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Women!... Women in business... business owners... disastrous... Dangerous for you to excite these people. Women as self employed business owners have no place in business... irresponsible for you to glorify these women... The few who succeed are anomalies... You had better pick another topic... They are only wear to their business... unmarried... unkind... uncaring... tyrannical misers... uncontrollable... unliked... undesirable... unattractive... unwanted... A bunch of angry, revenge-seekin ...
 
"Axelbank Reports History and Today: Conversations with America’s top non-fiction authors and why their books matter right now" approaches our past and present in a way that makes anyone want to listen. National-award winning TV news reporter Evan Axelbank interviews writers of history and current events to explore how America works and how it has been shaped by both the powerful and the powerless. In conversational and engaging fashion, listeners learn about the most important events, theme ...
 
Perspective on CPAC examines world events that matter to Canadians. With dispatches from the field and expert analysis, our guests break down complex global issues and shed light on Canada’s role on the international stage. Alison Smith is one of Canada’s best known and respected broadcast journalists. As an anchor and reporter for more than three decades, she was a senior award-winning member of the CBC News team. She has reported from every Canadian province and territory and across the gl ...
 
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Happy New Year! This is the first episode of 2022! Today’s guest Karen Bloom, a third generation player shares her love and enthusiasm for mah jongg. It was b’shert (meant to be) she was reconnected to the game. The organization Hadassah brough the click-clack sound of the tiles back into Karen’s life and we will hear about the organization and how…
 
For the last two years, we have gotten a lesson in how our world can be shaped by a disease. COVID-19 has changed our families, the economy, our social interaction and our psychology. Far from being a unique historical phenomenon, Dr. Kyle Harper argues disease and our efforts to steer clear of them are the central forces that have always shaped hu…
 
Fern welcomes Terry Cole, mah jongg enthusiast and recent Jeopardy! contestant to the podcast. Listen in to hear how Terry, a third generation player gets her mahj—on, recently faced the reigning champ on Jeopardy! and teaches people like you and me how to tell stories that wow listeners. https://www.tellmeanotherstories.com/workshops If you'd like…
 
Who hasn't seen a spy movie that features a double agent who played their role so perfectly, even his best friends didn't know who he was working for? This is the real life story of how an MI6 agent played the role to a T. Kim Philby was an MI6 agent during World War II, who took a young American, Jim Angleton, under his wing. Their friendship may …
 
When we pick up a book, what exactly are we holding? Is it a living document or etched in stone? How closely do the words on the page mirror what is in the author's head? Why have they lasted so long, and how much longer WILL they last? Dr. Leah Price is a book historian and on this episode, she answers those questions, and wrestles with whether an…
 
It’s the last episode of 2022! Join Fern and guest Kathy Jones as they discuss the details of some creative and fun twists in house rules to shake up your holiday games. Pass your rack to the right?!? Everyone pick a tile from the wall and discard one back in?!? Crazy house rules can cause crazy fun gaming excitement. We’ll get to hear from Liam to…
 
Are you excited for big holiday gatherings where lots of politics are being discussed? No? Well Dr. Peter Coleman of Columbia University has just the solution for ending our polarized political culture, both at home and in the real world. His book, "The Way Out: How to Overcome Toxic Polarization," offers numerous ways to approach our daily lives, …
 
Join Fern and returning guest mah jongg teacher Lorraine Urist as they talk about the Charleston. Lorraine highlights some tips and pointers for beginner to advanced players. There’s always laughter when Lorraine stops by and today’s episode is no different! Listen in as we talk, learn and laugh. If you would like to order a signed copy of Fern's m…
 
Twenty years after the worst terrorist attacks in US history, we speak with Peter Bergen, one of the foremost authorities on the threat the United States faces from fundamentalists. Bergen is a journalist for CNN who has interviewed Osama bin Laden and has now written a biography that catalogues "The Rise and Fall" of the terrorist who spearheaded …
 
Join Fern and guests John Davis and Paolo Tatafiore, the creative team behind Mah Jongg the Musical. We’ll hear about this work in progress and behind the scenes details. Mah jongg on stage…doesn’t that sound amazing!!! Want to support the show? Head on over to patreon.com/mahjonggmondays and become a patron! If you would like to help contribute to…
 
A bunch of women line up wearing next-to-nothing in hopes of impressing a batch of strangers who are grading them on everything from the way they look to the way they think. The woman with the highest score gets to be called, "Miss America," and wears a crown - and the title - for the rest of her life. The history behind that process, and how it be…
 
Join Fern and her guests Joanne Harris and Patti Fell as these two mavens of mah jongg share the shenanigans they got into through their mah jongg friendship. Joanne’s love for the game inspired her to open an Etsy shop called Mah Jongg Ladies. Check out her shop for fun mahj inspired gifts. Both ladies can attest to the special bonds of friendship…
 
Will an American president take orders from the Pope? As the devoutly catholic Joe Biden ran for president, he faced no such question. But sixty years before, when John F. Kennedy was running, it was not only a question, but a controversy. Listen to our episode with historian of religion in America, Dr. Patrick Lacroix, as he explains how JFK not o…
 
Join Fern and guest Ron Tyson as they talk about how this man of mahj found his way to the game and has made special bonds of friendship through mah jongg. Ron also shares how he started the non-profit Bringing Smiles to Seniors organization and helps seniors across the country feel connection and love. Ron also shares some recent accolades while b…
 
That she came to within 537 votes of becoming Second Lady of the United States has been well documented, but Hadassah Lieberman says it's time for her to tell the story of the rest of her life. Listen in as she explains what it was like to be born into a family of those who survived the Holocaust, and those who did not. After immigrating to the Uni…
 
How serious is my headache? Why is it lingering and what really triggered this? All these questions answered and more in the newest episode of Hadassah On Call. Listen as host Benyamin talks with Dr. Max Bauer, headache and pain specialist, neurologist and head of Hadassah Medical Organization's Movement Disorders Unit.…
 
There are few periods in American history that offered more hope than Reconstruction. There are also few periods that left behind such devastation. On this episode, we talk with University of Maryland Distinguished Professor Dr. Robert Levine about his book, "The Failed Promise: Reconstruction, Frederick Douglass and the Impeachment of Andrew Johns…
 
Join Fern and this weeks guest Bonnie Wise as they talk all about mahj. Learn how this busy Florida County Administrator was lured to the tiles and pushed her gaming skills to achieve world championship status. Not only does Bonnie play both socially and competitively, she also takes time out of her busy schedule and together with fellow mahj playe…
 
One of America's most prominent historians, Joseph J. Ellis, joins us to discuss his new book, "The Cause: The American Revolution and its Discontents." The author of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize-winning, "Founding Brothers," focuses this time on how the Revolution was viewed by Black Americans, slaves, Natives and women as the colonists waged war in ho…
 
Join Fern and her guests, MahjCon hosts Michele Frizzell and Debbie Barnett, Kathleen DeMarco event attendee, mahj player and enthusiast, and Barney Gallessio, the colorful and exuberant event keynote speaker. We will hear details about the groundbreaking mah jongg event that will become an annual happening for mahj-minded people. Let’s all get our…
 
When women got the right to vote in 1920, the hope was that equal rights would be a natural byproduct. But in her book, "Gendered Citizenship: The Original Conflict over the Equal Rights Amendment, 1920-1963," Dr. Rebecca DeWolf explains how the ensuing fight for the Equal Rights Amendment left advocates frustrated, and women still clamoring for th…
 
We've updated last year's Breast Cancer Awareness Month episode just for you! Listen as host Benyamin Cohen interviews Professor Beatrice Uziely, head of Hadassah’s Oncology ambulatory services unit and Dr Paluch-Shimon, director of the Breast Oncology Program. We'd added few updates from both doctors on breast cancer treatments and new details of …
 
Hardly a day goes by when the President of the United States isn't a topic of conversation. From TV and Twitter to baseball games and surprise breakfast stops, the person sitting in the nation's highest office has the power to get attention almost no matter what they're doing. And increasingly so, they have made an effort to use their platform to d…
 
Listen in as Fern calls her mah jongg friend Lorraine and they talk about life, mah jongg, movies and family. Whenever Lorraine is on the podcast you are sure to laugh. Fern’s husband makes a cameo and Lorraine shares some strategy. Want to support the show? Head on over to patreon.com/mahjonggmondays and sign up to become a patron!…
 
The President of the United States had been preparing for the moment for months, to claim he had won an election he actually lost. Early in the morning of November 4th, Donald Trump took to the TV cameras at the White House and said that despite early projections that Joe Biden had a chance to pull ahead in key states, he had indeed won reelection.…
 
Join Fern and her guests Jill Fox, Susan Bishop and Ali Wasserman as they talk about the moms mah jongg getaway at Club Med in Florida. Jill and Susan spread their love of the game through teaching new students and creating mahj centered getaways filled with much needed R&R for mahj playing moms. Ali shares her getaway experience with us. Like what…
 
How did Barack Obama shatter the quintessential barrier in American politics? Once he became the first Black president, did he help lower racial animosity, or did his presence incite an even-worse divide? In his new book, "The Black President: Hope and Fury in the Age of Obama," Dr. Claude Clegg explores how the 44th president left his mark on thos…
 
Listen as we tag along with Providence Journal reporter Amy Russo as she takes us on a history of America's First Ladies, as told in her book, "Women of the White House: The Illustrated Story of the First Ladies of the United States of America." She explains how visual representations have become so important in how we understand our first families…
 
On this episode, we talk with longtime writer, journalist and professor Robert Strauss about his new book, "John Marshall: The Final Founder." Strauss argues that America's fourth chief justice, John Marshall, deserves to be on a short list with Benjamin Franklin and George Washington as the nation's most important founders. Strauss explains how Ma…
 
Join Fern along with Lorraine Urist as they muse about mah jongg with guest Nikki Edwards from Minnesota. Nikki created a large mah jongg playing space for dozens of players in her home. The room is filled with mahj ephemera as well as tables ready to be played on. We all are touched by the game of mah jongg but some enthusiasts take it to another …
 
We are back! Enjoy our first episode of the Fall as we talk with longtime journalist Ken Ellinwood about his new book, "First to Fall: Elijah Lovejoy and the Fight for a Free Press in the Age of Slavery." Lovejoy was an ardent abolitionist who used his mighty pen to demand an end to America's "original sin." Elllingwood's biography brings Lovejoy s…
 
In our newest episode, we're updating you on all things COVID-19 and introducing you to a medical pioneer. Prof. Dror Mevorach, director of the Rheumatology Research Center and head of one of the COVID units at Hadassah Medical Organization is at the forefront of a new experimental Israeli drug called Allocetra™. It’s helping critically ill COVID-1…
 
Join Fern and her guest Tina Gottes as they read and discuss both the good and bad habits that mah jongg players shared on my Mah Jongg That’s It post. It’s an episode filled with information that new, intermediate and advanced players can learn from. Fern's book can be found on Amazon.com, or at your local bookseller. The highlighters mentioned in…
 
In this weeks episode join Fern and her guests Rachael Cohen, Peggy Kamins and Ashley Street. Listen in as they talk about their love for the game of mah jongg and then “get their game on“ answering mahj questions in a game show section of this episode. Go grab your NMJL card and join in the fun! Fern's book, Mah Jongg Mondays, an be purchased on A…
 
In this weeks episode Fern welcomes back Lorraine Urist to discuss the “altered rule” when two players need the same tile for an exposure or to call for mah jongg. There is tension around the table with this touchy topic. Lorraine never ceases to entertain us and this funny lady of mah jongg reads a poem she wrote recently and then shares a list of…
 
Some rules are made to be broken or shall we say altered in non-tournament games of mah jongg. Seems like we all have created, shared or been inspired by other players house rules. Shawn Dudokovich shares her survey of house rules on this weeks podcast episode. Some of the house rules we’ll discuss I’ve personally played and some were new to me. No…
 
In this weeks episode Fern welcomes mah jongg enthusiast, teacher, tournament lover and author Jane Flagello to the podcast. Tips and trips at a Las Vegas tournament couldn’t stop Jane from getting her mahj—on! Love to read? Jane weaves the theme of mah jongg into her mysteries and romance novels. Visit Jane's website at janeflagello.com Become a p…
 
Join Fern and this weeks guest Shawn Dudukovich as they discuss survey results of the top ten pet peeves while playing mahj. I bet you will relate to more than one of these pet peeves at your games! It’s an episode you don’t want to miss! Join Shawn’s Facebook group at Rocket Mah Jongg, and sign up for her newsletter that has great info: shawnmarti…
 
Hello folks - Just letting you know that our show is taking a hiatus until Labor Day. It's for the best possible reason: my family has been blessed with a new baby. I am trying to spend as much time with my wife and daughter as we adjust to our new lives, so our next episode won't go live until September 7th. We already have several tapings schedul…
 
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), at least 1 in 3 people aren't getting enough sleep. Wondering why, what you can do that may help and if this could impact your overall health? In our newest episode, listen as Dr. Joel Reiter, head of Hadassah Medical Organization's sleep clinic discusses how sleep, lack of it and its related diso…
 
She’s back! Lorraine Urist joins Fern for an episode to up your game and increase your mahj wins with some new perspectives on the NMJL card. Get your mahj moves on while vying for the winning hand. It’s always entertaining when Lorraine stops by to talk. She’s the funny lady of mah jongg beside being a teacher and player with over thirty years of …
 
What's better than having a beer at a ballpark on a beautiful Sunday afternoon? Check out this episode with Pulitzer Prize Finalist Edward Achorn, as he explains the life of Chris von Der Ahe, the baseball owner who made that feeling possible. Achorn's book, "The Summer of Beer and Whiskey: How Brewers, Barkeeps, Rowdies, Immigrants, and a Wild Pen…
 
Join Fern and her guest Leslie Dinstman as they discuss how Leslie was inspired to teach curious kindergartners how to play mah jongg. Family mah jongg fills fun nights and delightful days in their mahj home. Check out Leslie’s website for some fun online shopping and mention the podcast for a discount on your order. Leslie's website can be found a…
 
We are all familiar with images of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s: fire hoses, the Edmund Pettus Bridge, of Martin Luther King exclaiming, "I have a dream." Ultimately, that Civil Rights Movement led to advances like the order to desegregate schools, the Civil Rights Act, and the Voting Rights Act. But that was not the first time Black Amer…
 
Join Fern and her guest Linda Fisher, the director of Bryant Park Mah Jongg. New York City is the city that never sleeps! Some New Yorkers enjoy morning games, some prefer afternoon games at the park and for others, evening games of mah jongg and martinis are the choice for them. No matter what time we play mahj and no matter what town, city or sta…
 
New York is so nice, they named it twice. So why did Thomas Dyja give the title of his forty-year history of the Big Apple THREE “New Yorks? “ On this episode, he takes us on a journey through the last forty years of NYC's triumphs, troubles, discord and devastation. Starting in the fires of the late 1970s, he explains how Ed Koch's "I love New Yor…
 
In this weeks episode Fern shares the mic with Liam to go over some mah jongg survey results about the diversity of mah jongg players. Then Michelle Shapiro joins Fern to discuss the diversity of her mahj students and her love for the game this podcast is all about…mah jongg! If you would like to support the show, please head to patreon.com/mahjong…
 
As the world continues to reopen after a global pandemic, we check in and revisit Dr. Ronen Leker, the director of the Stroke Unit and The Peritz and Chantel Scheinberg Cerebrovascular Disease Research Laboratory at the Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem. Dr. Leker is talking with host Benyamin Cohen about the link between stroke and COVID-…
 
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