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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Beyond the Pale January 19 2014 — Hosted by Kiera Feldman & Marissa Brostoff — Helena Cobban of Just World Books on the life and times of Ariel Sharon; student activists Emily Unger and Lex Rofes from Open Hillel on the national organization's crackdown on campus groups deemed "anti-Israel"; and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mirta Ojijo, author of Hunting Season: Immigration and Murder in an All-American Town

January 12, 2014 — Today's show is a rebroadcast of our August 23, 2009 program in which Abe Velez talks with David Katznelson of the Idelsohn Society for Musical Preservation and with pianist, composer and bandleader Arturo O'Farrill about the re-release of the 1961 recording Mazel Tov Mis Amigos, and its restaging at Lincoln Center Out of Doors.


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January 5, 2014 — Beyond the Pale co-hosts Kiera Feldman and Alex Kane host a show all about Israel/Palestine.

David Lloyd, a founding member of the U.S. Campaign for the Academic of Cultural Boycott of Israel, joins us for a discussion about the American Studies Association's decision to boycott Israel. 

Then, Beyond the Pale mourns the passing of Eyad Sarraj, a Palestinian human rights activist and mental health advocate, by replaying an interview the show did with him in 2008.

And Max Blumenthal is interviewed about his new book, Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel.

December 29, 2013 — Beyond the Pale dedicated its last show of 2013 to remembering the Zayde of Jewish Punk, Lou Reed, who exited stage left the past fall. Meanwhile, thanks to a new graphic novel and upcoming film, Brian Epstein, the Gay Jewish manager of the Beatles unexpectedly steps ever more into the limelight in that most epic and near-tragic pop cultural story of our time. Finally, the oft-overlooked middle period of Chagall, when he was in exile in New York, returns to New York and audiences are now confronted with a singular case of Holocaust art that made the crucifixion its central symbol. 


Three separate guests joined Beyond the Pale for the show:

1. Steven Lee Beeber: author of HEEBIE-JEEBIES at CBGB's, find out more at







 2. Viveak Tiwary: Broadway Producer of "American Idiot," and more, and author of "The Fifth Beatle." Find out more at



3. Susan Tumarkin Goodman:Senior Curator of Chagall: War, Love and Exile, find out more at

Dec 22, 2013 — On today's show we rebroadcast another Disorderly Conduct, co-hosted by Alexis Goldstein and Jesse Myerson.

 When a drunk driving, rich Texas teen mows down and kills a family of four, the presiding judge accepts the defense that he suffered from “affluenza” and needs rehabilitation, not imprisonment.  Jesse and Alexis explore the lessons one might take from taking social and material factors into consideration for our justice system, writ large. 

 It’s been five years since the 2008 financial collapse, but at long last  the Volcker Rule was approved by all five of the necessary financial regulatory agencies. It is set to go into effect April 1, 2014.  Alexis explains what the rule covers, why it represents a slight shift in the balance towards reform (and away from Wall Street), and how much still remains to be done to protect our financial system and ensure greater equity. 

Reporting from Roots Camp 2013 in Washington DC, Alexis and Jesse talk with three participants about their projects:

Hannah Love (@LoveHannahE) an organizer with Planned Parenthood of Oregon (the number one state for reproductive freedom in the U.S.)

Steven Pargett (@YoungBlackThnkr) of Dream Defenders about their “Prisoners of Profit” Campaign in Florida and its target, Youth Services International.

Duncan Meisel (@duncanwrites) on-line campaign manager for’s global campaign to solve the climate crisis.




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