Moment Zoominar: Jewish Pioneers in Television: The Next Generation with TV Historians Walter J. Podrazik and Harry Castleman

TV became the preeminent communication force in society from the 1960s onward, with Jews at the creative and business forefront. Walter J. Podrazik and Harry Castleman continue their entertaining survey of the medium’s history with a focus on influential figures such as Fred Silverman, Brandon Tartikoff, Barry Diller and Sumner Redstone and the groundbreaking shows they brought to the screen such as Seinfeld, Happy Days, Charlie’s Angels, Hill Street Blues, The Cosby Show, The Simpsons and The Big Bang Theory plus made-for-TV movies and miniseries such as Roots. Their achievements paved the way for the growth of cable, and eventually streaming.

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Moment Zoominar: The State of Antisemitism in Germany Today with Ambassador Emily Haber and Robert Siegel

Emily Haber, Germany’s Ambassador to the U.S., discusses the current forms and manifestations of antisemitism in Germany, and how it is connected to other European movements. Ambassador Haber is in conversation with Robert Siegel, Moment special literary contributor and former senior host of NPR’s All Things Considered. This program is hosted by Moment Magazine with the support of the Joyce and Irving Goldman Family Foundation and co-presented by the German Embassy, Washington.

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Moment Zoominar: What’s Next for Israel & Gaza with Middle East Analyst Aaron David Miller and Moment’s Nathan Guttman

A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas is in place, but tensions remain high. What made this outbreak of war different? Will the violence and unrest impact the Abraham Accords—and the region? What can be done, if anything, to end the cycle of violence? Middle East analyst and negotiator Aaron David Miller is interviewed by journalist Nathan Guttman.

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Moment Zoominar: The Man Behind the Masks: Stan Lee and Marvel Comics with Journalists Abraham Riesman and Dan Raviv

Stanley Lieber, better known as Stan Lee, revolutionized the comic industry and helped create superheroes like Spider-Men, X-Men, Black Panther and more for Marvel Comics. Abraham Riesman, author of True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee in conversation about Lee’s complicated life and legacy with Dan Raviv, author of Comic Wars and former CBS News correspondent. 

Co-sponsored by Moment Magazine and the Association of Jewish Libraries in commemoration of Jewish American Heritage Month.

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Moment Zoominar: Henry Ford and Antisemitism Between World War I & World War II with Historians Pam Nadell and Daniel Greene

In the years between World War I and World War II, American society became increasingly xenophobic and prejudiced against minorities; these years also are considered the apogee of American antisemitism. One man, perhaps more than any other, played an outsized role in disseminating it. His name was Henry Ford.

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Moment Zoominar: Crack, Bam, Dot: The Sounds and Stories of Mahjong with Author Annelise Heinz and Moment Deputy Editor Sarah Breger

Tiles clicking and clacking, women chatting – these are the childhood memories many Jewish women have of their mothers playing mahjong – a game still enjoyed today. How did a game from China make its way to America and how did it become so intertwined with Jewish culture in the United States? Annelise Heinz author of Mahjong: A Chinese Game and the Making of Modern American Culture takes us through the history of this beloved game. In conversation with Moment Deputy Editor Sarah Breger. In commemoration of Jewish American Heritage Month.

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What it Takes to Grow a “Badass Woman” Journalist with CNN’s Dana Bash and her mother Francie Weinman Schwartz

CNN chief political correspondent and anchor Dana Bash grew up surrounded by journalists – both her parents and her grandmother were in the news and television business. Francie Weinman Schwartz will turn the tables on her daughter and interview Dana about her childhood, her career, how she juggles motherhood with work, what it’s like covering presidents, how being a political journalist has changed over the years and the CNN series she launched, Badass Women of Washington. An endearing conversation between a daughter and her mother, a well-known author, a Jewish educator and a Moment Senior Editor.

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Why Comedians Love Jewish Mothers & More with Comedian Judy Gold

Stand-up comedian Judy Gold, a veteran of comedy specials on HBO, Comedy Central and LOGO, and star of two critically acclaimed Off-Broadway shows: The Judy Show – My Life as a Sitcom and 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, takes on Jewish mothers, as well the history and importance of Jewish women comedians from Gertrude Berg, Totie Fields, Joan Rivers and Gilda Radner to Sarah Silverman and Amy Schumer. Judy will be in conversation with Joyce Antler, Professor Emerita at Brandeis University and author of You Never Call: You Never Write: A History of the Jewish Mother.

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Moment Zoominar: Codebreakers, Spies, and the Secret Struggle to Drive the Nazis from the Middle East with Journalists Gershom Gorenberg and Dan Raviv

In 1942 the Nazis came close to conquering the Middle East during World War II. Gershom Gorenberg , an award-winning journalist and author, spent years researching and piecing together the truth about Rommel’s army and just how close it was to Cairo and Tel Aviv. He will discuss his new book, War of Shadows: Codebreakers, Spies, and the Secret Struggle to Drive the Nazis from the Middle East, and share the journey that took him around the world to learn more about this fascinating story of espionage and intrigue. Gershom will be in conversation with former CBS News correspondent and Moment contributor Dan Raviv.

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Moment Zoominar: The Making of Midnight Cowboy with Journalist Glenn Frankel and Film Historian Rebecca Prime

In an era when a new wave of movies pushed the boundaries of mainstream filmmaking, Midnight Cowboy stands out as the riskiest, most unconventional, and most successful of them all. Glenn Frankel’s new book, Shooting Midnight Cowboy: Art, Sex, Loneliness, Liberation, and the Making of a Dark Classic, explores the making of the only X-rated film to win a Best Picture Oscar and offers a window onto the creative ferment and social unrest that gripped New York and America in the 1960s: the rise of gay liberation, the treatment of sexual themes in popular culture, and the role of Jewish artists such as director John Schlesinger and star Dustin Hoffman. Glenn, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, in conversation with film historian and scholar Rebecca Prime, managing editor of Film Quarterly.

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