COVID-19 with Berger, Schaechter; Plus: Author: Elissa Bemporad

Mar 19, 202061 minutes


We present discussions of two important and interesting topics, all in Yiddish:

(1) COVID-19: a live roundtable discussion of the novel coronavirus, aka "Covid-19", featuring special guests:

Dr. Zackary (Sholem) Berger, who teaches at Johns Hopkins medical school, is an active primary care doctor in the Baltimore area, and is the author of Talking to Your Doctor: A Patient's Guide to Communication in the Exam Room and Beyond; and

Rukhl Schaechter, editor of the Forverts (Yiddish Forward) newspaper, which is providing extensive coverage of the coronavirus, especially in the Jewish community, on a daily basis.

Joining in the discussion is regular co-host Sholem Beinfeld, Professor of History, Emeritus, at Washington University, and Mark (Meyer) David, host and producer of the program.

(2) LEGACY OF BLOOD: Elissa Bemporad, author of the new book Legacy of Blood: Jews, Pogroms, and Ritual Murder in the Lands of the Soviets (Oxford University Press, 2019), is interviewed by Sholem Beinfeld. This is the first half of a 2-part interview, and begins at approximately the midpoint of the show. Elissa Bemporad is the Jerry and William Ungar Chair in East European Jewish History and the Holocaust and an associate professor of history at Queens College and The Graduate Center - CUNY. Her previous book, Becoming Soviet Jews: The Bolshevik Experiment in Minsk (Indiana University Press, 2013), was the winner of the National Jewish Book Award and the Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History.

  • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz
  • Outro instrumental music: Itzhak Perlman, Dov Seltzer, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra: Afn Veg Shteyt A Boym

Air Date: March 18, 2020



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