Unorthodox is a smart, fresh, fun weekly take on Jewish news and culture hosted by Mark Oppenheimer, Stephanie Butnick, and Liel Leibovitz. You can listen to individual episodes here or subscribe on iTunes. Don't forget to sign up for our weekly newsletter! (Yep, it's different to the Tablet newsletter.)
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Kung Fu Naches

Ep. 139: Bruce Lee biographer Matthew Polly on the martial-arts legend’s Jewish ancestry, Orthodox Rabbi Mike Moskowitz on becoming a scholar in residence at the world’s largest LGBTQ synagogue, and more

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Ask Unorthodox: What to Do About That Mezuzah?

When Jews move out, do their sacred scrolls move, too?

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People of the Book

Episode 138: Ruby Namdar on his newly translated novel, The Ruined House, and writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner on what Philip Roth taught her about being an American Jew

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Unorthodox Remembers Philip Roth

Talking about the author’s place in the Jewish literary canon, and visiting his childhood neighborhood in New Jersey

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Ask Unorthodox: Why Do Jews Interrupt Each Other So Much?

And are New Yorkers really more rude than other Americans?

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Telling Truths

Ep. 137: Yossi Klein Halevi’s ‘Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor,’ New York Times political reporter Astead Herndon

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Ask Unorthodox: Should I Change My Name?

Should it be Green or Grunfeld? And is Mottl better than Mark?

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The Conversion Episode

Ep. 136: In honor of Shavuot, stories from people around the globe who have chosen to be Jewish

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Ask Unorthodox: What Do People Get Wrong About Judaism?

When even the most well-intentioned people don’t seem to know much about Judaism or Jewish history

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Motherhood, Burgers, and Bacon

Episode 135: Peninah Lamm Kaplansky on infertility and miscarriage in the Jewish community, Sister Julia Walsh on giving up motherhood for the church, and the granddaughter-grandmother duo behind the new documentary ‘Wendy’s Shabbat’

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Ask Unorthodox: What’s the Perfect Jewish History Book?

A perplexed Jew looking for a guide that’s not too dense and not too flimsy. We asked the experts, and put together the perfect reading list.

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Checks and Balances

Ep. 134: Sen. Joe Lieberman on life after politics, and Skyler Inman on podcasting the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

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Ask Unorthodox: Not Without My Daughter

A former Jew who found Christ but misses the old religion wonders how to give his kid the warm Yiddishkeit he himself had once enjoyed

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Knocked Out

Episode 133: Former Jehovah’s Witness Linda Curtis on being shunned by the religion, Rachel Simmons on empowering young girls today, and more

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Ask Unorthodox: The Great Aluminum Foil-Ziploc Baggie Debate

The hosts of Tablet’s beloved podcast weigh in on the great questions of Jewish life

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Sabra Cadabra

Ep. 132: Celebrating Israel’s 70th birthday with chef Eyal Shani, singer Yael Deckelbaum, and writer and comedian Periel Aschenbrand

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Walk With Me, Unorthodox

Ep. 131: Actor Joshua Malina and composer Hrishikesh Hirway, hosts of The West Wing Weekly podcast

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Ten Very Modern Plagues

Simon Doonan and Jonathan Adler update the classics for the Unorthodox Haggadah

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Ask Unorthodox: Passover Edition

Ep. 130: Listener questions about scallion whipping and Christian Seders, humorist Adam Mansbach on comedic haggadot and the power of the Passover story, and more

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A Very Unorthodox Haggadah

Make this Seder different from all other Seders with a free Seder guide from the hosts of Tablet’s weekly podcast

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Snowfu

Ep. 129: Evangelical preacher turned humanist chaplain Bart Campolo drops by our snow day studio

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Leading the Pack

Ep. 128: Orthodox rabbinical student Leah Sarna and culture critic Lauren Oyler

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A Very Unorthodox March

Come see your favorite chatty Jews interview former Senator Joseph Lieberman and podcast host Bart Campolo in a very special live show next week!

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Candy for Salome

Ep. 127: Israeli food personality Gil Hovav on his new memoir and historian Alan Robert Ginsberg on the lost 1925 film Salome of the Tenements

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Winner’s Circle

Ep. 126: Film critic Jordan Hoffman on the Academy Awards, and CNN analyst Asha Rangappa on how being an FBI agent isn’t what it looks like on TV

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Netflix and Phil

Ep. 125: Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal’s new food series and DoubleX Gabfest co-host June Thomas on the future of podcasting

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The Kids Are Alright

Ep. 124: Klezmer-rock band Golem, writer Molly Lambert on her grandmother’s exclusion from the 1936 Olympics, and a visit to a Hebrew language-focused elementary school in Harlem

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