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Faking It


From priceless antiquities all the way to coveted sick passes – Israeli stories that are anything but real. In our very first episode, the Israel Story team delves into the realm of fakes, forgeries, and mimicry. Three stories, from different periods and places, of people pretending to to be something they are not.



The Israeli This American Life?! Mishy Harman talks to Ira Glass, host of the popular podcast about what it feels like to have an Israeli copycat. 

Act I: Truly Fake


In nineteenth century Jerusalem, Moses Wilhelm Shapira created fanciful forgeries that shook the world. But even today, 130 years later, no one is quite sure what to make of them. Fake? Real? Both?

Act II: Buzz Kill


An IDF cadet proves that there basically isn’t anything we wouldn’t do for love. 

Act III: Disharmonia

Noa Guy was a promising Israeli composer. When she came to New York twenty-one years ago to rehearse for a concert at Carnegie Hall, she never imagined it would become her permanent home.