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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    Summer's almost over and the original 2 Jew duo have reunited to kickoff a new season. Josh is back from Europe, and talks about eating well, the Jewish things he saw abroad, and has special news about his sweetie. Erika talks about her summer, how to deal with all the stressful news, and on detoxing from social media. This season we delve deeper into issues of antisemitism, tikkun olam, food, detoxing from social media, and being Jewish in Trump's Amerika. Special thanks to Mr. Rami Raff, who was such a great summer co-host!

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    Erika and summertime guest host Rami Raff discuss some exciting trends emerging in the world of pop culture. We cover: GLOW, WWF, RuPaul's Drag Race, Wonder Woman, Doctor Who — and manage to cram a ton of other pop culture references into this episode as well. Don't forget to STAY TUNED for a very, very special dispatch from Joshua Heller at the end of this episode.

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    The world is experiencing a refugee crisis at a level never before seen in recorded history. Yet many of us don't even have a clear definition of the word "refugee". In this week's episode, we chat with Rabbi Rachel Grant Meyer about her work with HIAS, what inspired her to become a Rabbi, and what gives her hope for the over 65 million refugees worldwide. For more on how you can get involved: https://www.hias.org/resources

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    Rami and Erika chat with David Wolkin ("Professional Jew" and Most Handsome Person on Comics Twitter) about OneTable, an organization that helps Millennials host and attend unique Shabbat dinners. In this episode you'll learn how you can personalize and customize your own Shabbat dinner and rituals and about the workings of a Twitter community you may have never even heard of. Also, shout out to Waffles the dog. For more info on OneTable: https://onetable.org/

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    With Josh away on his Summer World Tour, summer guest host Rami Raff and Erika play a version of "friend speed dating" to get better aquatinted. Pop culture references covered in this episode include (but are not limited to): Fraggle Rock Welcome Freshmen The Simpsons The Nanny The Killers Golden Girls Seinfeld

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    In this week's episode Josh hands over the proverbial torch to Summer Host and Orignal Friend Of The Show, Mr. Raaaaami Rafffffff. They talk about what Jewish scholars think about the summer. Rami asks Josh about his EUROTrip. Then Rami explains what it takes to be a Summer Movie. Josh is saying Au Revoir for The Summer, while Rami & Erika dive deep into a Summer season of 2 Jews Talking!

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    Join us as we turn the clock back 20 years and relive a monumental year in both of our lives (for different and similar reasons). Plus Josh tells us all about his 1997 party and his 1997 Zine and Erika shares from her recently unearthed 1997 diary. We'll also talk about fashion, music and pop culture of the year that gave Smash Mouth its first single. (For a copy of Josh's Zine Venmo $8 to @ Heller)

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    Josh heads to Salt Lake City, Utah to kibbitz with Justin Field about what it's like to be a Jew in the only place where Jews are considered gentiles. We talk hosting a seder in the Mormon capital, the city's craft beer scene, all that sweet nearby nature, and Justin's podcast Thunderdice Empire. https://thunderdiceempire.com/

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    On our 53rd episode, we look back at the year that saw so much unexpected turmoil in a general sense but also the personal growth that Josh and Erika found in their own lives and how this very podcast and our listeners made it all possible. (It's our Paper Anniversary, y'all!)

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    Why do Jews like keeping track of which celebrities are Jewish? Who makes for a good Jewish Spirit Animal? And which movie won Best Picture at the 1987 Academy Awards? We answer these questions and more in our 52nd episode with hilarious TV writer Jeanne Leitenberg (https://twitter.com/jleitenberg).

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    In our first international interview, we talk with Aviva Zimmerman in Tel Aviv about her controversial web series 'Avi Does The Holyland, the occupation, and Jewish comedy as a pathway to "tikkun olam".

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    Ok so we are on Passover break this week, and Erika told me it'd be cool if I played some of my signature BEATS by HELLER for our episode. This is kind of a techno mix but it goes a little experimental. Totally cool if it's not your thing, but if it is holler at me! So this is a jam that I did with Lumpee Le AKA Freddy Ruxpin a few weeks back. His brother let him use the notorious SH-101, which he found in a dumpster in Nagoya, Japan. I was getting those synth bass grooves from the Korg Volca Bass, those EPIC 808 kicks from the TR-8, and the synth lines from my dad's old CZ-101, which I hooked up to an SQ-1 sequencer. Also used my SP-404 sampler. I remixed it all in Ableton, so added a couple of new grooves, but all those textures are from the gear. Hope you enjoy! Chag Sameach! Find FreddyRuxpin here... https://soundcloud.com/freddyruxpin

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    Jenna Reback, host of the podcast Bad Jew Weekly joins us this week to discuss the spiritual side of being Jewish. This episode gets pretty deep — but we still manage to talk about Flava Flav and cat tropes. instagram.com/badjewweekly

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    We explore the Jewish and Chicano legacy of LA's Boyle Heights neighborhood with Shmuel Gonzales, the "Barrio Boychik".

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    This week we sit down with Josh's parents, Babette & Kenn, to talk about how Josh became so...Josh. We also explore the trope of the "Jewish Pioneer", as Josh's parents share what it was like to move to California in the early 60s. (Do not adjust your earbuds, you are definitely hearing the sound of a dog snoring throughout this episode.)