Ancient Land, Modern Tales

 

Welcome to Israel Story – the award-winning podcast that tells extraordinary tales about ordinary Israelis. Often called “the Israeli ‘This American Life,'” we bring you quirky, unpredictable, interesting and moving stories about a place we all think we know a lot about, but really don’t.

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Latest Episodes

  • Horsing Around
    • Episode 60
    • 42:26
    • 2020

    Horsing Around

    Cowgirls with oversized belt buckles and horse breeders fantasizing about producing world champions are not exactly what come to mind when you think of Israel. But today we take you into arenas, rings, and stables around the country to uncover a surprising subculture of equine enthusiasts.

  • The Last Laugh
    • Episode 59
    • 43:59
    • 2020

    The Last Laugh

    Forty years after Carl Sagan’s ‘Golden Records’ began their long voyage into the depths of outer space, Eyal Gever – an Israeli high-tech-wunderkind-turned-conceptual-artist – received an unusual call: NASA asked him to create the first artwork to be printed in space. What, he now had to decide, truly captured the essence of humanity?

  • The Dreamer
    • Episode 58
    • 1:04:46
    • 2020

    The Dreamer

    David Ben Shabat hates being called a prophet. As he sees it, he’s just a guy who stumbled upon a deep truth and wants to share it with the people. But, come to think of it, isn’t that precisely the definition of a prophet?

  • Bonus: Love Syndrome, Revisited
    • Short Episode
    • 1:08:47
    • 2020

    Bonus: Love Syndrome, Revisited

    Now that “Alone, Together” is over, and before we turn to stories that – gasp – have little to do with the virus, we revisit and update our most popular episode ever – “Love Syndrome.”

  • “Alone, Together” Part VII – Something Like A Brother
    • Episode 57
    • 30:00
    • 2020

    “Alone, Together” Part VII – Something Like A Brother

    Stories matter. They have the power of connecting us over time and space. And in the finale of our “Alone, Together” miniseries, we see how a podcast episode turned two strangers – a man from Migdal HaEmek, Israel, and a woman from Porto Alegre, Brazil – into soulmates.

  • “Alone, Together” Part VI – Six Feet (Under)
    • Episode 56
    • 41:59
    • 2020

    “Alone, Together” Part VI – Six Feet (Under)

    Israel’s one thousandth COVID-19 casualty passed away this weekend. And for all of us, death has sadly been an ever-present part of life over the past six months. In the penultimate episode of our “Alone, Together” series, we bring you two stories about dying in times of Corona.