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. Produced in partnership with The Jerusalem Foundation and The Times of Israel.

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Latest Episodes

  • Introducing “Signed, Sealed, Delivered?”
    • Episode 80
    • 29:06
    • 2023

    Introducing “Signed, Sealed, Delivered?”

    Israel’s Declaration of Independence was forged amid strife and turmoil. It was a birth that, everyone knew, would trigger war….

  • My Dad, David
    • Episode 79
    • 37:29
    • 2023

    My Dad, David

    David taught his son, Mishy, life’s most fundamental lesson – one that is also the deep premise of Israel Story:…

  • Hello Operator
    • Episode 78
    • 50:01
    • 2023

    Hello Operator

    On June 29, 2007, Apple released its first iPhone. Less than sixteen years later, our world is an entirely altered…

  • Free as a Bird
    • Episode 77
    • 1:23:27
    • 2023

    Free as a Bird

    These are – it goes without saying – tumultuous times here in Israel. But especially now, we believe it is…

  • Going, Going, Gone
    • Episode 76
    • 59:15
    • 2022

    Going, Going, Gone

    This is our final episode of the season, and it has been quite a journey. We began with our day…

  • Sbarro – Twenty Years Later
    • Episode 75
    • 1:12:40
    • 2021

    Sbarro – Twenty Years Later

    Israel has, unfortunately, witnessed many terror attacks throughout its history. But few are as memorable as the Sbarro suicide bombing….