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‘I have written a blasphemous book’, said Melville when his novel was first published in 1851, ‘and I feel as spotless as the lamb’. Deeply subversive, in almost every way imaginable, Moby-Dick is a virtual, alternative bible – and as such, ripe for reinterpretation in this new world of new media. Out of Dominion was born its bastard child – or perhaps its immaculate conception – the Moby-Dick Big Read: an online version of Melville’s magisterial tome: each of its 135 chapters read out aloud ...
 
An unashamedly Jewish comedy chat show where all are welcome! Jew Talkin' To Me? is hosted by award winning comedians, Rachel Creeger and Philip Simon, and produced by Russell Balkind. Each show features two guests from the entertainment industry sharing their views on a variety of topics connected to modern Jewish life in a secular world, as well as their memories of growing up Jewish. Both Philip and Rachel are well known as Jewish comedians on both the mainstream and community circuit and ...
 
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Music journalist Kate French-Morris, 29, found her calling in a University of California class taught by Greil Marcus (“he gets closer to Bob’s mind than anyone can, with his sideways thinking and his cattiness”). Kate shares a birthday with Dylan, but her main man might be Bruce Springsteen, who figures strongly in this, our first studio recording…
 
While held captive for 32 months by Somali pirates, writer and Dylan fan Michael Scott Moore had plenty of opportunity to contemplate lyrics, especially All Along The Watchtower. He was given a Bible during his captivity and discovered, in Isaiah, “the ramparts, the princes, the two horsemen and the wildcat. The whole song clicked! It’s about the f…
 
Comedy writer Daniel Radosh initiated the Twitter hashtag #BD969, celebrating every officially released Dylan song, as well as posting four Spotify playlists for The 80th Birthday: Bob Dylan For Beginners. We discuss these gems and open up the contentious topic of Dylan’s album cover art, from best to worst and everything in between. Other albums c…
 
Jonathan Taplin, former road manager for The Band, has done it all. He set up the equipment for Dylan’s electric set at Newport in ‘65 (“the soundcheck lasted ten minutes”) and was production manager for Dylan and The Band at the Guthrie Tribute in ’68. He organised the groundbreaking Concert For Bangladesh and produced the concert and film of The …
 
Ann Powers, writer and lead music critic for America’s National Public Radio, joins us from her East Nashville home to discuss gender, sexuality and “the body” in Bob Dylan’s work. Sparked off by an emotional encounter involving Joni Mitchell, Ann compares Mitchell’s work with Dylan’s and discusses other groundbreaking female artists like Roberta F…
 
Join Jewish Comedians Rachel Creeger & Philip Simon for their comedy podcast, a chat show about all things Jewish, produced by Russell Balkind. This week’s guests are Eli Batalion and Jamie Elman best known as Leizer and Chaimie from the cult hit web series Yidlife Crisis. Follow them on social media, follow US on social media and don't forget to l…
 
Join Jewish Comedians Rachel Creeger & Philip Simon for their comedy podcast, a chat show about all things Jewish, produced by Russell Balkind. This week’s guests are journalist and agony aunt Hilary Freeman & educator turned festival producer Alastair Falk Follow them on social media, follow US on social media and don't forget to let us know what …
 
Journalist Richard Williams joins us to talk Dylan and to surf “the waves of his career”, from Freewheelin’ (“one revelation after another”) to Murder Most Foul (“I was astonished by it. The level of detail. It’s like a John Coltrane quartet.”). Richard reminds us of “one of the great things I learned from Dylan: if you don’t understand something, …
 
Join Jewish Comedians Rachel Creeger & Philip Simon for their comedy podcast, a chat show about all things Jewish, produced by Russell Balkind. This week’s guests are Mark Maier & Rachel Berger. Follow them on social media, follow US on social media and don't forget to let us know what you think about the show. Facebook: @JewTalkin Twitter: @JewTal…
 
Join Jewish Comedians Rachel Creeger & Philip Simon for their comedy podcast, a chat show about all things Jewish, produced by Russell Balkind. This week’s guests are Luciana Berger & Hugo Rifkind. Follow them on social media, follow US on social media and don't forget to let us know what you think about the show. Facebook: @JewTalkin Twitter: @Jew…
 
Join Jewish Comedians Rachel Creeger & Philip Simon for their comedy podcast, a chat show about all things Jewish, produced by Russell Balkind. This week’s guests are stand up comic and writer Josh Howie and comedian and activist Noam Shuster. Follow them on social media, follow US on social media and don't forget to let us know what you think abou…
 
Join Jewish Comedians Rachel Creeger & Philip Simon for their comedy podcast, a chat show about all things Jewish, produced by Russell Balkind. This week’s guests are photographer and stand up comic Steve Best and comedian and academic Naomi Paxton also known for her variety act as Ada Campe. Follow them on social media, follow US on social media a…
 
Music and political journalist John Harris joins us just before Bob Dylan’s 80th birthday to celebrate the man with “the wink and the nod and the little impish skip” as well as the man who gives us “the solace of emptiness”. Mr Harris is not afraid to go against the grain: “”Love And Theft” is as good as Highway 61 or Blood On The Tracks”. As for J…
 
Join Jewish Comedians Rachel Creeger & Philip Simon for their comedy podcast, a chat show about all things Jewish, produced by Russell Balkind. This week’s guests are comedian & comedy writer Meryl O’Rourke and singer/songwriter & founding member of 10cc, Graham Gouldman. Follow them on social media, follow US on social media and don't forget to le…
 
Join Jewish Comedians Rachel Creeger & Philip Simon for their comedy podcast, a chat show about all things Jewish, produced by Russell Balkind. This week’s guests are Canadian actor and podcaster Kerry Shale and performer, writer and pickle aficionado Rachel Mars. Follow them on social media, follow US on social media and don't forget to let us kno…
 
Join Jewish Comedians Rachel Creeger & Philip Simon for their comedy podcast, a chat show about all things Jewish, produced by Russell Balkind. This week’s guests are actor and comedian Gareth Berliner and CEO of Pink News Benjamin Cohen. Follow them on social media, follow US on social media and don't forget to let us know what you think about the…
 
Nashville musician Charlie McCoy’s Dylan-related achievements include those distinctive guitar licks on Desolation Row, that blues harmonica on Obviously Five Believers (a rare example of another person playing harp on a Dylan session) and the inventive bass lines on John Wesley Harding, Nashville Skyline and Self Portrait. His motto: “Say yes - an…
 
Join Jewish Comedians Rachel Creeger and Philip Simon for the first episode of the third series of their comedy podcast, a chat show about all things Jewish, produced by Russell Balkind. This week’s guests are UK comedy writing royalty Marks & Gran. Follow them on social media, follow US on social media and don't forget to let us know what you thin…
 
Musician and writer Michael Simmons has written dozens of Dylan cover pieces for MOJO magazine, as well as incisive liner notes for Another Self Portrait and Bob Dylan 1970. “I remember where I was when Kennedy was assassinated and I remember the exact moment I heard Like A Rolling Stone. It sounded like freedom.” He praises Bob as both “a revoluti…
 
It's been a tough year so we wanted to make Purim as joyous as possible. We asked our guests to share their favourite Jewish jokes, here are a selection of them - if laughter is the best medicine, why do we need chicken soup? With jokes from: Ivor Baddiel Debbie Chazen Boyd Hilton Jess Robinson Gary Sinyor Estee Stimler Matt Kirshen Joe Bor Comedy …
 
To mark our 50th episode, writer and podcaster Tom Jackson gives us his clear-eyed take on Dylan’s “Born Again” albums: Slow Train Coming, Saved, Shot Of Love and Trouble No More. “Slow Train Coming is not a smooth record, not a pleasant record, but I enjoy the tension.” And the accompanying live performances? “They were church services, really. Bu…
 
Novelist, former A & R man and screenwriter John Niven begins by summing up Bob’s generally unloved Neighbourhood Bully: “I have a soft spot for Heritage Rock acts trying to do Punk in the late 70’s and early 80’s” before summing up the Dont Look Back days: “When you’re in your 20’s, you’re all about the cruelty”. His response to attending a New Yo…
 
Join Jewish Comedians Rachel Creeger and Philip Simon for this bonus episode of their comedy podcast, a chat show about all things Jewish, produced by Russell Balkind. Recorded live (via Zoom) at Limmud 2020 the guests are UK Human Rights barrister and legal commentator Adam Wagner, and rabbi, author and activist Abby Stein. Follow them on social m…
 
Edward Docx (novelist/screenwriter/journalist) is a hyper-articulate defence witness for some of Bob’s least understood albums: Street-Legal, Infidels, Empire Burlesque and Together Through Life. “There is no uninteresting Dylan album. He opens his veins and says "This is what it’s like for me now."” How passionate is Ed Docx about Bob Dylan? After…
 
Join Jewish Comedians Rachel Creeger and Philip Simon for Episode 20 of their comedy podcast, a chat show about all things Jewish, produced by Russell Balkind. This week’s guests are film critic and broadcaster Jason Solomons, and New York Times bestselling author Jane Green. Follow them on social media, follow US on social media and don't forget t…
 
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