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Tel Aviv Review

By TLV1 Radio

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Description

Showcasing the latest developments in the realm of academic and professional research and literature, about the Middle East and global affairs. We discuss Israeli, Arab and Palestinian society, the Jewish world, the Middle East and its conflicts, and issues of global and public affairs with scholars, writers and deep-thinkers.

Customer Reviews

The best podcast you can find about Israeli culture, politics and society

I listen to a lot of podcasts about Israel -- it's a passion of mine -- and this is the best of the lot. Its range is vast, the guests are fascinating and often off-beat, the discussions go deeper here than anywhere else I know, it's smart (and takes its listeners seriously, assuming that we are smart, too), and it's entertaining. Both hosts are brilliant, but in different ways, so you come away with insights of different sorts. This is a spectacular show.

Sophisticated and Enlightening

The Tel Aviv Review (TLVR) is the most sophisticated English-language podcast about (mostly) the Jewish world, Israel, and the broader Middle East. As an avid listener since the beginning, I have learned quite a lot from TLVR, and read many a book after hearing its author interviewed here. Dahlia and Gilad’s thoughtful questions effectively bring out the points of greatest interest in their interlocutor’s position. Their insightful commentary has even led me to revise some of my political views.

While Dahlia and Gilad maintain a careful scholarly neutrality, in subtle ways it eventually emerges that both come from the political left. (Not saying that’s a bad thing.) The podcast is at its best when the hosts engage with smart positions that fall to their right—the recent discussions with Einat Wilf and Matthew Goodman are excellent cases in point—or interview others on the left without being afraid to press them with potentially uncomfortable questions. In such moments, they really do succeed in “promoting democratic and liberal values in the social discourse in Israel,” and, I’d add, the Jewish diaspora.

Dahlia and Gilad responded graciously to my special request for a certain topic (the notion of indigeneity, in general or as it relates to The Conflict and Jewish history), and to my suggestions for interviewees (Nuseir Yassin or Bashar Al Masri). Both were tall orders, but I still look forward to hearing the indigeneity episode if it ever becomes feasible—this is an important issue that needs further discussion from voices like theirs. In the meantime, I’ve appreciated their noting the issue in passing as it arose.

The one thing that TLVR doesn’t really do is cover current events in Israel. (Though they put out a great episode on the nation-state law.) TLVR is more of a scholarly venue. For an excellent Israel-current-events podcast I recommend my other favorite, The Promised Podcast.

TLVR surely deserves the financial support of all of its listeners. Anyone who can give should do so generously.

Best podcast

One of the best podcasts discussing Israeli issues.

Tel Aviv Review
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  • Category: Judaism
  • Language: English

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