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Adventures with Dead Jews

Adventures with Dead Jews

This companion podcast to Dara Horn’s new book People Love Dead Jews takes listeners beyond the book to some of the strangest corners of Jewish history, exploring how the popular mania for dead Jews warps our understanding of both past and present.
In this series, you’ll meet flamboyantly gay Civil War Jewish spies, Japanese “Jewish specialists” trying to build their own Jewish state, genius Victorian identical twins and genius Lubavitcher identical twins, American and Soviet Jewish moviemakers hoping to become Hebrew prophets, adorable imaginary Jewish children, and a very righteous Tyrannosaurus Rex.
With these strange, dark, hilarious, and fascinating stories, Dara Horn guides listeners through the outsized role that dead Jews play in other people’s imaginations— and sometimes still play in ours. Join us on our Adventures with Dead Jews!

Recent Episodes

September 19, 2022

Introducing: Gatecrashers

Introducing a podcast about the hidden history of Jews and the Ivy League, from ‘Unorthodox’ co-host Mark Oppenheimer

October 22, 2021

Bonus Jews

A ghost story from Yiddish writer I.L. Peretz

October 15, 2021

Agreeable Jews: Ep. 7

Amid rising antisemitism, we look back at a 1947 blockbuster that schooled a generation of Americans in how not to be antisemites—and discover a fatal flaw in anti-bias education that dates back to Napoleon. Can we do better?

October 08, 2021

Unsinkable Jews: Ep. 6

Confederate Jews aren’t a good look these days, if they ever were. But they’re harder to get rid of than you might expect-- whether in the 19th century or the 21st.

October 01, 2021

Time-Traveling Jews: Ep. 5

The bizarre story of how multiple genius identical twins discovered a massive 900-year-old document dump in a closet in a Cairo synagogue… and what that time capsule reveals about how we remember the past.

September 23, 2021

Disposable Jews: Ep. 4

A Soviet Yiddish actor gets a boost from Stalin to travel the world and save the Jews— but a career in show business in the Soviet Union doesn’t end in a house in Malibu.

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