Israel Story, the award-winning radio show and podcast produced in Tel Aviv and listened to by millions of people in over 186 countries, will be presenting a live performance on Sunday, April 15 at 7:30 pm in the Gallery at Waterside District in Norfolk.
Mishy Harman got hooked on This American Life, one of the most successful radio shows and podcasts in the United States, while he was a student at Harvard. When he returned to Israel to work on a doctorate in history, he teamed up with several childhood friends to make an “Israeli version of This American Life.” Israel Story broadcast in Hebrew the first year, and was an immediate success. The team has been producing Hebrew and English versions of each show since 2014.
Like This American Life, Israel Story is all about people, but the people of Israel. Mishy says, “Our stories are about regular people. People you wouldn’t otherwise meet, who make up this crazy human tapestry called Israel.” The stories are not about terrorists, politics or Security Council resolutions. They are about the Orthodox woman who went to Alaska to study sea otters, but came back to Israel with an Alaskan husband and a mission to adopt unwanted children. They are about which country lays claim to the best hummus. They are about the abandoned castle that sits at the highest point in East Jerusalem.
Israel Story Live on Sunday night is a celebration of Israel’s 70th anniversary. Mishy Harman and the whole team from Israel Story will be presenting new stories, original songs, and art by Israel’s “most talented (and fun)” portrait artist, Hanoch Piven.
They are bringing along a five-piece band. It will be “interesting, surprising, funny and touching.”
Mishy Harman laughs about the first time he met his idol, Ira Glass. Ira asked, “Are you the Israelis who are ripping off our show?” He was kidding of course. We have a thirst for stories, narratives that we can connect with, in these increasingly isolating times. Ira Glass says, “It doesn’t bother me that there is an Israeli knock-off.” He’d like to hear stories from North Korea, Iran, Kenya and anywhere else in the world. Israel Story gives a narrative of another country and another culture, but in the end, it’s all about people, just like us.
“These are the stories you’d tell a friend over a plate of hummus on a Friday afternoon, the stories you’d share with your partner at the end of the day – everyday stories, told by, and about, regular Israelis.”
For more information about Israel Story Live, and to purchase tickets go to here.