BEYOND THE PALE explores cutting edge Jewish culture and offers local, national, and international political debate and analysis from a Jewish perspective.

Sundays, noon to 1 p.m., on WBAI/New York, 99.5 FM

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December 30, 2012 — On this last Beyond The Pale we talk with J.J. Goldberg, editor at large at the Forward, the national Jewish weekly newspaper, about the emerging trends in the Jewish news this past year.  And with Rebecca Vilkomerson, the executive director of Jewish Voice for Peace, about the highlights of the past year for JVP and their plans and the challenges they'll face in 2013.


Sunday, December 23, 2012 — December 23, 2012 - Guns, Geller, and Refugees.

As the nation mourns the death of 20 children and 7 adults in Newtown, Connecticut, we speak to anti-gun advocate Andy Pelosi about the scourge of gun violence, with a particular focus on New York City.

After hate-maven Pamela Geller posts 50 new anti-Muslim ads across the New York transit system, we speak to anti-racism advocates Cyrus McGoldrick and Donna Nevel about the long tentacles of Geller's Islamophobia.

And finally, as Syrian government forces bomb the Yarmouk refugee camp, we talk Ahmad Diab, the Syrian-born son of Palestinian refugees, about the fate of Palestinian refugees caught in the crosshairs of the Assad bloodbath.






Dec 16, 2012 — Today's show is hosted by Eve Sicular and features the music of Jacob Garchik, Michael Winograd, Metropolitan Klezmer,Alicia Svigals and Marilyn Lerner and the glorious, late Adrienne Cooper (with pianist Joyce Rosenzweig). Don't miss the December 22nd concert in tribute to Adrienne Cooper--for details click on Upcoming Events to the left.

Eve also talks wth the Swiss multi-media artist Elianna Renner about her research-in-process into the activities of Jews in late 19th and early 20th century international prostitution rings; and  with Alicia Svigals about her forthcoming performance, with Marilyn Lerner, of music she composed to accompany a screening of the 1918 silent film,The Yellow Ticket, on January 10th, at 8:30pm, at the Jewish Film Festival and Lincoln Center. The Yellow Ticket  tells the story of a young Jewish woman (played by Pola Negri) who hides her identity in order to study medicine and is coerced into prostitution in order to pay the rent.

Dec 09, 2012 — Even though we've removed the fundraising pitches from the audio of today's show, you can still contribute to WBAI's emergency fund raising drive in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.  Just go to our online donation site:  And better yet, become a WBAI Buddy by becoming a monthly sustaining member at 

December 2, 2012 — UN General Assembly overwhelmingly votes in favor of recognizing Palestine as a non-member observer state.  CNN/ORC poll on Israeli military action in Gaza reveals deepening partisan divide in U.S. Jewish Voice for Peace Executive Director Rebecca Vilkomerson weighs in.

On the streets and in the courts, activists push back against continuing work on Spectra and Rockaway Lateral high pressure natural gas pipelines in NYC. We talk with the Sane Energy Project's Owen Crowley and CARP's Martha Cameron.

Beyond the Pale contributor and civil rights attorney Alan Levine talks with us about NYPD's aggressive surveillance of Muslim businesses, associations, and places of worship.

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