Airs Thursday, April 12 at 11:00 a.m. Lublin, Poland, 1797: A family of Jewish women klezmer musicians struggles for survival, but when music and love prove not enough, only the unthinkable can save them. Set in the Passover season, "The Witches of Lublin," is directed by internationally acclaimed and award-winning Sue Zizza. Featuring haunting vocals and an original high energy klezmer score by Yale Strom, "The Witches of Lublin," offers a glimpse into the lost Jewish women's lives of Eastern Europe. With a story as ancient as myth, and as modern as every family that struggles to hold its center in a world of strife and conflicting loyalties, it's the perfect Spring holiday programming.
Airs Wednesday, April 11 at 11:00 a.m. Renowned actor Theodore Bikel and The Western Wind, America's pre-eminent vocal ensemble, present 25 eclectic selections that, along with an inspiring narration, serve as musical documentary of Passover. Music includes Hebrew folk melodies, classical European liturgical music, ancient Sephardic chants, Klezmer-style improvisations, and traditional songs from the Seder. This program is designed for listeners of any religious background and provides a good introduction to a holiday whose lessons of redemption and faith are universal.
Airs Tuesday, April 10 at 9:00 p.m. This Passover holiday special magazine celebrates the journey from slavery to freedom with segments featuring Emmy Award Winner Jeremy Piven; Pulitzer Prize winning author Geraldine Brookds; 'Kosher Gospel' singer Joshua Nelson;Iranian-born novelist Gina Nahai; "The Giant Leap", an original family radio play by the acclaimed Storahtelling; a moving piece about "Freedom Song", an original musical about a Passover meal written by recovering addicts; and more...Hosted by Arye Gross.