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The world's only Jewish sports podcast
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This year marks the first time since 1988 that Canada has fielded a full roster of men's and women's Olympic fencers. Eli Schenkel, a young Vancouver-based fencer, is taking a stab at putting the cerebral sport back on Canadians' radars. In today's episode, Eli joins the Menschwarmers to explain how he got into the game, why Jews have excelled with the epee, and how excited he is to go to the fences to represent our country in next month's Tokyo Olympics. Will Eli and his team medal—or will their plans be foiled? Related links Learn more about Eli's fencing club, S-Class Fencing, at sclass.ca Follow Eli on Instagram (@one.seven.three) Menschwarmers is hosted by James Hirsh and Gabe Pulver, and produced and edited by Michael Fraiman. Our intro music is by Coby Lipovitch, and our outro music is "Organ Grinder Swing" by chēēZ π. This show is a member of The CJN Podcast Network. Follow the Menschwarmers on Twitter and The CJN Podcast Network on Twitter and Facebook, or find more great Jewish podcasts at thecjn.ca.
There are many Jewish musicians. There are many songs about sports. But how many songs about sports (or even songs that just mention sports) were written (or even just once recorded) by Jewish musicians? In this episode, Gabe and Jamie cast an admittedly very wide net into the broadly defined world of Jewish sports music. Listen to find out what made the cut—and then add your own picks to our open playlist on Spotify. Plus: the boys play a good old round of "Jew or Not a Jew" with owners of the remaining NBA and NHL playoff teams. Tony Ressler? Mike Chipman? Ann Walton Kroenke? Place your bets and play along! Menschwarmers is hosted by James Hirsh and Gabe Pulver, and produced and edited by Michael Fraiman. Our intro music is by Coby Lipovitch, and our outro music is "Organ Grinder Swing" by chēēZ π. This show is a member of The CJN Podcast Network. Follow the Menschwarmers on Twitter and The CJN Podcast Network on Twitter and Facebook.
We've got a special treat for you, Jewish sports fans! Our most-requested guest, Cody Decker, is here with a generous interview about his career and Jewish identity. Cody may have retired from pro baseball, but he's still very active in the sports world. He's working with charities and hosts his own podcast, but more importantly, he's been involved with training Israel's Olympic baseball team this year in Scottsdale, Arizona. On today's episode, Cody talks about all this and more—including his part in Team Israel's legendary run in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Related links: Read James's piece, "The anti-Semitic double standard faced by every Jewish athlete", at thecjn.ca Follow Cody Decker on Twitter (@Decker6) and Instagram (@antiherobaseball) Listen to Cody's podcast, Big Time Baseball, at Audacy Menschwarmers is hosted by James Hirsh and Gabe Pulver, and produced and edited by Michael Fraiman. Our intro music is by Coby Lipovitch, and our outro music is "Organ Grinder Swing" by chēēZ π. This show is a member of The CJN Podcast Network. Follow the Menschwarmers on Twitter and The CJN Podcast Network on Twitter and Facebook.
Nate Fish, the self-proclaimed "King of Jewish Baseball", has been a coach and player with Team USA at the Maccabiah Games, the Tel Aviv Lightning, the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox and the Savannah Bananas, a "baseball circus" team that focuses on entertainment, costumes and dancing. This spring, he's heading to Arizona with Team Israel to prepare for their historic appearance at the Tokyo Olympics. Menschwarmers is hosted by James Hirsh and Gabe Pulver, and produced and edited by Michael Fraiman. Our intro music is by Coby Lipovitch, and our outro music is "Organ Grinder Swing" by chēēZ π. This show is a member of The CJN Podcast Network. Follow the Menschwarmers on Twitter and The CJN Podcast Network on Twitter and Facebook.
It's hard to get kids to care about culture and religion. It's much easier, on the other hand, to get them to play video games. Bridging that gap is Lost Tribe Esports, a non-profit organization that organizes video game events, competitions and communities for young Jewish gamers. (And if you don't think gaming is a sport, you've clearly never watched competitive Super Smash Bros.) Andrew Exler, director of content and strategy for the company, joins to talk about their project. Menschwarmers is hosted by James Hirsh and Gabe Pulver, and produced and edited by Michael Fraiman. Our intro music is by Coby Lipovitch, and our outro music is "Organ Grinder Swing" by chēēZ π. This show is a member of The CJN Podcast Network. Follow the Menschwarmers on Twitter and The CJN Podcast Network on Twitter and Facebook.
Star NFL wide receiver and Superbowl MVP Julian Edelman has arguably been the most popular Jewish athlete of our time. This week, he announced that time has come to a close, as he retired from pro football after 12 seasons with the New England Patriots. James brings on guest host Alex Rose to talk about his legacy and Jewish identity. Menschwarmers is hosted by James Hirsh and Gabe Pulver, and produced and edited by Michael Fraiman. Our intro music is by Coby Lipovitch, and our outro music is "Organ Grinder Swing" by chēēZ π. This show is a member of The CJN Podcast Network. Follow the Menschwarmers on Twitter and The CJN Podcast Network on Twitter and Facebook.
We're still digesting matzah brei and baseball season is right around the corner. What better way to celebrate both than by smushing them together into one giant celebration of Jewish baseball—in seder form? James leads the first-ever "Jewish baseball"–themed Passover seder, from the Ten Players to the Four Questions (About Jewish Baseball Athletes). Menschwarmers is hosted by James Hirsh and Gabe Pulver, and produced and edited by Michael Fraiman. Our intro music is by Coby Lipovitch, and our outro music is "Organ Grinder Swing" by chēēZ π. This show is a member of The CJN Podcast Network. Follow the Menschwarmers on Twitter and The CJN Podcast Network on Twitter and Facebook.
Episode Notes Outrage ensued after Miami Heat player Meyers Leonard used the K-word on a public broadcast. How did the league respond? Plus: Author Andrew Maraniss joins to chat about "Games of Deception", his book about the 1936 Berlin Olympics, as well as his new title, "Singled Out". Menschwarmers is hosted by James Hirsh and Gabe Pulver, and produced and edited by Michael Fraiman. Our intro music is by Coby Lipovitch, and our outro music is "Organ Grinder Swing" by chēēZ π. This show is a member of The CJN Podcast Network. Follow the Menschwarmers on Twitter and The CJN Podcast Network on Twitter and Facebook. Follow Andrew on Twitter and check out his books on his website.
Episode Notes When Dodgers Stadium was built, it displaced an entire community of Latinos in Los Angeles. It's a story told by sports journalist Eric Nusbaum in his new book, Stealing Home: Los Angeles, the Dodgers, and the Lives Caught in Between. Eric joins the Menschwarmers to chat about this and more. Menschwarmers is hosted by James Hirsh and Gabe Pulver, and produced and edited by Michael Fraiman. The theme music is "4bstr4ck3r" By Brass (feat. Daman). It's distributed by The CJN Podcast Network. Follow the Menschwarmers on Twitter and The CJN Podcast Network on Twitter and Facebook. Find Stealing Home on Amazon (or at a more ethical bookseller, if you can), and follow Eric on Twitter.
Episode Notes When 19-year-old Israeli basketball player Deni Avdija was drafted to the Washington Wizards, Jewish NBA fans went nuts. The Wizards have since created websites and social media accounts in Hebrew to cater to their newfound fans. To chat about the effect Deni's had on the team and the city, the Menschwarmers are joined by Fred Katz of The Athletic. Menschwarmers is hosted by James Hirsh and Gabe Pulver, and produced and edited by Michael Fraiman. The theme music is "4bstr4ck3r" By Brass (feat. Daman). It's distributed by The CJN Podcast Network. Follow the Menschwarmers on Twitter and The CJN Podcast Network on Twitter and Facebook. You can find Fred Katz on Twitter and at _The Athletic_.
Episode Notes Did we miss anything? The Menschwarmers are back in full swing, after a 10-month hiatus (and the closure, then revival, of The CJN). Jody Avirgan, the former host of ESPN's 30 for 30 podcast and a current host of This Day In Esoteric Political History—as well as an avid ultimate disc tosser—joins Jamie and Gabe in the first show of, uh, we'll call this Season 2. Sure. Why not. Menschwarmers is hosted by Gabe Pulver and Jamie Hirsh, and produced and edited by Michael Fraiman. Our music is “Brass” by 4bstr4ck3r feat. Daman. You can follow the Menschwarmers on Twitter and follow The CJN Podcast Network on Facebook, or follow Jody on Twitter.
Former NFL and Iowa State quarterback Sage Rosenfels joins the show to talk about the differences between being a Jewish athlete in rural Iowa compared to Miami, and more. Menschwarmers is hosted by Gabe Pulver and Jamie Hirsh, and produced and edited by Alex Rose. Michael Fraiman is the supervising producer. Our music is “Brass” by 4bstr4ck3r feat. Daman. You can follow the Menschwarmers on Twitter and check out more podcasts by The CJN Podcast Network here.
Ethan Zohn, winner of the third season of Survivor and contestant on this season's Winners at War, joins the show to talk about that log challenge on the Edge of Extinction, his soccer career and charity in Africa, his audion for Curb Your Enthusiasm with Larry David, and more. Menschwarmers is hosted by Gabe Pulver and Jamie Hirsh, and produced and edited by Alex Rose. Michael Fraiman is the supervising producer. Our music is “Brass” by 4bstr4ck3r feat. Daman. You can follow the Menschwarmers on Twitter and check out more podcasts by The CJN Podcast Network here.
Eric Koreen, who covers the Raptors for The Athletic, joins menches Jamie and Gabe to talk about David Stern and Adam Silver, the future of basketball in Israel, and how he uses his doubt for the greater good. Menschwarmers is hosted by Gabe Pulver and Jamie Hirsh, and produced and edited by Alex Rose. Michael Fraiman is the supervising producer. Our music is “Brass” by 4bstr4ck3r feat. Daman. You can follow the Menschwarmers on Twitter and check out more podcasts by The CJN Podcast Network here. Read Eric's work at The Athletic, or follow him on Twitter . Use this link for a 40% discount to The Athletic.
Tim Hortons teamed up with Wayne Gretzky to make a commercial—but something's not right about it. Also on the episode, Jamie chats with Nathan Abrams, a Jewish professor and cricket aficionado, about the "gentilization" of Jewish sporting life. Menschwarmers is hosted by Gabe Pulver and Jamie Hirsh, and produced and edited by Alex Rose. Michael Fraiman is the supervising producer. Our music is “Brass” by 4bstr4ck3r feat. Daman. You can follow the Menschwarmers on Twitter and check out more podcasts by The CJN Podcast Network here. Read Nathan's work at The Forward, or follow him on Twitter.
From Chariots of Fire to School Ties and the debatably Jewish Happy Gilmore (does the Sandman ever not play a default Jew?), Gabe and Jamie curate a list of the best Jewish sports movies to keep you warm over the holidays. Menschwarmers is hosted by Gabe Pulver and Jamie Hirsh, and produced and edited by Alex Rose. Michael Fraiman is the supervising producer. Our music is “Brass” by 4bstr4ck3r feat. Daman. You can follow the Menschwarmers on Twitter and check out more podcasts by The CJN Podcast Network here.
As Hanukkah approaches, gather 'round the stereo system as Gabe tells the story of the great miracle that was the birth of the Maccabiah Games. Plus: one ice skater's head-slapping Holocaust costume, and the mixed blessing that is a stereotypically Jewish wrestler. Menschwarmers is hosted by Gabe Pulver and Jamie Hirsh, and produced and edited by Alex Rose. Michael Fraiman is the supervising producer. Our music is “Brass” by 4bstr4ck3r feat. Daman. You can follow the Menschwarmers on Twitter and check out more podcasts by The CJN Podcast Network here.
With the NHL in full swing, the Maple Leafs' Jewish player Zach Hyman returns on the heels of coach Mike Babcock's departure. But the real story deserving Jews' attention is ousted octogenarian Don Cherry, whose racist comments about immigrants should anger Jews across Canada. Menschwarmers is hosted by Gabe Pulver and Jamie Hirsh, and produced and edited by Alex Rose. Michael Fraiman is the supervising producer. Our music is “Brass” by 4bstr4ck3r feat. Daman. You can follow the Menschwarmers on Twitter and check out more podcasts by The CJN Podcast Network here.
When the entire editorial board of Deadspin walked out in resignation last week, one unsuspecting freelance writer walked in. That writer, Alan Goldsher, joins us over the phone from his home in Chicago to explain what happened. Menschwarmers is hosted by Gabe Pulver and Jamie Hirsh, and produced and edited by Alex Rose. Michael Fraiman is the supervising producer. Our music is “Brass” by 4bstr4ck3r feat. Daman. You can follow the Menschwarmers on Twitter and check out more podcasts by The CJN Podcast Network here. Follow Alan Goldsher on Twitter here.
When Gabe and Jamie realized their regular schedule coincided with the Toronto Raptors' ring ceremony, they figured: why not record it? This week, the boys recap the Raps' Jewish connections, spitball the talmudic metaphors behind the NBA and fact-check a recent Tablet article claiming Jews play poorly on Yom Kippur. Menschwarmers is hosted by Gabe Pulver and Jamie Hirsh, and produced and edited by Alex Rose. Michael Fraiman is the supervising producer. Our music is “Brass” by 4bstr4ck3r feat. Daman. You can follow the Menschwarmers on Twitter and check out more podcasts by The CJN Podcast Network here.
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