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  • Van Dyke, Jonathan (UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, 2018-01-19)
    Norman Lear is best known for creating and producing the landmark television shows, "All in the Family," "Maude," "Good Times" and "The Jeffersons." These shows treated controversial topics such as race relations, politics ...
  • Machover, Robert (YouTube, 2011-06-07)
    "Shaping Things - A Choreographic Journal with Frances Alenikoff" is a documentary about the process behind the work of Frances Alenikoff. See the trailer on YouTube by clicking on the link.
  • Fox, Margalit (The New York Times, 2012-07-08)
    A New York Times obituary about Frances Alenikoff, a dancer, choreographer and artist. Alenilkoff became known for her multimedia performances, incorporating slides and chanting.During the course of her career, she founded ...
  • Eisentraut, Jochen (YouTube, 2020-07-18)
    In this YouTube video, Jochen Eisentraut interviews Nathan Abrams about his 2018 book, entitled "Stanley Kubrick: New York Jewish Intellectual." Abrams notes in the interview that, although Kubrick was not an explicitly ...
  • Solomon, Alisa (Jewish Currents, 2020-07-01)
    A discussion of the significant differences between Philip Roth's novel, The Plot Against America, and its adaptation by David Simon and Ed Burns as an HBO miniseries. The writer contends that the differences are both ...
  • Barson, Michael; Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica (Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1998)
    A biography of the famous Jewish American "motion-picture director and producer whose diverse films—which ranged from science-fiction fare, including such classics as Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) and E.T.: The ...
  • Spielberg, Steven Allan (Entrepreneur, 2016-05-26)
    Steven Spielberg's Harvard University 2016 Commencement address. Included is both a video recording of the speech and a transcript. It provides some sense of this famous Jewish director's values and social perspective: ...
  • Mamet, David (Village Voice, 2008-03-11)
    In this column in the Village Voice, David Mamet takes his play, "November," as a point of departure to discuss the major changes in his political outlook. Asserting that this play is indeed about politics, Mamet discusses ...
  • Mamet, David (YouTube, 2016-11-20)
    A live production of Glengarry Glen Ross, the play for which David Mamet won the Pulitzer Prize in 1984. This play was produced by Shelton Theater, filmed and edited by Last Wave Film. Click on the link to watch.
  • The Editors of the Encyclopedia Britannica (Encylopedia Britannica, 2020-03-29)
    This article from the Encyclopedia Britannica discusses David Mamet and his wide-ranging career. Although he is best known as a prolific American playwright. Mamet is also a successful film screenwriter and director. He ...
  • Bergan, Ronals (The Guardian, 2020-06-30)
    An obituary of Carl Reiner, who died at the age of 98. The article discusses Reiner's long career, beginning with his role as a writer and performer on the popular comedy series, "Your Show of Shows," starring Sid Ceasar ...
  • David, Larry; Seinfeld, Jerry (YouTube, 2020-05-11)
    A scene from "Seinfeld," Jerry Seinfeld's television comedy series. This scene features Jason Alexander as George Costanza, Estelle Harris as his mother and Jerry Stiller as his father. It is representative of the comedic ...
  • Keepnews, Peter (The New York Times, 2020-05-11)
    The New York Times' obituary for comedian and actor Jerry Stiller. Stiller's career career included stand-up comedy with his wife, Anne Meara, roles in both Broadway and off-Broadway and on television, most notably in the ...
  • Odets, Clfford (YouTube, 2011-02-22)
    Lincoln Center Theater's revival of Clifford Odets' of "Awake and Sing!" starring Lauren Ambrose and Mark Ruffalo. Written in 1935, "Awake and Sing!" was Odets' first full length play and the one that propelled him to ...
  • Dessem, Matthew (Slate, 2020-04-20)
    An interview with "David Simon and Ed Burns on reimagining Philip Roth’s novel for the Trump era and its lessons for Americans in 2020." Click on the link above to access it.
  • Siegel, Ed (The ARTery - WBUR Radio, 2020-01-02)
    The author discusses a shift in the way earlier Jewish playwrights treated their Judaism with the way contemporary Jewish playwrights do. He claims that the earlier playwrights were "more interested in joining the American ...
  • Lahr, John (The New Yorker, 2006-04-17)
    This article, written 100 years after Odets' birth, discusses the life and works of the politically engaged playwright, Clifford Odets.The article considers the paradox in Odets' career of great success and frustrating ...
  • Yiddish Book Center; Mandelbaum, David (Yiddish Book Center, 2017-12-15)
    In this podcast, the Yiddish Book Center interviews David Mandelbaum, the director of the New Yiddish Rep (see also the entry on the New Yiddish Rep in NAJC: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11976/568). Mandelbaum discusses ...
  • New Yiddish Rep (2019)
    The mission of the New Yiddish Theater Rep is both to adapt classical Yiddish theater for modern audiences and to "develop new Yiddish inspired works and investigate modern approaches to the vast Yiddish theater..." Also ...
  • Murray, Noel (AV Club, 2020)
    A biographical essay on David Simon's substantial contributions to quality television during the the 2000s. Click on the link above to read the article.

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