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Israel at 70

this morning (friday 18th), 11.00-11.30am, on bbc radio 4
israel at 70: a personal reflection (presented by simon schama)

Simon Schama was three when the state of Israel was born in May 1948. The country’s story has been interwoven with his own life. He offers a personal account of Israel’s troubled and often bloody history, of the deep division with the Palestinians.
He paints a vivid picture of the post war world and the desperate need of sanctuary for Jews fleeing Europe and, later, Arab lands.
Simon gives his interpretation not only of the conflicts and the failed peace plans but also of the nation that has been built and what its future might be.”

including interviews with …
• israeli innovation expert nava swersky sofer
• revisionist historian avi shlaim
ahmad samih khalidi, editor-in-chief of the journal for palestine studies
lyn julius, author of uprooted
• rabbi  joseph dweck
• israeli ”new” historian tom segev
nada majdalani and • gidon bromberg, of ecopeace middle east

Story of the Jews 5

this evening (tuesday 1st), 9.00-10.00pm, on bbc 4 tv (repeated from september 2013)
the story of the jews: return (last of 5 episodes)

Simon Schama examines how the Holocaust and the creation of Israel have fundamentally changed what it means to be Jewish.

Michal Rovner

sunday 2nd november 2003, 9.30-10.15pm, on bbc radio 3
michal rovner (presented by john tusa (in the the john tusa interviews series)

“A series of conversations with some of the world’s greatest artistic originators.
This week. John Tusa meets the Israeli-born video artist, Michal Rovner.”

(see also simon schama’s concluding segment in civilisations: the vital spark, on bbc 4 tv on 26th april 2018, from 0:49:45 to 0:54:00 at
(if you missed it, available at

Civilisations: Theresienstadt

yesterday evening (thursday 26th), 9.00-9.09pm, on bbc 4 tv
the vital spark (presented by simon schama (last of 9 episodes in the civilisations series) starts with a segment on Theresienstadt

“What can art do when horror comes calling? What can art do when civilisation itself is lost?

(if you missed it, available from 0:00:00 to 0:07:45 at

Story of the Jews 4

this evening (tuesday 24th), 9.00-10.00pm, on bbc 4 tv (repeated from september 2013 on bbc 2):
the story of the jews: over the rainbow (episode 4 of 5)

Story of the Jews 3

this evening (tuesday 17th), 9.00-10.00pm, on bbc 4 tv (repeated from september 2013 on bbc 2):
the story of the jews: a leap of faith (episode 3 of 5)

Story of the Jews 2

this evening (tuesday 10th), 9.00-10.00pm, on bbc 4 tv (repeated from september 2013 on bbc 2) (repeated 2.30am, friday)
the story of the jews: among believers (episode 2 of 5)

Story of the Jews 1

this evening (tuesday 3rd), 9.00-10.00pm, on bbc 4 tv (repeated from september 2013 on bbc 2) (repeated 2.30am, friday)
The Story of the Jews: In the Beginning (episode 1 of 5)

Sunday: Saving Jewish heritage

this morning (sunday 11th), 7.35-7.42am, on bbc radio 4
sunday (presented by edward stourton) includes …

“The Foundation for Jewish Heritage has launched a project to map and preserve the historic synagogues of Europe.
Historian • Simon Schama and journalist • Natasha Kaplinsky OBE tell us about their connection with the project”

Today: Israeli airstrikes

yesterday morning (saturday 9th), 7.52-7.58am, and 8.04-8.06am, on bbc radio 4
today (presented by justin webb and nick robinson) includes …

The Israelis have carried out more airstrikes on Gaza, as violence escalates after US recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital.”

including contributions from …
simon schama
• bbc reporter tom bateman (more…)

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