The Promised Podcast
About This Show
A view from the inside about how Israel can warm your heart and make your blood boil. It’s a weekly show by a journalist, a professor and an NGO guy who live in and love Israel even though it drives them crazy, and who each week discuss the latest in the country’s politics, culture and society.
Most Recent Episode
The “Who Surveils the Surveillors?” Edition
3 days ago
Noah Efron, Allison Kaplan Sommer, and Don Futterman discuss three topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week. Looking for this week's extra segment? It's available on www.patreon.com/promisedpodcast Surveilling Belligerents Israel’s got a machine-learning AI system for identifying lone terrorists before they act. Should this bit of real-scifi-Minority Report-ism make it easier for us to sleep at night, or cause us to toss-and-turn in Orwellian angst? Surveilling Rabbis An activist spends long hours going over videos of rabbinic lectures, getting the sexist and homophobic bits on the nightly news. Is this smart progressive politics, or kind of creepy stalking? Surveilling Prices Israel’s Chamber of Commerce says the time has come to repeal a law mandating little sticky price-tags on every item in the supermarket, in favor of smart screens, q-codes and surge pricing in the freezer aisle. Is this the voice of progress, or of rapacious capitalists who want to squeeze a little more cash from consumers? Music: The Amazing Persian-Georgian Groove of Hadar Maoz! Lali Lavat Azizam Hadar Maoz Esh Avotay Labhoi Turo Blues