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The Edwin Black Show

Thursdays, 3:00pm–4:00pm ET

From Washington, DC via Zoom, the award-winning New York Times bestselling investigative author of IBM and the Holocaust, War Against the Weak, and Financing the Flames probes our turbulent history, our tense present, and our evolving future with distinguished guests and cohosts—and then takes your questions from anywhere in the world. Nothing is off-limits.

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Next show: July 9, 2020 at 3:00pm ET (GMT-4).

Past Shows


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: 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 reopening, 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: 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?

June 11, 2020, Episode 13: The Edwin Black Show and the Jewish News Service 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 educational 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: 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 join 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, Clyde Ford, and Dwight Harshbarger 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 suits 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 sundown. 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.
The recording is available on YouTube.

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.
The recording is available on YouTube.