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The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama


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10.2 The Beginning Noted historian, author and critic Simon Schama explores the Jewish experience from tribal beginnings to Romans’ destruction of the Jerusalem temple. He traces the story of the Jewish experience 3,000 years ago with the emergence of a tribal people in a contested land and their extraordinary book, the Hebrew Bible. (1 of 5) 101 SU 04/06/14 11:00am 00:56:46 - (CC) × ST
10.2 Among Believers Simon Schama reveals how medieval Jews preserved their identity under Christian and Islamic rule. Diaspora Jews built new lives and invented new ways of being Jewish in exile in the face of discrimination. Drawing on some of the extraordinary documents they left behind, this episode offers a vivid portrait of Jewish bankers, merchants, doctors, poets and artists flourishing in Lincoln, Cordoba, Venice and Cairo and tells the heart-rending story of their mass expulsion from Spain in 1492. (2 of 5) 102 SU 04/06/14 NOON 00:56:46 - (CC) × ST
10.2 A Leap of Faith Simon Schama explores the bright, hopeful moment when Enlightenment thinkers and revolutionary armies brought ghetto walls crashing down--allowing Jews to weave their wisdom, creativity and energies into the very fabric of modern life in Europe. The stellar careers of Giacomo Meyerbeer and Felix Mendelssohn established the enduring tradition for Jewish musical prodigies. However, the remarkably successful integration of Jewish talent into the mainstream of European culture and commerce stirred up the ghosts of ancient prejudice. The road to the hell of the Holocaust was paved by the diatribes of Richard Wagner, while the trial of Alfred Dreyfus led Theodor Herzl to conclude that without a homeland of their own, Jews would never be free of the millennia-old persecution. (3 of 5) 103 MO 04/07/14 06:00pm 00:56:46 - (CC) × ST
10.2 Over The Rainbow Simon Schama plunges into the lost world of the shtetl, the Jewish towns and villages sewn across the hinterlands of Eastern Europe, which became the seedbed of a uniquely Jewish culture. Shtetl culture would make its mark on the modern world, from the revolutionary politics of the Soviet Union to the mass culture of Tin Pan Alley and Hollywood. It was also the birthplaces of Hasidism, the most visible, iconic and, arguably, most misunderstood expression of Jewish faith and fervor. This episode travels from the forests of Lithuania, to the boulevards of Odessa, from the Ukrainian city of Uman, to the streets of Manhattan's lower east side, where the sons of shtetl immigrants wrote the American songbook. (4 of 5) 104 MO 04/07/14 07:00pm 00:56:46 - (CC) × ST
10.2 A Leap of Faith Simon Schama explores the bright, hopeful moment when Enlightenment thinkers and revolutionary armies brought ghetto walls crashing down--allowing Jews to weave their wisdom, creativity and energies into the very fabric of modern life in Europe. The stellar careers of Giacomo Meyerbeer and Felix Mendelssohn established the enduring tradition for Jewish musical prodigies. However, the remarkably successful integration of Jewish talent into the mainstream of European culture and commerce stirred up the ghosts of ancient prejudice. The road to the hell of the Holocaust was paved by the diatribes of Richard Wagner, while the trial of Alfred Dreyfus led Theodor Herzl to conclude that without a homeland of their own, Jews would never be free of the millennia-old persecution. (3 of 5) 103 MO 04/07/14 11:00pm 00:56:46 - (CC) × ST
10.2 Over The Rainbow Simon Schama plunges into the lost world of the shtetl, the Jewish towns and villages sewn across the hinterlands of Eastern Europe, which became the seedbed of a uniquely Jewish culture. Shtetl culture would make its mark on the modern world, from the revolutionary politics of the Soviet Union to the mass culture of Tin Pan Alley and Hollywood. It was also the birthplaces of Hasidism, the most visible, iconic and, arguably, most misunderstood expression of Jewish faith and fervor. This episode travels from the forests of Lithuania, to the boulevards of Odessa, from the Ukrainian city of Uman, to the streets of Manhattan's lower east side, where the sons of shtetl immigrants wrote the American songbook. (4 of 5) 104 TU 04/08/14 12:00am 00:56:46 - (CC) × ST
10.2 A Leap of Faith Simon Schama explores the bright, hopeful moment when Enlightenment thinkers and revolutionary armies brought ghetto walls crashing down--allowing Jews to weave their wisdom, creativity and energies into the very fabric of modern life in Europe. The stellar careers of Giacomo Meyerbeer and Felix Mendelssohn established the enduring tradition for Jewish musical prodigies. However, the remarkably successful integration of Jewish talent into the mainstream of European culture and commerce stirred up the ghosts of ancient prejudice. The road to the hell of the Holocaust was paved by the diatribes of Richard Wagner, while the trial of Alfred Dreyfus led Theodor Herzl to conclude that without a homeland of their own, Jews would never be free of the millennia-old persecution. (3 of 5) 103 TU 04/08/14 07:00am 00:56:46 - (CC) × ST
10.2 Over The Rainbow Simon Schama plunges into the lost world of the shtetl, the Jewish towns and villages sewn across the hinterlands of Eastern Europe, which became the seedbed of a uniquely Jewish culture. Shtetl culture would make its mark on the modern world, from the revolutionary politics of the Soviet Union to the mass culture of Tin Pan Alley and Hollywood. It was also the birthplaces of Hasidism, the most visible, iconic and, arguably, most misunderstood expression of Jewish faith and fervor. This episode travels from the forests of Lithuania, to the boulevards of Odessa, from the Ukrainian city of Uman, to the streets of Manhattan's lower east side, where the sons of shtetl immigrants wrote the American songbook. (4 of 5) 104 TU 04/08/14 08:00am 00:56:46 - (CC) × ST
10.2 A Leap of Faith Simon Schama explores the bright, hopeful moment when Enlightenment thinkers and revolutionary armies brought ghetto walls crashing down--allowing Jews to weave their wisdom, creativity and energies into the very fabric of modern life in Europe. The stellar careers of Giacomo Meyerbeer and Felix Mendelssohn established the enduring tradition for Jewish musical prodigies. However, the remarkably successful integration of Jewish talent into the mainstream of European culture and commerce stirred up the ghosts of ancient prejudice. The road to the hell of the Holocaust was paved by the diatribes of Richard Wagner, while the trial of Alfred Dreyfus led Theodor Herzl to conclude that without a homeland of their own, Jews would never be free of the millennia-old persecution. (3 of 5) 103 TU 04/08/14 01:00pm 00:56:46 - (CC) × ST
10.2 Over The Rainbow Simon Schama plunges into the lost world of the shtetl, the Jewish towns and villages sewn across the hinterlands of Eastern Europe, which became the seedbed of a uniquely Jewish culture. Shtetl culture would make its mark on the modern world, from the revolutionary politics of the Soviet Union to the mass culture of Tin Pan Alley and Hollywood. It was also the birthplaces of Hasidism, the most visible, iconic and, arguably, most misunderstood expression of Jewish faith and fervor. This episode travels from the forests of Lithuania, to the boulevards of Odessa, from the Ukrainian city of Uman, to the streets of Manhattan's lower east side, where the sons of shtetl immigrants wrote the American songbook. (4 of 5) 104 TU 04/08/14 02:00pm 00:56:46 - (CC) × ST
10.2 A Leap of Faith Simon Schama explores the bright, hopeful moment when Enlightenment thinkers and revolutionary armies brought ghetto walls crashing down--allowing Jews to weave their wisdom, creativity and energies into the very fabric of modern life in Europe. The stellar careers of Giacomo Meyerbeer and Felix Mendelssohn established the enduring tradition for Jewish musical prodigies. However, the remarkably successful integration of Jewish talent into the mainstream of European culture and commerce stirred up the ghosts of ancient prejudice. The road to the hell of the Holocaust was paved by the diatribes of Richard Wagner, while the trial of Alfred Dreyfus led Theodor Herzl to conclude that without a homeland of their own, Jews would never be free of the millennia-old persecution. (3 of 5) 103 SU 04/13/14 11:00am 00:56:46 - (CC) × ST
10.2 Over The Rainbow Simon Schama plunges into the lost world of the shtetl, the Jewish towns and villages sewn across the hinterlands of Eastern Europe, which became the seedbed of a uniquely Jewish culture. Shtetl culture would make its mark on the modern world, from the revolutionary politics of the Soviet Union to the mass culture of Tin Pan Alley and Hollywood. It was also the birthplaces of Hasidism, the most visible, iconic and, arguably, most misunderstood expression of Jewish faith and fervor. This episode travels from the forests of Lithuania, to the boulevards of Odessa, from the Ukrainian city of Uman, to the streets of Manhattan's lower east side, where the sons of shtetl immigrants wrote the American songbook. (4 of 5) 104 SU 04/13/14 NOON 00:56:46 - (CC) × ST
10.2 Return Simon Schama examines how the Holocaust and the creation of Israel have fundamentally changed what it means to be Jewish. Mixing personal recollection with epic history, Schama tells the story of the remarkable personalities and unprecedented events that turned the Zionist dream of creating a modern state of Israel into reality - and the consequences for the world. Schama explores the tension between the high ideals and dire necessities that led to the creation of a Jewish homeland and the realities of conflict, dispossession and occupation that have followed in its wake. (5 of 5) 105 MO 04/14/14 06:00pm 00:56:46 - (CC) × ST
10.2 Return Simon Schama examines how the Holocaust and the creation of Israel have fundamentally changed what it means to be Jewish. Mixing personal recollection with epic history, Schama tells the story of the remarkable personalities and unprecedented events that turned the Zionist dream of creating a modern state of Israel into reality - and the consequences for the world. Schama explores the tension between the high ideals and dire necessities that led to the creation of a Jewish homeland and the realities of conflict, dispossession and occupation that have followed in its wake. (5 of 5) 105 MO 04/14/14 11:00pm 00:56:46 - (CC) × ST
10.2 Return Simon Schama examines how the Holocaust and the creation of Israel have fundamentally changed what it means to be Jewish. Mixing personal recollection with epic history, Schama tells the story of the remarkable personalities and unprecedented events that turned the Zionist dream of creating a modern state of Israel into reality - and the consequences for the world. Schama explores the tension between the high ideals and dire necessities that led to the creation of a Jewish homeland and the realities of conflict, dispossession and occupation that have followed in its wake. (5 of 5) 105 TU 04/15/14 07:00am 00:56:46 - (CC) × ST
10.2 Return Simon Schama examines how the Holocaust and the creation of Israel have fundamentally changed what it means to be Jewish. Mixing personal recollection with epic history, Schama tells the story of the remarkable personalities and unprecedented events that turned the Zionist dream of creating a modern state of Israel into reality - and the consequences for the world. Schama explores the tension between the high ideals and dire necessities that led to the creation of a Jewish homeland and the realities of conflict, dispossession and occupation that have followed in its wake. (5 of 5) 105 TU 04/15/14 01:00pm 00:56:46 - (CC) × ST
10.2 Return Simon Schama examines how the Holocaust and the creation of Israel have fundamentally changed what it means to be Jewish. Mixing personal recollection with epic history, Schama tells the story of the remarkable personalities and unprecedented events that turned the Zionist dream of creating a modern state of Israel into reality - and the consequences for the world. Schama explores the tension between the high ideals and dire necessities that led to the creation of a Jewish homeland and the realities of conflict, dispossession and occupation that have followed in its wake. (5 of 5) 105 SU 04/20/14 11:00am 00:56:46 - (CC) × ST