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Next show: December 3, 2020 at 3:00pm ET (GMT-5).
November 12, 2020, Ep. 35: “The Death of Journalism As We Knew It.” In 2020, American Journalism—as we know it—finally died. It openly committed mediacide. The networks and newspapers pushed specific candidates, ignored and self-censored important news while magnifying small details and fake accusations, consciously pandered in bogus polls, and hyped divisive politics. It was the Pravdaization of the media. Tens of millions Americans, Democrats and Republicans, have just signed the death certificate, voting against big media and their pollsters. Democracy cannot exist without a free and vibrant press functioning as the permeable membrane between the governed and governance. What’s next? Seasoned media hands weigh in. JNS Jerusalem Bureau Chief Alex Traiman, political strategist Josh Block, and top crisis manager Juda Engelmayer joined Edwin.
November 5, 2020, Ep. 34: “Post-Election Chaos—Now What?” Election Night has come and gone—finally. But who will take the presidential oath of office next January 20th? Mail-in ballot controversies abound. In the critical swing state of Pennsylvania, several county boards have declared they will not begin processing mail ballots until the morning of November 4, even though state law holds that processing should begin at 7:00am on the 3rd. Both candidates have declared that they will only accept the results if the election “is not rigged.” Emails implicating Biden in a robust Chinese kick-back scheme—which he has not denied—have become a hot topic, as has censorship of the allegations by Twitter and major media. Variations in mail-in deadlines among the states—with SCOTUS issuing varying decisions on whether states may count ballots postmarked but not received “on time”—guarantee that we will not know the results on election night, and possibly not until the mid-December date by which time states must certify their counts. This uncertainty will almost certainly spill over onto congressional and downballot races as well. This is going to court. Civil rights litigator Nathan Lewin, top foreign policy expert Walid Phares, JNS Jerusalem Bureau Chief Alex Traiman, political strategist Josh Block, top crisis manager Juda Engelmayer, and threat analyst Ken Abramowitz joined Edwin to examine the current state of the electoral process.
October 29, 2020, Episode 33: “Election Jitters.” America’s upcoming presidential election is causing unprecedented jitters. Tens of thousands of mail ballots have been erroneously issued or gone astray. Both Trump and Biden say they will only accept the results if the election “is not rigged.” Revelations of undenied emails implicating Biden in a robust Chinese kick-back scheme—with Twitter and major media censoring the information—have thrown the campaigns into last-minute chaos. Political street violence has already broken out. Variations in mail-in deadlines among the states and ballot discrepancies guarantee that election night will become weeks of uncertainty, claims, and counterclaims. Seasoned political strategist Josh Block, top crisis manager Juda Engelmayer, and threat analyst Ken Abramowitz joined Edwin to examine the last-minute controversies and consequences.
October 22, 2020, Episode 32: “Electoral Chaos III.” America’s upcoming November 3 election has been thrown into even greater and more unprecedented chaos. Ballot fraud in various states, and massive errors in mail-in voting programs, as well as disparate counting and validating procedures guarantee election night chaos. Republican party litigation to reshape voting procedures and Donald Trump’s unwillingness to state whether or not he will accept the electoral outcome, Democratic vows to not under any circumstances concede on election night, and statements from all sides that either candidate can only lose if the vote is rigged: all of this assures conflict right through Inauguration Day. Violence and militia plans in some states, such as Michigan, Oregon, and Virginia, have threatened to push us to the brink. Seasoned political strategist Josh Block, top crisis manager Juda Engelmayer, threat analyst and author Ken Abramowitz, and other experts join Edwin to examine the controversies and consequences.
October 15, 2020, Episode 31: “Book Launch for The Multifront War.” America is fighting a major international war, says threat analyst Kenneth Abramowitz in his new and critically acclaimed book . The country does not really know how much it is under siege. Moreover, says the author, the war is being waged on a multitude of distinct fronts—both internal and external. Yet, the United States is wholly unprepared to fight a unified battle. How bad are the threats? Can America stand up to them? Author Abramowitz, top security analyst Walid Phares, and international terrorism expert Erick Stakelbeck joined Edwin to drill in.
Ooctober 8, 2020, Episode 30: “Electoral Chaos Part II.” America’s upcoming November 3 election has been thrown into unprecedented chaos. The president has tested positive for COVID-19. Mail-in votes are now only guaranteed to be counted days after election night. Questions about mass mail voting, violence in our cities, Republican party allegations of fraud, Democratic party accusations of suppression, plus the assertion that neither candidate should under any circumstances concede on election night guarantee uncertainty, chaos, and conflict right through the final tally of election results and probably through Inauguration Day. There is even open talk of a military confrontation at the White House. Noted legal scholar Alan Dershowitz, seasoned political strategist Josh Block, crisis manager Juda Engelmayer, and other experts joined Edwin to examine the controversies and consequences.
October 1, 2020, Episode 29: “The SCOTUS Storm: What’s Next?“ With the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, the future of the SCOTUS has ignited an intense political firestorm. Among the issues at stake are the conservative–liberal balance of the court and which president will appoint Ginsberg’s successor. Will it be President Trump in the last weeks of his current term, or the winner of the November election? Several nation-changing cases are already on the court’s fall docket. More importantly, the already-contested upcoming presidential election will almost certainly require the court to weigh in. SCOTUSblog author Adam Feldman and ABA Journal SCOTUS reporter Mark Walsh joined Edwin to navigate the turbulence.
September 24, 2020, Episode 28: “Ask Edwin Anything about Israel.” The Middle East is realigning once again, and Israel is part of the New Mideast Order. Edwin Black, having published 11 bestselling books and numerous investigative articles covering the Middle East, is ready to answer your questions with straight talk and uncovered history. Lebanon, Iran, Egypt, Jordan, Gulf States, Muslim-majority nations, terror groups, petropolitics, and the shifting sands; the history, the histrionics, the historical changes, the geopolitics, and the tectonic potential—all are fair game for this memorable session cosponsored by ZOA-MI, whose president, Sheldon Freilich, asked Edwin questions from people around the world.
September 17, 2020, Episode 27: “UAE–Israel–Bahrain Peace Treaty.” Israel and the UAE announced on August 13 that they had come to an historic peace agreement, the Abraham Accord. Since then, the Gulf State of Bahrain has joined the expanding the peace initiative. All three nations have established full diplomatic relations and signed treaties on September 15 at the White House. More countries are readying their recognitions, and President Donald Trump has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, who personally visited Bahrain, Jonathan Tobin, editor-in-chief of JNS, Zalmi Unsdorfer, chairman of Likud UK, Joshua London of JINSA, Mordechai Kedar, Arab scholar and lecturer, and other key Mideast experts joined Edwin to explain the background and to explore the possibilities for the future.
September 10, 2020, Episode 26: “US Election Chaos.” America’s upcoming November 3 election has been thrown into unprecedented chaos by COVID-19, political warfare, massive distrust, and a flurry of accusations from all sides. Questions about mass mail voting, postal interference, violence in our cities, Republican allegations of fraud, and the Democratic Party’s assertion that their candidate should under no circumstances concede on election night mean uncertainty, chaos, and conflict right through the final tally of election results. Famed litigator Alan Dershowitz, constitutional law expert Nathan Lewin, who has appeared before the SCOTUS 28 times, high-profile crisis manager Juda Engelmayer, and Professor Jordan Carr Peterson of the School of Public and International Affairs at North Carolina State University joined Edwin to examine the controversies and consequences.
September 3, 2020, Episode 25: “Lebanon in Turmoil.” Lebanon has been wracked by civil war, Syrian occupation, Iranian intervention, wars with Israel, terrorism, political assassinations, and bankruptcy. Then, on August 4, 2020, the devastating detonation of 2750 tons of ammonium nitrate at the port ignited a new implosion–explosion among a restive population that still holds unlimited promise—if peace and stability can be achieved. Joseph Gebeily, president of the Lebanese Information Center, John Hajjar, national director of the World Council for the Cedars Revolution, Tom Harb, chair of the American Maronite Union, and other experts joined Edwin to dig into the details.
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August 27, 2020, Episode 24: “Hungary Beyond the Holocaust.” Hungary, which closely collaborated with the Nazis during the Holocaust, has a long and established legacy of virulent anti-Semitism. Some 435,000 Hungarian Jews were deported to Auschwitz for gassing. Hungary remains a society permeated with toxic hatred of Jews. But, ironically, Hungary is today among Israel’s closest allies in the European Parliament. Alex Sternberg, author of Recipes from Auschwitz, Andras Simonyi, former Hungarian Ambassador to the US, Eva Balogh of Hungarian Spectrum, and others joined Edwin to probe Hungary’s past, present, and future.
August 20, 2020, Episode 23: Openly anti-Semitic speech, damage to Jewish property, campus hate, and violence against Jews have been exploding across America. Prominent and chic figures have libeled Jews and the pro-Israel community with impunity, openly citing The Protocols of the Elders of Zion and virulent anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan. Jews are stigmatized daily without consequence. Just how bad is the threat to the Jewish community? Alyza Lewin, president of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, and Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice-chair of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations, joined Edwin to explore in a turning-point episode jointly sponsored by JNS.
August 13, 2020, Episode 22: Eugenics was America’s shameful, decades–long attempt to create a White, blond, and blue-eyed Master Race to dominate all others. More than 67,000 Americans were forcibly sterilized. This pseudo-scientific campaign of fake medicine and genetics was exported to—and embraced by—Nazi Germany, where it was implemented as a core tenet of the Holocaust. Public Health officials combined with intellectual elites to commit genocide here and abroad. Edwin Black, author of the award-winning bestseller War Against the Weak, is joined by Amy Carney, editor at H-Eugenics and author of Marriage and Fatherhood in the Nazi SS, John Railey, investigative reporter and co-author of the Against their Will series, and eugenics program survivor Elaine Riddick, in a special event jointly sponsored by the global academic exchange H-Eugenics.
August 6, 2020, Episode 21: The Supreme Court has now become a subject of focus not only for its weighty and tectonic decisions, but for its very make-up and fabric. What is ahead for the Court’s decisions, and for the Court itself? Renowned Supreme Court practitioner Nathan Lewin, who has appeared some 28 times, ABA Journal SCOTUS reporter Mark Walsh, SCOTUSblog author Adam Feldman, and others joined Edwin for a deep delve into the Supreme Court as it is and as it may become.
July 30, 2020, Episode 20: Iran now presents a greater nuclear threat than ever, with enriched weapons-grade uranium, an arsenal of missiles, and the determination destroy Israel first and then wage war against and conquer the West and its allies. Veteran national security analyst Walid Phares, author of The Lost Spring, joined Edwin to assess the threat and explore efforts by Israel and the West to stop the rogue regime.
July 23, 2020, Episode 19: In his New York Times bestselling investigative book, Edwin Black documented how IBM knowingly organized all six phases of Hitler’s Holocaust: identification, exclusion, confiscation, ghettoization, deportation—and even extermination. Available in many languages in 190 countries, the exhaustive Pulitzer-submitted work has won here and abroad. Edwin answered many of your questions in this topic-specific Ask Me Anything.
July 16, 2020, Episode 18: Whiskey & Wine: The word “whiskey” (derived from the Gaelic uisce beatha) means “water of life.” The word “wine” comes to English from the Latin vinum and the Hebrew yayin. Stalwart whiskey and wine aficionados Zalmi Unsdorfer in London, Josh London in Washington DC, Sheldon Freilich in Detroit, and Covenant Wines vintner Jeff Morgan in San Francisco joined Edwin to battle it out with their favorites for taste satisfaction and supremacy—and then delved into current events.
July 9, 2020, Episode 17: Tarnished Icons: Woodrow Wilson, Confederate generals, Winston Churchill, Henry Ford, Thomas Watson, Teddy Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson. Institutional names and national legacies everywhere are being challenged and, in some cases, abandoned. Who deserves to be cancelled? Which statues should stay and which should go—and where? Who decides—and how? Edwin tackled these questions and more in what was the first of several unforgettable episodes on this topic.
July 2, 2020, Episode 16: Genocide, political strife, corporate complicity in injustice, alternate energy, the dark side of history, the torments of our present, the prospects for our future. Questions on these topics—and more—come to Edwin every day, especially during his lectures. By popular demand, we present Edwin’s first AMA (ask me anything) episode. Chris Hamel, from the show’s Canadian Bureau, and Francisco Gil-White, associate professor at ITAM University, in Mexico City, asked Edwin your questions.
June 25, 2020, Episode 15: “Israel Tourism Rebound?” Until COVID-19, Israel’s tourism industry was on fire, with more than 4 million annual visitors—and growing rapidly. Then it all shut down: airlines, hotels, restaurants, attractions—everything. Now, with the country still trying to reopen, industry leaders are confident they can reignite the flame. Dan Hotels president and CEO Ronen Nissenbaum, Hilton Tel Aviv GM Ronnie Fortis, renowned chef Uri Jeremias, and other industry leaders joined Edwin to explore what’s in store.
June 18, 2020, Episode 14: “Juneteenth.” Many Americans have never heard of Juneteenth—June 19th, a holiday of special significance to Americans of African Descent. Sometimes called the Black Fourth of July, its story should be compelling to all citizens of the US—not just to those who descend from former slaves. What is Juneteenth? How does this day affect all Americans in ways they might not imagine? Civil rights icon Dr. William Anderson, political commentator and entrepreneur Armstrong Williams, BET cofounder and philanthropist Robert Johnson, and entrepreneur and educator Dr. Iva Carruthers joined Edwin for conversations on the history of emancipation and the current state of civil rights in the US.
June 11, 2020, Episode 13: “Israeli Sovereignty in Judea and Samaria.” The Edwin Black Show and the Jewish News Syndicate jointly hosted a global town hall on Israeli sovereignty in Judea and Samaria. The Jewish State is now preparing to apply its modern sovereignty to portions of its ancient land—Judea and Samaria. Edwin Black and JNS Jerusalem Bureau Chief Alex Traiman were joined by others worldwide for a special event exploring the historical, legal, political, and economic ramifications of this turning point event, including expert panelists Natasha Hausdorff, director of UK Lawyers for Israel, in London, Alan Mendoza, director of the Henry Jackson Society, in London, Mitch Bard, who heads up the Jewish Virtual Library, in Washington DC, and leading international jurist Avi Bell, in Jerusalem.
June 4, 2020, Episode 12: Colleges and universities—from Harvard to the 23–campus California State system—have announced that their courses will move online in the fall. Will students pay tens of thousands of dollars in tuition and costs to sit in their basements and Zoom? Are we about to witness a complete reset of the physical vs. online education system? Can the Ivy League maintain its primacy in a post-pandemic world? Will campus hate merely shift to online harassment? Joining Edwin: historian Asaf Romirowsky, executive director of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (which has chapters throughout America), and archaeologist and historian Alex Joffe, editor of SPME’s BDS Monitor.
May 28, 2020, Episode 11: The Farhud—“violent dispossession”—was a bloody, citywide Arab-Nazi pogrom in Baghdad, June 1–2, 1941. June 1 was proclaimed as International Farhud Day in 2015 by Edwin Black and Jewish leaders at a live global event at UN Headquarters. Rabbi Elie Abadie in New York, co-president of Justice for Jews from Arab Countries, Lyn Julius in London, founder of the Association of Jews from the Middle East and North Africa, Lily Shor in Tel Aviv, of the Babylonian Jewry Heritage Center, and others joined Edwin to explore the tragic events of those two days and the subsequent escape of major Nazi figures into the leadership and governments of neighboring Arab countries, thus creating the post-War Middle East.
May 21, 2020, Episode 10: Palestinian terrorist Ahlam Tamimi helped mastermind the infamous August 9, 2001 Sbarro Pizzeria bombing in Jerusalem. Unrepentant, Tamimi has bragged about her role in this act of terror and mass murder. Arnold Roth’s daughter Malki—a US citizen—was among the victims, and Mr. Roth has sought justice ever since. Arnold Roth and his attorney, Greg Mashberg, as well as Times of Israel editor-in-chief David Horovitz, and EMET president Sarah Stern joined Edwin to explore new options, including a possible long-overdue invocation of the Jordanian-American Extradition Treaty.
May 14, 2020, Episode 9: COVID-19 is inflicting disproportionate illness and death on Americans of African descent. Why? What can America do about it? Civil rights icon and eminent physician William G. Anderson, D.O. and Oliver Brooks, MD, president of the National Medical Association joined Edwin.
May 12, 2020, Episode 8: Can the publishing business as we know it survive the pandemic and its economic fallout? Authors Martin Barillas, author of Shaken Earth; Clyde Ford, author of Think Black; and Dwight Harshbarger, author of A Quiet Hero joined Edwin to discuss the changing environment.
May 7, 2020, Episode 7: May 8, 2020 was the 75th anniversary of the Third Reich’s unconditional surrender to the Allies. Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Dr. Rick Halperin, Director of SMU’s Embrey Human Rights Center and former Amnesty International board member, and Dr. Chris Lovett, professor of Modern European and Military History at Emporia State University, plus questioners from many nations, joined Edwin.
May 5, 2020, Episode 6: COVID-19 has already spawned a pandemic of personal and group litigation against employers, universities, restaurants, and stores—to name a few. Thousands of lawsuits have already been filed in state and federal courts. Certainly, some claims and compensation will have to be adjudicated, but America cannot re-open and thrive under a litigious scourge. Seasoned commercial litigators Bruce Ogron in Chicago and Aaron Eitan Meyer in New York joined Edwin to probe the implications.
May 1, 2020, Episode 5: Personal liberties may be the greatest victim of COVID-19, as new individual tracking devices and protocols are rushed into place to enforce social distancing. Jules Polonetsky, CEO of the Future of Privacy Forum, and Sharon Polsky, president of the Privacy and Access Council of Canada, joined Edwin to shine a light on this dark new threat.
April 30, 2020, Episode 4: COVID-19 has been a boon to campus anti-Semitic hate mongers who demonize Israel. Jacob Baime, executive director of Israel on Campus Coalition, Roz Rothstein, CEO of StandWithUs, and Asaf Romirowsky, executive director of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, joined Edwin to probe how the BDS movement and other anti-Jewish groups have adopted tactics in the new Remote Age—and then took questions.
April 29, 2020, Episode 3: The observance of Yom Ha'atzmaut—Israeli Independence Day—began at sunset on April 28. Dovid Efune, editor at the Algemeiner, in New York, and Alyza Lewin, president of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, in Washington, DC, joined Edwin in an explanation and exploration of this milestone—and then opened the floor to questions. Cantorial soloist Rachel Black lead a global singing of “Hatikva” to close the show.
April 28, 2020, Episode 2: How will the COVID-19 pandemic change our world—especially in the context of worship communities? Alex Traiman in Jerusalem, managing editor of JNS and Erick Stakelbeck in Washington, DC, host of The Watchman joined Edwin for the first of many explorations of this question—and then opened the floor to questions.
April 27, 2020, Premier Episode: Is a Nuremberg-style tribunal needed to determine guilt and consequences if the COVID-19 pandemic indeed arose out of a deliberate Chinese government cover-up? Famed civil rights attorney Nathan Lewin in Washington, DC and Richard Heideman, international jurist specializing in terror cases and author of The Hague Odyssey: Israel’s Struggle for Security on the Front Lines of Terrorism and Her Battle for Justice at the United Nations, also in Washington, DC, joined Edwin to explore this issue—and then opened the floor to questions.