in the music matters series)

“Tom Service travels to New York City to discover Bernstein’s musical and social legacy, visiting key places where Bernstein lived and worked, and uncovering the modern-day musicians, institutions and ensembles who are working towards goals he championed as a musician, communicator and humanitarian.
Including interviews with • his daughter Jamie Bernstein, New York Philharmonic CEO • Deborah Borda, and conductors • Michael Tilson Thomas and • Joshua Weilerstein.”


Aaron Copland

monday 30th april to friday 4th may, 12.00-1.00pm, on bbc radio 3
aaron copland (1900-1990) (presented by david macloed) (5 episodes, in the composer of the week series)

Aaron Copland is the composer who, more than any other, defined the sound of American classical music. Copland’s life spanned every decade of the 20th Century.

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