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Our Man In Tehran

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Our Man In Tehran

Iran is constantly in the news, yet it remains opaque and enigmatic. Thomas Erdbrink, one of the last foreign journalists reporting from Iran, rips off the veil, to some extent at least, and explores it in Our Man in Tehran, a two-part, four-hour documentary to be broadcast by the PBS network on August 13 and […]

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Somebody Feed Phil (2)

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Somebody Feed Phil (2)

The inimitable Phil Rosenthal is back for a second season on Netflix with his entertaining food/travel show, Somebody Feed Phil. He describes himself as a foodie, but he’s really a gourmand rather than a gourmet. Jokey and light, he’s the polar opposite of the late Anthony Bourdain. An indefatigable kibitzer with a gift of the gab […]

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Fauda: A Well-Oiled Israeli Thriller

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Fauda: A Well-Oiled Israeli Thriller

The Israeli thriller Fauda, which started on Netflix in 2015, is back again for a second season, and it’s every bit as good as the first one. Unfolding in Hebrew and Arabic, it focuses on an Israeli army undercover unit charged with flushing out terrorists in the West Bank, which has been occupied by Israel since […]

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Bagels Over Berlin

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Bagels Over Berlin

One of the most enduring antisemitic stereotypes prevalent in the United States was badly dented after it entered World War II. This anti-Jewish calumny claimed that Jews shirked military duty and that Jewish soldiers sought cushy jobs far from the front lines. It was all a lie, of course. More than half a million Jewish men […]

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The Chinese Exclusion Act

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The Chinese Exclusion Act

The United States has always taken pride in being a democratic haven for the oppressed, a place where persecuted minorities like Jews could begin life anew. But for centuries, American society was racist to the core. A case in point is The Chinese Exclusion Act, signed by President Chester A. Arthur on May 6, 1882. […]

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GI Jews: Jewish Americans In World War II

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GI Jews: Jewish Americans In World War II

Five hundred thousand Jewish Americans, many of them the sons and daughters of immigrants, served in the U.S. armed forces during World War II. Ten thousand of them were women. Lisa Ades’ absorbing documentary, GI Jews: Jewish Americans In World War II, scheduled to be broadcast on the PBS network on April 11 at 10 p.m. […]

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Hitler’s Circle Of Evil

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Hitler’s Circle Of Evil

A 10-part series on the ambitious, power-hungry henchmen who worked closely with Adolf Hitler is now available on the Netflix streaming network. Hitler’s Circle of Evil, a skillful German production, is an amalgam of newsreels, wordless dramatizations and commentary by British and German historians. Judging by four of its episodes, this fascinating documentary is a […]

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Al Capone: Icon

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Al Capone: Icon

Al Capone was the first American gangster to achieve celebrity status. Such was his notoriety that he appeared on the cover of Time magazine on March 24, 1930, an honor normally reserved for politicians, statesmen, scientists, movie stars, novelists or captains of industry. Capone’s ascent to stardom is the subject of Al Capone: Icon, which will […]

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Bitter Rivals: Iran And Saudi Arabia

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Bitter Rivals: Iran And Saudi Arabia

Iran and Saudi Arabia, carrying the banners of the Shi’a and Sunni strains of Islam, are engaged in an intense struggle for primacy in the Middle East. Their bruising competition for dominance, playing out mainly in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen, has already affected Israel and Arab countries. Martin Smith, a seasoned Middle East correspondent, […]

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Somebody Feed Phil

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Somebody Feed Phil

Phil Rosenthal, the creator of the phenomenally successful TV sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, indulges his passion for travel and food in a new six-part Netflix series, Somebody Feed Phil. A voracious gourmand rather than an astute gourmet, he eats his way through six cities — Bangkok, Saigon, Tel Aviv, Lisbon, Mexico City and New Orleans. […]

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