Episode 30

Food Fight

  • 49:32
  • 2017
Forget politics, forget territorial disputes, forget religion. Our new episode explores the real Middle Eastern battleground - food.
Food Fight

Food, it turns out, is a serious business. And as we recently came to appreciate, it can lead folks to embark on all kinds of unlikely crusades. In today’s episode we tell two stories, from almost diametrically opposed perspectives, about the ways in which recognition and pride matter, especially when it comes to what we eat and drink. The first, about a Jerusalemite’s quirky liquid obsession, couldn’t be more local, whereas the second is an outsider’s take – the impressions of a visiting radio icon on her first trip to the region.

Prologue: Chocolate Covered Raisins

Mishy Harman

Mishy Harman goes back to his rowdy tenth grade English class, where he learned more about shelling, blasting and precision artillery, than grammar, vocab and reading comprehension.

Act I: The Pitcher

Mishy Harman, Shai Satran

Some kids dream of going to the moon. Others want to become millionaires. But growing up, Ariel Harpaz had a seemingly more attainable goal in mind: to get his picture up on the wall of Pinati, a popular hummus joint in downtown Jerusalem. Many years later, he enlisted his friends Mishy Harman and Shai Satran to help him guarantee that what he calls the, “most important achievement” of his life – introducing the concept of a pitcher of Kool-Aid to Pinati – is never forgotten.

Act II: Operation Hummus

Davia Nelson

As part of our first ever collaboration with the Peabody Award winning podcast, The Kitchen Sisters, Davia Nelson came to the region to discover its “hidden kitchens.” What started off as a straightforward reporting assignment about the Israeli-Lebanese ‘hummus wars,’ quickly turned into a beautiful meditation on food, culture, war and peace. For the Kitchen Sisters’ longer version of the story, click here.


The original music in “The Pitcher” was composed and performed by Ari Jacob. The final song, “Hummus Metamtem” (or “Hummus Makes You Stupid“), is by Yehoshua Sofer. The episode also features music by Yochai Maital, Kevin MacLeodBachar Mar-KhalifeIbrahim MaaloufArthur Oskan and Hadag Nahash. It was mixed by Sela Waisblum.

Thanks to Shoshi Shmuluvitz, Benny Becker, Rachel Fisher, Aviva DeKornfeld, Esther Werdiger, Wayne Hoffman, Naomi Schneider, Federica Sasso, Oren Harman, Danna Harman and our great friends at The Kitchen Sisters: Davia Nelson, Nikki Silva, Nathan Dalton, Jim McKee and Brandi Howell.


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