Nancy Updike | Dan Ephron | Ira Glass: Why the Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin Still Divides Israelis 20 Years Later

November 4, 2015

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Ira Glass, Nancy Updike, and Dan Ephron discuss the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin

Posted by NYPL The New York Public Library on Thursday, November 5, 2015

On the 20th anniversary of the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Ira Glass speaks with longtime This American Life producer Nancy Updike and her husband Dan Ephron, former Jerusalem bureau chief for Newsweek. Both have covered Israel for years; Ephron was at the rally where Rabin was killed and has written a new book about the murder called Killing a King: The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin and the Remaking of Israel, while Updike is creating an episode about the assassination. Incorporating historical footage from the time of the murder and audio from Updike’s program, Glass will lead a discussion about why the assassination still spawns conspiracy theories, public shouting matches, and fierce political divisions. 

NANCY UPDIKE is one of the founding producers of This American Life. She has reported from Iraq, Egypt, Israel, the West Bank, Gaza and the United States. Her Iraq reporting won a Scripps Howard National Journalism Award and a Murrow Award.  She was executive producer of This American Life’s second television season, which won the Emmy for Outstanding Nonfiction Series.

An award-winning writer, DAN EPHRON has served as the Jerusalem bureau chief for Newsweek and The Daily Beast and now lives in New York City.

IRA GLASS is the host and creator of the public radio show This American Life.  The show is heard each week on over 500 public radio stations by 2.2 million people, plus the CBC in Canada and the ABC in Australia.  Most weeks the podcast of the program is the most popular podcast on iTunes, with another 1.6 million downloading.

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