2 Jews Talking

with Josh Heller and Erika Brooks Adickman

When you're Jewish, everything you do and experience comes out Jew-ish. Each week, Josh Heller & Erika Brooks Adickman compare notes on pop culture, gender, politics & life.

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    The Best Food in the San Fernando Valley, as chosen by The Raffs

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    Josh & Erika wish you a happy new year, and have a few tips for coming up with resolutions that can keep you moving forward to wherever it is your heading, even if you don't know.

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    Josh and Erika attempt to make sense of what has occurred in Pittsburgh.

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    Rami Raff is back and this time he's brought his wife Jordan Silverman-Raff. (FINALLY) They join Josh and Erika to talk about their own love story, marriage, and their brand new adooooooorable baby Porg. ALSO we talk about Josh's upcoming marriage to his Sweetie Maureen, which Rami will be officiating, Hope you enjoy! Recorded live from Podcast At The Pico at the Pico Playhouse in West LA.

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    Our first live episode from our monthly residency at The Pico, with the World Famous People Walker, Chuck McCarthy. We talk about what it is the People Walker does, his road to virality, and how you can take a walk with one of the many people walkers in your neighborhood. Our next live show at The Pico is July 10th! https://www.thepeoplewalker.com/ Recorded by Rian Kountzhouse Mixed and Mastered by Adam Yukon Harr

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    This week we sat down with filmmaker Steve Gossett the co-creator of Princess Rap Battles which have garnered nearly 450 million views. He talks about the ups-and-downs on his way to finding his success. He stopped trying to make stuff that was "good... for the internet" and started making stuff that was "just good." Around that time his videos took off.

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    This week we sit down with Matt Ritter of the Safe For Work podcast. He talks about his career led him from being a lawyer at prestigious yet stressful law firms in New York City to comedy and corporate recruitment. He gives Josh & Erika a few tips on how to navigate workplace drama, and a few tips on how to get ahead in one's career while staying sane.

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    A few weeks ago Josh was out in the Far West Texas town of Marfa. It's known as an international arts destination because of Donald Judd's Chinati Foundation, but it's still a ranching community in a remote and beautiful country. Josh had the pleasure of sitting down with Robert Halpern, the publisher of the local paper: The Big Bend Sentinel. He talks about growing up in a family of Jewish merchant pioneers, life in the borderlands, how Marfa's has changed, and the importance of the fourth estate in this era. Josh and Robert discover a shared surname, so they might be distant cousins, or as they say on the frontera... primos. Check out The Big Bend Sentinel at: http://bigbendnow.com/

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    This week we sat down with Reuben Posner & Julianne Schwartz the director and assistant director of Havaya Arts camp. We had a blast talking about summer camp! This is their inaugural year, and it looks like it'll be a lot of fun. Havaya Arts is a brand new overnight Jewish arts summer camp in Southern California. Camp is open to current 2nd-9th graders with any level of arts experience. Click HERE to learn more! They are generously funded by the Jim Joseph Foundation and AVI CHAI Foundation, in partnership with the Foundation for Jewish Camp. https://havayaarts.org/

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    Josh went on a roadtrip to Texas with friend-of-the-show Ben Stein. On a tip from a Facebook inquiry about "interesting Jews in El Paso" they stopped in town on a Tuesday night. Within 10 minutes of arrival they were immediately brought to a victory party for congressional candidate Veronica Escobar (D). They got to meet artist and City Representative Peter Svarzbein and his buddy Sammy Holaschutz, a non-ferrous metal trader. After the party they stopped for a few Whataburgers and then sat down to learn about The World Famous Jews of El Paso. The conversation felt like hanging out with old friends-- fellow loud, opinionated, Jews. This episode was a lot of fun, you'll learn a lot, and will make you want to visit El Paso.

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    Josh is in Austin for SXSW to sell merch for Headgum and get some great interviews. He sat down with Gabriel Barretto the filmmaker behind My Cricket and Me. It's a comedy loosely based on Gabriel's experience as a roadie with Willie Nelson the summer before going off to Sarah Lawrence. Gabriel grew up in an entertainment family, his mom is actress Amy Irving from Yentl & Carrie, and his dad is Bruno Barreto the acclaimed Brazilian filmmaker. He has an interesting perspective as a showbiz kid, like how weird it is to see your mom die on film and how he taught Stephen Spielberg (his mom's first husband) to beat a level on Angry Birds. Find Gabriel on Twitter: https://twitter.com/cricketramsey Find Gabriel on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bigfootbjornsen/ Find out more about My Cricket and Me: http://www.mycricketandme.com/

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    Josh visits his grandma. Erika got a new car. They talk about the importance of seizing the day, and doing what you need to do, because if not now then when?

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    This week is an extremely informative episode with Dr. David Levitus of LA Forward. He talks about what progressivism means, how his organization is working locally, and how this is the perfect moment to change our country. "Getting involved in the face to face stuff---the organizing can be this great source of meaning and belonging in the world---and we need to create more opportunities for that." ALSO HE IS THE NINTH PhD TO APPEAR ON 2JT! ISN'T THAT IMPRESSIVE MOM??? Find David at Listen to his podcast: LA Forwards & Backwards https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/la-forwards-backwards/id1281847259?mt=2 Find LA Forward online at: https://www.losangelesforward.org/ Find David on Twitter as @Levitusing: https://twitter.com/levitusing